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Thread: Red dot on 1911 carry

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    Red dot on 1911 carry

    Went to the range today with my new Wilson Combat commander 1911 .45ACP and at 70 my eyes may not be quite as sharp as they used to be. A good friend of mine who also carries says he has a red dot on his carry. What are your thoughts?

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    I’ve personally seen in multiple training courses that they’re slower to acquire than iron sights. That said, to those of us trained in the threat focused skills; iron sights are too slow to acquire. So, it all depends on the shooter’s level of training.

    I shoot with a few guys in IDPA who use them, and they do seem to shoot accurately with them, though not that quickly. If your primary interest is target shooting, you may like them.

    I’ll be 70 next January myself.
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    Years back I shot a friends gun that had the old C more red dot on it.
    Fired the first shot, the gun recoiled and I spend the next minute trying to find the dot in the sight again.
    I don't care for them on a handgun.
    With that said I have them on most of my Ar rifles.
    When a rifle comes up to your shoulder, it mounts to the shooter at four points.
    The Shoulder, the face cheek, and both hands.
    So when the rifle comes up the red dot should be right in front of you.

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    I have tried 1911s with red dots. As both the previous responses have already commented, it takes longer to acquire the red dot than it does to acquire open sights.

    What sights do you have on your pistol now? Perhaps a green fiber optic front sight would be a better option than a red dot.
    Hawkmoon
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    I agree with Hawkmoon, I tried to shoot a friend's 1911 with red dot once but I didn't feel at ease with it, maybe it's only a matter of habit; I love red fiber front sights instead.
    Sergio
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    Thanks everyone. I greatly appreciate your thoughts.

    Jim

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    I'm 74 and I don't/can't rely on standard sights. I have both a red dot front sight and a dual green dot rear sight plus a green laser grip and both work perfectly for me. I do train regularly and that also helps.
    NRA Life Member, JPFO member, NAGR member, 2nd Amendment Foundation member and Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 996

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    If you have trouble picking up the red dot after firing, the gun doesn't fit you or your grip shifted a lot.
    I know when I reached 65, I really did not appreciate iron sights for accuracy any more. Oh, I can pick them up fast enough for a 4" group at 12 yards, but not for real precision at 25 or 50 yards any more.
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