?Sage Dynamics: White Paper on the RDS Equipped Handgun?

Unlike some of the articles we’ve revisited, this one is only a few months. However, since we’re going to be focusing quite a bit on red dot sights this week — specifically on RDS-equipped handguns for duty us — it seemed prudent to repost it. We’ve added some pretty new pictures, too. Mad Duo

Sage Dynamics: White Paper on the RDS Equipped Handgun

by Richard Kilgore & Jake Call — this article originally ran on Thursday, August 17th, 2017

As some of you may already have seen, earlier this week COWAN! published a study on the use of an RDS-equipped pistol. Says Aaron,

“RDS use on handguns is a relatively new technology and because of that, often a point of debate regarding its purpose, effectiveness or reliability. There isnt a great deal of centralized information on the subject, so I decided to create a White Paper on the subject. What started out as a simple study became an attempt to make the most comprehensive document possible addressing the technology; its advantages, disadvantages, and purpose. While it isnt perfect, this document will provide interested parties with an in-depth look at RDS use for handguns to allow a more informed decision.”

In addition to a comparative analysis of over a dozen different MRDS types from multiple manufacturers, it covers a number of topics: technology, construction, equipment concerns, external mounts, optic durability, use of force findings, training, optic selection, and several other issues.

Here’s an excerpt:

Accuracy Improvement With the MRDS

The general fundamentals of iron sight use require sight alignment, which is to place the front sight of the handgun into the rear notch and center it as accurately as possible while ensuring the height of the front sight post is equal to the height of the rear sight notch, also referred to as equal light, equal height. The text book sight alignment is something that all officers, from academy to retirement will be familiar with from firearms training. They will also be familiar with the commonly repeated phrase of its not going to be perfect. Exact sight alignment is difficult, sometimes impossible to achieve because of natural hand tremor, focal issues and the possibility of stress making both of the previous issues worse.

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Once sight alignment is established, accuracy is further complicated by sight picture. The requirement to maintain alignment and place the front sight on the desired point of impact. Lighting issues, sight type, distance and movement of the target can complicate this greatly.

Under static range conditions, many officers display great accuracy because they understand the process and they have invested the time to mastering the use of sights. Outside of static conditions, even the best veteran marksman suffer a significant drop in accuracy. This has as much to do with physiology and the more complicated nature of an unpredictable situation as it does with the method of aiming itself.

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Read the study in its entirety here online.

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