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Monday, January 09, 2006

Tech Force 90 red dot sight

by Tex Force

Today, I want to look at something you shoot WITH. This is not just for airguns - firearms can use it, too! I'm talking about the Tech Force 90 dot sight (7th sight down on the page).

Made to military standards!
I was there when Compasseco first began selling this sight. At a time when other red dot makers were charging more than $100 for their sights, Compasseco brought out the Tech Force 90, a HUGE improvement over the run-of-the-mill dot sights with features that would cost extra in other sights. But the biggest sales point of all was the fact that this sight is made at an optics plant that does a lot of business for the military. They make everything to the same exacting standards.

What makes this one so good?
Besides the quality, which should never be overlooked, the TF 90 has a huge viewing area! When they first came out, other companies had been bragging about their 30mm view area - this sight sent them back to the drawing board. The Tech Force 96 (8th sight down on the page) has a one-inch tube, but the TF 90 is an INCH AND A HALF! It's like looking through a picture window!

Precision-coated optics enhance bright dot
You get the same rugged lens coatings the military uses for maximum light transmission. The dot can be seen in bright daylight by adjusting the seven-level dimmer switch. Use the lowest setting you can for best results, as the size of the dot increases with brightness. A larger dot means a larger aim point, which can cover part of the target and make aiming less precise.

Two different mounts allow use on firearms, too!
The sight comes with both a Weaver mount and a dovetail mount to attach it to any rifle, shotgun or handgun on which bases for those mounts can be attached. Many airguns already have the dovetails, so you need nothing else. For example, the Beeman P1 pistol (3rd pistol down on the page) has an 11mm dovetail rail running the full length of the top between the sights. Clamp the TF 90 to this rail using the dovetail mount and butt it up against the front sight, which serves as a scope stop. Since the P1 recoils in the opposite direction of most spring guns, this works fine.

It adjusts like a scope
Although there is just the center dot, you adjust it for both windage and elevation, the same as for any scope. Once you're zeroed, all you have to do is put the red dot on the target and squeeze off the shot - the bullet will go where the dot appears. Best of all, only YOU will see the dot. No light projects from this sight, so there is nothing to spook game or to alert anyone to your presence. The dot you see stays inside the sight tube.

Dot sights are much quicker than scopes to get on target, plus they are more precise than open sights. Though there is no magnification of the target, you won't have any trouble knowing where your pellet or bullet is going. They are just as handy on rifles or pistols, and shooters are finding new ways to use them every day.

TF 96 or TF 90?
The TF 96 is a less-expensive version of the TF 90, but this isn't a place to save money. Get the larger 90 if you possibly can, because a great part of its excellence is in the 50 percent larger optics. If your budget is too tight to allow the stretch, the TF 96 is a wonderful sight in its own right and has all the features as the 90, except for the size.


Tech Force 90 on a Beeman P2 pistol. It's large but not heavy.


Don't think that the TF 90 is too big for a handgun, either! It is large, but the use of extruded aluminum keeps the weight manageable. It adds only a few ounces to the overall weight of your gun.

If you are not getting the scores you should with open sights, the TF 90 may be just your ticket.

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