Viva La Red Dot

When long-range shooting seems to be taking over, a small red dot hovers around the shooting industry. This red dot is creeping up and finding its way on guns of all types. Red-dot sights boost accuracy and efficiency, but are they here to stay?

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In short, red-dot sights found their place in our everyday lives. It doesn’t matter if it’s equipped on your turkey, EDC or home-defense firearm, red dots make our lives easier. If you want to enter the red-dot game, here are a few optics to purchase.

Sig Sauer Romeo 5
Many red dots feature motion activated sensors that turn the optic on when we need it most. The Sig Sauer Romeo5 is no different. The battery life on the Romeo5 boasts 5000 hours, which is ridiculous, but one of the coolest benefits of the Romeo5 is the diminutive, yet durable design. BUY HERE.   


Vortex Razor
We argue whether military, competition shooters or LEO began the red dot movement with carry firearms, but red dots on 
EDC guns are becoming standard. The Vortex Razor is a mere 1.4 ounces, which doesn’t tax the weight of the gun, making it a no-brainer for EDG gun. BUY HERE.


Perhaps one of my favorite red-dot sights of all time, the EOTech EXPS2, has a shortened base, so it doesn’t take up much room on the rifle. Plus, the side controls make it easy to adjust on the fly. BUY HERE


Quick note: Having a shorter base also makes room for a magnifier like the EOTech G33 Magnifier.

Red dots aren’t going anywhere; far from it. It won’t be long until they’re standard issue in police departments around the country, and the EDC community accepts the same fate. Companies are already taking notice as well. The best example is the recent launch of the Springfield Armory XD(M) OSP. The gun comes standard with three adapter plates for a wide variety of today’s most popular red dots. You can also purchase one equipped with a Vortex Venom, plus the three adaptor plates.

I’m excited to see red dots standard. For me, it’s the new norm. You might as well accept it too. ~ KJ

Kevin Jarnagin
Kevin Jarnagin (KJ) hails from Oklahoma, but quickly established Louisiana roots after joining the Gun Talk team. KJ grew up as a big game hunter, and knows his way around a bass boat. Whether it’s making his way to British Columbia for elk or training with pistols, Jarnagin always seems to find a gun in his hands and adventure on his mind. 


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