Battle Arms Development’s Architek Clamp On Sight

Battle Arms

Battle Arms Development is now offering a new clamp on style front sight for the AR pattern rifle. The new sights, called the Architek, is designed to be placed as far forward as possible on the barrel to provide the maximum potential sight radius. It will fit on barrels with an external diameter of 0.735″ – 0.750″. This includes government profile barrels which are frequently used in AR builds.

As one might guess, these are designed to work with AR rifles that are built without the traditional front sight tower and gas block. Considering how many rifles are built with a low profile block and no tower, this is a fairly large market of potential customers. It does not rely on handguard alignment to ensure proper alignment with the rear sight. The sight does not fold.

Installation requires the removal of any muzzle device that may already be on your gun. Once that is off, the sight slides onto the barrel and is affixed into place with the use of three screws. JB Weld is not recommended.

The Architek is made of machined 7075-T6 aluminum and has a matte black anodized finish. It has cuts in the body to reduce weight. These sights are being sold only through Brownells and have a price of $89.99 attached to them.

Battle Arms Development is the same company making the Vert PDW stock and lightweight AR receiver.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Blake

    I freaking love Battle Arms. They were one of the first to come out with a short throw safety, their lightweight receivers are absolute pieces of art, and their MRO mount is as well. Them and Strike Industries are the two companies I look to for innovative firearm products that break the traditional mold ever since Magpul lost its spark.

  • Vitsaus

    What is to stop it from being canted by a bump or blow? Three screws that simply clamp down are far from re-assuring. Are people so trapped in the Barbie doll mindset that they couldn’t design it to work with dimples or even a pin?

    • Jack

      Did you ever see the vltor gas block sight tower torque test? They broke the index pin before the block moved. A properly installed clamp on device is plenty secure. I love my Barbie. You can pin and weld whatever you want to your rifle.

  • LazyReader

    Making your AR look more AK by the day.

    • DW

      AK getting a rearward dioptor rearsight-> Making your AK more AR

      Seriously both systems are getting more and more alike

  • Edeco

    I like the appearance; bare bones, kind of retro.

  • Spencerhut

    How do they make sure it’s lined up to the rear sight? And stays there?

    • Ken

      Same way you line up any other front sight without a jig. You eyeball it, clamp it in a machinist vise and check with levels and squares, and/or check it with string. Since it’s not permanent, you can always arrange it to zero windage. It clamps onto the barrel via locking screws. You could red Loctite the sight to the barrel and the screws. If hit hard enough, it may move, but so might a free float handguard or a front sight attached to it. If you’re really concerned about it moving, a regular front sight pinned in place is the most secure option.

      • Spencerhut

        I usually use standard fixed front sight or fold down Troy’s. This clamp on sight seems like too much hassle. Even red loctite melts when in contact with a barrel.

        • Ken

          Yeah, I don’t trust red Loctite for something like that. For set screw gas blocks, I dimple the barrel, and then stake the set screws with at least two deep stakes each.

  • Rock or Something

    That’s actually not a bad idea. On top of lengthening the sight radius, it also adds a more aesthetically pleasing look (to me anyways) to AR-15s with 16 inch barrels but still have the front sight post fixed to the 14.5 length. I always thought it was kind of derpy to have that profile. Only concern is maybe how well the front sight post will stay on the barrel after extended firing sessions or after being knocked around. Maybe someone can do a review on it.

  • maynardb

    now the dissipator concept comes full circle

  • Marvin

    Great option to make rifles you may already own into Dissipator or KINO type rifles. Or chop up some handguards to add a fixed barrel mounted front sight. This is a good thing.

  • Anonymoose

    Should have added a spring-loaded plunger for timing muzzle devices.

  • Marvin

    Here’s some more gooder-er pics of what it actually looks like.

  • Sunshine_Shooter

    Not impressed. If I had no front sight, I’d save the $90 and put it towards a red dot or scope.

  • ARCNA442

    I don’t know about clamp on instead of pinning, but with the proliferation of long free float tubes I have been wondering why no one had put such a product on the market. Putting iron sights on a free float handguard always seemed to defeat the purpose of free floating the barrel in the first place since it allows the barrel to move independently of the sights.

  • Cymond

    Note: as pointed out by another commenter on another blog, it dies not use a standard front sight post.
    You can see it yourself if you look through the pictures on Brownells.

  • Andrew Thomas

    I have been scouring the web for months looking for this exact thing for my kel-tec cmr-30. Hooray for longer sight radius!!!

  • Jeff Smith

    Not a horrific idea if your on a strict budget…but I think it would be much easier to get a 15″ rail and some back up iron sights. The cost of the extended rail and a decent BUIS wouldn’t be too much more than the rail shown and this front sight.

    A 15″ rail and BUIS seem like they would do the exact same thing but also allow you to mount an optic without the front sight being in the way.

    • Independent George

      The downside to the 15″ rail isn’t the cost, but the weight. And presumably, anyone interested in this isn’t using a red dot to begin with.

      Actually, come to think of it, I think the real benefit to this would be for competition shooters using an offset rear sight – presumably you could rotate the front to any angle you wish.

      • Jeff Smith

        Touché. If you’re looking to cut ounces everywhere you can, this would be a good option.

  • Tritro29

    OMG they’re copying KALASHNIKOV…THIS IS PREPOSTEROUS…waiting for the usual suspects waltzing in…

    Otherwise 90 dollars for something not really needed. More power to them.