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    Posted: September/07/2019 at 17:44
Been toying with getting a Reflex sight for my Sig 320 X5 and/or M17. But have really no idea on what I should be looking for. I know that Sig makes a Romeo that works and there are other adapter plates available. But I am guessing that there are better options out there.
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What's your budget?
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I am thinking somewhere in the $400 range, but not really sure what I would need to spend to get something decent. Less is always better, but I am open to spending more if the benefits are there.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote koshkin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/08/2019 at 21:05
I'd consider Shield RMS.

I have a few of these and I am quite happy with them.

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I have versions of the 320, one with a Shield RMS and one with a Romeo1; I much prefer the RMS for several reasons.

The RMS is always on, the Romeo1 is button activated. The Shield does a good job of adapting to ambient light, the Romeo1 does not. The Shield is streamlined, meaning the edges of the site are within the edges of the slide of the gun, the Romeo1 is not streamlined, it overhangs the slide by quite a bit.

My only gripe of the RMS is the battery tray doesn't pop out as it should, and I may end up having to take the site off the slide to change batteries (maybe, but I haven't had to change a battery yet, so not sure.) My single compliment of the Romeo1 is that it threads directly into the slide, no adapter plate; however, there is considerable "slop" in that mounting, as there are no witness or index marks to align, it's just sitting on the slide. It should be quite secure, but it also has the greatest capacity to move around of any red dot I have seen on a handgun.

Were I getting a new red dot for a new gun, it would be a Shield, no question.
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I think the Burris is a great compromise for the money
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Maybe I should take a step back and distinguish between combat red dot sites and range red dot sites.
For a gun that might be called upon to protect life and property, I want as fool-proof as possible. The more buttons to push and batteries to fail and things to go really wrong at the worst possible time, the worse the gun will have me fare in life-n-death situations. That said, a range gun can have buttons all over and be bulky and still do exactly what it needs to do.
In addition to the 2 aforementioned, I have run several RMRs and several Burris Fastfires (3s, I think.) The Burris is indeed a great optic for the price. It is single button operation (meaning if the first press isn't exactly what you want, you do have to cycle to get to the one you want.) That said, mine have been rock solid, good battery life, and the dot is very visible at the proper setting.
The RMR is another several stories, and I would only recommend that now in a very, very specific set of circumstances ("always on" being the primary advantage of the dual illum, and I never liked the LED version, but I know many have.)


For me, I find that the grip angle of the gun is far more important than the window characteristics of the dot in question. If the grip angle is wrong, the dot is usually nowhere to be found. This is part of why I love the 320 series so much, the grip angle is as close to perfect as I have gotten - with anything other than the HK P7.

If this is a toy, start with the Burris, it is fun, and red dots change how you shoot quite a bit; but are - for me - faster on target and faster on follow-up. They do take some getting used to.

Lastly, the thing I like most about the RMS and why it rides on a few carry guns: if the dot fails at a bad time, there is a rear site notch cut in the RMS body which acts as a rear site for your front site. So if the red dot fails, shoot as you would with irons. None of my other red dots have that - or have it as well executed.

And I hate suppressor-height sites.
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