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    For a "short range" (i.e. 100 yards or less) a red dot on AR-15 cannot be beat for ease of use, speed and accuracy (especially when tracking a moving target or moving yourself).

    Like most things you get what you pay for. I would get either Aimpoint T-1 or H-1 on Larue mount.

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    Minus the Aimpoint name and with less warranty and slightly less battery life but as tested by many folk including those at ARFcom same durability and functionality for one tenth the price with the same physical packaging & appearance...


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    Of course if you're going to be shipping off to a known war zone or are a LEO or are running a security detail that seriously mandates use of such gear then a real not knockoff Aimpoint makes the most sense. Especially when Uncle Sam/the client is paying for it anyway by way of reimbursement/expense charge back.

    But for the 98.5% rest of us who are shooting no further than 100 yds. at best on a range under at the worst overcast grey skies not 10' away from a heated truck/car with a sammich and hot coffee inside...Well then these lesser and lower cost product should be more than fine for that use and the one off odds against odds use in repelling Deebo upon he kicking in our residence door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdydak View Post
    For a "short range" (i.e. 100 yards or less) a red dot or, even better, a holographic sight on AR-15 cannot be beat for ease of use, speed and accuracy (especially when tracking a moving target or moving yourself).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janq View Post
    Minus the Aimpoint name and with less warranty and slightly less battery life but as tested by many folk including those at ARFcom same durability and functionality for one tenth the price with the same physical packaging & appearance...
    Well I do not have the PA micro dot but I looked it up. I would say 250 hours vs 8 years is a bit more then "slightly less battery life"

    If you just want something to play with on the range sure, if you want something to depend your life on (even if it is a HD gun) then it is quite lacking.

    I found a good thread comparing the T1 with PA micro dot:

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    That's what I'd said.

    And the battery life item is if you just leave it on and running...To which there isn't real pressing need to do such a thing/or have such a feature for a civilian.

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    For CQB engagement, a Holo is an exceptional optic. For longer distance target acquisition , a Holo with a flip-up adapted magnifier, is the cat's meow.




    Sanitation Cans are at 200 yards



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    For something like this, with a budget of 300 clams, it's gonna have to be a knock off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OPFOR View Post
    Having carried an EOTech for more than two years in combat, I never experienced any of these issues. That said, I know that they CAN happen, just as any mechanical device can fail. The EOTech, as far as I know, is still approved for military use, and is standard issue for MANY police departments/agencies.

    As stated before, the EOTech (mine, at least) has an auto-off feature. You can't leave it on until the battery runs out. Yes, the newer extreme-long-battery life red dots would be faster than turning on the EOTech, but if you are that pressed for time and can't take the half second it takes to turn the EOTech on, you still have your iron sights right there.

    While approved for military use they have been beat out by aimpoint for the CCO contract twice and the units issued to SOCOM were recalled and refitted due to battery contacts failing at an appalling rate.


    I know the have an auto-off, the battery problem I was referring to was EOtechs being turned off, stored, and then draining the batteries while stored but turned off.

    I know it sounds like I'm hating on EOtech, but I would use one of the XPS models in a heartbeat if it fit my needs. But they don't, so I'll stick with an aimpoint. In the unlikely but serious event that I need to grab my rifle and train it on the stairwell leading to my bedroom I want the optic to be on and ready to go with no fuss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janq View Post
    That's what I'd said.

    And the battery life item is if you just leave it on and running...To which there isn't real pressing need to do such a thing/or have such a feature for a civilian.

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    I generally agree, I have used Holo's and red dots at just about every price range over the years. Sure, if I am going into combat tomorrow I would get the best sight money can but like Aimpoint or Eotech (I own examples of both) but for the average Joe who wants a good reliable red dot or holo for a HD or plinking weapon the two best sub $200 options are the Primary Arms red dots or the Vortex Strikefire. The low end tube type red dots by makers like NC Star, Simmons, Tasco, BSA and some others are always hit and miss as far as quality and reliability.

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    Thanks for the input. More research but PA looks like it may be the way to go as far as inexpensive with better reliability. I would love to spend 5k and get the best of the best but my daughters like to eat. I've been trying to get them to stop but to no avail...
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    Or maybe the mueller with a decent magnifier.
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    Maybe it was a "doctored" photo, but what impressed me about the EOTech over a traditional "tube" type red dot sight was the wide field of view.

    EOTech's website had a comparison photo looking down a narrow hallway inside a building with a door at the end and an "exit" sign above it.

    Looking through the Aimpoint scope you saw the red dot clearly on the center of the door at the end of the hallway but you couldn't see the wall on either side until about 1/2 way down the hall from the shooters position.

    Looking through the EOTech, from supposedly the exact same placement, you were able to see an armed bad guy with a ski mask who was "hugging" the wall on the right side of the shooter.

    I've only looked through a handful of EOTech at dealer's tables at various gun shows. I like it when they are co-witnessed with the iron sights.

    As Janq pointed out, they are paralax free so where ever that dot is in the screen, is where POI is going to be. Even if the red dot is in the very upper left corner of the glass pane. Also I like the fact that if the glass screen is partially obscured by dirt and mud or if it's cracked and broken... If you can see the reticle between the broken pieces or mud smears, you're good to go.

    I don't know which I'll end up getting... EOTech or Aimpoint. I'll have to do more research when I get to the point of buying one. However on the surface, I thought EOTech had several extra selling points over the red dots.

    I haven't heard of many complaints on EOTech from Iraq and AStan troops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texag View Post
    This what you were looking for?



    They are know as 1:00 offset mounts. A small correction, you rotate the gun to utilize them, not your head.
    No, the photo I was looking for was a picture of a shooter with his AR shouldered looking down his optical scope with the holo sight mounted on side of scope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    Maybe it was a "doctored" photo, but what impressed me about the EOTech over a traditional "tube" type red dot sight was the wide field of view.

    EOTech's website had a comparison photo looking down a narrow hallway inside a building with a door at the end and an "exit" sign above it.

    Looking through the Aimpoint scope you saw the red dot clearly on the center of the door at the end of the hallway but you couldn't see the wall on either side until about 1/2 way down the hall from the shooters position.

    Looking through the EOTech, from supposedly the exact same placement, you were able to see an armed bad guy with a ski mask who was "hugging" the wall on the right side of the shooter.

    I've only looked through a handful of EOTech at dealer's tables at various gun shows. I like it when they are co-witnessed with the iron sights.

    As Janq pointed out, they are paralax free so where ever that dot is in the screen, is where POI is going to be. Even if the red dot is in the very upper left corner of the glass pane. Also I like the fact that if the glass screen is partially obscured by dirt and mud or if it's cracked and broken... If you can see the reticle between the broken pieces or mud smears, you're good to go.

    I don't know which I'll end up getting... EOTech or Aimpoint. I'll have to do more research when I get to the point of buying one. However on the surface, I thought EOTech had several extra selling points over the red dots.

    I haven't heard of many complaints on EOTech from Iraq and AStan troops.
    FOV is a moot point, a photo can't recreate what happens when you're using a RDS properly with both eyes open. The housing becomes a ghost image, you can still kind of see it's there, but it obscures NOTHING downrange. I'm not an ophthalmologist, but I think it has something to do with your brain putting together the images from your left and right eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texag View Post
    FOV is a moot point, a photo can't recreate what happens when you're using a RDS properly with both eyes open. The housing becomes a ghost image, you can still kind of see it's there, but it obscures NOTHING downrange. I'm not an ophthalmologist, but I think it has something to do with your brain putting together the images from your left and right eyes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    No, the photo I was looking for was a picture of a shooter with his AR shouldered looking down his optical scope with the holo sight mounted on side of scope.
    This...


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