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Nov 01, 2020 | 10:11 am 1531 0

Pistol Optics Buyer’s Guide

Pistol Optics Buyer’s Guide

Discussions about the best combat sight, which are carried out on the Internet, are usually reduced to arguments about aiming and not aiming.

All sorts of techniques and exercises for target shooting in extreme conditions are often criticized. After all, it is not always necessary to clearly combine the target and the sight to shoot. At short distances it is enough just to point the barrel at the target.

In general, there are several conditions, under which the shooter can effectively use sighting devices:

  • Regular aiming exercises/home training
  • Constant preparation for the attack
  • Practicing Comfortable sight placement on draws

Laser Sights and Grips

In addition to traditional mechanical and optical sights, modern hunters and shooters also use more tech devices. For example - laser. As the tech got better, it turned out that the laser, especially - at long and medium distances, almost coincides with the ballistic trajectory. At such distances, mainly shooting is conducted during hunting and competitions.


By design: built-in and detachable. There are much less built-in, mainly on pistols and some military submachine guns. The detachable models either attach to a picatinny rail under the barrel or can even attach directly to the barrel. Obviously the pic rail attachment point is preferred

Location of the laser activation switch: on the frame and not on the frame. The first option is more convenient, because the laser can turn on automatically during the process of gripping your gun. For self-defense means and pistols - optimal variant.

Place of installation: under barrel attached to the existing rail, on the barrel directly, screwed on the barrel,, or on the guide rod. The most common version is the pic rail attachment, as it is easier to mount it this way.

Laser type: red, blue, green, and invisible to the naked eye. Red is the cheapest variant, while green is more expensive because such light is better perceived by the human eye than other colors. "invisible" laser designators are useless without NV as you need a device capable of picking up that laser wavelength.

Miniature Red Dot Sights

So, how does the classic reflex sight work? Concealed inside the body, a LED emits light towards the lens, which has a translucent reflector coating on its inner surface. The light rays reflected from the lens surface towards the observer form a parallel beam. It is due to the parallelism of the rays that the displacement of the pupil with respect to the optical axis of the sight will not lead to "moving" of the mark from the point of sight.

When choosing a reflex sight, it is important to understand what you will use it for: the characteristics of reflex sights for hunting, competition, and target shooting differ quite significantly. The principal factor in choosing a sight is its compatibility with a weapon.

Before buying the optic, we recommend that you take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the job you need the optic to do. After all, hunting with a reflex sight is much more effective than with mechanical ones, and more "sporty" than with magnifying optics.

The reflex sight is the best choice for the shooter who wants to keep the balance of the weapon and works mainly at short and medium ranges. In addition to the optic, a magnifier is available for occasional medium to long range shooting. Simplified, it is a quick detachable telescopic sight of small magnification, which is installed behind the optic and in front of your eye.. Naturally, such design is incomparable with a full-fledged riflescope, but it allows to take full advantage of the optics advantages.

As in any case, practice is the most important thing. Some people find it more convenient to use mechanical sights, while others use collimator sight. But if there is an option that will help us shoot faster and more accurately, and also plays with our instincts - why not use it?

Modified: Apr 10, 2024 | 11:10 am

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