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Mounting a Sightmark Red Dot

You know, I've always wanted to put a red dot sight on one of my pistols, but I never wanted to deal with getting the slide milled or anything complicated. The folks over at Sightmark have a base plate that allows you to put a red dot sight into the rear sight channel of your Glock pistol. I think I'll put it on and see how it works. So the first thing we've got to do is remove the rear sight. Put the slide in the sight pusher and simply turn. Out comes the sight. Now, all we got to do is turn the handle the other way and push the sight base into the sight channel. So now that we've got the base plate in there, all we need to do is remove the slide from the sight pusher, set that off to the side and drop this mounting plate right on top. Then we're going to use the two small screws and one drop of Blue Loctite on each screw to hold everything in place. Just make sure that you're careful not to over-tighten these screws. You don't want to yank the threads right out through the bottom. The mounting screws for the red dot sight are already treated with Blue Loctite. Just drop them into the hole and tighten them down. And that's all there is to installing a red dot sight with this Sightmark system. Simply remove the rear sight, replace this mounting bar [and] mounting bracket. And now you're ready to go. Now we reassemble the pistol, and we'll have to take it out to the range and see if it shoots straight. Let's keep this conversation going. Would you shoot with a red dot sight? Do you think they're better? So you think they're worse? Comment down below. And if you like these videos, share them with all your friends and remember to subscribe to this page. We'll give you more great information every week. Somewhere around here is a notification bell. Click on the bell. We'll notify you every time we come out with a new video.

Red dot sights are all the rage on pistols these days, but they often require some extra work when it comes to installation. If you want to try shooting your pistol with a red dot sight without dealing with milling the slide, you can try the Sightmark base plate system.

This system is designed to be used on Glock pistols or pistols that, like this one from Lone Wolf, use the Glock rear sight cutout. Simply remove the rear sight from your pistol with a sight pusher and install the mounting bar in the sight channel. Screw the base plate to the mounting bar. Then screw the Sightmark Red Dot to the base plate. Now you are ready to sight-in the pistol. If you find you don’t like the red dot, you can easily remove the entire system and replace the rear sight.

If you really love the red dot, well maybe you will want to make the more substantial investment in having your slide milled to accept a base plate or buying a new pistol that is already set up to handle such a sight. This system appears to be a quick and easy way to get started with a red dot sight. In a later episode, we will take it to the range and put the gun through its paces.



About Kevin Michalowski

Kevin Michalowski is executive editor of Concealed Carry Magazine and a fully certified law enforcement officer working part time in rural Wisconsin. He is a USCCA- and NRA-Certified Trainer. Kevin has participated in training across the U.S. as both a student and an instructor in multiple disciplines. These specialties include pistol, rifle, shotgun, empty-hand defense and rapid response to the active shooter. Kevin is passionate about the concealed carry lifestyle, studying the legal, ethical and moral aspects of the use of force in self-defense. He is a graduate of the Force Science Institute Certification Course and has worked as a professional witness and consultant on matters concerning the judicious use of deadly force and deadly force decision-making.

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