Holographic Weapon Sight and Shotgun
I receive a lot of questions about use of holographic (reflex) sight on a shotgun. This post is a small review of the Eotech 512 holographic sight (there are more compact new versions available) and my thoughts about holographic sights on shotguns.
Holographic sight is an alternative to classic iron sights. It allows much faster aiming showing just one red dot on target. It also has some disadvantages which make use of holographic sight on shotgun questionable: additional weight, additional picattini rail and a high price.
I think that one of the main shotgun’s advantages is that it allows very fast intuitive shooting. That means that sometimes you don’t even need sights to aim at a target. For example, if you know spread and pattern of the shotgun you can be sure that most of the 9 pellets will hit a target even if you use point shooting.
This takes some training and experiments but I recommend you to test the ammunition you have to know the pattern of your shotgun.
Here is good example of the shotgun buckshot test made by Jonathan Paul, one of the blog readers:
He tested several types of the ammunition and found the one he likes. Don’t change the ammunition often, if you you use the same ammunition all the time, you get used to it’s recoil, pattern etc.
That is why I think that shotgun doesn’t need holographic sights. Of course, it is easier to aim using electronic sights but there is no difference for experienced shooter.
I recommend to spend the $500 on the ammunition and training, this will be much more useful for the shotgun owner than buying a holographic sight.
Remember that shotgun is effective on maximum distance of 110 yards (100 m) and there is no need to use electronic sights on such distance. But if you want you can get it from Eotech, Aimpoint and other manufacturers.
Eotech 512 is very good and reliable holographic weapon sight. It uses 2 AA batteries, there are newer versions which use 123 battery which make sight more compact. This sight is very reliable and sturdy, it is used by military and law enforcement. If you decide to get a holographic sights, I recommend you getting Eotech, Aimpoint or Trijicon Acog (which doesn’t need batteries at all).
Do you use holographic sights? Please leave a comment with your experience.
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