July 21, 2022
While it seems like there is a new red-dot sight for pistols every day, the need for quality iron sights is still important. It’s a risky move to carry a handgun exclusively with a red dot, and there are few firearms experts that consider it acceptable to not co-witness iron sights through the red dot on a carry gun. Red dot technology has improved dramatically in a short amount of time, but there are many potential failure points on a red dot that aren’t going away anytime soon. It’s important to always have a backup.
Angry Bear Arms
Whether you’re looking for a good set of iron sights to co-witness through a pistol red dot or you’re just looking for a good set of irons for your handgun, Angry Bear Arms has some great options to upgrade your pistol.
They’re a newer manufacturer, but it’s possible you may have already used a set. Like many companies in the firearms industry, they started in a machine shop, and most of their initial business was producing OEM iron sights for several premium pistol manufacturers. They started with Glock-style sights, but they’ve expanded their offerings to include SIG Sauer, the Smith & Wesson M&P line and ARC Division pistols.
We swapped the factory sights on a Walther PDP with the Angry Bear Arms Glock Blank Tall Profile sights. The sights are a serrated style with a .285-inch front and .310-inch rear, and they’re built with premium metal. Installation was easy, working like any other Glock sight installation. With a Fix-It Sticks front sight tool and a Wheeler Armorer's Handgun Sight Tool, the entire process took less than 30 minutes.
The Tall Sights co-witness through the mounted red-dot in the lower one-third section of the lens, which is the ideal height for handguns. They don’t get in the way of the dot when it’s on, but they’re still easy to use when the dot is off. The new sights also had no issue working with the same Safariland holster used with the factory sights.
While the model used with the PDP does not have fiber optic inserts, they still proved highly effective. They’re easy to pick up, and a dab of while nail polish on the front sight helped with quicker target acquisition. Angry Bear Arms makes sights for pretty much every Glock model available (along with Glock-sight compatible handguns) with several different height options ranging from low-profile to extra-tall suppressor-height sights. Each option has a fiber-optic variant as well.
SIG Sauer Sights
Angry Bear sights for SIG Sauer pistols are their most recent offering. The low-profile, fiber-optic model for the SIG Sauer P365 series is exceptional. If you’ve never used fiber-optic sights, these pop, and at an MSRP of $45, they’re a steal. They also offer low- and tall-profile fiber-optic sights for the SIG P320 series pistol, also at the $45 price point.
After talking with a rep from Angry Bear Arms, one of the things that stands out most is their attention to detail. Every single sight is hand-inspected for quality with the gun their manufactured for before they can leave the shop. They use top-of-the-line CNC machines to manufacture their sights, and they’re held to incredibly high tolerance, which translates to premium quality and precision.
The folks that work at Angry Bear Arms are proud of their work, and they back it up with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. The price point on all their sights is highly competitive, but their quality competes with the big dogs. There’s a good chance you’ve already used a set on a premium pistol without even realizing, so they next time you’re looking to upgrade the sights on your handgun, you already know what works.