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MSRP: $329.00
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Viper Red Dot is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 61.
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Viper® Red Dot — 6 MOA Dot

The Viper Red Dot's super-low mounting height makes it the perfect solution for handguns with cutout slides. The Viper gives shooters the simplicity and speed advantage of a dot sight, while co-witnessing with suppressor height iron sights. The trade off? Nothing. The 6 MOA dot diameter gets shooters on target fast.

Fully multi-coated, ultra-clear lens offers a wide, unobstructed field of view. The left-side up/down power and illumination controls are easy to access and manipulate. Recessed 1 MOA windage and elevation adjustments are super clean, protected from incidental contact, and always at the ready. It runs on a CR 2032 battery.

Note
The Viper comes with a Weaver / Picatinny mount—weighs 2.1 ounces with mount.



VIP Warranty ArmorTek Waterproof
Magnification1 x
Eye ReliefUnlimited
Dot Size6 MOA
Adjustment Graduation1 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment120 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment120 MOA
Parallax SettingParallax free
Length1.8 inches
Weight1.1 ounces
Product Manual (PDF)Download
Product Manual 2 (PDF)Download
Included in the Box
  • Weaver / Picatinny Mount
  • T-10 Torx Wrench
  • CR 2032 Battery
  • Lens Cloth
  • Flathead Wrench
  • Protective Cover

Optical Features

Fully Multi-Coated Multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces increase light transmission.
Parallax Free All red dot and holographic sights will exhibit some small amount of parallax. Matching current industry practice, this small amount would be considered “parallax free” and will make a negligible difference in the Viper’s performance.

Construction Features

Single-Piece Chassis Compact and lightweight.
Waterproof O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating for reliable performance in all environments.
Shockproof Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact.
Hard Anodized Finish Highly durable low-glare matte finish.
ArmorTek Ultra-hard, scratch-resistant coating protects exterior lenses from scratches, oil and dirt.

Convenience Features

Unlimited Eye Relief Non-critical eye relief for rapid target aquisition.
Battery Life 14-hour auto-shutdown feature maximizes battery life. Up to 150 hours of use at highest setting. Use at the more common lower settings can allow up to 30,000 hours.

Compatibility Features

Lug/Screw Footprint: Compatible with Burris Fastfire/Docter
If mounting to a handgun with slide cutout:
Slide cutout type
  • Glock MOS (9mm or .40) - (SHIM-BDS)
    Use plate #1.
  • Glock MOS (.45 or 10mm) (SHIM-BDS).
    Use plate #5.
  • M&P CORE- Plate 5 and the “C” screws
  • FNX-45- (SHIM-BDS). Uses the non-Trijicon plate.
  • Rear sight dovetail mounts:
  • Sig P220 series- Mount available at EGWguns.com
  • 1911s- Mounts available at EGWguns.com
  • Springfield XD/XDM: Mounts available at Springer Precison.
  • Hole Spacing Detail: Hole spacing detail for Viper 6 MOA red dot.
    Magnification1 x
    Eye ReliefUnlimited
    Dot Size6 MOA
    Adjustment Graduation1 MOA
    Max Elevation Adjustment120 MOA
    Max Windage Adjustment120 MOA
    Parallax SettingParallax free
    Length1.8 inches
    Weight1.1 ounces
    Product Manual (PDF)Download
    Product Manual 2 (PDF)Download

    Viper Dimensions

    6 MOA Dot

    The daylight bright red dot is easy to see and paints targets regardless of lighting conditions or background.

    Subtension detail for Viper 6 MOA red dot. >

    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Some design flaws. I purchased this to mount on an M&P Performance Center Ported 40 S&W. The optic has to be removed to lock the adjustment screws, due to the suppressor height sights. Was a pain to get it set. The positive is that the sights co-witness with the optic. The Viper would also shut itself off every 5 or 6 rounds. Contacted Vortex and they sent out some battery shims.(Very fast and courteous customer service!) It still kept shutting off after installing the shim. I'd read on some forum that the battery that comes with the optic is a little smaller than standard specs.(?) Replaced it with an Energizer and have had no problems since. Have put around 500 rounds down range with no problems!
    Date published: 2017-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GReat red for the price I bought this red dot about a year ago to go on my fnx 45 tactical. Mounting it was extremely easy. It has held its zero this whole time with no adjustments needed after the initial zeroing. The 6 moa dot is great on a bright day. I usually turn it down when shooting in lower light so it doesn’t wash out the target. I like all the brightness adjustments. The only set back in my opinion is the optic needs to be removed to take out the lock screws. But this is minor as once it’s done I haven’t had to mess with it again. Overall I would definitely buy this again. A great product and you can’t beat the warranty from vortex!!!
    Date published: 2017-11-07
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bad Information Hey all, so I have been reading up down and everyone swears the viper red dot has same floor print as burris fast fire 2&3. Well being that I deploy end of may I wanted to send my slide out to have work done on it by Lone Wolf before I had the red dot, and then pick up the viper asap. Lone Wolf did the slide cuts. Fits the fastfire very tight. However does not fit the viper. For starters the fast fire has arc where the viper is flat. Not happy I do not have time to send out slide and now i have to start fileing the red do t down and I am not a gunsmith so im sure its not gonna pretty when I just finished all my work on the gun. Ill send pics when im done
    Date published: 2017-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Robust and definitely worth every penny I purchased one of these last year for my 34 MOS and to say I’m impressed is an understatement. The optic is extremely compact and light weight, yet feels extremely durable. The red dot is easy to turn on, and there is a large range of brightness settings. In the year + that I’ve owned this, I’ve shot a good amount of rounds and I have yet to replace the battery, so the life there is good as well. I’ve never had a red dot on a pistol before this one, and the product makes it simple to pick up and use, and ultimately makes me a much better shooter. I was looking at the trijicon rmr but I’m very happy I went with vortex.
    Date published: 2018-03-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific performance and Exceptional Vortex Support Purchased this Red Dot for my new Ruger Mark IV Hunter. I had difficulty at the range dealing with the set screws and both windage and elevation adjustments. It turned out to be operator error but how I found out was by my sending the unit back to Vortex with an explanation of what I had done in making the adjustments. I received a E-mail stating that they had received my Viper and three days later I received a telephone call from a Vortex technician. He said he had been testing my Viper for two days. His assessment was that everything was working fine but wanted to make sure that I was satisfied with his explanation. He took the time to walk me through the adjustment process and provided additional information that addressed my concerns. His guidance was exceptional and sets Vortex as the mark for Customer Service and Support to be met by others.
    Date published: 2017-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best red dot on the market! I was looking for a quality red dot that I could use on my suppressed 9mm smg. I was a little worried that with the high rate of fire, the sight wouldn't maintain a perfect zero. To say I am impressed would be an understatement. I've shot about 5000 rds with it and it has maintained zero since the first day I mounted and sighted it in. I'm going to be purchasing a couple more for my defense handguns and turkey shotgun. I own one of the other higher priced red dots on the market but am going to sell it to get a couple more vipers. Hands down this sight is just as good if not better!
    Date published: 2017-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent red dot sight and a great value. I have used this sight on top of my M&P Performance Center 9mm in USPSA matches as well as my personal training. Thousands of rounds. At a course of instruction I had a chance to compare my Viper to other high priced red dots being carried by others in this advanced tactical instruction. Without exception the other students said they could not tell a difference between the Viper and the other high priced red dots.
    Date published: 2017-07-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty good on a 45 Tactical pistol Installed this on my 45 Tactical myself. The screws and base came with the 45 Tactical. Because this sight has the flexability to be used on a variety of platforms(pistol, rifle) it has some obvious issues. You have to take the sight off the weapon to change the battery, to adjust up-down left or right adjustments. Its a very tight fit on the weapon as the rubber sight cover wont fit in between the sight and the rear sight. I've had no issues with sight adjustment as its seems to be rock solid after +400 rounds. Its a lot of fun to shoot. I've had no issues with the battery life but I am careful about turning it off when not in use. I will update if I have any problems. I called Vortex during my install and they were very helpful.
    Date published: 2017-06-15
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    what mount is required for walther ppq m5 match 

    Asked by: darryldee
    You will want to use the Docter plate, if you need the proper screws give us a call at 800-426-0048 ext 6.
    Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
    Date published: 2018-04-18

    I have a GLOCK G26 gen5, Can I use this?

    Asked by: GARBE
    Yes, the Viper will work great on your Glock. If you have the MOS system you will use plate #1, if you do not have the MOS then you can get a mount from www.egwguns.com.
    Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
    Date published: 2018-04-16

    I have 2 of these there great.  I have one on a BuckMark 22 the other on a SW 9mm Performance Center.   The one on my S&W is shooting low and o can’t adjust the red dot to shot any higher.  Is there a shim for these to solve my problem?   Thanks Jim

    Asked by: JimZ
    There is a shim that you can get from www.umtactical.com, I would also make sure you are not trying to zero at too close of a distance as that would cause the issue you are having. We recommend zeroing your red dot on your pistol at 25 yards.
    Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
    Date published: 2018-04-16

    Will the viper mount on the PPQ M2? Do I need any additional mounting hardware for it to work? Can this setup be co-witness?

    Asked by: darryldee
    I would go with this mount for your setup: https://www.umtactical.com/store/p3/UM3_Sight_Mount.html.
    Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
    Date published: 2018-04-16

    I just bought a sig p320 tac-ops w/ threaded barrel and i would like to mount a vortex viper on it. What kind of mount would i need and does it come with the viper? Sincerely Rob

    Asked by: Hunter1587
    Here is a mount that will work on your setup: http://www.egwguns.com/pistol-scope-mounts/docter-sight-mount-for-sig-p220-229-238-938-320/
    Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
    Date published: 2018-04-12

    Hi. New to red dot sights.. I have a Viper on a TP9SFX which removes the rear sight. I'm having trouble zeroing the with just the front sight.. I tried to line it up with the front sight but I'm way off.. any advice.. should I just zero on the dot?

    Asked by: Brian
    Red dots are intended to be stand-alone sighting systems and do not require using the front sight. I recommend using the red dot by itself without trying to line it up with the front sight.
    Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
    Date published: 2018-04-09

    Where can I find a mount for M&P 2.0 Compact 4"  Dove Tail mount ? { For the Viper}

    Asked by: Cody40
    You can get a mount from www.egwguns.com.
    Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
    Date published: 2018-03-19

    I lost my rail mount for my viper red dot.  Where could I get another one?  I want to mount it on the rail of my new Ruger 22/45 light but I can’t seem to find a low profile rail mount for the viper any where. Thanks 

    Asked by: Netherton
    Give us a call at 800-426-0048 ext 6 and we can get you a new mount.
    Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
    Date published: 2018-03-14
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    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bad Information Hey all, so I have been reading up down and everyone swears the viper red dot has same floor print as burris fast fire 2&3. Well being that I deploy end of may I wanted to send my slide out to have work done on it by Lone Wolf before I had the red dot, and then pick up the viper asap. Lone Wolf did the slide cuts. Fits the fastfire very tight. However does not fit the viper. For starters the fast fire has arc where the viper is flat. Not happy I do not have time to send out slide and now i have to start fileing the red do t down and I am not a gunsmith so im sure its not gonna pretty when I just finished all my work on the gun. Ill send pics when im done
    Date published: 2017-06-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Some design flaws. I purchased this to mount on an M&P Performance Center Ported 40 S&W. The optic has to be removed to lock the adjustment screws, due to the suppressor height sights. Was a pain to get it set. The positive is that the sights co-witness with the optic. The Viper would also shut itself off every 5 or 6 rounds. Contacted Vortex and they sent out some battery shims.(Very fast and courteous customer service!) It still kept shutting off after installing the shim. I'd read on some forum that the battery that comes with the optic is a little smaller than standard specs.(?) Replaced it with an Energizer and have had no problems since. Have put around 500 rounds down range with no problems!
    Date published: 2017-06-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best red dot on the market! I was looking for a quality red dot that I could use on my suppressed 9mm smg. I was a little worried that with the high rate of fire, the sight wouldn't maintain a perfect zero. To say I am impressed would be an understatement. I've shot about 5000 rds with it and it has maintained zero since the first day I mounted and sighted it in. I'm going to be purchasing a couple more for my defense handguns and turkey shotgun. I own one of the other higher priced red dots on the market but am going to sell it to get a couple more vipers. Hands down this sight is just as good if not better!
    Date published: 2017-06-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty good on a 45 Tactical pistol Installed this on my 45 Tactical myself. The screws and base came with the 45 Tactical. Because this sight has the flexability to be used on a variety of platforms(pistol, rifle) it has some obvious issues. You have to take the sight off the weapon to change the battery, to adjust up-down left or right adjustments. Its a very tight fit on the weapon as the rubber sight cover wont fit in between the sight and the rear sight. I've had no issues with sight adjustment as its seems to be rock solid after +400 rounds. Its a lot of fun to shoot. I've had no issues with the battery life but I am careful about turning it off when not in use. I will update if I have any problems. I called Vortex during my install and they were very helpful.
    Date published: 2017-06-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Battery Problems I've only had my Viper for about 3 weeks and its drained the same number of batteries already. They usually last about 3 or 4 days and then the optic doesn't come on anymore. Made sure that the optic was turned off properly every time but the battery still drained. When it worked though it worked flawlessly and I really enjoyed it. I've had luck with all vortex optics I've ever had so this is pretty surprising. Called customer service today and they were helpful. Sending the viper in tomorrow and hopefully all will be well.
    Date published: 2017-06-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from I hope the 2nd one is better I like the slim design so you can co-witness your iron sights. I don't like the sight adjustment lock screws position, you have to remove your rear pistol sight to be able to access these. I must have received a bad sight as it wouldn't hold zero and the electronics failed within a month. I called Vortex and they emailed me a service request and FedEx label to send it in. After they received it they either fixed it or are sending out a new one on 2 day FedEx. Great warranty service. Now I hope the new sight is a good one!
    Date published: 2017-06-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Sight with a Vortex Warranty I have been using this sight for over a month on my JM Mossberg 930. Love the beautiful, crisp dot. Battery life has been fine so far and the sight looks MEAN! The one reassuring thing that I know is........if something happens.......Vortex will take care of me and my sight. I can't ask for more than that. Hopefully, Vortex is still working on ways to mitigate the battery life if it's as bad as some of the reviews have made it out to be. I will keep shooting and update accordingly.
    Date published: 2017-06-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific performance and Exceptional Vortex Support Purchased this Red Dot for my new Ruger Mark IV Hunter. I had difficulty at the range dealing with the set screws and both windage and elevation adjustments. It turned out to be operator error but how I found out was by my sending the unit back to Vortex with an explanation of what I had done in making the adjustments. I received a E-mail stating that they had received my Viper and three days later I received a telephone call from a Vortex technician. He said he had been testing my Viper for two days. His assessment was that everything was working fine but wanted to make sure that I was satisfied with his explanation. He took the time to walk me through the adjustment process and provided additional information that addressed my concerns. His guidance was exceptional and sets Vortex as the mark for Customer Service and Support to be met by others.
    Date published: 2017-06-07
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