(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2017/05/08) – From stalking prey in the woods to executing important law enforcement missions, intense moments call for maximum functionality. The new Sightmark Wolverine CSR-LQD (SM26021-LQD) delivers big on close-quarters efficiency, helping hunters, law enforcement and competition shooters alike make their mark.
Designed for exceptionally quick target acquisition on MSR’s and shotguns, the Wolverine CSR-LQD is a red dot sight with a 4 MOA dot reticle and features a locking, quick-detach mount, enabling the Wolverine to be detached and attached when seconds matter, while user-friendly digital switch brightness controls make the sight quick and easy to operate. There’s no need to fret over batteries, as the Wolverine’s extremely low power consumption allows the sight to be used continuously for 1 million hours, or over 6 years, on just a single AA battery.
The robust Wolverine CSR-LQD offers maximum protection in the field from a rubber-armored, single-piece 6061-T6 aluminum housing. Protected adjustment caps, shockproof design and scratch-resistant, anti-reflective lens coating aid in the Wolverine’s IP67 waterproof rating and -22° to 122°F operating temperature.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2017/03/30) – Designed specifically to improve close-range optic versatility, the new Sightmark XT-3 Magnifier adds lightning-fast mid-range reach for faster, more accurate shot placement at extended ranges. The XT-3 Magnifier is compatible with Sightmark reflex and red dot sights, as well as Aimpoint® and EOTech® products, making it a perfect choice for any recreational, competition or duty AR-platform rifle.
Featuring a 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum tube and rubber armored housing, the shockproof, fog proof and IP67 waterproof-rated XT-3 provides durability you can trust. The XT-3’s flip-to-side mount allows rapid on-the-fly transitions from close- to mid-range targets. Ideal for target shooting, 3-gun competition or backwoods hunting, the XT-3 improves shooting comfort with a 3.5” eye relief.
For intense situations when only a perfect shot will do, the XT-3 Magnifier’s fully multi-coated glass improves brightness and resolution, translating to better target and point-of-impact recognition. External adjustments allow the reticle to align to the center of the magnifier field of view, helping the overall sight picture and clarity. The Sightmark XT-3 Magnifier includes a Picatinny compatible, quick-detach, and flip-to-side mount.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2017/02/23) – Sightmark is proud to announce the release of new Wolverine Red Dot Sight models. Already known for their 1,000,000 hour battery life and robust rubber armored construction, the Wolverine family is happy to welcome four new models to the popular line; Wolverine FSR LQD (SM26020-LQD), Wolverine CSR LQD (SM26021-LQD), Wolverine FSR Dark Earth (SM26020DE) and Wolverine CSR Dark Earth (SM26021DE).
Wolverine CSR and FSR models will be adding a locking, quick-detach mounting system designed to increase the versatility and functionality of these compact red dots. The secured locking design allows the sight to be detached, as situations demand, and re-attached in seconds. The Wolverine CSR LQD 1×23 red dot sight features a 4-MOA dot reticle while the Wolverine FSR LQD 1×28 boasts a 2-MOA red dot reticle.
Catering to the popularity of customizing your firearm, Sightmark is also rolling out Wolverine FSR and CSR models in a Flat Dark Earth (FDE) finish. FDE Wolverines are the perfect optic accent to any rifle/pistol build with existing FDE accouterments. Engineered for rapid target acquisition, all Wolverine models are housed in a durable, single piece of 6061-T6 aluminum and protected by a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective lens coating.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2017/02/14) – Sightmark is happy to be the recipient of two Gold Awards from Predator Xtreme Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards in the categories of Red Dot/Reflex Sight and Favorite New Product, presented at the 2017 SHOT Show. The leading publication for serious predator hunters, Predator Xtreme is regarded by many as an authority on hunting products and firearm accessories.
Built to adapt to any shooting environment, Ultra Shot M-Spec reflex sights offer superior functionality and peace-of-mind durability. Beating out other popular manufacturers of short-range optics, Sightmark’s Ultra Shot M-Spec sights dominated the voting in Predator Xtreme’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Sightmark’s Pinnacle precision riflescopes added to their list of accomplishments by winning Gold in the Readers’ Choice Favorite New Product category. Engineered for precision accuracy, first-focal plane Pinnacle Riflescopes are ideal for long-distance hunting, competition shooting and law enforcement applications.
Sightmark is proud to have both its short- and long-range optics awarded such distinct honors by the shooters and hunters themselves. “We hope to continue bringing world-class optics to market that shooters can enjoy and get behind. To be voted Gold by readers is something we all hold in high regard”, stated Sightmark President, James Sellers.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2017/02/17) – Sightmark is excited to announce participation in the upcoming NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia from April 27-30, 2017. Sightmark will exhibit high-quality optics, night vision and firearm accessories at one of the largest gatherings of firearms enthusiasts in the world. If you have plans to visit the NRA Annual Meetings, be certain to visit Sightmark at booth #2758 to learn more about how their dedication to innovation, quality and customer service is revolutionizing the industry.
The 146th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits is a four-day event, expected to be attended by over 80,000 patriots. Boasting 800+ exhibitors, the convention features a jam-packed schedule of seminars, workshops, special events and celebrity meet and greets! For more information, please visit www.nraam.org.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2017/01/27) – When targets are extreme distances away, many important variables come into play for a successful shot. Designed specifically for competition shooting and hunting, the Sightmark Core SX 10-40×56 CBR Riflescope (SM13081CBR) delivers big on long-range precision for serious shooters.
Built from hard-anodized 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum, the durable Core SX 10-40×56 CBR boasts a single-piece 30mm tube with IP67 waterproof and dustproof protection. This high-powered, second-focal-plane scope solves long-distance problems by utilizing fully multi-coated lenses and a red/green illuminated competition benchrest reticle (CBR) with 5 brightness settings per color. The Core SX’s exposed, lockable turrets make adjustments easy and ensure the scope doesn’t lose zero unintentionally during use and a side focus adjustment helps remove parallax.
When accuracy matters for remote shots, professional competition shooters and long-distance varmint hunters alike will find comfort in the Core SX 10-40×56 CBR’s 1/8 MOA windage and elevation adjustments. This precision riflescope includes a neoprene scope cover, 30mm rings and a CR2032 battery providing up to 100 hours of reticle illumination.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2017/01/19) – Sightmark is proud to announce the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) has completed testing of the Sightmark Wolverine 1×28 FSR Red Dot Sight (SM26020), resulting in the organization’s high recommendation of the dependable red dot sight to its law enforcement community, and an overall rating of 4.62 out of 5. The Wolverine FSR received high marks from law enforcement individuals across various categories including performance, ease of use, quality, durability, accuracy and more.
Designed for close-quarter engagements, the durable Wolverine FSR Red Dot boasts an IP67 waterproof rating, is submersible to three feet of water and is protected by a single piece of rubber-armored 6061-T6 aluminum. Fog proof and nitrogen purged, the Wolverine FSR allows shooters to take aim with its 2 MOA red dot reticle in extreme temperatures ranging from -22° to 122° F. Weighing only 12.3 ounces, the Wolverine delivers heavy-duty performance in a lightweight package and has an incredible battery life of over 114 years on low setting using just a single AA battery.
One NTOA tester commented, “This is by far the best red dot sight I have used for the price…After shooting about 1,000 rounds in a month I [haven’t had] any problems with the sight. It held zero and never malfunctioned.” Another tester noted, “…the most notable feature is the power and consumption.”
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2017/01/19) – Sightmark is proud to announce the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) has fully tested the Sightmark SS600 Tactical Flashlight (SM73010), resulting in the organization’s esteemed recommendation. The Sightmark SS600 underwent testing by NTOA members and was graded on characteristics such as design, ease of use, versatility, application and others. Joining a growing list of other Sightmark products, the SS600’s recommendation by such a respected organization attests to its performance and dependability.
Ideal for tactical situations, the ultra-tough Sightmark SS600 Flashlight features aircraft-grade aluminum construction and type II MIL-SPEC anodizing. Suitable for harsh climates and extreme abuse, this high-intensity flashlight is dustproof, waterproof and has weather resistance rating of IP67. The SS600 is designed with a 3-prong, glass-breaking bezel, allowing law enforcement and first responders a glass-breaking and self-defense tool. The flashlight has a selector switch with 3 modes: 600 lumens, 100 lumens and strobe. An exceptionally bright, Cree® T6 LED bulb delivers a solid beam of essential light for emergency situations.
One NTOA tester noted, “the appearance of the light is appealing and the machining cuts in the body provide a very slip-resistant surface and fits nicely in my hand.” Whether lighting the way for law enforcement operations or military missions, the Sightmark SS600 delivers confidence in harsh climates and during tactical situations.
The mission of the NTOA is to enhance the performance and professional status of law enforcement personnel by providing a credible and proven training resource as well as a forum for the development of tactics and information exchange. The association’s ultimate goal is to improve public safety and domestic security through training, education and tactical excellence. To learn more about NTOA, visit www.ntoa.org.
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2017/01/18) – With the mission to enhance the performance and professional status of law enforcement personnel, the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and its 40,000+ members have completed testing of the Sightmark 8×42 XD Binoculars (SM12102), resulting in the highly regarded organization’s recommendation of the Solitude XD Binoculars. The NTOA gave praise for the Solitude’s optimum clarity, durability and ease of use. “Thank you for participating in our Member Tested and Recommended Program. The 8×24 XD Solitude Binocular has been tested and recommended by the members of the National Tactical Officers Association.”
“We’re always excited when customers recommend our products to others and doubly excited when law enforcement, tactical response teams and other uniformed service members make those recommendations. That positive feedback from those who depend on our equipment to get through dangerous engagements truly drives what we do and why we do it”, stated Sightmark president, James Sellers.
Featuring cutting-edge optical technology for stunning sharpness and contrast, the Sightmark XD Binoculars are perfect for viewing objects at long distances. Engineered with Bak-4 roof prisms, these binoculars yield an advanced straight tube light system, allowing maximum light transmission and brightness. Wrapped in a durable rubber-armored coating, the Sightmark 8×42 XD Binoculars boast a shockproof, fogproof, waterproof and dustproof construction, creating a superior and long-lasting binocular.
A red dot sight uses a reflective glass lens to gather light from an LED which projects an illuminated reticle—typically a dot or a circle with center dot—superimposed on the field of view. The greatest benefit of using a red dot sight is increased speed of acquiring a target without loss of accuracy.
A red dot sight makes a highly visible aiming point for the user. Unlike traditional magnified scopes, you can aim with a red dot sight with both eyes open and it has unlimited eye relief. Iron sights require users to align both the front and back sights to aim at a target, while red dot sights are designed to get the shooter on target very quickly.
To answer the question, “are red dot sights accurate?” and get the most out of your red dot sight, you must use the sight correctly.
Bindon Aiming Concept
As noted above, red dot sights are designed specifically to be used with both eyes open. This is called the Bindon Aiming Concept. When we keep both eyes open, we get the benefit of focusing both on the target and the reticle. Your dominant eye sees the reticle and the target, while your non-dominant eye sees only the target, resulting in what is called a stereopsis image. The image from the dominant eye is overlaid with the image from the non-dominant eye. This process happens subconsciously and nearly instantaneously. This not only naturally leads to faster target acquisition and the probability of an accurate shot; stereopsis also allows a failsafe method of target acquisition in case your red dot’s line of sight is blocked.
Red dot sights have 1x or a true zero magnification. Instead of concentrating on getting the reticle centered on your target, the illuminated reticle of a red dot sight happens as fast you can raise your firearm and see the dot. Remaining focused on the target, as soon as the dot is at your aiming point, you can fire an accurate shot.
Using the Bindon Aiming Concept also allows shooters to remain situationally aware with a wide field of view. This is particularly useful in self-defense, law enforcement and military situations, as you can still see your surroundings and identify further threats.
To a certain degree, red dot sights are nearly parallax-free. Parallax is what you experience when using magnified riflescopes. When you move your head, the reticle seems to move around the target. This is caused by the reticle not focusing at the same distance as the target. With a red dot sight, your head position will not affect the red dot sight’s accuracy.
No optical sight, though, is 100% parallax-free as parallax will occur at some point at closer ranges. This can be clearly seen when a red dot is mounted in an absolute co-witness setup. In this setup, the reticle will “swim” all around the front iron sight. The typical red dot sight will be parallax-free from 25 to 50 yards to infinity.
MOA Dot Sizes
Another important factor affecting the accuracy of the red dot sight is the size of the dot.
The illuminated reticle, whether it be a single red or green dot or a circle with subtensions and center dot, is measured in minutes of angle (MOA.) The minute of angle is a unit for angular measurement of a circle. 1 MOA is equal to 1.047 inches at 100 yards, rounded down to 1 inch. For example, a 1 MOA dot will appear to be 1 inch big on at target 100 yards out. A small MOA dot will be harder to see, especially at longer distances. A large MOA dot, especially at the highest brightness level, will be very easy to see but may cover too much of your target to precisely hit where you’ve aimed.
3 to 5 MOA dots—with 3 being the most popular—lay in between the middle of small and bigger dot sizes. Since most red dot sights have adjustable brightness, the 3 to 5 MOA dot is the most accurate in most shooting situations from home defense in tight quarters to medium range steel target shooting or hog hunting.
Picking out the right reticle size will help or hinder your accuracy with a red dot.
Though magnified riflescopes and iron sights with extensive training and practice are extremely accurate, the red dot sight’s design is inherently more so with the addition of speed. The illuminated dot stays parallel with the sight’s optical axis, so the point of aim is always in line with the point of impact, as well as the red dot always remaining in focus no matter how far away the target.
The only area in which the red dot’s accuracy does not excel is longer distances. CQB and medium-range target shooting, competition, self-defense, and predator and varmint hunting, some even use a red dot sight while turkey hunting, are all where the red dot sight is most useful.
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