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How to choose an Optic - Red Dot Sight or Magnifier

Many players, having played 1-2 games with their airsoft gun, start looking for ways to improve their field performance. One of the easiest ways new and older players can reach that next level is by adding a red dot or scope to their gun. However, each one has it particular advantages, and it is important to understand how each should both be utilized. Click here to check out some awesome red dot sights and scopes.

Lets start with red-dot sights, the most common among airsoft and real steel shooters. Using a projected light, your sight picture features a glowing, "red dot" in the middle of the lens. This allows the shooter to see their environment in real time, without having to transition from a magnified view.

When buying a red dot, several elements make for the best purchase. Depending on your scenario, the objective lens diameter is a crucial. A wider diameter means you will be able to see more of the target area while aiming through your sight. A small diameter means a more narrow target window, yet smaller profile and can lead to more accurate shooting.

Playing in the mid day heat can be tricky, and when using a red dot sight, it is important to be aware of the level of intensity. The brighter it is outside, the higher the intensity of the laser needs to be, to match the the outside light coming in. If it is to low, it may be hard to identify your target with the dot, and thus hard to accurately shoot.

Yet, for players who engage their targets with maximum precision, a magnified scope may be the way to go. Allowing the shooter to more accurately calculate distance, there are a variety of magnified scopes like the ACOG and sniper combat scopes.

However, not every scope will suite every gun. It is important to consider the shooter's personal shooting stance and in relation their eye relief. Poor eye relief can make it hard to quickly acquire your target once shouldering the weapon. Additionally, while the sniper scope may work well on SPR/DMR builds, attached to a smaller M4, the scope would simply hinder the shooter. In that case, an ACOG would be a perfect balance for magnification and accuracy.

Whatever sight you choose, make sure that it meets your needs, and makes you a better player. There is no right answer, and different scenarios demand different requirements. Have more questions? Be sure to hit us up on our FB or Twitter!

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