By Dan Kidder
Three Gun is a major shooting sport around the globe. Using a rifle, shotgun and handgun, competitors quickly engage a variety of targets at a variety of ranges. In order to get maximum flexibility out of a single rifle for long-range and close-in targets, many Three Gun competitors will mount a magnified optic on top of their , zeroed for long range targets at 100 to 200 yards and another smaller red dot on a 45-degree offset mount, zeroed to 25 to 50 yards for rapid close-in engagement.
This combination is a killer on the range, but also great for real life encounters where you never know the distance you will have to engage a threat.
For this application, Vortex Optics makes the Razor 3-MOA red dot optic. The Razor is a small, lightweight red dot optic with unlimited eye relief, so getting your rifle in the exact same cheek weld each time isn’t of paramount importance to maintain accuracy.
The Razor is just a hair over one inch tall, but offers the functionality of much larger red dot sights. It weighs only 1.4 ounces, so it’s diminutive size makes it an ideal fit for both rifle and pistol. Even though it is small in size, the 1.2 inch wide sighting window gives you plenty of real estate to look through and to make super-fast target acquisition. Rapid transitions between far away and close-in targets are made easy by simply making a quarter turn rotation with the rifle to move the eye from the top mounted scope to the offset Razor, without ever lowering the rifle.
The Razor features easy to use controls and windage and elevation manipulation is accomplished by using only a small screwdriver. The Razor has 170 MOA of elevation adjustment and 114 MOA of windage, giving it the ability to be mounted on most long guns without a riser.
XR Multicoated protective and anti-reflective coatings on the high quality polished glass provide razor-sharp crispness and reduce glare, while providing plenty of visibility of the red dot in even the brightest daylight conditions. ArmorTek coatings on the external lenses protect against scratching.
The body of the Razor is made of a single piece of hard anodized aluminum and is shockproof and drop-proof and pretty near scratch proof. And if you do manage to break it, the Vortex VIP unlimited transferrable lifetime warranty is second to none.
The Razor comes standard with an integrated Picatinny mount and Vortex sells many other types of mounts to fit most rifles, shotguns and pistols. So whether you are looking to compete in shooting sports or protect yourself and your family, the Razor 3-MOA red dot sight is a great tool to add to your arsenal.