Daniel Defense A1.5
It would seem that the AR15 buying frenzy of days passed has slowed quite a bit. Still, the interest is high, new products are being pumped out and deals are being made like the purchase of LWRC by COLT.
With the variety of options and accessories out there it’s difficult to be satisfied with just a single black rifle or even two. I’m constantly on the lookout and frequently thinking about adding new calibers. Currently, all of my AR15s have fixed, A2 front sights. Where they differ is when it comes to what rides behind that front sight.
Riding atop what I consider my home defense AR15 is the Daniel Defense A1.5 Fixed Rear Sight. It’s my only AR that has a weapon light mounted and currently wears no fancy-pants optic. That’s right, iron sighs only.
The only explanation for not having an Aimpoint PRO on there is simply that I’m a cheapass. It’s bound to happen, but in the mean time I knew I wanted a tough, reliable sight to ride along.
Like thousands of other folks, I’m happy with the polymer, Magpul back up sights and have other rifles equipped with those. In this case I chose the Daniel Defense fixed rear sight for simplicity’s sake.
That and the fact that I know that Daniel Defense only puts their name on high quality, long lasting products. Even if it wasn’t a home defense rifle, any rifle with unreliable sights isn’t much use. I wanted the best at a great price and the DD A1.5 fit the bill.
The lightweight, streamlined design of the Daniel Defense A1.5 Fixed Rear Sight makes it the optimum back up iron sight for shooters using today’s most popular reflex optics. Yep, even if you have optics it’s not automatic that you must have sights that fold out of the way. You can still take advantage of your optics with a sturdy, fixed rear sight.
In addition, the well thought out design of the DD A1.5 does not impede the use of the charging handle on M4 type rifles. I have mine mounted way back on the upper receiver which is optimal for obtaining as long a sight radius as possible and I’ve had no issues.
The one piece design makes it easy to install to any Military Specification flattop upper receiver and the sight is secured to the upper using a slotted fastener which is threaded into a self-locking steel thread insert.
Machined from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum and Military Specification Hard Coat Anodized, this Fixed Back Up Iron Sight is both lightweight and durable. Adjustment of windage is easy and I’ve done it with the tip of a bullet. The A2 apeture has two settings, one for CQB and one for those longer distance shots and flips back and forth as needed.
Now all I have to do is try and stay away from our Daniel Defense product page for fear of wallet decimation. That and I should focus on acquisition of an Aimpoint PRO.