Viper Red Dot

Viper® Red Dot

SKU
VRD-6
Viper Red Dot is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 88.
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MSRP $329.99

Overview

The Viper red dot’s super low mounting height makes it the perfect solution for handguns with cutout slides. Offers the simplicity and speed advantage of a red dot, while co-witnessing with suppressor-height iron sights.

Battery Life: Up to 150 hours on highest setting. Up to 30,000 hours on lower settings.


Viper Red Dot Dimensions

Included in the Box
  • Weaver / Picatinny mount
  • T-10 Torx wrench
  • CR 2032 battery
  • Lens cloth
  • Flathead wrench
  • Protective cover

Center of the riflescope tube from the top surface of the mount base.

Mount Type Weaver/Picatinny
Magnification 1x
Dot Color Bright Red
Dot Size 6 MOA
Eye Relief Unlimited
Adjustment Graduation 1 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment 120 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment 120 MOA
Parallax Setting Parallax Free
Length 1.8 inches
Weight 1.03 oz
Product Manual (PDF) Download
Product Manual 2 (PDF) Download
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Features

OPTICAL FEATURES

Fully Multi-Coated Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Unlimited Eye Relief Non-critical eye relief for rapid target acquisition
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 performance.

CONSTRUCTION FEATURES

Single-Piece Chassis Compact and lightweight.
Waterproof O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating the binocular for reliable performance in all environments.
Shockproof Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact.
Hard Anodized Finish Highly durable hard-coat anodization provides a low-glare matte surface and helps camouflage the shooter's position.
ArmorTek ® Ultra-hard, scratch-resistant coating protects exterior lenses from scratches, oil and dirt.
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Reticle

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.

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Reviews

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 4 out of 5 by from It's a solid red dot for the price. I own 3 Vortex Vipers that I use on Glock pistols. I had some initial hiccups with one of them failing to hold a zero (twice), but the customer service provided by Vortex was phenomenal. I shipped the item back Next Day Air and they returned the favor - had my replacement optic back in the same week! Can't beat that. All MRDS mounting on pistol slides will eventually fail... that's why it's important to go with a company that will stand behind the product and do it quickly! Vortex beats them all in this regard.
Date published: 2018-03-01
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Optic with one down side I originally purchased this optic for my CZ Scorpion EVO. The mount co witnessed well with the iron sights on the Scorpion. I found the lock set screws for elevation and windage to be fine on the Scorpion. The problem came into play when I decided to use the Viper on my Glock 34. The slide is cut to accept the Viper but the down side is I must remover the rear sight (suppressor sights front and rear) to unlock the elevation and windage screws. It is a bit of a pain when zeroing the sight. That being said I love Vortex products. I have several
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not be happier I just purchased the Viper for my Glock 34 gen4 MOS. Wow!!!! Not only does it look mean, it shoots meaner! Right or if the box, straight on the Glock and BOOM.... 1/2 inch left but straight on target. It literally took 7 shots and I was zeroed in. Then, the fun began. Shot after shot was beyond even my expectations. No problems. No complaints. I highly recommend the Viper!!! Thanks Vortex!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable & Capable I bought the Vortex Viper Red Dot for my Glock Gen 4 MOS. Assemble was incredibly easy. I even visited the show room and was assisted by a very knowledgable associate that set me up with the proper mounting screws. This sight work perfectly every time I fire the gun! After purchasing this and a set of Vortex binocs, I'm convinced there is no other place to turn for hunting optics.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Probably the best pistol red dot option on the market! Used on G19c. I haven't owned a lot of pistol red dots and/or RMR type optics but I have gotten to check out several of the popular options that my friends own and compare them with some of mine. This is my favorite so far. Fantastic option at this price point; I can't really see spending the extra money for a Trijicon because there really isn't a performance increase.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Product, Great Value....hard to beat! Being so pleased with my first Viper and Strikefire2 I decided to get another Viper for my home defense G19 Gen4. The small size of the Viper and the 6 MOA dot are ideal for real world circumstances. It's robust construction and the ultra clear, large lens gives gives an immediate sense of thoughtful design and build quality. Adding co-witness iron sights is less of a hassle due to the low profile of the Viper, pretty much pick the sight you like and your done.The sight adjustment buttons are very tactile and the placement is very pragmatic. The brightness adjustments are ideal, you can go from very dim for low light or very bright for outdoor/daytime. I am also a fan of the locking adjustments, just one more feature to assure trouble free use when you need it most. I have drilled out the back side of my rear sight so I can have quick access to the adjustment lock(s). During drills/training I find the 6 MOA Dot to be ideal for again real life scenarios. Anything smaller is great for targets and range time... The large lens and thin bezels are ideal for Initial sight acquisition and follow up. And for the record the lens is incredibly robust, I have shot thousands of rounds in various conditions and have yet to scratch either side of the lens. It's great when you're able to get a product that you feel is worth significantly more than the money you paid. And on top of that, a lifetime warranty!
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost Unfair Bought this for a Glock 19 MOS. Mounts easily with UM Tactical Shim and screws you have to call Vortex for. Also ended up buying and installing Trijicon Night Suppressor Sights. After zeroing to the night sights, I took it to the range and at 25 yards could not miss the bullseye. And I've only been shooting for 2 months. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-06-15
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: 2017-06-15
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: 2017-06-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed and a number of problems Was very disappointed with this sight. I'm a big Vortex fan and had high expectations for this sight but unfortunately I had a number of problems. When I initially got the sight it would not turn on. I replaced the battery and finally got it to work. After adjusting the sight i had to take it off my pistol in order to lock the windage and elevation because they are blocked by the rear sight. When I went to remount it the dot would not come back on. I took it off again unlocked it and readjusted the windage and remounted it. After it came back on the windage was stuck far left and would not move even close to my iron sights. I once again took the sight off and attempted to remount it but it will not turn back on at all now. Cons: The windage and elevation adjustments are not very positive and feel cheap. They do not click or indicate any adjustment has been made. The lockers on the back for the windage and elevation are blocked by the rear pistol sight. Sight intermittently works and does not seem to mount very flush to my FNX 45. I would give this at least two stars if I could get it to work or shoot with it but unfortunately I will have to return it. Pros: The sight looks great and is a great price point. The finish on the metal seems durable and tough.
Date published: 2017-06-15
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: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Red Dot This is a top notch red dot, I have one of the competitors high $$ red dots and I like the Viper a lot better. I will buy one again!!!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast, clear, and solid! I can’t say enough about the Viper Red Dot. Having mounted it to a Gen 3 Glock 22, it’s the right size of optic for a handgun that needs to be visible and clear night or day, comfortable to carry, and reliable and durable for any unexpected circumstance. The brightness adjustment is everything you’d need in a handgun mounted red dot, and it’s not obnoxiously huge, heavy, or cumbersome, where it becomes regrettable. It is the right size for a mid- to full-sized handgun.
Date published: 2019-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Descent!!! I bought a Canik TP9SFx that included a Viper red dot. I never had an optic on a handgun and was really impressed. The brightness settings are great for indoor or outdoor use and is easily adjusted. Not only does it look great on my gun but it performs amazing as well. I literally took the red dot out of the box, mounted it to gun, and hit bullseye at 50 feet with ZERO adjustment. I'm approaching the 2,000 mark for shots fired and the Viper has held up perfect so far.
Date published: 2019-05-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bummer The good: This mounted right up to a S&W CORE 9mm. Its lightweight and low profile, so I was able to co-witness with my suppressor height sights. Controls are easy to use. Lifetime warranty, which I put to the test. The bad: Actually had to use the lifetime warranty twice in a couple months and only 1200 rounds. Customer service is awesome. I had cracked glass from holstering and drawing. Then lost the red dot. Then lost the ability to adjust the red dot and it situated itself extremely high right. I failed a qual because I didn't notice how far high I was aiming to get that dot. The location of the lock to adjust the dot is poorly thought out and very difficult to get to, without removing the sight. Changing batteries also requires removing the sight, but I never had to do that, as each one lasted a month to month and a half. I sold the third one, and would never, ever, trust this on a piece of equipment that I would use to protect myself or others. I quit the foreplay and went with another red dot that everyone else who actually uses their equipment uses. I really wanted to like Vortex and talk it up to everyone else who spent three times the amount on their red dots. Bummer.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick n lethal I own multiple mini red dots from many companies, and I wish I would have bought this one first. For one the price was alot better and the features and clarity are exceptional, I found the viper to be very well made, and like I said I have a few so I'm always switching back n forth on different platforms and it actually returned to zero after taking it off, well very close to zero as I can tell, , I leave it on all the time and have yet to change a battery, and of course the VIP warranty is always there just in case, so don't be fooled by thinking that a higher price tag on a competitors model means it's superior, because with the viper you can't go wrong, crisp dot in all lighting conditions and very rugged housing that holds zero on rifles and handguns, I would buy this again without question, great product.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On Target In 10 Rounds Mounted on a Glock 19 MOS. Removed rear stock sight so would have easy access to lock screws. I am no longer able to see iron sights well enough to shoot. I was able to group after 10 rounds and minimal adjustment. I did not have any issues or malfunctions (shutting off, trouble zeroing). Thanks again Vortex for a great product. This is my second red dot purchase. I purchased a Sparc II for my AR and have had no issues. Keep up the great work!
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The visually impaired It won't let me upload a photo. But you can see my viper on instagram. @ronray267. I bought my viper about 3 months ago. Shooting with and without glasses is an issue for me. Focusing through traditional handgun sights as they are small. With the viper I have so much more clarity and field of view its incredible. I would recommended Vortex optics to anyone who loves shooting. With the viper my shooting and grouping has improved 100%
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FAVORITE PISTOL OPTIC! I bought this red dot optic a year ago to mount it on my handgun, and this is so far my favorite pistol optic. It's very durable, dots very crisped with a clear lens. It's not too big of an optic size, the finished is nice. I've been running vortex optic on mostly all my firearm. So if you decide to get your first pistol red dot get a viper. :) but make sure you check out their optic as well because they produce quality optic.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Red Dot I have this on a Canik tp9sfx and it is a great companion sight for this pistol. Took it out to the range and adjust easy and was banging steel. It will be on this pistol permanently but the only thing I do not like is the battery - having to remove the sight to replace the battery is a pain but since it is only an occasional change, not a huge deal. Other than that good dot, good controls - another great product form Vortex
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fell apart immediately I put eight rounds through my M&P Pro 9L with the vortex viper attached before the glass completely fell out of the optic and onto the ground. I am a huge Vortex fan and have tons of their products but this red dot instantly fell apart. The housing has no lip or groove for the lens and is simply held in with adhesive that clearly doesn't cut it. Super disappointed.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small and smooth I bought this red dot for a “back up” sight on my 300 blk. I have it on the vortex offset mount. I did have an issue with it originally, the mil was fuzzy. But about a 15 minute phone call to customer service and it was set up for warranty. Sent it in and got it back in half the time they quoted. Now that I have it on the gun working as it was intended I am very happy. Super clear and visible even in the AZ sun.
Date published: 2019-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Micro Red Dot I purchased this Viper about a month ago and now I have about 800 rounds with the Viper mounted on my M&P CORE. Only thing I have a complaint about is the battery compartment it is not covered by anything, it is on the bottom of the optic and only held in place by a small rubber piece. I have had the dot turn off on my about 3-4 times in the first 200 rounds but I have not had any problems with it turning off sense.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Micro Red Dot I purchased this Viper about a month ago and now I have about 800 rounds with the Viper mounted on my M&P CORE. Only thing I have a complaint about is the battery compartment it is not covered by anything, it is on the bottom of the optic and only held in place by a small rubber piece. I have had the dot turn off on my about 3-4 times in the first 200 rounds but I have not had any problems with it turning off sense.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit and great price I bought this last Christmas to mount on my performance center 9mm pistol. The only problem I had with mounting it was I had to email Smith and Wesson to ask what mounting plate to use. After that it was a breeze. Everything fit like it was supposed to. I've ran a couple hundred rounds through the gun since it's been on the gun and have no complaints. Perfect little red dot. Definitely would and will buy another.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mounted on a rimfire open gun- works great The Viper 6 MOA was my first venture into mini red-dot optics. I have a ruger 22/45 that I set up to shoot Rimfire Open division in steel challenge. It has been great for that purpose with lots of rounds down range. The lens clarity and sharpness of the dot are very good for the price point. Buttons are simple and easy to use. I appreciated the rubber cover that came with it. I gave it 4 stars for the mount. Instead of using the polymer mount ruger provided I bought a nicer Tandem Kross Picatinny mount for my 22/45. The mount on the Viper did not want to get tight enough to stay seated. I had to put way more torque than I was comfortable with to get it tight, but it has stayed put and held zero. It is *possible* that the Tandem Kross rail was out of spec, but it jived with other picatinny mounts so I'm led to believe it was the Vortex Mount. Pleased with the optic overall though.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great optic but adjustment lock are in a bad spot The optic is durable and has survived hundreds of rounds of 10mm. Good glass and low profile. It did not have the correct screws for Glock MOS. I contacted customer service and they sent the correct screws the same day. Outstanding customer service from Vortex. My only complaint is where the adjustment locks are located. The rear sight needs to be removed (or drilled) to adjust the sights when mounted.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent for the price Bought a Canik TP9SFx that came with this optic. Super easy to mount. Out of the box was on paper and sighted in quickly. Only knock I have on this red dot is the adjustment and lock down screws. Flat head screws are not the best and because of the tiny size, take a bit of effort to get set/tightened. Get a good micro screw driver and leave the factory tool behind and aggravation is gone.
Date published: 2019-05-13
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