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Rampart Range Day 2017 – Scalarworks

Scalar Works debuted their new On Point Sights for the AR, developed in conjunction with Larry Vickers. I’m super impressed with these fixed iron sights. Not only do these Picatinny compatible sights look great and are easy to adjust with just your finger, they are also well thought out.


When industry transitioned from a 20″ sight radius found in the M16, many back up sights, and fixed sights for that matter didn’t compensate for the shorter sight radius of the carbine. Consequently, the adjustment screws don’t actually offer what we would consider standard MOA adjustments. You may have noticed this phenomenon when adjusting your iron sights. The shift isn’t as predictable as we would hope during adjustments.


Scalarorks sat down and did the math to reintroduce predictability in iron sight adjustment. While their adjustments are based on a 15″ sight radius, each set of sights comes with a easy to understand guide to determine amount of adjustment per click based on your radius.


Additionally, LAV realized that when we had transitioned from the M16A1 to the A2, we flipped the rear peep sights around so that we no longer looked at the flat face but rather the scallop. This can cause distortion due to light reflecting within the scallop. Consequently, the On Point Sights have flat peep sight faces.

Check them out at scalarworks.com/shop/iron-sights/ops-fixed.


10 Responses to “Rampart Range Day 2017 – Scalarworks”

  1. The SCALARWORKS crew did a great job on these and they exceeded my expectations!! I’m very pleased with the results !!

    • PTMcCain says:

      My bank account suffers when the LAV teams up with people to make stuff.

    • Kit Badger says:

      I love the rear sight on these, it’s really clean. I have a question about the front sight though. Is there a reason you chose to stick with the outward “wings” that protect the front sight post? I find the HK style, with a circular feel, draw my eye better. Either way, nice work!

      • The hooded or semi hooded front site works well when the front site post is fixed and non adjustable. This means it’s always in the center of the hood so all one has to do is put circle on circle ( rear aperature – circular hood) and drive on. If the front sight is elevation adjustable that doesn’t work well as now the front site will most likely not be in the center of the hood but the shooter will still want to instinctually put circle on circle – but with a front site that is not centered

        • Kit Badger says:

          Never even considered that. Thanks for explaining it, it totally makes sense.

        • Jack says:

          I understand the concept but if you still placed the post (center, Lollly pop, whatever reference you use) on the target wouldn’t it still work? The circle in circle still provides a quick and easy reference for a consistent lineup but it would be up to the user to place the post at the correct POA. I’m failing to see how having the post slightly above or below dead center is an issue as long you’re still placing the post (with consistent alignment) on target consistently. What am I missing?

  2. Iheartptbelts says:

    Hard to believe it took this long for someone to come up with a better way to adjust the front sight. Looks like it should work well.

    • ThatBlueFalcon says:

      It’s not a new innovation by any means… KAC has had it on their BUIS family for some time now.

  3. EC says:

    The reason the aperture was backwards on the M16A2 was because of LTC David Lutz in charge of the A2 program.

    He flipped it around because he thought the slight recess of the aperture would prevent it from wearing shiny and you wouldn’t need sight black.