^ Ah, but what about the regular guys who use the gun for defensive purposes? It's a thin line, right?At any rate, my life doesn't depend on it, so it ends up being an inconvenience rather than life threatening. I'm not doing raids or battling hordes of drug dealers or breaking down doors. I'm doing shooting games and having fun at the range. That is exactly why I say this article is for soldiers, not regular guys.
Actually, my first time shooting at 1000 was with open sights.OK, M1A4ME, we actually agree on a lot of things. I also subscribe to the quote "better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it" for the most part. However, the LIKELIHOOD of needing BUIS with my choice of scope is TINY...to me, not worth the money. As I said in a previous post, if you're using an ELECTRONIC DOT SIGHT that has no other kind of sight, BUIS is necessary in MY OPINION (and that's all it is...an OPINION).
Do you agree with the quote at the beginning of the thread "if you can't do it with irons, don't try it with optics"? I wouldn't try to shoot anything beyond 200 yards with iron sights, but I've been thrilled to shoot at 600 and 1000 yards with a scope and do quite well at 600.
Weird things CAN happen to ANY tool. There's a difference between being stranded in your car miles from your destination and your sights going down on your firearm. The only time your life is in danger with the latter is in a defensive situation and it's HIGHLY unlikely you'll be in that position in the first place and even MORE unlikely your sights will fail at the critical moment. However, again, if you want'em, use'em. It's no skin off my back and I don't think less of you for wanting to have them "just in case". I'd ask for the same respect from others when they look at my AR and notice that I don't have BUIS on my rifle. Don't make a value judgement about my ability to shoot just because I don't subscribe to your (in the general sense) idea of "readiness".