I DONE DONE IT
A couple of months ago I mentioned that I wanted to replace my trusty Glock 43 with a Sig P365 before I made my trip to Deadwood in July. Not so long ago, a friend decided to sell his P365xl and made me a real good deal on it. Taking possession, I went to the range and fired two magazines using the stock tritium night sights and was extremely satisfied with my acquisition.
The range officer watching me said he was impressed, but pressed me to shoot his P365, which was topped by with RMR style sight. Now, I have not been a fan of red dot sighting systems, because I don’t believe in trusting my life to anything that takes a battery. I have shot other guns with red dots and found them to be a blast, especially when clearing a plate rack, but on two separate occasions have had the red dot fail in the middle of a string of fire, which served to prove my hesitance to the use one of these sighting systems on a personal defense firearm. Even of the gun was equipped with elevated front and rear sights (suppressor/red dot height) I was less than impressed, because I found sight acquisition to be a challenge and because they were so far above the body of the pistol; then came a short bus practical education.
Putting ten rounds in the offered firearm I shot another target at the same range I had fired mine, the group tightened! I asked him what happens if the battery dies and to answer my question he removed the battery, killing the dot system, and gave the gun back to me. I sighted through the screen and saw that I had a perfect view of the stock front sight and there was a notch in the base of the RMR to act as a rear sight and a few rounds later I found that I shot this gun with a disabled red dot as well as I shot my own without the sighting system. I was impressed and after eating a healthy (sic) platter of crow I did some serious research to find ared dot for my new pistol.
Sig makes the Romeo sights for their firearms and the Romeo Zero is built for these guns, but there are other sight systems available, and they all have some common features as well as those exclusive to the brand. I settled on the HOLOSUN 507 for my firearm and here is why. First the Holosun has an all-metal body, which I think means better durability. Next, it features 10 brightness settings with the controls easily accessed on the side of the unit. The 507 has a 2MOA dot and a 32 MOA ring around it, plus you can easily use switch from having both or either the dot or the ring. And while all the sights in this category have a shake wake feature and 50.000 hour plus batter life,the coup-d-gras is the fact you can change the battery on the Holosun without removing it from your gun!!! That made it the winner.
I stuck with the red dot rather than getting the green dot (better battery life) and I chose the 507 with the 2 MOA dot over the 407 with a 6MOA dot because the larger dot tended to obscure to much of the bullseye. Once I had it mounted it was back to the range to confirm and adjust the sighting so that the setup fit me. I hope there is room for the picture of my target in this article, if there is this was ten rounds at ten yards in 10 seconds – not to shabby and it all tightens up if I slow down and shoot like the old fart I am supposed to be!
To close, I have a little advice… I really think that people need to heed all the gun control talk coming out of Washington, but remember talk in DC is a lot like crap in geese; to much and to fast! If you are looking for a firearm don’t panic buy, because they can’t snatch guns as fast as they want you to think they can. If you are going to buy (I think you should) buy quality and plenty of ammo.