TFB REVIEW: The Trijicon RMR HD Red Dot Sight

I have carried a GLOCK 45 MOS every day for over a year in an inside the waistband holster. Equipped with a Surefire 300 Ultra and a Trijicon RMR, this is my perfect EDC gun for almost every situation.  But I didn’t fully appreciate the power of a slide-mounted red dot until I attended a basic two-day optics training class. We’ll talk more about the training in a bit, but my gun with the RMR was the only one that didn’t suffer from sort of optic failure during the drills. Now, officially announced last month, the Trijicon RMR HD adds features and functionality – including a forward facing light sensor – to an already bulletproof optic system for pistols. Let’s take a look.

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Red Dot Revolution: Smith & Wesson Releases Upgraded M&P9 M2.0

Smith & Wesson has just announced an upgrade to the popular M&P9 M2.0 line of carry and duty pistols. With raised sights and the C.O.R.E. mounting plates, the upgraded M&P9 M2.0 is micro red dot sight (MRDS) optic-ready. Over three years ago, we announced that the Houston Police Department had approved slide-mounted optics for duty use. Since then, dozens of local, state, and federal agencies have made policy adjustments to allow the sight upgrades. The update also includes S&W’s new flat trigger. Additional details can be found below.

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TFB Review: The Hellcat RDP from Springfield Armory

Springfield Armory is a storied name. Its lineage stretches back to America’s early days, more than two centuries before the genesis of today’s Hellcat pistol. The original version of Springfield Armory was a military weapons storage facility in Massachusetts, ordered by George Washington in 1777. In 1795, they added arms production capability for the fledgling nation’s armed forces, and this practice continued for 173 years. After the facility ceased operations in 1968 and was subsequently declared a National Historic Site, a small gunmaker in Texas began using the name to take advantage of its notoriety. In 1974, the L. H. Gun Company officially became Springfield Armory, Inc. and moved to Illinois. Though the name is the only thing they substantively share in common, the modern private company gives a nod to the historic military armory’s legacy by wearing it.

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Holosun Announces New Green Reticle Optics Models

Holosun came on the scene in 2013 with the intent to bring some new product options into the optics and laser/infrared market. Over the course of the last eight years, they have advanced their operations substantially and committed to seek significant improvements in their offerings. As a result of this dedication and growth, today they produce and sell a number of popular optics models, primarily in the red dot/reflex sight space. Their efforts were enough for industry titan Trijicon to take note, as a patent infringement lawsuit between the two optics companies was filed and subsequently settled out of court last year.

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TFB Review: Holosun 507K Mini Red Dot Sight

In the early days following their founding just seven years ago, Holosun’s optics sat firmly in the “budget” category. I think it’s fair to say that in general they were not particularly highly regarded. Although some shooters liked them just fine, others certainly did not, and at first, they didn’t appear to be a threat to unseat any titans of the gun glass world. However, as is usually the case with companies who survive the struggles of their first few years, they’ve made notable improvements since their humble genesis, and have taken some pointed lessons learned. Holosun in 2020 is not the same as they were in 2015, and today ever more shooters are becoming believers in products they wouldn’t have considered in the not-so-distant past. Consumers have taken notice, as have competitors, with Holosun’s pistol red dots, in particular, seeming to be gaining a fair amount market share.

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Shield Sights Announces New Glass Edition RMSc

More news in the world of pistol optics, as Shield Sights brings a new Glass  RMSc edition to the game. In the wake of Holosun’s notable success with their 507K and 407K red dots, and hot on the heels of the release of Trijicon’s long-awaited RMRcc, Shield is updating their OG slim-frame pistol sight. Given the explosion in popularity of optics-ready slimmer-framed pistols like SIG Sauer’s P365 and P365XL, Glock’s 43X and 48 MOS versions, and the Springfield Hellcat, the market appears to be showing a clear demand both for handguns like these as well as the small optics that are designed to fit them. Most optics-ready slim-frame pistols from makers like SIG Sauer, Springfield, Walther, Canik, and Glock have adopted the standardized footprint of the Shield sight, and most other optics brands (Trijicon being a conspicuous exception) have followed suit.

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New Leopold Addition: DeltaPoint Pro Night Vision Ready

When it comes to micro red dot sights, the Leupold DeltaPoint Pro is objectively one of the best options in today’s fairly crowded market. With auto-on capability, rugged construction and the optional built-in rear sight, the DeltaPoint Pro fits perfectly on a variety of different weapon systems. Now Leupold is announcing a new version; a DeltaPoint Pro Night Vision ready that includes 10 brightness settings and allows for further fine tuning of the both the highest and lowest settings. The DeltaPoint Pro is made in the USA.

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DOT THE EYE: TFB's Top Picks For Micro Red Dot Sights (MRDS)

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

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COMPACT MRDS: The New Shield Sights RMSc For Pocket Pistols

I think I have found my next mini red dot sight – Shield Sights has just announced the RMSc MRDS, a slimmer version of their RMS for larger pistols. The smaller footprint allows for zero overhang on popular pocket pistols like the Glock 43 and the S&W Shield pistols. Hopefully TFB will get a chance to get some hands on with the Shield Sights mini-MRDS (my words, not theirs).

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POTD: No More Distortion Or Tint Issues, Broken Vortex Viper

Dustin W. posted this photo of his Glock 19 MOS with Vortex Viper mini red dot. To his surprise it only lasted one box of 9mm. See the piece of glass sitting below the trigger guard? That is the glass from the Viper.

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BREAKING: Trijicon To Announce New RMR Model?

It looks like Trijicon is releasing a new RMR model that has been revised to addresses many of the concerns with the original model. It appears that the RMR Type 2 will retain all of the features that we know and love with the addition of some new ones as well as refinements that should make it an all around better optic.

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TFB Review: Springfield Armory XDM OSP In 9mm

I have a confession to make. Polymer, striker fired pistols that don’t start with a ‘G’ and end with a ‘k’ turn me off. Why? Because it will always take a lot to move me away from my current set of favorite defensive handguns. Also, what if I find one I like more? Am I ready to have my world turned upside down? Enough of the fake drama, let’s take a look at the competition-focused Springfield Armory XDM OSP with the Vortex Venom mini red dot sight.

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TFB Review: Springfield Armory XDM OSP In 9mm

I have a confession to make. Polymer, striker fired pistols that don’t start with a ‘G’ and end with a ‘k’ turn me off. Why? Because it will always take a lot to move me away from my current set of favorite defensive handguns. Also, what if I find one I like more? Am I ready to have my world turned upside down? Enough of the fake drama, let’s take a look at the competition-focused Springfield Armory XDM OSP with the Vortex Venom mini red dot sight.

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TFB Review: Springfield Armory XDM OSP In 9mm

I have a confession to make. Polymer, striker fired pistols that don’t start with a ‘G’ and end with a ‘k’ turn me off. Why? Because it will always take a lot to move me away from my current set of favorite defensive handguns. Also, what if I find one I like more? Am I ready to have my world turned upside down? Enough of the fake drama, let’s take a look at the competition-focused Springfield Armory XDM OSP with the Vortex Venom mini red dot sight.

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