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11 Best Pistol Red Dot Sights [Real-Views + Video]

Looking for the best red dot for your pistol? We cover the most popular models and their pros/cons, slide compatibility, and bang-for-the-buck-ness.

Want faster target acquisition, easier 100-yard shots, and the upper hand in low-light situations?

You need a red dot for your pistol.

Tested Pistol Red Dots
Tested Pistol Red Dots (L to R): Trijicon RMR Type 2, Leupold Deltapoint Pro, Burris Fastfire 3, Vortex Venom

We hands-on review a few of the most popular and rugged red dots available.

We’ve mounted them on several pistols and rifles through thousands of rounds…and even shot them at night through night vision.

Mounted Pistol Red Dots
Mounted Pistol Red Dots

We cover “full-size” pistol red dots…and now smaller footprint “micro” red dots popular with concealed carry handguns.

Micro Compacts with Micro Red Dots, Front
Micro Compacts with Micro Red Dots

By the end you’ll know if pistol red dots are for you…and which one to get.

Let’s get started!

Summary of Our Top Picks

  1. Editor's Pick

    Trijicon RMR Type 2

    Reliable and durable, easily mounts

  2. Runner Up, Best for Competition

    Leupold Deltapoint Pro

    Good, clear view

  3. Most Affordable

    Burris FastFire 3

    Budget friendly without sacrificing quality

  4. Best Bang-For-The-Buck

    Vortex Venom 3 MOA

    Value packed option but not a lot of pre-milled handgun options

  5. Most Affordable Micro Red Dot

    Holosun HS507K X2

    Wallet-friendly, holds up

  6. Editor's Pick Micro Red Dot

    Shield Sights RMSc

    Large compatibility, durable

  7. Best Micro for CCW

    Sig Sauer Romeo Zero

    Nice texturing and view

  8. Best Bang for Your Buck Micro

    Swampfox Sentinel

    Do-it-all micro, lightweight

Best Red Dots for Pistols

Let’s get started with pistol red dots for full-size and compact handguns.

1. Trijicon RMR Type 2 RM06

The RMR Type 2 is the gold standard of pistol-mounted micro red dots. Pricey…but super rugged and with extra features not found in others.

RMR Type 2 RM06 3.25 MOA
RMR Type 2 RM06 3.25 MOA

Quick Stats

  • Weight: 1.2 oz
  • Battery Life: 4 Years at Brightness Level 4
  • Night Vision Compatibility: Yes
  • Dot Size: 3.25 MOA
  • Waterproof: 66 feet for 1 hour with plate
  • Price: $469

Super Rugged

The most robust casing of all the pistol red dots out there and battle proven.

Tested Micro Red Dots
Tested Micro Red Dots (L to R): Trijicon RMR Type 2, Leupold Deltapoint Pro, Burris Fastfire 3, Vortex Venom

However, this leads to a smaller viewing window. But not that big of a deal when you have both eyes open and your brain superimposes the dot onto your target.

Battery Life

The longest-lasting as well with 4 years of continuous on at the very usable level 4 brightness level. However, if you’re using this on duty or using it at higher settings, I’d change the batteries every year.

One con of the battery is that it is on the bottom of the sight…so you have to unmount and re-zero each year.

RMR Type 2 Sealing Plate and Milled Slide
RMR Type 2 Sealing Plate and Milled Slide

Also depending on your slide you might need a sealing plate ($18)to make sure water does not get in. I got one just in case for my Glock Grey Ghost Precision slide (full review) since the sides were a little exposed.

Look & Feel

Very quality feeling and compact. Everything you need and nothing you don’t.

Buttons are easy to use (left side is higher brightness while right side is lower brightness; hold a few seconds to turn off).

RMR Type 2 on Polymer80 Glock
RMR Type 2 on Polymer80 Glock

Adjustments are also very tactile feeling.

Glass is the most blue-tinted due to its special reflective coating that enhances battery life. However like the smaller viewing window…once your brain superimposes the dot it’s not that big of a deal.

RMR Type 2 View
RMR Type 2 View

Compatibility

Another huge plus for the RMR series…there’s the biggest selection of custom slides already milled for them.

Grey Ghost Slide
Grey Ghost Slides, RMR Ready

Otherwise, you will have to get more universal systems such as the Glock MOS, M&P Core, or dovetail attachments.

Night Vision

The only optic on the list that works well with night vision. All the other ones bloom too much since they are too bright.

RMR Type 2 NVG
RMR Type 2 NVG

On the lowest brightness setting, the dot becomes like a laser on target. Makes NVG shooting pistols a breeze compared to only night sights.

Also…the least output from the front to other night vision devices. You know who you are if this matters.

Pistol Red Dot NVG Reflection
Pistol Red Dot NVG Reflection (Left is the RMR Type 2)

Difference from RMR Type 1

You’ll see decent price savings from the Type 1…but the Type 2 has upgraded electronics that combat the semi-common flickering problem seen in Type 1’s. Definitely go for the newer Type 2.

Recommended Model & Accessories

I recommend the most popular RM06 3.25 MOA model.

Big enough for quick target acquisition but small enough for 100+ yard shots. Other models have different-sized dots, mounts, and even tritium dual illumination.

Best Pistol Red Dot
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at Brownells

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It’s also the manually adjusted brightness model so you can pick the best for your environment. I’m not a fan of self-adjusting brightness in my optics…it never really works well.

Also, be sure that if it’s going to be on a serious firearm…to get suppressor height sights (preferably night sights too). Check out Best Glock Sights.

They’ll help if your optic goes down…and also helps guide your eyes to the dot.

RMR Type 2 with Suppressor Height Irons
RMR Type 2 with Night Fision Suppressor Height Irons

RMR Type 2 Summary

  • Most robust and proven pistol red dot on the market
  • Best battery life at 4 years on
  • Night vision compatible and lowest reflection out
  • Most custom slides are milled for it
  • Smaller window and bluer tint than others
  • Battery replacement on bottom
  • Most expensive
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2. Leupold Deltapoint Pro

My runner-up overall recommendation is the Deltapoint Pro…but it’s my favorite for competition shooting due to the clearest glass and largest view.

Deltapoint Pro
Deltapoint Pro

Quick Stats

  • Weight: 1.95 oz
  • Battery Life: Not listed, but most are saying less than RMR
  • Night Vision Compatibility: No
  • Dot Size: 2.5 MOA
  • Waterproof: 22 feet
  • Price: $360

Look & Feel

The biggest difference is that it’s slightly bigger than the RMR but has a much better view…both in clearness of glass and size.

Deltapoint Pro View
Deltapoint Pro View

2.5 MOA is perfect for close-up work and longer range shots.

Although plenty rugged with its double hood…I’d still give the overall win to the RMR in that department.

Deltapoint Pro Double-Hood
Deltapoint Pro Double Hood

Battery Life

I couldn’t find exact stats, but most people are saying the battery is not as great as the RMR.

BUT…it’s top-loading so you don’t need to remove your sight and re-zero.

Auto-On

Another great thing is that it has a motion-sensing auto-on function. It’s plenty fast and when I used it…it was always on before I could finish my draw.

I really like the auto-on function so I won’t fault its less-than-stellar button interface.

Deltapoint Pro
Deltapoint Pro Single Button

It’s one big spongy button in the middle where you have to keep pressing to go up and down in brightness. And hold to turn it off/on if you’re not using auto.

Compatibility

Not a lot of custom slides are milled for the Deltapoint Pro. But it’s ready for the Glock MOS and M&P Core (with adapter).

Also has a nice Picatinny adapter for pistols with rails. Or go with a 1/3 cowitness mount for your AR.

Deltapoint Pro Picatinny Mount
Deltapoint Pro Picatinny Mount

And works well with an Outer Impact dovetail mount shown on my Glock but available in other flavors.

Deltapoint Pro on Outer Impact Mount
Deltapoint Pro on Outer Impact Mount

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Deltapoint Pro Summary

  • Plenty robust with double hood
  • Largest window and clearest glass
  • Easy battery change and decent life
  • Motion-activated auto-on
  • Larger and taller profile
  • Not night vision compatible
Runner Up, Best for Competition
399
at Brownells

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3. Burris Fastfire 3

The Fastfire 3 is the most affordable reliable option for entering the world of micro red dots.

Burris Fastfire 3
Burris Fastfire 3

Quick Stats

  • Weight: .9 oz
  • Battery Life: Up to 5 years
  • Night Vision Compatibility: No
  • Dot Size: 3 MOA
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Price: $180

Look & Feel

It’s less than half the price of the RMR but doesn’t feel cheap (especially in its AR-F3 Mount).

Fastfire 3 in AR Mount
Fastfire 3 in AR Mount

Glass is not as nice as the Deltapoint…but it’s still way less green than the RMR. View is also slightly larger than the RMR.

Only one button that cycles through 4 settings (off and 3 brightness settings) that are enough for most non-night vision wearers. Also, an auto-adjustment function that you can turn on/off.

Fastfire 3 View
Fastfire 3 View

Battery Life

I couldn’t find exact numbers on it…but it says it can be up to 5 years.

Also, a key thing to note is that there’s an auto-turnoff function at 9 hours.

Great on the surface since the battery won’t die if you forget to turn it off. But not the best if you’re carrying.

For this reason, I wouldn’t recommend it for CCW. But still perfect for a range/competition gun…especially with Burris’ forever warranty.

Compatibility

Not a lot of custom slides but the AR-F3 model is a perfect co-witness on my AR-15 (and has handy slots for extra batteries and tools).

Mounted Fastfire 3
Mounted Fastfire 3

Here’s the co-witness.

Burris Fastfire 3 Co-Witness
Burris Fastfire 3 Co-Witness

If you get the regular version, it comes with a low Picatinny rail mount that should do well with railed pistols.

Fastfire 3 in Outer Impact Mount
Fastfire 3 in Outer Impact Mount

Plus it fits into the Glock MOS (exact width) and M&P Core systems. And of course the Outer Impact system as well.

Fastfire 3 Summary

  • Lightest on the list
  • Top load battery for easy changing
  • Auto-brightness and 9 hour auto-shutoff
  • Clear glass but smaller viewing window
  • Only 3 brightness settings
  • Most affordable
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4. Vortex Venom

Another affordable option is the Vortex Venom that’s just a little more than the Fastfire 3 and what I recommend as the best bang-for-the-buck pistol red dot.

Vortex Venom
Vortex Venom

Quick Stats

  • Weight: 1.1 oz
  • Battery Life: 150 to 30,000 hours
  • Night Vision Compatibility: No
  • Dot Size: 3 MOA
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Price: $229

Look & Feel

I’ve always liked Vortex products…and I’ve been rocking their scopes in my competition rifles for years. This one is no different. Feels quality in hand and still really light.

Glass quality is on par with the Burris. I like the slightly wider field of view.

Vortex Venom, Rear
Vortex Venom, Rear

It does win in the button department…there’s an up and down button to cycle through the 10 brightness settings. However, the lowest is still too bright for night vision use. Also, auto brightness function that’s activated if you hold a button for 3 seconds.

Also an auto-shutoff function…but it’s at 14 hours so it’s acceptable for CCW use.

Battery Life

150 hours at the highest intensity and up to 30,000 at the lowest. Real-world use is probably somewhere in the middle which is good enough for me if you switch the battery every year or so.

Vortex Venom View
Vortex Venom View

Plus…it’s top-mounted for easy swapping.

Difference from Vortex Viper

The Viper has a slightly lower profile and comes in a strictly 6 MOA dot size.

But the Venom is a newer design and has slightly better ratings. The only con is that it uses CR1632 batteries compared to the more common CR2032 of the Viper. AND also comes in a 6 MOA flavor too.

Both have Vortex’s famous lifetime warranty.

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Compatibility

It comes with an extra-low Picatinny mount that goes the best on railed pistols. I’ve been shooting it a lot with my Buckmark and it almost feels like I’m cheating!

Vortex Venom Mounted on Buckmark
Vortex Venom Mounted on Buckmark

Not a lot of pre-milled custom slides but works with the Glock MOS and M&P Core. Plus the Outer Impact system.

Vortex Venom on Outer Impact Mount
Vortex Venom on Outer Impact Mount

Vortex Venom Summary

  • Light and lowest profile with Picatinny rail
  • Clear glass and top-loading battery
  • Good battery life and 14-hour auto-shutoff
  • 10 brightness settings and auto-brightness
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5. Holosun HS507C X2 ACSS Vulcan

The regular Holosun 507C was already a real contender that punches way outside its price point.

With massive battery life, RMR footprint, durability, and reasonable pricing.

Now enter…the collaboration with Primary Arms’ reticle-smiths to make the HS507C X2 ACSS Vulcan.

Holosun 507C X2 Primary Arms Vulcan
Holosun 507C X2 Primary Arms Vulcan

Quick Stats

  • Weight: 1.5 oz
  • Battery Life: 20,000 hours + Solar Backup
  • Night Vision Compatibility: Yes
  • Dot Size: ACSS Vulcan
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Price: $309

Look & Feel

This is a solid unit.

You pick it up and you know that it has some beef on it and that it’s ready to get banged around, much like how an RMR feels.

Holosun 507C X2 Primary Arms Vulcan
Holosun 507C X2 Primary Arms Vulcan

We really like it, like a lot.

For our use, nothing has slowed it down. It is robust and has stood up to the abuse we’ve thrown at it including things like using the optic as a contact point to charge our Glock off of a belt or table.

OG Holosun HS507C on a Brownells Glock 19 slide.

The glass has also been completely scratch-free thus far.

Buttons are easy to access and manipulate on the left side.

Holosun 507C X2 Primary Arms Vulcan
Holosun 507C X2 Primary Arms Vulcan

Battery Life

At over 20,000 of battery life, the Holosun 507C is an optic that you will likely never replace the battery on from use…just remember to change it every one to two years.

There’s also a solar panel on top that gives another source of power for when the optic is in sunlight. However, the solar panel does not recharge the battery in any way.

Holosun 507C X2 Primary Arms Vulcan Solar Panels
Holosun 507C X2 Primary Arms Vulcan Solar Panels

The 507C also features “shake-Awake” meaning it has an auto-off feature (you can choose how long it takes for the dot to turn off also!) and will auto-turn on when you move the optic. Very handy for setting and forgetting and for saving battery life.

Lastly…there’s a nice tray that slides out for the battery…meaning you don’t have to take the entire unit off your handgun and lose zero each time you swap the battery.

Reticle: ACSS Vulcan

What we truly love!

Check out that nice 10 MOA chevron reticle which draws you to the center.

Holosun 507C X2 Primary Arms Vulcan Reticle
Holosun 507C X2 Primary Arms Vulcan Reticle

But that’s not all (sorry…couldn’t resist), there’s also a ring on the outside to show you if you’re off center.

Holosun 507C X2 Primary Arms Vulcan Reticle
Holosun 507C X2 Primary Arms Vulcan Reticle

Once you really get the hang of it…you shouldn’t see the ring anymore. And you can actually disable it to save battery life. But it’s a great training feature.

Compatibility

Using the same footprint as the Trijicon RMR, the number of slides that can mount the HS507C without the need for adaptor plates is a huge blessing.

It also makes it a great option for people that have older-gen RMRs and are looking to modernize.

We’ve mounted our multiple 507Cs to both Brownells Glock slides, PDP, and more.

Holosun HS507C-GR X2 Button on PDP
Holosun HS507C-GR X2 Button on PDP

Holosun HS507C X2 ACSS Vulcan Summary

  • Robust build with 20,000 hour battery life, solar backup, and shake awake
  • Great chevron reticle with outer ring that helps beginner shooters
  • Night vision capable and waterproof
  • Great price for the features

This may be our favorite red dot yet.

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We’ve got a lot more to say about it in our full review…as well as video review:

Now let’s look at some micro red dots for concealed carry handguns.

Micro Compacts with Red Dots, Front
Micro Compacts with Red Dots

6. Holosun HS507K X2

Let’s continue with Holosun’s micro red dot with its K model…the HS507K X2.

Holosun HS507K X2 Front
Holosun HS507K X2 Front

And just for comparison…let’s see the full-size C model vs the K.

Holosun HS507C (L) vs HS507K (R)
Holosun HS507C (L) vs HS507K (R)
Holosun HS507C (L) vs HS507K (R) Window
Holosun HS507C (L) vs HS507K (R) Window

Quick Stats

  • Weight: 1 oz
  • Battery Life: 50,000 hours
  • Night Vision Compatibility: 10 daylight & 2 night vision settings
  • Dot Size: 2 MOA Dot & 32 MOA Circle
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Price: $289

Look & Feel

Like its bigger brother, the all-metal housing HS507K feels great in hand and has a nice chunky enclosure that’s sure to survive all but the worst abuse.

Holosun HS507K X2
Holosun HS507K X2

+/- buttons are on the left side and easy to activate…and also turn off by pressing both at once.

Holosun HS507K X2 Shooting
Holosun HS507K X2 Shooting

Battery Life

50,000 hours (on setting 6)!

There’s also Lock Mode and Shake Awake tech to conserve even more battery life.

Reticle: Dot and Ring

One of my favorite reticles is the dot and ring that was pioneered by EOTech. Perfect for precise shots and also quick acquisition minute-of-bad-guy shots.

HS507K X2 Reticle
HS507K X2 Reticle

Everyone who shot the 507K thought it was cheating…if any part of the reticle was on target…it was a hit.

See it in action:

Compatibility

For the micro red dot market…the gold standard is the Shield RMSc footprint which the HS507K uses as well. It fit on all the guns we’ve tried…

9mm Micro Compacts
9mm Micro Compacts

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Holosun HS507K X2 Summary

  • Robust build quality
  • 50,000 hours and shake awake technology
  • 1 MOA Dot and 32 MOA Circle reticle
  • Compatible with all tested micro compact guns

Overall our favorite micro red dot right now.

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7. Shield RMSc

Shield from the UK has been silently manufacturing red dots for a lot of big players…but now they’re here with their own Shield RMSc micro red dot.

Shield RMSc Shooting
Shield RMSc Shooting

Quick Stats

  • Weight: .6 oz
  • Battery Life: 2-3 years, >4 years in dark storage
  • Night Vision Compatibility: yes
  • Dot Size: 4 or 8 MOA
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Price: $319

Look & Feel

Probably the most unique looking out of our batch of micro red dots…the RMSc has a triangular cutout on the sides that definitely help with its minuscule .6 oz weight.

Shield RMSc Front
Shield RMSc Front

Battery Life

Shield went with 2-3 years as their timeframe which gives an upper limit of around 26K hours. And up to 4 years if the unit is in dark storage.

Why dark storage? Since it’s an auto-on system with a light sensor on the side.

Shield RMSc Side, Light Sensor
Shield RMSc Side, Light Sensor

Its CR2032 battery is on the bottom so you’ll have to remove the unit and re-zero…but that’s par for the course for these tinier red dots.

And if you remember to do it every 2 years or so you’re golden!

Reticle

We went with a 4 MOA dot and this particular model is their polymer (instead of glass) window. It’s very clear and the dot is good but slightly orange.

Shield RMSc Reticle
Shield RMSc Reticle

See it in motion here:

Compatibility

It’s the basis of the standard RMSc footprint…so it’s GTG for (almost) any micro compact handgun out there.

Shield RMSc Summary

  • Unique looking and super light
  • 2-3 year battery life with more if kept in dark storage
  • Clear polymer window with a crisp albeit slightly orange dot
  • Night vision compatible
  • Compatible with all tested micro handguns
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8. Sig Sauer Romeo Zero

Sig has been making waves with their red dots and now they’ve moved into micros with their Romeo Zero.

Sig Sauer Romeo Zero Shooting
Sig Sauer Romeo Zero Shooting

Quick Stats

  • Weight: .4 oz
  • Battery Life: 20K hours
  • Night Vision Compatibility: no, 8 daytime settings
  • Dot Size: 3 MOA
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Price: $159

Look & Feel

Somehow we’re going even lighter with .4 oz total…made possible by going with a polymer body.

And I really like the look and stippling of it which matches up with our Sig P365X. Plus the texture makes it great for slingshot-style slide manipulations.

Sig Sauer Romeo Zero Side
Sig Sauer Romeo Zero Side

The sides are clean since there’s only a single button in the middle. It’s for both on/off and adjusting brightness so you’ll have to get used to going through all the brightness levels.

Sig Sauer Romeo Zero Button
Sig Sauer Romeo Zero Button

Battery Life

20K hours and a 10-year battery life…which means I keep it on and remember to swap out the batteries every 1-2 years.

Reticle

Very crisp and a good middle-of-the-road 3 MOA size.

The Zeros come with a polymer lens that Sig says has 10x the impact resistance of glass…but we haven’t truly abused our micros yet.

Sig Romeo Zero Reticle
Sig Romeo Zero Reticle

It’s a good field of view with the rounded top but somehow doesn’t feel as wide as others.

See it in live action:

Compatibility

Direct mount to our P365X and it’s the standard Shield RMSc footprint that will fit on everything else.

Sig Sauer Romeo Zero Summary

  • Lightest weight with decent field of view and lens clarity
  • Only one button for on/off and daytime brightness settings
  • Clear 3 MOA reticle
  • Affordable at around $159
Best Micro for CCW
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at Brownells

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9. Crimson Trace CTS-1550

Want to ease into the world of micro pistol red dots with the least financial pain? Check out Crimson Trace’s CTS-1550.

Crimson Trace CTS-1550 Shooting
Crimson Trace CTS-1550 Shooting

Quick Stats

  • Weight: 1 oz
  • Battery Life: 20K hours
  • Night Vision Compatibility: No
  • Dot Size: 3 MOA
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Price: $120

Look & Feel

The CTS-1550 is from a slew of new options from Crimson Trace (originally known mostly for laser stuff). Check out our review of the larger RAD Pro pistol red dot and also RAD Max rifle optic.

Crimson Trace CTS-1550 Front
Crimson Trace CTS-1550 Front

Pretty average in terms of styling.

Crimson Trace CTS-1550
Crimson Trace CTS-1550

But I do have to let you know that it’s slightly wide compared to “standard” micro compact handguns. So you’ll have a little bit of shelf hanging off on the sides.

Crimson Trace CTS-1550 Overhang
Crimson Trace CTS-1550 Overhang

It doesn’t seem to expose any electronics so waterproofness should still be fine.

Battery Life

20K, or over 2 years, is great.

You also don’t need to mess with buttons since it has an ambient light sensor that turns the unit on and changes the dot intensity.

It also turns if off to further increase battery life.

Reticle

A nice crisp and bright middle of the road sized 3 MOA reticle.

Crimson Trace CTS-1550 Reticle
Crimson Trace CTS-1550 Reticle

One good thing with the side overhang is that it grants you a slightly wider field of view.

See it in action here:

Compatibility

It’s listed as a J-Point which as far as we can tell is the same footprint as the RMSc which is the standard.

Crimson Trace CTS-1550 Summary

  • Most affordable unit when you shop around
  • Good battery life with auto on/off functions
  • Slight overhang but gives you a wider field of view
  • Crisp/bright 3 MOA red dot

Want to try a micro red dot but not break the bank? The CTS-1550 is a good starting point.

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10. Swampfox Sentinel

I’ve tested the Swampfox Sentinel for the longest since it’s lived on my P80 G43 project…and it’s a good Goldilocks micro red dot.

Swampfox Sentinel Shooting
Swampfox Sentinel Shooting

Quick Stats

  • Weight: .6 oz
  • Battery Life: 2 years real world
  • Night Vision Compatibility: No
  • Dot Size: 3 MOA
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Price: $239

Look & Feel

I love the look of it with the rounded window.

Swampfox Sentinel, Front
Swampfox Sentinel, Front

And for the most part I ran it with its optional “armor.”

Swampfox Sentinel Uparmored
Swampfox Sentinel Uparmored

When shooting, I felt that the optic had a taller field of view which can make dot acquisition faster…especially for beginners.

The reason being you’re likely pulling down from the top when learning to migrate from iron sights to a pistol-mounted red dot.

Battery Life

Battery life is par for the course with 2 years…and I like how they added real-world applications.

Reticle

A nice crisp/bright 3 MOA dot.

Swampfox Sentinel Reticle
Swampfox Sentinel Reticle

There’s several models of the Sentinel:

  • Auto Brightness with Auto-On
  • Manual Brightness with Shake-n-Wake

Plus throw in red or green dot varieties and you’ve got a bunch of flavors to choose from…I went with the red Auto Brightness with Auto-On.

Swampfox Sentinel Light Sensor
Swampfox Sentinel Light Sensor

Compatibility

RMSc footprint that will fit on almost anything…plus a good amount of set screws.

Swampfox Sentinel Summary

  • Nice red dot with a slightly taller field of view that might help beginners
  • Good battery life with 4 models to choose from
  • Decent price with ability to uparmor for more protection
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11. Trijicon RMRcc

Does Trijicon still reign supreme even in the world of micro red dots with its RMRcc?

Trijicon RMRcc Shooting
Trijicon RMRcc Shooting

We love the red dot itself…but compatibility becomes the limiting factor for micros.

Quick Stats

  • Weight: 1 oz
  • Battery Life: 4 years
  • Night Vision Compatibility: Yes, 8 settings including 2 NV
  • Dot Size: 3.25 or 6 MOA
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Price: $469

Look & Feel

It looks great and is essentially a smaller RMR. So it’s built like a tank and will survive almost anything you can throw at it.

Trijicon RMRcc Front
Trijicon RMRcc Front

Nice tactile buttons on each side and essentially tool-less adjustment for windage/elevation.

Trijicon RMRcc Side
Trijicon RMRcc Side

Battery Life

At the high end with 4 years.

Plus the ability to either secure auto-brightness for carry or a user-chosen brightness for competition.

Reticle

I like the option of having both 3.25 or 6 MOA reticles.

The dot is crisp and bright but window tint is slightly blue/green.

Trijicon RMRcc Reticle
Trijicon RMRcc Reticle

Compatibility

Here is where the RMRcc strays…it went with its own footprint instead of the RMSc standard (for micro compacts). Therefore, you’ll need adapter plates that raise it up.

If it weren’t for that…I’d love the RMRcc for a serious carry gun.

RMRcc Mount on Glock 43x MOS
RMRcc Mount on Glock 43x MOS

Trijicon RMRcc Summary

  • Trijicon build quality and battery life
  • Crisp 3.25 or 6 MOA reticle
  • Needs an adapter plate for most firearms (didn’t directly fit any of our test micro compacts)
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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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Pros/Cons of Red Dots

Now you know the best red dots for specific applications…but why even go with one on your pistol?

Pros

  • Sight acquisition: tracking a red dot is easier than rear and front irons…but you have to practice! The first time you try out a handgun with a red dot is going to feel really weird. The lower the mount (such as pre-milled slides)…the closer it’s going to be to using irons.
  • Long range shooting: if you’re running a 2-3 MOA dot…it’s going to get MUCH easier to hit farther distances. If you have your trigger fundamentals down (How to Shoot More Accurately)… 100-yard steel gong hits will become the norm.
  • Low light shooting: much easier compared to regular irons or even night sights. Even more so if you’re using NVGs (night vision goggles). Just make sure to choose the correct brightness setting with your goggles or your flashlight.
  • Poor eyesight: for many cases if you’re eyes are a little older and focusing on the front sight gets harder…it can be great to use red dots. Make sure your astigmatism is in check otherwise the dot will look blurry.
  • Situational awareness: since you can have both eyes open easily…you get to see more of your surroundings.
Micro Red Dots in Case
Micro Red Dots in Case

Cons

  • Electronics: more likely to fail than iron sights. Choose the correct ruggedness for your use and make sure to have fresh batteries. And/or have suppressor height irons as a backup.
  • Training: you have to practice with your exact optic and handgun to make sure you see the dot when you bring up your gun. It’s an “all or nothing” optic…you either see your dot or you need to fumble around to get it in view.
  • Expense: first the optic which will run at least $200 for a proven reliable red dot…plus custom mounts.
  • Weather: droplets of water or temperature differences can mess up the projecting laser or fog up the glass

Conclusion

Tested Red Dots, Top View
Tested Red Dots, Top View (L to R): Trijicon RMR Type 2, Leupold Deltapoint Pro, Burris Fastfire 3, Vortex Venom

There you have it…the reasons why or why not to get a pistol red dot. And our favorite picks across some price ranges and applications.

Bunch of Micro Guns and Red Dots
Bunch of Micro Guns and Red Dots
Best Pistol Red DotCategoryPrice
Trijicon RMR Type 2Gold Standard$469
Leupold Deltapoint ProBest for Competition$360
Burris Fastfire 3Most Affordable$180
Vortex VenomBest Bang-For-The-Buck$229
Holosun HS507cAnother Best Bang-For-The-Buck$299

What are your experiences with shooting red dots on your pistol? Any tips for the learning curve? Check out our How to Shoot Pistol More Accurately for more tips that translate to iron sights AND red dots.

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    TR

    Funny , you all really don't care much about the Shield Red Dot. I have been using Shield Red Dots for years ,have one on my Max9 and Glock 43 and HK VP9 to be fair(Glass Lens), I also have a Trijicon RMR on a Sig P2022. You mentioned that Shield Uk has been making Red Dots for years and YES they have for OTHERS. IE look at the Sig,and Trijicon and interesting they are made by Shield under contract. Personally I'll stay with Shield UK. For the price it's outstanding . Oh their customer service is the EXCELLENT even if they are across the pond. Response time is within 24hrs or less and they are eager to help.

    May 6, 2022 7:39 am
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    Tim Thomas

    Comparing the high-end Delta Point Pro and Trijicon to the budget-priced Vortex Venom is an unfair and flawed comparison! Why didn't you include the Vortex Razor? It is similar or lower priced than your top-rated entries. The Vortex Razor has fantastic glass, super-crisp 6moa dot(or 3moa if you prefer), side loading battery compartment, and tough. And with the best customer service. Importantly; I've used them all and I do not work for Vortex.

    April 12, 2022 8:10 am
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    MeeesterPaul

    I have Holosun 507C Green and the 507 with the red chevron ACSS. While I prefer the bright green I use the ACSS for competion. When in odd positions or weak hand only stages the large outer centering ring is a treat.

    January 17, 2022 12:10 am
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    tony

    A question, as I am considering the purchase of a red dot.
    I am retired, but I still have access to a high precision milling machine, my dad's, that used to be a machinist. He taught me I did not want to be a machinist, but needed the training.
    What is the precision I need to drill and tap holes for a red dot sighting system?
    ±0.003, ±0.0005?
    Thank you kindly gentlemen.
    Tony

    January 11, 2022 7:33 pm
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      Kevin

      +/-.005

      March 24, 2022 6:30 pm
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    John

    Having been in my share, and some of others, defensive gun use - 3/5/7 and 10 yards is where you need to be practicing with fast target focus shooting and forget the red dot. These distances will be where you will most likely find yourself right quick and in a hurry when the time comes and you will not be using a red dot either.

    December 17, 2021 9:51 am
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    Trey

    I might add that my friends Trijicon SRO on his competition GLOCK 19 is the only red dot I might consider using on one of my competition pistols along with my Holosun 507c green.

    December 15, 2021 5:52 pm
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    Trey

    Holosun HE507c Green..... hands down.. 2nd Place to Trijicon RMR.. I love both my Holosun's..The other has red dot. I took off my Vortex Venom and bought another Holosun.

    December 15, 2021 5:03 pm
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      Daniel Dalton

      100% agreed !!!

      December 28, 2021 5:12 pm
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    Mark Steven Sorensen

    you people need to stop pushing made in china garbage

    December 14, 2021 7:53 pm
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    DR

    Glad to see the 507c on there, I have the green version for my P320. Any availability or review info on the Fastfire 4 with selectable reticles? I'm thinking of one for my PCC. Also, any issue with gases from LCI pistol barrel notches clouding the lenses? Thanks!

    December 12, 2021 10:48 pm
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      Eric Hung

      We have a 507C on a 9mm AK and so far so good! https://www.pewpewtactical.com/kalashnikov-usa-kp-9-review/

      December 13, 2021 10:21 am
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    Hulme Scholes

    Thanks very much for an insightful and well researched article, as always. I have four Shield RMSc sights, two “glass” and two with a polymer lens. The polymer lens requires careful maintenance and cleaning as it scratches easier than you would expect. The battery life of the Shield is about one year also. I would recommend these sights but I would most definitely recommend the “glass” and not the polymer lens.
    I have a Trijicon SRO too. I see it’s not mentioned in the article. Any views on the SRO? I use it on my working Glock 19. Thanks again for your excellent firearm journalism.

    December 12, 2021 9:08 pm
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      Eric Hung

      Good info on the two types of lenses! And yes we have a standalone SRO review: https://www.pewpewtactical.com/trijicon-sro-review/

      December 13, 2021 10:20 am
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    Mike Thomas

    Why do you say the Holosun 507K is "Overall our favorite micro red dot right now" yet it does not appear in your top 5?

    December 12, 2021 3:53 pm
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      Eric Hung

      Hi Mike, we split it up by footprints with full-size/compact red dots and micro red dots. The K is a micro red dot which take up places 6-11.

      December 13, 2021 10:19 am
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    Chris Connelly

    This was a great rundown on red dots. Have you ever reviewed the Riton MPRD 2? It looks interesting and I’m wondering where it falls within the range of red dots in your list and if it’s worth considering.

    December 12, 2021 3:38 pm
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    Dave

    I wish the RMR type 2 was shake and wake. Don’t like having to press a small button to turn it on.

    December 11, 2021 11:24 pm
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    Michael

    Hey guys im really busy this sunday and its when i check into Pew Pew but i didnt get a chance to really look over the whole post/message? I am wondering since i jumped into the whole P80 Glock19 thing i didnt realize that an RMR cut slide limits me to a Trijicon red dot? They are so damn expensive i cant justify buying one?!!! Are there any other red dots out there that will fit the RMR cut that are a bit cheaper? Or am i limited to "only" Trijicon"$$$$?

    July 11, 2021 4:37 pm
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      Anthony Stevenson

      It fits the holosun mentioned here

      August 8, 2021 11:37 pm
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      Tony

      Check out the SOUSA Optics R.A.I.D. Pistol Dot. It’s RMR mount, nice quality, and well under $200.

      December 12, 2021 3:45 pm
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      Mike Thomas

      As Anthony Stevenson said the Holosun 507C (not K) will fit the RMR plate

      December 12, 2021 4:00 pm
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    RFC

    I am glad you did not omit the Holosun 507C. It's the best.

    July 5, 2021 5:47 am
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      Michael

      I hear it will mount on an RMR cut slide......do you know if it dose? Or if there is any kind of adapter to be able to buy something other then a Trijicon? I mean damn$$$?

      July 11, 2021 4:38 pm
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    OC Duce

    Dah! Some one screwed the pooch missed big time! The Leupold DP-Pro is also has a specific night vision model the is compatible with the latest night vision equipment.

    May 2, 2021 12:15 am
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    Glen KEANE

    I like the holson HS507c will that co-witness with the staccato 2c dpo

    March 31, 2021 7:25 am
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      Derek

      Jealous. I miss my STI...

      July 19, 2021 2:26 pm
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    Olegario Garcia

    Do any of these fit/compatible with the Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP Edition? I want to get an optic for it but want to make sure it fits without me having to do any extra work. Greatly appreciate your response in advance to my question!

    March 29, 2021 8:41 am
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      Jeff

      If I had the Hellcat OSP, I’d buy the HEX Wasp, which fits the mounting footprint precisely. Springfield just launched HEX as an optics company and though the the Wasp fits any slide w/ a Shield RMSc footprint, aesthetically it was made for the Hellcat and just looks great. Plus, it’s aluminum and glass, not polymer (Romeo Zero, Shield RMSc).

      April 10, 2021 9:40 pm
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    Mike Muscat

    I can't find the "V2" version tested and it's not listed on Holosun's website. It seems that it was upgraded to the Holosun HS507C-X2. Could you check to verify this as your replacement recommendation?

    February 21, 2021 8:46 am
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      David, PPT Editor

      That is the correct optic! Not sure if they renamed it or if we mistyped it, either way -- very highly recommended and good to go!

      February 22, 2021 5:43 am
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    Tommy

    How are red dot sights affected by the gases coming off a suppressor mounted on a hand gun?

    February 12, 2021 5:20 pm
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    jbourneidentity

    I'm curious. Why did you aim the RMR and Vortex at the darkened part of your wall, and then aim the Leupold, Burris and Holosun at the white the part of your wall? Personal bias or are Trijicon and Vortex providing you with pistol red dots?

    January 25, 2021 9:45 am
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      David, PPT Editor

      We never even noticed. The Holosun footage was taken months after the others, Vortex and Burris might have provided a red dot for T&E but I don't remember -- Leupold and Trijicon I believe were ones bought by Eric, Holosun red dots are all ones I've bought. A white wall in the day time provides enough contrast that I don't think the minor difference in shadow really equates to anything.

      January 25, 2021 10:17 am
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    Mavis

    Only one red dot or maybe two red dots on this list are worthy for EDC. The RMR and the Delta point. These reviews lack any sort of real shooter feedback. All this is a bunch fluff info to get you to by through their affiliate link on Amazon. The Vortex Venom and Viper are pure garbage along with the Burris. Basically fake ass news. You want real reviews from a real shooter go to Sage Dynamics.

    January 1, 2021 1:48 pm
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      David, PPT Editor

      Sage Dynamics doesn't recommend the Delta Point. The only two he recommends for EDC are the Trijicon RMR and the Holosun line.

      January 1, 2021 3:58 pm
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      WK

      Jerry Miculek uses the Vortex Viper, so I wonder just how bad it can be.

      January 3, 2021 11:39 am
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        Bobo

        Not saying the Viper is good or bad (never used one) but it's a safe bet Miculek doesn't pay for them and when/if it goes tit's up he get's a new one overnighted to him from the Vortex.

        March 16, 2021 5:54 am
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      Dawg

      I second that.

      March 16, 2021 5:54 am
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    Dean

    How far forward are these typically mounted?
    Is there any additional precision in mounting them more towards the rear of the rail?

    November 24, 2020 7:33 am
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      David, PPT Editor

      They are mounted where the rear sight normally goes, plus or minus a tiny bit.

      There is no accuracy or precision advantage in placement location.

      November 24, 2020 9:28 am
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        Dean

        Thank you David!!

        November 24, 2020 11:03 am
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    Anthony Mazziotti

    These red dots are a big money maker. Look at the less expensive units and check the comments. First thing you don’t need a lot of the extras, you want the dot and the target to line up clearly, so long as the dot doesn’t move your in business.

    November 24, 2020 6:27 am
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    Boomer

    You've seriously missed the boat by not including the Holosun red dot. They're durable, well built with monolithic frame, clear optics, greatbatterylifewithinstan-on... I could go on but, that's your job.
    For the price point, it doesn't get any better.

    November 22, 2020 10:46 pm
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      Boomer

      I apologize! I didn't see the Holosun listed up top and found it way down at the bottom so, I acquiesce!!
      You got it right! Absolutely the best for the $ and then some!

      November 22, 2020 10:51 pm
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    Josh Bruni

    Do any of those sights come with an adapter of some sort in order to mount them on a HK Mark 23?

    November 17, 2020 8:39 pm
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    Mary-Ann

    Wondering if there are any recs for a green dot sight for my weaver mount rifle. Seems they range in cost from under $100 and go up to about $700 or so. I am not sure what I am looking for re value, accuracy, etc. If anyone has a suggestion or you have a previous post regarding green dots I would appreciate it. Thanks all.

    October 3, 2020 9:28 am
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        Mary-Ann

        Thank you David. Much appreciated

        October 4, 2020 11:53 am
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    Faris Petra

    Good job! Keep it up. Also can you do a review on European red dots like Leica and Docteurs too pls.

    September 19, 2020 6:52 am
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      JAH

      Yes, I agree. Great to see the reviews and I’d like to know about Leica and any other Euro red dots.

      October 29, 2020 9:27 am
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    Derek R lacaze

    The delta point Pro has a night vision model, how would this compare with the type 2 night vision?

    September 11, 2020 11:23 pm
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    Mark Wynn

    Any way to attach a red dot to (an original) 70 Series Gold Cup? My old eyes can no longer see rear sight, front sight and bullseye in the same picture.

    July 23, 2020 7:03 pm
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    Joseph Kish

    Nothing from Sig Sauer?

    July 12, 2020 7:23 pm
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    stacey stanislaw

    Do you have thoughts on how the Sig Romeo series, in particular the Romeo Zero fit into this lineup?

    June 11, 2020 1:47 am
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      David, PPT Editor

      We haven't tested the pistol optic series from Sig yet, but from what I've heard they have durability issues compared to Trijicon and Holosun.

      June 11, 2020 12:52 pm
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        Ralph

        I have the Sig Romero 1 and it’s so awesome. Rugged. Great features, auto off and on. 10 levels of brightness. Top battery replacement etc. it’s awesome and has a great price point

        July 28, 2020 7:16 pm
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    Taylor Lambeth

    What are your thoughts on the Sightmark Core Shot and Sighmark Mini Shot?

    June 1, 2020 9:01 am
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      David, PPT Editor

      I haven't tried or seen any Sightmark product that was worth the money. I would not put their optics on my firearms.

      June 1, 2020 9:43 am
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    Brian Mumford

    I have heard the Holosun is one of the best, if not the best, if you have an astigmatism (especially the green dot). The only red dot I had was a Vortex and I sold it because it looked terrible to me. All I could see was a star-like plume in lieu of a dot. The Holosun is said to virtually eliminate that compared to other red dots.

    May 15, 2020 9:12 am
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      John B

      I have a Holosun 510 on my AR. I also have astigmatism. I looked at several other sights before I bought the Holosun. It has the clearest dot to me. Go to a dealer that has a good variety of sights, tell them what you want and check them all out. Like usual, you get what you pay for. I spent about $300 or so and I’m really happy with it. I looked at a Trijicon and I couldn’t see it well. Aimpoint same thing. If I’m right, the Holosun is a reflex sight. Mine is also shake awake and is supposed to last about 30000 + hours. I like it and it works well for me.

      June 23, 2020 7:31 pm
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    Paul Hubbard

    I am now 62 years old but I have used red dots for almost 10 years. I have trijicon, vortex and burris and am satisfied with all of them. I have a burris fastfire on a 45-70 guide gun and continue to take deer in season, i have vortex on ARs and can't see why anyone would rely on iron sites for less then 100 meters, i have a trijicon on a Glock 35 and am getting accustomed to it but see the same promise for this configuration as the others. Practice is what counts! from seeing the dot on target to learning the controls. For us old guys, red dots keep us in the game. Stay safe and healthy!

    April 1, 2020 4:14 pm
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    scott sherman

    i am 65 and purchase my first red dot. i am VERY happy with the Burris FF. I know i don't have anything to compare it to, but, with my eyesight, it has became hard to focus on the front and rear sight and the target all at the same time. the red dot took care of that. What i was extremely pleased about was the forever warranty. I drop the pistol will adjusting a new holster and broke the sight, totally my fault. Contacted Burris, told them what i did, sent the sight in and they covered it 100% at NO CHARGE to me. Today its hard to find a company that believe in and stands behind their products. Burris lives up to their word. I shot over 300 rounds in my Ruger American 45 and the sight is still dead on.

    March 31, 2020 3:58 am
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    Valholl18D

    “I couldn’t find exact numbers on it…but it says it can be up to 5 years.

    Also, a key thing to note is that there’s an auto-turnoff function at 9 hours.

    Great on the surface since you the battery won’t die if you forget to turn it off. But not the best if you’re carrying.

    For this reason, I wouldn’t recommend it for CCW. But still perfect for a range/competition gun…especially with Burris’ forever warranty.”

    So why exactly are you unable to recommend this for CCW usage? Is it due to the 9hr auto turn off or the 5 year battery life? Does the optic turn on with movement like other systems? The lack of proper editing/ proof reading in this article leaves me a bit unsure about the validity of the reviews.

    February 1, 2020 12:22 am
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      Dawg

      I second that. Reading that article, the author's "about me". The run-on sentences, the lack of most punctuation, completely horrible read. The guy is lucky he can feed himself while disguised as a journalist. JS. First impressions of a first visitor.

      March 16, 2021 5:54 am
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    Brando

    Where did you get the titanium for $205? I'm about to purchase one and I'd like to get titanium if you could post the link please?

    January 15, 2020 9:09 am
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    Herman Kantz

    Interesting article
    However, one thing I've noticed from having three Trijicon RMRs, some for four years, plus both Type I & Type II, is that I've NEVER found it necessary to re-zero after the annual battery change.

    January 7, 2020 9:46 am
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    Mark Wynn

    Have an original Series 70 Gold Cup. Currently have tritium adjustible rear sights, otherwise identical to the original rear sight setup and which was an easy drop-in.

    Is there a red dot setup that would use the original Gold Cup slide without slide modification? All my other mods have been drop-in (extended grip safety, Pachmyer rubber grips, etc.) Would like to avoid making permanent mods to this great, classic .45 that out of the box was and is more accurate than I.

    October 29, 2019 8:07 pm
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    CaScotsman

    Good article, I like your analysis and ratings, but you forgot to mention a positive festure of the Burris FF: it has different mounting plates that fit many specific firearm's rear iron sight grooves. If you don't have a rear sight mount/removal tool, a gunsmith can press out your rear iron sight and press in the mounting plate.

    October 2, 2019 2:10 pm
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    Steve Greathouse

    What do you think about the Shield RMS or the Noblex Doctor?

    October 2, 2019 12:56 pm
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      DD

      The Doctor is one of the better small light weight optics available. It’s more common in Europe than in the U.S. due to marketing and hype. If you buy one, I think you’ll be very happy. The Shield RMS is not a strong optic. It is small, lightweight and compact and that is both the Pro and the Con. Unfortunately it is not a good option unless you are very very careful using it because bit is not rugged or durable. It cannot take a lick and keep on ticking. All of the other optics reviewed are much much better, especially the Acro, Holosun and RMR

      October 7, 2019 6:03 pm
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    Mike M

    I was frustrated with a conventional handgun scope on my 454 Casull, and my aging eyes. Decided to try a Vortex Venom with a small Burris mount. Love the darn little thing. Only have to focus on my target, because the red dot looks like it’s on the target. Have over 500 full power loads through it now without any problems at all. I wonder why it took me so long to go with this type of sight.

    September 9, 2019 7:13 pm
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    Lando Calrissian

    February seems early to come out with a 2019 list. Was the Trijicon SRO out when you made the list?
    Also, I'm surprised the Holosun 507c was only an honorable mention

    July 7, 2019 12:05 pm
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      David, PPT Editor

      Feb was when we last did an update, we have another update coming soon though!The SRO was not out at the time, but we JUST published a complete review of it! (literally published it just a few minutes after your comment, haha). I've been running the Holosun 507c on my Glock for a couple of months now, we're going to include it in the next update of this article and not just as an honorable mention :D

      July 7, 2019 12:15 pm
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    Jacques

    I cannot find a pre-milled slide for either my Walther PPQ nor for my SIG 320 Compact. Any suggestion?

    What do you think of the SIG Romeo 1 on the SIG320 Compact RX? Heard it is not very reliable??

    April 7, 2019 1:28 am
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      Michael Korpela

      I picked up the P320 XCompact yesterday and it is milled for Sig’s optics. springer precision makes mounts to adapt that slide for a variety of optics. Not sure if you’d be able to find that slide by itself, unfortunately.

      May 1, 2019 10:56 am
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      Zach

      Evolution Gun Works makes a playe that fits the ppq. I just ordered on for mine

      January 9, 2021 1:39 pm
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    GAti

    A British firm, Shield Sights, makes at least 2 red dots, the RMS and the RMSc, that are excellent and smaller than most of the sights you reviewed. They are available at Brownells etc. and are a much better fit for smaller handguns like Glock G26, Glock G43, Sig P365 etc.
    I had an RMS put on a Glock G26 and the slightly smaller RMSc put on a Glock G43 at Lone Wolf Distributors. You just send your slide and your red det to them and they will have the slide back to you in about a week (or at least they did for me).

    February 27, 2019 5:52 pm
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    Eugene Ray

    What? Holosun 507c isn't in this list??

    February 27, 2019 7:53 am
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    oldfatcrab

    Can we add Holosun once updated? Thanks

    January 15, 2019 5:47 pm
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    Herman Kantz

    I have had a Trijicon RMR RM07 on my S&W M&P40 PC Ported for about three years.
    You DO NOT have to resight after changing the battery.
    Otherwise good info on the Trijicon RMRs.
    H K

    October 22, 2018 5:46 am
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    Yuzhe Chen

    could you guys write an article about pistol red dot mounting solutions? And some affordable solutions to actually have one mounted on the slide?

    September 10, 2018 11:02 am
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    Tim

    Anyone tried the Truglo TRU•TEC MICRO SUB–COMPACT OPEN RED DOT SIGHT?

    August 15, 2018 8:52 pm
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    Bryan

    What a great goddamm article. Love the content, exactly what I needed to read to know what's what in the current crop of red dot sights.

    Looking to add a red dot to my Glock 29 hiking/woods/campin gun and I've got some soul searching to do, as far as what to go with.

    June 23, 2018 8:23 pm
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      Eric Hung

      Thanks so much, Bryan! Let us know what you end up doing with your G29!

      June 23, 2018 11:47 pm
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    Craig

    I chose the Vortex Viper over the Venom. The sides don't bulge out and it will fit a single stack pistol better because it is narrower.

    June 23, 2018 7:50 am
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    S.J.Robles

    Thanks for the review, I really had a hard time deciding between the RMR, Delta Point Pro & Dr. Optic (surprised Dr. Optic wasn’t included in review as they are in my opinion better than Burris & Vortex and have would b better priced with the RMR & DPP). I decided to go with the Delta Point Pro for many of the pros you detailed but also needed to be mentioned is the optional rear sight mount on the DPP that allows more esthetic look and provide co-witness. One other important feature that was failed to be mentioned is Leupold Gold Ring Lifetime Warrany on this product, this is what really sealed the deal as other red dots of similar quality and price only had a limited warranty that lasted a few years.

    June 22, 2018 11:52 pm
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    Jake

    Sig Romeo 1 needs to be added to the list.

    June 20, 2018 10:14 pm
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      CJF

      Agreed. A great optic, well priced, and in my opinion better than at least a couple of these.

      December 24, 2018 1:02 am
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      Bimmerland

      Red dot is a little blurrier than a venom. I have one of each on a sig p320 and a kimber arctic lw and the venom has a sharper dot.

      May 25, 2020 7:41 pm
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    Albert

    The Burris FF3 is GREAT; I have three on different pistols and they work great on my Tuesday nite shoots; I use the 8-min dot for pistol. Really improved my score.

    June 19, 2018 7:46 am
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    Maggot4lyf

    You need to move the "pros/cons of red dots" to the top of the article. Got all excited to spend money, only to see the dreaded fogging problem at the very end! I'm running in and out of VERY different environments at work, from a humid 95 outside, to AC, to a reefer (35 degrees), and back out. Tried wearing my glasses at work, can't see after the 1st trip in (same results in the winter as well). Even tried anti fog spray, and while that helps initially, after the 3rd trip, I can't see, lol. Red dots won't work on my CC, dang it!

    June 18, 2018 7:50 pm
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      Eric Hung

      Trying a slightly different format since I was seeing readers leaving unless the list is at the way top.

      June 18, 2018 9:30 pm
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    OKH

    As always, thanks for the great information. Actually something I was looking for a long time. I got the Romeo1 on my Sig and love that one too. Did you have the chance to look at the Nikon Spur? I got that one for my WC EDC X9 - still waiting for it to come back from the Gunsmith.

    June 17, 2018 3:31 pm
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      Eric Hung

      You're so welcome! Haven't heard about the Nikon Spur yet...let me know how you like it.

      June 17, 2018 8:10 pm
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    jeff

    Your review was useful and well written I noted, however, that you omitted tube sights like the Accupoint and UltraDot. While the reviewed sights might work well for action shooting, they be unlikely to be seen on a bullseye conventional pistol line. It should also be mentioned that those with astigmatism will see more flare than dot. Interestingly, many illuminated rifle scopes also under-serve those with older or astigmatic eyes. Such shooters often do better with etched glass reticles. Why pistol scope makers don't use this approach remains a mystery.

    June 8, 2018 1:14 pm
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    Mott

    Question, Do you know of a Red Dot that uses the rear sight dovetail on a Ruger Security 9?

    May 28, 2018 4:18 pm
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    wwolfe

    I purchased a Vortex Venom for my Buckmark, for Bullseye Competition, mainly for the 3 MOA dot, and battery placement. Does really well, have not had battery replacement as of yet.

    February 8, 2018 8:57 am
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      Eric Hung

      Good to hear!

      February 13, 2018 9:17 pm
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    Ben

    The Amazon link for the FastFire III points to the Vortex Venom.

    February 8, 2018 8:29 am
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      MapleHillGang

      perhaps they must have fixed it ? I found the Burris on Amazon via that link.

      April 26, 2018 9:12 am
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