- If you're ready to ditch those iron sightsand step into the world of electronic opticsfor your gat piece, stick around.
Because by the end of this videoyou will know whether a red dot or a holographic sightis right for you.
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Now if you've ever so much as glancedat the optics section of any online gun retailer,you have likely been overwhelmed,both by the amount of choices on the market,but also maybe even by the basic terminology involved.
So let's start there.
Fundamentally, red dots and holo sightswork on two completely different principles.
A red dot uses an LED to project a radicalthat's bounced back to your eyes by coated glass.
While a holographic sight uses a laser and mirrorsto project a hologram back to you eyesthat appears to be in front of the optic itself.
Man, science sure is spooky.
Additionally there are a lot of functionaldifferences that will become apparentas we compare and contrast the two platforms moving forward.
Maybe the biggest deciding factorbefore we get into performance howeveris going to be cost.
Now because red dots are generally runningon less complicated technology that holo sightsthey can be had for much cheaper.
And an entry level red dot is going to run youabout $50 or so,with the really serviceable models coming in at about $200.
If you wanna step up to the big leagueswith something like Aim Point,you're looking at about $400.
On the flip side there are really only two companiesmaking true holographic weapon sights.
With offerings from both Eotech and newcomer Vortexbeginning at about $400.
Now if size or weight are a considerationyou may want to look at a red dot.
The technology involved scales down pretty well,meaning that there are optionstiny enough to mount on a hand gun,or even on the top of a magnified optic,if that's your thing.
And while holographic sights certainly aren't hugethey aren't small either,with the larger models of Eotechbeing approximately 1.
6 times the width of an apple.
And the more compact Eotechs are approximately1.
3 times the volume of a persimmon.
In terms of durability,both red dots and holo sights have some truly toughoptions on the higher end of their respective markets.
Offerings from companies like Aim Point and Eotechboth get to boast countless anecdotalstories of unlikely survival.
However, only a holographic sightis capable of operating with the front lens damaged.
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Now battery consumption is likely not going to bea huge point of concern for most casual shooters,but the LEDs found in red dots don't use much power.
If keeping your rifle in a state of readinessis of concern rest assured that higher end red dotscan be left on for, oh, 50000 hours,or approximately five years.
And while holographic sights aren't quite as efficient,they can still comfortably runinto the 500 to 1000 hour mark.
The optic's reticle is obviously goingto be the part of it that you interact with most frequently,and there are multiple options within both categoriesfor both reticle style and color.
While almost always referred to offhandas a red dot because the reticle is red,models that offer green reticlescan now be found in both styles of optics.
Reticle wise holo sights generally offerthe iconic dot and ring combination.
And depending on the model can actually beused to range your distance to the target as well.
Additionally the Eotech dot in the center of its ringis one minute of angle.
And the smallest of red dots only get down to two MOA,meaning that at 100 yards the holographic dotwill cover one inch of the targetcompared to a red dot's two inches.
And at 200 yards it will cover two inchescompared to four inches, et cetera.
Reticles basically come down to personal preference.
And if you've got the ability to,it's probably worth your time to try out bothand decide which works for you.
If the usability of your opticunder NVGs is a consideration that you are concerned about,you can rest assured that both categories of opticshave models that are night vision compatible.
If you plan on running a magnifier in front of your red dotor holo sight you might be interested to learnthat magnifying a two MOA red dotby three times results in a dot that is now six MOA.
Conversely, magnifying a holo sight's one MOA reticleleaves it unchanged.
Both red dots and holo sights have optionsthat provide a wide field of view,and don't take up much of your vision while behind the gun.
But that being said, holo sights do havethe slight advantage in that they generallydon't take up as much of your field of visionwhile using them, limiting the amount of timeyou have to come up out of your cheek weldto check your surroundings.
And lastly, if your target acquisition speed is importantto you, you might want to consider a holo sight,as they appear to project onto your targetand will remain in focus when you're looking down range.
On the flip side, a red dot is only going to be in focuswhen you're looking at the dot itself,which can slow down target acquisitionif you're not used to looking beyond your optic.
All things considered, if you can throw down the cashon an Eotech or a Vortex sight, we would.
They have several advantages over red dots,and aside from their battery life,have somewhat negligible drawbacks.
However, if you're not quite ready to jump downthat money pit you can certainly still have a blast shootingwith a functional entry level red dot.
All in all, hopefully we've given youenough information to make your own decision.
The choice is yours.
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