Pistol Slide Optic Cuts: Introduction

Pistol Slide Optic Cuts: What You Need to Know

red dot on a competition shooter
CZ P-10c sporting a red dot optic

If you’re a firearm enthusiast, you know how important it is to have a reliable and accurate pistol. But have you considered adding an optic to your pistol slide? Optic cuts on pistol slides are becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons, including improved accuracy, faster target acquisition, and target focused aiming. In this Steelopedia post, we’ll explore everything you need to know about pistol slide optic cuts, including the benefits, the types of optics available, and how to choose the right cut for your pistol.

Benefits of Pistol Slide Optic Cuts

red dot window
Red dot window

One of the biggest benefits of adding an optic to your pistol slide is improved accuracy. With iron sights you have to cover your target with the front post and line them up with the rear iron sight creating multiple points of focus. With a red dot optic, you’ll have a cleaner sight picture with a glass window to quickly acquire your target. This can be particularly beneficial for those who struggle with traditional iron sights or for those who need to make quick shots in high-pressure situations and allows you to keep your eyes on the target bringing the dot over the target. 

Another benefit is speed. With an optic, you can acquire and transition targets faster than with traditional iron sights, giving you a competitive advantage in shooting competitions or self-defense situations.

Types of Optics

Pandora PB-3 optic
Pandora PB-3 closed emitter red dot

When it comes to pistol slide optic cuts, there are a few different types of optics to consider. The most common two types are the open emitter and closed emitter red dots. The Trijicon RMR is a popular open emitter option but the exposed red dot emitter is open to everyday obstructions. The Pandora PB-3 is an example of a closed emitter where the red dot emitter is enclosed and protected from a multitude of environmental factors boosting reliability and durability. These red dot optics are lightweight and easy to use, making them a popular choice for many firearm enthusiasts.

How to Choose the Right Cut

two different red dot comparisons
Red dot comparisons by Dave Luu

Choosing the right cut for your pistol slide can be a bit overwhelming with the amount of footprints available. One of the most important factors to consider is the size and type of optic you want to use. Not all optics will fit all cuts, so it’s important to do your research and choose a cut that is compatible with the optic you want to use.

Another factor to consider is the type of pistol you have. Some cuts are only compatible with double stack pistols and may not fit on slimmer frame pistols. Be sure to decide on your desired optic for your pistol before sending off the slide to get cut.

Final Thoughts

Sig M17 sporting a red dot
Redditor showing off his new red dot pick up on a Sig M17

If you’re looking to improve your accuracy, speed, and overall shooting experience, consider adding an optic to your pistol slide. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find a cut and optic that meets your needs and preferences. Whether you’re a competitive shooter, looking to upgrade your duty pistol, or just looking to improve your skills at the range, pistol slide optic cuts are a game-changer. Make sure to do your research and find reputable gunsmiths to work on your pistol slide.

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