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Most of us airsoft players like to keep the scope low on the receiver. In fact, many of us mount it directly on the top rail of the receiver. The head-up version of the red dot sight is about half-an-inch taller than the scope version. So with the scope version, the sight is really, really low. It is intuitive to mount it so low, because it reduces the parallax difference between the sight and the barrel to a minimum.
But the more I watch CQB training videos and the more I think about it, the more I think the sight should be mounted higher. One CQB trainer in a YouTube video has his sight on a 2" riser. Let's take a look at the following attached photo. It's a photo of Eve Moneypenny aiming with a M4 in the Skyfall James Bond movie. Notice she has a riser that is at least 1-1/2" to 2" high (based on the relative size of the scope).
Ok, maybe that's the movies and maybe she's trying to clear the front M4 iron sight. But notice that she is using the shoulder stock and she is not straining her neck with her head bent over the shoulder stock?
I noticed with my red dot scope mounted directly on the top rail, I have to strain my neck and really press my cheek onto the shoulder stock. So lately, I've been thinking why I am working so hard to get my eye on the red dot. Why not raise the sight so that I can properly shoulder the stock and aim without straining myself.
One obvious problem is that it increases the parallax effect. But shooting out to 30 feet in CQB or 75 feet at an airsoft outdoor field shouldn't be a problem. The only major problem is the location of the barrel over a bunker barrier. You'll have to raise your head 1 to 2" higher, which, I admit, could be life or death in airsoft and real-life.
What do you think? Is raising the sight higher a good idea?
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:59:22 +0300
Perhaps it is said best in this "Combat Stance" article: "Your body is square to the target and your head is not lowered to the sights." That basically means rather than lowering your head to the sight, you need to raise the gun or, in the case of our discussion, raise the sight.
In fact, that whole article is worth reading. There are several other articles he wrote that seems to make a lot of sense, based on his military backgroun. The author claims...
"Prior to airsoft I served four years active duty USMC finishing out my contract with 3/1 STA. I have only participated in one large scale (300+ people) training event, though that experience is irrelevant considering large events generally only evaluate command and control rather than small unit ability (despite what they say). However, my extensive airsoft experience, coupled with years of operational experience and small-unit training, I believe provide me with a strong foundation with which to evaluate this event." - OP: Irene X
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:48:56 +0400
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