(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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