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Pistol Red Dot

Is switching to a Red Dot on your pistol right for you? That is the question. It is a big debate right now. Some people want to stay old school and just run their iron sights because that is what they are used to.

Then you have the other side, that jumps on anything new.

For me, I was stuck in the middle. I was comfortable with iron sights and I could shoot pretty damn well, but I also saw the benefit to making the switch.

So one day at camp, I challenged one of my instructors and told him, “If you can beat me on the dueling tree with your red dot, I’ll make the switch.” He agreed to the challenge. It was a good run on the dueling tree, but I won. So that meant no switching for me.

Then I continued to research red dots and the pro’s and con’s…

    • Pro’s – Being able to look at the threat and not have to focus on the front sight (because we all know that is NOT going to happen in a real gun fight)
    • Pro’s – Way easier shooting at distance
    • Pro’s – Helps those that have far sightedness

    • Con’s – Hard to find the dot
    • Con’s – Slower at first
    • Con’s – Requires a new skill set

In the end, I decided to bite the bullet and try out the red dot and I have to say… I LOVE IT!

For the first two weeks I was doing about 50 draws a day to practice picking up that dot, so when I hit the live range, I was dialed in.

Then I did a 25 yard range day and smoked everyone on the line because they were still running irons.

If I were you, I would definitely take the time to look into seeing if making the switch is right for you.

Then come see us at one of our CAMPS and we will teach you how to use it!

Stay Frosty,

Sgt Nick Rians