Found the Pinty Micro Red Dot Sight for less than $20 with free shipping on Amazon (See "Related Links" below). It had three star reviews from forty reviewers. Many reviewers had mounted this sight on real firearms--AR15, ruger 10/22, and Yugo M92 AK, etc. So I suspect it will work just fine on an airsoft gun for years to come. In this article, we will examine this scope for airsoft.
The Pinty Micro Red Dot Sight comes in a nice, but plain box (see photo below). The box seems fairly sturdy and can be reused for other purposes. The red dot sight is packed tightly in form cutout.
The package contains the red dot sight, protective cover, and a bag of goodies.
The bag of goodies include the instruction manual, two CR2032 Lithium button cell batteries, a cleaning cloth, and two hex wrenches.
The instruction sheet is attached to the "Attachments" section below for your reference.
The protective cover is made out of plastic. It covers the entire sight. It covers the red dot sight fine. But it is not on tight. And if you flip the sight over, it falls off. If you plan to use the protective cover, you need to modify it slightly so that it doesn't slip off the sight all by itself.
Instruction manual doesn't show the specification for this red dot sight. But Amazon reviewers has commented that it's a 3 MOA red dot.
The red dot sight feels rather weighty in my hand. It's made out of metal and seems robust enough. The photo below shows the front of the red dot sight. It has no symbols nor controls, and is rather non-descriptive.
The mounting thumbscrew stick out sorely on the side. It's huge for this micro red dot sight. This red dot sight is meant for small arms, pistols, and submachine guns. But the thumb screw is really an eyesore. It can get in the way if mounted on your pistol. There is a replacement mount bracket you can get that replaces this thumbscrew with a small bolt. I'll talk more about it in the "Mount" section below.
The back of the of red dot sight is filled with controls and white text (see photo above). It has a three-way switch, allowing you to turn it off, turn it on with a red dot, or turn it on with a green dot. The green dot is really helpful if you are aligning a laser sight to the red dot sight or vise-versa.
There are two set screws on the back of the sight. They are for locking the elevation and windage adjustments. I will talk more about them in the "Adjustments" section below.
The top of the sight has the "Pinty" brand on top of it (see photo above). This red dot sight is a popular clone of a micro red dot sight for pistols, but with Picatinny mount added to the bottom. So it's rebranded by many companies.
There is the elevation adjustment toward the back of the sight, which we will talk more about in the "Adjustments" section later in this article. The are two hex screws on top that allows you to disassemble the red dot sight to install the battery. I'll talk more about the battery in the "Power Source" section.
The larger of the included hex wrenches fits the two hex screws on top. After unscrewing the two screws, you can remove the red dot sight from the mount. I suggest you hold both parts of the sight and remove the top upside-down. Taking it apart this way prevent the battery from falling out. The photo below shows the sights apart and reveals the battery compartment.
The photo below shows the battery installed. The positive end toward the bottom of the sight.
The red dot sight has a CR2032 battery pre-installed. And the package still included two extra batteries. Pinty is really quite generous.
The Pinty Micro Red Dot Sight comes with a Picatinny mount as shown in the photo below. The mount is fixed on the bottom. You use the thumbscrew to loosen the mount bracket. Then you mount one side of it onto the Picatinny rail and rotate it flush to the top of the rail. Finally, you tighten the thumbscrew to fix it onto the rail. We found the micro red dot sight to sit securely on the Picatinny rail without any wobbling.
The thumbscrew, though, is really too large for a tiny red dot sight like this one. If you mount it to small arm, the thumbscrew will prevent the weapon from laying flat on the table. It may get caught in your gears.
We feel that a small replacement bracket using normal off-the-shelf bolt screw will be a much better fit for this micro red dot sight. It will allow your pistol and small arm to lay flat. And it will prevent it from catching on your combat gear. So we have sent a request to Airsoft3D to make such a bracket. They agreed. Last we heard, they are prototyping the bracket at this time. When I get my hands on one of these brackets, I'll update this review to let you know.
The micro red dot sight comes with both elevation and windage adjustment nuts. But before you make any adjustments, you need to loosen the two set screws on the back of the sight. Once they are loosen, you can make adjustments to the elevation and windage. Just make sure you screw them down again after you've made the adjustments.
The elevation adjustment screw is at the top of the sight. You can use the smaller of the included hex wrenches to make the adjustment.
The windage adjustment is on the right side of the micro red dot sight (see photo below). It's on the same side as the thumbscrew.
Once mounted on the gun, I had no problem adjusting the red dot sight to hit target. The red dot is 3 MOA, so it's rather large. It's perfectly fine for home defense. But too large for long range targeting. For short range in airsoft, though, it works just fine.
Obviously, the larger the front lens element, the faster the target acquisition. So it's no doubt that the micro red dot sight will be no match to a 30mm red dot sight or a 40mm red dot sight. But for small arms, the micro red dot sight is highly competitive to a 20mm red dot sight. And with enough practice and trained muscle memory, acquiring the target will take no more than a split second.
We are reviewing the Scorpion Vz. 61 airsoft SMG, which talks more about the Pinty Micro Red Dot Sight. See our "Submachine Gun V-61 AEG Review" article.
We installed the Pinty Micro Red Dot Sight onto our Scorpion Vz. 61 SMG airsoft electronic pistol (AEP) and it is a perfect fit (see photo above). The thumbscrew sticks out the other side sorely. But a solution is coming soon, as mentioned in the "Mount" section above. Otherwise, it's perfect for the Vz. 61.