Gear Review: Redring Shotgun Sight

by David Higginbotham ,  |  published on January 27, 2013

To say that I’m skilled with a shotgun would be an outright lie. I shot my first twelve gauge at a Boy Scout summer camp when I was twelve. I’ve been blasting away ever since. It is my favorite kind of shooting. It is what I want to do best.

Once, when I was a kid, I went to the USS Alabama, which is docked in Mobile. Like the rest of the Boy Scouts I was with, I saddled up to a 20mm Oerlikon and pretended Zeros were buzzing in low off the horizon.

The shields had words painted on the backsides: “Lead Dammit Lead.” I didn’t know the anatomy of a 20mm gun very well, and I still don’t. I assumed those battleship grey wings on either side of the gun were dammits, and I figured they must have been made of lead (like bullets). They were lead dammits. I had never heard of imperative sentences, and wasn’t well versed in expletives.

I think all of my imaginary kamikazes found their mark. I know now that I wouldn’t have been a gunner. They would have stuck me in the bowels of the Alabama with a mop.

I went shooting this past week. I took a box of clays and a little thrower out into the field behind my house. The temperature had dropped below 20 degrees, and there was wind. I wasn’t optimistic. But I dusted the clays. How you ask? Redring.

Those old gunners wish they had reflex sights. The Navy tried. The spiderweb wire sights weren’t useless. But we’ve come a lot way. For those of us who enjoy shooting clays, or want that extra added edge when hunting, Redring is the answer.

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