View Full Version : Red Dot vs. Reflex Sight
February 04, 2006, 12:30
I'm kind of interested in getting one of those reflex sights. You know, the ones that have a display on a screen as opposed to a red dot in a tube.
It seems to me that the reflex is more prone to malfunction due to snow, rain or other debris getting on the screen or the projector. Plus I'm a little doubtful about the image presentation on a reflex during full daylight as opposed to the red dot in a tube.
Any thoughts about the pros and cons of either sight or recommendations?
February 04, 2006, 14:03
I absofrigginlutely love my Eotech. They are easier to use (i.e. target acquisition) and are built like a tank. Not much the could destroy them that wouldn't destroy a red dot scope first. I can't think of anything that would cause them to malfunction more easily than a red dot scope. The holograph is projected within the glass so nothing can get in between to interfere. Plus there is no parallax error with the single glass pane to look through rather than a tube.
Now some of the cheaper holograph sites may be more susceptible to damage. I've seen some cheap plastic ones that looked like they were incredibly fragile. I would avoid those. Stick with a Eotech or a Bushnell (made by eotech for bushnell) and you should be fine.
February 05, 2006, 06:54
In reality the appearance of fagility is just that.
I have on mounted on an Ithaca 37 & I love it.
I find it much nicer than a tube type red dot I used to have.
Once you get used to having both eyes open & not looking at the reticule (which takes some getting used to) it is like the holoreticule (if there is any such word) is floating out in space in front of the gun. This means unlimited field of view.;)
February 05, 2006, 12:35
I know what you're talking about re: keeping both eyes open. I've got a red dot on my Super Redhawk. My rifle background had made me a one eyed, magnified scope user but once I learned to keep both eyes open a whole new world of shooting was revealed to me. A projected dot is awesome in applications where no magnification is required.
I was thinking that a reflex would be even cooler than a red dot. I keep my Ruger in my lap while I sit on stand to make sure no snow falls into the scope tube. I don't think there'ld be any difference with a reflex but thought I'd ask for first hand experience.
February 05, 2006, 21:32
All I got to do now is plunk down 429 bucks for the 552 eotech. I reached the same conclusion as all you: the eotech is worth the extra money. a highway patrol guy came out with his personal AR sporting the eotech and I fell n love with that sight.
February 06, 2006, 08:24
If your interested in the Eotech check with member bigant. He has great prices on em. In fact I think he is doing a sale on em in the marketplace.
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