UTG SCP-TDTDQ CQB T-DOT SIGHT

Leapers, Inc. was founded in 1992. It was a garage business that began with the first sale of a 4X28 scope. In 2009, Leapers established UTG PRO USA manufacturing plant to make their 1ST quad rail handguard.

Leapers-UTG consist of the UTG CHINA MANUFACTURING CENTER and UTG TAIWAN along with UTG EUROPE DISTRIBUTION CENTER and UTG PRO USA MANUFACTURING. The complete line of Leapers-UTG products are too many to list here. I have had many of their rail adapters, sights, and scopes enough to say that their products are quality products. Among which is what I present in this article; the UTG CQB T-Dot Sight, Model SCP-TDTDQ shown below.

The product dimensions and weight are 7.9 x 3.7 x 3.4 inches and 1.17 pounds, which may seem to be a bit of overkill for what the device is – a reticle intensified red/green T-dot sight.

To further the product description, we have:

  • Built on True Strength Platform to Offer Durability and Precision Adjustment; Completely Sealed, Shockproof, Fog proof and Rainproof
  • Unlimited Eye Relief and Intuitive, Quick-to-Acquire Red/Green T-dot Reticle for Swift Execution of T-Zone and Center Mass Hits
  • Premium Zero Lockable and Zero Resettable Target Turrets with Most Consistent, Precise and Reliable 1/2 MOA per Click Adjustment and Zero Hold Capability
  • 42mm Center Height for 1/3 Co-witness of Front and Rear Iron Sights
  • TactEdge Angled Integral Sunshade Reduces Glare Off the Lens While Maintaining Superb Light Transmission Clarity
  • Complete with Lens Covers and QD Dual Lever Lock Bidirectional Offset Mount that Frees Up Flat Top Real Estate for Magnifiers, Rear Sights and Other Accessories

The reason that I wanted to review the UTG CQB T-Dot Sight, Model SCP-TDTDQ was that I have a problem with astigmatism and conventional red or green dot sights are not clear dots to my eyes. I thought I would try something like this product to see if it would make a difference to my eyes, or to anyone who also has astigmatism.

Construction

The UTG CQB T-Dot Sight, Model SCP-TDTDQ is robustly built. Front and rear integral sunshades keep glare from the 42mm optic. The sight is not magnified and provides unlimited eye-relief.

The base is a robust as the sight with two adjustable CQB locking levers to keep the unit in place. An Allen wrench is provided for adjusting the locking lever tension.

The unit is constructed of matte-black-anodized aluminum.

Power Requirements

The UTG CQB T-Dot Sight, Model SCP-TDTDQ requires one (1) CR 1620, 3-volt Lithium Metal battery that is placed inside the left side variable brightness housing.

It is recommended that the battery be removed if the unit is to be stored for an extended period of time.

Mounting

Two adjustable CQB locking levers to keep the unit in place on a Picatinny rail. An Allen wrench is provided for adjusting the locking lever tension. Additionally, two Phillips-head screws mount the barrel to the base. The Phillips-head screws can be removed to allow the housing to be positioned 180-degress on the base.

The Reticle

The T-Dot reticle consists of a 4 MOA center dot and three posts arranged in a T-pattern that provide 40 MOA from the center dot to the outer end of the posts.

For some, an illuminated T-Dot reticle may be too busy and a single dot would be preferred. Like everything, sighting preferences are personal.

Lens Protection

Lens protection is provided slip-off lens covers. I would prefer a flip-up lens cover style, but that is just my preference. The lens covers are adequate and do what they are intended to do – protect the lens.

Adjustments

Several adjustments are available:

  • T-Dot intensity
  • Elevation
  • Windage

T-Dot Intensity

The red and green T-dot’s intensity is variable from Off to maximum intensity through the rheostat control located on the left side of the unit. Unlike some intensity controls that “step” through the intensity range, the UTG CQB T-Dot Sight’s intensity is a smooth transition from one level to another.

Over all, I prefer the Green T-Dot over the red T-Dot. I adjusted my unit so that rotating the intensity knob rearward illuminates the T-Dot in red and rotating the intensity knob forward illuminates the T-Dot in green (this corresponds to a back = red = stop and forward = green = go, in my thinking). Unfortunately, this places the T-Dot in its highest green illumination and I have to continue forward (or not depending on the ambient lighting) until the brightness is lowered to an acceptable level.

Some may find the lowest brightness setting to bright in low light situations. I detected a bit of flair with indoor lighting set at a low level.

In bright sunlight, the green T-dot excels; whereas, the red T-Dot seemed to wash out at the lowest intensity level.

Elevation

Elevation is adjusted with the lockable top turret that allows a ½-inch per click adjustment at 100 yards. Once zeroed and with the Zero Locking ring is in the locked position, use the provided Allen wrench to turn the Zero Resetting Hex Screw 180-360 degrees counterclockwise.

Once the turret is disengaged, rotating the turret will not impact on the zero. Pull up on the turret until it rotates freely and position the “0” mark on the turret to the white dot on the turret housing. Once positioned, press down on the turret. Then, use the provided Allen wrench to turn the Zero Resetting Hex Screw clockwise until tightened (do not over-tighten).

Windage

Windage is adjusted with the lockable side turret that allows a ½-inch per click adjustment at 100 yards. Once zeroed and with the Zero Locking ring is in the locked position, use the provided Allen wrench to turn the Zero Resetting Hex Screw 180-360 degrees counterclockwise.

Once the turret is disengaged, rotating the turret will not impact on the zero. Pull up on the turret until it rotates freely and position the “0” mark on the turret to the white dot on the turret housing. Once positioned, press down on the turret. Then, use the provided Allen wrench to turn the Zero Resetting Hex Screw clockwise until tightened (do not over-tighten).

Practical Application

“Battle Worthiness” is a term that comes to mind. I guess it depends upon what battle you are intending to fight.

For range work, the UTG CQB T-Dot Sight, Model SCP-TDTDQ would be a worthy attachment to an MSR or PCC. For serious work; however, I could not recommend it unless your idea of “serious” work is at the local laser tag facility or a paintball tournament.

Summary

The fact remains that some folks like using dot sights, and I must admit that they have their advantages over open sights and some other sighting system.

The UTG CQB T-Dot Sight, Model SCP-TDTDQ is a solidly built example of a modified “dot” sight; wherein, the dot is placed in the center of a “T” bar. I like the pattern and target acquisition is quick with this sight.

The green T-Bar, in my opinion, is the one to use during daylight or low-level lighting.

Resources

UTG CQB T-Dot Sight, Model SCP-TDTDQ: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016QW8NMW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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About Taurian

Taurian is an Oath Keeper, veteran, former LEO and Defensive Tactics Instructor. Until retirement, Taurian had over forty-seven years of experience as a Technical Writer and Training Program Developer. After leaving home at the age of ten without any shoes, Taurian continues on with many years devoted to the keeping and bearing of arms.

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