For any weapon, it will only be as useful as it is accurate. Having a good reliable sight system is a must. Reliability is kind of a loose standard outside of a combat situation. The most likely situation is for hunting. For a hunting situation, there is no justification for taking a bad or unnecessary shot.
So to stick with the topic of this post we will concern ourselves with a red dot scope. Red dots have gained popularity over the years that they have been on the market. Battery operated sights do have their faults. Number 1….It’s battery operated. Batteries die, when their dead your trip is over for a red dot scope. Some scopes have illuminated reticules that have cross hairs. Those types are limited to available light unlike a red dot.
My first experience with a red dot was on a cheap entry level crossbow. It was a Horton Steel Force. The reviews are pretty bad on them. I did have to send one back but if you get a good one, it is enough to get you in the game. It did take a couple deer and my ex took a bear with one. That’s not bad for a cross bow with bad reviews. It did come with a cheap red dot that was replaced with a $30 BSA red dot scope. Oh the early days of a new type of hunting. As with any weapon, you have to sight them in and be confident in their accuracy and efficacy. You owe that much to the game your hunting to be able to make the most humane shot possible.
Despite ones experience with any given weapon, it is possible to not bring your “A game”. It’s always a good idea to check and re-check all the gear your taking. I would say it would be a rookie mistake to not check your red dot, but I have seen experienced hunters make that mistake. The first instance was my ex passed on a deer due to a dead battery. She didn’t check it before entering the woods. We left the cross bows where people could “play” with them. Someone apparently was checking it out and left the scope on. Out of little kids reach, but the big kids (adults) found it.
For the second time, it was a buddy of mine. He made the same mistake. Finding out that the battery is dead when it counts is totally the wrong time. In somewhat of his defense, it was his first year hunting with battery powered sights. It happens. I would like to say it would never happen to me but I won’t ride to high of a horse. LOL I have made sure that I have a fresh battery in the pack for the cross bow I hunt with. Having seen 2 instances of failure, I always do my best to check the sights ever time I go out. (before I leave the house and have an extra battery).
So with the possibility that exists that someone could have a dead battery, what is the possibility of “winging it” with a dead battery? Putting it out there that someone made a “rookie mistake” may seem wrong, but any of us may experience it. This was an experiment of the feasibility of taking a shot anyways. Not at a live animal. Thoughts will cross your mind at the time when it may matter. It’s always good to know if you can make a humane shot if it happens to you. (or me)
Enjoy the video and keep in mind the sight system you use and weather or not you might want to have a back up, be it an extra battery or iron sights.
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