What do you use your red dot optic for?


Eric F
February 21, 2009, 08:25 AM
I am wondering what folks are using their red dot optics for.

Target shooting, compitetion shooting, hunting?

Also what kind of guns do you have them on?

Does any one use them on bolt guns?

Any hunters using them?

The reason I ask is I have an idea for an invention to use in conjunction with red dots but I think it would be more useful to target shooters and hunters than tactical type shooters although it could still be used in that aplication.

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February 21, 2009, 05:28 PM
Here the use of them is largely restricted to the plinking and self-defense crowd, since the hunting market here for them is zero thanks to fogeys.

Any electronic sight here is verboten, no illuminated reticles, nothing with a battery at all. Because seeing what you're shooting at better is...bad.

Hungry Seagull
February 21, 2009, 05:35 PM
I cannot use them well without having to learn to shoot lefty. Nah, give me a laser dot if it is working, if not? A big fat sight on the end of the barrel is good enough for HD.

I am part of the keep it as simple as possible. It's enough that I have a light and a laser to deal with. On the hand gun, it's just a three dot sight.

At the short ranges I expect to use them at, the red dots and electronic sights only add to process of engagement, more switches to flip, more boresighting to do and prone to error or damage etc etc etc...

Now, with that said, I like some of the items used by the Military and what they have done with them but not enough to cough up 1200 dollars for whatever they are worth in addition to the weapons. Sometimes, enough has to be enough.

And finally, tons of you tube videos indicate the person has to lean into a eyeball the scope, sight or whatever and get smashed in the face upon firing. Dont need that. You rifle folks, please dont take offense, those are big good scopes for that work. Much better than what HD is about.

February 21, 2009, 05:37 PM
I use my eotech for hunting as well as target shooting.

February 21, 2009, 05:39 PM
I use a Bushnell Holo Sight on a .45-70 Marlin lever gun for hunting. It is like they were made to be together... :D

February 21, 2009, 05:51 PM
I dont understand the question. I use my red dots to put bullets where I want them, what else are they good for?

February 21, 2009, 05:56 PM
Bullseye pistol competition. Almost nobody uses iron sights for NRA Conventional Pistol anymore.

I've got an extra one that I sometimes mount on my AR15 carbine.

February 21, 2009, 05:59 PM
I use Truglo, Millett and Jpoint (not shown), as well as other dots on handguns for hunting, paper and plinking. My eyes are getting too old for irons.


February 21, 2009, 06:00 PM
Lots of hunters around here use them for turkey hunting.

I use a BSA Tactical for HD and target shooting (out to about 100yds./center mass excercises). It's very fun and shoots well even at distance.

February 21, 2009, 06:00 PM
Many of my HD rifles have them mounted; they're so easy to acquire and are dead on accurate. I really like them but wouldn't feel undersighted if they failed somehow.


Eric F
February 21, 2009, 06:08 PM
thanks for the answers

I dont understand the question. I use my red dots to put bullets where I want them, what else are they good for?
that would be target shooting for you. thanks

February 21, 2009, 07:04 PM
The only hunters I know using them are shooting pistols, mine are on a GSG-5, HK USC and AR types, strictly for plinking.

Black Dime
February 21, 2009, 07:19 PM
Eotech on the Stag. Barska on the modified 10/22. Used to shoot 3-gun with Stag.

February 21, 2009, 07:36 PM
The only one I have is on my AK, so it's pretty much for plinking.

I'm planning on putting one on my M1 Carbine. That will be also be a plinker, but will serve as my go to varmint gun around the farm.

February 21, 2009, 09:08 PM
I like using it on a red target against a red background. Makes it so much more challenging :neener:

February 21, 2009, 10:09 PM
I use a Browning Buckmark W/Burris Fastfire for Target and Grouse.

An AR with Tasco Red dot for Three gun Matches and Coyotes.

Deer Hunter
February 21, 2009, 10:40 PM
Competition, Hunting, Recreation.

February 22, 2009, 12:26 AM
I have a millett - zoom dot and the quality is great, the most sturdy red dot I have ever used.

February 22, 2009, 01:02 AM
Aimpoint CompM3 4MOA Red dot.

Used for rapid target acquisition in close quarters. Co-witnessed BUIS for if the optic fails.

February 22, 2009, 03:07 AM
I have an EO Tech on the AR for social work out to 100yds.
If you are developing a magnified red dot that might be a good thing. Pretty much now the options beyond 1x is a trijicon 3x-6x, or use the expensive magnifier for the eo tech. None are cost effective.
A big part of the draw though is quick target acquisition which you aren't going to get on anything with a lot of magnification.

February 22, 2009, 02:50 PM
Eying up the next door neighbor...

February 22, 2009, 03:09 PM
.22 plinking. Had one on my SW 22A-1, will be putting one on my Ruger Mark III

February 23, 2009, 10:42 PM
"What do you use your red dot optic for?"

The speed and accuracy from a variety of shooting positions it affords.

High Tower
February 23, 2009, 10:54 PM
I have one on my Hi Point 4095 carbine. Works great in that system. I also have one on my 10/22. I just have the cheapo Tasco and BSA's. Work great for me.

February 23, 2009, 11:19 PM
i have one on my ar, and i am looking to put one on my ak soon and an ultimak rail. i use eotech. i use them for training, they give you an advantage in a fight therefore i have one on my work gun and my personal ar as well.


February 24, 2009, 12:49 AM
red dots and holo-sights are common with turkey hunters

February 24, 2009, 03:27 PM
I have a Millet SP2 I use on my 10/22 for plinking

February 24, 2009, 03:44 PM
Target shooting and plinking out to 200 yards, IPSC/USPSA style carbine matches, and for HD.

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