The Hybrid Sight is a hybrid cross between a pistol sight and an optics sight. It mounts a Holographic Sight with a small magnifying lens and a front sight that flips up and down to accommodate elevation changes. To avoid individuals from utilizing the Holographic Sight solely, both sights are mounted at a slower, with a slightly increased weapon sway than the ACOG Scope; with the magnifying lens being a bit higher than the ACOG Scope.
The Hybrid Sight is popular in movies, and television because of its unique look and feel. It's been featured in the films Top Gun, Rambo, Star Trek, Men in Black, The Chronicles of Riddick, and more. It is probably most famous in the TV shows 24, as it replaced the older standard gun sight. For this reason, it is quite popular in military units. While many individuals enjoy the unique look of the Hybrid Sight, it does have its drawbacks as well.
One of the most notable issues with the hybrid sight is the location of the front sight on the firearm. Because it is an "add-on" to the gun, many manufacturers place the sight on the left side of the frame. This means that if you're right handed you can't use the sight while shooting left handed guns. Some individuals have expressed frustration by not being able to get a good shot without using their left d-pad.
Some users of the Hybrid Sight state that it is best for military applications and practice range. The red dot sight is located on the left side of the frame and is mounted in a way that lends itself to an easy transition when swapping from a pistol to a rifle. Because of the placement of the sight on the left side of the frame, the users must take up some space when taking their new weapon to the range. This may hinder them from using it in a practice scenario, but for military or tactical use the extra space is welcomed. With the advanced warfare capability of the laser sights it is worth the sacrifice.
For the average consumer, the advantages of the hybrid optics weapons outweigh their disadvantages. They are extremely accurate with a high degree of customization available. When purchasing a sight for a standard firearm the options are more limited. For instance, you can't change the magnification unless you purchase an entirely different type of weapon. With the advanced technologies of the Hybrids the scope and the laser emitters can be switched out for a new type of sight.
For individuals who are considering assault rifles they should first consider the characteristics of the gun. Because of the size and weight of the gun a larger scope would be better suited to handle the scope. A heavy duty red dot sight on a smaller gun would make little sense. A smaller scope would work better for a heavier weapon. Also, keep in mind that most Hybrids utilize monoculars, which only work well with close up shooting.
There are three major differences between a Hybrids as compared to a reflex sight and other types of optics. The first difference is that the Hybrids don't use batteries. That means you have to remember to change them out periodically. The second difference is that because the Hybrids use a small tube like a reflex sight, they are less forgiving when sight in the dark.
Finally, the final difference between the sight and other optics is that a Hybrids uses a holographic sight concept. In a traditional holographic sight, a bright light is reflected off of a surface that is magnified. In a hybrid sight this light isn't always bright and sometimes the image is not correctly displayed. The Hybrids work best with military type weapon sights because the bright light of the reticles is necessary for the hologram to work properly. If you're looking for a modern warfare 3 type scope then I would highly recommend a Hybrids as it fits the bill perfectly.