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Shooting: The Pros and Cons of Red-Dot Optics

Red-dot sights can excel for fast shooting at short distances, but hunters should also consider their limitations.

Shooting: The Pros and Cons of Red-Dot Optics

If your hunting typically involves only close-range shots, a red-dot sight can be ideal. (Photo by Richard Mann)

Although their popularity has increased considerably, the electronic sights that collectively have become known as red-dots are not new. Zero-magnification sights that present an illuminated red dot as an aiming point have been around for almost 50 years.

However, they did not become common on hunting rifles until the turn of the 21st century. As more hunters started using AR-style rifles, particularly for feral hogs, the red-dot sight became an attractive option. About the same time, high-quality red-dots became reliable and affordable enough for that...

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