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3.5 or 7 moa red dot for pistol?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by bkjeffrey, Jan 6, 2012.

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  1. bkjeffrey

    bkjeffrey Member

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    Im shopping for a Docter red dot for my FNP 45 Tactical. The slide is already milled to accept these optics. My questin is regarding dot size for pistol. The Docter Red Dot is offered in two dot sizes, 3.5 and 7 moa.

    My instinct tells me to opt for the 3.5 for finer shot placement but then my common sense tells me that a 7 MOA dot is fine for anything under 50 yards which is about the limits for accurate pistol fire.

    I want to get the Docter in earth brown color but they are only available in the 7MOA. The brown sight will match the FNP 45's dark earth finish as well, which I would prefer.

    The 3.5 MOA Docter is available in black only, which would give the opporotunity to use the sight on my carbines and allow better accuracy at 100+ yards. Primarily the sight will live on the FNP 45 Tactical but I may want to move it over to an AR every once in a while.

    Yalls thoughts?
     
  2. mavracer

    mavracer Member

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    For IDPA/IPSC type shooting I prefer big dots. For everything else I prefer small.
     
  3. Lt.Dan

    Lt.Dan Member

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    Bigger seems to be the general consensus.
     
  4. NOLAEMT

    NOLAEMT Member

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    A 7moa dot only appers to be 3.5 inches at 50 yards, or 1.75 inches at 25 yards.

    Plenty small for a defensive pistol, even for range use.
     
  5. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator Staff Member

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    For fast shooting, bigger is better, 5 MOA or better IMHO.
     
  6. WC145

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    What did you decide? I have a new FNP-45 Tactical and opted for the Trijicon RMR with the 8moa dot. At 15yds it just about exactly covers a 1" stick on target dot. It's a little different trying to get used to target focused shooting but the red dot makes accurate shots at distance easy once you start getting the hang of it.
     
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