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Choosing a gun sight: Optical sight or collimator sight

If hunting is not just fun for you, then you need to approach the process of choosing a sight with responsibility and knowledge of the matter. Not only your booty, but, possibly, your life depends on how accurately you shoot! Sight – an integral part of the gun. Which one you have: an optical sight, a collimator, a laser target designator or a simple front sight – it does not matter. The main thing is that with the help of this gun sight you shoot accurately.

The choice of sight for a gun: Optical sight or collimator
Night devices
Collimator sights
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Sight selection, optical sight, collimator sight If hunting is not just fun for you, then you need to approach the process of choosing a sight with responsibility and knowledge of the matter. Not only your booty, but, possibly, your life depends on how accurately you shoot! Sight – an integral part of the gun. Which one you have: an optical sight, a collimator, a laser target designator or a simple front sight – it does not matter. The main thing is that with the help of this sight you shoot accurately. Your sight should be in place. If you are driving a driven hunt, you do not need to take a 20x optical sight. If you have a super perfect carbine with an aiming range of 400 meters, then you do not need to put on it a simple collimator sight. If you have an ordinary double-barreled shotgun, do not install the most perfect night sights or an ultra-strong optical sight on it. Approach this business with your head and you will succeed.

Night devices

Human vision is far from the best indicator in comparison with other living species, for example, in comparison with a cat. Our eye perceives a certain spectrum of rays and has a certain photosensitivity, which limits our visual abilities in the dark. Opticians have long been looking for a solution to this problem at a technical level, and finally found it. As you know, night devices were originally developed for military purposes, for army units. In addition, the initial purpose of night-time devices is to detect the enemy in conditions of poor visibility, namely in the dark. The first night devices had rather massive dimensions, and they weighed a lot, they could not be used as a mobile, wearable device, unlike modern night devices. Such night devices were installed on the tower machine gun mounts and were used as a night vision sight.

Previously, night vision sights worked based on the reflection of infrared light from a source, for this purpose a searchlight with a red glow was installed on combat vehicles. This technology is far from perfect and has a number of serious drawbacks, for example, to take, for example, an elementary failure of a searchlight and that’s all, there will be no sense from such a night vision sight. And the situation is completely different with products of this kind in our time.

Well, firstly, now night vision devices are available for sale, which earlier by definition could not be, and secondly, the principle of operation of night vision devices and their mobility have stepped far forward in comparison with the first samples. The modern night vision device is mobility, ease of use, reliability! The only obstacle to the acquisition of such a device is the price, unfortunately, the domestic industry is far from the first in terms of the production of night-vision devices, therefore, mainly foreign samples prevail in this market. The device itself is specific, since not every person needs to watch something or someone in the dusk of the night. For civilians, night vision devices are a privilege, first of all, of hunters. There is no doubt that any hunter who goes on a night hunt dreams of having such a device even if only as an observational means, not to mention a night vision sight that can be mounted on a rifle.

The simplest, and, accordingly, the cheapest night vision devices include the night vision monocular. A night vision monocular is a binocular-like device with one sight. These devices have a difference only in the magnification, since the basis is, of course, optics. A monocular cannot be called a comfortable device, although it is up to the user to decide whether such a product suits him or not.

The next device, which can be attributed to the same form, is night-vision binoculars, which, unlike the monocle, have two sighting glasses, which is much more convenient for use. In addition, another no less famous night vision device is the telescope. The advantage of the telescope over the monocle and binoculars is the magnification. Very good optical lenses are usually mounted in telescopes. As for the price of telescopes, there is nothing to boast of, the price is at the level of binoculars, and often much more expensive than night vision binoculars. The above night vision devices can be attributed to one class.

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