Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • ColaBox

    I recommend number 1.

    • Eric S

      I have one of those, I like it save for the end caps. They don’t work too well.

  • TheQuickestBrownFox

    Give credit where it’s due. Yes, it’s ‘Mac’s’ blog, but it was Matt who did the legwork on this piece.

    • Nicholas C

      Thanks. I thought i had mentioned Matt. But I guess not. It is fixed.

  • Arcane

    The main problem with this is that durability, reliability, and ability to hold zero after long courses of fire were not considerations at all. Those are the most important considerations when it comes to choosing optics.

  • CommandoGeoff

    Excellent! Now I know what RDS to put on my airsoft!

  • Joe

    For those “Optics’o’phile” snobs out there, I recommend you google the Lucid HD7 torture test and then tell me it’s not as reliable as the $600 aimpoint. I know the cognitive dissonance will be hard.

    The fact of the matter is 99.9% of users will not find a functional difference between any of the top rated sub $200 red dots and the top of line aimpoint,eotechs, etc.

    The only ones who would notice are those that jump out of airplanes and shoot terrorists everyday, and even then, the only difference would be that one breaks after 3 month instead of 2.

    BTW. If you really want good reviews, go the “crowdsource” way and look at reviews.

    • kipy

      I agree completely. When looking for a red dot recently I was torn between Lucid and Vortex, both are sub 200$ and both seem to be extremely durable. I went with the Vortex Sparc and so far it has held up very well to full power 12 gauge loads.

      • gunslinger

        when i first saw the LHD7 article on here a few months ago, i was drawn. now i’m not so sure. I mean, i’d love to have an EOTech, but i don’t think i need a $500.

  • Mark N.

    I am new to these types of sights, so this review was helpful, as I am shopping around for a low cost sight for an AR. Unlike Joe, I find the crowdsource reviews on OpticsPlanet not that terribly useful, since the total scores for each are almost identical. “Wow”this is great!” only goes so far in helping to choose.
    With all that, can someone tell me what the functional difference is between a reflex sight and a red dot sight? And more particularly, why someone would choose one over the other? The information I’ve found so far, even on EOTech’s site, is less than useful.

    • hami

      Put VERY simply, the reflex sight gives you the illusion that the reticule is projected out in front of you. A red dot sight is just that, a red dot on the glass. A holo sight (EoTech) is the same illusion but the reticule is built into the glass instead of projected. An airplanes HUD is a reflex sight.

      The question of “why” I don’t have my own words for. So here is wikipedia:

      “Since the reticle is at infinity it stays in alignment with the device
      the sight is attached to regardless of the viewer’s eye position,
      removing most of the parallax and other sighting errors found in simple sighting devices.”

      When i think of “why” a relex or holo sight existes I think of those promotional images EoTech put out a while ago where the glass was shattered or covered in mud but because the image was projected in front of you it was possible to peek through the corner of the window and still see your full reticule. And in theory it would have the same point of impact when peeking through like that.

      • Timothy G. Yan

        EoTech uses a laser illumination and prism/mirrors in the optical path. It doesn’t have a etched reticle.

        • hami

          Of course a single sentence can’t properly describe something this complex so a quick google search found this quote on wikipedia:

          “Holographic weapon sights use a laser transmission hologram of a reticle image that is recorded in three-dimensional space onto holographic film at the time of manufacture. This image is part of the optical viewing window. The recorded hologram is illuminated by the collimated light of a laser diode built into the sight.”

          This should clear up any confusion from when i say “built in”

  • Andrew

    Thanks…that is an awesome comparison. I’d like to see the same for binoculars.

  • joe DiAntonio

    I previous ordered a Lucid HD7 red dot from Optic Planet & Had to send it back because it wasn,t made out like it suppose to be with all the So CALLED reviews. First of all I couldn,t get but only ONE receptacle to work & second bad clarity in adjustment. Another piece of JUNK for under Two-Hundred dollars.