Red Dot optics usage on Glocks has become more popular than not. Many shooters are finding that red dot sights increase target acquisition significantly. Even top tier professionals like Bill Rapier from Amtac Shooting has begun using them on his EDC
With so many makes and models which one do you choose?
As with anything, there are many considerations, but here are what we believe to be the first to consider.
#1. Price. Identifying your budget will help narrow the field. Keep in mind, high cost does not equal high quality!
#2. Glock model. Not all optics will fit on all Glock models. Sub-compacts have a narrower consideration set than compacts, regular sized, and full sized models.
#3. EDC or Range gun? EDC’s see more abuse compared to range guns.
#4. Climate. Although all red dot optics are rated for all weather use, many have found the open emitter’s “fog up” when going from warm to cold (ie; carrying concealed and drawing in the winter).
#5. Optic Footprint. Some red dot optics are too long to fit in front of a rear dovetail without cutting into the ejector safety hole below. (Which is very bad, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.) In these cases you either loose your rear sight or must have a new dovetail milled in front of the optic.
#6. Battery. Battery life and battery access are huge considerations. The only thing worse than discovering a dead optic battery is a battery which requires optic removal to change it. Remove the optic, re-zero it! Pain in the ass. (Looking at you Trijicon!)
There are plenty of other considerations, but we feel the above mentioned will set you in a direction that will work best for you. If you ever have optic questions, feel free to reach out to us.
I’ve been running Optics on pistols for Almost two years now. I was slow in adoptiNg, but i am now CONVINCED that they are “the way.
– bill rapier