Review: Average Guy Solutions Hoplite and Legionnaire AR-15 sights

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I like shooting rifles with optics just as much as the next guy, but the pure shooting experience when getting behind some good iron sights is something that always puts a smile on my face. I am a sucker for a 20″ Ar-15 with A2 sights and when I heard there was a company local to me that was producing a drop in upgrade for my favorite AR I had to check it out. When the Average Guy Solutions Hoplite and Legionnaire AR-15 sights showed up I was interested to see how much of a upgrade over the tried and true front post. I guess there is only one way to find out, so a range trip was in order.

Average Guy Solutions came up with two options for the front post upgrade, the Legionnaire and the Hoplite. The difference between the two seems to be the width of the base and the ease of install. Average Guy Solutions makes the case that the pyramid design of their sights are more precise than the mil-spec sight as a result of the mil-spec sight being .072 inches wide at the tip and their sights come to a very fine point. In the press material that accompanied the sights the claim was made that the mil-spec sight covers 30″ of the target at 300 meters creating a problem when employing a rifle against a human sized target that is on average 18″ wide. I have shot the standard mil-spec sights at 300 meters many times and have never felt I was at a disadvantage, but I am willing to see if that claim holds water.

As you can see the Legionnaire sight on the left has a very wide base that makes it impossible to use a front sight tool. Average Guy Solutions suggest that you use “the original military front sight tool” (a 5.56 round). The sight on the left is the Hoplite, this can be adjusted and installed with a front sight tool. P1030320

When you compare the three sights you can easily see that the Average Guy sights come to a much finer point than the mil-spec sight. These sights are capable of being installed in any sight system that used a standard mil-spec post.P1030321

The good old mil-spec sight.P1030315

The Legionnaire sight filled the area up quite a lot.P1030327

The Hoplite seemed to be a decent compromise between the mil-spec and the Legionnaire. P1030328

Taking a look at the sight pictures of the three sights it is easy to see there is a significant difference. First up is the standard mil-spec sight. I have been shooting with this style sight for so long that it feels like home every time I tuck behind a set of these. P1030318

The Hoplite was rather easy to install with a front sight tool. I found the Average Guy sights to be really fast to pick up and they seemed to draw my eye up to the point making a good sight picture easy to acquire. P1030322

The Legionnaire sight has a bit wider of a base making installation a bit of a task, but you only have to do it once.P1030325

I spent a bit of time shooting with all three sights, I was starting to see some merit to Average Guy’s sights.P1030333

With a MSRP of $24.99 trying these sights out isn’t going break your wallet so if you think this is something you might like, there isn’t much reason not to give it a shot. You can learn more about the Legionnaire and Hoplite sights at the Average Guy solutions website here.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

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


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  • Mrninjatoes

    Need to pick some of those up. Nice sights. Nice pictures!

    • Paladin

      They are available for sale on our website that Patrick linked above!

  • Lance

    You cant go wrong with old fashion Iron Sights. They don’t break as easy and they last forever.

    • Paladin

      Lance, these are even stronger than the mil-spec post.

      I don’t know if ya have ever had to straighten a bent post, but unfortunately it rarely works, supply never has any extra, and for once they claim it’s not operator level maintenance!

  • BrandonAKsALot

    Kind of reminds me of the Steyr pistol sights, which I love. I’ve always had trouble with irons at a distance and feeling like they covered too much of the target for me.

    • Paladin

      BrandonAKsAlot, we agree completely! Our sights work well with either a dead-on hold or a 6 O’clock hold, and either a standard Army 25 Meter zero, or a 50 Meter zero if you prefer that.

  • mosinman

    if i wanted a finer front post i could just file the milspec post into a point

    • Paladin

      Mosinman,
      That’s true, but the finer point is only one of the advantages that these offer. The wider, angled base allows for quicker target aquisition as well.

  • Kivaari

    How did they perform? Did you get better groups at ranges from 50 to 300 yds? Young eyes help.

  • Paladin

    Patrick,
    Thanks for the kind words, and glad our products worked out for ya.

    • Paladin

      Also, I ETS in a week, so in honor of my separation, we will be offering 20% off all orders. Just use Discount Code “SUPPORTANDDEFEND” when you checkout on the website!

  • Matt F.

    I’m not the kind of guy to usually complain here, but this review is really lacking in review… You might want to re title it a product overview… This article stopped so fast I scrolled up and down three times just to see if I missed the verdict.

    Can you tell us more? Like, as an experienced shooter, did your experience with these new sights match the claims of the manufacturer? Did you find that the pyramid shape increased or decreased front sight “glare” that, as a soldier, I was taught to fix by burning the front sight post with a match?

    Seriously, I rewrote this post cause the first was kinda mean, but your review reads like you were late for turning in a report in school and wrote it a minute before handing it in to your teacher just to finish… HUSO (hook us shooters up) mang.

    Dickness aside, thanks for introducing this product. I’m really interested, as I’ve personally experienced that 300 meter target obstruction numerous times. I also love shooting irons, and I’ve always thought a small front sight upgrade would be amazing.