Red-dot, amber chevron, amber circle, holographic, collimator or reflex. Call them what you want, but these sights have made an impact on the tactical world for good reason: They are just plain faster than traditional iron sights. It took a while for both the military and police to accept these sighting systems and put them into play, but they’ve certainly proven themselves on the mean streets—whether Baghdad or Boston.
Some sights, like the Trijicon® Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) and EOTech Holographic Weapon Sight (HWS) are used by our troops in all branches of the U.S. military. With advances in this technology, sights have gotten smaller and smaller while still providing plenty of options for the operator. Let’s have a look at the latest and greatest. EOTech
I have used an EOTech sight on my primary carbine for several years. With a 65 Minute of Angle (MOA) outer ring and a one MOA center dot, I find the red reticle quick to use. With multiple brightness settings, it is accurate out to 150 yards or more. New from EOTech this year, but not available for testing, is the line of new transverse single 123 battery XPS3 holographic sights.
The “transverse” means that the single battery runs sideways to the barrel for compactness. This single battery design has reduced the length of the sight overall to only 3.75 inches. In addition, the battery run time has been extended well past other N size battery sights in the EOTech line. We look forward to testing EOTech’s new products soon.
Insight Mini Red-Dot Sight (MRDS)®
Insight Tech Gear has recently released its new Mini Red-Dot Sight (MRDS). The MRDS is a small one. It is just 1-7/8 inches long and 1 inch wide with a weight of only 0.8 ounces. This little red-dot still delivers on performance with five different settings (one auto setting and four manual dot brightness settings) from the single push button switch.
According to Insight, the single 1632 battery provided can power the MRDS for up to one year in auto-mode. The MRDS comes complete with a protective cover. Lest you think the MRDS is dainty, I will tell you that I mounted this sight on a double barrel shotgun (Stoeger’s new Double Defense), and the Mini Red-Dot Sight stayed lit and stayed on.