Hammers Crossbow Red Dot Sight Review
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- Dual illumination red/green dots
- 3 dots for shooting at various ranges
- Nearly bulletproof durability
- Battery drains quickly
- Poor customer service
Welcome to our review of the Hammers Crossbow Red Dot Sight. This is a red/green illuminated dot sight with three dots for use at various ranges. Just how well the sight performs, though, we will see through this review. You get flip-open lens caps on both ends, so you don’t have to worry about losing your lens caps.
How Much Magnification Do I Get From the Hammers Crossbow Red Dot Sight?
This is a simple red dot sight, without any magnification. This sight is perfectly matched for a crossbow or pistol, providing an easy-to-reference sight that is a significant upgrade over iron sights.
How is the Optics Quality on the Crossbow Sight?
The optics on this sight are of average quality, and are multi-coated to reduce reflection and glare. The image quality through the sight is not the best I’ve ever seen, but neither is it the worst. This is, at least as far as the image quality goes, an average to slightly above-average crossbow sight.The dots on the Hammers sight are almost perfectly sized, and are quite visible no matter what the lighting conditions are. The adjustable illumination settings provide ample illumination at all times, without forcing you to deal with haloing or “ghosting” around the dot.Light transmission through the sight is also excellent, with very good contrast and detail even during low light conditions. I’ve used this sight on several early morning coyote and wild boar hunts, and the sight has never let me down.The only problem I’ve found with this particular sight is how quickly the battery drains. Even at the lowest illumination setting, I can chew through a fresh battery in a single afternoon/evening of shooting. I’ve contacted Hammers about this, but their customer service is rather lacking in a response to the problem, leading me to believe that it’s probably a common issue with the sight that Hammers has chosen to disregard because the sight is an older model.
What’s the Housing Like on this Crossbow Sight?
This crossbow sight is definitely built to last, because it?s built from aircraft-quality aluminum alloy with a matte black anodized finish. It provides shock resistance, water resistance, and fog resistance. I’ve never had the sight fog up on me, even though I?ve been caught out in the rain a number of times with this sight.Durability is top notch, and the sight is able to withstand a fair amount of abuse without any problems. I’ve even used this red dot sight on my 12-gauge shotgun, and it held true and kept on working even with the recoil of the shotgun. I wouldn’t recommend it, but in a pinch you can mount this on just about anything and have a red dot (or green dot) sight.
How Easy is the Sight to Mount?
The Hammers Crossbow Red Dot Sight has a built-in reversible mount that fits either a 7/8″ Weaver or a 3/8″ dovetail rail. This means the sight can be mounted quickly and easily on just about any weapon with a rail, whether you’re talking about a crossbow, a shotgun, a rifle, or even a handgun. It mounts in seconds, and is ready to go as soon as you get it sighted in.
How Easy is the Hammers Crossbow Red Dot Sight to Sight In?
Once mounted, the sight is quite simple to sight in. The windage and elevation adjustment knobs are easily accessible, and I was able to have perfect bull’s eyes using this sight within just a few shots and a couple of adjustments to windage and elevation. Once sighted in, the sight holds true for months (maybe even years!), no matter how much I bump the thing around.
Is the Hammers Crossbow Red Dot Sight an Easy to Use Sight?
Yes, this sight is very easy to use. All you have to do is flip open the lens covers, look through the sight, and line up your target with the correct dot. The user’s manual describes how to determine which dots are for which ranges, but I found the dots usually worked out to 10 yards, 30 yards, and 50 yards. The illumination knob is easy to adjust, and the dots can be illuminated in either red or green, depending on your circumstances and preferences.The dots are almost perfectly sized, and I’ve used this sight for hunting small game like rabbits and squirrels as well as larger game, such as wild boar and deer. No matter what I aim at, the dots lead me straight to a kill shot, which is more than I can say for some of this sight’s competitors. Value priced, this sight is an excellent upgrade to the standard iron sights that most of us grew up on.
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