Welcome to Optics Trade debates. In each episode, we talk about a different topic and try to answer the most common questions we receive about it. Today, we are going to discuss different types of red dots.
Today we are going to discuss different types of red dots and which type is better suited for which kind of use. We can start with the basics three groups of different red dots based on the categorization on our webpage.
As you can see in the video, there are full tube red dot sights, small tube red dot sights, and reflex sights. We will now explain the differences from the optical point of view. If you would like to have the best red dot sight in terms of optics, we would recommend a full tube red dot sight. They are optically perfected and the eye box is very good. Their big minus is that they are huge, the size is almost equal to that of a riflescope. But because of their size, it is much easier to look through them.
Reflex sights are completely different from full tube and small tube red dot sights; they are much smaller. Optically, they are comparable, but reflex sights are almost useless in bad weather conditions. They are light, compact and can be mounted basically on any pistol or rifle because they have so many mounting solutions. The definition of the red dot on the reflex sight is in shape of a star, not so clear and fine adjustable. Red dots on reflex sights are bigger than on full and small red tube sights. In the last years, many people started using reflex sights on pistols because they are most suitable. Full tube and small tube red dot sights are too big and too heavy for balance. Mounting is also quite a hard job.
All three groups of red dots are meant for tactical and hunting professional usage. If you would like to have a small dot for a tactical use, you should go for a reflex sight.
In the category of small sights, you have Aimpoint Micro H1 and H2 which are completely hunting dedicated. From Holosun you get both, tactical and hunting small tube red dot sights. Holosun and Aimpoint also have full tube red dot sights for hunting and tactical use.
What about distances, which is the best option? If we want to shoot on 120 m or 150 m which is very far for a red dot, the best option would be the full tube red dot sight – it has better red dot definition, a smaller dot.
On close range, when you want to shoot fast, the best solution is a reflex dot sight. They always win when we get to the eye box, they are the least sensitive to the eye position. Full tube red dot sights have a really good eye box, because you have a huge window but still not as good as the reflex ones.
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Red Dot Sights: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/dot-sights.html
Reflex Sights: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/dot-sights/reflex-sights.html
Tube Dot Sights: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/dot-sights/tube-dot-sights.html