The way we aim our firearm is an area that sees constant improvement. Over a decade ago rifle optics went through significant changes with the introduction of red dot sights. These sights offered a tremendous advantage in speed, accuracy, and application. Unfortunately, back then, optics for pistols were not as easy to set up or robust enough for every day use.
Times have changed and now most companies offer pistols ready to accept red dot sights straight from the factory. We now have a wide selection of red dot sights that are ready for every day carry.
Red dot sights offer a number of advantages for the pistol shooter.
- The most important is "target focus" which allows the shooter to clearly see the target with a red dot superimposed on it.
- Secondly, the red dot is simpler to understand. With the red dot you are only "placing a dot" on the target. With iron sights you have three planes of focus which is obviously not as simple when compared.
- Next, you have the ease when dealing with certain vision issues during shooting and it is found to be easier when dealing with difficult positions.
- Last, is the ability to "track" in recoil and transitions. That bright red paintbrush of the red dot optic is hard to miss.
All of these factors are significant advantages for the shooter but IT WILL require an understanding of the red dot sighting system.