October 2010

Offshore Optics: Bad Buys?

Reader Woon has had several bad experiences with Chinese red dots, and he wants to warn us away. Reader Howard questions whether Buffalo Bore’s 38 Sp. velocity is real, or a mistake.

I would like to comment on red-dot optical sights for firearms. For my competitive shooting and hunting, I have always purchased top quality and the most expensive optics I could afford. I wanted to advise my fellow Gun Tests readers about my experience with a made-in-China clone of the excellent Burris FastFire red dot sight. The clones of the Burris FastFire optical sights actually work fairly well in use, but they have no on-off switch like the Burris FastFire unit. When you put the plastic protective cover on the sight, this is supposed to turn the unit off. But in my experience, the sights eat batteries like a fat boy eats a bag of potato chips.

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