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Red dot location

Post by Charlie Campney on Thu Jun 23, 2016 5:49 pm

new shooter here and have a question regarding the optimum position for a red dot sight.  Is it better to mount it closer to the eye or further from the eye?  Currently have it as far forward on the rail as it will go.  Where do you run yours?  Shooting a SW22 Victory and i've seen several photos with the sight mounted forward and others show it to the rear.  Thanks

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Re: Red dot location

Post by Wobbley on Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:11 pm

Try it in both places.  The pistol balance in The hand will be the determining factor.  FWIW most seem to prefer the weight nearer the hand.

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Re: Red dot location

Post by SteveT on Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:31 pm

A couple of inches forward or back has little effect on the sight picture but can affect the balance of the gun a LOT. If the gun feels nose heavy or if you find you are dipping the muzzle move it further back. If the gun feels light and "whippy" then move it forward to reduce movement.

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Re: Red dot location

Post by Jerry Keefer on Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:56 pm

I am a firm believer in a neutral or as close to center as possible.. the ideal placement would be as far forward as possible, because the relationship between the muzzle and the dot is nearly identical, but a great deal of control is lost.. The same happens in the opposite direction.. A center pivot position would be the easiest to control..  It's the same as mounting the dot higher.. the higher it is the more difficult it is to control..

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Re: Red dot location

Post by Froneck on Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:36 am

I agree with SteveT. The scope becomes a movable weight and best located where it preforms best for the shooter. Like everything else in shooting there is no perfect anything because we are all different. It's up to the shooter to analyze and develop just what is best for him. Being my son is one of the top shooters in the country this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyNkZHjkkB8 is what he had to do to change from a 2650+ with the right hand to a 2650+ with the left hand, read between the lines it was his quest to attain a high score having to switch hands. (btw. he's back shooting right handed) Understand what he had to do and apply it to yourself, realize what he did may not apply to you but he analyzed what he needed to do therefore do the same analyze what is needed for yourself.  Now since the Army is requiring that they also compete in Action Pistol and using Iron Sights Adam won Bianchi Cup production division plus 2 major NRA Action Production class matches leading up to the Bianchi Cup.

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