Lucid has given me a couple HD7 Red Dot units. An original first generation unit, and then later a third generation unit. I’ve also purchased three other Gen3’s… One as a gift and the two others for my own use. None of these units have had any problems. And I still have one of the Gen3’s. It’s the one Jason gave me. It will continue to be used on one of my family’s AR’s until it goes belly up. Which I don’t see happening any time soon.
I’ve sold a lot of Lucid optics to other guys, and have friends that have bought a lot of them as well. Unfortunately Lucid has fall out of favor with them due to one issue or anther. Which is odd to me, because none of mine had ever given me a bit of trouble. My last HD7 still works great, every time, and battery life has been outstanding. 3 weeks ago, I changed the battery in my HD7 Gen3, and realized that that was the first time I had ever had to change the battery in it. After 4 YEARS of service. That’s AimPoint level stuff right there. That’s impressive.
The question though… Would I buy another HD7?
The answer is no. Reasons:
1. It’s manufactured in China. I know Jason Wilson is a great guy and running a good company and they are doing good things… but the manufacturing is in China and I just don’t like that. If Jason had everything made in the USA – I’d be supporting LUCID like crazy.
2. It’s kinda fat. It’s chunky and heavy. I like that in my Breakfast Burritos, but not in something I’m going to put on any new AR. It’s all about being light and compact now. This is also why I don’t use Magnifiers.
3. It’s trying to look like an ACOG – which is an out of date style by a over a decade. For a Non-Magnified optic, it does comes off as Cheap Knockoff. Like the Bushnell Trophy T optic.
3. There are no mounting options… it’s AR Flat Top Only. Everything else, it’s too high. Jason needs to redesign the HD7 so the battery is on the top-side and is as low on the bottom as possible and then include mounts for different heights.
4. It needs more FOV. If Lucid dropped the ACOG look, and made the tube straight… style it after an ELCAN… Give it 50% more FOV if not more… Then Lucid could have another winner.
Now, Lucid has a newer OGS (Optical Gun Sight) that they are calling the P7. Now, this one is more interesting. In fact, this is very interesting. The P7 still looks like an ACOG, but there’s a reason for it. It’s a 4X fixed Magnified Optic with a very usable reticle that’s very useable for a fighting gun. This is most interesting and for retailing at only about $400 it looks to be a great value. A solid fixed power OGS for only $400 dollars… Or under 900? One that I’d consider putting on one of my guns – is very rare. In fact, it’s pretty much nonexistent. But Lucid has it covered.