April 19, 2023
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.
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.
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.
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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