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Vortex Optics offers a wide variety of optics.  Anyone from a novice shooter to a professional operator can find a Vortex Optics sight that matches their needs.  No matter what you shoot, if you haven’t familiarized yourself with Vortex Optics, you can’t make an informed decision about a sight.

For the handgun enthusiast, Viper Optics red dot pistol sights are standouts.  In particular, the Razor red dot sight offers shooters a professional quality red dot sight at a price that the most budget-minded shooter can handle.

Across the board, from the quality of construction to cost, the Vortex Optics Razor red dot sight competes in the top tier of red dot sights.  The features and technical specifications spell out the foundation of Vortex Optics sights.  The voices of shooters tell the tale on The Razor red dot sight and how it performs.

The Vortex Optics Razor Red Dot Sight – From the Inside Out

The best way to understand what you are purchasing is to become familiar with the technical specifications and the features.  The top of the line red dot sights are all fine products.  The subtle differences in the designs and specifications determine decisions among top shooters.


Vortex Optics never fails to meet the demands of shooters in the features category.

  • Vortex Optics proprietary XR™ coatings provide fully multi-coated protection to all glass to air surfaces for increased light transmission.
  • Vortex Razor red dot sights include nine brightness intensity settings
  • The design of the Razor optic provides shooters unlimited eye relief
  • No sight is truly parallax free, but the Razor exhibits such small parallax error that it is considered parallax free
  • A 3 MOA dot makes target acquisition easy no matter the light conditions

Vortex Razor Red Dot Sight Specifications

Dot Color
Dot Size
Eye Relief
Mount Type
Adjustment per click
Maximum elevation adjustment
170 MOA
Maximum windage adjustment
114 MOA
Parallax setting
Parallax free
Overall Length1.83 inches
Overall Weight1.3 ounces
Overall Width1.21 inches
Overall Height1.16 inches

What Comes with the Vortex Razor Red Dot Sight?

The Vortex Razor Red Dot Sight comes with:

  • One Razor Red Dot sight
  • One Picatinny rail mount
  • One 1.5mm hex wrench
  • One 2.5mm hex wrench
  • One CR2032 battery

What the Features and Specifications Don’t Tell You

While the features and specifications can give you the necessary design and operating details, there are always other considerations when purchasing a red dot sight to mount on a pistol.  Some of these factors include

  • Ease of Operation and Use
  • Mounting Options
  • The Bounce Factor
  • Reliability
  • Warranty

Ease of Operation and Use

Once mounted, the worst thing that can happen is that you find that the red dot sight on your pistol doesn’t work for you.  The most common causes of this happening are:

Sight Adjustment Problems

Some red dot sights place the windage and elevation adjustments where it is difficult to make changes.  The Vortex Razor red dot sight puts the elevation adjustment on the top rear of the sight.  The windage adjustment is at the right rear of the sight.  Both adjustments are clear of any obstructions and are easy to access.

A lock keeps the adjustments in place and prevents accidental movement.  This lock is on the rear of the sight.

One small complaint that we have with the adjustments is the need for the hex wrench to both unlock the adjustments and to make the adjustments themselves.  If you don’t have the hex wrench, it is next to impossible to make on the fly or field adjustments to the sight.

Mounting Options

Vortex Optics builds the Razor as a Picatinny rail mount sight.  The Vortex Optics supplied mount is rugged and works well on pistols that have an integral Picatinny rail.  However, many pistols aren’t equipped with top of the slide Picatinny rails and require and adapter or additional mounts.

In some instances, this can involve drilling and tapping the slide of the pistol.  Making this kind of change to your favorite pistol is best left to a competent gunsmith.

On the upside, the Vortex Optics Razor is so popular that there is a ready-made solution for mounting to almost any pistol.  A search of the internet returned hundreds of finds for custom mounts.  You should have no problem finding the necessary mounts to put a Vortex Optics Razon on your handgun.

The Bounce Factor

I don’t care how careful you are or diligent in your habits, at some time, you are going to drop your pistol inadvertently.  It happens to everyone.  The bounce factor is my measure of how well a sight resists damage from these unforeseen adventures.

The Vortex Optics Razor sight scores high on my Bounce Factor scale.  Vortex understands the kinds of abuse that an open-top red dot sight may endure.  The Vortex Optics Razor is touch and can take the kinds of abuse that even professional operators can dish out.


Reliability is part of the Bounce Factor but also considers everyday wear and tear.  Think about what a red dot sight mounted on top of a 1911 slide endures.  Each shot imparts hundreds of pounds of force to the sight.  This force comes from different directions and in a hurry.

Above all, a shooter wants to know that the sight they chose can enjoy a long life despite these forces.  Vortex Optics Razor red dot is designed and built with a thorough understanding of what a red dot sight must be to function reliably.

Warranty – When All Else Fails

Things happen and when you are dealing with extreme conditions, things can be expected to happen.  With the Vortex Optics Razor sight, even when the worst happens, you don’t have to worry too much.

Vortex Optics puts a lifetime warranty on every optic it produces, including the Razor.  The Vortex Lifetime Warranty coves your Vortex product against damage or defective parts no matter what the cause or how it happened.  There are some exclusions for loss or theft.

Vortex Razor Red Dot vs. Trijicon RMR vs. Holosun HS510C

Vortex Optics products almost always score well when compared to products from other manufacturers.  The Vortex Optics Razor is no exception and when compared head to head with other red dot sights, the Razor usually comes out on top.

Vortex RazorTrijicon RMRHolosun HS510C
Windage Adjustment114 MOA150 MOA50 MAO
Elevation Adjustment170 MOS150 MOA50 MOA
Width of Window1.10 x .69 inches.87 x .63 inches0.91 x 1.26 inches
Height1.16 inches.97 inches2.31 inches
Weight1.3 ounces1 ounce4.94 ounces
Battery TypeCR2032CR2032CR2032
Battery Life30,000 hours35,040 hours50,000 hours

Vortex Razor Red Dot Battery Life
Across the board, the Vortex Optics Razor red dot holds its own in a head to head comparison.  There isn’t much difference among the top contenders when comparing the basic features of a red dot sight.  We do find some notable characteristics that make the Vortex Optics Razor red dot sight stand out.

Among the three choices, the Vortex Optics Razor battery life compares favorably.  Trijicon bases the battery life of 4 years on running the optic at the middle-intensity setting at a constant 70 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lower or higher temperatures can shorten that life as can using higher intensity settings.

The Holosun battery life depends on its solar panel technology to minimize battery use.  However, leaving the sight on in the dark precludes this saving. There is some concern about the reliability of the solar panel and the electronics as well.

Windage and Elevation Adjustments

A properly mounted sight should not need a lot of windage and elevation travel adjustment.  The Vortex Optics Razor provides a generous amount of travel in both the windage and elevation adjustments.   Unless you are shooting in extreme conditions or ranges, long windage and elevation travel shouldn’t be necessary.

The Vortex Optics Razor offers enough windage and elevation travel adjustment to fit almost any condition that a shooter may encounter.  The locking mechanism on the elevation adjustments ensures that once the adjustments are made, the sight will hold that position securely.

Sight Window

Surprisingly, the most expensive red dot sight in our group, the Trijicon RMR, also features the smallest sight window.  Sight window size is essential for rapid aim acquisition.  The larger the sight window, the faster the shooter should be able to reacquire a sight picture between shots.

Vortex Optics equips the Razor red dot sight with the largest sight window of our group.  Rapid sight re-acquisition becomes easier and faster with the bigger sight picture.

When Budget is a Factor – The Price to Feature Ratio

It is a fact of life that monetary concerns govern purchases for most of us.  That means that the price factor must figure into every choice.  The price to feature ratio is not a formula expressible on a price sheet.  Unfortunately, it is a comparison that each shooter must make for themselves.

In our opinion, when weighting features, specifications, and options, the Vortex Razor red dot sight is the hands-down winner.  One of the most significant factors weighing in on this choice is the Vortex Optical Lifetime Warranty.  That protection alone mitigates any price difference and certainly makes the Razor red dot sight a preferred choice.

Do Your Own Research and Make Your Decision

We hope that the information in this article helps you as you move forward with the decision on a red dot sight.  In the end, it is your preferences and needs that should drive the decision.  Do your research and make your comparisons.  Perhaps the information we have provided will make that process quicker and easier.  Be safe ad good shooting.