Hidesight: Optic Modifier Allows Use from Behind Cover


The Hidesight is a 1x red dot optic modifier that allows a shooter to view and engage targets from a position of cover.  The Hidesight mounts behind the optic on the rifle and allows for shooting from a normal position, or with a 45° or 90° angle.  A shooter can then expose the rifle without exposing much of his or her body for observation or shooting.


A normal image is maintained when using the Hidesight.  In other words, the image is not flipped:  right is still right, left is still left.


The unit is made of polymer, steel and aluminum.  The company states the construction is rugged and will operate normally in a wide range of temperatures.


The Hidesight is made in Finland.  MSRP is €145 (about $196 US), and the company offers worldwide shipping.

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


  • Lance

    Military tried this on both a screen and a HUD on the solders helmet. Found out it disorients the shooter and was dropped in the mid 2000s.

    • Danmaku

      They had disorientation because the screen was mounted to their head, giving the same perspective no matter where they looked. This is mounted to a rifle, allowing your head to retain its perspective. If you get disoriented with this, you would get disoriented playing on a smartphone.

      • xero

        Right now, they are even applying smartphones into the tacticool kits.

        • noob

          behold the CAT B15 smartphone.

  • noguncontrol

    who cares if the image is flipped? as long as you can hit the terrorist trying to kill you, it is good enough.

    • gunslinger

      well, if it’s flipped, if you shoot “wide left” you move right to “close the gap” but if the image is flipped, a “wide left image” is really a “wide right” so you’d need to move left to hit. moving right would cause the round go to off by even more.

      and sure these may be trained soldiers, but i think a regular infantryman in a fire fight has more to worry about than trying to figure out i need to reorient myself after each shot.

  • jamezb

    Now why didn’t I think of that? it’s basically just a periscope eyepiece!

    • Andrew

      You didn’t think of it because half a dozen other people already thought of it, manufactured it, tried to sell it, and failed miserably.

  • Guest

    until he gets hit in the face with his own casings

    • TyroneAlfonso

      Better that than an enemy round, duh. I can’t believe anyone liked your silly comment. You’d think common sense would prevail on a blog about weapons.

      • Kivaari

        A case from the AK WILL blind you. They come out with enough force to break a windshield of a vehicle (yeh, I did it).

        • Denver Garkie

          chip* the wind shield

          • Kivaari

            No simple chip. It looked like a hammer had hit it 3 times. So much for a handy brass catcher. I was using a Valmet M62S, and It cost me a new windshield. I was saving the Lapua cases even though they were Berdan primed. I was reloading for it in the 70’s when M43 ammo was scarce. Cases would fly 20-25 feet.

          • Denver Garkie

            i’ve done it with an SKS, it only scratched the windshied, however i could easily see it happening to any other glass in the vehicle that inst laminated. it also might have been because of the high angle my SKS ejects maybe hitting closer to the edge let it spread into the frame with a bit more ease

  • alex

    think its a solid concept. modern infantry stuff is just pin down enemy and flank right? so blaze away, have a few guys wiht out them to cover guys with “disorientation” probs, win the day

    • 11b

      Meh, I don’t see the military application. The key is accurate sustained fire, and I think this would hinder that unless shooting prone. Also, these have been around a while in different forms and have yet to be adopted. Limited military worth IMO

      • noob

        This is what is achievable with a similar product called ShieldShot (that I have no relationship with).

        the concept gives you the time to aim while in concealment, which can improve your shooting especially with low recoil calibers.

        plus the advantage of surprise at that first shot.

        • 11b

          I agree it’s pretty cool, I just think the use for it is in very limited scenarios.

      • noguncontrol

        the cake eating civilian application is more important.

      • xero

        I think such application is more suited on counter-terrorism & counterinsurgency operations, especially in urban areas where many of the firefights are taking place in modern combat. It would come in handy for suppressive fire while hiding behind heavy cover without revealing yourself to shoot-and-cover.

    • Geodkyt

      Um, similar devices have been around for over 100 years, for rifle instructors to see what the recruit’s sight picture is (or vice versa, if demonstrating to the recruit).
      Note they didn’t get fielded as combat sights or accessories.
      The Germans did field a similar sight for their bent barrel STG44 variants (allegedly intended merely to enable the crew to sweep pesky sappers off their own tank), and periscope sights were used in WWI trench warfare.
      Also, “Cornershot” used a similar idea.
      NONE of them lasted as combat applications. I do not suspect this will, either.

  • alex

    but ya, -1 for an oob discharge near the money maker

  • Julio

    3 years late to the party?
    This came out in 2011: http://www.accutact.com/anglesight.html
    Or maybe there’s no party at all – I’ve not heard a word about the Anglesight since 2011.

    • Justin

      Hell, I remember seeing something called the “Parascope” back in 2008. The company that made them no longer exists, but I have the flyer for it somewhere in my house.

  • xero

    Interesting piece of equipment. However, this isn’t the first periscopic sight existed. Cause the Russians/Belarusians already came up with a similar design several years eariler before this, the PKP-2S. Google “PKP-2S or PKP-2C”

    • ColaBox

      Why do Russian sights always look like their made of old piping?

      • leo

        Because they probably are.

      • Алексей Якуба

        Well, when we were “soviet” our engineers always tryed to make things, you know, “real”. Maximum functionality, minimum beautiness 😀 engineers, they not much artistic persons, and having some sort of art people on weapon constructing bureaus was crazy idea. They made ugly pieces of metal, but they were damn deadly. Sometimes were maden beautiful guns too, i mean look at vss vintorez. So yeah soviet past influent on such look of Russian weapons. Some bureaus still make things as they used to do them.

        P.S. sorry my English, not my native.

        • ColaBox

          You speak English fine, don’t worry about it. The VSS is a nice piece of Russian machinery, id love if that thing came state side. Russian optics and firearms do work great, I mean nothing to my knowledge has yet to surpass the reliability or durability of an AK, but looking at the European and US designs, it makes you wish Russian tech was a bit more…eh..shiny I suppose. I believe the US left the “simple” designs back in WW2.

          • xero

            Oh yes, Russians techs are typically look “butt-ugly” compare to Western’s “cutting edge, state-of-the-art, top-of-the-line tacticool-looking gears”. They maybe look less “refined” than the Western techs by judging the looks as if they were made from an underdeveloped country or they look like a handmade makeshift tools, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t capable for making comparable techs for their own, nor seem inferior to Western high-end stuffs. However, Russian optics can actually make a great budget optics for both the AKs and any kind of Eastern European rifles, as long as they’re proven to be practical in use with a decent quality of its performance and with a reasonable price tags.

            Speaking of optics designs, the root of Russian and ComBloc optics were originated from German designs before WW2.

          • Kivaari

            Toughness has its own beauty.

          • Kivaari

            I had two Russian optical devices (not counting night vision) both items would not allow me to zero the rifles. Too bad as they had the built like a tank look. I suspect both were seconds, since no rifle I put them on would allow a zero. The side mounting plate on Russian and Yugo rifles don’t have adjustments. One was 3 feet low and one foot left at 25m. Had they worked they would probably been tough, just based on the appearance.

      • xero

        Because they emphasize on “the simpler, the better”, as long as it functions optimally in any kind of conditions. Making optics to look “tacticoolly” attractive wasn’t their main priority. In fact, many Russian and other ComBloc optics were pretty much made in simplicity design in mind. There are a few great modern Russian optics like Rakurs and Kashtan. Simple, robust, rugged, reliable and user-friendly.

        By the way, is it a problem of using “old piping” or “recycled metal” to make into optical sights? :v

  • Andrew

    No practical application?! My son would love this on his NERF rifle!!

    • Jeff Smith

      Funny, Nerf actually made a gun with a similar sight on it when I was a kid.

      • antiliberalcryptonite

        You guys must be pretty young. I remember when the Nerf football first came out and my friends and I were like, “wow, that would have been cool to have…when we were kids…”

        • Jeff Smith

          Haha, their slogan should have been “Finally, getting beamed in the face with a football won’t ruin your day and make you feel like less of a man.”

  • ColaBox

    So tacticool, make you wonder how we ever got along without one.

  • derfelcadarn

    A comparable device has been around for centuries they call them mirrors.

    • Cymond

      Have you actually tried aiming trough a mirror? Everything moves backwards (left to right). It’s a bit like driving a car in reverse, Some people master it, but it’s still a less graceful way to do things.

  • FourString

    the doode shooting the rifle looks a little like Gerard Butler lol

  • Ace

    With proper training, this sight is unnecessary:

    • FourString

      LMAOOOOOO WTF lakdsfksdfaafsdk; :’D

  • Mazryonh

    We all know what will happen if sights like these become commonplace. HEAB “smart” grenade launchers like the XM25 will become commonplace to counter them; shooting behind a corner is no good if someone can blast you from around it.

    Of course, that may just presage more people carrying ballistic shields to cover exposed areas from fragments and most blasts while other people shoot between them (like the Ancient Romans did in their “testudo” formation where they linked their shields together to provide all-around protection from arrows). Then people would use thermobaric grenades (something you can’t really protect against with a ballistic shield) against them. And so the arms race continues . . .