TFB’s 1st Day Of Christmas: BUIS

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Yes, the real 12 days of Christmas will actually start on December 25th and run until January 6th, but in an effort to include everyone this holiday season, I’m switching things up. So whether you celebrate Santa’s arrival, Hanukkah or Martian Sol 33.10.541 (look it up) I promise there will be something for every shooter who likes to both give and receive gifts.

We will lay out a dozen days of guns and gear, some of which you might not normally buy for yourself. Then it will be up to you to flip the link to the TFB posts to your friends, family and loved-ones in the hopes of snagging a cool gift to rather than hats, shirts, ties or other gaudy holiday clothing that will forever live a drawer, unworn.

I consider Back Up Iron Sights, or BUIS for short, essential gear on almost any rifle. Not necessarily because I fear taking shrapnel to my primary optic and having to transition to irons to engage the approaching zombie horde.  More so, having BUIS installed and zeroed allows shooters to maintain proficiency and practice fundamentals whenever time permits. So whether or not you are running a red dot on a carbine or a 8-24x scope on a full-length rifle, a good set of iron sights should also be along for the ride. (They also work great on their own).

There are many quality BUIS options on the market these days, but here are a few on my list if I were building another rifle. Have a favorite? List it in the comments section below. Manufacturers and retailers listed here are not paid advertisements – just my personal choices to hopefully help you find gifts easier.

Magpul MBUS PRO ~ $120 (est)

The Magpul MBUS and MBUS PRO balance price, usability and ruggedness exceptionally well. I prefer the PRO model because it has a lower profile and features an all-metal construction.



Normally known for their silencers, Griffin Armament has branched out as of late. The M2 sight comes in two flavors: standard verticle or offset mount options. Can’t decide? Pick up the deployment kit that includes mounting options for both.




NEW!   STRIKE INDUSTRIES Sidewinder BUIS – $180 (est)

I am lucky enough to have a set of the Sidewinder sights coming in for a review. But for those of you willing to be early adopters of the newest and hottest gear, the flip-up, offset sight set from Strike is calling your name.


NEW!  – KNIGHT’S ARMAMENT – $300 (est)

Historically, Knight’s has produced some of the most battle-proven BUIS for the AR platform ever seen. Options range from offset, low profile and adjustable for both windage and elevation. Check out the new MLOK Micro front flip up sight while you are bounding through the Knight’s Armament website.



Where to buy BUIS:

DSG Arms


Rainier Arms

Midway USA

Primary ARMS

TFB’s 12 Days Of Christmas:

Day 1:  Back Up IRON Sights – ‘BUIS’

Day 2: TOOls

Day 3: Hearing Protection

Day 4: Rimfire Silencers

Day 5: Cleaning Kits

Day 6: First Aid And Survival





Day 11: (hug coupons)

Day 12: (JELLy Of THe Month Club)


LE – Science – OSINT.
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  • Joseph Goins

    I still prefer the Troy dioptic folding sights.

    • J.K.

      Yep, I prefer the HK style front sights.

    • Anonymoose

      Too bad Troy likes to hire jerks. :

      • DwnRange

        Who cares, Troy Battle Sights still reside on most of my ARs and just because folks got the red-a$$ for their hiring practices at some point long after mine were bought still ain’t no reason to disparage the excellent BUIS from them,

        • Jake

          you work there?

          • DwnRange

            Nope…… ya got a problem comprehending English? Troy, KAC and ARMS been around longer than most and have always made top notch mil-spec products since long before companies like LaRue, BCM and Magpul ever existed. Some of my ARs wear ARMS SIR units as well as KAC RAS II rails because they were the cats meow in barrel free-floating way back when and I’ll be damned if they aren’t as functional today as when originally purchased. Good products are good – screw the politics which is my point here. Troy makes excellent BUIS, rails and other mil-spec lit items, no need to say more and one does not have to work for them to say so – only use them.

          • Jake

            Anonymoose said they only hire jerks, I ask you if you work there because you sound like you have a corncob stuck up your ass. have a great day 🙂

          • Pete – TFB Writer

            Knock it off boys. You’re killing my xmas buzz.

      • Joseph Goins

        Like whom?

        • RSG

          A man that who decided murdering an unarmed woman holding a child was the RIGHT THING TO DO.

          • Joseph Goins

            Ok. What employee fits that description?

          • FulMetlJakit

            Seriously? Dale Monroe, Lon Horiuchi’s partner at Ruby Ridge, who defended the decision to shoot Vicki Weaver.
            And another jerk, who was initially hired and then bailed on due to public reaction – Jody Weis, former Chicago city police commissioner and anti 2A to the core. Then again, maybe he had a come to Jebus moment…
            Troy does make decent stuff, and overprices it.
            Just like UnderArmour.
            Shame since they started great and were inventive, but to me they are on the same list as HS Precision, CheaperThanDirt and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

          • FulMetlJakit

            Would recommend if you like/want Troy, buy Yankee Hill instead.

          • pun&gun

            That still ticks me off. No one who defends shooting a harmless baby-toting woman totally at unawares should be able to get a job at McDonald’s, much less somewhere like Troy.

      • MarcoPolo

        Yeah, I’m still boycotting them as well. It’s a shame because they do make the best B.U.I.S.

        • RSG

          Yup. I’ll never do business with them.

      • pun&gun

        Yep. Boycotting them myself.

        • will_ford

          didnt know, Thanks

  • Is this supposed to be a giveaway? Not seeing how to enter if it is

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Nope. Sorry for the confusion. Just me giving away gift ideas.

  • Darrell

    The word you seek is ‘horde’, not ‘hoard’.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      May there be extra goodies in your stocking this year. Thanks.

  • BillC

    I like the idea of the Knight’s M-LOK front sight, but that price….

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      That’s an estimate for the pair. I don’t think the front sight is available in the Knight’s store yet. I’d guess $125-$150 for the front alone.

  • pun&gun

    I want that Chris Costa action figure. XD

  • Frank Grimes

    So, no acknowledgement of us people that celebrate Kwanzaa?

    I am sickitated.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Ha. Knew that was coming.

  • Rusty S.

    Don’t even joke about “jelly of the month club”…that stuff is noxious! And now for the airing of grievances…

  • Bob

    why on earth would anybody want a sight that is so “tall”. YOu lose all ability to get a cheek rest or “spot weld” (as I was taught in 1965 BCT) on the stock so you get a GOOD sight alignment and sight picture!!

  • Joseph Goins

    #1. Why do you think I already “know this”? (This is the first I heard it.)
    #2. Do their hiring decisions diminish the quality of their products?

    • RSG

      I apologize. Everyone in the gun community already knew this. And no, it doesn’t diminish the quality of their products. It diminishes the quality of their company. There are too many other comparable products too instead support a company that had no problem hiring a murderer and also, someone who if they had the opportunity, would disarm all of us. I work hard for money. I often vote with my wallet.

      • Joseph Goins

        #1. Jody Weis was hired by their training group to train LEO/MIL, not your average citizens. Does his anti-gun views in anyway impact his ability to teach that community effectively? He had 25+ years of experience between the FBI and Chicago.

        #2. Dale Monroe never discharged his weapon at Ruby Ridge or Waco. Therefore, he didn’t murder anyone. Call me crazy, but I have a much different view than the typically anti-government paranoia preaches on the subject. While the original action against Weaver by the ATF was BS; however, the onus was — as it always has been — on the suspects (just Randy Weaver at the start) to comply with the law peacefully. He chose to not go to court on his charges, and the USMS was tasked to arrest him. A team of deputy marshals formed a scouting party, were found on the property, announced that they were LEOs, and then were shot at by Sammy Weaver and Kevin Harris. One the of marshals and Sammy Weaver died. The FBI then took over. From their perspective, they were a group of outlaws “holed up,” surrounded, and not surrendering. As such, the SAIC changed the rules of engagement. Under that rule change — right or wrong — Vicki Weaver was a valid target and was engaged accordingly. The only reasons why people care about it is because, in my humble opinion, either they are sympathetic to the Weaver’s antigovernment beliefs or because they look at the event with 20/20 hindsight rather than from the perspective of the officers at the time.

        • n0truscotsman

          “He chose to not go to court on his charges, and the USMS was tasked to arrest him”

          He didn’t miss the court date on *purpose* or as an act of defiance. It was changed without him being informed about it. And the shotgun barrel length charge was concocted BS.

          Not a uncommon thing either, since America’s court system is rapidly devolving into something worthy of a banana republic.

          • Joseph Goins

            I’ll give you that he missed the actual court date due to a clerical error. However, the Marshals waited to arrest him until he missed the March 20 court date supplied in error. He chose not to go to court because he — right or wrong — believed that he couldn’t get a fair hearing after a grand jury indicted him on the 14th. He should have went and let his lawyer deal with the problem. He chose to stay on his property and act like the legal system didn’t apply to him.

  • will_ford

    Diamondhead works for me. Dioptic folder also.