The red dot projects a light spot (also called a reticle) in front of the eye of the shooter. It allows it to aim and shoot faster while remaining focused on the target.
The best-known reticle is a small point of 5 minutes of angle illuminated by a red LED, hence the name of red dot. Generally, the LED is powered by a battery.
The red point finder is used for shooting sports, paintball, hunting and military.
The advantages of the red dot finder
The red dot finder does not enlarge the target. The shooter can therefore keep both eyes open and thus maintain a panoramic view of the environment.
Contrary to the open sight where the rise, the handlebars and the target must be aligned, the optical sight allows to substitute the rise and the handlebar by a single point. This makes the aim easier, because you have to align 2 points instead of 3.
As you get older, the view changes. It becomes difficult to have a clear view at more than 30/40 cm. The alignment of the riser and the handlebars becomes more complicated. The viewfinder is a solution to correct this small problem.
With the red dot finder, there is no parallax. This means that the point remains parallel to the barrel axis of the weapon regardless of the position of the eye relative to the viewfinder. It is therefore useless to center the red dot inside the viewfinder. When he is on the target, the shooter is also on target. With the red dot finder, the shooter no longer has a problem with a moving target or poor lighting.
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