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Bushnell RXC-200 and RXU-200 Red Dot Sights

Bushell has arrived with two sizes for one sighting solution with their new red dots. Here's a full review.

Bushnell RXC-200 and RXU-200 Red Dot Sights

Bushnell’s RXC-­200 and RXU-­200 each display a 6 MOA red dot that’s always on and automatically adjusts to lighting conditions. Their CR2032 battery provides a runtime of more than 50,000 hours on mid-­level intensity. The 7075-­T6 aircraft-grade billet aluminum housing helps protect the glass and electronics from recoil and hard use. The RXC-­200 features a taller, larger lens for faster dot acquisition. The RXU-­200 has a short lens for optimal concealment. MSRP $199 (Photo by Alfredo Rico)

As a follow up to the success of the RSX-­250 reflex sight, which was intended for full-­sized pistols, rifles and shotguns, Bushnell recently unveiled the RXC-­200 and the RXU-­200. “C” stands for “Compact,” while “U” stands for “Ultra-­compact.” Designed specifically for small, optic-­ready pistols like the Glock 43, Smith & Wesson Shield, SIG Sauer P365 and Springfield Armory Hellcat, the red dots feature a sealed, impact-­resistant chassis machined from 7075-­T6 billet aluminum, garnering them a MIL-STD-­810 impact and vibration rating. The fully multi-­coated glass lens on either sight is Bushnell’s EXO Barrier, which helps protect the lens in rainy or dusty conditions.

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The RXC-200 (right) stands 5mm taller than the RXU-200 (left). Naturally, the RXU is easier to conceal, but a larger profile allows for faster sight acquisition. (Photo by Alfredo Rico)

The RXC-­200 and RXU-­200 sights afford the user a point-and-shoot interface. Each unit displays a constant red 6 MOA dot that auto-­adjusts for brightness based on ambient lighting. While dot size is partially a matter of preference, a larger dot tends to be faster to acquire. With a relatively large dot for their size, the RX-­200 sights were clearly designed with concealed carry in mind.

The RXC-­200 and RXU-­200 run on a bottom-loaded CR2032 battery that powers each sight more than 50,000 hours according to indoor lighting conditions. An IPX7 ingress protection rating ensures the sights will withstand submersion in less than a meter of water for 30 minutes, so they should easily endure a little inclement weather.

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A 6 MOA dot auto-adjusts for brightness on both sights. The rear sight notch allows for co-witnessing iron sights on many pistols. (Photo by Alfredo Rico)

Each sight features a low-­profile base to prevent snagging when the pistol is drawn from concealment. The integral rear dovetail facilitates co-­witnessing with many pistol sights as a backup in the unlikely event the dot should malfunction. Each sight is 1.6 inches long. The RXC-­200 weighs 25 grams, 2 grams heavier than the RXU-­200’s 23-gram weight. However, the real difference between the two sights is in the height of the lens.

The RXC-­200 stands 5mm taller, rendering it similar in dimensions to a prototypical red-dot sight. All things being equal, the taller the lens, the easier it is to acquire the dot. Of course, for shooters new to red-dots sights, this tends to be where the struggle is. That said, even many experienced red-dot shooters prefer a larger lens.

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Mounting the RXC- and RXU-200 is simple, and both are just as easily sighted-in using the provided Allen wrench to adjust the windage and elevation screws. (Photo by Alfredo Rico)

The RXU-­200, on the other hand, favors the covert. While the dot might be a little harder to find, the sight’s minimalistic profile is perfectly suited for an experienced red-dot shooter whose goal is deep concealment. With a proper pistol presentation, the red dot should intersect your line of sight.

Whether you opt for the RXC-­200 or the RXU-­200, you really can’t go wrong. Either is bound to make you more formidable with your micro-­compact pistol. For more information, visit bushnell.com. 

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