When it comes to self-defense, the Walther PDP never fails to make fast and precise shots. In fact, it gives you a great way to practice shooting for different competitions. But do you know you can take your performance to another level just by using a red dot sight with your PDP.
You will find quite a few options in good quality red dots that will be compatible to use for Walther PDP models. Hence, to spare you from the hard work of looking for high quality red dots, we have brought you the reviews of 5 best mini red dot sights which are compatible to use with this particular gun model.
In addition, we’ve also added a checklist that you can use when you buy the optic. So without further delay, let’s get to work!
Best Walther PDP Red Dot Sights – [Editor’s Picks]
1. Holosun HS507C X2 Circle Dot Solar Failsafe
The reflex optical sight has especially been designed to give a large field of view to make more precise and quick shots. Plus, it comes with a Super LED high capacity lithium ion battery to power up the optic around 50,000 hours of its battery life.
What makes the optic one of our best picks is that it can support you through any lighting conditions and environments, even if the battery fails. Yes, if the battery ever fails in the field, it will still be able to adjust the brightness level and give you a clear visual of the target. But how?
This is because the company has used Solar Failsafe technology to give the optic this unique feature to back you up in such unpredictable situations. Additionally, there is a Shake Awake system which works to preserve the battery life by automatically shutting down the LED when the optic remains inactive for a good amount of time.
Moreover, the sight lens comes with a multilayer of coatings to protect it from heavy impacts and any other outer harmful elements. It also has a lock mode to lock the buttons to prevent the unintentional changes in the adjustments of the sight.
All in all, it is a good deal for PDP users who like to use the gun in rough environments and terrains.
Will the mounting screws provided by the company work on the milled slide of a gun?
The two sets of mounting screws provided by the company have two different thread sizes (short and long). And the thread size you need for a milled slide may vary from this set of screws.
Can you attach the optic on any mounting plates?
No, you can’t. The optic is designed to have a RMR footprint. Therefore, the mounting plate you are choosing needs to have the RMR footprint as well.
Is there any height difference between the optic bottom and the red dot?
The dot of the optic is not fixed, instead it is a floating dot. Hence, it always changes its position from one place to another. Therefore, the height distance between the optic bottom and the dot cannot be measured.
2. Trijicon SRO Sight Adjustable Led 5.0 MOA Red Dot
When we are talking about fast and accurate aiming on targets, we can’t possibly miss to mention Trijicon SRO sight. This sight is mainly engineered to give you parallax-free, maximum field of view with the help of the 5.0 MOA dot.
This MOA dot enables you to aim from any shooting range. To make your target acquisition uninterrupted in any lighting conditions, the optic offers you an automatic and 8 level manual brightness adjustment settings. Thus, you get flexible options to adjust the brightness level as you need.
In addition, it has a top loaded high capacity CR2032 battery that can serve the optic for around 3 years. Since the battery is placed on the top of the sight, it is very easy to replace them when it’s necessary.
Apart from these features, we think the optic will be highly compatible to use with the PDP guns because it has an RMR footprint which helps it to mount on the gun with an RMR adapter.
Moreover, the Aluminum construction of the sight helps it to weigh quite less than the other sights but at the same time it also makes it durable enough to withstand any heavy impacts.
Does it come with any mounting hardware?
The company only provides two ½” mounting screws with the optic. But depending on your mounting system, you may require to buy a different set of screws.
How to adjust the brightness manually?
In the optic side there are two buttons, one button indicates upward sign and other one indicates downward sign. You can manually increase or decrease the brightness level with these buttons.
What footprint does the sight have?
The sight comes with a RMR footprint. Hence, if your slide also has a RMR footprint only then you can mount the optic on the gun. So, in case your gun doesn’t have the same footprint, you will need to milled the slide into RMR cut.
3. Leupold Deltapoint Pro Reflex Sight
If you’re looking for red dots for fast and close-range shooting, this 6 MOA dot sight is one of the best around. It has many features to talk about but we will like to highlight the parts which made us put it on our best picks.
It is really helpful to have a sight that is light in weight. So keeping it in mind, Leupold has forged the sight housing with Aluminum. Hence, even though you will find the optic with rugged construction, it still remains extremely lightweight which comes really handy for tactical applications like Walther PDP.
Another good part of the optic is its illumination brightness setting. The illuminated reticle will obviously give you clear visibility in low-light conditions but you can also see the illuminated reticle in a complete night vision. Since the optic has a micro-adjustable illumination brightness setting, it helps you to use the sight in night environments as well.
Besides, it has been crafted with motion sensor technology to preserve the battery life when the optic remains inactive for 5 minutes. But it can instantly reactivate the illuminated reticle as soon as it senses motion of the optic.
Therefore, if you’re up for something sturdy, lightweight and easy to handle sorts of reflex sight for your PDP, it is the best possible deal you can get!
Can you mount it on a Picatinny rail?
Yes, the sight is compatible to mount on a Picatinny rail. But you will need a right adapter to attach the optic and then mount it on the rail.
Does it come with a dust cover?
Yes, along with the optic, you will also get protective cover. However, if you want you can buy them separately. In that case you can buy a “Dream Plastics Scope Cover for Leupold DeltaPoint Pro” cover to protect the sight from dust.
Do you need to reset the zero after replacing the battery?
Since the battery is located on the top of the optic, you don’t need to remove it from the gun. As a result, the zero adjustment also doesn’t change. Therefore, you don’t need to reset the zero.
4. Holosun HE508T-RD X2 Circle Dot Solar Failsafe
This is another red dot model of Holosun that is compatible to use with Walther PDP. Since the optic comes with Titanium housing, it is a bit heavier than the previously discussed sight (HS507C). But other than the difference in their weights, the sights equally offer high quality features to rely on.
For instance, the optic also has a Super LED high capacity lithium battery (CR1632) to enable you to use it in any environmental situations. The battery can power the optic up to 50,000 hours in its battery life.
However, there is a Solar Failsafe technology to power it up when the battery fails to transfer energy to the optic. Thus even if the battery fails in your practice field, the red dot can still adjust the brightness level according to your light conditions.
In addition, the use of the Shake Awake system in the optic allows the LED to automatically shut off when it remains idle for a long time. Besides, the lock mode system in the sight buttons prevents accidental changes in the adjustment settings. To protect the optic lens from heavy recoils and scratches, there are multilayers of coatings on the lens.
So, if you just want a high quality sight to use in your practice field, regardless of the weight of the sight, you can go for this product.
Can it be installed on a RMR slide cut?
The optic has a footprint like a RMR footprint, so it can be installed on a milled RMR slide. But use a right mount to install the optic properly.
Is it usable in a night environment?
Yes, it is compatible to use in a night environment because it comes with two adjustment settings to make it work in the night vision.
Can you co-witness with a fixed iron front sight?
With the suppressor height sights, you can co-witness. But the chances of co-witness will depend on how the sight has been mounted on the gun.
5. Vortex Optics Viper Red Dot Sight – 6 MOA Dot
We like Viper mainly for its low height profile because it helps the sight to perfectly mount on the milled slides of the handguns. In addition, this low height enables you to co-witness with iron sights.
It also has a 6 MOA dot to make fast and accurate aim on the target. On the other hand, the 1 MOA windage and elevation adjustments work to move the dot when you shift your aiming point. Moreover, you can adjust the brightness level as you need by using its 10 level manual brightness setting system.
Like most other high quality sights, Viper also comes with a fully multi-coated lens to give you an unobstructed field of view.
However, the lens has additional Armortek coatings to protect it from oil, dirt, and scratches. The O-ring seals of the optic make sure that the part prevents moisture, dust and debris from damaging it.
You can consider the optic as a simple solution to make easy and precise aim for target acquisition. If simplicity is what we seek, go for it!
Where is the battery placed?
The battery is placed underneath the optic. So, when you need to replace the battery, you have to detach the sight from the gun first and then you can change it. You will also require to reset the zero after changing the battery.
Which red dot sight co-witness better, Venom or Viper?
To co-witness with a rear sight, the optic you choose should come with a low height profile. And between these two sights, we see that the Viper has a lower height than the Venom. Hence, Viper will have a better co-witness with a rear sight.
Is there any auto on feature in the optic?
No, it doesn’t have any auto on feature rather it has a manual button option to turn on the optic. However, it can automatically shut off at every 14 hours.
Buying Guide Of Red Dot Sights For Walther PDP
Following is the list of key factors that influence the compatibility of the optic to be used with your gun. Now, remember these are the main factors we are discussing, so it doesn’t mean these are only and ultimate features you need in the sights. There could be more features in the optics which can work to ensure your optimal shooting performance.
Whenever you buy red dots for your gun, the first thing you need to do is check the materials that are used to construct the body and the lens of the optic. If your product is not made of high quality materials, it won’t be able to ensure the durability and reliability of the product.
Hence, check whether your selected sight is constructed with a strong material like Aluminum or not. And also see if the lens of the optic has multi-coatings or any additional protective layers to prevent damage from outer elements.
It is essential to have a high capacity battery in the optic that we want to use for PDP series. This will help you to use the optic for a longer period of time. One thing to note is that the battery can be either placed on the top of the optic or underneath of it.
The difference of the location influences the replacement process of the battery. In our opinion, it is much easier to change the battery when it is placed on the top of the optic.
The new series of Walther PDP guns come with optic ready slide cut. But the problem is, you will require model-specific mounting plates to install the sights on these pistols. For example, if you buy Trijicon SRO Sight for a PDP model, you will need a mount that is particularly made to use with this sight to install it on the gun.
The adapters of the reviewed products are available on the Walther PDP website. In fact, you can also find the aftermarket mounting plates for these optics in different sites as well.
Different brands offer their sights with different dot sizes such as 2 MOA, 3 MOA, 6 MOA and so on. The selection of the MOA type mainly depends on your preference. If you like to use 2 MOA dots buy the optic which offers this dot size or you can also choose other MOA types if you prefer a different dot size to work with.
To give you a quick view of the reviewed products, we have added a chart below. This will help you to have a conclusive idea about the sights and thus will enable you to choose the right optic for your Walther PDP.
|Name||MOA||Materials||Auto brightness settings Technologies||Manual brightness settings Levels||Battery||Adapters Availability in Walther PDP Website|
|Holosun HS507C X2||2||Aluminum||Solar Fastfire and|
|Trijicon SRO||5||Aluminum||1 super brightness mode and 2NV modes||8||CR2032||✔|
|Leupold Deltapoint Pro||6||Aluminum||MST and Micro- adjustable illumination||8||CR2032||✔|
|Holosun HE508T||2||Titanium||Solar Fastfire and|
We understand the search for the red dot for Walther PDP can become confusing sometimes. Especially when we try to ensure the sight’s perfect compatibility with the gun. So, by keeping all the necessary factors in consideration, we have picked 5 best red dots that you can install in your gun without hesitation.
It is also important to have a clear idea about the factors which mainly ensure the compatibility of the optic. Hence, We’ve included a list of key factors to consider when you purchase the red dot.