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Earlier this year, I had my slide milled so I could shoot carry optics in USPSA.  I went with a Vortex Venom optic, but haven't had good luck with it.  Shortly after owning it, the dot dropped, and I couldn't get it even close to re-zeroed.  Vortex sent me a replacement optic.  Great.  Then a few weeks ago, the aluminum frame around the grass broke, which then also broke the glass.  I'll be sending this second optic in for another replacement.  I don't intend to put this back on my gun, as I've lost confidence it this optic's ability to handle life on a reciprocating slide.  I still want to shoot carry optics, and I'm wondering what optic has the best (and justified) reputation for durability.  I don't care if it costs $85,000.

 

I've literally shot only about 1,000 rounds with an optic on my gun, and I've broken two.  I'm looking for a more satisfying experience than this.  With the abuse these things take, I don't expect them to last forever, and I understand the idea of owning two and rotating them, but I'd like that swap to be less frequent than monthly.

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I heard delta points are pretty reliable. Kidding.

 

For documented reliability, RMR.

For gamer guns, everyone is busy testing the SRO and Romeo 3 Max as they have a huge window

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I shoot an M&P core 9L with a Vortex Viper on it and (fingers crossed), it has been reliable through many matches. I shoot light loads with it so maybe it doesn't get punished as much as those running over the counter ammo.

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Unfortunately there is just not a good answer to this problem yet.  From a longevity standpoint, the Trijicon RMR is probably tops.  The downside is that it has a pretty small window. large bezel/frame, and the tint of the glass doesn't work for everyone.  For anything else, at this point take your pick but at least make sure it has a good warranty behind it because you will most likely need to use it.

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I've had good luck with an FF3 on a .45.  But, I may just have been lucky with this particular one.

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Waiting to see how the SRO, Romeo1Pro, and Holosun 508T pan out...  Haven't read any horror stories on the Romeo3Max and Holosun 510C yet.

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 Don't know how your slide is milled, but if they didn't put the little columns in to help locate your red dot, and the screws that hold it on are not fitted to the red dot, the dot moves just a tiny bit at the end of each stroke open and closed and it beats the heck out of your dot. You can try to use angle head screws to help center your dot and take that extra beating off your dot. As an aside, I've installed a Venom and a Viper on two different CO guns and they are doing okay after thousands of rounds, although I had a Venom break at the housing after about 14K rounds,,,

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I went through two venoms in less than 1,000 rounds and sold the replacement Vortex sent me the second time. I just got the SRO and if this one doesn't last atleast 10,000, I'll probably  ditch CO. 

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Not a matter of if a dot will break, but when.  Between my two DPPs, they have been back 4 times.  Seeing now how long the SRO will last.  

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I've got 15k on one of my DPP. I seem to be the exception not the rule. 

 

 

OP, I'd choose one you think you'll like and cross you're fingers.  They all seem to break. 

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8 hours ago, Face5535 said:

RMR or Holosun is where I’d place my bet.

 

 

Unfortunately the two smallest windows. Buddy is shooting the 507c, and he likes it. 

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1 hour ago, OPENB said:

Unfortunately the two smallest windows. Buddy is shooting the 507c, and he likes it. 

 

Yes I have a friend who has been a big advocate of the 507C for a while now!  

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If durability is seriously the most important thing, Aimpoint ACRO P1

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I had a Trijicon RMR on a G29 for a few thousand rounds of 10mm SigAmmo. Had another RMR on a G20. Same ammo, fewer rounds.

 

As semi-auto recoil goes, that's pretty stout.

 

One of the RMR's got repurposed to a G3K clone that I use for short range HM 3gun matches. Not a ton of rounds through this setup (not a lot of HM match availability) but again this is a rifle that is pretty tough on optics. Not just for recoil but also for that big hunk of BCG metal slamming forward, too.

 

No issues with the RMRs

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On 9/6/2019 at 11:49 AM, B_RAD said:

I've got 15k on one of my DPP. I seem to be the exception not the rule. 

 

 

OP, I'd choose one you think you'll like and cross you're fingers.  They all seem to break. 


I also seem to be the exception. I have three DPP's, each with thousands of rounds on them (3k-10k) and have had no issues of any sort.  I have a feeling the majority of DPP owners are just carrying along fine with no problems to report and so there's no reason to discuss them online.

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5 minutes ago, ClangClang said:


I also seem to be the exception. I have three DPP's, each with thousands of rounds on them (3k-10k) and have had no issues of any sort.  I have a feeling the majority of DPP owners are just carrying along fine with no problems to report and so there's no reason to discuss them online.

Your time is coming. 

 

I've since had a couple dots go down.  

 

My main one has 25k in it. My others are crapping out at around 5k. 

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