Oct 7, 2014

Glock 19 w/ RMR - Decision

I have decided to sell the Glock RMR project gun.  I put a FS thread up on m4carbine.net.

Why am I selling it?  While there is always a complicated reason for many things, this time there is no complication.  The RMR did not live up to my expectations of performance.

My particular gripes about performance stem from close proximity (7 yards and in) speed-related drills.  This is an issue, for me, since the high likelihood of me using a pistol in a shooting will by in that distance, possibly closer.  Furthermore, while the RMR excels at accuracy-type shooting, it does not excel at being able to be quickly acquired at speed.  I had two runs of farnam drills with the RMR before that run in the video.  Both runs were extremely telling of how difficult it was for the "dot" to be picked up.  Could this be from a lack of reps of getting naturally aligned with the "dot?"  Completely possible.  The better question is, how much time am I going to invest in practicing and training with the RMR in order to correct this?  The answer would be zero, since I have no use for a pistol which is very accurate, but unbearably slow in close proximity from the draw at speed.  Which, by the way, has the highest statistical probability of use for a "defensive" pistol in a shooting.

While there are people out there that use RMR's on their pistols very well, I am willing to bet they did not invest a lot of time into traditional iron sights for accuracy or speed and when the RMR came around, they adopted it and became proficient with it.  This is all well and good, but as all things go, an RMR is a tool, just like any sighting system.  What is the old adage? Learn iron sights before getting an optic?  I put about 5-10k rounds through my SCAR when I had it before I put an RDS on it and I've put well over 30k through my EDC G19, before putting an RMR on it.  I am fast in proximity, accurate at distance, and do not see the benefit of investing more time than I already have in an RMR setup which may or may not give me a very small percentage over someone who may not have one.  As I wrote in my training, not equipment article, I default to my training for survival, not my equipment.  For the time being, the RMR is on the chopping block.

I may, in the future, decide to try it again, just to see if anything has changed, especially if any new developments in RMR-style RDS sights (like the deltapoint 2 for example) may provide a solution to the issues I have.  As I stated, the RMR may be an answer for your problem, for me, it is a problem I did not have or need.

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