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2021 New Optics Guide: Red-Dot Sights

While the hot-as-magma market for guns and ammunition has dominated the news, optics are also selling at a record pace, including red-dot sights...

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While the hot-as-magma market for guns and ammunition has dominated the news, optics are also selling at a record pace, including red-dot sights. Fortunately, optics manufacturers have been able to develop and introduce a dizzying array of new products, including line enhancements, feature-rich budget options and technological marvels that were once unaffordable to anyone not named Bezos, but are now approaching price points where many shooters can make use of them. Whatever your needs or budget, we’ve got the scoop on several red dots that are sure to impress.  Aimpoint | Acro P-2 An improvement upon a game-changing micro red-dot, the new Acro P-2 is submersible to 115 feet, sports a brighter dot and has a ridiculously long battery life of five years—continuous use—at the 6 (of 10) brightness setting. Magnification: 1X Viewing Window Dimensions: 16 mm Reticle: 3.5-MOA red dot Length: 1.9 inches Weight: 2.1 ounces MSRP: $599 (703) 263-9795; aimpoint.com Axeon Optics | RGY Looking for a red—or green, or yellow—dot on a budget? Axeon’s RGY offers three dot color choices in an optic that costs less than a Grant. The sight comes with an integral mount and uses a single CR2032 battery with a claimed 100-hour run time. Magnification: 1X Objective Lens Diameter: 30 mm Reticle: 5-MOA red/green/yellow dot Length: 3.87 inches Weight: 8 ounces MSRP: $49.99 (479) 646-4210; axeonoptics.com Crimson Trace | Rad Max Pro Part of Crimson Trace’s comprehensive optics-line overhaul, the Rad line of red-dot sights gets a reworking to include 40,000 hours of battery life, two Picatinny mounts, an ambient light sensor, shake-to-wake capability and shock-, impact-, fog- and vibration-resistant design. Magnification: 1X Viewing Window Dimensions: 21.4 x30 mm Reticle: 3-MOA red dot Length: 2.1 inches Weight: 2.9 ounces MSRP: $449.99 (800) 442-2406; crimsontrace.com Hex | Wasp With features like rugged 6061 T6 hardcoat anodized-aluminum construction, a scratch-resistant lens and a built-in auto-dimming sensor, the latest in Springfield Armory’s optics line is built to last with always-on operation and IPX7 waterproofing. Magnification: 1X Viewing Window Dimensions: 15x21 mm Reticle: 3.5-MOA red dot Length: 1.6 inches Weight: .7 ounce MSRP: $299 (800) 680-6866; hexoptics.com Holosun | HE407C-GR X2 Now available with a 2-MOA green dot, Holosun’s HE407C-GR X2 mini-red-dot sight offers the company’s proprietary Solar Failsafe backup system, Shake Awake technology and up to 50,000 hours of battery life using a single CR1632 battery. Magnification: 1X Viewing Window Dimensions: 16x23.1 mm Reticle: 2-MOA green dot Length: 1.78 inches Weight: 1.5 ounces MSRP: $299.99 (909) 594-2888; holosun.com Leupold | DeltaPoint Micro The compact, lightweight DeltaPoint Micro presents a unique method of mounting an MRDS, one requiring no slide cutting or mounting plates. The fully-enclosed, low-profile unit fits in the rear-sight dovetail (Glock and Smith & Wesson M&P, with other models soon to follow). Magnification: 1X Viewing Window Diameter: 9 mm Reticle: 3-MOA dot Length: 2.25 inches Weight: 1.1 ounces MSRP: $399.99  (800) 538-7653; leupold.com Leupold | DeltaPoint Pro 6MOA Built with a rugged, aluminum frame and scratch-resistant lenses, the DeltaPoint Pro 6 MOA is designed for professionals. It works with night-vision gear and modern, white phosphorus equipment, and micro-adjustments allow it to be fine-tuned for best performance. Magnification: 1X Viewing Window Dimensions: 19x27 mm Reticle: 6-MOA dot Length: 1.8 inches Weight: 2 ounces MSRP: $399.99 (800) 538-7653; leupold.com SIG Sauer | Romeo2 Open optic, or fully enclosed? Why not both. The latest addition to SIG Sauer Electro-Optics line features a open to closed modular shroud system, which allows users the freedom to select between the two. Magnification: 1X Viewing Window Dimensions: 30 mm Reticle: 3- or 6-MOA Red Dot Length: 1.84 inches Weight: 2.1 ounces MSRP: $599 (603) 610-3000; sigsauer.com Sightmark | Mini Shot A Spec M3 With micro-pistols with optic mounts red-hot and getting hotter, Sightmark’s new Mini Shot A Spec M3 is a smart addition for 2021. Using the common Shield RMSc footprint, the A Spec also comes with a Picatinny rail mount for use as a carbine or back-up option. Magnification: 1X Viewing Window Dimensions: 20x16 mm Reticle: 3-MOA red dot Length: 1.4 inches Weight: .7 ounce MSRP: $186.96 (817) 225-1070; sightmark.com Swampfox | Kraken A growing trend in pistol-mounted red-dot sights is the closer-emitter sight, where the entire unit is covered by the housing, rather than just the lens. The new Kraken sight joins this emerging array of enclosed optics with features including automatic on/off. Magnification: 1X Viewing Window Dimensions: 16 mm Reticle: 3-MOA red dot Length: 1.86 inches Weight: 2.4 ounces MSRP: $349 (720) 389-6719; swampfoxoptics.com Tasco | ProPoint Red Dot Sight Thanks to a mount that is compatible with 3⁄8-inch tip-off and 5⁄8-inch Weaver-style bases, the Tasco ProPoint 1x30 mm red-dot sight adaptable and economic sighting solution that with fit most rifles, not to mention your budget. Magnification: 1X Objective Lens Diameter: 30 mm Reticle: 3-MOA red dot Length: 3.7 inches Weight: 6.7 ounces MSRP: $79.99 (800) 423-3537; tasco.com Trijicon | RMRcc Trijicon’s latest addition to the RMR line, the RMRcc is designed to interface with eight of today’s popular ultra-compact pistols. Snag-free and waterproof to 66 feet, the true-color, multi-coated lens features a 3.25- or 6.5-MOA dot, along with eight brightness settings. Magnification: 1X Viewing Window Dimensions: 18.7x12.8 mm Reticle: 3.25- or 6.5-MOA Red Dot Length: 1.8 inches Weight: 1.2 ounces MSRP: $699 (800) 338-0563; trijicon.com TruGlo | XR21 The new XR Series red-dot sights from TruGlo is comprised of three models, including the XR21, XR24 and XR29. The XR21 features a multicoated objective lens and a footprint matching the Shield RMSc. The red dot features a 3-MOA dot and 10 brightness settings. Magnification: 1X Viewing Window Dimensions: 21x16 mm Reticle: 3-MOA red dot Length: 1.6 inches Weight: .72 ounce MSRP: $216.99 (877) 269-8490; truglo.com