Remembering to switch off that damn red-dot!


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P95Carry
October 26, 2003, 10:46 PM
I have not (so far! :rolleyes: ) left a red-dot on once guns are in safe but .. got back from shoot today and just noticed as gun went to bed .... I had NOT remembered to turn off the damn red-dot. Been on for 5 hours solid at near high intensity!

Sheesh .... EVERY time out I vow to only leave range with any of them ... OFF .. and I STILL forget.!!

What the hell is a good way to remember this ........ if any at all??

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Outlander
October 26, 2003, 10:53 PM
I gave up trying to remember, now I carry spare batteries.

Travis McGee
October 26, 2003, 10:58 PM
Which models have a dummy proof cutoff, say after an hour?

P95Carry
October 26, 2003, 11:00 PM
I gave up trying to remember, now I carry spare batteries. :D ... yeah ... all i could come with so far!!:p .... good ole 2032's!

Vasilia Zhietzev
October 26, 2003, 11:07 PM
make it part of the safety routine check before you put the piece down everytime when you have a cold range. works for me...
and ya, extra batteries are good...;-)

P95Carry
October 26, 2003, 11:11 PM
make it part of the safety routine check before you put the piece down everytime Exactly what I try and implement ..... still don't work - every time :rolleyes: :p

Damn ... I gotta go get me some discipline!!:banghead:

Standing Wolf
October 26, 2003, 11:36 PM
One advantage of cleaning guns after every trip to the range is that you soon discover you've forgotten to turn off the red dot scope.

Ukraine Train
October 27, 2003, 03:09 AM
Leave a note in your case maybe. You'll see it when you're packing up to go home.

HSMITH
October 27, 2003, 09:57 AM
Mine is usually on for at least a couple days at a time. I have not figured out a way to remember it either.

Preacherman
October 27, 2003, 10:01 AM
How about inventing some sort of attachment like that found on delivery trucks? Every time they put the truck into reverse, a hooter sounds, and continues to sound until they get out of reverse gear. Something that starts whistling when you turn the sight on might be appropriate...

:evil: :neener: :p

Mal H
October 27, 2003, 10:33 AM
I do what Ukraine Train suggested. A Post-it note saying "check red dot off" in the case for any gun that uses one. I also do that for my ear muffs; I ran through too many N batteries before figuring that out. :)

Futo Inu
October 27, 2003, 10:53 AM
A spare battery is now on my range bag checklist. The CR 2032 watch battery is my backup for several red dots.

George Hill
October 27, 2003, 11:17 AM
Tritium/Fiber Optic sights don't need batteries.
Trijicon makes a lovely unit that is powered by fiber optic, tritium and even little tiny glow sticks... If I remember right, if you really wanted and needed too... you could turn on the little battery powered LED.
I saw this at the Trijicon table at the WC 3Gun in Vagas year before last. I don't remember what they called it... Tri-Power? Small unit too. Light... very well made... yeah, and expensive too.

Mute
October 27, 2003, 11:30 AM
Yep, Tri-Power. Good luck getting one though. Most of them our going to our boys in uniform, as they should. I hope they ramp up and make more of these. It looks like they've finally addressed the one weakness in the Reflex models.

4v50 Gary
October 27, 2003, 11:38 AM
rubber band on finger?

BTW, as some consolation it's not as bad as when I handed my brother my NVS and he turned it on in a lit room. :eek:

"What are you doing?!"

"I want to look through it."

"You're going to damage the tube. Switch it off and turn it on in the dark."

"Oh. I didn't know that."

:mad:

Sisco
October 27, 2003, 11:54 AM
Mine had been left turned on in the safe overnight. I was surprised the battery didn't run down.
How about painting a red dot on your forehead? Every time someone asks what the dot is for it will remind you to turn it off! :D

P95Carry
October 27, 2003, 12:21 PM
How about painting a red dot on your forehead? But Sisco .. then I'd have to wear a sari and pretend to be an Indian woman!!:D :D

Yeah .... several ideas have merit .... gotta consider several. Rubber band round a finger sounds workable (-ish) .... maybe once the flesh beyond the band blackens into necrosis ...... it'll remind me .... ''what was that for - oh yeah ... turn off red-dot''! :D

ocabj
October 27, 2003, 12:37 PM
I thought the battery in a red dot sight can last for several years straight while always on. The Aimpoint CompM2 (NVD compatible version) doesn't even have an off switch. It has a battery life rating of 1000-10000 hours, or 10 years in NVD mode.

jthuang
October 27, 2003, 01:43 PM
Which models have a dummy proof cutoff, say after an hour?

The first generation Bushnell HOLOsight had two cutoffs -- you could set it to shut off at 1 hour or 8 hours (#s may not be exact). The newer EOTechs may have the same feature.

CWL
October 27, 2003, 01:53 PM
Both my holoscopes turn themselves off after 2 hours.

444
October 27, 2003, 02:04 PM
ocabj: I have an Aimpoint ML2 on an AR that I left on for about a week once. It was the original battery that came with the sight. It had been through a couple carbine classes where it was on all day for five days each time along with a lot of range time: it still worked fine when I discovered my error.
There are sights that shut off on a timer. I am not sure I would find this feature desireable depending on what I was doing with the gun in question. As I mentioned, I have purposely left my red dot on for maybe eight hours at a time. I wouldn't want to have to keep checking to see if the sight turned itself off in the mean time. If I was using the arm for hunting or defense I definitely wouldn't want the sight to turn itself off. I have a Ruger Mk. II .22 handgun with a Tasco red dot on it that is only fired on the range. I suppose if it shut itself off it would be no big deal, but I would still like to have ultimate control over it.

I suppose the answer is two fold. First of all the red dots that have come out in the last couple years have very long battery life. So, a mistake on your part won't be that big of a deal. Second, just make it a habit to check the switch when you leave the range. I can't see why it couldn't become a habit like anything else. Before I put my guns away in the safe I double check that they are unloaded. When someone hands me a gun I check that it is unloaded. I had to train myself to do this through conscious effort and checking that switch would be the same thing.

I also have the optional battery cover for my Aimpoint that stores a spare battery on the sight at all times. So, if I left it on for a year and found the battery dead, I have another one with me whenever I have the sight with me. Along with a spare in my range bag and two more in the freezer.

zahc
October 27, 2003, 02:25 PM
freezer?

444
October 27, 2003, 02:45 PM
When I was growing up, my dad (an electrical engineer by profession) always kept his batteries in the freezer. He claimed that they had a longer shelf life this way. I don't know if this is true or not, and I also don't know if this applies to modern batteries, but since I have to store batteries somewhere, I keep them in the freezer just like the old man.

Black Snowman
October 27, 2003, 03:23 PM
Keeping batteries in the freezer does indeed improve shelf life. It's nominal but an improvment. Alkalines normally have a very long shelf life anyway, 4-6 years. In the freezer you might get an extra year out of them.

jrhead75
October 27, 2003, 03:48 PM
Last range session, I went for the spare battery strategy....and left the batteries at home. :scrutiny:

I'm thinking of trying a tattoo on my forehead.

P95Carry
October 27, 2003, 05:24 PM
I'm thinking of trying a tattoo on my forehead. Damn!!! The answer, at last!! :D :D

I think tho for sure, I will put a coupla spares in my range tools box ... mind you ... even that gets forgotten sometimes ... :p

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