Daylight and Red Dots

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    Daylight and Red Dots

    When I bought my Tapco 10/22 I decided to buy my first red dot. It costs me $60 (Barska) and thought it would work pretty well since it wasn't bottom of the line cheap.

    It works fine and holds a zero BUT only in low light conditions. I literally cannot see the dot in bright or even moderately bright lights.

    How do you tell when you are buying a dot that will work in bright light just based on the specifications of the sight (i.e. when you are buying from the internet, ect.).

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    Buy quality. Buy a known performer. Eotech, Trijicon, ETC. Both solid performers and built to last. They work well from sunny beach to cloudy night. There isn't a specification for recital brightness to speak of.

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    Haha Eotech and Trijicon huh? On a 10/22? Maybe I should have said my price range is between $50 $70. I've shot with iron since I was able to hold my first gun and never used an optic. I just want to get my foot in the door.

    So, cheap red dot or cheap fixed power scope for 25-100 yards?

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    I know it sounds like a stupid question, but have you put fresh batteries in the Barska?
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    Just because it's a 10/22 doesn't necessarily mean cheap. Some people pimp those out and end up worth bunches.

    You are probably looking at about the norm already for sub $100 red dots. You could also go to the Bushnell HOLOsight which is the Eotech light version but it's still in the $240 range instead of the $500 ballpark. Your best bet is to find a plain low end scope. Check out WalMart the have them on sale often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    I know it sounds like a stupid question, but have you put fresh batteries in the Barska?
    Yeah I checked that. It came with one, my dealer threw in a free one and I bought a third. They are all just as "bright" outdoors.

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    Well I appreciate the help guys. Since I didn't like the red dot too much, I think I'll try a fixed powered scope this time around.

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    I have a BSA red dot that works fine in broad daylight. This one has the brightness control though.

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    This is a Millet SP-1 Red Dot on my Ruger 22/45. $79.99 from Midway. 3 MOA dot with 11 brightness levels, great visibility indoors and out. Huge bang for the buck, available in black or silver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nadavis View Post
    Haha Eotech and Trijicon huh? On a 10/22? Maybe I should have said my price range is between $50 $70. I've shot with iron since I was able to hold my first gun and never used an optic. I just want to get my foot in the door.

    So, cheap red dot or cheap fixed power scope for 25-100 yards?
    In that price range, you'll be hard pressed to get a quality red dot optic that has the full range of brightness you want.

    For the 10/22, I'm fond of the Simmons 22 Mag 3-9x32 - about $50, with rings. It's actually hard to find a fixed-power scope in that price range anymore, at least one that's not a complete piece of junk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    I have a BSA red dot that works fine in broad daylight. This one has the brightness control though.
    +1

    I've had the same batteries in mine since '98 or '99. I originally had it on an AR, then a Mossberg 500A, used it for paintball, on my AK, etc. Right now it's sitting in a box, but last time I picked it up and turned the knob it lit up nice and bright.

    Mine is the RD30 sold at Walmart.

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