Guest Post: Changing the Rules with Reflex Sights

When it comes to firing any weapon, accuracy is foremost. Being able to quickly acquire a target and hit whatever you’re aiming at in whatever conditions faced takes a lot of practice, especially with the old style iron sights all guns come with. However, modern technology has stepped in, not only to help those less skilled, but to enhance the ability of those already on the top of their shooting game. Over 30 years ago, laser sights were the first big step. Now, reflex sights are here to do the same.

1. What is a reflex sight?

Aiming is still done by lining up the fixed metal sights on the fore and aft of your weapon. Laser sights took the market by storm projecting a visible marker on the target object. Reflex sights come in two groups, red-dot, and holographic. They use a common design theory, but operate differently, as not all reflex units are of the holographic type. Both are essentially head-up-displays mounted on the gun. The red-dot system reflects the laser back towards your eyes replacing the traditional iron sights. When aiming all you have to do is position the red dot that registers in your vision where you intend to fire. Holographic sights use a more complex set of mirrors to project the laser illuminated target marker into a sealed glass viewer through which the weapons operator aims.

2. The advantages of a reflex sight.

Reflex sights are superior for a host of reason beginning with the fact that you will no longer have to squint to aim. The old style of looking down a gun sight with one eye disappears. This enhances speed significantly, as aiming gets done with both eyes, keeping a high level of spatial awareness, and the ability to work from a wider variety of angles. These sights can also function under a wide range of conditions from low light, to bad weather, to physical damage. In the case of holographic reflex sights, the aiming marker can change to suit your shooting style, whether the normal centered red dot, or a calibrated circular gradient. It will also never obscure the target, as the marker is an overlay.


While there is no replacement for proper weapons practice, the key benefits of having one of these devices is hard to ignore. Reflex sights offer great flexibility to seasoned veterans while reducing the difficulty levels for rookie gun owners.


Author’s Bio:

Guest contributor Chris Blair writes for AlliedTactical.Com a site offering tactical gear such as body armors and a lot more.

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1 Comment

  1. The above is all true…….provided you have a QUALITY reflex sight AND mount.

    Don’t skip corners here. A reflex sight makes it easier and faster to make hits in all kinds of light. But a cheap reflex or mount WILL fail. Either you are constantly having to adjust your “zero” because the sight loses it over time, or the mount does the same due to too much “wiggle” from recoil.

    For those that just have to have their iron sights, you can always co-witness your BUIS with most reflex sights provided that the riser/mount is the correct height (Co-witnessing means that you can see your iron sights through your “red dot” and that both the iron sights and red dot overlay exactly the same when placed over a target). Additionally, if you set up your reflex to co-witness with your BUIS….even if you then fold your BUIS back down so that your reflex “glass” is less crowded, this allows you to quickly check and see if your reflex is still zeroed in if they both still align.

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