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Old 08-03-2012, 12:28   #1
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Noob AR question, can you remove the front A sight on a AR 15, im running a windham weaponary AR 15, flat top upper, with a pesky Front sight. n I don't want to Raise my scope to have to over come this, bulky is ugly.
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Yes, it is usually put on with two tapered pins and a roll pin for the gas tube. I took mine off and replaced it with a same plane railed gas block, so that the rail on the gas block is level with the rail on top of the receiver. They also make gas blocks with flip up sights, there is a whole variety of different front gas blocks you can install. Most of them will either have sets screws in the bottom of the block or pinch style screws that go through the side. Maybe you can see what I mean from this pic. The first one is just a low profile gas block, the second is the railed same plane gas block.
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Yea mine are tapered in, so i can remove them, and the rolling pin for the gas tube, and put on a small railed gas block? because the problem im having is it sits high for my scope(red dot), ill take a picture n post. hold up






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well actually i been looking at some flip up rear sights, maybe i should just leave it on? lol see my thing is i don't like relying on battery powered optics, batteries die, and thats just point blank about it, unless fiberoptic, but you drop them n there done. i appreciate the help, im just so confused on what i should do, maybe i should take the night off to think about it. but id appreciate the input, pros cons on different flip up sights.
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I haven't decided on flip up sights yet but that is the route I plan to go. I like the lighted reticle sight but, would like it on a quick detach mount with flip up sights in case something went wrong or the battery went dead but, I have a storage compartment in the pistol grip with an extra battery in it as well. The Lucid HD7 uses regular AAA batteries so even in the worst situations you would likely be able to find a battery for it.
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For $160-200 you can get a Vortex Strikefire with an AR mount. It will co-witness with your front and rear sight. Best of both worlds. It's a great sight. Have one on my RPK.

You might be able to find a riser for your current sight.
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Two tapered pins, make sure to pound from the correct side, use a caliper to make sure which side is larger, then pound from the smaller side.

Make sure when you buy your new gas block you get the right size. There are a variety of gas block diameters, with 0.75 probably being the most common. Again you can use a caliper or micrometer to measure this.


Even if you choose to run only the electronic red dot sight, I would still recommend a fixed front and rear BUIS. You could consider flip up, but the rule of thumb is basically fixed sights with red dots and flip up sights with scopes. You can cowitness the sights or run the red dot a little higher. I'm told there is a mantra in the military that one is none and two is one. Basically meaning what will you do when the **** hits the fan and your primary sight goes down?


BTW your question is a little misleading because you don't have a scope, you have an electronic sight. To those reading this with MAGNIFIED SCOPES, the sight may not interfere with the scope at all because the focal plane of view is beyond the sight. The first time it was like magic, but I have shot AR's with scopes with the front sight present and the sight never appeared in the scope.
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BTW your question is a little misleading because you don't have a scope, you have an electronic sight. To those reading this with MAGNIFIED SCOPES, the sight may not interfere with the scope at all because the focal plane of view is beyond the sight. The first time it was like magic, but I have shot AR's with scopes with the front sight present and the sight never appeared in the scope.
Right. I had a 2-7x32 scope on mine and below 3x you could see the front sight but not at any level above 3x.

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I see, no thats just a electronic red dot, cheap aim site. I have a 4x acog. thats the one i am talking about. the front sight is the way of sights, thats why the red dot it on there. and for a rear sight, i have a attachable carry handle with sights. n im looking for a set of flip up sights. palmer, my question was about removing the front sight haha.

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