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Houston PD Permits Officers to Use Pistol Optics

July 09, 2018  | 

(Photo: Straight 8 photography)
(Photo: Straight 8 photography)

In what may be the largest law enforcement adoption of red dot sights on pistols to date, the Houston Police Department has issued a letter to sworn officers approving the optics for duty use, the Firearms Blog reports.

The department has set some specific rules officers must follow in order to use the pistol optics. They must use Safariland's level III Holster; only optics-ready pistols from specified manufacturers will be accepted; and they must complete an eight-hour training course prior to putting the pistol optics into service. In addition, officers must have back up iron sights installed either in the form of suppressor height sights or a rear sight attachment.

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Comments (2)

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Jon REtired LEO @ 7/9/2018 3:41 PM

Don't know much about pistol optics but it would seem a move in the right direction.

Mickey @ 7/12/2018 10:45 PM

One of my dept.'s range instructors is testing this concept. Most people he's allowed to use his weapon cant hit anything with the red dot. Seams as if they are overthinking the process and disregarding masic marksmanship skills because the dot is some sort of magic cure. There's still a lot of training that goes into this. The hours of practice it took to learn iron sights are also needed to learn these red dot systems. Being compleatly honest, most officers rarely train, meaning that these things are not for most officers. For the ones that do put in the hours, thes things can push the envelope of marksmanship like moder optics did for rifles.

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