For those shooters who still "see" the value in iron sights on rifles and, in particular, rear apertures, XS Sight Systems has several options that are quickly user-installed on a variety of popular guns. (Of course, you'll need a front sight, too, and there are a few ways to add those to guns that don't already have them that don't involve gunsmithing, but we'll look at that in a future post.) XS's options for rear apertures include low and high versions of a Picatinny-rail-mounted unit along with Sako, Ruger and Remington 700 models. (The Ruger requires drilling and tapping.) One of their benefits is that they instantly increase sight radius-the dimension between the sights-because they mount at the receiver's rear, where an aperture-style sight is most effective, rather than at its front or on the barrel, which is where most factory rear sights are installed. The simple XS design features a finely threaded post that is unscrewed to raise it or screwed-in to lower it. Flats on its right and left sides allow it to be secured with set screws on either side of the sight's base, which is dovetailed to accept the post's female-threaded base with its complementary dovetail. The company even offers its aperture post with threads on the aperture's inner surface that accept Williams-threaded apertures, so you can use the post alone as a ghost ring or screw in a smaller aperture for more precise shooting. All that's needed for installation is an Allen wrench. Don't forget the blue LocTite. If you've ever had a riflescope fail on a big hunt, you might see the value in iron sights, too. What's your story?
Easy-Add Rear Aperture Sights
American Rifleman Television attended the 2022 Sporting Clays National Championship for an in-depth look at the experience had by thousands of the nation's most-avid shotgunners.
My favorite firearm is a .45-cal. Colt Single Action Army that I purchased new in 1980. The old Colt exudes Western adventure, both real and imagined.
Riton Optics offers a variety of riflescopes, red-dot optics and a complete line of accessories and was founded in 2013 in Tucson, Ariz., by Brady Speth, a U.S. Air Force veteran and former Capitol Police Officer. For 2023, Riton optic is celebrating its first decade doing business.
As most anyone who is married knows all too well, failing to remember a significant anniversary is a mistake best avoided. In view of that, we always strive to point out important milestones as they pertain to the world of firearms—and in this issue we mark two.