Mini-red-dot sights on handguns continue to grow in popularity, with an ever increasing number of manufacturers adding new models capable of accepting red-dot sights or offering complete systems with a red-dot sight included. If you've been thinking about picking up a handgun that can take a red-dot sight, or perhaps adding a complete red-dot system to your everyday carry regimen, the number of quality options continues to grow. Here are just some of the new models released for 2020.
Browning | Buck Mark Lite Competition Suppressor Ready Red Dot Ready out of the box for competition or the most fun you can have while plinking, the latest Buck Mark comes with a Vortex Venom MRDS that co-witnesses with the pistol’s iron sights.
FN America | FN 509 Compact MRD A shortened grip frame makes this version of the 509 easier to conceal, while the mounting system mates with 10 popular MRDS models. Read all about it in our review on page 102.
▶Low-profile optics mounting system ▶Co-witnessing iron sights ▶Ambidextrous controls ▶Interchangeable backstraps
IWI US | Masada Ergonomic, adaptable and affordable, the Masada is an excellent all-around handgun that’s loaded with features once limited to pistols twice its price. Our review in the April 2020 issue gave it high marks across the board.
▶Interchangeable wraparound backstraps ▶Ships with four different optic-mounting plates ▶Low bore axis ▶Ambidextrous controls
Palmetto State Armory | PS9 Dagger It’s no secret that the PS9 Dagger is designed to look like, well, a certain Austrian model. With similar capacity, size and weight to another popular concealed-carry pistol, the PS9 differs primarily in the significantly lower price.
▶Metal sights ▶Red-dot-cut version available ▶Threaded barrel available ▶Accessory rail
Ruger | 57 From its short trigger reach to its reversible magazine release and generous slide stop, the new Ruger-57 has a lot going for it, but perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of it is its high-performance, low-recoiling and fun 5.7x28 mm chambering and equally impressive 20-round capacity.
SCCY | DVG-1 RD With the DVG-1 RD, SCCY brings its customary value to the cutting edge of carry guns. The new semi-automatic is a polymer-frame, striker-fired subcompact that comes with a Crimson Trace red-dot sight already installed. It gives cost-conscious consumers an affordable, yet ultra-modern carry pistol design.
▶Crimson Trace CTS-1500 red dot ▶Flat trigger ▶Quadlock barrel-locking system ▶Enhanced grip texture
SIG Sauer | P320X Full RXP SIG Sauer’s P320 introduced the company’s first striker-fired in a modular grip frame. Now, the company improves upon its success by offering a model with a factory-installed SIG Romeo1Pro MRDS, so it’s ready to go right out of the box.
▶XRay3 night sights ▶Ambidextrous, extended slide-catch lever ▶Front and rear cocking serrations ▶Accessory rail
SIG Sauer | P365 XL RomeoZero A balance of subcompact concealability with full-size handling and shootability, the new SIG Sauer P365 XL RomeoZero features a more generous sight radius, enhanced handling characteristics and a MRDS-compatible slide.
▶XRay3 night sights ▶SIG Romeo Zero MRDS ▶Front and rear cocking serrations ▶Extended beavertail
Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P9 M2.0 C.O.R.E. Finally! The M2.0 improvements Smith & Wesson brought to the M&P pistol in 2017 have made their way to the Performance Center line and optics-ready variant. The gun that gamers and red-dot fans alike have clamored for is finally available.
Stoeger | STR-9 Optics Ready Giving credence to the incredible popularity of pistol-mounted red-dot sights, Stoeger released an optics-ready version of the affordable STR-9 for 2020. Coming in at less than $400 and offering more than just standard equipment, the STR-9 with mounting plates is a smart choice.
▶Four optics-mounting plates ▶Three backstraps ▶Fiber-optic front sight ▶Magazine loader included
The Gun Company | TGC-GLK-LVL-1 Combat Duty Black Offered as a full build package, the Glock 19 LVL-1 comes with signature serrations with lightened barrel peep windows for extra weight reduction, slide manipulation and traction. Additionally, an included cover plate works for both the Trijicon RMR Type 2 or the Holosun 507c Reflex sight.
Zev Technologies | O.Z9C Compact This compact version of the modular O.Z9 is built around a steel receiver, which is the serialized part. The new compact is ideal for concealed carry, and multiple variations are available—or you can select Zev parts and build one yourself.
▶Bronze match barrel ▶Slimmed PRO magazine well ▶Fiber-optic front sight ▶PRO Flat Face Trigger