Pistol dots are offered in 3 MOA and 6 MOA configurations. But which one is right for you?
Whether you’re new to red dots on pistols, or you’ve been enjoying the accuracy and rapid target acquisition they offer for year, one of the first choices you have to make before getting your next dot is dot size. (Still on the fence about putting a dot on your pistol? Check out this blog for all the reasons you should do it.)
And while there are a variety of sizes available, two of the most popular are 3 MOA and 6 MOA. Here’s how to choose between the two and get yourself a dot that helps you become a more confident shooter.
Before we get into the pros and cons of 3 MOA vs. 6 MOA, let’s make sure we’re on the same page about what dot size really means. When we say, “3 MOA dot,” MOA refers to Minute of Angle, which is a ranging term used to describe the size of an object at a known distance. To make it simpler, 1 MOA is about 1 inch at 100 yards. Knowing that, a 3 MOA dot will appear approximately 3 inches in size at 100 yards.
As the illustration above shows, a 6 MOA dot is larger, and will cover more of your target. But what does that mean for you?
Pros and Cons of 3 MOA vs 6 MOA Red Dots
Still not sure which dot is right for you? Here’s an application breakdown by size.
3 MOA Dot
- Capable of more precise shooting, especially at distance
- Dot blocks less of your target for superior accuracy at distance
6 MOA Dot
- Larger dot is easier for your eye to pick up when moving quickly
- Easier to pick up during recoil cycle for faster follow up shots
Making Your Choice
It really comes down to one big question: How precise do you need to be as a shooter? If you’re competing as well as carrying, a 3 MOA dot can give you the more precise point of aim you need to score well past 20 yards.
However, if your red dot will be on a carry weapon, we know most self-defense shooting happens inside of 10 yards. A dot that is simpler to pick up and easier to follow through recoil might be your best choice.
As always, try to shoot a dot of each size so you can experience the differences for yourself.
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