In the world of modern optics and the plethora of options available to the shooter, it’s understandable that iron sights have lost design and manufacturing momentum. With Magpul’s and other fully usable, though perhaps a bit flimsy, polymer sight options few companies have put work into creating beautiful and usable irons. I mean, it seems like the industry stopped innovating afters A.R.M.S.’ folding FSB.
Fortunately for us shooters with a deference to aesthetics, Scalarworks, known for their ultra-light optics mounts, is taking a break from optics and looking back to iron sights. Teased on their Facebook and Instagram pages, the named OPS/Fixed sights combine the ultra-light aesthetic with a bit of a modern twist – literally.
Instead of sticking with just the “standard” AR-15 front sight post, Scalarworks is using a thumbwheel adjustment so one can quickly and easily adjust their elevation. For windage, users are treated to a subset machined dish that deliberate fingers can move without the obnoxious “A2” style windage knob taking up critical vision. The rear sight aperture does look to be the standard O-2 open and precision part, though I will forgive Scalarworks for that choice as its a great design and part.
Prcing is still TBD, but I will preliminary give Scalarworks my completely arbitrary iron sight BAMF status.