Ah yes. The age-old dilemma: red dot sight vs holographic sight. There are people who think that one is better than the other. And then there are people who don’t even recognize the difference between the 2 sights well enough to debate about it. The truth is, while they exist to serve the same purpose, which is to lock aim, they do it a tad bit differently. And to fully understand which type of sight will work the best for you, continue reading with us to find out about their characters, similarities and differences. Let’s start!
The red dot sight is undeniably one of the most common and widely used sights out there. There isn’t a folk who shoots and doesn’t know what a red dot sight is. These types of sights tend to have a tube design with a non-magnifying lens. Red dot sights also tend to be on the lighter and more compact side since all of its components are tucked inside tube housing. This usually makes a red dot sight the go-to device for beginners, learners, and rookie shooters. Although they come in a wide range of prices and quality, this type of sight of relatively cheaper than any other type of sights. Light on the budget too!
But beyond and above all these, the main thing that separates the red dot sight from a holographic sight is the way its reticle and dot is operated. In a red sight, a low power LED light is used to produce a reticle where a red dot (or green, or both) is marked. Because of this minimal power consumption, the battery life on this type of sight is usually longer. Having said that, one place where red dot sight does not excel is the parallax. They tend to suffer more for parallax distortion than any other sight. You also have a limited lens space which comprises on the viewing angles and Field of View. On the plus side, red dot sights are more resilient against temperature changes.
The holographic sight is the new thing for shooters now. If you are looking for a modern upgrade from the traditional sights, then the first device to look into before anything else is a holographic sight. But it isn’t all the spotless as they make it seem. A holographic sight tends to on the bulkier side. It is usually scaled up and weighs more than a red sight due to all of its components being placed in the base. A holographic sight is also vulnerable to damage and inaccuracy when used in extreme temperatures. To add to this, it more expensive than a red dot and furthermore has a low battery life due to high power consumption. So, what exactly makes people prefer a holographic over a red dot despite all the aforementioned facts?
Here are all the things it compensates its flaws with. First of all, it uses a far more advanced and pronounced reticle and dot. A holographic sight uses a fairly powerful laser that bounces around to produce the holographic image of the reticle- hence, the name. This reticle is said to be more accurate and sharp than your red dot sight. It is also majorly unaffected by parallax distortion, unlike a red dot. As a result, you get a better and crisper view despite human errors. Then you have your comparatively larger lens which makes for a more wide Field of View and allows better viewing angles. A great upper hand for shooters!
And that, folks, is the overall coverage and summary of a red dot sight and a holographic sight. Now you know that they are 2 different kinds of devices which function differently.. . . . all while serving the same purpose. The bottom line is: none of the 2 devices are perfect. They each come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Some like the simplicity of red dots while others prefer a more advanced aiming experience. At the end of the day, it is what you choose to use and make the most out of those features that matter most. The better out of the 2 sights is the one you choose. Speaking of which, now that the red dot sight vs holographic sight showdown is over, tell us who your winner sight is!
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