Vortex Optics Adds New Defender-ST Red Dot Sight

Daniel Y
by Daniel Y

There is a new micro red dot from Vortex Optics, the Defender-ST. It has a lot in common with the Defender-CCW, but has a DeltaPoint Pro footprint. This new model is not just for handgun use, but would be at home on a shotgun or as a 1x optic in conjunction with a variable scope. Let’s take a look a the features.

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Like the -CCW model, the Defender-ST has a Fast-Rack surface around the lens for racking on surfaces for one-handed manipulations. Brightness adjustments are controlled by buttons on both sides of the optic. The -ST weighs in at 1.48 ounces, which is slightly heavier than the 0.95-ounce -CCW.

The Defender-ST runs on a 2032 battery, which sits in a top-mounted compartment so it can be changed without unmounting the optic. Both windage and elevation adjustments are 1 MOA per click. Vortex offers two reticle options in the Defender-ST, a 3-MOA dot and a 6-MOA dot. Both have a $469 MSRP and a minimum advertised price of $329.

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From the manufacturer:

Struggling to find a red dot that works great on all your guns? Vortex® hears you. That’s why we’re excited to introduce the new Defender-ST™. It’s the new all-purpose micro red dot designed for everything–from your handgun to your shotgun, paired up with a carbine, or piggybacked on your AR’s LPVO.

Whether running drills at the range or meeting the demands of duty use, the Defender-ST™ is ready when and wherever you are. Rugged and reliable? It’s a given. Large sight window? Absolutely. Motion-activation and a dot with adjustable brightness deliver superior target acquisition, adaptability in all lighting conditions, and faster follow-up shots. Other design benefits include:

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Daniel Y
Daniel Y

AKA @fromtheguncounter on Instagram. Gun nerd, reloader, attorney, and mediocre hunter. Daniel can still be found on occasion behind the counter at a local gun store. When he is not shooting, he enjoys hiking, camping, and rappelling around Utah.

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  • Blah Blah on Feb 22, 2024

    So is it not shit like the CCW or what?

  • Town22 Town22 on Feb 26, 2024

    My experience with vortex is with the venom 6moa and 3 moa. I like the venom over the Holosun 407x. But seeing in the pictures above that the battery is place in the same position as the venom and viper which is the issue. The battery cap is very difficult to fit (doable) but difficult.