Have a rail on your shotty? Then you have everything you need to make the Redring Optical Sight work for you. Since it employs “smart technology,” that probably means it will out-think the guy behind the gun (me). Anyway, the product info at redringusa.com sez the gizmo not only reads ambient light to adjust its brightness, but “it also is an effective rangefinder. The size of the ring on the target equals the shot diame­ter/burst at 20 meters (65 feet). This gives the shooter an instant indication if the target is within shooting range or if it’s too far away for a sure shot.” Guess that assumes . . .

you’re using a particular choke (full?). But how cool is that? Plenty, if it works as advertised. And it ought to with an MSRP of $899 — more than lots of very good scatterguns will run you. Either way, we aim to find out. So to speak. A review sample has been requested, so keep your sights set on this here space, mkay? Here’s their press release:

DANBURY, CT (September 2012) – Redring® USA LLC, importer and distributor of the truly innovative Redring® optical shotgun sight, is bringing a totally new concept of shotgun sights to the American market. The Redring® shotgun sight was developed for use on any shotgun with a rail. The Redring® helps beginners and seasoned shooters achieve better aim on the moving target and hit more targets successfully. Unlike traditional sights sold on the market, the Redring® features smart technology that allows the shooter to immediately take fast and instinctive shots with both eyes open. This sight is not for aiming, it’s for fast shotgun shooting. It gives the hunter another reference point to confidently bag the birds with less-to-zero collateral damage to game.

The features and benefits are packed into this compact, easy-to-use, parallax-free shotgun sight. For any shooter, including hunters, the Redring® reads the backlight and adjusts the ring intensity to the prevailing light. On a dark background, such as in an early morning or dusk light condition, the ring light is weaker and in a bright background like bright sunlight, the ring light is stronger and more visible.

Redring® is also an effective rangefinder. The size of the ring on the target is equal to the shot diameter at 65 feet (20 meters). The shooter receives an instant indication when the target is within shooting range or if it is too far away for a sure shot. The results are more targets hit, more birds taken and less ammo wasted.

The low profile Redring® mounts quickly and easily on the rib of the gun. The sight does not need to be calibrated or sighted-in; it’s ready to go! The Redring® comes with recoil absorbing mounts for shotguns with a rib width from 5 to 11.5mm. -more-

Because the anodized aluminum sight is lightweight there is no discernible effect on the weight or balance of the gun. An energy saving, shut-off function automatically shuts down the sight saving the Redring®’s power after 4 hours of continuous on. The shut-off function can also be programmed to fit the shooter’s time afield or on the range.

Patrick Flanigan, Eight Time World Record Holder in Xtreme Shooting
Redring® gives shooters instant feedback on the correct sight alignment every time, increasing shooter success for competition, hunting or just plain fun. Patrick Flanigan, an 8-time world record holder in Xtreme Sport Shooting, found using the Redring® improved his scores instantly. Patrick, a star of numerous television programs such as “Hot Shots,” “Impossible Shots,” and his own program “Shell Shocked,” is an advocate for the shooting sports. Redring®, through their sponsorship of Patrick Flanigan, is working with him to promote the sport to new shooters through education and events.

Redring® Specifications:
Battery: AAAA 1.5V, Approx 300 h life. Automatically shuts off after 4 hrs
Weight: 134 g (4.726oz) excl. mounts, 192 g (6.773oz) incl. mounts
Length: 134 mm (5.275in), mounts included
Width: 44 mm (1.732in)
Height: 45.7 mm (1.779in)
Material: Anodized aluminum
MSRP: $899.00

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11 Responses to New From Redring: The Redring Optical Shotgun Sight

  1. As mentioned, how does it account for different chokes? Additionally, on targets such as clays, birds, etc., you still have to take into account the lead on the target based on target speed and distance. I want a sight that adjusts the dot/circle onto the target based on angle of the gun, speed of the swing, distance to the target, size of the target, barometric pressure, temperature, etc., so the dot/circle automatically calculates lead and I hit the target every time. Oh, wait. No I don’t. Takes all the fun out of it.

  2. Yes, pretty damn cool if it works as advertized. Almost as important as getting the shot pattern right is the scope responding to targets at different distances quickly; e.g, obstructions like branches and such that are within the field of view. Ever notice how confused an auto-focus camera can get as you pan?

    But that’s waaaay more than I would be willing to spend. Half that is still above the market “inflection point”. I know you’re supposed to be willing to spend more on your scope that your gun, but the reality is most people don’t.

  3. What the market needs are alternatives to EO Tech and Aimpoint that are:

    1- Not made in China crap.

    2- Not priced for military procurement.

    There are inexpensive red-dots and there are quality red-dots. Nobody has brought those two factors together into a single product.

    These Redring people seem to think that what the market wants is an EO Tech, made in China, at over double the EO Tech’s price and without any of that pesky “reputation for reliability” business the EO Tech has earned after a decade at war.

    • I’ve had good luck with the Primary Arms cheapo red dot. I bought 4 (2 primary, 2 backup) for a couple of courses and they worked great. Kept one and sent the other 3 off to a serving relative for his cadre and last I heard they had survived 18+ months in the hands of third world recruits. Not bad for $100.

  4. For 900 buckaroonies? Does that thing come with a laser guidance system and a supply of laser guided ammunition. Anyway, I don’t waste enough ammo missing my target to even consider buying something like this.

  5. This is a definite pass. 900? What are they thinking? Also, I guarantee you that’s not my shotgun’s spread at 20 meters.

  6. Its a cool little optic, but I can do/buy so much more with $800+ in shotgun accesories–including other cheaper and better alternatives.

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