Current Best Reflex Sights are a type of gun sights that can go on a variety of firearms depending on the mounting system available. The goal of a reflex sight is to provide the user with the best reticle while eliminating or lessening a lot of the optical problems.
Clearly, technology makes lots of things possible. For firearms, advances in electronics and optics have helped shooters move beyond standard iron sight systems into magnifying riflescopes, and further into electronic sighting systems. The truth is these different types of sights work differently, using distinct operating systems to achieve the goal of getting the shooter dialed in. Many sights on the market today fit into one of three types: reflex, prismatic and holographic sights.
Importance of Reflex Sight
Reflex, short for the reflector, sights use a light-emitting diode, or LED, to project an aiming point – the dot – onto a lens that the shooter looks through. This lens acts like a mirror, which causes the image when looking through the sight to appear slightly darker. Generally, there are two kinds of reflex sights; the first being a tube-shaped sight that resembles a short riflescope, featuring a contained beam, and the other being the small – sometimes tiny – sights with an exposed beam.
Some high-end reflex sights, including some Trijicon and Meprolight models, use tritium for electronic projection. Tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, can be mixed with phosphor compounds to emit visible, fluorescent light. Other types use fiber optic system to collect ambient light to “power” the reticle. Important to note that regardless of the way the light is generated, these sights do not use lasers to actually project on to the target.
Uses of Reflex Sight
Reflex technology has been employed in fighter aircraft heads-up displays (HUDs), aircraft and tank gun sights, and even on commercial applications, including surveying equipment, camera viewfinders and optical telescope pointing devices.
Unlike using iron sights, in which the shooter must align their eye, the rear sight, front sight, and target perfectly, reflex sights allow users to look through the sight from different positions not directly in line with the sight tube without affecting the point of aim. These types of sights also make it easier for shooters to focus through the sight without compromising peripheral vision, especially helpful for close-quarters tactics and drills.
Ultimately, finding which option is best for you will be determined by your needs and budget, as options run the gamut from inexpensive red dot reflex sights to high-end, expensive holographic systems. Despite the touted reliability of the sight system, users should consider using a back-up iron sight system in the event the sight’s battery dies or fails, or the system sustains damage during use.
Overall, reflex sights are often what people consider to be a “red dot sight,” despite the fact that there are THREE different styles of red dot sights. Reflex sights are the most common and the least expensive but are somewhat limited. Dependent on your needs, a simple reflex sight will probably meet your needs.