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Old November 21st, 2020, 05:58 PM #1
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Optic placement

Talking about the placement of a non magnified red dot on a rifle....

Does the placement on the rails matter at all? (Far forward towards the muzzle, far back closer to the shooter's eye)

I see some people have them way of front. Others have them all the way back. Is it just a preference?
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Old November 21st, 2020, 06:16 PM #2
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Non-magnified is mostly about preference and available space. Normally, I put it roughly over the ejection port if it’s an AR. AKs are sometimes mounted far forward up on the gas tube/hand guard if that’s the only option.


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It shouldn’t matter where since red dots have unlimited eye relief and the dot will be the same size up close or far away. Just a personal preference.
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Oh and some people put them forward on the hand guard when they have a takedown style rifle for accuracy reasons.
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Mine is a prism optic, not a reflex laser if that makes a difference

It still has unlimited eye reliefs and minimal parallax

For me I like it far back on the rail because I'm tall and need a fully extended stock. (So my head is further back from the receiver)

When I have it back the frame of the optic disappears better so I can keep both eyes open. Further forward and I can see the black circle around the lens more and it is distracting

Was wondering if I am doing myself an aiming disservice that way. Seems to work well though.
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Mine is a prism optic, not a reflex laser if that makes a difference

It still has unlimited eye reliefs and minimal parallax
No prism scope has unlimited eye relief. Stuff like the Spitfire 1x certainly has a very generous eye box, but they still have finite eye relief.

As for where to mount a reflex sight, simply keep it on the receiver and off the handguard. Everything past that is personal preference. You will find various people advocating all sorts of things, but there's no widely-agreed-on best practice.
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No prism scope has unlimited eye relief. Stuff like the Spitfire 1x certainly has a very generous eye box, but they still have finite eye relief.
That is what I am using. By unlimited I meant anywhere on the rifle for practical use. So maybe not true unlimited eye relief as it won't work from like 3 feet in front of you, but it works fine from any distance you can mount it on an AR.

Granted it has an adjustable lens so you need to use to fine tune it once mounted. That is what gives it a 'practically' unlimited eye relieve...you can't move it from front to back of the rail without adjusting the focal lens. But being able to adjust it lets you put it anywhere on the rail with clarity. (At least the upper recover rail. I never tried putting it out on the grips because...no)

I was more wondering if front or back impacted aiming. And I think you clarified that by saying there is no "right" answer. So thanks!
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Yes, and I also have one. The 1x Spitfire has 3.7" of eye relief. I would personally place it with that constraint in mind.
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Yes, and I also have one. The 1x Spitfire has 3.7" of eye relief. I would personally place it with that constraint in mind.
That is where I have it and it works great.

I could not be happier with that sight as it negates my astigmatism that renders laser red dots useless.
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I set mine up over the ejection port also. It tends to give me the best sight picture. All my sights are holographic.
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