Types of Handgun Red Dot Sights

Hand Gun Red Dot Sights

Types of Handgun Red Dot Sights

Red dot sights have become increasingly popular additions to pistols, offering enhanced accuracy and target acquisition. When it comes to choosing a red dot sight for your handgun, several types are available. Let’s delve into the different categories and their characteristics:


  1. Miniature Tube-Style Red Dot Sights:
    • Design: Resembling a small telescope, these sights feature a tubular shape.
    • Advantages: Known for durability, reliability, and a wide field of view.
    • Considerations: Can be bulkier and heavier compared to other types.
  2. Open Reflex Sights:
    • Design: Compact and lightweight with an exposed lens or window for the reticle.
    • Advantages: Quick target acquisition, lightweight design, and a broad field of view.
    • Considerations: Exposure to debris and potentially less durability in harsh conditions.
  3. Holographic Sights:
    • Design: Uses laser technology to project a holographic reticle onto the lens.
    • Advantages: Parallax-free, allowing for accurate aiming from different angles.
    • Considerations: Generally pricier, shorter battery life compared to other types.
  4. Collimated or “Heads-Up” Displays:
    • Design: Projects the reticle at infinity, providing a floating sight picture.
    • Advantages: Reduced eye strain, improved situational awareness with both eyes open.
    • Considerations: Limited field of view compared to reflex sights.
  5. Miniature Prismatic Sights:
    • Design: Compact sights that use a prism for reticle magnification.
    • Advantages: Combines elements of traditional scopes and red dot sights, useful for those preferring some magnification.
    • Considerations: Heavier than non-magnified red dot sights, limited field of view.
  6. Multi-Reticle Red Dot Sights:
    • Design: Offers multiple reticle options for versatile aiming solutions.
    • Advantages: Customizable reticle options to suit different shooting scenarios.
    • Considerations: May have additional features that impact size and weight.
  7. Integrated Laser Red Dot Sights:
    • Design: Combines a red dot sight with an integrated laser for dual aiming options.
    • Advantages: Versatility in aiming with both a red dot and a laser.
    • Considerations: Increased complexity, potentially bulkier design.
  8. Compact and Micro Red Dot Sights:
    • Design: Extremely small and lightweight, designed for compact handguns.
    • Advantages: Minimal impact on the overall size and weight of the pistol.
    • Considerations: May have smaller lenses and shorter battery life.

When choosing a red dot sight for your pistol, consider factors such as intended use, size constraints, battery life, and personal preferences. Each type offers unique benefits, and the best choice depends on your specific needs and shooting style.

Its also very important to consider the footprint when choosing a red dot sight. Footprint determines the mounting solution for the red dot on your pistol. For example, Versa Tactical SightSecure™ Dovetail Mounting Kits for both Beretta and Glock pistols are compatible with any optic utilizing Trijicon RMR footprint. RMR Footprint is considered one of the most wide spread in the industry, however there are several other type that you need to be aware of. So its always important to make sure your red dot sight is compatible with the mounting system you are planning to use.

To sum this up, here is a brief list of the most popular pistol red dot sights compatible with the RMR mounting footprint:


  • Trijicon RMR
  • Trijicon SRO
  • Trijicon RMR HD
  • Trijicon RCR
  • Holosun 407C / 407C X2
  • Holosun 507C / 507C X2
  • Holodun 508T / 508T X2
  • SwampFox Liberty
  • SwampFox Justice
  • SwampFox Kingslayer 1×22
  • Vector Optics Frenzy 1x22x26
  • Riton X3 Tactics PRD/PRD2(3TPRD2)
  • Athlon Midas TSR1-M
  • Hi-Lux TD-3(C)
  • Scorpion RGD-306 UT


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