Check Your Lights and Optics: June 2016 Edition

June’s “Check Your Lights and Optics” results:

Total dead optics found: 1/11

Total dead weapon mounted lights: 0/4

Total dead handheld lights found: 0/5

Total dead safe lights found: 0/3


The She-Shepherd’s Meprolight red dot sight died during class. Luckily she had spare batteries, and was able to continue. The optic is set to a low setting while in the safe. The battery life is not nearly as long as our “coin” battery-operated budget sights or our Trijicon RMRs.

We figured the Meprolight died the first time due to low powered batteries included with the retail packaging. Now it appears that the AA-powered sight may need more frequent refreshings.

How’d you do this month?

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

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  1. FC says:

    After extensive research, I found that almost all sights using AA or AAA batteries barely fared well compared to button battery powered units. I suspect this because of the battery design itself: AA/AAA are for low voltage with high current uses, button batteries are for low voltage with extremely low current uses.

    My first “quality” (i.e. not NcStar) red dot was the Lucid HD7. Great features, and AAA powered. Unfortunately, the design allows users to crush the battery with the cap, which lead to premature battery failure. I only got one month out of its ~2500hour battery run time. It failed in the middle of dry fire practice. ~$180.00 (as of July 1, 2016).

    I replaced it last month with a Holosun HS515CU micro red dot. It has auto brightness via solar cell, button battery backup for solar, battery operated manual intensity mode, auto sleep after 10 minutes, instant on with movement, 2moa dot with 65moa circle. Run time is advertised as 2years, but longer with the solar cell. It cost close to $350.00 plush S&H directly from Holosun.


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