TangoDown FFA-02 Front Sight Flashlight Adapter

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A few years back TangoDown released their FFA-01 rail mounted flashlight adapter with an integrated front sight for the AR-15. It was basically a front sight with an opening in it large enough to let a rail mounted weapons light like the Surefire X300 to fit through it. Why would anyone want to do this? Well usually if you want to mount your weapon light in this optimal 12 o’clock position you would have to remove your front sight or move it back behind your weapon light. However this would reduce your rifle’s sight radius, which you usually don’t want to do.

Well TangoDown has released an improved version of the mount called the FFA-02 which works with the Surefire XC-1. The FFA-01 mount was made out of steel while the new and improved FFA-02 is now made out of aluminum with a Type III hard coat matte black anodize finish. The FFA-02 is meant to be used on ARs with a low profile gas block upper only, they’ll also co-witness just fine with your rear BUIS. The M16/M4 style front sight post is fully adjustable. It weights in at 1.5oz and is made here in the USA. They’re going for $95 over at TangoDown.com.

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Ray I.

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  • M-Dasher

    Orr….you know…..you could just mount your light to any of the other 100 feet of rail you have on your gun……

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Why is 12 better than 3 6 or 9?

    • Joseph Goins

      It came over from CQB and vehicle tactics. It has it’s merits. The theory is that if your light is on the left side of your rail and you have to clear a left handed corner at night, your light is going to shine off the wall instead of going downrange. If your sights can see the target, so can your light.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        So its basically meaningless to 99.9% of the people who will purchase this.

        • Joseph Goins

          You might want to be careful about playing the percentage game when it comes to guns and accessories. The application (light on top) is very sound, but very few people will ever need to use it in the real world.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            To each his/her own.
            Personally, I reached “Peak Rail Light” a long time ago.
            Ill think about buying another one when it sees through skirts.

          • valorius

            LMAO 😀

        • Gary Kirk

          Ninjas of mall

      • Joshua

        Honestly with modern lights pushing 600+lumens in the Scout size it won’t matter, there will be enough illumination even if you’re not pointing at the target directly.

        • Joseph Goins

          I take it you have never used a 600+ lumen light indoors before.

          • Joshua

            Plenty, your point is?

            If your going to bring up the whole 600 lumens on a white wall will blind you blah blah blah.

            Pat Rogers disproved this often in his night courses.

          • BillC

            Then you’re doing it wrong.

          • Joseph Goins

            I have plenty of overseas experience with lights indoors while overseas, but thanks for playing.

      • Ralph Napier

        I prefer a nice 1000 lumen Fenix at 1’clock via a 45* adapter on the top rail.

      • Ralph Napier

        I prefer a nice 1000 lumen Fenix at 1’clock via a 45* adapter on the top rail.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/311f27417d6e1a6f4c6d2a3d48a035b486bc352544b60742f66217b9369407fb.jpg

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Using cover or concealment, if not running a tape switch the setup is more ambi friendly, and if you’re really wanting the split hairs the balance of the rifle is more inline.

    • Gary Kirk

      Looking down the rifle, rightie 9, leftie 3, avoids glare on rifle from the light fighting the effect of said light.. 9 gives a lot of “up-shadow”.. (Had to make up a word) 12 would be best, but normally sights and what not get in the fray.. I’ll keep running my surefires at 9

  • BillC

    It’s also a terrible light to have on a long gun. The light in and of itself is a marginal pistol light, lumen wise. It was created to be small enough to carry with minimal intrusion on a pistol. Why would anybody put it on rifle when you could have a rifle light?

    • Roy G Bunting

      For indoors clearing and fighting, where really bright lights are harder to adjust to. I’d see this as a secondary light. ID target, click on riflelight to demand compliance, and shoot, if necessary.

      • valorius

        That’s quite the violation of KISS, isn’t it?

        • Roy G Bunting

          Yes, I’d agree, OTOH, as a backup light, it takes up no space, adds very little weight and uses cheap to replace batteries.

          KISS or “2 is 1, 1 is none”, choose what works best for you.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I’m with you. The only valid reason I can see is if you only have one light and want to switch between your rifle and handgun but for a little more money you could mount a dedicated light to your gun again making this pointless.

      Kyle Defoor did a test a while back and found out he was more accurate with Irons mounted with a M4 radius vs a M16 radius. So again just move the front sight back and use the light as normal.

      • BillC

        Half right. DeFoor did that test to find the optimal radius for accuracy and speed.

    • Joseph Goins

      The article isn’t about the light. It’s about the sight which can accommodate larger models.

      • BillC

        But this sight is made for this light, sooooo……

      • Blake

        No, it’s about the sight specifically designed to accommodate a much smaller light. They’ve had a larger sized sight out for a few years.

  • valorius

    An interesting idea, even if it’s a a bit overpriced.