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07-12-2011, 23:14
I was just wondering if any of you all shoot with a red dot optic (whether reflex or tube) on your 1911 or any pistol for that matter? I'm slightly intrigued by them, since sometimes with my cross dominance and astigmatism in my eyes, makes it hard to focus on aligning the sights and focusing. I know red dots and astigmatisms don't mix, usually making the dot not as sharp, but I have a few aimpoints (M3, C3, t1, and h1) along with my sig red dot optic and have no issues seeing the dot. And it's good for FAST target acquisition once you get used to it.

So anyone use one? They have a few options I was looking at, trijicon RMR, burris fast fire II, and the primary arms red dot (wide range, primary arms would only be for a 22lr, but the RMR would go nicely with a nice threaded and suppressed 1911).

What's your thoughts?

Any downsides?

What would you be interested in?

07-12-2011, 23:53
I've shot a Colt Government SS equipped with a Docter Optik red dot some years back. It worked pretty well, but I didn't find it to be any faster or more accurate than iron sights, but then I didn't have a lot of practice with it.

07-13-2011, 00:10
I have a few dot sights, but the only handgun equipped with one is a Ruger 22/45.

If you haven't already, you might try a fiber-optic front sight. With any decent light the tube-end will glow quite bright and provide an excellent aiming dot.

07-13-2011, 01:05
I have a ruger threaded 22/45 model with a rail, i already jumped the gun and ordered a primary arms micro dot for it. But i want to have a few 1911 suppressor hosts, one being a nighthawk custom, the other maybe my sa mc operator, and instead of having tall sights, maybe getting a dr optic or trijicon rmr for the rear sight dovetail. Gotta see how i like the micro dot first.

07-13-2011, 04:33
Definitely try out the red dot before buying. Astigmatism makes the dot look more like a cluster of dots for me. Even some of the holographic models do not give me a clear sight picture. I have no problems with standard reticle type scopes, just the red dot ones.

07-13-2011, 06:08
I started shooting IPSC before there were any divisions, so a dot sight was a must. Personally, I like a stationary dot over a slide ride, though that's what I am more used to. I shoot with a few shooters with vision problems, and they all say the dot helps.

I still have a few in the stable, though find myself shooting irons more these days.


07-13-2011, 11:12
I have played with them on some of my 1911s with .22 conversion units on top. They are O.K.



07-13-2011, 11:16
OneSourceTactical has a prototype of a 1911 milled with a RMR. It really doesn't look right compared to the Glocks and stuff. I know some of the open shooters run JPoints and Dr Optic sights.

07-13-2011, 11:51
i do not own any, but have shot different variations extensively. I personally do not like them. If you have it mounted, i found you have to hold the gun differently, which i do not like. Ive also shot a few with the optic cut into the slide. I like that a lot better for drawing to first shot, but its a bastard for follow ups

07-13-2011, 16:41

07-13-2011, 17:20
Looks like a magnifing glass on that thing.:tongueout: