Industry-leading optics manufacturer Leupold is re-imagining the mini red dot sight for pistols with the announcement of the DeltaPoint Micro. Unlike most every other mini red dot sight, the DeltaPoint Micro doesn’t need any specially machined slides to mount.
The DeltaPoint Micro mounts to the slide using a rear sight dovetail adapter, which allows it to sit practically flush with the slide, thanks to its cantilevered design.
With the DeltaPoint Micro, the battery compartment and electronics housing hang down behind the slide, with only the necessary parts of the optics mounted on the slide. This eliminates the need to cut a recess in the top of the handgun in order to achieve a flush mount and sight cowitness.
The tough, low-profile design runs in-line with the same plane as iron sights, making it extremely intuitive-looking to use and readily adaptable to concealed-carry. And unlike most other red dot sights for pistols, it’s entirely self-contained.
That means that the red dot diode is housed inside the optic, making it much harder to interfere with. Other red dot sights can be obstructed with rain or debris, which can quickly render them useless. And even if something does interfere with the DeltaPoint Micro, because of the way it replaces the rear sight, the housing can be used as a ghost ring sight.
The rugged design is 2.25 inches long and 1.25 inches tall and weighs just 1.1 ounces. Like all Leupold optics, it’s designed, machined and assembled in the USA, with a lifetime guarantee.
For now Leupold is offering the DeltaPoint Micro in two versions, one with a square housing profile and one with an angled profile, with adapters for Glock or Smith & Wesson M&P rear sight dovetails. Both models feature 3 MOA red dots.
These two profiles will probably work with other popular handgun models, but Leupold will have to get around to making dovetail adapters for other pistols first.
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Like many of today’s red dot sights, the DeltaPoint Micro has an impressive battery life. Leupold says the sight has a 3.5-year run time on a single cell on medium brightness, thanks to its auto-off feature. Obviously if it’s used with an everyday-carry gun with the brightness cranked up battery life will be less, but just the same the battery is easily replaceable with an easy-to-access battery compartment.
Both models have a suggested retail price of $519, which puts it in the middle of the pack for hard-use red dot optics for handguns. But when you consider it works on guns without any modifications to the slide, that makes the whole package more affordable.
The DeltaPoint Micro is an interesting concept, with a huge number of potential users thanks to its drop-in design. These things will need to be pressed into use and tested for sure, so stay tuned for the full review on GunsAmerica.
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