Optics and Sighting Systems

New HiViz Fiber Optic Sights

HiViz is one of the companies that has made self-illuminating fiber optic weapon sights very popular among shooters.  At this year’s SHOT Show HiViz announced new offerings in some of today’s most popular handguns.  HiViz combined the durability of their overmolded sights with the versatility of their LitePipes.  Each sight is made of steel, with ramped and serrated sight blade and square profile.

Advancements include a skeletonized sight body that provides the same or greater strength as the overmolded design.  The second advancement is the machined internal LitePipe locking feature resulting in the highest level of reliability and longevity.

Shooting Gear

Diamondhead Polymer Sights

Diamondhead polymer sight

In a move to expand their popular flip-up sights, Diamondhead has announced the addition of a new polymer line of spring-loaded flip-up sights.  These sights will be modeled after the original metal Diamondhead line of flip-up sights, which have been very well received with their ability to quickly guide the shooter’s eye to center.

The new polymer sights are designed to work on all AR-15‘s with a Picatinny attachment rail, though they are not suitable for a gas block sight base to heat concerns.  In addition to lighter weight, from the advanced polymer/composite construction, Diamondhead has incorporated NiteBrite photoluminescent inserts that can be illuminated with natural light or with a flashlight.  This feature will be standard.

Optics and Sighting Systems

New Magpul All-Steel MBUS

Magpul Industries Corporation has been in the news lately with its bold stand for gun owners and gun rights.  When the Colorado elected officials voted to limit law-abiding citizens’ use of high capacity magazines, Magpul immediately put out a press release stating that they would be moving their business out of state.

Magpul MBUS Pro sights

Now in the midst of their big move, Magpul has announced the release of new furniture for AR-15 style rifles and the venerable 1911 pistols.


Magpul has already produced a very popular AR-15 flip-down sights in the original and Gen II MBUS (Magpul Back-Up Sight).  Made with the same high-quality polymer construction as their extremely popular PMags, Magpul’s original MBUS sights have found great popularity and high reviews for durability and function.  The original MBUS was lightweight, yet sturdy, and used a nice spring-activated mechanism to flip the sight into shooting position.  The user could then simultaneously press two levers on opposite sides of the sight to fold the MBUS back into a low profile position.

Optics and Sighting Systems

EOTech 300 BLACKOUT Whisper Review

Ed. Note: In 2013, EOTech introduced a number of new products including the new EOtech 300 Blackout optic. Aaron had a chance to shoot with one and spend time with the company engineers out in Las Vegas. This is his preliminary review of the 300 BLK optic.

Being a user of this company’s products, I was interested to see the new EOTech Model 300 Blackout Whisper at the 2013 SHOT Show.

EOTech XPS2-300 Optic Review