Riton 3 Tactix EED enclosed emitter red dot sight
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The hottest thing in optics has been pistol red dots and the hotness within the segment is enclosed emitter designs. These are standard reflex red dot designs that are fully enclosed. The advantage here should be obvious.

The enclosure protects the emitter from dust, dirt, water and other crap that can and does find its way onto and around your handgun when you’re using it. If it gets on your emitter…no visible dot. The tradeoff is the larger (and slightly heavier) boxy housing optics makers use to enclose everything.

Riton’s entry into this burgeoning market is the very reasonably priced new 3 Tactix EED (enclosed emitter dot).

Riton 3 Tactix EED enclosed emitter red dot sight
Note the clamp adjustment on the right side of the housing. Riton includes a small Allen key to tighten it to the plate mounted on your pistol.

Some will recoil in horror at the sight of what at first appears to be a mailbox-sized enclosure perched atop your EDC or home defense pistol. It may remind you of something you’ve seen before, in a galaxy far, far away.

Relax. Once you mount it and start to use it, the 3 Tactix EED is much less jarring. It’s a very capable, extremely reasonably priced (compared to the competition) enclosed red dot that does what it’s supposed to do.

Yes, it’s bigger. That’s the price of it being fully enclosed and protecting the emitter. If you want something smaller, get a traditional open emitter design like Riton’s 3 Tactix MPRD 2 red dot.

Riton 3 Tactix EED enclosed emitter red dot sight

The 3 Tactix EED’s HD glass is multi-coated to reduce glare and maintain a waterproof enclosure…which is, after all, the whole point here. It uses the same mount as the Aimpoint ACRO, basically a plate with the equivalent of an inverted ARCA Swiss-style rail that the sight then clamps onto.

Riton 3 Tactix EED mounting plate

Riton ships the 3 Tactix EED with two of the most-used mounting plates, one for guns with RMSc optics cuts and one for GLOCK MOS mounts along with the necessary screws, an Allen key, and an adjustment tool.

Riton 3 Tactix EED enclosed emitter red dot sight

The Riton 3 Tactix EED’s battery compartment is accessed from the top of the aluminum housing. That adds a little height to the overall package, but keeps it slimmer than other designs with side-mounted battery compartments. It takes a standard CR2032 battery, is rated at 50,000 of usage and has a shake-awake feature to preserver your battery life.

Zero adjustments are on the top (elevation) and the right side (windage).

Riton 3 Tactix EED enclosed emitter red dot sight

Brightness is adjusted using rubberized + and – buttons on the left side of the housing. These work really well and aren’t easily changed by accident.

The aluminum housing is, of course, waterproof. That’s pretty much the point here. Is protecting the emitter really that big a deal? No, assuming you know that you’ll never be shooting outside in the rain or dropping your gun in the dirt.

I’ve had it happen to me. I’ve been shooting out in the rain with an open emitter red dot. One drop on the emitter scrambles the LED image bouncing off the front lens of the optic. Instead of a nice clear 3 MOA dot, you get lots of smaller flecks bouncing back at you. All you can do at that point is use your shirt tail to try to soak up the water in there enough to restore the dot image.

Riton 3 Tactix EED enclosed emitter red dot sight
It doesn’t show well in the photograph above, but you can make out the red dot on the bottom left corner of the target. The dot appears bright and clear to the naked eye.

Here’e the view through the 3 Tactix EED. It’s clear and bright. The dot is well-defined with no halo or flare. The characteristic blue tint is slight here, though it’s unusual. It’s hard to tell in the image above, but the view gets gradually more blue as you look from top to bottom.

I”m not sure why that is, but it didn’t cause me any problems. I shot outdoors in full sun, under clouds (as above) and indoors. I never had a problem picking up a clear dot.

The 3 Tactix’s dot brightness is constant. It doesn’t adjust depending on environment or the brightness of the area in front of it. I generally prefer that, but your mileage may vary. The adjustment range is more than wide enough to get good, useable dots in any conceivable lighting situation.

Is it bigger than a standard reflex sight? You betcha. Is it too big to carry on a regular basis? It wasn’t for me. I don’t know why it would be too big for you.

Maybe it isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as a more sleek, traiditonal open emitter design, but it keeps grime and schmutz out of your way and ensures you keep on shootin’. If that’s important to you, the 3 Tactix EED is a very affordable way to make that happen.

Specifications: Riton 3 Tactix EED Red Dot Sight

Dot Size: 3 MOA
Objective Lens Diameter: 21.8mm x 15.8mm
Lens Coating: Fully Multi-Coated, Full Wide Band, Waterproof Coated, Low Light Enhancement
Eye Relief: Unlimited
Click Value: 1 inch
Adjustment Range: 90 MOA
Height: 1.14 inches
Length 1.74 inches
Width: 1.06 inches
Weight: 1.48 oz.
Battery: CR2032
Battery Rating: 50,000 hours
Night Vision compatible: Yes
Footprint: Aimpoint ACRO, includes RMSc and GLOCK MOS plates
MSRP: $349.99 (about $235 retail)

Ratings (out of five stars):

Reliablity * * * * *
I froze it, sprayed it, and dunked it. It still worked. And I couldn’t get it to fog by changing temperatures. And because the emitter is enclosed, water and dirt don’t affect the dot image…which is pretty much the whole point.

Clarity * * * *
Good, but uneven. Most multicoated red dots have a blue tinge to them. The view through the 3 Tactix EED is clear and bright, but there’s a graduated blue tinge that increases from top to bottom.

Value * * * * *
This is where the 3 Tactix EED stands out. There are lots of other enclosed emitter designs out there. Some are smaller, some are about the same size and weight. But the Riton is at least $100 less at retail than competitors like the Holosun EPS carry, the Aimpoint ACRO, the Steiner MPS and others.

Overall * * * *
The Riton 3 Tactix does exactly what it’s designed to do. It’s not small, elegant, or streamlined, but it gives you a clear 3 MOA dot in virtually any lighting conditions and it does it for a little over two bills.


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    • “Some will recoil in horror at the sight of what at first appears to be a mailbox-sized enclosure perched atop your EDC or home defense pistol.”

      Yup. I recoiled, all right. I read this statement in the article and skipped the rest. Never read anything past it. There is no way I’d ever consider putting this monstrosity on my gun. How it even made it to production is beyond me.

      End of line.

  1. Same price as the EPS, which is significantly less mailboxey.

    The Riton does have a slightly larger window than the EPS, but the giant unibrow block above the window would be too distracting for the larger size to be meaningful.

      • I didn’t see the “street price” when I made that post, so yes, you’re right. The EPS is $329 +\-.

        But since I’m posting again, I’ll also say that on second glance, the larger window on the Riton may be negated by the distance between the front and back of the sight. Could be a trick of the picture, but the view through the Riton looks like it’s down a hallway.

        I know it may not seem like it, but I’m not knee-jerk *against* this optic. $100 is significant, and enclosed is better, so if someone buys this rather than an open emitter because they can afford it, more power to them.

    • Once more …

      Riton optics are made with either Japanese or Chinese glass, it depends on the item but their rifle scopes use Japanese glass now. Their products are designed and engineered in their Tucson, Arizona facility but the final assembly is done in either Japan or China depending on the item. This Riton item final assembly is probably done in China, I’m still checking but based upon the enclosure … the enclosure is one common to a design by the OEM Shanghai Changhong Optoelectric in China that changes it a little for different companies or supplies it to other OEM companies in China.)

      (OEM Shanghai Changhong Optoelectric is also known as their U.S. brand name ‘SwampFox’ as in SwampFox Optics, yes, the firearms optics.)

  2. I picked up 2 of the Riton EED, and so far, so great. I put one on a Glock 34, and the other on a Ruger 22/45 lite suppressed that sees a lot of SXS time and is bounced around a lot. It will come in hand for critter control. Sighting both in was a piece of cake, and the 3 MOA dot is exactly what my old man eyes need. I have 2 other Riton Red Dots on PCCs that have seen over 1000 rounds each with no deviation from their 50-yard zero. Yes, they are bigger than most pistol sight, but I think they will perform well for my needs and protect the internals. Riton Optics has a great program for LE/Mil/First Responders in case you didn’t know.

  3. So many of these articles read like the title should be “another company sources Chinese red dot from same chinese factory as every other company”.


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