Crisp, clear dot
Works without batteries
Works in shade and sun
Won't work in a few light conditions
Price (worth it in this case)
As others have mentioned, this sight is a completely different style than most people are familiar with. Basically, you use the red dot from the scope in one eye and the "world" in the other eye. The red dot is superimposed on the "world" and the result is that you see a red dot on your target.
Some people could find this strange or hard to use, but so far everyone I've shown has really liked it. It just takes some practice.
This is where this sight probably outperforms most others. Bring the marker up with both eyes open, quickly find the dot, and fire when you've lined it up with your target. Supposedly, this type of sight was used in military situations for this purpose. Since paintball games rarely allow you to take a lot of time sighting, this sight seems to fit the sport well.
Well, as I mentioned, to quickly acquire a target, this sight is great.
In theory, this sight is NOT the best for an ambush type situation (taking several seconds to sight on your target before firing while sitting in heavy cover). This is because the dot tends to move or float around, a product of the optical illusion and your brain. HOWEVER, I have found that this is not the case. At 60 feet, I can hit within 5 inches of a target 4 out of 5 times. This is not rapid firing but rather taking time to sight in each shot. So, at least for the inherently accurate paintball situations, this sight does everything you want it to do.
EDIT 4/27/09 After using this sight a few more times, I have to say that it is VERY accurate. Once you've got this thing dialed in, it does a really nice job. I was nailing people with 4 inches of mask sticking out from 60+ feet regularly with one or two shots. Excellent addition to an accurate marker.
EDIT 8/25/09 This sight has become second nature to me at this point. There's no "finding the dot" at all. It's just like sighting down the barrel but more accurate. It really works well and I'm very happy with my purchase. Highly recommended.
This sight will work in low light conditions. No problem whatsoever in the shade. However, since it uses light to work, it won't work in the dark (obviously). Also, it's tough to see the red dot in extreme contrasts. For example, if you're in a dark garage and sighting into a bright backyard, the dot is harder to track down. However, even in woodsball, this type of extreme contrast would be pretty rare.
Fairly simple. Once sighted in, it doesn't seem to move. Just be sure to only slightly loosen the screws, turn the knobs, and then re-tighten.
This is perhaps the best thing about this sight: you can use it directly behind vertical feeds without using adapters that increase your profile slightly and cost more money.
It's clear when you hold this sight that it's well built. You would have to try pretty hard to physically damage this sight.
My sight adjusters didn't work right. I e-mailed Armson and they replaced it. Even paid for my shipping so it cost absolutely nothing.
It's expensive (around $80 after shipping). Is it worth it? If you have an accurate marker and need a simple reference point, a ghost ring or scope ring could do the trick. However, this sight will give you that extra edge and accuracy.
If you're interested in this type of sight and want the best, this is it. It's durable, useful in most paintball situations, improves accuracy a lot, looks great, and has the added advantage that you can use it behind a vertical feed or other obstruction. I'm giving it a 10 based on quality and utility for this type of sight.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 at 4:22 pm PST