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Does anyone carry a Red Dot for CCW?

Discussion in 'Sights, Optics and Lasers' started by Stuntman22, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. Stuntman22

    Stuntman22 Retired

    Mar 8, 2010
    Although I have been carrying since im 22 (in 48 now) I was always told what I could carry.

    Now I am retired I can carry what I want. I like the GLock 19 with a Red Dot.

    Has anyone carried one? I know the Red Dots are used in compititions but what about CCW?

    I found one vendor but it was upwards of 2k with refinishing.

    Suggestions? Pros? Cons?

    Thanks as always.
  2. TomB985


    May 13, 2011
    I'm new here, so bear with me...but can you explain to me how a red dot sight can mount to an automatic handgun? Just curious...

    I don't have a CCW permit yet, and probably won't until I give in and get a Wisconsin driver's license, but I'm not sure complexity would be a desirable thing for a CCW weapon. I would think that in a situation where you would need to use it rational thought would probably be out of the question and therefore you'd be operating on instinct alone at that point. Would you really want to add an additional step of turning on your site to an already stressful situation that demands extreme precision?

  3. turbostar66


    Aug 25, 2009
    Houston, TX
    I don't know of anyone, and have never heard of anyone using a red dot sight for concealed carry. Probably because it is such a large protrusion, I'd think the chances of it becoming snagged or damaged outweigh the aiming benefit (this is in a concealed carry capacity).

    Here are some images of various red dot-type sights mounted on Glocks.

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  4. Spartan24


    Sep 28, 2003
    I have met only one guy that had a red dot on his CCW. He also had Japanese or Chinese characters engraved on the slide for what that's worth...

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  5. G30Mike

    G30Mike Say When!

    Nov 19, 2008
    St. Joseph MO
    A laser would probably be a better option, though I wouldn't even use one myself. My brain says "front sight" when I draw my weapon.
    IMO the red dot would probably get snagged on something. Might wind up shooting yourself into a girl.
  6. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    Lovin Sparks Nv!
    Gabe Suarez was recommending them and selling them for a while... So with that kind of endorsement, it's probably not that silly of an idea.

    Personally, I like the night site arrangement, and the red dot will be *just a bit* more expensive than the night sites... :rofl:

    Here is a link to one of his pistol packages:

    You can also visit his forum to find out what the general thoughts are on this type of system - WarriorTalk Forums

    Hope that helps you out!
  7. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match S.R.D. v

    Jun 22, 2007
    Lancaster, Ohio
    I think you'll see more and more Trijicon RMR equipped duty and ccw weapons. They are now light enough and durable enough to be practical, and offer the potential for "average" eyes to score incredible hits a extended distances. I'm currently saving pennies to build an RMR Glock.
  8. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match S.R.D. v

    Jun 22, 2007
    Lancaster, Ohio
    Pierre!, you beat me to it, but that's exactly what I'm talking about. The area of the pistol that "protrudes" is not a critical spot concealment wise. I know this doesn't sound "polite", but being able to pick which eye to shoot at 25 yards is a game changer.
  9. Genin

    Genin Designated Left

    Oct 25, 2010
    Bloomsburg PA
    Yes I use a RMR'd Glock 19 for my EDC. I have CC'd this bad boy for the past 3 months and will continue to do so. The newer micro dots, such as the Trijicon RMR02 are extremely durable and have fantastic battery life. The Ameriglo suppressor sights allow me to easily cowitness and see my sights in any light. It is very important to have the BUIS to assist in dot aquisition initially. Over time they don't play as much of a role, but do help in total dark with body index (helps you get the dot upon me) and are good to have in case your dot ever goes down, which you'd just use them as traditional irons. I have put over 1k rounds down range in the past few months with this set up and have found it to be 100% reliable and far easier to make very fast, accurate hits...especially when moving dynamically. The biggest feature is that the dot allows you to be threat focused, no more blurry target and clear front sight. Also long range is now a reality. I can make 100 yard shots on a 12" steel plate consistently. HTH. Any questions, just ask.

  10. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match S.R.D. v

    Jun 22, 2007
    Lancaster, Ohio
  11. bchand01


    Jul 8, 2011
    Gabe and Suarez International are topnotch at what they do. I say go for it. I do not carry one at the moment, but I am planning it for the near future. The concept in a whole screams advantage.

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  12. Averageman


    Oct 22, 2011
    I have one from Mr Suarez.
    You would be amazed what a difference it makes and I feel it is well worth the money.
    I C.C. a G17 everywhere I can and I haven't had anyone spot it yet.
  13. Hahahahaha that is classic!!! :rofl:
  14. Check out the RMR RM02 -- it never turns off and batteries last years.
  15. Jeff82

    Jeff82 NRA Benefactor CLM

    Feb 25, 2002
    It's the future.
  16. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match S.R.D. v

    Jun 22, 2007
    Lancaster, Ohio
    I would say it certainly is for some.
  17. Ken Dunham

    Ken Dunham

    Jan 23, 2001
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2012
  18. troysglock

    troysglock Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Doesn't look easy to activate quickly if needed, and what if the batteries have died? I would think it would great for a 10mm hunting gun though. Not sure Yet I would trust my life with it.
  19. cciman


    Jan 19, 2009
    SW Ohio
    I do, but my AR-SBR is really uncomfortable in a IWB holster, and makes me look like J. Holmes. I really like the Eotech though.:rofl:
  20. Genin

    Genin Designated Left

    Oct 25, 2010
    Bloomsburg PA
    The RMR02 is constant on with self-adjusting brightness. Activation is instant. If the batteries have died, you use your regular irons just like any other pistol you've shot. You really have to try it to see just how large of an advantage it is. These pistols will be more and more common in the upcoming years. Mine is from OneSourceTactical btw.