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Decent for the price but has its flaws.
on May 23, 2013
This is the same size as a Burris Fastfire but that's where the similarities end. You can tell the quality is not the same but then again, this red dot sight is 1/3rd the price of the Fastfire III. This unit comes with a nice cover that protects the sight when not in use but it does not have a sun shade. The mounting screw feels cheap so time will tell if it lasts. The literature says it is perfect for an AR but the dot size is more suited to a pistol. While Weaver doesn't quote the MOA, I'd guess it is 10-12 or more. My Burris has a much finer dot and it is 3 MOA. The dot size on the Weaver is 3-4 times as large. The unit has a single push button that is easy to operate. Each push cycles through 5 levels of brightness, starting with the brightest and getting dimmer with each press until the lowest level is reached then the next press goes back to the brightest setting. The brightest setting is very bright. To turn the unit off, hold the button for 2 seconds. The elevation and windage adjustments have some backlash (the elevation backlash is significant) and they do not click so you have to wing it. The unit has 2 setscrews that must be tightened once set to lock the settings in place. That is a bit of a pain. I'm concerned as to whether this sight will hold zero but I've only sighted it with a bore sight so far. I'll report back after I shoot with it. I plan to use it on a Ruger .22 target pistol. The sight comes with an extra battery, adjustment screwdriver and the protective cover, which snaps over the top and completely covers the sight. It mounts on a standard weaver/picatinny rail.
For the money, it seems pretty good and as I said, it is very small. Whether it holds up and holds zero is in question at this point. As I said, I'll report back after I give it some use.
I've had this on my Ruger .22 target pistol for almost 6 months now. It has held zero well and I've had no problems with it. I'm still on the original battery. It is plenty bright outside and the dot size is perfect for a pistol. I like that it has a plastic cover as I can leave the sight on the pistol when cleaning it without worrying about getting oil or solvents on the sight glass. For the price and for a rimfire pistol, it is a nice red dot sight but I can't say if it would survive the recoil of a larger caliber.