Leapers Golden Image 38mm Red/Green Dot Sight

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Leapers Golden Image 38mm Red/Green Dot Sight

The Leapers Golden Image 38mm is one of their more basic entries into the illuminated dot sight market, economical and suitable for most non-tactical applications.

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Leapers/UTG is a slightly underrated firearm accessories manufacturer.  Their product lineup includes everything from scopes and dot sights, to mounting systems, bipods, gun cases, even body armor.

The Leapers Golden Image 38mm is one of their more basic entries into the illuminated dot sight market, economical and suitable for most non-tactical applications.

The tube diameter of the Leapers Golden Image 38mm is, as the name suggests, 38mm; the objective diameter, or the size of the lens, is 30mm, offering a very wide field of view–a visible range of 16.5 feet at 100 yards.

The tube length is 4.7 inches, making it one of the longer red dot sights out there. Leapers Golden Image is also, at 7.4 ounces, almost half a pound, one of the heaviest in its price range.  At this size it is a good choice for shooters looking for an AR 15 optic to mount.

The reticle is a standard dot style; red or green illumination and brightness are adjustable using the top-mounted control knob.

The Leapers Golden Image mounts via integrated Weaver-style deck; the lens are protected by sturdy, flip-open covers.

leapers goldenThe Golden Image is powered by the standard 3v lithium CR2032 battery, with an average life of 6,000 hours, or 250 days, at low settings.

The reticle is a bit dimmer at low settings than others we’ve reviewed, but never blurry. The Leapers Golden Image is a simple, straightforward red dot sight, good for plinking, recreational shooting, and target practice up to 100 yards.

Its ability to withstand the heavy recoil of an AR-style weapon is untested, although the manufacturer, UTG, includes a 2-year warranty that covers replacement if it breaks.

The Leapers Golden Image is not, unlike some other dot sights out there, advertised as “shockproof,” or even water- or fog-proof. This is not a dot sight to drag through the mud, muck, and mire.

The official MOA of the Leapers Golden Image 38mm is 4; the dot sight is reportedly capable of making 4-inch groups at 100 yards, which most users confirm within a margin of 1 MOA plus or minus.

There’s always a chance of buying a bad sight, so don’t hesitate to return it if it can’t hold zero. Also beware of counterfeits: according to Leapers and the maker UTG, many of their products–including dot sights, mounts, and grips–have been knocked-off by unscrupulous manufacturers.

Unlike a lot of other dot sights, the Leapers Golden Image adjusts in 1/2 MOA increments, so one click moves the impact about 1/2″ at 100 yards, 1/4″ at 50 yards, 1/8″ at 25 yards, etcetera.

Smaller increments mean more precision when doping the scope, potentially, although at least on its website Leapers/UTG bills the Golden Image as a “CQB” (close-quarters battle) dot sight.

Deciding on any optical system requires weighing a number of factors: weight, length, magnification/illumination, durability, and, of course, price. Whatever else can be said about the Leapers Golden Image, it is cheap.

This dot sight can be had for about $40 online and as low as $30 at some retailers. The Golden Image is perfect way to get started with illuminated dot sights, although it may not be the end-all in the optics arsenal, it has all the features of other dot sights, without the extra cost.

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