great review by Bobololo about the Dorm Labs Red Dot (Pinpoint) Sight. I had seen this product mentioned before and thought "Man, that looks an awful lot like the NcSTAR Red Dot DP sight that I've been using for awhile". His review showed everything that it came with, including a little bag of goodies that nailed down my suspicion. To wrap up his review, Bobo said the price was a bit steep, as Dorm Labs was listing this Red Dot for $24.99 on their website. So I went back to Amazon.com where I originally purchased a handful of the NcSTAR sights for my Laser Tagging group to use to check on the price. List price is $12.99 with a sale price of $9.65 on the link I used.
Dorm Labs has doubled the price on a plastic red dot sight for Tacti-cool Nerfers to purchase. I'm all for folks making "aftermarket" Nerf Accessories. Folks like SlyDev, Orange Mod Works, Xplorer, and a handful of other guys have been making great products. Dorm Labs have made other great products before, but I know this product they're selling... and I know that it already works without modification in my own personal experience. I made a review of this versatile accessory back in July of 2012, so it's not like this is "new" at all. It just kinda bugs me that Nerfers who need a Red Dot sight could get their kicks for 10 bucks instead of the one that Dorm Labs "made". Did I miss something, or could Bobo have gotten his Red Dot sight for half the price? Polishing cloth and all.
Didn't take long for a response to this. Seems like a reasonable explanation.
Wanted to take a second to post an official response to this. A lot of our products are derived from airsoft components, we've said that from the beginning. In this specific case, the red dot base assembly that we use is very likely made by NcStar or at least in one of their factories. We're not 100% sure since we purchase them through a separate distributor, but it sure looks like it based on your article.
When we were testing the red dot sights in the very beginning, before we even started selling them, we thought we weren't even going to have to make an adapter, which would have been great. However, there are a few problems with this. As Owen mentioned above regular clamps fit most, but not all Nerf rails securely. Certain blasters it would fit really snug, and other ones it would pop right off. You can't sell something that is guaranteed to fit on Nerf blasters, and then have it only fit on 75% of them. That was the main reason for designing and printing an adapter. Furthermore, we found out it would be violating some very serious firearm export laws if we were to ship them anywhere outside of the US as they are normally sold. The adapter makes them only compatible for Nerf blasters and therefore, no harm done by shipping them overseas.
If anyone has any other questions on this please feel free to contact us. We're not trying to rip anyone off, we're trying to bring cool unique products to the Nerf community that were previously not easily accessible or didn't exist at all.