I didn’t have any direct experience with Riton optics before the start of this review. I have seen their rifle optics on quite a few PRS shooters’ rifles on IG pages I follow, but otherwise I had no idea what the quality or reputation of the company was. The opportunity to review optics from them came up and as I enjoy pistol shooting the most and have been shooting Carry Optics in USPSA this year I decided to try out the RITON 3 Tactix PRD 2.

The reason I chose this optic over the MPRD is simple, it has an RMR footprint and is a full size optic. All my guns are compacts or larger and all either have milling or plates for RMR’s, logically an RMR footprint made the most sense. The optic arrived a few weeks after I told Mike I’d like to try one for review and I knew it was going to go on my Canik Rival.
The box comes with the optic, a 2032 battery still in packaging, a rubber optic cover, Allen key for optic adjustment, optic screws with loctite already applied, hex wrench for mounting the optic, and a plate for mounting the optic to a 1913 rail. No manual was included which initially I felt was lacking but in the age of technology and knowing I’d end up forgetting the manual at home and searching whatever bit of info I needed online I realized it wasn’t a huge deal.
It’s only been a few days since I received the optic and most of my initial thoughts are covered in the 5 minute video, but there are a few more small items to cover here. First is the included optic cover, while it fits nicely for storage it will not stay put for long if using it while holstered. While this obviously sounds ridiculous for concealed carry or duty use because who covers their optic while possibly needing fast access to their handgun, it is very common practice in the shooting sports to put an optic cover on between stages, especially on rainy days. Not a deal breaker, and it doesn’t fall immediately off so I will confirm this at a match, but with the amount of jostling that occurs helping reset stages and moving around I don’t see the optic cover staying put for long.
The glass clarity is great and it has less magnification than my comparable Holosun optics. With the Holosun there is a slight magnification to the 407/507’s but there’s either none or so little I don’t notice with the Riton. While I’ve learned I don’t care as much about glass clarity on pistol optics as much as some, it is something I know many appreciate.
Auto adjust only I know I’d a deal breaker for many, I also prefer having buttons for manual adjustment. But I’m open to seeing if new technology can keep up with the many lighting situations we find ourselves in. I haven’t done extensive testing with it yet, it is bright enough in full daylight for my eyes but struggles some when the optic is in the dark and the gun is aimed towards a lit area. I will be testing it with a weapon mounted light in the future, using a small 500 lumen Streamlight fixed the issue of darkness to light, but will try with other lights and conditions in the future.
This is only 5 days in so there’s no way I’m drawing any final conclusions. These are just my initial experiences and thoughts after getting a range trip in and some dry fire these past few days and will continue to update as the review continues. I don’t want to encourage anyone to buy or not buy a product but share the experiences I’ve had and what I look for when checking out a new potential optic purchase.

By Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson spent six years as a USMC Machine Gunner. He deployed three times to Afghanistan as a gunner, team leader, and section leader and left the Marines in 2015. After leaving the Marines he attended college and earned his Bachelors in Business Administration in 2019. He is currently raising his three small sons with his wife, while continuing to learn as much as he can about firearms, and pass that knowledge on. He also dryfires entirely too much in his basement.

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