RMR sight on my S&W M&P, first extensive use:
On my M&P, I have Robar PolyT2 gun-Metal Grey coating on the slide, and
NP3 on all internals (“Rogatti” treatment). Robar also installed the RMR
w/iron sights, all “melted” into the slide. Robar did the entire project,
and, as always, their work is second to none! I have iron sights that are
raised slightly (called “suppressor sights,” because they are high enough to
be useable with a suppressor installed at the muzzle), so that they are
co-witnessed through the RMR’s screen. Rear iron sight is mounted in front
of the RMR screen.
I’ve been carrying this pistol for several weeks now. My Comp-Tac IWB
holster had to be modified slightly, but the M&P w/RMR now carries concealed
I shot it extensively last weekend, and I asked my instructors and students
to shoot it also. Everyone had positive comments, but there is a learning
With red-dot-equipped rifles, your head is automatically positioned to
instantly pick-up the red-dot as the rifle is mounted. Conversely, a pistol
floats in space, no matter how consistent your draw-stroke, and, when your
head is not within the “cone,” you won’t see the dot.
What I have discovered, particularly when shooting from asymmetric
positions, is that I have to always go for the iron sights (as I’m accustomed to
doing), because that procedure will get my head where it belongs. However,
the moment my iron sights come into view (the dot will appear at the same
instant), my brain needs to “hand-off” the target to the dot and immediately
disregard iron sights completely!
Focus needs to instantly move from front sight to dot, as the dot is always
at the “infinite focal plain” and, when superimposed over the target, is
thus simultaneously at the same distance as the target, no matter where the
I had to really work on this, and I’m still far from mastering the
technique to my satisfaction, but, once mastered (even a little bit), the
speed/accuracy advantage is significant!
My friends and esteemed colleagues, John Holschen, Fred Blish, and Jeff
Gonzales, assured me that I would immediately see the wonderful advantage the
pistol-mounted RMR would render, particularly Robar’s rendition. All at
the expense, of course, of a little extra bulk.
As always, they were right. I’m just now catching up. Thanks, Guys!
John S. Farnam