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RED DOT
SIGHTS
By Jeff Johnston, Field Editor

bout 100 years ago, optical engineers discovered that by
using the reflection of an aiming point rather than the
point itself, an airplane gunner could move his eye position
in relation to his sight without changing the bullet's point-ofimpact. In other words, this reflective, or "reflex" sight eliminated
the need for a rear sight. In the 1970s, red dot sights incorporated
battery-powered aiming points so they could be used in any or no
ambient light. Today there are four basic types of red dot sights,
including contained reflex sights, mini reflex sights, prismatic and
holographic red dot sights. Here are five-at least one of each
style-that make precise aiming of your rifle, shotgun or handgun
faster, easier and more accurate in most lighting conditions. ah

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Aimpoint CompM5
This contained-also called protected
or tubular-reflex sight is probably the
world's best in reliability and battery life.
In essence, it's a fully enclosed, waterproof red dot optic that weighs just
8.4 ounces, features a 10-level, simple
(and large), dial-style rheostat. Perhaps
most notable, its "ACET"" electronic system
draws so little power that one AAA battery
lasts for five years with its brightness set
on low power and one year on high. It
also features superior sun flare mitigation
thanks to its anti-reflective lens coatings,
something that cripples mini-reflex sights.
For negatives? It's adjustment turrets are
difficult to dial with the provided-but-easily-lost scope cap tool; and it's expensive.

AIMPOINT COMPM5
aimpoint.com
■ Type: contained reflex
■ Reticle: 2 MOA center dot
■ Reticle Color: red
■ Magnification: 1X
■ Brightness Settings: 10
■ Weight: 8.4 ozs.
■ Mount Type: Picatinny
■ Battery Type: AAA
■ Battery Life: 50,000 hrs. (7 setting)
■ MSRP: $900

Photo: Forrest MacCormack

■ Eye relief: unlimited

Leupold Freedom RDS
LEUPOLD FREEDOM RDS

This contained reflex sight features a 1 MOA
dot and push-button on/off switch
(rheostat) with eight brightness
settings. I love the Leupold's
big, finger-adjustable dials
that are just like dials on a
regular riflescope. Optically,
it's probably the best red dot
out there in terms of clarity and
sun-flare mitigation. It's waterproof and
comes with a robust mount for a Picatinny
rail. As for negatives, with its 34mm maintube and 12-ounce weight with mount, it's
a little bulkier than some, and its battery
life at a touted 1,000 hours is questionable.

leupold.com
■ Type: contained reflex
■ Reticle: 1 MOA dot
■ Reticle Color: red
■ Magnification: 1X
■ Eye relief: unlimited
■ Weight: 7.2 ozs.
■ Mount Type: Picatinny
■ Battery Type: CR2032
■ Battery Life: 1,000 hrs. (4 setting)
■ MSRP: $389.99 (w/mount)

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