Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot Reflex Sight Review

Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot reflex sight Review Rumors vs Experience Yeah. We get it. There are folks that see Sightmark as a “cheap” brand, not to be taken […]

Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot reflex sight Review

Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot Reflex Sight CMR-30 JeffRumors vs Experience

Yeah. We get it.
There are folks that see Sightmark as a “cheap” brand, not to be taken seriously. Therefore, the Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot reflex sight does not get any consideration. In our experience reviewing a wide range of products we have seen that many times brand reputation IS a good indicator of product expectations. However, we have also witnessed products from big, respected name brands that were crap, and “cheap” products that FAR exceeded our expectations. This is why we thoroughly test products before we offer our opinions about them. We never really know how a product will perform until we put it through it’s paces.

Bargain performance or newbie tacticool junk?

Sightmark red dot sights have received conflicting reviews by users, and the Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot reflex sight suffers a bit from the less than stellar reputation of some of it’s older and less robust siblings. Some claim there are better options while others appreciate the value vs performance relation. For anyone that won’t even consider anything that isn’t made by Eotech or AimPoint, the value priced Sightmark brand can be an easy target for ridicule… deserved or not.

How we got the Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot reflex sight

Unlike most products that we review which are sent by the manufacturer, this product was purchased after a bit of research and big-time sale/discount coupon. I have always believed in the saying “you get what you pay for”. So, as a rule buying cheap stuff comes with the understanding that it might not perform or last as anyone would expect from premium brands like Eotech or AimPoint, which cost 5-7 times as much as comparable Sightmark products.
Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot Reflex Sight CMR-30

JJ slingin’ brass

Does it work?

In a word, yes. We have mounted the Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot reflex sight on a wide variety of rifles ranging from the Ruger 10/22, Keltek CMR-30, several ARs in 5.56(223), and 300 Blackout without having problems. I even set it up with a flip-on 3x magnifier during the Rock River Arms X1-RRA review and my only issue was finding a spacer to align the height of the magnifier to that of the red dot.

We actually delayed this review to give a full 6 months of abuse to see if we could break the Sightmark Ultra Shot QD under normal use…

I heard these things break easily

So far the Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot reflex sight has not disappointed me… even when I was careless and damaged the aluminum housing that protects the glass. While loading the SUV for a day at the range I didn’t notice that the sight had fallen under one of the seats. As I tried to fold that seat forward to make more room in the back the Sightmark Ultra Shot QD was pinched between the seat frame and hinge. I didn’t see anything blocking the seat (the black sight housing blended in with the black carpet and seat frame, so I pushed pretty hard to try to force the seat to fold. Fortunately, the double layer aluminum housing absorbed all of the damage while protecting the lens and electronics. If this were one of the cheaper and less robustly built versions, undoubtedly it would be done for. Ironically, I thought I had broken the Sightmark Ultra Shot reflex sight … and I had not even shot with it yet!
The Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot reflex sight has also survived being tossed around and mounted on a wide variety of rifles over the course of the past 6+ months and it still functions as good as new.

Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot Reflex SightFeatures

The Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot reflex sight has a Quick Disconnect (QD) latch on the picatinny rail that makes locking it in place a snap. It takes only a second or two to place or remove it.  Obviously, when moving any optic from one rifle to another you will have to re-zero it. In our testing we have found that the Sightmark reflex sight does a very good job of holding zero when removed and reinstalled in the same rail slot on the same rifle. I have not had issues with re-zeroing , or not having to re-zero when I have used other optics on the same rifle, and came back to the QD reflex sight.
There are 4 settings for crosshairs/dot, as well as brightness adjustment for each option. So, it can be set to personal preference and switching between choices will not affect your zero.
The package includes a neoprene cover that fits snug, the allen wrench for adjustments, batteries, and a cleaning cloth.

Battery hungry?

Charge life has not been a problem in use or when put away. This is not always the case with less expensive red dots. Often, even after turning them off, we find the batteries dead when we grab them a few weeks later to go shooting. We had no such issues with the Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot reflex sight. Since we usually alternate between review items your experience will vary. We recommend keeping extra batteries handy if this is your choice as a SHTF budget reflex optic.

Overall

Yes, I would recommend the Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot reflex sight. I believe it is a good buy and even better when a sale and coupon can be combined.
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We beat the snot out of it, but the Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot reflex sight just keeps working.

Originally posted 2016-06-04 19:40:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

About JJ

A long time friend of Gear-Report.com, and frequent behind-the-scenes instigator…I mean contributor, JJ joined the Gear Report team in 2014 in a more formal capacity. Expect to see JJ’s ongoing contributions to reviews, while he coordinates with manufacturers and retailers to review their products.

If you want to see what it takes to make the cut here at Gear Report, look no further than JJ. Part inventor, part outdoorsman, JJ brings a wealth of experience to the Gear Report team, as well as some fancy book learning. A Structural Designer by day, JJ spends his nights and weekends on a massively broad range of outdoor and active interests. Whether making hunting knives, bamboo frame canoes, hunting platforms or various other creations, or hunting, fishing, paddling, boating, teaching martial arts, or re-engineering ammunition reloading equipment, JJ is always up to something interesting. Usually several somethings.

A native of Guatemala, JJ brings a valuable different perspective to Gear Report. We will see if we can get him to add some Spanish language content to the site, as the need for fair, trusted information on outdoor gear is not limited to English speaking readers.