red dot sights on defensive handgun?

red dot sights on defensive handgun?

This is a discussion on red dot sights on defensive handgun? within the Related Gear & Equipment forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm considering putting a Trijicon Red Dot sight on my S&W M&P9. This gun will not be carried. It is on my nightstand. I have ...

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    red dot sights on defensive handgun?

    I'm considering putting a Trijicon Red Dot sight on my S&W M&P9. This gun will not be carried. It is on my nightstand. I have a red dot sight on my S&W 22A and love it. Makes shooting quickly much easier. Any thoughts? Anyone have a similiar setup? Thanks.


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    I have been thinking about this also. A very hard core person, Kelly McCann advocates it due to commanality between guns, red dot on AR, red dot on handgun.


    Watching to see what everyone thinks.

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    I'd seriously entertained same for use on a carry gun with a dedicated purpose use slide.
    I have not yet written the idea off...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilenceDoGood View Post
    if it gives you an edge do it to it.
    Agreed. Any advantage and extra familarity you have with your chosen gun, the better. If you can use the red dot to more accurately and more efficiently fire rounds, go for it. If it doesn't make a big difference in your speed or accuracy, don't waste the money.
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    It works extremely well- with the caveat that if you are not already point-indexing your pistol on the draw, you will be dot-chasing.

    IOW, if you have good basics down, at at least moderate speed, it can be an asset. Batteries easily last 12 months; I changed mine out annually for yuks & giggles, no failures.

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    Thanks for the feedback.

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    Mabey its a personal preference but ive used a red dot before for engaging steel plates at close range and to be honest at defensive distances (less than 7 meters), or in your home (less than 5 meters) im not sure a red dot would give you any extra benefit.

    Considering most home invasions happen at night time and will be extremely close range, I would be more inclined to suggest a LED tactical light + laser and\or Trijicon 3 dot combat sights.
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    I would like to check one out for myself as well.

    I would keep an eye out for a red dot that holds up well in daylight. Cheaper modules might get a washed out red dot on a bright day.

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    To be honest I think it would be a fantsatic idea. One of my match guns has a c-more optic on it and the challenge of this is the change of sight focus. You actually need to have a target focus when shooting a red dot and just let the shot break once the dot comes into your view. This very much lends itself to a defensive shooting situation where one of the largest challenges is taking your eyes off the target and coming back to the front site. With a red dot you would not have to do that (it is actually reccomended not to) and you can shoot what will feel normal.

    If you are doing this though I would spend the money on a good red dot. C-more is the best in the business.

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    When the BG invades your home...good luck using sights of ANY kind.
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    +1 to anything that give you the edge over the Badguy.
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    I tried a couple; they are great in daytime; mine were useless at night, so definitely a no-no for HD/SD. Try before you buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfl View Post
    I tried a couple; they are great in daytime; mine were useless at night, so definitely a no-no for HD/SD. Try before you buy.
    Really? I've had the reverse experience - red dots are great in lower light, but tend to wash out too much in daylight.

    FWIW, a few of use at the club tried the FastFires when they first came out and had some problems with the mounts and batteries. Decent customer service, but not to the level one would expect.

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