Bul Optics, a division of Israeli Bul Armory, has released a new red dot sight called B.A.O-1 (BAO stands for Bull Armory Optic). This is the fourth handgun reflex sight released by the company since the Bul Armory announced its optical products sub-brand about a year ago. Let’s take a quick look at the specs and features of the new B.A.O-1 sight.
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A design element that jumps out immediately is the polygonal hood. I wonder if this shape offers any advantages over circular housing. Unfortunately, the manufacturer doesn’t say anything other than it’s a unique nonagon hood. The housing of the B.A.O-1 sight is made of 6061-T6 aluminum and has a Shield RMS-c footprint. The lens dimensions are .92″ x .82″ (23.5mm x 21mm). The sight has an overall length of 1.92″ (49mm), is 1.1″ (28mm) tall, 1.1″ (28mm) wide at the hood and 0.92″ (23.5mm) at the base, and weighs 0.81oz (23 grams).
The B.A.O-1 reflex sight features a 4-MOA dot that has 8 intensity levels and is powered by a single CR2032 battery with an advertised battery life of 50,000 hours on the weakest visible dot setting. The battery is apparently installed from below the sight which means for changing the battery, the sight must be uninstalled from the weapon. The B.A.O-1 red dot sight also features adjustable windage and elevation of the dot. The advertised working temperature range is -4°F to 131°F (- 20°C to 55°C).
Bul Optics B.A.O-1 sight comes with a Picatinny rail adapter and all the hardware and tools necessary for its installation. No price has been quoted by the manufacturer at the time of writing this article.
UPDATE (12/28/2022): The MSRP is $219.
Pictures by Bul Armory, www.bularmory.com