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Good little sight
on March 25, 2013
This sight rated a bit low overall from Amazon reviewers, and that almost made me skip it. I'm glad I didn't. I've mounted it on my daughter's GSG-522, and she loves it.
It came packed in a simple box, with lots of foam padding. It included the sight, a plastic cover, a fine screwdriver, an Allen wrench, basic instructions, a lens cleaner, and a wheel dial for making adjustments. The sight and it's picatinny base were one unit, but they can be separated for replacing the battery.
Mounting to a standard picatinny rail was a pain - the base is just cut a tad too small on the claw bottom to fit easily. It can be done with patience, effort, and foul language. Once on, make sure it's where you want it, or you'll have to go through it all again.
The sight has two settings for the red dot. The smaller dot is about 2 MOA, which starts looking a bit big as the range increases. Since we're only shooting .22s out to about 50 meters, no problem. Center of mass target hits and ringing steel are easy. However, hitting a coke can sized object is really hard, so "plinking" targets are best at a lot closer distances, say 15-25 meters. Precision shooting (say, scoring bullseyes and points) is darn near impossible because the dot obscures the target. Also, depending on the weapon, the sight may be mounted a bit too high to co-witness with the front/rear iron sights. On the GSG, you can't see the standard sights. On an AR style platform you may be OK.
The larger dot is supposed to be 4 MOA, but it seems larger. In fact, it's so big, we decided to just not use it for anything. It's not really a "low-light" option, as it has the same visual intensity as the smaller dot.
Adjustments for zeroing involved sliding the dial onto the small screwdriver so that you had a visual reference for making adjustments. The screwdriver has to be forced through the small hole in the dial, and it's not easy. The dial is OK, but really not as accuate or useful as the makers like to have it sound. I would recommend just using the screwdriver without the dial, especially for final adjustments.
After zeroing, it was shooting time. All the effort to mount and zero the sight were worth it. I did not lock-tite the set screws after zeroing, but after 1,000 rounds they still have not shifted the sight's zero. Maybe it's because we're using .22, and a larger claiber will knock them loose from recoil, but for us no problems. Using the GSG, both my younger kids can rapid fire with both eyes open, placing 9 and 10 ring hits with 20+ rounds at 15-50 meters. They can hit tin cans at 15-20 meters, and ding steel out to 75 meters. I think that's a pretty good evaluation of the sight.
I rated it a 4 out of 5 because it did take more effort than normal to mount the sight, and that the smaller dot was really bigger than it ought to be for doing any type of precsion shooting. However, if all you want to do is hit the target, and not worry about precision, then this sight is excellent and I'd recommend it.