When Was The Red Dot Sight Invented?

When was the Red Dot Sight Invented

There are many sights available in the market. These sights have revolutionized shooting. One of these revolutionary sights is a Red dot sight. A Red dot sight is a reflex sight. It was the first electronic sight in the world. It is made with the use of LED technology. Its reticle is simply a red dot.

It’s easy and simple usage has made it a popular choice among shooters. It is available in different sizes and thus can be used on all types of firearms, from pistols to rifles. It is most suitable for short to medium ranges. The purpose of using a red dot sight is the faster acquisition of targets.

Working of a Red Dot Sight

The Red Dot sight reticle is produced by the use of an LED technology and mirrors. A light-reflecting spherical mirror has a special coating that allows only red light to reflect. The light that is reflected from the spherical mirror is thrown upon it by an LED. The reticle is only available for the shooter to see. The target at the other side of the sight cannot see the reticle. 

The Invention of Red Dot Sights

The first time when was the red dot sight invented by Aimpoint in 1975 by a Swedish company. Before the invention of the Red dot sight, traditional bull eye iron sights were used by shooters. The red dot sights were revolutionary technology that changed competitive shooting for over one hundred years. Iron sights were non-electronic, and before Red dot sights, Bullseye Pistol Scope challenged the conventional iron sights. It was manufactured in 1960 by Burris.

These scopes had their limitations. They showed poor performance in low-light conditions. Still, Bullseye Pistol Scope remained popular among the shooters. Then in 1975, original red dot sights were launched by Aimpoint. Red dot sights revolutionized shooting in different ways. Electronic sights were introduced in the history of the world. It was a proper amalgamation of technology and weapons. They were not just electronic.

But simple to use, unlike the traditional iron sights that required years of practice for learning their proper use. They provided a much faster target acquisition. And increased efficiency. The use of reflective mirrors and LED technology made this improved efficiency and target acquisition possible. Aimpoint gave the name “Aimpoint Electronic” to this new, revolutionary product. Since the original model of Aimpoint red dots was launched, the company has improved the quality of these scopes using advanced technology.

Aimpoint’s current models of red dot sights are less power-consuming because they use LED technology for creating red dots. A red scope sight’s battery can be used for years without dying. This feature of red dots is often compared to holographic sights, which use laser technology for creating their reticle and are hence more power-consuming.

John Arne Ingemund Ekstrand Work

The Aimpoint Electronic sights owe their existence to engineer John Arne Ingemund’s work. What led to the development of red dot sights was the problems that shooters faced with reflex sights. The shooters tend to lose sight of the target While using high caliber guns with reflex sights as they used convex glass to magnify the image. Aimpoint Electronics used technology to collect light from the surroundings that would create the image of the reticle.

What started as the solution to a problem became a model to be copied by many other manufacturers. Many other companies started making their version of red dot sights. In this way, a whole league of red dot sights was created and used worldwide. They are not only used for but also used on cameras and telescopes.

The Imitation of Aimpoint Electronic

Aimpoint sights were revolutionary but also pricey. Not everyone could afford it. A few years after the original was launched, its cheaper imitations started coming in. 

In the late 1980s, UltraDots were launched in the market. It was an imitation of the Aimpoint red dot, which was quite mediocre. These red dot sights, despite being mediocre, these sights gained popularity among shooters because of their affordability. But what created the boom in the red dot market was the offering of Tasco company.

It was a Florida-based company that produced affordable and well-made Japanese dot sights. These sights were called Propoint. After that, several companies flooded the market with red dot sights of different sizes and shapes. These sights are available in tube and open designs. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the famous dot sights? 

Aimpoint Comp C3, UltraDot MatchDot, Nikon Monarch, Tasco Propoint 2, Millet RedDot, and BSA Red Dots are famous dot sights.

What is MOA in a red dot?

MOA or Minute of Angle is the unit that is used to measure a Red Dot. The number is the size of the dot and the area it covers in relation to distance.  

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