Originator

The Originator of the Red Dot Sight

Shooting conditions put unique demands on your equipment and when it comes to accuracy, the first priority is the right sight.

Aimpoint’s breakthrough technology allows a shooter to do what comes naturally — keep both eyes open while focusing on a target. When a shooter looks into an Aimpoint sight, a red dot appears in the lens. The shooter can then quickly superimpose the red dot on the target.

When the red dot is on the target, you’re on target. It is this combination of speed of sighting and accuracy that makes Aimpoint sights the preferred choice for beginners and experts alike.

Aimpoint red dot sights are made without magnification or optical distortion. In a red dot sight, the dot is not projected on to the target, it is only seen inside the sight and only by the shooter. Lasers project the reticule on to the target which makes the dot visible on the target.

The red dot sight uses a LED (light emitting diode) which is completely safe for the eyes comparted to a laser that create a reticle with a laser emission, which can be harmful to your eyes.

Red dot sights are also superior to iron sights and magnifying scopes in several ways. Using these other types of aiming devices require that your focus leaves the target.

The difference between Aimpoint’s red dot sights and other sights is illustrated on the images on this page.

Regardless of where you position your eye, the reflection of the LED is always parallel with the sight’s optical axis, thanks to the design of the double lens and its light refraction property (figure 1). The points of aim and impact always coincide.

Aimpoint without parallax
Figure 1.

The conventional lens used in the majority of red dot sights gives an angled reflection when the dot is not centered on the lens. The farther the dot from the center of the lens, the greater the deviation from the optical axis. In this case, the point of aim and the point of impact can never be the same (figure 2).

Aimpoint with parallax
Figure 2.