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Anyone use a red dot for edc?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Accessories, Holsters, and Optics' started by ChasMack, Aug 14, 2018.

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  1. ChasMack

    ChasMack Member

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    I have a Burris Fast Fire on my M&P Core and it makes for much more accurate shooting at least for me. I have the start of cataracts and wear trifocals so the red dot is great. My question is does anyone use a red dot on their edc, how long do the batteries last if you keep it on? I have to turn on the red dot on my Burris, not exactly a help if needed fast. I have the MOS slide for my G19 and would carry that if practical, but does not seem like it would be. Are there other brands more conducive to edc?
     
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    Just did a quick Google search. Looks like the Burris turns itself on when the optic is moved and goes into power save when stationary. Some users are going years on a single battery.
     
  3. ChasMack

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    Well my Fast Fire III by Burris does not come on when moving it. It has a button on the side you press to turn it on and to adjust dots. I'll have to research which red dot may bhe better for everyday carry. Vortex has one that lasts 30,000 hours if kept on low. That may be an option.
     
  4. Capt.Roll

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    I have a Sig P320RX with the Romeo1 optic. I've only had it a month and I'm going through the "training routine" to be able to acquire the red dot instantly and on target when I push the pistol out from high ready, low ready or draw. I figure it will take me about 10,000 reps to program my subconscious so I can do it with my eyes closed.

    My everyday carry is a Sig P229. Although the P320 has the 4.5" barrel it is very similar in size to the P229. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to make the P320 my EDC with very little, if any, adjustment when I'm comfortable with the Romeo1. For me and my 63 year old eyes, I pick up the red dot covering the target much easier than iron sights. With the iron sights, getting a precise sight alignment was starting to become a slow process. Depending on the glasses I'm wearing I had focus on the sights or depth of field downrange. Now I can wear my distance correcting contacts and still easily find the red dot.

    Haven't had the Romeo1 long enough to determine battery life, it's in the thousands of hours though. I'll most likely replace the battery on an annual basis.
     
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  5. BLB68

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    The RMR Dual Illuminated models use Trijicon and Fiber Optics instead of an LED, so no battery issues. I'm not sure how they compare to the battery-powered models, but I'd guess it's a bit of a compromise.
     
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    I have a Sight Mark on my AR but it's closer to a ACOG in size. I assume for a pistol you're looking for a smaller reflex sight.

    I only mention mine because they claim 1 million hours battery life. They may make some reflex sights with higher than normal battery life.

    I don't know how you prefer to carry but in case you hadn't thought about it OWB is probably going to be a must with a set up like that.


    Good luck...
     
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    Trijicon RMR Dual Illumination for me.
     
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    I've got a Glock 19 with a Docter III, and a G43 with an RMSc. Great setup.
     
  9. ChasMack

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    OK, considering price, quality, etc I got a Vortex Venom for my G19. I also got a Black Arch holster for it, which is pricey but very nice! Thanks for all the info!
     
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  10. thomas15

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    May I ask which model holster did you buy?

    I'm hoping that you get back and answer your OP question as It difficult to tell if any of those responding actually carry with a dot.
     
  11. Old Dog

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    For the past week or so, I've been packing my SIG P-320 RX in a Blade-Tec OWB ...

    Not sure how long the batter will last in the Romeo optic, but I'm still on the original battery after a few months. I am becoming a believer in the red dot for everyday handgun carry, for sure.

    Have gotten the hang of the red-dot and it's almost like cheating -- I can get better groups at longer ranges with the red dot compared to iron sights -- so I'm making a concerted effort to get a lot of practice in with this platform. I'm liking the Romeo-1 on the 320, even though I prefer traditional hammer-fired DA/SA pistols; I'm anxiously waiting on my Legion P-226 RX.
     
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