BCA Red Dot-Rangefinder Combo — Hybrid for the Win

If you own an AR, odds are good you have a red dot sight for it. You probably have a bunch of other accessories, too. Why not minimize how much gear you have hanging off your gun? The Bear Creek Arsenal hybrid model isn’t just a dot, it’s a red dot rangefinder combo. That gives you two useful tools for the real estate of one.

The Bear Creek Arsenal hybrid red dot rangefinder combo
The Bear Creek Arsenal hybrid red dot sight and rangefinder is a great option to minimize accessories while maximizing use. (Photo credit: Bear Creek Arsenal)

Bear Creek Arsenal provides the following details of their hybrid red dot:

A built-in laser rangefinder on a red dot scope?

Yes, Bear Creek Arsenal’s red dot scope has a built-in laser rangefinder. It can accurately identify ranges out to 600 yards. Since all projectiles travel in an arc, knowing the distance is critical for accurate shot placement. Most ammunition companies and reloading manuals print trajectory charts for specific calibers and bullet weights. Hornady has a Ballistics Chart available on its website. For example, the 5.56 NATO 55 gr. GMX bullet still has 374 ft-lbs of energy at 400 yards, enough for varmint size animals such as foxes, prairie dogs, groundhogs, and coyotes. The problem is bullet drop. With a 200-yard zero, the drop is 7.3 inches at 300 yards and 23 inches at 400 yards. Without accurately knowing the distances, missed shots are inevitable.

With the touch of a button, the BCA red dot instantly displays the distance to an object. There are two modes for display: Fixed, where you can focus on a single object to get the distance, and scan, where you get distances on objects in real-time as you move the gun. The readout is located just below the lens of the optic so the display is always in the shooter’s field of view.

Simultaneously, the readout gives the angle and azimuth. These are also critical because extreme angles at long distances can affect points of impact.

The Bear Creek Arsenal hybrid red dot sight and rangefinder on a rifle
A red dot sight and rangefinder combo? Why not! (Photo credit: Bear Creek Arsenal)

Features of the BCA RDS/Rangefinder include:

  • The option for meters or yards
  • There is no parallax: the dot can be anywhere in the viewfinder and be on-target
  • Open reflex sight
  • Click adjustment for easy zeroing
  • Machined from Aircraft grade aluminum
  • 10 brightness adjustments for any light condition
  • CR2 battery is located on the side for easy replacement
  • Ready to install on any standard Picatinny rail
  • Weighs just under one pound
The Bear Creek Arsenal hybrid red dot rangefinder combo
The Bear Creek Arsenal red dot sight/rangefinder combo optic mounts to a Picatinny rail and weighs under one pound. (Photo credit: Bear Creek Arsenal)

Why not get multiple uses out of the same amount of space on your Picatinny rail where you’d put a sight anyway? A stable laser rangefinder that’s firmly mounted to your rifle is also a huge plus because there’s no digging around for it or fussing. At the push of a button, you get the details you need and go on.

The Bear Creek Arsenal hybrid red dot sight and rangefinder combo optic
The Bear Creek Arsenal red dot sight/rangefinder combo is a good way to run your gun with readily available optics and a way to measure distance for shots you want to take. (Photo credit: Bear Creek Arsenal)

MSRP for the Bear Creek Arsenal red dot sight/hybrid is not yet known at this time.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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