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.
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