Electronificated dot sights on handguns...

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by B27, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. B27

    B27 New Member

    Sep 23, 2012
    Atlanta, GA
    I was born with screwed up eyes.
    Extremely nearsighted and have worn glasses since I was six.

    The development of electronic sights for pistols is a blessing to me.

    Any other fans?




  2. firefighter1635

    firefighter1635 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2012
    FEMA Region V
    While they do have their uses, they have no use for me. I carry pistols for self defense only. You have some nice looking pistols there :).

  3. Rogeritall

    Rogeritall Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    I like them when they are working right, but when they don't work it makes for a bad time. For target shooting like steel plate, and so on they're great. But, I don't like them for precision target shooting, or hunting. I had a buddy miss a very nice Deer because his battery went dead at just the wrong time.

    So it's iron sites for personal protection for me, and hunting. Unless it's a really big bore revolver that can reach out there, and then it's a good 4x handgun scope with plenty of eye relief. Just my ten cents worth. If you like them more power to you.
  4. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    Batteries are not forever. Who would go hunting without replacing the used battery in their red dot before they left? Or not double check the on-off switch to be sure the battery does not wear down in the gun case.

    Cheapy red dots fail. Good ones like the UltraDot's don't. My favorite is the bottom of the line UltraDot one inch tube type with the single dot. It is not cheap. I have several, none of which has ever failed.

    I use them for target shooting and plinking in the field (no can is safe around my red dotted guns!). I dial up the red dot so it flares to a size that just covers the black ring. If I keep the dot inside the ring the accuracy of the my shooting is increased remarkably over iron sights. Red dots are the go-to sights for Bullseye competition because they enhance the shooter's accuracy. They give the same increased sighting accuracy effect as a long barreled iron sighted gun with a very long sight radius. They are not to be shunned for target shooting. But we all have our preferences based on what works best for us. Old eyes love red dots.

  5. B27

    B27 New Member

    Sep 23, 2012
    Atlanta, GA
    I LOVE the 30mm UltraDot. :)

    I have them on one pistol and three rifles.
  6. Rogeritall

    Rogeritall Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    As I recall the story, he didn't think the battery was all that old. He had been hunting quite a bit that week, and (as I can remember) he said there was no dimming to warn him it was going to quit. It was there nice and bright, then it wasn't. He replaced the battery and it came back on, but too late for the shot he had... But, I got all this information second hand, and it's been more then ten years ago.

    If I was to change the battery every time I went out during a firearms season, I would easily go through 10 batteries a season. If it doesn't come on first time every time, most Deer won't stick around while I fumble around changing out a battery on my gun.

    As for me using a "Dot" sight while hunting... I just find them too bright even on the lowest settings (maybe I've never had the right one). When hunting in the Midwest in the woods there are too many shadows and low light situations to pick up the vital area of a Deer with a bright dot. Could just be me? Like I said, if someone likes them more power to them, but I'm not a big fan. :) I prefer good ole iron sights myself, just what I've learned to use I guess.
  7. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    The UltraDots can be dimmed until the dot disappears.

    Last edited: Nov 5, 2012
  8. al45lc

    al45lc Active Member

    Mar 8, 2010
    colorful colorado
    Single plane focus with both eyes open for handgun hunting is a serious advantage over any other system.
    My Blackhawk Hunter is equipped with a scope(2-6x) and a reflex sight as well as Williams firesights.
    The Ruger dovetail returns to zero every time with the right mounts, I've switched them off and on and it works great.
    I ain't given' up nothin' when it comes to my hunting! :)
  9. Rugermanws

    Rugermanws Active Member

    May 18, 2009
    Pittsburgh Pa
    Heck ya as years go by I'm needing those little red dots more and more at 25 yards. Bifocals are a pain when shooting targets at that distance and the red dot elimates that problem for me.
  10. Grapevinebill

    Grapevinebill New Member

    Sep 7, 2011
    Dallas - Fort Worth
    I just ordered my first optical site. I'm waiting on a Burris fastfire III. I am going to add it to one of my range guns for plinking. Ill let you know what I think when I try it out.
  11. nosreme

    nosreme Guest

    I have one (a Fastfire III) only on my Buckmark, which I soemtimes use to recalibrate trigger control after more than a few days of not shooting. I think it's pretty neat, but a novelty. For a couple of much older shooters whose eyesight prevented them from accurately and enjoyably shooting their iron-sighted 22s, use of my red-dotted Buckmark was a revelation. They both have red-dots on all their guns now and are enjoying shooting more than they have in years.
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 10, 2012
  12. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Member

    Nov 15, 2011
    nc mountains
    I have used red dot type sights since 1978 and one lasted me 20 full years on a 357 hunting revolver. Killed many a hog with it too. I now have a good burris 135 speed dot on a 44mag for the last couple years. Like others, I went to them when quick shots were needed that can't be done with open sights and not so great eyes.
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