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Old May 19, 2000, 03:00 PM   #1
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Are there any merrits of attatching a picatinny rail and optics (C-More, Bushnell, etc) atop a shotgun? Assuming one is proficient in the use of this weapon. Also, what would be the better location: on top of the receiver,or on on top of the barrel?
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Old May 19, 2000, 04:15 PM   #2
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Well, dot sights are great for fast target acquisition.

I'd shy away from using one in a social setting unless I knew that the sight was sufficiently durable enough to handle combat stress (e.g., Trijicon ACOG, Aimpoint Comp M-XD).

The ACOG is a particularly nice combat sight. Very durable and no batteries to worry about. But a bit pricey ($750 or more!). The Aimpoint uses batteries but it's tough as nails and has been adopted by the Army as the M68 CCO sight. The batteries are rated at 100-1,000 hours (no joke). The Aimpoint is a bit more economical ($300-350) than the ACOG.

For competition, if you want to shoot in IPSC Three Gun Open class, you might as well put a dot scope on all your guns -- after all, the rules say that if you've got one gun in Open class, all your guns shoot in Open class.

The Benelli M1 Practical has a built-in rail. I have not seen another gun (except for the M4 which isn't out yet) that has a built-in rail.

Good competition sights include the Bushnell HOLOsight (or EOTech, whoever makes them) and the C-More Railway. These are both HUD type sights which make for lightning fast target acquisition. Both sell for around $250-300. The HUD type display is not very durable in combat, however ....


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