Vortex Introduces its Defender-XL Micro Red Dot

Following the success of the Defender-CCW and Defender-ST, optics maker Vortex is expanding its line of micro red dot sights with the Defender-XL, designed for both competitive and recreational shooters. Available with either a 5 MOA or 8 MOA reticle, the newest addition to the Defender line-up features a large hard coast aspherical lens that provides a distortion-free sight picture and truer colors.

Vortex Defender XL Micro Red Dot
The Vortex Defender-XL was designed for competitive and recreational shooting.

The bright, adjustable dot can also adapt to any lighting conditions and reduce eyestrain in long-duration events. Its ultra-wide sight window promises to enhance the field of view to deliver quicker target acquisition, more accurate follow-up shots, and greater flexibility in unconventional shooting positions.

The Defender-XL further offers a Deltapoint Pro Footprint, while the shock shield polymer insert ensures it can withstand hard daily use and abuse, including unexpected drops. In addition to being waterproof and shockproof, the Defender-XL micro red dot’s motion activation with 10-minute shutoff means it is ready when needed most.

Vortex Defender-XL Micro Red Dot Specs

  • Dot Size: 5 MOA (DFXL-MRD5)/8 MOA (DFXL-MRD8)
  • Dot Color: Bright Red
  • Battery Type: CR2032
  • Battery Run Time: 25,000 hours at setting 6
  • Eye Relief: Unlimited
  • Magnification: 1x
  • Footprint: Deltapoint Pro
  • Adjustment Graduation: 1 MOA
  • Travel Per Rotation: 25 MOA
  • Total Elevation Adjustment: 120 MOA
  • Total Wintage Adjustment: 115 MOA
  • Parallax Setting: Parallax Free
  • Length: 2.03 inches
  • Weight: 1.93 ounces w/battery

The Vortex Defender-XL micro red dot will be available at retailers with an MSRP of $399.99.

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based freelance writer who regularly covers firearms related topics and military history. As a reporter, his work has appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers, and websites. Among those are The National Interest, Forbes, and many others. He has collected military small arms and military helmets most of his life, and just recently navigated his first NFA transfer to buy his first machine gun. He is co-author of the book A Gallery of Military Headdress, which was published in February 2019. It is his third book on the topic of military hats and helmets.

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