Gear, REd Dots

What Size Dot Should I Use For My Pistol?

Red Dots On Pistols!

Although previously reserved only for Race Guns that weren’t terribly practical from an everyday cost or carrying standpoint, red dots can now be easily mounted on pistols from most every major manufacturers. Glock, Smith & Wesson, Sig, and many others are now offering pistols straight from the factory ready to accept red dots, and some even come pre-mounted with the factory made or recommended red dots. At this point, I think it’s pretty safe to say that the red dot technology is practical, mainstream, and here to say.

Does Size Matter?

One of the most common questions about having a red dot on a pistol is what size dot you should choose. Red dot sizing is measured in Minutes of Angle, or MOA. Now, the explanation of MOA is long-winded and should be the subject of another article, but the short and simple is this; a 1 MOA dot will cover approximately 1″ at 100 yards, while a 4 MOA dot will cover approximately 4″, so on and so forth.

Because mounting red dots on the slide of a pistol is fairly new by mainstream concepts, a lot of people are falling back onto the principles they know and use on a rifle, where you’ve seen red dots in common use for well over a decade. Generally speaking, people pick a fairly small dot size on a rifle, 1-2 MOA, so that they can still make precise shots on small or distant targets. Larger dot sizes are often looked at as being imprecise, but is that really the case? Well, I’ve got a thing or two to say about it, so check out the video below.

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