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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2013
After I bought my AR I put some Troy Battle Sights on it always intending that these iron sights would be for backup only if I was in the field and my main sight battery died. I then began the long treck down the road of evaluating and investigating the many sighting systems one can buy for these rifles. When I had finally thought I had made a choice I went on down to my local Big Box fishing/hunting/sporting goods store to make my purchase. While I was there I happened to see another gentleman select the Redfield Counterstrike. I then quizzed him as to why he made that selection. He said he liked the fact that it had a choice between a red or a green dot. Next he wanted an integral laser in the sight as well and he needed a sight that would see over the top of his iron sights so he could keep them mounted as well (the light bulb turned on as I wanted my iron sights to stay mounted while using the Red Dot scope). I was immediately "wowed" as I had never seen a choice that included a laser sight. I held the sight in the store for quite some time evaluating how fast I could acquire a target (very important feature)and the ability to look through the sight with both eyes open always observing my world around me and not just my target. I was truly amazed as I thought I would have to close one eye always looking through the barrel of the sight when in fact the opposite was true. When looking at the "dot" through the scope with both eyes wide open at arm's length away from my head I picked up the dot quickly as I changed my target rapidly through the store each time getting "on target" fast. I went from mannequins to taxidermied wild life to real human targets walking around in the store acquiring them quickly (the sight was hand held, no rifle in my hands of course). I needed live targets moving as this is what we really see when hunting in the field or in a self-defense situation. Not only could I acquire targets quickly but as I followed the dot around my mind completely blocked out the rest of the sight, the barrel, and any other part of it. I could plainly see the dot as if the sight itself was not even there. Some will say one of the red or green dots is fuzzy while the other is clear. I found this easily correctable with the brightness setting on each. The lenses are coated to prevent light from reflecting off of them in the field giving away your position in concealment. Another thing I liked was how easy installation and removal was accomplished as there is only one "hand-screw" holding the clamp on the rail rather large in size in a sort of "hex" design making it easy to turn and get it tight with no tools required. This is important to me because if the battery died or the sight malfunctioned it could easily be removed in the field with the turn of one fastener by hand and I would have my battle sights still installed, sighted in and ready to go. The sight is built up on its mount high so that when I install the sight on my "SRC" Windham (flat top) and with the battle sights folded down, I see right over the top of my iron sights with no interference from them what so ever. Even though the laser that is integrated into the sight sits very low on the front, it still projects over my folded iron sights with no problem. This is a very solidly built sight, looks and feels very durable and it has flip-up dust covers to protect the lenses front and back. Another big seller. On the range the sight performed every bit as good as the unit itself sounds in this review. You can turn the adjustments and see the red/green dot or the laser move as you adjust it and the movement is solid and sure, not shaky and flighty jumping all over the place. The darn thing sits absolutely still. How awesome is that? I was sighted in at 50 yards with a 1 inch group with about 6 rounds of ammo. With 1/2 MOA adjustments, you can tune this thing in fast! To sight in the laser it was a simple matter of sitting in my home and looking end to end on the first floor of my home (25 yds) through doorways with the lights out at the far end and I simply looked through the sight at the red dot (both eyes open) and turned the laser adjustments until the laser dot over-laid on top of the red dot. Took 5 minutes. And very last but certainly not least, Redfield is manufactured by Leupold! How can one possibly go wrong with that kind of background and experience in making rifle scopes and sights. This is truly "Thee" sight to have on your AR and I will never stop talking about it to every person I know who enjoys the sport of shooting, especially those looking for good tactical gear. Best of all you get all this for just a little over $150.00 I "was" headed to pick up one of those $600 holographic sights and after inspecting the Counterstrike, I became quickly convinced that the holographic sight was way over priced with much less value and functionality for the money. Thank You Redfield!!!