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Handgun Sight Review: AmeriGlo I-Dot Pro

Good things happen when you combine the best of two excellent handgun sights. That is exactly what AmeriGlo did when they developed the I-Dot Pro sights. They combined the innovative front sight from the Hackathorn sights and excellent rear sight from the  I-Dot sights. The results are amazing.

You can't miss this front sight! This picture approximates the shooter's point of view (on a Glock 17 RTF2 for reference). Click to enlarge.

Stats

  • Front sight width: .140″ (note: this is slightly wider than the standard I-Dot front)
  • Rear sight notch: .180″
  • Price: $89

Front Sight

The I-Dot Pro sights borrow the front sight from the Hackathorn sights. It is slightly taller to work with the taller I-Dot rear sight and slightly wider (.140″ versus .125″) to accommodate a large red-orange ring around the tritium vial insert. This red-orange paint makes the front sight amazingly fast to pick up in daylight conditions. It reminds me of a red dot sight or a fiber-optic front sight. You really have to spend some time with this front sight on the range to appreciate it. It works extremely well in low light as well thanks to the tritium vial insert.

The bright red ring on the front sight is borrowed from the Hackathorn sights. Click to enlarge.

Rear Sight

The rear sight is identical to the rear sight used for the I-Dot sights which is to say that it is excellent. The notch is relatively wide (like most AmeriGlo rear sights) at .180″. This makes it faster and easier to find the front sight when the gun is brought to eye level on the draw stroke. The rear sight is also undercut which really cuts down on glare.

The bottom corners of the notch are rounded similar to a u-notch (unlike a true u-notch, the bottom is flat). These rounded corners serve to remove all of the hard edges from the sight picture except the important ones.

The rear sight features a single tritium vile insert that does not have a white outline which makes it appear smaller than the insert in the front sight. Everything about this rear sight is designed to help you focus on the front sight.

The I-Dot Pro rear sight features a single tritium vile that is not outlined and a wide notch with rounded corners. Click to enlarge.

The rear sight has many of it’s edges melted so it is snag free. However, the leading edge of the rear sight is left squared so that the sight can be used to cycle the slide in an emergency by catching it on a belt, holster, table top, or any other suitable surface. This may be an important feature if you train one handed manipulations.

The I-Dot Pro rear sight has mostly "melted" corners except the leading edge which is intentionally left squared. Notice the slight undercutting of the rear sight. Click to enlarge.

In Use

These perform very well on the range. The wide rear notch makes finding the front sight very fast and easy. I didn’t see much of a difference in my splits between the I-Dot Pros and the standard I-Dots but there is something very confidence inspiring about knowing that you will be able to find that huge red dot quickly. The red dot becomes even more brilliant in sunlight. It is tough to miss.

I didn’t see any measurable accuracy decrease from the wider front sight (versus the standard I-Dots). If anything, the wider front seems to align more intuitively than the narrower front on the standard I-Dots. I was less distracted by the “daylight” showing on either side of the front sight. This may have to do with the proportions of the front sight to the wide rear notch.

The 2 dot set up is very intuitive in low light. The front tritium vial insert seems brighter and it grabs my focus naturally. Low light shooting is difficult enough as it is so it is nice that these sights really seem to work with you rather than against you as with some 3 dot night sight set ups.

AmeriGlo continues to innovate. By combining the best features from two successful sight sets, they have created a set of sights that is more than the sum of its parts. The I-Dot Pro sights offer a balance of speed and precision while performing exceptionally well in both daylight and low light conditions. These sights, at this price, are pretty hard to beat.

Check out the AmeriGlo I-Dot Pros at AmeriGlo’s website.

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Ergo F93 Pro Stock

Many of you will remember the Magpul M93 stock. It was quite revolutionary when it came out and, even after it was discontinued, is still a highly regarded stock. Magpul has moved on to newer designs but they sold the rights to produce the M93 to another well known injection molded firearm accessory shop, Ergo Grips.

Now Ergo is selling the F93, their version of the venerable M93, with some changes. The most noticeable change to me is that the F93 attaches to your lower receiver via a standard end plate and castle nut. It retains all the best features from the M93 like rock solid fixed stock feel, consistent check weld regardless of stock position, and 8 positions to choose from.

The Ergo F93 is already in stock at many places and is available direct from Ergo on their website.

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Impact Weapon Components Introduces "The Summit"

Impact Weapon Components continues to grow on the strength of their successful line of Mount-N-Slot accessories. They already have a forum on Ar15.com and a Facebook page where users can interact directly with the people behind the products. Now they are expanding the sense of community even further with the introduction of “The Summit”.

The Summit is a user group that anyone can join for free. Those who are members of The Summit will receive notification of special sales, discounts (the one that was sent out recently was a GREAT deal), and more.

Visit the Impact Weapon Components home page and click “The Summit” (upper left hand corner) to join.

You will definitely want to join The Summit and stay tuned to Jerking the Trigger, because we have some more IWC Mount-N-Slot goodies to give away! There will be details soon.

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Magpul Mid-Length MOE Hand Guards

Earl at Impact Weapon Components let me know that Magpul Mid-length MOE Hand Guards are finally finding their way to dealer shelves. Initially, only black will be available but eventually all of you will be able to purchase these in any of your favorite Magpul colors.

I know a lot of you have been looking forward to finally laying hands on these hand guards.

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Gear Sector Low Profile Rail Mounts

Gear Sector is probably best known for their excellent slings. However, they offer far more than just slings. Their relatively new line of Low Profile Rail Mounts offers some very original features and functionality.

The Low Profile Rail Mounts are, well… low profile. They meld nearly seamlessly with slightly modified Tango Down Rail Covers. This gives the mount a clean look but, more importantly, it provides a snag free mounting option that doesn’t interfere with your grip on the rifle.

 

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The array of mounts that Gear Sector has designed is extensive. There are several different styles of sling mounts including fixed loops and QD sockets. The QD swivel mounts seem to melt into the rail. The fixed loop looks simple and bull strong.

 

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The Light mounts cover most popular lights for carbine mounting including the Surefire Scout Light, G2L, X300, and others. They all do a great job of locating the light for easy activation with the support hand thumb and they hold the light tight to the rail to reduce snags.

The Low Profile Rail Mount line also includes a very well designed handstop.

 

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You can view and purchase the entire line of Low Profile Rail Mounts from Gear Sector’s website.

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Art of the Dynamic Shotgun – Coming Soon

Costa and Haley take on the shotgun…

Art of the Dynamic Shotgun comes hot on the heals of the successful Art of the Dynamic Carbine 1 & 2 and Art of the Dynamic Handgun. Magpul Dynamics continues to impress with these high production value training videos.

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Mega Arms MA-TEN

The Mega Arms MA-TEN upper and lower receiver sets give those who want to build a .308 AR some serious options. The MA-TEN set will accept all DPMS and Knight’s Armament parts. It will also except all Armalite parts except the the barrel nut and magazine. That adds up to a lot of versatility.

This set has one huge advantage over other .308 AR receivers. That advantage is a combination of two factors. Since the MA-TEN is built to use the SR-25 magazine, shooters can use the excellent PMAG 20-LR. And, the MA-TEN allows you to use Noveske barrels which are known for their extreme accuracy. The combination of PMAGs with Noveske barrels make for a top quality combination.

Mega Machine and Rainier Arms looks to have a winner on their hands.

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AmeriGlo Customer Service is Top Notch

I recently reviewed the excellent AmeriGlo Hackathorn sights. One thing I didn’t mention in the review was the interaction that I had with AmeriGlo’s customer service.

When I installed the sights I noticed that the rear sight seemed to go into the dovetail easier than I was used to. I use an MGW sight pusher which makes installation a snap, but this was even easier than usual. After the sight was in place, I put my thumb on it and pushed. I could actually move the sight with my thumb.

To troubleshoot, I installed a different AmeriGlo rear sight that I had on hand and found that it fit perfectly so the dovetail was probably in spec. The rear sight must have been slightly undersized which is extremely rare for a part that is machined to such tight tolerances and is not typical of the dozen or more AmeriGlo sight sets that I have installed.

I contacted AmeriGlo via email after business hours and planned to call during the following day. It turns out that the call was unnecessary because AmeriGlo replied to my email early the next morning. They related to me how rare things like this are and said that they would put a replacement in the mail right away. The replacement would have a set screw just in case the dovetail on my G21SF was slightly out of spec.

Dealing with AmeriGlo could not have been easier. I now have a perfectly functional set of sights. AmeriGlo obviously stands behind their sights. I will continue to use AmeriGlo sights for their forward thinking designs, very reasonable prices, and excellent service.

New IWC Mount-N-Slots

Ever since our friends at Impact Weapon Components introduced the Mount-N-Slot line for the Magpul MOE handguards, people have been asking if there would be a product for hand guards like the Troy/VTAC Extremes, JP/VTAC, Midwest Industries SS, and PRI Gen IIIs. It seems that just about anyone can see the value in reducing weight, cost, bulk, and complexity.

You asked and IWC listened. They just introduced two of their excellent QD Rotation Limited Mount-N-Slots. One is sized for 1.75″ diameter hand guards like the Troy/VTAC Extremes and the other is sized for 2″ diameter hand guards like the PRI Gen III. These will actually fit any hand guard system of the correct diameter that has holes or slots.

They have even come up with a clever way to attach the Mount-N-Slot without having to remove the hand guard. Each Mount-N-Slot will come with a roll of semi-rigid plastic that can be used to position and hold in place the backing that the mounting screw attaches to. It is very ingenious system that will save users a ton of time and effort.

The Mount-N-Slot line continues to grow more impressive with each and every new product introduction.

Remember to use the coupon code “triggerjerk” at checkout to receive 5% discount at IWC.

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Coming Soon: BCM 11.5″ Lightweight Upper

As if 11.5″ uppers weren’t already lightweight enough, BCM has taken things to a whole new level. They recently announced that their 11.5″ lightweight uppers are going into production and should be available for purchase in “early Fall”. These uppers will feature a lightweight profile 11.5″ barrel with carbine gas system. They will be extremely lightweight, especially with some of the lighter weight handguard options like Troy/VTAC Extreme or Magpul MOE handguards.

If you are SBR shopping, these upper should find its way near the top of your list.

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