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KRASHARPSHOOTER Monday, March 31st, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month22 of 22 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
ADCO Sure Shot
ADCO Hot Shot
Iron Sights
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5
Special Ops Dogleg Air-Thru Stock Kit
Special Ops 12" C-Series Barrel w/APEX tip
Special Ops Hopper Offset - Special Ops Flattop Rail
NcSTAR D4B Tactical 4-Reticle Red Dot Sight
Opsgear Remote Hose with Check Valve
Blackcell MOLLE Pod Pack - Blackcell 2+1 Pod Holder (x2)
Opsgear CO2/Compressed Air Tank Pouch
JT Pro Shield Spectra Mask
Strengths: 7 Brightness Settings
4 Reticle Patterns
33mm Lens
Includes Spare Battery
Sight Cover
Weaknesses: $90+ is a bit expensive. I got mine for $50.
Not bright in sunlight.
Review: After using the ADCO Sure Shot ($30) sight for almost a year I wasn't very impressed with it. I was impressed when I first got it, but it soon became apparent that it was a very cheap sight. When I got a broad-side hit to the sight it held up just fine, but I got ambushed from behind and I got a break on the back corner of the sightr. I cleaned up the sight with some water and I noticed that the lens had cracked. I had gotten a little water inside the tube now and the lens fogged up inside. When the condensation dried out there was a scummy residue inside that caused the red dot to blur and the sight deemed completely useless in low light do to the very bright light inside the tube that now reflected off the rear lens that had the dirty film on it. I decided to send the sight back to ADCO with $8 for a replacement. Then I started shopping for a new sight.

After looking at a couple of $50-$80 sights I got a deal on the NcSTAR D4B Tactical 4 Reticle Red Dot Holographic sight from, I know... I should be supporting Special Ops, but when I can get the same sight that Special Ops sells for $85 at only $50… it's was too good of an offer to pass up (I did buy my APEX from Special Ops so I did make up for it). Oh! And has the best help/support I have ever dealt with. I corresponded via email with John Ramalho, and he was the nicest and most friendly representative I have ever corresponded with. Special Ops customer support is nice, but Mil Sim's customer support blew me away.

On with the review, I ordered the sight on a Wednesday evening and I was absolutely shocked when the mail lady dropped off my package on Friday morning. I opened it up and pulled the sight out of the box. When I opened it I instantly noticed this sights quality was far better than my ADCO Sure shot. This sight came in a padded box, and included; the sight, a lens cloth, Allen wrench, mini screw driver, instructions, warranty info, & two batteries (one in the sight & one spare). Compare it to my ADCO that just came with the sight, a battery, and instructions.

The moment I had the sight out of the box I grabbed my A-5 and tried to attach the sight. I found that the sight would not fit on my A-5's rail. I was a little disappointed until I remembered that this sight is actually made for firearms with a weaver or picitany rail. The problem with the A-5 is that the small upper rail is in the way for the sights front screw. I'm sure you could use a dremel to cut a notch for the screw to fit through, but I'm not one to go chopping away at my stuff, so I bought the Tippmann/Special Ops A-5 Flattop Rail from Special Ops.

I did a side by side comparison of the NcSTAR and the ADCO. I found that the NcSTAR is better in every way. It gives you a lower profile because it doesn't have the long tube body. It's a little wider than the ADCO which gives you a larger field of view. I found that with the ADCO I would throw the gun up to my shoulder and be able to look through the ADCO, but I would always have to search for my target because of the small field of view. The NcSTAR fixes that problem, with its 33mm lens, tubeless design, and 15.7m field of view @100m I am able to instantly find my target, and take it out very fast.

The other great features the NcSTAR has over the ADCO are:
= 33mm lens – vs. – 25.4mm lens
= 7 brightness settings – vs. – 2 brightness settings
= 4 reticle patterns (1-crosshairs w/circle, 2-large circle around small dot, 3-small dot, 4-crosshairs w/small dot ) – vs. – 1 (medium dot)
= Comes with a sight cover – vs. – none
= Extra battery – vs. – none

Using the sight is very easy, just pull off the lens cover, select the brightness with the rotating disk on top, and pick you're reticle with the selector on the back. Just remember to turn off the sight when you're finished using it, or your batteries will die on you.

Taking the sight out to the range:
When my Flattop Rail arrived I attached the sight to it without any problems. There are three set screws that tighten the rail onto the marker. Then the NcSTAR sight slips on and tightens down with two allen screws on the left side. I went down to my woods to sight it in and unlike the ADCO that requires a screwdriver to adjust, the NcSTAR just requires that same allen wrench. To adjust the sight vertically you twist the allen screw on the top; twist it counter clockwise to lower your dot, causing your paintballs to shoot higher. Twist the allen screw on the left side counter clockwise to move the dot to the left, causing your paintballs to go right.

Whenever you sight in any type of optics you want to make sure you're shooting at the same velocity every time, this means you will need a chronograph nearby in order to get a reading. You also want to make sure that your air tank is full before sighting it in. I sighted my sight in at 75ft because when I used my ADCO I could hit a man sized target 9 out of 10 times at 75ft and at 50ft my marker shoots 8 inches high. If I'm 100ft away from my target my marker shoots about 1 and 1/2ft short when sighted in at 75ft. These adjustments are very easy to estimate, allowing me a highly accurate first shot at my target.

Using the sight in a real game:
I went to play at MN Pro Paintball on April 5th 2008. While I was there I tried to put the NcStar D4B Tactical 4 Reticle Red Dot Holographic sight through as many possible shooting scenarios that one might encounter during a game. Some Scenarios are; shooting from the prone, kneeling, & standing position, leaning around a bunker in the natural and off-hand position, snap shooting, longballing, etc…

I found that I was able to use the sight effectively out to about 100-120 feet. I was using the reticle that had the little dot inside the big circle, and I sighted the dot in at 50 feet, and the bottom of the big circle at 75 feet. The sight was the most effective in Civil War. We all lined up and estimated we were between 50-75 feet, so I aimed for center mass. When I fired I found out I was standing at 75 feet because the ball dropped to the bottom of the big circle and hit the guy square in the crotch, but it bounced! The guy started jumping around and on my next shot I got the guy out with a shot to the mask. After that I was able to shoot the next two guys I aimed at in the mask. The last round I was the only guy left on my side vs. 12 and the ref said I got to shots so I decided to go for two guys. Ref-“Three…two…one…FIRE!!” I googged another player and my second shot glanced off the second guys arm. To my surprise [and great relief] I was only hit by one ball out of the 12 that came cruising my way.

The Woodsball Field was very wet, although not very muddy as nobody had been on the field yet this year. I was crawling through the water and sneaking up behind people (nobody expects some guy to come crawling through the water) and a couple time someone would see me and start shooting at me. Their paintballs would usually hit the water and splash water on the sight but nothing worse than a couple splashes of water. The closest I come to getting a hit on the sight was a hit to the hopper that broke on the hopper and ricocheted onto my goggles bursting paint onto the back of the sight. When the game was done I used some bottled water to rinse it off with, and used the lens clothe that came with it to dry it off. When all of that was said and done it was as clean as it was when it was new. Every-so-often I would get some water or paint splatter, but I could always keep using the sight, nothing ever completely impaired my vision.

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The absolutely best thing about this sight is its warranty. The NcSTAR D4B Tactical 4 Reticle Red Dot Holographic Sights warranty looks like this:

“All NcSTAR scopes and binoculars are guaranteed to be free from original manufacturer defects in material and/or workmanship under normal use for the life of the scope. If a defect occurs during that period, new century sci. & tech., inc. at its option will either repair, or replace the product.

New Century values your business and always strives to provide the best in customer service. That is why we back our products 100%.”- NcSTAR

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“However, my rep has told me not to worry about the language for their warranty and stated that they get sights in from all Iraq all the time that are full of sand. He said they just repair them and send them out.”- John Ramalho

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“To answer your question about the warranty I don’t care what the scenario is if the scope is damaged upon receiving it or if it falls of a building ten stories high send it back with a receipt or some type of proof of purchase and you will not get a refurbished scope you will get a brand new scope!”- NcSTAR Representative

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Therefore if your site get's hit by a paintball and breaks just send it in with enough money to cover return postage and you should get a new site.
Conclusion: The only negative that I can think of is that on really bright days the red dot can be a little hard to find right away when the sun is shining on the lens, but I play in mostly dens woodland so the sun isn’t a problem with me anyway. I usually play with the brightness level at 4 or 5 because otherwise the red dot gets blurry from over brightening.
9 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 4:01 am PST

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