Red dot optics: Are they useful for home defense pistols? (VIDEO)
By Chase Welch
The competitive shooting world has long sung the praises of red dot sights for their accuracy and speed — and in the past few years the defensive shooting world has started to take notice.
Since it’s release, the Trijicon Ruggedized Miniature Reflex (RMR) sight has set the industry standard as the go to option for red dot sights, and is the sight we will be using to investigate the viability of a red dot on your home defense pistol.
Red dot sights come in many configurations, from adjustable LED to battery free dual illumination models that use Tritium and fiber optics as a power source. They come as both tabular and reflex sights with models having reticles of different sizes, shapes and colors, giving the end user a huge variety of options to fit their home defense needs.
The Trijicon RMR (Ruggedised Miniature Red Dot) sets the industry standard for hard use and reliability. It is a great choice to use as a defensive pistol optic. (Photo: Chase Welch/Guns.com)
Most red dots have a small and crisp dot allowing for very accurate long-range shots, while not being so small that it is hard to find the dot up close when speed is the most