My Take on Appropriate Red Dot Sight Usage for Various Applications Red-dot sights are evolving into a very practical and useful tool for shooters, particularly when they are mated with handguns. This is especially so with the law enforcement services. I can see a day when the police will be mandated to go to red-dot sights. The dilemma with iron sights is; when an officer focuses on the front sight (which is proper), then everything in front of that point (the front sight) is blurry. With a red-dot sight; if the red dot is on target, both the dot, and the target, are in focus. No more "I thought he had a gun" when, in fact, the guy was holding a cell phone (or whatever). Red-dot sights have evolved to a point where they make very good sense as a general issue piece of equipment. I'll go one further. Putting on my administrator's hat, I'd like to see a FIXED SIGHT red-dot sight. No ability on the part of officers to fiddle with their sights. For any rational distance an officer might be using their handgun, such a design would be just fine. And eliminate much potential mischief on the part of inventive officers. I would also require the following of this sight: * Battery change must be done easily (with a special tool?) without removing the sight from the sidearm * No less robust than adjustable sights (adjustable sights have been accepted for duty use by many agencies over the years, and have been found to be serviceable) One other advantage red-dot sights have; training people to use iron sights is very difficult. Often, no matter how much training time is allotted to an officer, the proper relationship between front sight, rear sight and the target is never fully mastered. Or, if understood, during a confrontation involving shots fired, all the training simply turns to poo. For the purposes of this discussion, I suggest the following red-dot sights would be appropriate for the uses outlined below: Military * Trijicon RMR: Very robust, long battery life. Con: Sight must be removed from weapon for battery replacement Law Enforcement * Trijicon RMR: Very robust, long battery life. Con: Sight must be removed from weapon for battery replacement * Leupold Deltapoint: Reasonably robust, battery replacement is from the top (no sight removal needed) Sport * Vortex Venom or Burris Fast Fire III: Very similar sights. Battery replacement is from the top for both models. Based on my empirical experience with these sights (mostly the Venom, now with some limited exposure to the Burris model), they hold to their set point-of-aim. *If I were King (and I ought to be), I would have Glock manufacture a pistol with a tough red-dot sight attached, with the battery for that sight located in the grip (that dead air space at the rear of the grip could hold a battery that would last a user a decade. Seriously.) The sight would be “on” all the time. When no movement was detected, the sight would go “off“ after a finite number of hours. There would be two versions; a police, fixed-sight model, and an adjustable-sight model (for us competent guys...). Please feel free to critique all of the above. Having served in law enforcement for forty-one years, I’m used to pain.