posted on Oct, 13 2008 @ 02:41 AM
In my humble opinion, optics are a crutch and the military's way of smoothing over not giving us enough range time.
When a rifleman only gets to fire his rifle once a month if he is lucky, someone has messed up the priorities. We spend more time doing BS details
supporting one Division function or another than we do training, and we're at war! Screw the reunion, I'd rather survive the deployment.
If you need optics to fire your weapon accurately in CQB you're messed up. If you need iron sights to fire your weapon accurately in CQB you're
messed up. Its all reflexes. If you've trained enough you should be able to orient your rifle without much more than a glance down the barrel. The
only way you get proficient is to put several thousand rounds downrange.
Iron sights are easily sufficient for ranges between 50m and 300m, more if you're a good shot. I don't see any reason to have a scope unless
you're shooting over 300m.
I was issued a reflex sight (along with similarly useless lasers and flashlights and handles that sprung out a bipod when you pressed a button) and
they spent a year occupying prime real estate in my assault bag. I would have boxed them up and locked them in a wall locker, but you know how Green
2 reports go....
I'll take training over 10 lbs and $10,000 of gimmicky crap strapped to my rifle any day.