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easix6 Friday, May 11th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
3 months5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Brass Eagle Red Dot Sight, BSA Red Dot Sight, Various optical .22 rifle scopes.
Marker Setup: Black VSC Phantom with 14" barrel, extended custom pump handle, 9 oz "toolbox" (hollowed out 9oz tank that I store cleaning items in) tank and Armson Max Duty Sight.
Strengths: Does not require batteries to function. Very tough construction.
Weaknesses: You must shoot immediately, no "aiming" or hesitation. Target-dot on target-fire.
Review: The Armson Max Duty is the toughest sight in paintball - bar none. It is military grade stuff, very solid and tough. It is a OEG Sight - Occluded Eye Gun sight. That is, when you look through it - you can't see through it (it's occluded) you are required to keep both eyes open when firing a gun with the sight on it. You focus on the target down range with both eyes open and then you put the dot on target and pull the trigger as fast as you can. If you are looking to take time to aim before you fire - this is NOT the sight for you. This sight is designed for close quarters / snap shooting - and it excels at that. It is not for finite accuracy, or taking your time to aim and hit a target. It is See-Raise gun and impose dot on target-Fire...and do it as quick as you can.

I had some difficulty learning to use the Armson Max Duty as the use of it requires you to "unlearn" most everything anyone with shooting experience has learned over a life time. You do not "take aim" with this sight. You do not aim carefully with this sight. You DO look at your target down range with both eyes open, focus on it with both eyes open and then raise the sight into your field of vision and as soon as you see that red dot superimposed on the target - you IMMEDIETLY pull the trigger. You cannot hesitate with this sight, you can't take careful aim with it either as that will throw your shots off every time.

I initially sighted in at the 15 meter recommendation that the manufacturer suggests. I had a lot of difficulty learning to "let go" and shoot on impulse with the sight - I kept trying to "aim" with it as you would with an optical scope (just with both eyes open) and that just screwed me up. Eventually I got in the habit of See-Sight Dot-Fire Immediately and I started to actually hit what I was wanting to hit.

For me, the most effective range for this sight is about 20-25 meters. You can reasonable\y expect to hit a target the size of a coffee can reliably with the sight at that distance - which is more than adequate for paintball in my books. The sight is expensive, around $90.00 US but it is exceedingly well built and acceptably accurate if you use the sight as it is intended.
Conclusion: I was very frustrated with the Armson sight at first. It took a lot of getting used to in order to use it effectively - not because the sight is unusually complicated but because it is so simple to use that your old shooting habits can cause you some problems in trying to learn how to shoot the sight. It is NOT a scope, shoots nothing like an optical scope - it is the opposite actually. The object with this sight is to see the target with both eyes open, raise the gun, plant the red dot on the target and fire immediately as possible - you want to go faster - not take time to aim. If you hesitate, if you try to "aim" with the thing - you'll screw yourself up every time. Think point and shoot, think speed, and go with instinct to pull the trigger asap with this sight zeroed in and you should hit what you are wanting to in that 20-25 meter range.

It is a nice sight, very tough and well made. Furthermore simply because of the way you are FORCED to use this sight - it will improve your snap shooting ability and train your muscle memory for proper firing technique with whatever gun you mount it on. It can be a little frustrating to learn how to use it (for me it was) but the benefits outweigh the detriments it may have.

I gave this product a score of 10 predicated on the quality of construction, innate toughness of the product and the fact that the product delivers on what it is supposed to be and do. The only downside of this product aside from learning how to use it properly was that I did have to do some filing on the rail clamps - they were a little large for my 3/8" dovetail on my Phantom and it caused the sight to lean very slightly to the right - after the filing however the sight fits beautifully. I would recommend this sight to others, I would also in the same breath admonish them to be very patient with learning how to shoot it - and think faster not "take aim".
10 out of 10

Review Comments
Donster 125 Saturday, May 12th, 2007 | 12:25 pm PST
very good review!
I personally do not agree with your "no aiming" idea. i dunno. perhaps it is just me. i do not have a lifetime of shooting behind me. i mean, i never have even shot a real gun. but with this sight, i can take my time and line up my shots. maybe it is because i dont have a lifetime of shooting behind me like you do that i have no habits taht need to be undone? i dunno, its just my opinion. However, that all being said, you are totally correct on this sights ability to snapshoot! it is very provicients at that. in terms of the accuracy for this sight, it is perfect for paintball IMO.
Great review, keep them coming!

fisherman33 Sunday, May 11th, 2008 | 2:41 pm PST
How did you mount your sight onto your A5?

Donster 125 Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 | 10:30 pm PST
Originally posted by fisherman33
How did you mount your sight onto your A5?

I used the BT Fixed sight rail. Basically any .22 dovetail style mounting base. The Lapco offset sightrail works too.

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