How To Find The Dot On Pistol Faster [You Will Like This]

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 that can significant improve your performance.

Let's check it out

Firearm Ergonomics Matter

Grip Angle Matters

Based on our experience, the 1911 style grip angle is by far 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 it works very well for your natural hand placement, not too high, not too low.

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 around your thenar eminence hand muscle group, to angle the muzzle down a bit for better sight alignment.

This is where grip size reduction and custom grip features come in to the play.

Try Different Back Strap Panels

This is a trick that most people don't talk about enough, but it works very well!

Once you've found your sweet spot for gripping for a particular gun, you will notice a significant differences when acquiring the sight.

The grip panel slightly change the grip angle to fit your natural point of aim. 

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 sizes for your pistol so you can find the dot better, faster and never get lost in the window.

trijicon sro fn 509 center axis relock pov

Second, try the center axis relock technique to bring the optic close to the eye while keeping 4 - 7" distance to prevent the slide from smacking into the shooter's face.

What's the problem? Typically shooters have difficulties finding the dot within window is because:

  • Poor sight picture alignment
  • Dot easily get lost near the edge of the lens frame
  • Dot lost during muzzle flip
  • Poor grip angle
  • 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 lens 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 DeltaPoint Pro.

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

Find Your Grip Sweetspot

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.

Ying Xu

US Air Force veteran nuclear weapon officer. Aerospace engineering bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas. Experienced as a certified NRA range safety officer. Working as a search engine expert for BadAssOptic.com