Posted on January 9th, 2014 by ar15news
This is a guest post from our friend Roy, owner of Weapon Outfitters, who gets to handle ALL of the cool new toys. So many people have been trying to decide between the new Magpul MBUS Pro backup iron sights and the very nice Knights Armament Co. Micro folding backup iron sights. Most people don’t own both (or either) so Roy went out of his way to give a good bit of information comparing the two sets. Read his information below.
Got a chance to compare the Magpul MBUS Pro to the Knight’s Armament Company micro folding backup iron sights! There are a few differences in capabilities and features between the two, with the MBUS Pro priced right below the KAC sights.
The MBUS Pro notably uses all steel construction, with the front sight being the lowest profile folding front sight I’ve seen yet! The MBUS Pro features tool less adjustment, but it’s a bit harder to manipulate than the KAC. The front sight post is standard USGI width, while the KAC’s micro front sight is thinner for greater accuracy potential. The KAC Micro Front has a steel base but aluminum folding body.
On the rear sights, the MBUS Pro’s beefy steel construction is quite noticable in the hand. It features a serrated rear sight surface to help reduce glare, and the peep hole sight folds out and away as needed. The MBUS pro’s windage is easily dialed in with a low profile knob. Unlike the micro, there is no built in elevation dial… but that’s something that you’re more likely to see or use on a match rifle… or a 20th century German/Swiss rifle. The KAC’s peep hole aperture is not adjustable… which is fine by me since you should only be using the peep hole adjustment for true accuracy potential anyway. The ghost ring sight is a legacy of the mid 20th century when no one had weapon mounted lights or red dot sights, and people actually had to try to shoot each other in the dark relying on ambient light only. If you are trying to shoot someone with a long gun in the dark with backup iron sights as a civilian, LEO, or soldier… something went horribly wrong somewhere, and the size of your rear sight aperture is probably the least of your concerns, IMHO!
All in all, the MBUS Pros offer a great value package at a great price, while the KAC’s premium pricing definitely does give it a few extra features that folks may or may not want. These two options represent the high end and mid level market offerings well.
If you’ve been on the fence trying to decide between these two sets I hope this article helped. I personally own a set of the Magpul MBUS Pro’s and absolutely love them. Both of these sights are extremely hard to find right now, but somehow Weapon Outfitters has managed to get both front and rear of both the Magpul MBUS Pro and KAC Micro in-stock at the same time. Take your pick at the links below.
MBUS Pro Front: http://bit.ly/19UmbjB
MBUS Pro Rear: http://bit.ly/1hxrlUY
KAC Micro Front: http://bit.ly/JIQ4qS
KAC Micro Rear, 2-600 Meters: http://bit.ly/19UmhaZ
Weapon Outfitters is an online specialty store that specializes in weapon’s accessories for competitive, sport, and tactical shooters. “We don’t stock everything, but what we do stock is the good stuff.”