MagPul Announces Offset MBUS Pro Sights

MagPul has released their new offset MBUS Prot iron sights. They are steel construction, QPQ “Melonite”” coated, and will interface with your picatinny rails. The set will retail for about $190 ($85 for the front, $105 for the rear).

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Detailed description from MagPul:

Building on the proven MBUS Pro platform, the MBUS Pro Offset Sights are part of an an effective aiming system to supplement magnified optics on M1913 Picatinny mounting surfaces. In the event of a damaged or nonfunctional primary optic, or a close target, rotating the rifle 45 degrees provides the shooter with a fully-featured iron sighting solution.

The MBUS Pro Offset Rear Sight features durable Melonited steel construction, positive detented lockup when deployed, tool-less windage adjustment for easy zeroing, dual rear apertures, and a low profile footprint to ensure compatibility and reduce interference with most rifle setups.

The MBUS Pro Offset Front Sight features durable Melonited steel construction, positive detented lockup when deployed, tool-less adjustment of the front post for easy zeroing, and a low profile footprint to ensure compatibility and reduce interference with most rifle setups.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • noob

    how well do they work on the left side? is everything backwards?

    • Martin Grønsdal

      you just rotate the gun 180 degrees

      • Ned Weatherby

        But… how do you grab the bang switch?

        • Martin Grønsdal

          With your toe

  • Martin Grønsdal

    can an American riddle me this: why are the sights on an AR-15 diopter rear, and then this weird shaped front sight?

    I used the G3 in the army 14 years ago, and it is was so painfully natural to align the diopter with the round front sight. When I shoot with the AR-15, or use same type sights, it just seems more difficult to align them properly, the front post seems to float in the large diopter opening, and it is harder to find the middle – because there is no reference point.

    On the G3 or MP5 the ideal situation is to have some “air” between the diopter and the round front post, and then place to post itself on the target. Three points that easy to align correctly every time. The round shape of the front post becomes a perfect reference point relative to the diopter; as long as you have the same amount of air around the front post, it is perfectly in line.

    I can see that the sights in this article are the same. Why? Where is the benefit?

    • BattleshipGrey

      I would guess two major reasons:

      1) The original design has survived and been copied so much in the last 50 years that no one feels like changing it, especially since the AR is considered to be a great success (I’m sure that will continue to be debated though).

      2) Americans are quite independent and proud (probably annoyingly so to the rest of the world). Considering that the FAL was chosen by almost all of our allies in NATO, we still chose to make something else that only we adopted.

    • sianmink

      Personally I love the HK style front sight with the rounded wings. IMO utterly superior to the AR style flared wings, though both are fine for their intended purpose. you put the circle in the circle and you’re dead on. The AR style needs a smaller aperture to get more precise alignment, thankfully the human eye is quite good at centering a thing in a circle.

    • iksnilol

      I am curious about the same thing. I find them hard to use due to the flared wings.

    • Zachary marrs

      We’ve been using peep sights since the adoption of the krag Jorgensen rifle

      The standard iron sights on the ar has 2 diopters, a large more ghost ring type for close up stuff, and a much smaller one for more precision stuff.

    • John Bear Ross

      We’re trained to focus on the front sight post when using an AR rifle. The wings are just protective ears.

      I imagine the open-eared design is also a feature of being able to elevate or lower the front sight post for zeroing. This is done with a specialized tool, or a cartridge tip.

      The FAL and SLR have a non-hooded front sight design, as well.


  • ozzallos .

    But… $190 🙁

  • They look like they will snag easily. That and they are kind of expensive…

    • 360_AD

      No more than any other folding 45 degree off-set sights.