So, I had the Aimpoint® CompML2 on my Christmas wish list. I didn’t get the Aimpoint, but I did get a cheapy red dot from a co-worker. (Thanks, CTD Joe. What a guy, huh?) In fact, CTD Ben, CTD Mike, and I took my
S&W M&P 15-22 out for a spin at the range with the red dot mounted. Any excuse to go to the range, really… A red dot sight is a great gift to give to those in your life who have been naughty and nice. Prices for red dots range from around 30 bucks to over $1,000. Depending on your uses for the red dot sight, a cheapy one does just fine. Of course, if you can afford it, I would go with the EOTech or the Aimpoint, which are the sights our military uses.
Red dot sights offer great benefits to the shooter:
- Shoot with both eyes open
- Quick target acquisition
- Allows for a wider field of view of your whole target
- Works in all lighting conditions
- Provides an unlimited field of view
- Makes you more accurate
- Great for those with bad eyesight
- You can hunt, plink, and target shoot with them
- They are easy to use
- Unlike traditional riflescopes, you can use a red dot sight for close or long range shooting
- Mounts to shotguns, rifles, and pistols
Aimpoint marketed the first electronic red dot sights in 1975, but it was not until the year 2000 that the United States military adopted them. Red dot sights are excellent for close quarters combat.
When you go to choose a red dot sight, you will see ones with what EOTech calls a “heads-up display” and you will see ones that are just a long tube. I’ve used both types and like both equally. There is no difference in functionality.
The choices may seem overwhelming, but do not despair. Decide your budget and start there. Both Aimpoint and EOTech have a solid reputation. For mid-range, the Burris FastFire is a reliable choice.