While Eugene Stoner’s original AR design incorporated a rear sight in the carrying handle, most operators today prefer their own optics. Flattop ARs have eclipsed the original design to allow the AR legacy to thrive.
Tactical weapons, by loose definition, are some of the tools employed by operators to help complete their missions. The evolution of the
AR-platform rifle into today’s M4 is a testament to the modifications that operators desired to better perform their jobs.
The AR platform has undergone almost every conceivable modification, with many of them centered on sighting systems. One of the most prevalent transitions is from depending on iron sights as the primary sighting device to using mounted optics as the primary method of target acquisition. Adding to that fact, the leading market research firm in the firearms industry, Southwick Associates, has determined that the second-most common purchase activity is AR owners buying optics, only surpassed by the purchase of slings.
Of late, several firearms manufacturers are touting their AR rifles as “optics ready” to accommodate a wide range sighting devices on the market today. Tactical Weapons presents a variety of rifles that allow quick mounting for scopes, red dots, lasers and night optics. On the other side of the coin, manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce their prices to compete with each other. Removing parts, such as sights, allows them to trim manufacturing costs for accessories that might otherwise be tossed anyway.
While Eugene Stoner’s original AR design incorporated a rear sight in the carrying handle, most…
by Eduardo Abril de Fontcuberta / Mar 1, 2012