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MSRP: $329.00
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Viper Red Dot is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 37.
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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 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
  • Screwdriver
  • 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 (Call Vortex Customer Care for the correct mounting screws).
  • Glock MOS (.45 or 10mm) (SHIM-BDS). Use plate #5 (Call Vortex Customer Care for the correct mounting screws).
  • 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 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 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 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
    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 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 Going to put the RMR out of business This red dot was put on my Performance Center Ported M&P 9L, and I've been impressed since I pulled it out of the box. The window border is much thinner than the RMR, giving a much less obstructed sight picture of the entire target. The dot is crisp and easily picked up, even in the bright sun. It cowitnesses perfectly with my suppressor sights and is very easy to zero. My only qualm was that you have to remove the optic to unlock the adjustment screws, but that is merely a slight inconvenience, not an issue with the product itself. As an Army Ranger and amateur USPSA shooter, this optic gets my seal of approval. Follow up shots are ridiculously fast and accurate, I have yet to kill a battery after roughly 6 months of use, and this thing has taken a fair amount of abuse from me with no signs of damage or wear. I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants quality carry optics without paying the crazy price of a trijicon RMR and other similar products. A fraction of the price and absolutely no quality lost to higher priced optics, you can't beat it.
    Date published: 2017-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Decently priced optic and amazing warranty? Look no further I recently acquired a Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm CORE and while flipping through optics trying to find one that wasn't 700 bucks, or only a one year warranty was difficult. I saw then that Vortex made the viper and decided to give it a shot. Needless to say it outperformed any red dot optic I worked with, it functions smoothly and consistently, and it helped me get fourth at my first pistol competition.
    Date published: 2017-06-15
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    Will this work on a 30-30?

    Asked by: djcuda
    The Viper red dot would work well on a .30-30.
    Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
    Date published: 2017-10-18

    Is there an adapter plate that would allow this to fit on an HK USP 45? Would you replace the rear dovetail sight?

    Asked by: Ignatz
    Here is a mount that will work for your setup: http://www.egwguns.com/pistol-scope-mounts/docter-sight-mount-for-h-k-usp/.
    Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
    Date published: 2017-10-10

    Could I use a c-more dove tail mount to put a viper red dot on a glock 34 gen 3? Is there a better option or configuration I should consider?

    Asked by: Mike
    The Viper will not fit on a C More mount, here is one that you can use however: http://www.egwguns.com/pistol-scope-mounts/docter-sight-mount-for-glock/.
    Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
    Date published: 2017-10-06

    Does the viper have to be removed to change the battery?

    Asked by: GT64
    Yes, the Viper has a battery that needs to be replaced by removing the optic.
    Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
    Date published: 2017-10-06

    Will this fit canik SFX? 

    Asked by: Mkwdjr22
    Yes, it will mount on plate #1 that comes with your pistol.
    Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
    Date published: 2017-09-28

    As a follow up to my last question, what are the measurements of the Viper when mounted on an XDM-OSP? How far about the slide is the bottom of the viewing panel? And how high above the slide is the reticle?

    Asked by: foty89
    The base of the optic is 0.33" high, the height of the dot will be close to 14.5 mm above the bottom of the optic.
    Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
    Date published: 2017-09-27

    I am going to cowitness a Viper on a Springfield XD with milled slide pretty much identical to the XDM-OSP. As many will know, it is a real pain to determine what sites/night sites will cowitness with this setup. Does anyone have and ideas?

    Asked by: foty89
    Determining proper sight height will be dependent on how deep your slide has been milled. Give us a call at 800-426-0048 ext 5 to discuss iron sights.
    Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
    Date published: 2017-09-27

    Got a Agencyarms Slide with cutout. Will the viper fit or do i need an adapter? Thanks

    Asked by: John
    If your slide has a cutout for a Trijicon RMR, the cutout willnot be compatible with our red dots, you would need a mount that replaces your rear sight from www.egwguns.com.
    Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
    Date published: 2017-09-25
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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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