GUN What does one use a red dot sight for?

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  1. attomica

    attomica Active Member

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    I think I want to put a red dot on my Mini-14, but from what I read red dots are designed for use on crossbows, shotguns and pistols. Is this right? I want my Mini-14 to to be for short distance engagement, so I want to replace its scope with a red dot with the thinking that a red dot has faster acquisition and is more suitable for short distances. What do do you think?

    Also, for what distances are a 1x red dot for? I think I'd want some magnification to get out to 100 yards, right?
     
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    A red dot will be fine for 100 yards. They allow both eyes open shooting and will be much faster than your scope. Red dots are not designed for any specific firearm, they will work equally well with rifles as they do with handguns.

    Aimpoint is very popular and durable.
    Eotech is another but it uses a heads up display, not a red dot.
     
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    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    You can hit targets out to 600yds with a red dot. Probably wont pull super tight groupings. But you can hit targets if your just talking about self defense
     
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    Thanks, guys.
     
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    Red dots are fast, two eyes open, good for tracking moving targets. Great for short range under 100 yards on man sized targets.

    Red dots come in two flavors tube sights such as the aimpoint, and reflex sight such as the cmore, eotech, doctor, jpoint, etc (ok the eotech is not exactly a reflex sight but it close enough and is pretty similar).

    On thing to consider is the dot size. Dot size is measured in MOA. A 6 moa dot will cover a 6" diameter area at 100 yards. So if you were shooting a 6" plate the plate would be completely obscured by the dot. So dot size is key.

    For pistols because they are generally used under 25 yards the 8 moa and 6 moa dots are the most popular. Because the dot is bigger it is easier to find, which is important for a pistol because you don't have a stock to cheek weld or shoulder.

    For rifles 2 moa is popular because with the stock for checkweld and shoulder you pretty much line up on the gun the same each time. Much easier to find the dot thus you can run a smaller dot and not lose any time finding the dot.

    For a strait stock mini 14 I would go with the aimpoint t1 for a tube sight, or cmores new micro reflex sight when they come out.
     
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    They're fine for anything but precision shooting IMO. I had an EOTech on my first AR15 and it was usable up to 100yds for hitting 8" targets and blowing up 20oz soda bottles, but you won't put 5 shots inside of a nickel with one.
     
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    Awesome info! Thanks!
     
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    This. Your idea of fun might vary but I really don't get much enjoyment from just hitting a target with my expensive rifle, I want a tight group too.
     
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    Tight groups are fine, tight groups are good. To me if you have a rifle shoot it like a rifle. That means long range shooting. With a AR 300 yards is very doable even with a box stock 16" m4gery. Put some decent glass like the

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    shred close range targets at 1x dial it up to 4x for targets out to 400 yards.
     
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