As much as I hate to do this, it needs to be said - again. No, you don't need a red dot optic on your handgun. You do need some way of getting a clean sight picture, in a hurry. This is where really good sights come in handy. I transitioned to my Glock 17 a few months ago and was glad that I did. My G19 had proved too small for my large hands. For several years I worked with it and had made do with the small size. Ultimately it had gotten to the point where I'd found myself constantly having to shift my hands in an effort to find the correct position so as to get a shot off. When that occurs you have to consider changing to something else. I did and have been profoundly happy with my choice. I now carry a Glock 17 that I've owned for many years. It has thousands of rounds through it and has had three recoil springs swapped out on it. Yeah that should tell you how many rounds have been run through it. The sights I chose to go with, very early on, are Proctor Y Notch sights. Why? Because they work! They act like a red dot without any of the hassles of working with an optic. As I've plainly stated, I din't like using optics on EDC handguns. If I'm reaching for an EDC pistol it means that it's the only things I have. I can not risk an optics failure. Check this video out on the "why" behind my choice of these sights.
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Abner Miranda Is a former Police Officer, an FBI trained Hostage Negotiator, a First Responder, and Spanish Interpreter. He is currently a Firearms Instructor, an Armorer, and a regular contributor to our industry of both written and digital media.