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Police Product Test: Trijicon RedDot

This accurate sight is lightweight enough that you can use it on your handgun even on duty.

July 01, 2008  |  by Scott Smith - Also by this author


Trijicon

RedDot Sight

The Trijicon RedDot Sight is designed to be mounted on several of the company's ACOGs, but is also designed to be mounted on a handgun. I know there will be numerous guffaws at the idea of a red-dot sight on a duty handgun. But naysayers were also quick to dismiss the use of red-dot sights on duty ARs a decade ago. Now they're not a novelty but the norm.

I know runtime is a major consideration for a duty weapon, and you won't be disappointed in this regard. The Trijicon RedDot is powered by a single lithium "watch" style battery and will run for a year should you not put the "sleeper" cover on the sight. I think a year's runtime should be sufficient for a daily use item.

The Trijicon RedDot is also lightweight and doesn't affect the handling of the handgun. As a matter of fact, like red dots on an AR, the RedDot is fast and easy to acquire. This means faster initial and follow-up shots.

While the RedDot is fast, it is also accurate. The 4MOA dot allows for precise shots under stress and has been proven over and over on the fields of fire of action pistol tournaments. Before discounting this as a proving ground, remember that action pistols first proved the viability of the red dot to the military for use on ARs.

I tested the Trijicon RedDot on a five-inch Springfield Armory Tactical XD9. To mount the sight on this pistol I used a SIG Sauer base (the rear XD dovetail is very close to that of a SIG P series pistol). I found the combination to be accurate, fast, and fun to use. Engaging eight-inch plates at 25 yards was easy and required very few rounds to make the transition from iron sights to this sight.

The Trijicon RedDot will fit into a standard thumb break retention holster, but I doubt the hooded type of systems will clear the display screen. Be sure to verify that your holster will accommodate the Trijicon RedDot should you consider using it for duty. Personally, I think the Trijicon RedDot will be finding its way onto many more duty handguns over the next few years.

Wiley-X

Talon Protective Eyewear

Wiley-X has offered shooters, cops, and GIs protective eyewear with interchangeable lenses for more than a decade. The line continues to evolve with tougher and more durable versions year after year. The Talon carries on this heritage.

The Talon is a full shield and comes as a two-lens set with clear and smoke lenses for varying lighting conditions. You can also purchase a prescription insert that can be snapped in and out. This could come in handy if you wear contacts or if you'll be sharing the Talon as "range" glasses.

I found the Talon had another cool feature: the strap. Most glasses straps slide onto the arms of the glasses, which can add bulk that makes for a poor fit. Wiley-X uses a T-lock to secure the strap to the arms. This innovative strap is secure and can be easily removed if you prefer to go without.

I didn't have time to get my prescription lens put in the lens carrier so I let one of my shooting buds wear the Talon. He said they were comfortable and there was no distortion to his field of view when wearing them. The lenses are easily removed and switched and stay secure.

The Wiley-X Talon will protect your eyes on the range or on duty. With the clear lens you can wear the Talon after dark to protect your eyes from flying liquids and hard objects that could blind you temporarily or permanently. Consider the Wiley-X Talon for 24/7 duty wear; it will keep your eyes operating properly for many years to come.

Tags: Holsters, Scopes/Sights, Knives, Eyewear, Trijicon, Bravo, Eagle Industries, Firearms Accessories, Wiley X

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cscrobe @ 8/6/2008 4:50 PM

I would like to have a choice of a different reticle. I perfer the Holo sight reticle to the dot.

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