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Top 5 Reflex Sights For Your Pistol



Feature | Top 5 Reflex Sights for Your Pistol | red dot sights

How useful are reflector sights for your firearm? Also known as “red dot reflex” sights, these sights are becoming more and more prominent as a real option for quick target acquisition. Before the birth of modern fighter jets, aircraft gunners relied on reflector sights to improve their aim. Today, the same visual technology is used in firearms with an enhanced capability that benefits the shooter.

There are actually tons of gun accessories to assist with your aim, but reflex sights for pistols require you to bring the gun up properly and focus on one dot instead of lining up rear and front sights. Let's take a look at the top reflex sight picks for your handgun below!

Reflector Sights | What's Best for Your Handgun


1. Bushnell First Strike

Bushnell First Strike | Top Reflex Sights For Your Pistol | red dot sights

Bushnell First Strike Tactical Red Dot Reflex Sight Review Photo by Major Pandemic

The Bushnell First Strike is small, lightweight, and able to withstand the rigors of a semi-automatic handgun. The First Strike's red dot is 5 MOA, which makes it easy to pick up the dot in the lens. It's shockproof and designed to mount on any Picatinny rail.

2. Docter Sight C

Docter Sight C | Top Reflex Sights for Your Pistol | red dot sights

Docter Sight C reflex Sight Photo by All4shooters

This German-made reflex sight is the third version of the Docter Sight products. It's one of the smallest reflex sights, weighing in at less than an ounce. Plus, fans like its ease of use. This Docter Sight's most notable feature is being able to automatically adjust the dot's brightness depending on the light.

3. Trijicon RMR Dual Illuminated

Trijicon RMR Dual Illuminated | Top Reflex Sights for Your Pistol | red dot sights

Carrying a Pistol with a Red Dot Sight Photo by Outdoor Hub

Known in gun circles as the most expensive but best in its class, the Trijicon RMR is one of the most durable red dot sights available. It has a patented shape that absorbs impact and diverts stress away from the lens. These reflex pistol sights are made from high-grade aluminum, strong enough to guard the edges of the lens.

4. Vortex Razor

Vortex Razor | Top Reflector Sights for Your Pistol | red dot sights

Gear Review: Vortex Razor Red Dot Photo by Guns

The Vortex Razor red dot sight has a fairly rugged build. It's available in 3 MOA and 6 MOA dot configurations. Both configurations are available for mounting to a wide variety of firearms. The Vortex has a wide field lens and gives the shooter an impressive field of view.

5. Leupold Delta Point Pro

Leupold Delta Point Pro | Top Reflex Sights for Your Pistol | red dot sights

How Reflex Sights Will Help Your Shooting Photo by Guns and Ammo

This reflex sight has quick adjustments for elevation and windage which can be done using the base of a cartridge or a flathead screwdriver. The Leupold Delta Point Pro is very durable, with spring steel guard protecting its scratch-resistant lens.


Watch this video about the Leupold Delta Point Pro pistol sight courtesy of My Extreme Hunting & Fishing:

What do you think of these top picks for handgun reflector sights? You can be confident in the strength and durability of these products. Moreover, it will be easier for you to engage the target, especially in the hunting grounds where your accuracy greatly matters.

Have you tried using reflector sights? We want to hear your experiences in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.


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  1. Richard

    September 24, 2017 at 7:18 AM

    Kind of awkward…for carry & conceal???

    • Agostino

      September 24, 2017 at 8:29 AM

      I agree. Why not a slimmer design?

      • HipV

        October 5, 2017 at 12:00 PM

        The Sig Sauer Romeo 1 red dot reflex sight has a small profile indeed. So small, in fact, that you can co-witness with your iron sights (if you haven’t removed your rear sights to make room for the red dot sight). I’ve not experienced any awkwardness in carrying my Sig P320 compact with the Romeo 1 red dot. Just make sure that your holster will accomodate the red dot (and most seem to work, that’s how small its profile is).

  2. HipV

    September 16, 2017 at 6:01 PM

    I began using red dot reflex sights in earnest in 2016. And I must admit my target acquisition, accuracy and precision has improved dramatically. In fact, on a recent defense handgun training session with my son, I shot more accurately with my reflex sight than he did with iron sights. This impressed him considerably, especially since he is an excellent shooter and has always outshot me.

    But I have a major concern with Mr Mathers’ article. It appeared to be favoring the Leopold brand above the other four brands as witnessed by the advertising video provided for that one product and not the others. Equal billing should’ve been provided. Another blaring omission was, in my opinion, if you’re going to include the Trijicon brand, why wasn’t the Sig Sauer Romeo 1 reflex sight included? It has a small profile and sits low enough on the slide to allow witnessing with your iron sights (if they have not been removed in favor of the reflex sight) should your batteries go south. Additionally, the sight is built out one solid billet of metal that allows it to take quite a bit of punishment making it a very robust piece of optics. But last, but not least, it comes with a motion detection system that turns off the unit when not in use and back on when the firearm is picked up. Quite a battery saving feature if you asked me. And lastly, for a written article to really pique my interest about equipment being compared or highlighted, price (whether entry level or high end – like the Trijicons) is a key factor to include.

    There’s been much banter back and forth about not relying on anything but your iron sights when the SHTF scenario comes along. There’s some merit to that thinking: keeping it simple. The Romeo 1 reflex sight allows you that flexibility. That being said, I cannot ignore the advantages that red dot reflex sights bring to the sight picture (no pun intended). Young or old, you’ll shoot better with them, guaranteed!

    • Dave

      October 5, 2017 at 9:55 AM

      I like my under barrel small “Green” laser better.

      • HipV

        October 5, 2017 at 11:49 AM

        Lasers have their limitations due to the surrounding light level in which they are used. While the green laser is much better than the red in daylight conditions (because it certainly shows up better), in direct sunlight, it becomes tought to detect. Red dots don’t suffer from this problem.

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