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If you’re ready to ditch those iron sights and step into the world of electronic optics for your tag piece, stick around.

Because by the end of this video you will know whether a red dot or a holographic sight is right for you.

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Now if you’ve ever so much as glanced at the optics section of any online gun retailer, you have likely been overwhelmed, both by the amount of choices on the market, but also maybe even by the basic terminology involved.


So let’s start there.

Fundamentally, red dots and holo sights work on two completely different principles.

A red dot uses an LED to project a radical that’s bounced back toy our eyes by coated glass.

While a holographic sight uses a laser and mirrors to project a hologram back to you eyes that appears to be in front of the optic itself.

Man, science sure is spooky.

Additionally there are a lot of functional differences that will become apparent as we compare and contrast the two platforms moving forward.

Maybe the biggest deciding factor before we get into performance however is going to be cost.

Now because red dots are generally running on less complicated technology that holo sights they can be had for much cheaper.

And an entry level red dot is going to run you about $50 or so, with the really service able models coming in at about $200.

If you wanna step up to the big leagues with something like Aim Point, you’re looking at about $400.

On the flip side there are really only two companies making true holographic weapon sights.

With offerings from both Eotech and newcomer Vortex beginning at about $400.

Now if size or weight are a consideration you may want to look at a red dot.

The technology involved scales down pretty well, meaning that there are options tiny enough to mount on a hand gun, or even on the top of a magnified optic, if that’s your thing.

And while holographic sights certainly aren’t huge they aren’t small either, with the larger models of Eotech being approximately 1.

6times the width of an apple.

And the more compact Eo techs are approximately

3 times the volume of a persimmon.

In terms of durability, both red dots and holo sights have some truly tough options on the higher endof their respective markets.

Offerings from companies like Aim Point and Eo tech both get to boast countless anecdotal stories of unlikely survival.

However, only a holographic sight is capable of operating with the front lens damaged.

If you’d like to see us destroy both a red dot and an Eo tech to demonstrate this principle check the description below for a link to that video.

Now battery consumption is likely not going to be a huge point of concern for most casual shooters, but the LEDs found in red dots don’t use much power.

If keeping your rifle in a state of readiness is of concern rest assured that higher end red dots can be left on for, oh, 50000 hours, or approximately five years.

And while holographic sights aren’t quite as efficient, they can still comfortably run into the 500 to 1000 hour mark.

The optic’s reticle is obviously going to be the part of it that you interact with most frequently, and there are multiple options within both categories for both reticle style and color.

While almost always referred to offhand as a red dot because the reticle is red, models that offer green reticles can now be found in both styles of optics.

Reticle wise holo sights generally offer the iconic dot and ring combination.

And depending on the model can actually be used to range your distance to the target as well.

Additionally the Eotech dot in the center of its ring is one minute of angle.

And the smallest of red dots only get down to two MOA, meaning that at 100yards the holographic dot will cover one inch of the target compared to a red dot’s two inches.

And at 200 yards it will cover two inches compared to four inches, etcetera.

Reticles basically comedown to personal preference.

And if you’ve got the ability to, it’s probably worth your time to try out both and decide which works for you.

If the usability of your optic under NVGs is a consideration that you are concerned about, you can rest assured that both categories of optics have models that are night vision compatible.

If you plan on running a magnifier in front of your red dot or holo sight you might be interested to learn that magnifying a two MOA red dot by three times results in a dot that is now six MOA.

Conversely, magnifying aholo sight’s one MOA reticle leaves it unchanged.

Both red dots and holo sights have options that provide a wide field of view, and don’t take up much of your vision while behind the gun.

But that being said, holo sights do have the slight advantage in that they generally don’t take up as much of your field of vision while using them, limiting the amount of time you have to come up out of your cheek weld to check your surroundings.

And lastly, if your target acquisition speed is important to you, you might want to consider a holo sight, as they appear to project onto your target and will remain in focus when you’re looking down range.

On the flip side, a red dot is only going to be in focus when you’re looking at the dot itself, which can slow down target acquisition if you’re not used to looking beyond your optic.

All things considered, if you can throw down the cash on an Eotech or a Vortex sight, we would.

They have several advantages over red dots, and aside from their battery life, have somewhat negligible drawbacks.

However, if you’re not quite ready to jump down that money pit you can certainly still have a blast shooting with a functional entry level red dot.

All in all, hopefully we’ve given you enough information tom ake your own decision.

The choice is yours.

All right guys, that’sgonna do it for us today.

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Once again, my name isJohn with Pew Pew Tactical, and we will see you next time.

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