Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Leatherwood/Hi-Lux's New Max-Tac Red Dot Sight – SHOT Show Optic Preview

                                                                      By Timothy G. Yan

     Leatherwood/Hi-Lux Optics displayed their new MaxTac Dot red-dot sight at SHOT Show 2014. This new red-dot packs a lot of features for just a $199 MSRP. Some of those include a robust machined aluminum housing, dual-mode digital illumination control, built-in picatinny mount and a screw-on anti-reflective filter comes with the sight.

     On the top of the Hi-Lux Optics new MaxTac Dot you'll find an ambient light sensor which is a part of the automatic illumination control feature.  The user has the option of overriding the sensor to manually adjust the reticle brightness.  The objective lens size is the standard 30mm - and all lenses are multi-coated. 

    On the left side of the new Hi-Lux red-dot, there’s the battery compartment for the CR2032 lithium battery. The battery life is between 400-500 hours and there’s an automatic shutdown to save battery power. A touch of either button will wake up the sight from sleep mode. Hi-Lux is currently working on a mount spacer that will increases the sight height to 1.5 inch for shooting with AR style rifles. 

     The Hi-Lux MaxTac Dot’s lens covers are metal and screw into the front and rear of the machined aluminum body housing. The anti-reflective filter that's included also threads into the front of the sight, using the threads for the metal lens cover. The sight’s capped adjustment turrets offer 1/2 MOA per click. The sight housing is sealed, and is water proof and shock resistant.

     The Hi-Lux MaxTac Dot has a 4 MOA red dot reticle (the dot is off focused in this image). I found the lens coating has a noticeable greenish tint at low light. Due to its use of larger honeycomb grids, the Hi-Lux anti-reflective filter does not seem to dim the sight picture as much as other similar type of ARD filters.

                           Watch For This New Sight On The Hi-Lux Website Soon!

Monday, January 6, 2014

HI-LUX/LEATHERWOOD CMR4 1-4x24 Scope Review

"Where most optics are designed around a single duplex reticle with a “best ballistic compromise” zeroing point (usually 300 yards for AR15s), a BDC reticle like the one on the Hi-Lux CMR4 greatly increases precision at all ranges. For example, an AR15 zero’ed to 200 yards delivers a bullet path that will vary approximately 1.5” high at 100 and only 1.5” low at 225 yards and a 300 yard zero will get you out further, however the bullet path will vary considerably more up to 4.5” high at 200 yards to 12” low at 400 yards. The BDC reticles offer more precise pre-calibrated aiming points than a single duplex reticle and offer you most precise shot placement at all distances. The CMR4 BDC is designed around the ballistics of the 55 gr ballistic tipped Hornady TAP round however I found that most other 55 gr rounds matched the BDC marks well at 200, 300, 400, 500, and 600 hash marks and provided a hit and satisfying gong ring at each distance."

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"One of the reasons 1-4X scope have been taking the AR industry by storm is that at 1X magnification, the scope can take the place of a both eyes open red-dot sight and with higher magnification setting it provides the power for reliable hits at longer distances. The scope features Diamond Tuff14 multi-coated photographic polished lenses for clear sharp images and true 96% light transmission, fog-proof construction, combination horse shoe dot reticle, a subdued 308/.223 calibrated bullet drop compensating reticle, “no-math” ranging MOA and MIL-DOT reticle, choice of red or green illuminated models with 11 levels including a very low night vision setting. Other notable features are Leatherwood’s zero-able “Zero Locking System” target turrets, wear resistant Prema-Coat blue-black finish, positive audible turret click adjustment, and class leading FOV. The Hi-Lux CMR is a hell of a scope for the money. The scope sits in the middle ground between crazy expensive and in-expensive. It is nearly twice the price of the Millet DMS, but it is about half the price of the competing Trijicon AccuPoint all while offering more features."

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