Clear Image Solutions – Red-Dot / Iron Sight Hybrid

Nathan S
by Nathan S

Well wouldya lookie here? An innovative take on iron sights courtesy of industry newcomer Clear Image Solutions. Protected by US Patent #8,925,238, Clear Image Solutions has developed a replacement front sight for iron sights that uses a free-floated dot instead of the common post. In short, its a piece of fiber optic inside a piece of glass, inside a piece of carbon steel.

The Revolution Model 1776 (their first offering) is designed for “same plane” iron sight systems such as a top-rail height picatinny rail or a rail-height gas block. Intended for use as either/both the primary or secondary sighting system, the RM1776 is battery free dot solution that does not require a tower or post which can obscure the target. In fact, the RM1776 takes great pains to ensure that the target and its surrounding area are not obstructed with a massive window.

Clear Image Solutions claims the sight is rugged enough for four foot drops attached to the weapon so vigorous 3-gunners may find value in the sight, especially “limited” users for when a battery goes out. The primary optic (assuming its absolute co-witnessed) can be used as the rear aperture.

The sight is available for purchase now, clocking in at $149.95 for the front sight and a three lens bundle of one amber, red, and green rod. Replacement lens are avalable in 3 packs for $19.95 and the red rod version can be purchased with various rod sizes (.060″, .040″, and .030″) to match the shooters preference.

My only complaint? The sight does not fold. A quick-flip version would be ideal. Oh, and I don’t have a review sample in to test.

  • Machined from carbon steel, durable and passes the four foot drop test standard
  • Offering up to 40 MOA of elevation adjustment
  • Interchangeable lens system that features a light gathering fiber optic rod embedded in an abrasion resistant acrylic lens.  Negligible zero shift when changing lenses.
  • The fiber optic rod gathers all ambient light and provides a clear aiming reference (“dot”) for the shooter engaged in any shooting discipline including military and law enforcement
  • No tools necessary / quick release mounting system
  • No batteries or external power source necessary
  • NOTE – the M1776 is designed for use on single (same) plane mounting systems or receiver height railed gas blocks.
Nathan S
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.

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  • Jacob Westphal Jacob Westphal on Nov 12, 2016

    I wish it was lower profile

    • Wow! Wow! on Nov 12, 2016

      @Jacob Westphal The easy solution is to put the slim post in front and leave the clear ring in the back and co witness them... wait, a second... I like the concept, but you can use just a regular front sight and a red dot sight aperture if you want to do this.

  • Wayneregina Wayneregina on Nov 18, 2016

    I ordered one of these the next day, and took delivery on it earlier this week. I put a couple hundred rounds downrange with it at the range to get it shooting where my gun does at 50 yds, and had it out on a friends ptoperty today, where I took a fox with it. I'm very impressed with the quality of it; really bomb proof. For snap shooting I think I actually prefer it to a powered red dot; there is no mass around the optic to shield a small target with while trying to get off a quick shot. You really notice how much a RDS blocks out after shooting this. In bright sunlight, the dot ( I went with green instead of red) is very bright & crisp. Easy to install & sight in too. A really nice option to iron sights; very happy with it so far