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Article in Svensk Jakt Nr. 9 2010
Article from Svensk Jakt, Nr. 9 2010, click on image to see larger version (PDF).
Here is the article translated to English:
Sight for shotguns
A sight for a shotgun has an uphill battle before it gets put on this page. In my eyes, it is one of the few gadgets that I really don’t need. But Redring has a new design that actually turned my head.
At the annual IWA exhibition, a new kind of innovation was released. A shotgun sight under the name Redring is based on the ideas and patents of the shooting instructor P.O. Östergren and is designed, built and owned in Sweden.
Redring is not a sight that initially appeals to experienced shooters with properly sized weapons and a high degree of training.
But a lot of hunters do not get enough practice, have not adjusted their stock so well or simply have problems with eye dominance, in other words, the left eye suddenly takes over when the right eye should be in control – with missed shots as a result.
Contemplated for many years
“I have been looking at this for many years,” says P.O. Östergren. “I have thought about a shotgun sight for many years, and now the technology is available to do what I want.” Two fundamental criteria have been that the sight should be mounted on the rim as low as possible, and that it should be mounted without damaging the weapon.
Redring achieves this by having the holographic technology that creates a red ring on the image, hence the name, sit on the sides of the rim instead of on top of it.
The sight therefore adds just 5 millimeters to the top of the rim. This corresponds to roughly a “pencil”, which many people recommend you should use to learn to shoot. This means that in most cases the stock does not need to be adjusted.
The actual sight is a red ring that is projected on a square. The visual field is large and the frame around the box does not interfere. The light strength of the ring can be adjusted by the shooter, and it automatically adjusts to the background.
The size of the ring is designed to correspond to the size of a charge of shot with a ¼ bore, or 65 centimeters at approximately 20 meters.
Improves the feeling
I have shot using a Redring sight and I can confirm a few things directly.
Firstly, the same rules apply as always: Keep the focus on the target, and the picture before, during and after the shot is equally important as when shooting without a sight. This doesn’t create any problems. But the feeling of control over how the shot will actually go is improved. My image of how I am positioned before, during and after the shot is a little clearer than before.
Secondly, the sight is very effective for stationary targets. The charge stays in the ring. In addition, the red ring provides immediate feedback whether my aim is correct. A few quick control measurements of wild animals at their natural size in principle removes the difficulty with determining distance.
Making life easier
At a minimum, I recommend each hunter get a properly sized shotgun and a few boxes of training ammunition each year. But the reality is that many hunters do not get enough practice, shoot too poorly and never have enough time or opportunity to take their shotgun skills to the next level.
Even if I would rather send them to the stock manufacturer and shooting school, I am forced to admit that I believe that Redring can make life a little easier for many of these types of hunters. Not least, I am thinking of the hunters with hounds who just shoot a few game targets each year, often stationary or slowly moving ones.
Redring is a pretty expensive product. The price is around SEK 8,000. It includes a host of advanced functions, and can even be hooked up to a computer for updates and special settings, but in principle it is a small, robust and powerful tool.
Facts about Redring
The sight weighs 242 g including the mount. It is screwed directly onto the rim, mounted roughly between the weapon’s natural handles and therefore makes little difference in terms of balance. It has a patented design for handling the recoil force, comes with three brackets and can handle rims between 5–11.5 mm. One AAAA battery supplies the power, and the working temperature ranges between –30 and +50 degrees. Redring appears to be waterproof.
From Svensk Jakt No. 9/2010 (Swedish Hunting)