Skip to main content

6 Red Dot Sights for 2020

6 Red Dot Sights for 2020
Photos By Alfredo Rico

Mounting a red-dot sight (RDS) to your pistol gives you an almost unfair advantage. However, for many shooters the question is, “Which RDS should I buy?” In an effort to help narrow your search, here are snapshots of six of the industry’s newest red-dot pistol sights.

Trijicon RMR Type 2 LED RM01

Red Dot Roundup

The Trijicon RMR set the standard in mini-red-dot sights (MRDS). The aptly named RMR, which is an acronym for “Ruggedized Miniature Reflex,” is uniquely shaped to protect the lens from impacts. It has proven itself for years on long guns and handguns in the law-enforcement and military arenas.

The Type 2 features upgraded electronics designed to better withstand the rigors of a reciprocating pistol slide. The concave housing makes for a relatively small objective, which can make it more challenging to pick up the red dot. However, you’ll not find a more battle-tested RDS. 

Trijicon RMR Type 2 LED RM01


  • Magnification: 1X
  • Dot Size: 3.25 MOA
  • Objective: 16mm
  • Length: 1.8 in.
  • Weight: 1.2 oz.
  • Eye Relief: Unlimited
  • Battery Life: 2 years
  • MSRP: $649
  • Manufacturer: Trijicon, trijicon.com

Trijicon SRO

Red Dot Roundup

Last year, Trijicon stunned the shooting world when they introduced the Specialized Reflex Optic (SRO). Already owning a respectable share of the red-dot pistol market, many wondered why Trijicon would come out with a product that would potentially compete with the RMR.


From its introduction, the SRO had some big shoes to fill. Fortunately, the SRO shares the RMR’s footprint, so it fits perfectly in slides milled for the RMR.

The SRO distinguishes itself from the RMR by its noticeably taller and rounded objective lens, which makes it easier to find the dot. While not quite as overbuilt as the RMR, the SRO is plenty sturdy for competition or personal defense.

Trijicon SRO

  • Magnification: 1X
  • Dot Size: 1, 2.5, 5 MOA
  • Objective: 25mm
  • Length: 2.2 in.
  • Weight: 1.6 oz.
  • Eye Relief: Unlimited
  • Battery Life: 3 years
  • MSRP: $749
  • Manufacturer: Trijicon, trijicon.com

SIG Sauer ROMEO3MAX

Red Dot Roundup

Designed in collaboration with IPSC World Champion and SIG Sauer Team Captain Max Michel, the ROMEO3MAX features a 30mm objective lens to maximize the shooter’s field of view. A red-notch filter provides a crisp red dot and a crystal-clear lens.


Whether you choose the 3- or 6-MOA version, the ROMEO3MAX’s dot enables you to get on target quickly, an important skill in competition and on the street.

In recent years, SIG Sauer has been manufacturing more optics. Quality craftsmanship and input from a world champion shooter seems to be a winning combination. Whether it’s on a SIG Sauer firearm or not, the ROMEO3MAX is a viable option.

SIG Sauer ROMEO3MAX


  • Magnification: 1X
  • Dot Size: 3 or 6 MOA
  • Objective: 30mm
  • Length: 2.1 in.
  • Weight: 1.5 oz.
  • Eye Relief: Unlimited
  • Battery Life: 2.85 years
  • MSRP: $780
  • Manufacturer: SIG Sauer, sigsauer.com

Aimpoint ACRO P-1

Red Dot Roundup

“ACRO” stands for Advanced Combat Reflex Sight, and the “P-1” indicates the sight was designed specifically for pistols.

The ACRO P-1 appears bulkier than other pistol RDSs thanks to its enclosed design. Its footprint, however, is actually the same as the RMR and the DeltaPoint Pro. The ACRO P-1’s closed-emitter protects internal components from rain and other environmental hazards that can wreak havoc on the more commonly used open-emitter sights.

The ACRO P-1 was torture tested by riding on the slide of a .40 S&W pistol for over 40,000 rounds. The fact that there were no failures is a testament to the ACRO P-1’s durability.

Aimpoint ACRO P-1

  • Magnification: 1X
  • Dot Size: 3.5 MOA
  • Objective: 30mm
  • Length: 1.9 in.
  • Weight: 2.10 oz.
  • Eye Relief: Unlimited
  • Battery Life: 1.5 years
  • MSRP: $677
  • Manufacturer: Aimpoint, aimpoint.com

Leupold DeltaPoint Pro

Red Dot Roundup

The DeltaPoint Pro was developed with input from U.S. Special Operations. It features a large objective lens that’s parallax free, making it easy to see the dot even when your pistol isn’t perfectly aligned.

As an accessory, a rear sight can be added to the DeltaPoint Pro that can co-witness with the dot. This redundancy in sighting options is critical in both combat and personal defense.

To preserve battery life, the DeltaPoint Pro uses Motion Sensor Technology. This well-­designed red-dot sight is what you’d expect from a company that built its reputation on manufacturing high-quality rifle scopes.

Leupold DeltaPoint Pro

  • Magnification: 1X
  • Dot Size: 2.5 MOA
  • Objective: 25mm
  • Length: 1.8 in.
  • Weight: 1.1 oz.
  • Eye Relief: Unlimited
  • Battery Life: Not available
  • MSRP: $520
  • Manufacturer: Leupold, leupold.com

Shield RMSc

Red Dot Roundup

Little brother to the popular Shield RMS, the RMSc is specifically designed for subcompacts like the Glock 43, SIG Sauer P365 and the Springfield Armory Hellcat. As such, the Shield RMSc has been flying off the shelves at Brownells, their U.S. distributor.

The Shield RMSc is available with either a 4- or 8-MOA dot. Its narrower profile prevents it from extending beyond the slide of subcompact pistols, making them more comfortable to carry concealed. The Shield RMSc also makes it easier to shoot subcompact pistols accurately.

Shield RMSc

  • Magnification: 1X
  • Dot Size: 4 or 8 MOA
  • Length: 1.7 in.
  • Weight: .57 oz.
  • Eye Relief: Unlimited
  • Battery Life: 2.5 years
  • MSRP: $400
  • Manufacturer: Shield Sights, shieldpsd.com

Red Dot

To read more articles like this, click here to purchase a print or digital copy of Red Dot.

Current Magazine Cover

Enjoy articles like this?

Subscribe to the magazine.

Get access to everything Guns & Ammo has to offer.
Subscribe to the Magazine

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Surefire XSC Micro-Compact Pistol Light: First Look

Surefire XSC Micro-Compact Pistol Light: First Look

Small, lightweight and purpose-built for sub-compact carry guns, Surefire's XSC pistol light takes on EDC illumination segment.

Guns & Ammo TV: Cameras Don

Guns & Ammo TV: Cameras Don't Lie: 9mm vs .45 ACP

The age-old question, 9mm vs .45 ACP. For some, this has been asked and answered already. For others, the debate goes on. In this segment of “Cameras Don't Lie,” competitive shooters Patrick Sweeney and Jim Tarr head to the range to put the vaunted loads on record, and then consider the footage.

Cameras Don

Cameras Don't Lie: Subsonic 9mm vs. .300 Blackout

In this segment of "Cameras Don't Lie," a subsonic-ammo showdown, 9mm vs. .300 Blackout fired from AR rifles.

Pocket-Pistol Carry Tips and Tricks

Pocket-Pistol Carry Tips and Tricks

Pocket carry, as a method of concealed carry for a defensive firearm, can be a practical option when done right. This is especially true during the colder months when heavy outer garments can obstruct access to a traditional waistline holster. Former U.S. Navy SEAL Jeff Gonzales, president of Trident Concepts, joins G&A contributor Kimberly Heath-Chudwin to discuss guns, training and gear, including Blackhawk's TecGrip holster that can make pocket carry more successful.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

The one glaring weakness in the .30-­caliber magnum cartridge lineup is best highlighted by examining the requirement around which Hornady designed the .300 PRC; the requirement came from the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). .300 PRC Review Rifle

.300 PRC Review

Tom Beckstrand - March 12, 2019

The one glaring weakness in the .30-­caliber magnum cartridge lineup is best highlighted by...

In this segment of “At The Range,” Handgunning Editor Jeremy Stafford and contributor Patrick Sweeney compare the visibility of red and green lasers in outdoor, sunny conditions. Red vs. Green Lasers: Visibility in Bright Light Accessories

Red vs. Green Lasers: Visibility in Bright Light

Guns & Ammo Staff - August 24, 2020

In this segment of “At The Range,” Handgunning Editor Jeremy Stafford and contributor Patrick...

Whether you're going hunting or to the range, hitting your target is more fun when you have a zeroed rifle scope. Here's how to sight in your rifle scope setup in five quick-and-easy steps.How to Sight In a Rifle Scope in 5 Steps How-To

How to Sight In a Rifle Scope in 5 Steps

Craig Boddington - June 04, 2018

Whether you're going hunting or to the range, hitting your target is more fun when you have a...

The Winchester .350 Legend straight-wall cartridge is ideally suited for hunting hogs and deer; here's everything you need to know to make it work for you..350 Legend Cartridge: Everything You Need to Know Rifle

.350 Legend Cartridge: Everything You Need to Know

Tom Beckstrand - April 02, 2019

The Winchester .350 Legend straight-wall cartridge is ideally suited for hunting hogs and...

See More Trending Articles

More Optics

The Vortex  Razor HD Gen III 1-­10X retains all of the features of its predecessor, while offering a 66 percent increase in available magnification. The two scopes are the same length and weight, and have almost identical behind-­the-­scope characteristics. At maximum magnification, both make it equally easy to acquire a full field of view.Vortex Razor HD Gen III 1-10x24mm Scope Review Optics

Vortex Razor HD Gen III 1-10x24mm Scope Review

Tom Beckstrand - July 16, 2020

The Vortex Razor HD Gen III 1-­10X retains all of the features of its predecessor, while...

The Pulsar Thermion XG50 Thermal Riflescope is the first-ever riflescope to combine a BAE sensor, onboard recording, automatic & manual calibration options, multiple color palettes, and manual focus.Pulsar Thermion XG50 Thermal Riflescope - First Look Optics

Pulsar Thermion XG50 Thermal Riflescope - First Look

Guns & Ammo Staff - September 02, 2020

The Pulsar Thermion XG50 Thermal Riflescope is the first-ever riflescope to combine a BAE...

While the Omnia 8 1-­8x24mm isn't the ideal choice for precision riflery, it is an excellent choice for recreational use — about 90-­percent of all rifle shooting. The wide magnification range lets the owner use it from the muzzle out to several hundred yards, useful under a wide variety of lighting conditions.TruGlo Omnia 8 1-8x24mm Scope Review Optics

TruGlo Omnia 8 1-8x24mm Scope Review

Tom Beckstrand - June 12, 2020

While the Omnia 8 1-­8x24mm isn't the ideal choice for precision riflery, it is an excellent...

The window of the Aimpoint ACRO P-1 is generous, allowing a good sight picture and good light transfer. It isn't as generous as the Trijicon SRO, but the ACRO is intended for duty use, not for competition like the SRO, so that's not an Aimpoint ACRO P-1 Review Optics

Aimpoint ACRO P-1 Review

Jeremy Stafford - June 22, 2020

The window of the Aimpoint ACRO P-1 is generous, allowing a good sight picture and good light...

See More Optics

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Guns & Ammo App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Guns and Ammo subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now