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RDS: Dovetail Mount or Milled Slide?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Skribs, Jun 8, 2012.

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  1. Skribs

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    Thinking very seriously about switching from .40 duty/.380 pocket of different makes for my carry guns to 9mm for both, and I'm trying to pick a platform that will be consistent throughout my handgun models (i.e. S&W M&P 9 and M&P Shield or XDm and XDs 9mm). One of things I was thinking of possibly doing in the future is getting a RDS attached to a pistol for the nightstand, the Burris looks pretty good.

    There seem to be, from what I can tell, 2 popular methods of mounting the RDS to the pistol:

    The first uses a special mount designed to replace the dovetail sight, which probably costs $50 and half the people who buy it can do it themselves (I'd go to a gunsmith). This would be the economical option, which wouldn't involve the removal of part of the slide.

    The second option is to send it to a smith to mill the slide and attach the RDS. This will probably be $150-200 easy (more with shipping), but have a lower profile sight (good for carry, closer to the bore is probably a good idea), the option to include high irons for BUIS, but comes with extra cost, time, and removal of part of the slide.

    So my question is this: which version would you recommend? The adapter plate or the milled slide? What is the actual benefit of the milled slide over the plate?
     
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    My question was more on whether what I'm thinking the advantages are actually end up being a big advantage, or if its just a minor convenience.
     
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