Right off the bat… FAVORITE features were without question: ease in zeroing, quick detach lever, return to zero, AND generous sight window for fast target acquisition/recovery.
Okay well the WHOLE name is a bit long for the title, but we’re talking about the Ultra Shot Pro Spec NV QD from the fine folks at Sightmark. We’ve been in constant communication with these guys since SHOT 2012, and when I mentioned we would be doing a full gun review on the KRISS Vector CRB (where you can also see video of the sight in action) they were more than accommodating when it came to sending us one of their upper echelon reflex sights to top the KRISS with and cowitness with its flip up sights. Which it did perfectly I might add.
What does NV and QD mean? Well, simply enough the NV stands for NIGHT VISION because you can use this particular Ultra Shot in cooperation with an already present night vision optic. There are even three different brightness settings specifically for use with night vision optics. Second, the QD stands for QUICK DETACH. In the pictures you’ll see the detach lever used for mounting and removing the Ultra Shot Pro Spec with 100% ease. Not only was it easy to use, but it was apparent after much use that it wouldn’t snag on clothing or gear as often as I thought AND the lock it provided to a picatinny rail was rock solid and returned to zero every time.
Because this is not a magnified optic, the sight offers unlimited eye relief so I was also able to mount it to the forward rail of my AK-47 Tekko top rail and acquire targets just as easily with both eyes open as I could with it in a more traditional location like on the KRISS. This particular Ultra Shot Pro Spec comes with 4 different reticle settings and quick zeroing and adjustments were a breeze thanks to the included tools in the package. The on/off/brightness switch is located where adjustment can be made with the off/weak hand of a right handed operator while the reticle switch is located just to the under side of the rear of the sight. Thankfully too there are no parallax issues with the Ultra Shot Pro Spec reflex sight. This means the shooter can line up the reticle with their target and pull the trigger without fear of having it perfectly centered in the sight window. This proves especially helpful when it comes to firing in awkward or dangerous positions where a traditional shooting stance may not be possible.
Overall I found this little reflex sight to be a pleasure to use. The multi-coated surface cuts down completely on glare and while I didn’t necessarily run it through a stress test gauntlet, at an MSRP of $155, the features, reliability and function of the Ultra Shot Pro Spec NV QD is very difficult to beat. Top it off with the fact that Sightmark is a company I’m growing to trust to stand behind their product and give customers a great value all at once. Let’s face it, not everyone can afford to drop $400-800 on a new reflex site.
Here’s the whole scoop from Sightmark’s website:
A new addition to the Sightmark Reflex Sight line, the Sightmark Ultra Shot Pro Spec Night Vision QD provides shooters with a premium product to enhance any shooting experience. Featuring a quick detach mount for rapid removal, the Ultra Shot Pro Spec Night Vision QD allows shooters to effectively adapt their firearm to the situation at hand. The Sightmark Ultra Shot Pro Spec’s double pane glass lens system eliminates parallax and retains accuracy when fired from the periphery of the lens.
The featured Interlok internal locking system of the Ultra Shot Pro Spec Night Vision QD holds zero extremely well, so the shooter does not have to continually re-adjust the sight in the field. Featuring a tactical, matte black finish and all aluminum construction, the Sightmark Ultra Shot Pro Spec Night Vision QD enhances durability, making it operable in various environments. Equipped with a night vision mode, the user can mount the Ultra Shot Pro Spec in front of a night vision monocular in order to create a co-witnessed riflescope set up. Outfitted with four reticle patterns for maximum customization, the Ultra Shot Pro Spec provides precision accuracy day or night. Protected by Sightmark’s Limited Lifetime Warranty, the Ultra Shot Pro Spec offers shooters a price friendly alternative to Aimpoint, EOTech and Trijicon sights. Sightmark-Make Your Mark!
|• InterLok™ Internal locking system• Aluminum Body with metal protective shield• Wide field of view
• Multi-reticle (4 patterns)
• Adjustable reticle brightness
|• Parallax corrected• Unlimited eye relief• Adjustable quick detach weaver-mount
• Water-resistant and shockproof
• Low power consumption
• Neoprene cover
• Adjustment tools
Specifications (+ click to expand)
|Reticle Type||4 pattern|
|Illuminated Reticle (yes/no)||Yes|
|Brightness Settings||1-3, NV1, NV2|
|Objective aperture (mm)||33×24|
|Field of view (m @100m)||35|
|Field of view (ft @100yd)||105|
|Eye relief (mm)||infinite|
|Elevation adjustment (MOA)||50|
|Windage adjustment (MOA)||50|
|MOA adjustment (one click)||1|
|Finish Color||Matte Black|
|Maximum recoil (caliber)||up to .50|
|Maximum recoil (G’s)||600 G’s|
|Waterproof/nitrogen filled/ water resistant (yes/no)||Yes|
|Fog proof (yes/no)||No|
|Lens Coating||AR Red|
|Mount Type||Weaver quick detach|
|Battery life (hours)||25 hours – high|
|Battery voltage (V)||3V|
|Operating temperature (°F)||40 to 120|
|Storage temperature (°F)||14 to 140|
|Weight (oz)||7.6 oz|