I recently purchased a BSA red-dot scope and haven't gotten a chance to get to the range. Are they any good?
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November 26, 2008, 07:57 PM
I put one on a model 60 marlin .22. My kid who has 0 shooting experience does not miss a soda can. No complaints. I'd like to put it on my sks but not sure about how much recoil it will handle. This is my first reddot and it sold me completely. I'd like one one several of my weapons. My eye just naturally sees the dot for FAST target shooting. By the way hows things in MN i'm from hutchinson and miss home. It must be almost time for ice fishin
November 26, 2008, 08:01 PM
The joke is that BSA stands for Better Stay Away. They make cheap copies of Adco E-Dots. It's very hit or miss with them; some can handle recoil okay, others lose their zero even on a low-recoil AR-15. The only gun I'd buy one for is a paintball gun. Enough said.
November 26, 2008, 08:03 PM
I got one on my 9mm camp gun. As I shoot the dots goes in & out. Sure glad I didn't put it on a gun that recoils!!
November 26, 2008, 08:05 PM
dont no about their red dots, i have an optical carmint scope by bsa, and, frankly, i wasted $65
November 26, 2008, 08:16 PM
I bought one to go on my dedicated .22 upper for my M16. The upper is in M4 configuration but has been shot absolutely to death and is pretty tired. I figured the .22 recoil wouldn't bother it even in full auto. I was right, it has held up great. The dot is easy to see and it has held its zero for thousands of rounds with the selector set to "AUTO".
Last weekend a friend had a new muzzle brake he wanted to try out on an M4 style upper and so I said use mine. I pulled out the .22 kit and we headed for the range. I didn't bother to take off the cheapie BSA red dot and we abused the heck out of it in full auto. Mag after mag was dumped with either a single squeeze of the trigger or a few long bursts. At the end of the day she still was shooting at the original zero and no flaws were noted!
For $30 I am pretty impressed. I still prefer my Bushnell HoloSight but for the money the one I have works pretty good. Your mileage may vary.
November 26, 2008, 08:34 PM
So far mine has been worth the $30. I copied member M2 carbine and put it on my PLR-16. It's kept working and held zero. My only complaint is the dot can be hard to see in bright sunlight with light colored targets, but I can't complain much for the money. I have an EOtech also and there is no comparison between the two both in quality and price. Bottom line: it's fine for a plinker in my experience.
November 26, 2008, 08:44 PM
Regarding recoil: I used BSA's CHEAPEST 40mm red dot on a firearm I own, and have had NO problems with it that were not my error (forgot to turn off the red dot and drained the battery).
The kicker? I'm using it on a mossberg 500 in 12 gauge as a SLUG GUN. A very light shotgun firing 3" buckshot and 2 3/4" slugs doesn't create a problem. Of course, one example of a good red dot (mine) doesn't mean much if others are having problems. Still, I would have no problem buying another BSA red dot for another firearm.
November 26, 2008, 09:30 PM
As I've said, it varies. They copied the Adco E-Dot, which is a very good, very reliable red dot that costs $100-$120. The unit they copied it from was solid, but their quality control isn't the best. Sometimes you get a good one, sometimes you get a bad one.
If you want a lot of bang for your buck, go Adco. They have a 3 MOA 30mm red dot at $150. I think the $120 E-Dot is 5 MOA. Their warranty is good, too. I've abused the hell out of my old E-Dot, and it still works as good as the day I bought it.
November 26, 2008, 10:23 PM
I've got one I had on a MK III, 22/45. Worked like a champ. I traded the gun, but kept the sight. I'll put it on another gun one day.