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Range Report: TruGlo 2x Red Dot....

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Bobarino, Feb 13, 2006.

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  1. Bobarino

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    finally got a chance to take out the AR and play with the new optic. overall i give it a thumbs sideways.

    first, mounting is easy, just put in on your weaver or picatinny rail and tighten the screws. easy. it mounts good and solid and but its canted a bit clockwise (as viewed from the rear) maybe 2°. no biggy as there are no crosshairs, just a dot.

    the dot is plenty bright. there are 11 brightness settings and it was a sunny day and i used number 8 or 9. the dot is supposed to be 2.5 MOA but seemed more like about 4 MOA. it seemed to cover avout 2.5 inches at 50m instead of 100.

    light transmission is mediocre. its noticably dimmer looking through the tube that not. the optics are of so-so quality too. the edge of the sight picture through the tube is blurry and distorted.

    zeroing is just like any other optic. shoot a group, adjust, shoot a group adjust. i zeroed it for 50m. at 50m i was able to keep a 3 inch group shooting offhand quickly, but not rapid fire. plenty "combat accurate".

    the bad news is that paralax error is, as i suspected, terrible. if you don't have th edot exactly centered in the tube, the POI shifts all over the place. you MUST use a very consistent cheeck weld to get it to work right. its definately not the best option for speedy target aquisition and firing. like i said, if you don't hold it to the exact same spot on your cheek each time, POI shifts. the dot must be centered exactly each time making aiming a two step process. center the dot in the tube, then the dot on the target.

    i think this would be a good choice for something like your favorite plinking gun like a .22 or a SKS. it would most likely be minute of clay pigeon accurate at 100 with some practice.

    i didn't expect the world for $85 and for that price its a good optic for non-serious use. i would not recommend it for a gun that may see defensive use. my AR is really just for fun but of course i could use it in a defensive role should the need arise so i think i'll be saving my pennies for the EOTech 512.

    Bobby
     
  2. John C

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    Thanks, Bobarino, for the range report. (I realize that I'm writing this 8 months after your post).

    -John
     
  3. taliv

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    a friend of mine just mounted one of those on a socom 16 last weekend. it seemed pretty nice, but i don't think it justified the price. the parallax error seemed minor horizontally, but was awful vertically- doubly annoying since it's fairly tall and you have to hold your head up off the stock a bit higher than i'm accustomed to, so no good cheek weld
     
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    I bought the same TruGlo 2x a while back. My review was a bit more harsh, since I find the paralax problem to be so bad that it makes the unit useless. I only own one other red dot - an Aimpoint - and once you've used a red dot that works really well, its hard to use one that makes you do all the work.
     
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    Was very unhappy with mine. It's now sitting in the closet replaced by a Millet 1x red dot...which is very nice.
     
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    Yeah, it's kind of difficult to return them, since them come in molded plastic packaging that you pretty much have to destroy to get them out of -- makes "return in original packaging" not an option.
     
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