How do you flip up sights on an AR 15?
ht on the gas block. This option will give you a much longer sight radius, enhancing your accuracy and allowing for more precise shot placement.
Once you have decided on the type and style of flip-up sights you want to install on your AR-15, the next step is actually installing them. While the specific process may vary slightly depending on the brand and model of sights you have chosen, the general steps are as follows:
1. Gather the necessary tools: Before getting started, make sure you have all the tools you will need for the installation. This typically includes a screwdriver or Allen wrench to adjust the sights, as well as any specific tools required by the manufacturer.
2. Remove any existing sights: If your AR-15 already has sights installed, you will need to remove them before installing the flip-up sights. This can usually be done by loosening the screws or bolts that secure the sights to the firearm and carefully sliding them off.
3. Position the rear sight: Start by positioning the rear flip-up sight on the top rail of your AR-15. The sight should fit snugly and may have a locking mechanism or tension adjustment for added stability. Align the sight with the rail so that it is centered and level.
4. Secure the rear sight: Once the rear sight is properly positioned, tighten the screws or bolts to secure it in place. Be sure not to overtighten, as this can damage the sight or strip the threads on the rail.
5. Adjust the windage: The windage adjustment on flip-up sights allows you to align the sight with the point of impact. Use a screwdriver or Allen wrench to make small adjustments as needed, moving the sight left or right until your shots are hitting the target where you want them to.
6. Install the front sight: With the rear sight in place and adjusted, it’s time to install the front flip-up sight. Slide the front sight onto the gas block or rail, and align it with the rear sight. Some front sights may have a locking mechanism or set screw that needs to be tightened to secure the sight in place.
7. Adjust the elevation: The elevation adjustment on flip-up sights allows you to change the sight picture to match the desired distance. Use a screwdriver or Allen wrench to make small adjustments as needed, raising or lowering the front sight post until your shots are hitting the target at the desired distance.
8. Test and zero the sights: Once both the front and rear sights are installed and adjusted, it’s time to test them on the range. Start at a close distance and fire a few rounds, making any necessary windage or elevation adjustments to fine-tune the sight picture. Gradually increase the distance and continue making adjustments until your AR-15 is zeroed and shooting accurately.
9. Double-check and secure the sights: After zeroing the sights, double-check that all screws and bolts are secure. This will help prevent any movement or shifting of the sights during use. If necessary, apply thread locker to the screws to ensure they stay in place.
10. Practice and maintain: Lastly, make sure to practice regularly with your flip-up sights to become familiar with their operation and to maintain your shooting skills. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning and lubricating the sights, will also help ensure their longevity and performance.
By following these steps and taking the time to properly install and zero your flip-up sights, you can significantly improve the accuracy and versatility of your AR-15 rifle. Whether you are using your rifle for target shooting, competition, or even self-defense, having reliable and properly adjusted sights is crucial for consistent and effective shooting.