The debate of whether to use a red dot sight or a reflex sight is being considered more frequently. Both items are very effective tools, and the modern battlefield is giving them a rugged proving ground.
Red dot sights generally utilize a tube and present a red dot, rather than a crosshair, over the target. Reflex sights project a holographic image of a contemporary reticle onto a glass screen where the scope would normally sit. Since war in the Mideast started in 2001, the marketplace has been rife with both types, which were rather uncommon prior to that time.
Now commonplace within the shooting communities, users argue which of these devices is superior. Each has attributes in its favor. Red dots are available with tremendous battery life (up to 50,000 hours), and new users adapt to them much more easily. Reflex sights, on the other hand, can offer more precision at distance and quick shooting at close range.
In the Field
Polling users would find proponents of each type of sight; however, it is unlikely to find a user who purports that the other type is inferior. Manufacturers, distributors and dealers indicate that opinions divided between the two types of sights are more a reflection of preference than of feature and function.
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