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Carl Zeiss: Z-Point
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Description: The innovative redpoint reflex sight, equipped with the latest optical and electronic systems. It offers fast aiming at the target - with both eyes open.

* Hybrid power supply by battery and solar cell. In daylight, the solar cell supplies power to the light-emitting diode, saving battery and prolonging its life. * Brightness of red dot is automatically adjusted to the ambient brightness. Addtitional manual controll for shifting the brightness to plus and minus. * Illuminated dot switches off automatically after 4 hours. * Practically parallaxfree due to the optical design. * Spring clamp for Picatinny rail (with 5.0 mm wide transverse slots) or Weaver rail (with 3.8 mm wide transverse slots). * May be mounted on rifles, shotguns, handguns, etc. * Housing made of high-strength aluminium. * Waterproof.

Magnification=1 x

Dot size at 100 m=10 cm

Keywords: Carl Zeiss Z-Point Red Dot Scope

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Registered: December 2003
Location: Austin, TX USA
Posts: 5057
Review Date: Sun January 28, 2007
Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Doesn't require a battery to operate, Weaver rail mount can easily be used on multiple handguns, rifles or bows, Variable dot intensity.
Cons: Can sometimes get a glare on the rear lens if the light is wrong but then the same thing can happen with a regular scope.

If you're like me there are a few guns in the safe that would benefit from the addition of some low power optics, like a red-dot scope. There is something about a sixgun that has to be pleasing to the eye as well as the hand. Balance is everything.

Given the relatively short range of an open sighted revolver, many hunters choose to mount some sort of optic on the gun to extend the effective range by 25 or 50 yards. While there are several good choices in traditional optics the red-dot scope should not be overlooked. Using a red-dot has definite advantages when the light is low or when quick target acquisition is a must. They also have a size & weight advantage over a traditional piece of glass, which can significantly alter the balance of a good sixgun, depending on the mounting position.

The Z-Point red-dot scope from Carl Zeiss Sports Optics has been around for a couple of years but it was initially offered only for the Picatinny rail system found on many tactical firearms. The good news is that itís now also available for the Weaver style base found on so many hunting handguns.

The Z-Point is unique among red-dot scopes in several ways. It attaches to the base using a heavy-duty push-button mechanism that allows it to be attached or detached in a second by simply pushing in the button. There are two small hex head set screws for additional security but Iím not sure they are really necessary except perhaps on the biggest of boomers. The Z-Point is also powered by a small solar cell on top of the housing that could save a hunt if youíre like me and never remember to have spare batteries on hand. The sight is adjustable for windage and elevation and has a light sensor that will alter the intensity of the dot as the ambient light fades or intensifies.

I have had this Z-Point mounted on a Magnum Research 500 JRH for only a few hundred rounds but it has held up very well to incredibly stiff recoil.

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