Hi-Lux Leatherwood’s new Red Dot Sight – SHOT Show Optic Preview

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Hi-Lux Leatherwood displayed their new MaxTac Dot red-dot sight at SHOT Show 2014. This new red-dot packs a lot of features for just $199 MSRP. Some of those include a robust machined aluminum housing, dual-mode digital illumination control, build-in picatinny mount and a screw-on anti-reflective filter comes with it.

 

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On top of the Hi-Lux MaxTac Dot, there’s a ambient light sensor which is part of the automatically illumination control feature. The user has the option of override that and manually adjust the reticle brightness. The objective lens size is the standard 30mm and all lens are multicoated.

 

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On the left side of the new Hi-Lux red-dot, there’s the battery compartment for the CR2032 lithium battery. The battery life is between 400-500 hours and there’s an automatic shutdown to save battery power. A touch of either buttons will wake up the sight from the sleep mod. Hi-Lux is working on an add-on dedicated mount spacer that will increases the sight height to 1.5 inch for the AR style rifles.

 

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The Hi-Lux MaxTac Dor’s lens covers are metal and those screw on to both lens. The included anti-reflective filter is also threaded for use with this metal lens cover. The sight’s capped adjustment turrets offer 1/2 MOA per click. The sight housing is sealed for water proof and shock resistant.

 

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The Hi-Lux MaxTac Dot has a 4 MOA red dot reticle (the dot is off focused in this image). I found the lens coating has a noticeable greenish tint at low light. Due to its use of larger honeycomb grids, the Hi-Lux anti-reflective filter doesn’t seems to dim the sight picture as much as other similar type of ARD filters.

 

 




Writer and gear editor with articles published in major gun publications. A five year combat veteran of the US Marine Corps, Tim is also part of Point & Shoot Media Works, a producer of photography, video and web media for the firearms and shooting sport industry.


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  • gunslinger

    is it me, or do RDS look kind of silly on an all wood gun?

    • wing0black

      I think those are unfinished stock blanks. Just enough to hold onto to see what the sight picture looks like.

      • gunslinger

        i don’t doubt that’s the case here. but i guess i was just saying in general.

    • avconsumer2

      If it didn’t have the retro looking “Hi-Lux ™” gold on black moniker with that font that “takes me back”… yeah, it would look kind of silly.

  • Ken

    Does anyone proofread these articles before they’re published? I lost count of all the spelling errors. Was this written on a cell phone or a tablet with auto-correct?

  • BuzzKillington

    Yea, no thanks. That is an RDS in the budget category, that has set itself apart only by being more expensive to everything comparable to it. The battery life is horrid, as well. I’ll take a Primary Arms Micro Dot for half the price (or 1/3 if there’s a sale) with the included riser and QD throw lever mount, if I want a budget red dot.

  • jakashh

    so they took everything i don’t like about the eotech (RELATIVELY low battery life/ auto shut off) and combined it with a simple red dot style of an aimpoint? hmmm… i’d rather save $200 to get the aimpoint. I’m sure there’s a market for it somewhere…

  • Hyok Kim

    Is this made in China or India?

  • Mark Griffin

    Are these better than Aimpoint? I have purchased Aimpoint PRO from http://www.opticauthority.com and these are great sights. But how does the Hi-lux sight fare in comparison to Aimpoint?

  • Mark Griffin

    Are these better than Aimpoint? I have purchased Aimpoint PRO from http://www.opticauthority.com and these are great sights. But how does the Hi-lux sight fare in comparison to Aimpoint?

  • Mark Griffin

    Are these better than Aimpoint? I have purchased Aimpoint PRO from http://www.opticauthority.com and these are great sights. But how does the Hi-lux sight fare in comparison to Aimpoint?