How to use Red Dot Optics on Pistols | Tactical Rifleman



Red dots are becoming more and more popular as both the prices are coming down and manufactures are making the slides ready to add a red dot sight.
In this video I will cover a lot of things to consider and think about while using a red dot sight on your pistol. Using a red dot is a very nice optical aid but the fundamentals still apply to shooting well while using one. As for the fundamentals most are still the same as when using iron sights. The only one major change is swapping the order of “sight aliment” and “sight picture”. ID your target first (this is your sight picture) and then bring up the pistol putting the red dot in line with the target (this is sight aliment). Your focus should remain on the target the whole time unlike using iron sights.
I also talk about different makes and types red dots, bottom line you get what you pay for. If you are new to using dot sights you should start off with a larger MOA dot until you get use to them then move to a smaller dot in time. There are so many different things out there for dot sights and more thing are coming everyday. I talk about a few of them here such as mounting plates, holsters, hoods and iron sights to use with them.
Like I started out with I said these are optical aids, you still need to know how to use iron sights. Because, if your sight fails (and it will at the wrong time), you will need to know how to go back to the basics of irons for techniques in order to use the pistol effectively. If you are new to shooting with a pistol using a dot should come easy but if you’re like most of us here at Tactical Rifleman then it will take a little bit of extra time dry firing and on the range to help getting use to it.

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33 Replies to “How to use Red Dot Optics on Pistols | Tactical Rifleman”

  1. EVERY modern pistol should have an optics cut. Wish manufacturers would get their 💩 together. It can't cost much to machine one extra thing during manufacture.

  2. I have a public question, I have just a simple 9mm Glock 45 Gen 5
    I am trying to find a good rail mount and laser/light combo and holster to fit it with the attachment.
    My current holster won't support one.
    So if anybody can give me some recommendations, I'd be much obliged.

  3. So i heard this multiple times now and aparently i am using my iron sights wrong. I always focus on the target and the sight picture just apears when i bring up my pistol. Now is that an issue or is that a way around the tunnel vision on the front sight?

  4. I am not a fan of optics on pistols. They have their place obviously, if your handgun is your main. But my primary is a rifle and I don't need a dot on my backup. The benefits are small compared to the use I have for my pistol. Though it is also a lack of proper training. My training options are severely limited.

  5. I really like my 1911. Who in middle Tn would be someone to trust to have them place one on mine? Thanks and may our great Elohim watch over you!

  6. Good video. Would be interesting to have a comparison red dot vs laser, for day light conditions and for low light condition (evening/night).

  7. I personally love the 2moa dot on my Holosun 507c ….you can turn the brightness up and the bloom will increase the relative size of the dot…also with my slight astigmatism its about 3-4moa. I find the 6moa dots to be too big, especially with brightness up enough in case i need my weapon light.
    The 32 moa circle with dot option on the Holosun is great for learning how to pick up the dot on the draw

  8. The FN 509 MRDs has one of the best red dot mounting systems on the market. You don’t have to use locktite and it will maintain zero and stay in place. 700 rounds through mine and it hasn’t loosened..I’m running a Leupold DPP

  9. Hey Pete!!! I bought some great Aero handguards from your business recently! Really impressed how you run your shop and really appreciate you. No idea you and Karl work together. Small world! Great vid too.

  10. Tactical Rifleman videos are like chasing a beautiful woman: after spending time with them, you find yourself shelling out another couple hundred dollars…and liking it!

  11. I like my 3 Moa dot from Trijicon, I can increase the brightness and artificially make my dot larger to increase the MOA. Works great.

    Also when zeroing it, make the dot as “dim” as possible to get the smallest dot for accuracy.

  12. As Aaron Cowan at Sage Dynamics puts it. "Learn to embrace the wabble" if your looking for more info on handgun RDS good channel has a wealth of knowledge to help expand this video!

  13. Honest, accurate, and intelligent information is why I follow Tactical Rifleman!! It’s comforting listening to killers who talk in a gentle soft spoken voice..!! Oh, and Karl’s hair too!!

  14. I'm a bit too old school to trust battery powered anything; even my scoped guns have irons that can be used without removing the scope

  15. I've wanted a red dot for a while…but damn, after that tech reference that I'm old enough to have got maybe that means its time 😆

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