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Old March 30, 2018, 11:41 PM   #126
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Hi RangerRich99
As you have had your red dot for a while let me ask a couple questions. Have you tried using it one-handed both strong hand and weak hand? Have you tried using it from non-typical positions, like 45 degrees off vertical, very close to your body/face, from your back, and so forth?
The short answer is...No
I have not..though I have not tried that with Iron Sights.
All of my shooting has been in the dual hands form = Hip, Chest and press Out in front.
However if I grab my gun while sitting here now...
Acquiring the Red Dot with my P320 either in my single Right hand and then Left hand I do not have a problem sighting.
I could shoot this way at the range

I can also put my gun 45 degrees up or down and as long as I can sight in (Iron Sight-wise) the Red Dot is always there.
If I needed I could do this shooting routine and improve my aim.
But then again I am used to my Red Dot, I've had my P320 for a year.
After awhile it (red dot) really is just there without thinking.
Through 250 rounds today at the range the P320 comes up and I'm good to go..there is no searching for the red dot.
What you can do with your Irons you can do even better with the Red Dot.
Hence Red Dot's in competition shooting.

I'm not quite sure what you mean about
very close to your body/face, from your back, and so forth
If you mean my gun is so close to my body that I can't even sight it in with Irons, neither can I Red Dot.
If I had to shoot coming out of my holster because a threat is to close and I can't get the gun up to sight at all.
I just have to do the best I can.

The deal with Red Dots is that if you have good technique sighting in your gun's Iron Sights then the Red Dot will naturally be there, then fine tune shooting with your Red Dot.

New shooters that are still learning how to use the guns Iron sights will be the persons searching for the Red Dot.
Because their sighting technique is so poor the gun is not positioned correctly per the guns sights.
It is cocked up or down or left or right it's no wonder that the Red Dot is not there.
If they are searching for the red dot and once it comes into the sight glass Oh, look, there is the Iron sights lining up as well

It's telling you..Hey dude (or dudette) why don't you get your gun sighted in correctly and then I'll make an appearance! LOL!

As you look down your gun and the front sight lays in your rear sight the red dot should be right on top of the front sight.
You know how to quickly acquire that sight picture.
With time you will stop using the Irons and just use the Red Dot.
I put My Red Dot in the middle of my sight glass.
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Old March 31, 2018, 12:24 AM   #127
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Okay, good to know. I watched a couple guys at my last defensive handgun class have some trouble finding their red dots so I was wondering if that was normal.

What I meant was holding the gun at about half the distance from straight out. Where you can still the sights but you've brought the gun closer to your chest.

From the back: laying on your back, as if you've been pushed down or you had to fall back for some reason.
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Old March 31, 2018, 08:03 AM   #128
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I'm no handgun expert so i'm not going to go all technical armchair commando on the subject. I can only state what I observed in simplistic terms. My takeaway from running both on my FNX45 is that when I bring up a traditional fixed sight handgun i'm quickly merging a 2 plane sight system that is progressive. Progressive meaning the 2 different sight positions are very easy to merge into the correct line of sight and seems to just be a natural muscle memory progression into alignment. What I found with my dot is the fact that as you bring the sight into the same alignment and you have nothing "progressive" to begin your alignment. You are basically looking at a blank screen first, then acquire to dot, then place the dot on your target. Almost seems to me like with a dot there is an extra step involved. No doubt if I were to pursue a dot system I would seek professional training but i'm just throwing out my initial conclusions from an amateur handgun enthusiast's perspective.
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Old March 31, 2018, 01:28 PM   #129
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Try watching these videos and see if you start to get the picture...

Original Red Dot: Training to See the Dot

Original Red Dot: Learning Red Dot Pistol Skills
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Old March 31, 2018, 01:45 PM   #130
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That is actually a good explanation of the situation. It is like iron sights are analog while red dots are digital, i.e. either 0 or 1, either off or on. However over a very short time you should be able to always start from either “on” or the dot will be off screen in the same area every time so that you know exactly how to quickly find it.
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Old April 2, 2018, 04:03 PM   #131
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Because of personal preference. I would rather that they not come with a red dot since I may not want the red dot they would put on it.
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Old April 8, 2018, 07:20 PM   #132
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The idea that results obtained with a red dot aren't "real" or as praise-worthy as with iron sights is BS. Can you say luddite?

As for where to put your money in a match between red dots and irons, what do you think is happening every day in Afghanistan, etc.? And the money is on red dots. Who do you think proved out red dots in the first place? Special ops folks. You gonna argue with them?

The battery life is so long on modern red dots that power failure is a non issue. If you left the optic always on and changed the battery every month, you would spend almost nothing and still have essentially no risk of failure. Besides there are very good co-witnessing mount options available to make battery failure of no consequence.
If you knew all the answers then why did you ask the question? Seems that most just want others to validate what they already think.
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