First Look: Samson Mfg. Back Up Iron Sights

posted on April 9, 2019

Over the last 10 years, optical sights for the AR platform have gone from being on the outside to looking to becoming the de-facto standard for the military, law enforcement and armed citizens alike. From 1X red dots to AR-specific variable-power optics that zoom out to 10X, there’s probably an optic that will help your AR-pattern gun even more accurate. While battery technology has greatly improved and the mounting systems for the optics are tried and true, many people want a backup sighting system, just in case their primary optic fails them at an inopportune moment.

Samson Manufacturing is known for making high-quality and rugged AR-patten parts and accessories, and now the company is adding to that reputation with the introduction of its new Backup Sights. The Samson Backup Sights are just that: Backups to your primary optic. Rather than have a smaller, flip up peep sight like a standard A2 sight, the pop-up Samson Backup Sights have a single .160 diameter rear aperture to give you an accurate sight picture but are still usable in low-light conditions. Rather than many of today's larger iron sights, these Samson sighting options are designed not as primary sights but as companions to a primary optic, and the design reflects that mission.

The Samson Backup Sights are made from 6061-T6 aluminum and have a type III class 2 hard coat anodized finish. The sights quick attach to any standard Picatinny rail, and the front sight accepts all aftermarket front sight post replacements which have MIL-SPEC dimensions. Rear sights feature a perfect (M4) co-witness height, just over 0.5 MOA per click windage adjustment, and precision laser engraving for click settings.

The front sight retails for $41.74, the rear sight is $52.05, and the packaged set of front and rear sights is $86.46. More information on the Samson Backup sights is available at


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