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Holo or Tube style red-dot? Rate Topic: -----

Poll: Red-dot choices (42 member(s) have cast votes)

Which type of red-dot reflex sight do you prefer, and why?

  1. Tube style (17 votes [40.48%])

    Percentage of vote: 40.48%

  2. Holo style (25 votes [59.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 59.52%

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 07:08 PM

If you're confused at all by which one I mean, here's a link to both.

Tube style red-dot
http://www.specialopspaintball.com/shop/pr...p;CAT=108202302

Holo style red-dot
http://www.specialopspaintball.com/shop/pr...p;CAT=108202302

I just wanted to get everyone's take and get some opinions from first hand experience on the difference between these sights. I haven't used the holo style yet, but I'm leaning that way. I'm actually using a military M68 red dot right now on my M4 in Afghanistan. It definitely gets the job done. I know the other offers a better field of view (holo), but i've heard that it's harder to see the dot in sunny conditions. That makes sense, since you don't have that scope casing blocking out the light. Thanks for your opinions!
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Posted 09 July 2008 - 07:16 PM

I like the tube style because of how it looks the holo is to bulky for me. And thank you for your service to this country, stay safe and keep up the good work.
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Posted 09 July 2008 - 07:17 PM

For looks, I would go with Tube style, I just think they look better.

For functionality, holo. They're just easier on your eyes.
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Posted 09 July 2008 - 07:35 PM

weird... i always thought the holo would be more slim and easier to deal with than the tube... not that either is "uneasy to deal with." have you ever had issues with not being able to see the dot on the holo in bright sun? that's really the only thing holding me back on the holo. now... granted, 99% of the time i'll be using my A5 in the woods where it's naturally shaded, and i won't have to worry about too much sun. the only other worry i have is that if the holo takes a direct hit, it might crack the sight. most decent tube red dots have clear lens caps to save you from the hits. is that even a worry?
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Posted 22 February 2009 - 09:40 PM

tubes are much more durable than holo style sights so in case you bump your marker off a tree, ground, yourself, your not out 50-100 bucks.
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Posted 27 February 2009 - 01:57 PM

I'd say for the most part durability is a non issue, a direct hit to the lense is a direct hit to the lense regardless of the style.

Sunlight on the otherhand can be an issue, but like you said, if you spend a majority of your time in the shade it shouldn't matter.

The halo style is much "smaller" looking than a tube style, no doubt.

I own one of each and prefer the open reticle.
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Posted 27 February 2009 - 03:11 PM

Holo style red-dot, im thinking would work the best.

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 07:34 AM

I use a holosight on my phantom pump. When it comes to quick target acquisition the holo is best. When playing pump you are at a disadvantage as far as fire power. So you need very quick response so as to get that shot off first. I have never been hit or damaged my sight before. I love it $10 on ebay for a nice big sight, unlike the small daisy bb gun sights. You can't beat it. tubes take to long to get it to your proper view point, slows down reaction time.
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 06:02 PM

I prefer Holo because theres a wider field of view than tube style
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Posted 27 June 2009 - 06:35 AM

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That was the result of a paintball hit to the lens.

I'll stick with either closed-tube red-dots or really small lens open units from now on. The small lens models seem less prone to breakage.

FWIW, I was more disppointed about calling myself out than the sight imploding: I didn't know guns hits didn't count!

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Posted 27 June 2009 - 03:27 PM

I have both an NcStar Micro Red Dot (very, very small) and a SureShot. I prefer the Micro Dot (holo style) since it's much lower profile than the SureShot's tube, and there's a less obstructed field of view. A tip to using any red dot is to cut/shape a small piece of plexiglas or acrylic glass (available at Home Depot) and epoxy it to the front to protect the lens - it makes spatter much easier to clean, and gives some protection against direct hits (granted I haven't done any point blank tests on mine to see if they'd hold up). If the plexiglas gets scratched, just pry it off and epoxy on a fresh piece.

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Posted 27 June 2009 - 08:18 PM

Here's MY 2 cents worth: You're used to the red tube; keep the tube. But don't use a SureShot, they're pathetic. I've used both styles myself, and I own a BSA 30mm tube on my X7. I've been using it for over two years, and I've never had any problems with it, even after at least 10 lens-shots and counting, many as close as point blank. I tried the holo-style for a while; ended up giving it away. It IS harder to see in bright light, and every time I used it, I felt... naked, for lack of a better term. The holo also seemed to lose its calibration a lot quicker than the tube, don't ask me how. But I would rock out a tube over a holo any day. In conclusion: If it ain't broke... There's no need to change it. :P
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Posted 28 June 2009 - 05:50 AM

View PostKa1iBuR, on Jun 27 2009, 11:18 PM, said:

But don't use a SureShot, they're pathetic.


The SureShot performs just fine for me, aside from being a little high - but that works to my advantage when using a backbottle on my Trracer. It's also very light (2.5 oz) and when my full setup is 3lbs 2.6oz, such weight savings are significant. A red dot doesn't need full metal construction and 1/4 MOA adjustments to be useful for paintball.

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 08:35 PM

I like the Holo style a bit more, but the tube is also phenomenal. The holo gives you more visual area though, beause you're not restricted to a tube, or restricted to having to look down the tube and block off view from other things. The holo shows if it's held strait.
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Posted 18 August 2009 - 01:21 PM

Holo.

I have tried both, but the Holo is my favorite. You can look down the sight, but still keep both eyes open. You can follow the ball once you shoot it, you can see what is going on around you.

...and my Hakko Panorama BED-24 Electro Red Dot sight is georgeous :P
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