Why It Matters

Sitting on my desk is a Langdon RDO LTT Elite Beretta 92 with a Trijicon SRO optic. It represents a confluence of two current trends, one of which Ernest Langdon is largely responsible for. The first is the renaissance of the Beretta 92 pistol, just when everybody thought it was going to be relegated to the military museum. Ernest’s training and particularly his Fear Not the Double Action Shot video series on YouTube reminded America’s shooters the Beretta could be made with a very sweet trigger both double and single action, and had long since proven itself to be one of the most reliable auto pistol platforms in existence.

The other trend is “carry optics”: red dot sights are compact enough to ride in a duty holster, or even serve for concealed carry. The carry optic’s red dot offers advantages. It’s a natural for those whose vision won’t give them a good focus on iron sights. For any user, though, the big advantage is what the military, police and armed citizen sectors found with the same optics on rifles: the aiming index — the dot — is seen by the eye on the same focal plane as the target.