In this guide we are going to share some tips on how to find the red dot on pistol faster and more consistently.
There are tons of tips online already addressing this topic, and we want to add some not so obvious tips such as adjusting pistol grip angle, shooting on the move and many more.
Let's check it out
Physical Firearm Improvement For Better Sight Acquisition
Grip Angle Matters
Based on our experience, the 1911 style grip angle is the best for finding the dot on a pistol assuming proper presentation.
Did you know ? - Simply changing the grip angle just 1 - 2 degrees can help you align the iron sights and find the dot faster and more naturally.
Simply just present the gun... bam! the dot is right there! This eliminate the need to consciously remind yourself to push the muzzle down slightly to acquire the dot.
For High Tang Grip - If you have guns like the Glock Gen 4 or 5, the added back strap panel would help you offset that space to angle the muzzle down a bit when you present the pistol for better sight alignment.
This is where grip size reduction and custom grip features come in to the equation.
Try Different Back Strap Panels
Have you experimented with your back strap panels that came with your handgun?
This is a trick that most people don't talk about enough, and it works very well!
They provide grip comfort for different shooters and they adjust the grip angle slightly to fit their natural point of aim. See below:
Next time when you shop for a new pistol, be sure to pay close attention to how the grip feels when it comes to sight acquisition. If you can easily align the iron sights, then you can find the dot without any issue.
Guns like Springfield XDM, Springfield Hellcat, FNX 45 Tactical, FN 509, 1911, Shadow System MR920L, Canik TP9sfx and many more all features adjustable backstraps for better grip to help you aim better.
Enlarged Window Optic Helps A Lot!
When your fundamentals are squared away, the next thing you can do is get an enlarged window optic with a 3 or 6 MOA dot size for your pistol so you can find the dot better, faster and never get lost in the window.
What's the problem? Typically shooters who have a difficult time finding the dot within window is because:
Alignment issue, dot easily get lost near the edge of the lens frame, fast follow up shots due to muzzle flip, poor grip, dim dot brightness, dot is too small.
Does An Bigger Window Optic Really Work? An enlarged window optic gives the shooter just a bit wider view to find the reticle that tend to disappears "just a hair" near the edge of the frame.
With a proper grip and follow up discipline, the shooter can acquire the dot fairly fast and consistent without getting lost.
Our favorite two options are Trijicon SRO and Sig ROMEO 3 XL.
Use Dotted Front Sight Post
A dotted front sight post or one with fiber optic will be so visible that draws the shooter's eye faster to co-witness the red dot when it appears inside the window.
When shooting with both eyes open and focused on the target plane, the bright front sight post may appear blurry, but it serves as a reference point to help the shooter drive the muzzle to the target and expect the dot to superimpose on the target.
This takes practice!
Shooter Practice & Tweaks
Adjust Firing Hand Grip
Try this - Here is a simple tweak you can apply to your firing hand grip to angle the pistol more to your natural point of aim while still have a solid grip on the gun for recoil control.
Not everyone's hand is the same, and result may differ among shooters.
If your handgun doesn't have adjustable back strap panel or it has a stock Glock grip angle, just slightly rotate your wrist like shown below:
This will slightly angle the muzzle down by ~ 2 - 3 degrees, which helps align the sight instead of a high tang grip:
This is where different handgun grip designs matter, and why some people buy new guns as soon as they found the grip they like and works well with a red dot.
Shooting On The Move
This one takes tons of practice - It's easy to shoot on a flat range while standing still, but when dynamic movement is introduced, all bets are off.
When everything we just talked about above are implemented, you still need practice to get consistent results.
There are tons of exercises you can do at home and on the range without live fire.
Just find a reference target in your surrounding, chamber check your gun for safety, and practice!!!!
Cross Eye Dominance
It's not a problem if you're cross eye dominant when shooting a red dot equipped pistol. In fact, shooting with a red dot sight allows you to focus on the target plane with both eyes open.
The only difference here is to maintain proper grip and shooting fundamentals, and then just shift your head to aim with your dominant eye.