I am 45 years old and find that target acquisition via open sights is just not as easy as it used to be. Utilization of red dot optics has greatly increased my accuracy as well as ability to stay on target and to move from target to target quickly.
There are tons of red dot optics out there for the AR platform and similar firearms. One in particular that caught my eye is the LUCID M7 Red Dot.
Firearm forums all over the Internet have people asking the same old question – “I am looking for a good red dot optic – any suggestions?” Shortly thereafter is an onslaught of comments about how you must spend $500-$1200 on an EOTech, Aimpoint or Trijicon or else it’s junk.”
LUCID is a relatively new company having launched in 2009 and has gained quite a following. Their HD7 Red Dot Sight has a long track record of performance, reliability, and affordability. Newer to their line of firearm optics is the M7 Micro Red Dot Sight.
The M7 has a retail price of $229 however it is often found for less than $180.
Included with the M7 is an allen wrench for the mount, rubber lense cover, Micro fiber cleaning cloth, and a manual.
The LUCID M7 is small at only 3″ in length and has a built in picatinny rail mount. For mounting on an AR an additional riser must must be used due to its low profile.
Like pretty much every other red dot optic the M7 has in fact…..yup, you guess it….a red dot. A single dot hovers within the sight at a reported size of 2 MOA. With 10 levels of brightness the dot can be dialed in for pretty much any lighting condition.
I like simple and the LUCID is very simple to operate. All controls are on the left side of the optic. There is an on-off push button. Push to turn on, push and hold(5 seconds) to turn off. For controlling brightness a set of buttons are easily manipulated to increase and decrease the intensity of the dot. On its highest setting the dot is VERY bright – much more than my Vortex Strikefire. In bright sunlight this was very much welcomed.
One unique feature the LUCID M7 has is a special mode which allows the dot intensity to auto-adjust. Yes – the brightness will automatically adjust depending on how bright or dark it is. There is a small sensor directly on top of the housing that senses changing light conditions. When clearing rooms in a building the dots brightness automatically decreases when it darkens. Going from inside to bright sunlight the dot brightness instantly. It works extremely well. Switching between manual and auto mode is done simply pressing the power button. Each press toggles between the two modes.
The sight is powered by a single AAA alkaline battery. A battery life test was not performed however it is reported that 1200 hours is attainable. Yes – 1200 hours! That’s over 50 days of use. The sight also has an auto shut-off after 2 hours which will certainly help battery life if inadvertently left on.
The M7 is both waterproof and shockproof. As far as being waterproof I dropped mine in a cup of water for 15 minutes with no issues. Shockproof up to .458 SOCOM – I only had mine mounted to a 5.56mm AR.
Weight is only 4.6 ounces.
Fit & Finish
The LUCID M7 is constructed of aluminum and has a flat black finish. All seams and edges are clean with no unfinished machining. The windage and elevation caps are tethered together with the battery compartment cap – nice feature and it works. Battery compartment cap is o-ring sealed.
Everything is tight and is very well made.
The M7 Riser available from LUCID works well and is very lightweight. I had no issues with its performance. I have read other reviews where people have complained the riser is not very attractive. I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Retail price for the LUCID Riser is $39.
I really like the LUCID M7. It is an excellent companion to most any AR-15 or other modern fighting rifle. Whether you are on a budget or not the M7 is a great choice.
LUCID M7 Red Dot Sight Photo Gallery