Sightmark M-Spec Mini Red Dot Sight Review

Written by Jamie Trahan, 18-year Law Enforcement Officer and Sightmark Pro Staff Member

The M-Spec mini dot has 3 MOA dot perfect for close-up to mid-range work.
The M-Spec mini dot has 3 MOA dot perfect for close-up to mid-range work.

At one point in time, people used rocks and spears to hunt. Then, according to historians, way more knowledgeable than I, gunpowder was invented in ancient China. The earliest written reference to a mixture of three powders possibly describing gunpowder was found in the 142 AD Cantong Gi text Book of the Kinship of Three written by alchemist Wei Boyang.

The first firearms, like basic designs such as the fire lance, were developed long after this text was written. The oldest surviving firearm is the Heilongjiang hand cannon dated to 1288, which centuries later developed into the matchlock, and later, the flintlock and eventually cartridge-based firearms.

Despite many other issues, the Achilles heel of the first firearms was the smooth bore and lack of sighting systems. Eventually, some of these problems were remedied with the invention of the first primitive sights circa 1450 and rifling in 1498 in Germany. Although not commonplace until much later, the ideas were there.

Fast forward to 1975 to the birth of the red dot sight when the first electronic sight was marketed by Aimpoint AB in Sweden. That’s the humble beginnings of the modern red dot sight. It was large, it was bulky, but since then, red dot sights have gone micro.

Now, let me introduce you to one of the smallest red dot sights on the market—the Sightmark Mini Shot M-Spec. Don’t let the size fool you, it’s designed to take a beating and keep on going.

Here is what the people at Sightmark have to say about it:

“Built for law enforcement officers and professionals, the compact Mini Shot M-Spec Reflex Sight is the perfect optic for competition shooting, hunting and LE applications on shotguns, pistols and AR’s. The kit includes a low-profile mount for shotguns and pistols along with a riser mount for AR platform rifles. This rugged optic is 100% waterproof and features a durable aluminum housing with a steel protective shield. Doubling the battery life of the competition, the Mini Shot M-Spec’s extremely low-power consumption provides 300 to 30,000 hours of battery life on one CR1632 battery, while its 12-hour auto shutoff prevents the unit from running out of batteries while you’re not using it. Easy windage and elevation click adjustments make zeroing the 3 MOA red dot reticle a breeze, even without any special tools. Ten brightness levels give shooters perfect reticle options from low-light situations to the brightest days. An ambidextrous digital switch allows the M-Spec to be easily turned on and off by both left- and right-handed shooters.”

The primary features are:

  • 100% waterproof and dustproof
  • Up to 30,000-hour battery life on the lowest setting
  • Steel protective shield
  • 3 MOA red dot reticle
  • 10 reticle brightness levels
  • 2-night vision brightness settings

I received the Mini Shot as a part of the Wolfhound 6×44 HS-223 Prismatic Sight with Mini Shot M-Spec Reflex Sight combination unit. With the removal of a couple of screws, I was able to remove the Mini Shot M-Spec from the Wolfhound and mount it on my GLOCK 17 within a couple of minutes. The M-Spec mini reflex sight mounts easily, the buttons feel perfect and the red dot is bright and crisp.

The Mini Shot M-Spec is the perfect size for the GLOCK 17 and the weight isn’t noticeable.
The Mini Shot M-Spec is the perfect size for the GLOCK 17 and the weight isn’t noticeable.

On the range, the weight of the Mini Shot isn’t noticeable, and the small size mates easily with my issued GLOCK 17. Speaking of mounting—one of the questions that I had when these first came to market was the mounting system. It is the same mounting pattern as the Docter optic, which is Plate 01 on the GLOCK MOS system. 

I am a glutton for punishment when it comes to sighting in a red dot on a pistol. I don’t use a sandbag or a rest to dial it in—which for me is at 10 yards. Shoot, adjust, shoot, adjust…. until the round hits the mark. While it’s not the most technically proficient method, it’s more fun—at least for me with 9mm being as cheap as it is now.

Once the sight was set, and the brightness of the dot was adjusted where I wanted it, it was time for a few drills. One of which a red dot equipped pistol excels at is the infamous Dot Torture originally designed by David Blinder. The version I typically use is the variant designed by Todd Green, which provides the directions below each dot…. much easier for me to follow.

Click here to download your free TDA Dot Torture drill target.

I didn’t run the drill for time, I ran it at 4 yards (12 feet) and ran it clean, which proved the accuracy of the sight for me.

All said and done, the Mini Shot M-Spec will find a permanent home on my duty GLOCK.
All said and done, the Mini Shot M-Spec will find a permanent home on my duty GLOCK.

Without a doubt, this sight is a steal at $199 MSRP, and its closest comparison in the market is the Vortex Venom. However, the Mini Shot M-Spec comes in at 13% lower price point and offers double the battery life on the highest setting over the Venom. That’s more ammo for more trigger time and training, which is one of the most important things in the shooting world.

I have previous experience with the Trijicon RMR, Burris Fastfire 2/3, Vortex Venom and now the Mini Shot M-Spec. What I can tell you after finally getting my hands on the Mini Shot, is that you shouldn’t fall for some of the other companies’ hype. That isn’t Sightmark. Sightmark designs the same products, giving you the same features, if not more features, at a lower price point.

All said and done, the Mini Shot M-Spec will find a permanent home on my duty GLOCK. Unfortunately, just not the one I had for review. After a few days on the GLOCK, it had to get put back on the Wolfhound and sent back home to Texas.

That reminds me, it proudly wears the stars and bars on its left side with “Designed in Texas, USA,” which I think is neat as half of my bloodline hailing from the Lone Star State.

Author’s note:

One thing to emphasize. The Mini Shot M-Spec also has a 12-hour auto-shutoff feature to help with that wonderful battery run time. When you find your optic turned off when you know you’d left it on, don’t panic and start looking for another battery—Sightmark has you covered.

Click here to check out and buy the Mini Shot.

Sightmark Wolfhound and Mini Shot M-Spec Kit Doesn’t Compromise!

Written by Jamie Trahan, 18-year Law Enforcement Officer and Sightmark Pro Staff Member

In this world, there is always a compromise. You can’t have this without giving up that. An item usually does one thing brilliantly and so-so at the others. Thanks to the forward thinkers at Sightmark, they’ve come up with several ways to combat this problem. Sightmark gives you three ways to attack this issue—a fixed red dot sight with a separate magnifier, a 1-4x or 1-6x variable magnification optic, or two fixed optics mated together such as the Wolfhound 6×44 with Mini Shot M-Spec Kit (SM13026LQDK.)

The Wolfhound and Mini Shot M-Spec are the best of both worlds.
The Wolfhound and Mini Shot M-Spec are the best of both worlds.

With this kit, you have a CQB sighting system up top with the Mini Shot M-Spec red dot sight and an extended range fixed magnification optic below with holdovers out to 900 yards via its advanced horseshoe reticle and holdovers. Truly, the best of both worlds.

Admittedly, this type of setup is not proprietary to Sightmark, as Trijicon has a similar setup with its 6×48 ACOG paired with their own RMR mounted up top. The ACOG is battle-proven from conflicts around the world and comes with a price point to reflect that—being more than double what the Sightmark’s Wolfhound/Mini Shot M-Spec kit. With the consumer in mind, Sightmark designed a combo unit that is rugged and user-customizable. They do this by having the Wolfhound’s reticle being user-adjustable with the shooter’s choice of either a red or green reticle via battery-powered illumination as opposed to the ACOG being fiber optic/tritium based which, in certain lighting conditions, may wash out. The Wolfhound is also submergible to 10 feet which means that unless you are SCUBA diving with your AR-15, the amount of water that the average person comes in contact with is absolutely no problem for this optic combo.

To quote Sightmark:

“Together, the Wolfhound 6×44 prismatic sight and Mini Shot M-Spec reflex sight kit are designed to keep shooters on target no matter the situation. Ballistically matched to .223 (55 and 62 grain ammunition) the Wolfhound 6×44 features an advanced horseshoe reticle with holdovers from 300 to 900 yards while the Mini Shot M-Spec provides an easy to find 3 MOA reticle and parallax correction for effortless transitions between short- and long-range targets. Both optics also boast impressive battery life:  Upwards of 4,000 for the Wolfhound and up to 30,000 hours on the Mini Shot M-Spec. The combination offers quick target acquisition from either sight and is truly a multi-tasking optic setup ideal for professional use, competition shooting, hunting and recreational plinking.”

I can tell you, my first impression upon opening the box was that this thing is rugged and robust as everything it promises. The rubber armor on the Wolfhound offers protection from impact and helps prevent zero loss for the optical prism system. The LQD mount is solid and has zero movement when mounted on my rifle. In addition to the Wolfhound, this was my first time getting my hands on the Mini Shot M-Spec which I have been patiently waiting to test out (that separate review will come later).

As mentioned, mounting the setup was a breeze and then it was off to the range. I used a 36-meter zero for the Mini Shot and a standard 100-yard zero on the Wolfhound for the holdovers to be accurate. I used the Sightmark .223/5.56 NATO boresight (SM39001) to get me nearly there and then dialed it in with live fire. Using 62-grain Remington Premier Match (R223R6) ammo, an MOA sized group was easily accomplished from a bench. Due to my range limitations, I was unable to push it past 200 yards. I have absolute confidence in the optic’s ability to do what it says via the holdovers, but remember ammunition and skill have a lot to do in the long-range shots this reticle is designed to accommodate. If you’re going out there and using target/plinking budget ammo, you can’t reasonably expect to make 600-, 700-, 800- or 900-yard shots using a holdover. The glass is nice and clear due to being fully multi-coated to provide the highest light transmission across the visible spectrum. In addition to the quality of the glass itself, the rear diopter is adjustable for the individual shooter’s eye enabling it to be perfect for YOU. The Wolfhound’s center aiming dot is a 0.5 MOA enabling the pinpoint accuracy out to 300 yards. For anything close quarters, the horseshoe also allows quick target acquisition in the event you do not choose to transition to the Mini Shot.

Now, the Mini Shot M-Spec is the business. The dot is crisp even on the highest setting which, for some red dot sights, causes issues, but not on this one. The transition from the bottom-mounted Wolfhound to the top-mounted Mini Shot is about an inch of eye movement. It is nearly seamless moving from one to the other and using the top-mounted Mini Shot, such as in a building clearing type environment, allows a comfortable head position as you’re moving through the structure. It really is the best of both worlds neatly packaged together.

The overall length is 2.3 inches shorter and over a 1 pound lighter than its competition and provides more comfortable eye relief. It comes with a separate mount for the Mini Shot, rubber lens covers, a honeycomb filter (kill flash) for the front lens of the optic, a battery and a limited lifetime warranty.

If this type of setup has been something you’ve been looking for, go to www.sightmark.com and check this kit out. You owe it to yourself to check it out before looking at the competition. There’s a LOT of training ammo available for purchase with that extra cash you will be saving.

 

 

 

Introducing the Versatile Mini Shot M-Spec from Sightmark

The brand new Mini Shot M-Spec is Sightmark's most compact reflex sight to date.
The brand new Mini Shot M-Spec is Sightmark’s most compact reflex sight to date.

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2017/12/06) – Joining an established line of reflex sights and red dots, the highly-anticipated Mini Shot M-Spec FMS (SM26043) from Sightmark is finally here. This all-purpose reflex sight is Sightmark’s most compact yet and utilizes an included low-profile mount or AR riser mount to fit perfectly on a variety of firearms, including pistols, shotguns, ARs and AKs. Though it was designed specifically for law enforcement, the Mini Shot M-Spec is also ideal for competition shooting, hunting and home defense applications.

The Mini Shot M-Spec’s extremely low power consumption provides 300-30,000 hours of battery life, depending on the power setting, from a single CR1632 battery. 100% waterproof, this compact reflex sight’s aluminum housing with a steel protective shield makes it one of the most durable reflex sights on the market. But the M-Spec wasn’t just designed to be rugged, it is also incredibly user-friendly due to ambidextrous digital switch controls that allow both left- and right-handed shooters to turn on its 3 MOA reticle. Forget the special tools, as windage and elevation adjustments can be made at the click of a button. The Mini Shot’s versatility doesn’t end with the firearm it can be mounted to, either—10 brightness levels allow the sight to be used anywhere from extremely low-light situations to bright sunny conditions.

Recoil rated up to .375 H&H, this unique sight boasts a 12-hour auto shut-off feature to help save battery. With an MSRP of $249.99, the Mini Shot is a no-brainer for shooters looking for a tough, small-sized reflex sight. The Mini Shot M-Spec FMS includes rubber cover, low profile fixed mount, AR riser fixed mount, battery and manual.

 

Sightmark Wolfhound 6×44 and Mini Shot M-Spec: Two’s Company

Military-inspired, the Wolfhound prismatic sight and mini red dot sight keep you on target no matter the situation.
Military-inspired, these two optics keep you on target no matter the situation.

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2017/11/15) – Sightmark is proud to announce the new Wolfhound 6×44 Mini Shot M-Spec Kit. Military-inspired, these two optics work together to keep shooters on target no matter the situation. Designed for the MSR platform, the Sightmark Wolfhound reticle is ballistically matched to .223, 55- and 62-grain ammunition.  Etched into its top-tier glass lens, the Wolfhound’s 6×44 horseshoe reticle features a 7.5 MOA outer ring for flawless close-range shooting, while its .5 MOA central dot and holdovers at 300 to 900 yards allow the shooter to take precise long-range shots.

Included with the Wolfhound 6×44 is Sightmark’s new Mini Shot M-Spec. Built with a high-strength protective steel shield and 100% waterproof aluminum body, the M-Spec Mini Shot is a battle-tested optic able to withstand any tactical situation thrown it’s way. Ideal for target shooting and law enforcement applications, the crisp 3 MOA red dot reticle has up to 30,000-hour battery life with a 12-hour auto shutoff, giving shooters even more time at the range. The Mini Shot’s ability to mount on the Wolfhound 6×44’s top Picatinny rail, gives shooters the option for close-range operations and long-range precision shooting, making them effective at all distances. Included in the kit is a Wolfhound rubber lens cover, honeycomb filter, Mini Shot M-Spec rubber cover, Mini Shot low profile fixed mount, Mini Shot AR riser fixed and batteries for both units.

Get this awesome kit here!

 

Aim Small With the Sightmark Mini Shot Pro Spec Reflex Sight

The Sightmark mini shot red dot sight will work on handguns, shotguns and smaller rifles.
Build for recoil—made for shotguns, handguns, and smaller-framed rifles.

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS 2016/07/11) – Sightmark reminds shooters to aim small, miss small with the Mini Shot Pro Spec Reflex Sight. While the Mini Shot Pro was specifically designed as a second sight option, such as 45° rail mounted, for tactical-style rifles, the optic is also perfectly suited for use with shotguns, handguns and smaller-frame rifles. Whether you depend on sight performance for close-quarter operations or competitive shooting, The Mini Shot Pro Spec Reflex Sight makes its mark.

“The Mini Shot Pro’s advanced optical quality and parallax control keep the reticle centered and provides a razor-sharp, distortion-free sight picture from edge to edge for faster, more precise target acquisition and engagement,” said Sellmark’s director of product development, Jonathan Horton. “It’s also rock solid. We designed the Mini Shot Pro Reflex to handle the extreme demands of recoil and rugged environments.”

The lightweight, IPX4 weatherproof and shockproof Mini Shot Pro Spec features a durable, protective, anodized aluminum hood and body, digital switch, 5 reticle brightness settings, a 5 MOA red dot, click MOA windage and elevation adjustments and a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective lens coating.

Powered by a single CR1632 battery with a runtime of up to 20 hrs. on high and 10,000 hours on low, the Sightmark Mini Shot Pro Spec Reflex Sight gives you the long-lasting reticle reliability you depend upon.

Sightmark offers the Mini Shot Pro Spec Reflex in two reticle-color models, red (SM26006) or green (SM26007). Both models include a weaver and Picatinny rail mount, protective shield, low profile mount, riser mount for lower 1/3 co-witnessing, CR1632 battery, Allen wrench and lens cloth.