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by jason812
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion
Topic: Red Dot VS. Scope - choice for AR-15
Replies: 53
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Re: Red Dot VS. Scope - choice for AR-15

The Annoyed Man wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:56 pm
An RDS without a battery is just a piece of glass to look through.
Yep. I'm not worried about the sight failing. The battery being drained is another question.
by jason812
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion
Topic: Red Dot VS. Scope - choice for AR-15
Replies: 53
Views: 5824

Re: Red Dot VS. Scope - choice for AR-15

montgomery wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:06 pm
Given the overall optic ruggedness and long battery life with modern red dots, holographic, and scopes, what is the opinion on running no iron sights versus folding sights versus fixed front / folding rear for a fighting / training carbine?
You can't co-witness iron sights with a scope. Not even 1x so irons do no good with a scope unless you take the scope off or mount them 45 deg offset.

You can co-witness thru a red dot. I run MagPul BUIS (backup iron sights) on my backpack AR pistol with a AimPoint Pro red dot.

Fixed front sight with above 1 or 2 power you wont see it in the scope. At least on mine at 4x (lowest power) you don't. It looks like it should block your view but it doesn't.

You just need to decide if you think you need the backup sights or not. If it's for self defense, I think it would be wise.
by jason812
Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion
Topic: Red Dot VS. Scope - choice for AR-15
Replies: 53
Views: 5824

Re: Red Dot VS. Scope - choice for AR-15

Lynyrd wrote:
puma guy wrote: He wants to use it for hogs and anticipates shots from 75-150 yards.
In the last 10 years I have killed over 500 hogs. Why so many? Because they tear up everything they encounter around my house. It gets dang frustrating when the root up the yard, destroy a drainage ditch, or rough up a pasture so bad you can't mow it. I have a feeder about 75 yds from the house with a light on it. They come at night to the feeder, and when i see them out the window, I get a rifle and kill as many as I can.

At first I was using one of my standard bolt action rifles, but when 15 show up and you only get 1, time after time, I started thinking there has got to be a better way. Remember, it's night time and they can run out of the light before the muzzle flash fades. So, I rigged up a .556 AR with an EoTech and a tactical light. I practiced at night using some old bow targets, with the emphasis on fast target acquisition. I don't care if they die 100 yards away. I'm not trying to recover the animal. In fact, it's a lot easier for me if they do run off and die in the woods rather than me having to drag them off right before bed time.

After the first shot, you get about 2 seconds before they all disappear into the brush near my feeder. I can now consistently shoot 2 to 3 hogs, and occasionally 4 before they get to the brush. I could never do that with any kind of magnification. Shooting with both eyes open, you bring the red dot to the target you have already acquired with your eyes. You don't move the gun around looking to find the target in your scope. With practice, you can get pretty fast.

Please don't think I'm exaggerating on the number of hogs I kill. This summer, just for giggles, I started marking them on a calendar. Since June 1st I have killed 32 hogs with this set up. All from my front porch, and all between sundown and 10:00 PM. They don't come every night, and sometimes they will skip a week or so.

Tell that to your friend. Of course, if he is only going hog hunting occasionally, and wants to keep the meat, then I would use a scope.
You need 3 things: Tannerite, your rifle, and a video camera.
by jason812
Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion
Topic: Red Dot VS. Scope - choice for AR-15
Replies: 53
Views: 5824

Re: Red Dot VS. Scope - choice for AR-15

I have the Aimpoint Pro on an AR pistol and it is setup for defensive purposes. I had the Pro on a 14.5" barreled, pinned flash hider AR and it was ok for hunting but I want a 1x variable for the reasons you mention above. 1x ish power for close range and the ability to dial up to 4 or 6 power for more precision. Seems like a good set up for pig popping ranges which can be 25 yards to whatever you can see them at. (Remember they are a nuisance and dead instantly or not doesn't matter when they are tearing up acres of crops) On the run, I think I would like less than 4 power which is the lowest power optic I have used. I never got a chance to try the Aimpoint on a running target. The problem is there are so many choices because of the popularity of 3 gun that I can't make up my mind which scope I want to save my money for.

Short answer is I agree with your logic.

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