Originally Posted by Matthew Courtney
I believe that rifle shooters should master shooting with iron sights first, and then move on to an optic. Learning with irons first forces a shooter to habitually get a good cheek weld as the rifle comes up and that will make them faster and more consistent when the begin to use an optic. Using an optic first, especially a RDS, allows a shooter to be inconsistent with their cheek weld and it is easier to train a consistent cheek weld from the beginning than to develop consistency once slop has been habituated.
Well, using irons and using optics are two different things to master. You could choose to master one, the other, or both.
I'm not interested in using irons, spending the time and money mastering them, but that's just me.