It makes a lot of sense to have a red dot sight on your handgun because after all, remember how easy it was to use your Laser Tag gun? Yes, that did have a red dot built into it and it was fun and easy to shoot. Most people think red dots are for rifles when in all reality, it’s because putting a red dot optic on a handgun is often a hassle and needs a gunsmith that most people don’t want to deal with the fact that they need a gunsmith and have to wait for it to get done. We sell a lot of rifle and pistols sights and reference a local gunsmith so they can have them get put on fairly quickly. Another hassle of having optics on your handgun is trying to find a holster that will mount the gun properly and protect the sight. Other than that, it’s going to be much easy to hit moving targets and acquire them with an optic.
I will say that the vast majority of my experience is with the Trijicon RMR optics and they have a proven history of working, but just like we are seeing red dot prices for rifles come down, with companies like Vortex $200 red dots and even Trijicon coming out with a commercial market $450+ red dot, people have found that companies like Burris and Vortex are really taking a chunk away from Trijicon with their own product line. I will say that track records really matter because there is always going to be a failing point. The companies that have ties to the military have the longest history of putting stuff out that lasts but there are always going to be pros and cons and definitely educate yourself on the warranties before you buy. Eotech Mini Red Dots are also something to consider checking out but it’s always nice to find a place that you an look through before buying. With sights like this there is always one that works better with your eyes and that’s how you should choose them.