Red Dots for Sure Shots, Part I*

Whilst at the most recent SHOT Show, I got to watch a snuff film--that's what it was--of a pair of hunters in Hungary shooting wild boar from an elevated stand. Most of these porkers were running, and I could see that there was marksmanship of a very high order.

The two nimrods were using Aimpoint's new Hunter red-dot sights, a line designed for sporting rifles. Aimpoint has been around since the mid-1970s, is a familiar brand, and has just supplied its one-millionth sight to the armed forces. But red-dots show up on very, very few big-game rifles, and Aimpoint wants to change that. Unlike military red dots, which are small and unharmonious of line, the Hunter red dots look like conventional scopes, and are designed not to offend the eye of the traditionally minded.

Aimpoints do not magnify. They show you the world as it is without any enlargement, so you will not get your usual dose of Xs when you look through one, but they have other advantages: Except for the lenses, they are pretty much indestructible. They have survived fire, prolonged immersion, war, and United States Marines. I was invited--seriously--to throw my loaner Aimpoint H34L against a rock by way of proving this. I declined, but the Aimpoint people were not kidding.

Battery life is 50,000 hours or 2,083 days. That's how long you can leave it on before the power goes dead.

There is no parallax. Eye relief is unlimited. There is no vertical crosshair to align.

There are no internal mechanical parts to come loose under recoil.

To be continued...

*Plagiarized from the Sylvania Company, who made flashbulbs, back when there was such a thing as flashbulbs, and whose motto was "Blue dots for sure shots."