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The RTS™ -Rapid Transistion Sight™ is a brand new product. We will be including product reviews on this page as they become available to us.


See the online review by Kyle Defoor here..

RTS Review by Jamie Franks, Top Shot season 2 Finalist

Since my experience on Top Shot, I have really been bitten by the 3-Gun bug. I did well in my first couple of matches, but there was definitely room for improvement. My shooting wasn’t the problem, but I needed to get faster.

I compete in Tactical Optics division, and part of my problem was that on my rifle, I only had 1 usable sighting system – my trusty Trijicon ACOG. ACOGs do not allow for an iron sight co-witness, and rules prevent me from using a secondary red dot sight so I was burning time finding the close targets through my 4x power optic. Some friends of mine turned me on to the Dueck Defense Rapid Transition Sights (RTS), which sit off the rifle at a 45* angle.

(See Jamie Franks 'Zombie Hunter' Specs here)

At first I wasn’t sure about them, but in a very short time I have found them to be everything they are advertised to be, and more. Just like anything that you would buy over the internet, you can never be certain of the quality. When my sights arrived, I was very pleased to find that the sights were obviously very precision and high quality items. The sights are designed to mount to a picatinny rail, so installation was quick and painless. When installed in accordance with the instructions, and using a little blue thread-lock, the sights are rock solid. I haven’t detected the slightest bit of movement, or any shift in my zero since installing them. The sights’ mounting brackets are very low profile. When mounting the rear sight, I had plenty of clearance underneath my ACOG. A perfect fit!

As a 14-year active duty military member, I have put tens of thousands of rounds through M4s and M16s. The RTS are M16 style sights, so acquiring targets with them comes very fast and very natural to me. Transitioning from the ACOG to the RTS is very VERY quick! The movement to transition from my optic to the RTS is small and short, and requires no altering of my ingrained shooting stance. I cannot overemphasize how natural these sights feel, and how
quickly I was able to master using them. In fact, right after I got the sights zeroed, I put 2 targets out and shot a 3- shot group from the ACOG, transitioned to the second target and shot another 3-shot group with the RTS. I was very surprised, pleased and amused to see that my group with the RTS was actually tighter than the group with the ACOG (shooting off-hand at 50 yards).

In my last 3-Gun match, I found myself using my RTS sights more than my ACOG. These RTS sights are DEFINITELY going to be a permanent addition to my rifle. Having flip-up BUIS (Back Up Iron Sights) installed under your optic on a battle rifle has become a standard practice in the AR world. I ran a setup like that for years. The major problem is that it is painfully slow to pull your rifle in, remove and stow your optic, flip up your BUIS, and then punch
back out and attempt to reacquire your target. That’s time and movement that could possibly be very costly. I doubt if I could remove my ACOG and flip-up my BUIS, and engage a target in less than 30 seconds. Transitioning to the RTS takes a fraction of 1 second.

From my experience with these sights so far, I can honestly say that I would not hesitate to take them to Afghanistan on my service rifle. Overall, I am very impressed with this product. I literally cannot think of a single thing that I would improve. I highly recommend these Rapid Transition Sights from Dueck Defense! (See Jamie's Latest Video Featuring the RTS Sights HERE)

~Jamie Franks
US Navy
Top Shot Season-2

Review posted on the 'Jerking the Trigger' blog

Rapid Transition Sights from Dueck Defense, Posted by matthewdanger

Many of you will already be familiar with Barry Dueck. He is a former Marine, a nationally ranked IPSC Multi-Gun shooter, and president of the suppressor division of Surefire. Those are impressive credentials to say the least. Mr. Dueck also runs Dueck Defense and their initial product offering, Rapid Transition Sights, is very interesting. The Rapid Transition Sights build on a technique that has its roots in Multi-Gun competition shooting. Multi-Gun rifle competitors can face targets at very close proximity, several hundred yards away, and everything in between. Many shooters mount a magnified optic in order to deal with the long distance shots but this can make quickly engaging the closer targets difficult. Shooters started mounting crude iron sights that were offset to the optic. This allowed them to engage the close targets very quickly using the sights by canting the rifle slightly without changing their cheek or shoulder weld. The technique worked and proved itself in competition. It has even begun to find favor with military, police, and self defense minded shooters who may face an adversary at an unknown distance. It has caught on so well that now there are mounts that allow you to mount a red dot sight for use with the same technique. The Rapid Transition Sights bare no resemblance to the “crude” iron sights that started the technique years ago. These are fully functional sights that can be mounted on an AR-15 with a free float rail at a 45 degree offset. They are machined from 7075 aluminum and hard anodized right here in the USA. With Mr. Dueck’s background at Surefire, I would suspect he knows a thing or two about machining, aluminum, and hard anodizing since no one does it better than Surefire. They are also ambidextrous and can be mounted for right or left handed shooters. These are certainly not inexpensive but they have all the hallmarks of well made gear.

Original blog posting here

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