A real innovation: new Leupold DeltaPoint Micro super-compact red dot sight

The unusual design of the Leupold DeltaPoint Micro distinguishes the Mini Red Dot Sight (MRDS) from popular brands such as Aimpoint ACRO, C-More RTS2/STS2, Noblex Docter Sight C, Shield Sights RMS/RMS2, Trijicon RMR/SRO, Vortex Razor, Viper and Venom, to name a few. Due to the further reduced size, it reminds the writer of these lines of the very early, boxy EPC mini red dot sight from the 1990s. This sight from the UK was again significantly smaller than the aforementioned MRDS, but not very practical due to the very “puny" optical window.

Smith & Wesson M&P with Leupold DeltaPoint Micro attached.
The DeltaPoint Micro is simply inserted into the existing dovetail of the removed rear sight. Since the rear protruding battery container has no nooks and crannies, it should be impossible to get tangled in clothing during the draw process when the gun is carried concealed.

Different from the others: the new Leupold DeltaPoint Micro

Be that as it may, the new Leupold DeltaPoint Micro is designed exclusively for mounting on handguns – preferably in sub-compact or compact format – for day-to-day concealed carry. It has a closed aluminum housing (as does the Aimpoint ACRO, for example) and not a free-standing front lens with frame like the vast majority of MRDS. Millings on the top of the slide or adapter plates are not necessary, as the DeltaPoint Micro is simply inserted into the rear dovetail in place of the iron sight. This places the 3 MOA illuminated red dot at visual level with the factory front sight. 

Leupold's MRDS, which can be used in combination with night vision, has eight settings of illumination intensity to allow adjustment for day and night lighting conditions. It almost goes without saying that the "Motion Sensor Technology" (MST) with battery-saving sleep mode aims to maximize the battery life of the button cell used, so that a battery should live for up to 3.5 years at the set level four light intensity, according to the manufacturer.

The Leupold DeltaPoint Micro from behind.
The side facing the shooter: the eyepiece of the DeltaPoint Micro. 
Lens side of the Leupold DeltaPoint Micro.
Lens side of the Leupold DeltaPoint Micro.

Leupold DeltaPoint Micro in video

The Leupold DeltaPoint Micro with accessories
No milled slides and adapter plates or extra tall "silencer" sights needed for "co-witness" with the MRDS. It can be this easy: Leupold DeltaPoint Micro, battery and tools.

Prices and availability of the DeltaPoint Micro from Leupold: for the time being for GLOCK and S&W

The total adjustment range in elevation and windage is 100 MOA and 180 MOA respectively. Since the DeltaPoint Micro is comparable to a "ghost ring" (aperture rear sight) in terms of housing contour, you should still be able to continue to operate accurately in the event of any battery failure. The unusual sight, which weighs about 1.09 oz/31 grams, is only 2.24”/57 mm long and 1.26”/32 mm high. Currently, the Leupold DeltaPoint Micro is only available for the polymer framed, striker fired GLOCK and Smith & Wesson M&P series pistols. The price is 499 euros.

For more information on the new DeltaPoint Micro illuminated dot sight from Leupold please visit the manufacturer's website.

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