AT3 TACTICAL RD-50 Review

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Did you know that the red dot does not steer the bullet so, for as much as getting the right optics is important your shooting skills play a bigger role in target acquisition. Optical sights are designed for use in different applications, so as you search for the relevant sight, you will find some that have been configured for close-quarter combat and others that will suffice in long-distance precision shooting.

The above then means that before you settle with a specific optic, it is important to understand your mission thus get the relevant sights. Besides, there are many ways that people can use to find the right optics for use, and the most viable one is visiting the retailer and testing the sight out to see if it suffices your needs.

Reviews can also help shed some light on the effectiveness of certain optical sights, and there are also forums that discuss the functionalities of the various optics and from which you can gain some insight on the performance of the different brands of optical sights. The AT3 RD-50 is a dedicated optical sight that has been optimized for the AR platform but can be used with handguns, shotguns, and hunting rifles.

AT3 Tactical RD Review and Breakdown

The AT3 Tactical Rd is a 2 MOA red dot, and comes equipped with an incredible 50,000 hours battery, the unit like the other red dot sights, have adjustments at the top and on the side. The windage and elevation adjustments being the most difficult to customize as they need a special tool or a coin to get the correct settings for precise target acquisition.

The new advanced optical sights in the market, come equipped with either a switch or a press button, and which are embedded in close proximity with the user’s fingers for easy customization, a feature that is quite different from the At3 optical sight, which even makes it seem a bit traditional. The unit is nitrogen-filled, complete with scratch-proof lenses, and up to 11 brightness settings that you can adjust using the provided large knob on the side.

The sights are not as heavy weighing only 2.6 ounces while measuring about 2 meters long, the optical sight is available in 3 risers the first one being the zero risers, which is necessary for a co-witness, others risers are the 0.83 risers and the 1-inch riser.

What we liked

  • The sight is both waterproof and fog proof
  • Batteries offer users up to 50,000hrs of use
  • Matter black anodized finish camouflages the user’s position
  • Made with the durable 6061 aluminum
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty

What we didn’t like

  • The sight cannot be used with the Night vision devices
  • Does not withstand the recoil shock

AT3 TACTICAL RD Specifications

Model
AT3 Tactical RD
Reticle
2 MOA red dot
Body Material
6061 Aluminum
Battery
5,000 hrs
Objective lens
25mm
Water proof/ Fog proof
Yes
Eye Relief
Unlimited
Brightness settings
11 brightness settings
Availability

AT3 Tactical RD-50 features

Performance

AT3 has been determined to hold zero perfectly but does not have the threshold to withstand the recoil shock from the 12 gauge shotgun among other firearms. The above then means that users have to be considerate of the type of weapon that they choose to use with the sight. Battery performance is, however, exceptional and users will get up to 50,000 hours at the lowest brightness settings. The windage and elevation click value has been set at 1 MOA per click while the adjustment range is +/- 35MOA.

Optical performance

The sight features a parallax-free design, and you can therefore be sure that the red dot will stay on the target and offer the perfect shot even if the shooter is awkwardly positioned. The 2 MOA red dot from the optical sight enables accurate target acquisition, and users can use the sight with both their eyes open.

The lens on the AT3 Tactical RD-50 is multicoated, meaning that users will be provided with high-resolution clear images, what’s more, is that the lens is multicoated and can, therefore, resist scratches, a feature that makes it easy to transportation and store.

Build and design

The build and design of the AT3 Tactical RD-50 is compact given the few movable parts, the finish is a matte black and you can therefore expect the sight to remain unresponsive when being used under bright light. The incorporated circuitry is shockproof, which makes the sight resistant to damage, in case of rough handling.

The optical sight is additionally nitrogen-filled, and the outside body is made of a 6061 T6 aluminum body which is very effective when it comes to resisting fogging and moisture. Out of the box, users will be provided with the rubber bikini covers meant to protect the sight and enable it achieve its full shelf life.

Waterproofing and submergibility

Waterproof optical sights are not necessarily submergible, and such is the case of the AT3 Tactical RD-50, the unit is nitrogen-filled, a feature that obliterates any chances of fogging. The sight comes equipped with the rubber gaskets on turrets and a battery cover designed which helps keep water from penetrating the sight.

A rather disappointing feature with the AT3 Tactical RD is that it is not submergible, as there are no relevant water rating information from the manufacturer, which is quite a disappointment if the sight was to be adopted for professional use. However, our attention has been brought to the incorporated O-rings, meant to enhance the sight’s waterproofing qualities. Besides the sights, rugged construction makes it waterproof.

Objective lens diameter and weight

Sights with a large objective lens diameter perform well in terms of image reproduction, and will, therefore, provide the shooter with high resolution and clear images during target acquisition. The AT3 Tactical RD-50 has, therefore, incorporated a 25mm objective lens, which rarely adds a lot of weight on the sight while providing a decent view of the field. Overall, a larger objective lens diameter is necessary for improved image quality, more especially when the sight is used in low lighting conditions.

Who is it best suited for

The AT3 Tactical RD-50 is best suited for use with most of the modern firearms, but those with a flat top Picatinny rail.

Are there any alternatives to the AT3 Tactical RD-50

Yes there are alternatives to the AT3 Tactical RD-50 are the Aimpoint Micro T-2 Red Dot Reflex Sight, the Primary Arms Classic Series Compact Red Dot Sight Gen II, and theTRUGLO TRU-TEC Tactical Red Dot

Features of the alternative optical sights

Model
Aimpoint Micro T-2 Red Dot Reflex Sight
Primary Arms Classic Series Compact Red dot sight II
Truglo Tru-Tec Tactical Red dot
Objective lens
N/A
28mm
20mm
Reticle
2 MOA
2 MOA
2 MOA
Weight
96 grams
8.8 ounces
0.73 pounds
Dimensions
5 x 5 x 3 inches
4 x 3.7 x 3 inches
5 x 4 x 4 inches
NVD
4 Night vision compatible settings
2 settings dim for night vision
No
Eye relief
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
Brightness settings
8 Daylight settings with 1 extra bright
11 brightness settings
Multiple
Availability

 Final Verdict: so, should you get the AT3 Tactical RD-50

The optical sight that you decide to get has to match with the application that it is intended for, the AT3 Tactical RD-50 therefore, features a 2 MOA reticle known to work best with small targets at 100yards. The above then means that if your dot is sighted precisely it will, cover up to 2 inches in diameter of the target. Apart from the above, the AT3 optical sight is a high performing unit for basic applications and daytime use.

The unit features a rugged build, it is waterproof and fog proof offers unlimited eye relief, and is equipped with a large objective lens diameter at 25mm, known to provide clear images at high resolution.

FAQ’s

  1. Why does the red do on the AT3 Tactical RD-50 appear misshapen?

One of the most common causes of perceiving a comma-shaped or starburst reticle is because of astigmatism. But there are a couple of things that you can do to rectify the problem, for one you could try using the sight in an environment with better lighting, and instead of focusing on the dot, you could try to focus on the target by looking through the dot.

Users can also reduce the brightness of the dot to the lowest setting, where the dot can be seen clearly. Also, if you want to check and be sure of the shape of the dot, look at the dot via the rear peep or better yet, you could take a picture of the dot with a camera and you will most likely end up with the same size dot in the both described tests.

  1. Does the AT3 Tactical RD-50 work when used on the Glock 17 gen 4 MOS?

The At3 Tactical RD-50 optical sight will mount on the Picatinny rail of any weapon.

  1. Can the AT3 Tactical RD be used with the night vision devices?

The AT3 Tactical RD is not night vision enabled and does not come equipped with the relevant night vision settings.

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Terrence Miller
Terrence Miller is a hunter by birth, picking it up from a lineage of hunters and will probably hand the skill down to his son. He has been hunting since he was a young boy and has knowledge of both the new and old hunting equipment. This goes to say that the information provided is very reliable and conclusive. Using the hunting rifles and getting the right hunting gear seems to be a challenge for many individuals who want to learn the skill of hunting. And the reason why the information presented by Miller has detailed coverage on the different types of rifles, and rifle scopes. When not in the wild hunting, Miller loves horseback riding.

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