Colion Noir practices his target acquiring skills while riding in a golf cart.
Rifle used: Smith and Wesson M&P 15-22 (.22 LR)
It is a small base that you mount a camera to. The base then tracks a small infrared marker. It’s purpose was for video conferencing and facetime. The device was developed around the iPhone and iPod. However you can mount small video cameras to it.
I realized immediately the potential of this device to give me a safe way to video the shooter downrange.
Here is a video i just edited with some samples from a few shooting matches these past few months I have had this thing.
A feature I do not use is the wireless mic feature. There is a cable that the base plugs into an iPhone or iPod. The IR marker is also a wireless mic. Sadly it only works with apple products. I decided I would sacrifice sounds of me breathing and talking to myself for wider angle video from my GoPro.
[From The Firearm Blog]
The package starts at $199 so the price is extremely affordable if you are looking to film everything from your training to matches to whatever else you can think of.
The base tracks the marker using IR which has to be line of sight to track. In some obstacle course shooting matches this base wouldn’t work as well as you might like because the marker could get blocked when you are finding cover.
The base works with any tripod mountable pocket video camera or point and shoot cameras under six ounces.
The Redring® shotgun sight is an optical shotgun sight. It mounts to the standard ribs on a shotgun, you simply attach it like you would a normal rail attachment with the exception of using the rib of the shotgun not a rail. Two little hex key screws lock the sight in place.
- Battery: AAAA 1.5V, Approx 300 h life. Redring® automatically shuts off after 4 hrs
- Weight: 134 g (4.726oz) excluding mounts, 192 g (6.773oz) including mounts
- Length: 134 mm (5.275in), mounts included
- Width: 44 mm (1.732in)
- Height: 45.7 mm (1.779in)
- Material: Anodised aluminium
- MSRP: $899 (they have a deal going on now for $749.00)
This sight is lets you keep both eyes open so when you look through the optic what ever the ring is around is where you burst is going to be.
Redring® has built-in intelligence, called spot metering, that reads the backlight in a diameter equivalent to more than double the ring diameter. An integrated processor momentarily adjusts the ring intensity to the prevailing light. Dark background = weaker ring. Bright background = stronger ring. The directed spot metering gives the shooter a great advantage in all types of hunting with varying lighting conditions, such as duck shooting in the sunrise. Light intensity can also be set manually
2. The Red Ring
Another advantage of using the Redring® is that it also is an effective rangefinder. The size of the ring on the target equals the shot diameter/burst at 20 meters (65 feet). This gives the shooter an instant indication if the target is within shooting range or if it’s too far away for a sure shot. When the ring looks right, pull the trigger. It surely improves the hit rate and reduces the risk of injuring the game.
3. Low mount with recoil absorption
Redring® is mounted free-floating directly on to the rib of the gun. It only takes a couple of minutes to mount and the sight is ready to use. No alterations or changes to the gun are necessary. As the lightweight sight is mounted low on the shotgun rib, it will not have any noticeable effect on the balance of the gun. Redring® comes complete with recoil absorbing mounts for shotguns with a rib width ranging from 5 to 11.5 mm.
TARGET DISTANCE INDICATOR
The ring gives the shooter perfect aim and indicates when it’s safe to shoot and when it’s not. When the targetlooks right in relation to the ring, that’s when it’s time to shoot. The result is greater accuracy, more fun and more reliable hunting. A sure hit!
Redring® enables the shooter to fire with both eyes open, irrespective of eye dominance. The open eyes principle improves the perceptual tendencies and helps the shooter to identify the target faster. Since Redring® is parallax free, what the shooter sees in the ring equals the target image, i.e., when the ring is right in relation to the target, the shot most certainly is a hit. The eye relief doesn’t matter.
Redring® can be connected to your computer via a USB interface. This enables the shooter to register the equipment, log personalized statistics, select advanced settings, and receive periodic software upgrades from manufacturer. Go to USB for instructions and downloading the necessary software.
Automatic Shut Off
The built in energy saving “shut-off” function will automatically shut off the sight after 4 hours. The shut-off time is counted from the time the sight is turned on, or from the last time the ring intensity was manually adjusted.
[From the Redring website]
Sadly at SHOT 2013 I missed this booth because I was busying trying to see everything I had planned, so I didn’t get to see this up close like I wish I had.