Generic Red dot sight, Armson Max Duty Red Dot sight
Autococker Trilogy with Pump Kit, Dye one-piece barrel
No Batteries needed, simple to adjust, good for quick shooting when used to it
Doesn't work as well in low light, isn't as well-built as Armson
First off, this type of sight warrants some clarification:
When looking "through" this sight, you are really looking at a red dot inside a dark tube. How does this work without batteries? The 'diode' catches light and funnels that light into the dark tube. How does that work as a sight? Both your eyes are open. Your brain overlaps the dot in the tube in one eye with the real world in your other eye. So you see the dot 'floating' over what you're looking at.
This takes some getting used to, but it works. There are at least 2 advantages of this type of sight. One is that you can use it to quickly acquire a target. Supposedly, these sights were used for snap shooting in military situations. The other is that you can have the sight right behind your center feed and your hopper won't "be in the way". Another potential advantage is that this sight requires you to have both eyes open (you can do this with other sights too), which increases your peripheral vision.
While it works perfectly fine to set up a shot where your target is unaware, these sights are not as pin-point accurate as other sights can be in that situation. This is because the dot can sometimes drift slightly as you stare at it. However, I would argue that, with paintball, you're not going to get pinpoint accuracy anyways, no matter how good your barrel, paint, marker, etc.. Also, most players in paintball don't have the many seconds it takes to find an unaware target, line up the sight, and finally fire. Most players, including me, mostly have to react to situations, bring the marker up, and quickly fire. This type of sight works well for those situations. And, just to be clear, you can still set this up to be very accurate for those shots where you have time to aim for several seconds.
Now, on to this particular sight:
The 32 degrees Armson style sight is called 'Armson style' because it completely copies that much higher quality product. The Armson sight is almost military grade and feels like it. The 32 degrees sight feels 'plasticy' in relation. However, the 32 degrees sight does work and basically does what you want it to do.
Strangely, my dot is more orange than red for some reason, but you essentially see a dot floating over your target. Again, the dot brightness is not as good as the Armson; the dot is less crisp and it doesn't work as well in lower light conditions as the Armson, but that's what you'd expect for the money. In medium to high light levels (including shady areas on a sunny day), it works just fine.
Dialing it in:
Adjusting the dot is fairly simple. There are two knobs that you turn. You can physically see the diode moving and will quickly figure out how to adjust this sight.
I cannot attest to the durability of this sight, as I have only used it a few times. While it doesn't feel incredibly sturdy, it also seems built well enough to withstand some abuse. I wouldn't go banging it on rocks or tree trunks too much, though.
Honestly, for the price, it's a nice sight if you're going for that style.
If you're one of those players that likes to occasionally take your time sighting and otherwise needs to snap shoot but wants a bit more consistency with your aiming, this isn't a bad choice. This sight will improve your quick aiming if you use it right. It gives you a nice point of reference in medium to high light conditions. If you want a high quality version, go for the Armson products ($60 - $80)
While this sight does not live up to the Armson sight, which is much better built and has a more crisp, clear red dot, it does the job. For around $30, it's worth a shot if this type of sight sounds good to you.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 7:30 am PST