UTG 4.0" ITA Red/Green Dot Sight with Riser Adaptor

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UTG 4.0″ ITA Red/Green Dot Sight with Riser Adaptor

ITA stands for "Instant Target Acquisition" and is UTG's primary red/green dot sight offering, available in 3" to 6.4" lengths.

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ITA stands for “Instant Target Acquisition” and is UTG’s primary red/green dot sight offering, available in 3″ to 6.4″ lengths. UTG/Leapers is a Michigan-based manufacturer of optics, mounts, bipods, even body armor; the ITA 4.0 is one of their most popular dot sights.

The UTG 4.0 ITA weighs in at 7.1 ounces, or just under half a pound, almost heavy by today’s miniaturized, lightweight standards.

The tube length is 4 inches; the tube diameter is 38mm, or 1.5 inches, so it sits nice on the rail. The objective diameter–or the size of the lens–is 32.5mm, making it one of the largest in its price range.

The field of view offered is pretty wide by comparative standards. An emerald lens coating cuts reflection and glare, and prevents stray light from entering the sight.

Parallax–the apparent movement of the reticle experienced with a magnified scope–is eliminated except at long ranges, for which dot sights are not well-suited.

Like all dot sights, the UTG ITA provides unlimited eye relief, and the include mounting system allows for easy forward and backward offsets to match the shooter’s stance and position.

Rather than adjust the dot intensity by preset clicks, the UTG ITA features a continuous rheostat knob that allows the shooter to select the ideal brightness setting.

The dot size can be adjusted from 4 MOA to as small as 2 MOA with no loss of sharpness or clarity. The reticle is adjustable between red and green to adapt to different light conditions.

utg itaAll this is powered by a 3v lithium CR1620 battery, which has a reported “shelf” life of over 5 years. It’s not clear how easy the UTG ITA is on the battery’s life long-term, although some users report a continuous running life of over one year.

The windage and elevation knobs are located on the top and side of the sight, and the UTG ITA has a pair of screws to “lock-down” the zero.

The UTG ITA adjusts MOA in 1/2″ increments: one click shifts the point of impact 1/2″ at 100 yards, 1/4″ at 50 yards, and so on.

The sight comes with a set of quick-detachable (QD) Picatinny-specification mounts and a riser adaptor.  This features makes it great for AR 15 rifles, M4’s or even AK’s that have the right rail system.

It boasts an optimal profile to co-witness the reticle with iron sights–although how easy it is depends on the weapon, the mount, and the user.

Deploying any sight on an AR-style high-recoil rifle runs the risk of throwing off the zero after enough rounds have been fired, although the weight of the UTG ITA and the “lock-down” feature help to compensate for this somewhat.

Unlike some other dot sights out there, the UTG ITA isn’t guaranteed shock-, water-, or fog-proof. At the lower end of the price spectrum, available for less than $50 at some online and walk-in retailers, the UTG ITA isn’t expected to be the most durable or hardy dot sight you can buy.

Like all UTG/Leapers dot sights, however, the ITA 4.0 comes with a 2-year warranty that covers full replacement against material or workmanship defects–just don’t tell customer service you dropped the thing.

UTG has a poor reputation with some users, and that might be well-earned or not. UTG and Leapers have been targeted by cheap knock-offs in the past and that probably soured a lot of people on the brand and damaged their reputation.

But at that price and with that warranty the UTG ITA is not a dot sight to overlook when planning your arsenal.

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