Introduced to the US Armed Forces in 2000, reflex optics quickly became the go-to sighting choice for small arms, starting with the M4 family of rifles and branching out quickly.
In fact, the SEAL responsible for dispatching Osama Bin Laden used one to place 3 rounds through the most wanted man in history’s forehead.
With the adoption of the Sig P320 as the USAF’s primary sidearm, there’s a good chance that many military handguns will also incorporate a mini-reflex optic (one of the civilian P320’s distinguishing features).
Since the military’s adoption of this technology, reflex sights have spread like wildfire throughout law enforcement, security, and hobby shooters alike. And the results speak for themselves.
Tighter groups, lightning quick target acquisition, a heads up shooting posture… For many, reflex sighting technology has been a revelation, a driving force in the rise of the tactical carbine.
And as this shooting trend, unlike most, has shown it has some serious staying power, advances in technology and production have made it very accessible and inexpensive.