Ten years ago, Homeboy Night Sights were the talk of the Internet. A parody of rap videos, the fake ad got quite a few laughs and the term “homie sights” stuck. Imagine my surprise when I saw a respected Sheriff using a similar contraption on his duty weapon, a Sig 556 carbine. Magpul sights folded flat when not in use but were readily available when required.
I asked about the rationale for such a configuration. He explained that the typical co-witnessed backup iron sights wouldn’t work with the 3-power scope. Placing the BUIS at 45 degree angle would work standing but not so well prone. Turning the rifle on the side permitted much lower field position, such as hiding behind curbs or firing under cars and privacy fences. With a .223 rifle, recoil isn’t a problem, so he could shoot it easily even with the buttplate against his upper arm if necessary.