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Try to explain to a new customer how to use iron sights — whether on a handgun or a rifle, it can be a little difficult. And then when you tell them they should focus on the front sight and let the rear sight and the target go to a blur, they often look at you like you’re crazy.
They are trying to hit the target, and to do that they need to see it, right? Many shooters struggle with the problem of front sight focus. After all, the natural tendency is to focus on the object you want to shoot. And that’s especially so if the target is a charging dangerous animal that wants to eat you for dinner or a two-legged assailant who wants to kill you.
Telescopic sights have their drawbacks, too. These become obvious when one tries to shoot a moving target, particularly if the target is at close range where keeping it in the field of view is not easy. And if the target is far away, even if it isn’t moving, it can be hard to find in the scope.
The red-dot solution benefits shooters both new and experienced, especially those who have difficulty focusing on objects that are close or those who have trouble changing focus quickly. The solution also makes it a lot easier to train a new shooter — they just learn faster, because getting a sight picture is a lot less complicated. Special operations forces solved the problem years ago and use red-dot sights on a regular basis.