Vortex Optics Defender: A CCW-Ready Red Dot Sight

Having the correct red dot for defensive purposes isn’t just nice, it’s a must. The red dot sight mounted to your daily carry gun should be reliable, durable, and well-made. It should withstand serious use and include features specific to those who utilize an everyday carry gun. Vortex Optics is fulfilling that niche with the Defender CCW red dot sight, a carefully designed sight made to perform when you need it most.

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The Vortex Defender CCW red dot sight is designed to be the ultimate sight for defensive purposes. (Photo credit: Vortex Optics)

The Vortex Defender CCW is made for versatility, meaning it’s designed for gun owners packing full-size, subcompact, and even micro-compact guns. It’s created for self-defense and is meant to give users an edge for speed and accuracy.

This red dot is ultra-compact and tough with a substantial sight window for more effective “both eyes open” shooting and improved peripheral vision. It also has a smooth, slim profile so it does not add unnecessary bulk to the gun while ensuring a snag-free draw.

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The sight is rugged and designed to stand up to serious use. (Photo credit: Vortex Optics)

Features of the Vortex Defender CCW include:

  • Distortion-free aspherical lenses for improved clarity and superior color fidelity.
  • Shockshield polymer insert designed to protect the sight from hard use.
  • Fast-Rack textured front face to facilitate racking the slide under stress.
  • Adjustable brightness so illumination can be set according to the user’s needs and preferences.
  • Auto-shutoff for the purpose of extending battery life.
  • Motion activated so it’s on and ready the instant you need it.
  • Shield RMS footprint to eliminate the need for retro-fitting, extra plates, or drilling and tapping.
  • 3 or 6 MOA red dot reticles are available.
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The sight has a Shield RMS footprint, making it immediately compatible with most optics-ready platforms. (Photo credit: Vortex Optics)

The sight ships with:

  • 1″ Shim Plate
  • Picatinny Mount
  • Rubber Cover
  • Lens Cloth
  • CR1632 Battery
  • Custom Tool
  • Commonly used mounting screw sets
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The sight is made to be sleek and smooth so it doesn’t add unnecessary bulk to the gun. (Photo credit: Vortex Optics)

The Defender CCW is 1.6 inches in length and weighs 0.95 ounces. This is a truly lightweight sight, and despite its weight, it is built to last. The dot is currently only offered in red. Please note the motion-activated feature is designed for use in sleep mode, not when the optic has been shut down.

What do you think, is this red dot going to be the next addition to your carry setup? Tell us what you think in the comments section.

MSRP for the Vortex Optics Defender CCW is set at $249.99 for either the 3 MOA or 6 MOA model.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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