Leupold Deltapoint PRO Review : Should You Buy this Micro Reflex Sight from Leupold?

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Leupold Deltapoint PRO (DPP) is a micro red dot sight under $400 which can be used on both handguns and long guns. It’s one of the most rugged micro red dot available in the market today. Many people agree that Leupold Deltapoint PRO is the go-to micro red dot for serious competition and home defense red dot where you can depend your family and your life on.

But is Leupold Deltapoint PRO the best deal in its class or is there a better red dot within its price range? Worry not, I’ll tell you all there is to know about this optics so you can make informed decision whether Leupold Deltapoint PRO is the right optic for you.

Quick summary

Compared to Trijicon RMR Type 2, Leupold Deltapoint PRO has better FOV and faster dot picking up speed, due to larger glass. Glass is also more clear, less tint and less distortion. Furthermore, Deltapoint PRO battery can be replaced without unmounting the optic, as opposed to the RMR. That said, the Deltapoint PRO has shorter battery life, even with its auto-off when idle and motion sensor activation. RMR can also withstand more abuse. Lastly the Deltapoint PRO is cheaper at the time of this writing.

Compared to Vortex Razor red dot, the Deltapoint PRO is better in most aspects, except warranties. Price of the 2 optics are around the same ballpark.

Even though the RMR is the toughest micro red dot right now, there has been a number of issues with its durability. A new Aimpoint ACRO p-1 is supposed to be tougher than the RMR and might worth your consideration.

Leupold is a 5 generations, family-owned, well-known American optics manufacturer since 1907. Its products are used by organizations such as the United States Army, the Secret Service and the Navy SEALS. The Israel Defense Forces also use Mark 4 and Mark 6 Leupold scopes in their army.

What are the PROS and CONS of Leupold Deltapoint PRO?

Pros

  • Large FOV
  • Very easy to pick up the dot
  • Clear glass with no tint
  • 2.5 MOA dot or 7.5 MOA triangle
  • Battery compartment on top, can change battery without unmounting
  • Motion sensor activation and auto turn-off to preserve battery life
  • Has low battery warning
  • Rugged and durable

Cons

  • Larger compared to other micro red dots
  • Mount high and need extra high front/rear sight to co-witness
  • Not the best brightness control design
  • No auto-brightness setting
  • Limited battery life even with the motion sensor
  • 2 years warranty on electronics

Leupold Deltapoint PRO competes directly with Trijicon RMR

Prior to the introduction of Leupold Deltapoint PRO, Trijicon RMR is the undisputed king of micro red dot sights, due to its reliability and ruggedness. Whether for occupational use, home defense or competition shooting, the RMR had a firm monopolistic grip.

Then came along the Deltapoint PRO, and a lot of people gave it a try due to enticing features and cheaper price. Today Leupold Deltapoint PRO has become a strong contender with overwhelming positive reviews.

My recommendation? Get this Leupold Deltapoint PRO if you want a micro red dot for competition and fastest target acquisition. But if the micro red dot is for military, SHTF situation, go for the RMR.

Best for : Shooters who want wide FOV glass for fast dot pick up during competitions.

Dot & Glass 4.9/5
Ease of Use 4.2/5
Weight and Size 4.5/5
Durability 4.5/5
Value 4.7/5

 

The Whole Story of Leupold Deltapoint PRO

Since no optics nor products exists in isolation. And words such as “crisp” and “great” dot don’t really mean much when you have no benchmarks. I’ll be comparing Leupold Deltapoint PRO with other red dot sights in similar price range, so you know what’s the best option for your money.

Read on to find out why Leupold Deltapoint PRO, even though impressive, isn’t a perfect red dot sight.

Meet the Benchmarks

Leupold Deltapoint PRO 2.5 MOA dot costs about $400 (at the time of this writing). And I’ll be comparing it with :

Trijicon RMR Type 2 (RM06) Vortex Razor red dot
  1. Trijicon RMR Type 2 (RM06) – $480 (at the time of this writing)
  2. Vortex Razor red dot – 3 MOA, $400 (at the time of this writing)

These are 2 popular options in the market with similar price point and should give you a realistic feel of how good Leupold Deltapoint PRO really is.

Larger FOV glass with better natural color

Before getting to the comparison part, let’s familiarize ourselves with Leupold Deltapoint PRO first. The Deltapoint PRO has 25.7 x 17.5mm viewing glass with 8 brightness settings.

With the Deltapoint PRO, you have 2 options between :

  • 2.5 MOA red dot
  • 7.5 MOA Inscribed Delta (Triangle)

To determine Leupold Deltapoint PRO’s performance, I lined Leupold Deltapoint PRO 2.5 MOA dot alongside Trijicon RMR06 Type 2, adjustable LED, 3.25 MOA and Vortex Razor 3 MOA Red Dot.

Leupold LCO front
Optics with large viewing glass give better FOV and faster red dot picking up speed which are very useful when you shoot from weird positions, such as urban prone position.

Compared with Trijicon RMR (RM06), I found Leupold Deltapoint PRO to have larger and wider FOV glass. With this bigger glass, it’s noticeably quicker to pick up the red dot after recoil. The Deltapoint PRO glass is also clearer with less perceivable distortion. Furthermore the Deltapoint PRO has better natural color, as the RMR exhibits slight bluish tint.

Both optics are daylight bright and can easily be seen on bright sunny days and backgrounds. That said, the RMR is slightly brighter on highest settings.

On the other hand, the RMR dual-illuminated (RM03, RM04, RM05, and RM08), which do not require any battery, are not daylight bright in certain lighting situations such as very bright environment and when you’re standing in low light but your target is in brightly lit area,

Compared to Vortex Razor 3 MOA, the Deltapoint PRO glass is again clearer and has better natural color. Vortex Razor glass has slight distortion and bluish tint. Its dot is daylight bright. I’d rate the Razor slightly worse than the RMR.

Battery replacement can be done without unmounting

One major advantage of the Deltapoint PRO is its battery compartment design. Its battery compartment is located at the top of the optic. This spring-loaded battery compartment allows you to easily replace battery without the need to unmount the red dot nor any tools required.

This is not the case with the RMR, as its battery compartment is located at the base and you have to unmount the red dot to change batteries. Thus you may have the hassle of re-zeroing every time your battery runs out.

Vortex Razor design has a battery tray on its right side, preventing a need of unmounting the optic to change battery.

Summary of Batteries for each Mentioned Optics

Leupold Deltapoint PRO Trijicon RMR RM06 Vortex Razor red dot
Battery type CR2032 CR2032 CR2032
Battery Life 190 hours on highest setting 2 Years on average use 150 hours on highest setting
Auto-On Motion Sensor
Auto-Off Sleep mode when idle for 5 minutes Dim after 16.5 hours Turn off after 6 hours
Low battery indicator Flashes 10 times when low battery

Leupold Deltapoint PRO has significantly less battery life compared to the RMR. Luckily it has 5 minutes turn-off and motion sensors which can prolong your battery life to 3-6 months depending on your use.

Brightness Controls

As stated earlier, all 3 optics are daylight bright, with the RMR being the brightest. But there’s an issue with Deltapoint PRO’s control.

Soldiers stormed the building captured enemy
Practice adjusting dot brightness on the move to save valuable seconds.

With the Deltapoint PRO, there’s only one button at the top of the optic to adjust between its 8 brightness settings. You turn on/off and increase/decrease brightness with just this single button.

Supposedly you had dimmed your red dot to “3”. Pushing the button again will make it “2”. Push again and it’s “1”. When the lowest (or highest) setting is reached, the LED will flash 5 times.

By holding the button for 2 seconds you will reverse the brightness adjustment direction. After reversing, pushing the button again will increase (or decrease) brightness instead, as in “2”. And “3”, “4”, “5” and so on.

A bit complicate, especially if you’re concealed carrying and can’t look at your red dot.

My personal advice when concealed carrying is to set it at its highest in the morning and also set each click to “dim” position. Then you basically adjust for dimming along your day. Another option is to find a middle-ground brightness level where you can compromise using in all environment and just leave it there.

Trijicon RMR and Vortex Razor are simpler to operate as they have separate “up” and “down” buttons. Plus Trijicon RMR has auto-brightness settings which auto detect ambient light and adjust brightness accordingly. I feel that the auto-brightness sometime is too dim, but work well in most situations.

Reticle Options

Name Reticle Options
Leupold Deltapoint PRO
  • 2.5 MOA dot
  • 7.5 MOA Inscribed Delta (Triangle)
Trijicon RMR Type 2 Adjustable LED

  • 1 MOA red dot
  • 3.25 MOA red dot
  • 6.5 MOA red dot

Dual-Illuminated

  • 9 MOA amber dot
  • 9 MOA green dot
  • 13 MOA amber dot
  • 13 MOA green dot
  • 13 MOA amber triangle
  • 13 MOA green triangle

LED

  • 3.25 MOA red dot
  • 6.5 MOA red dot
Vortex Razor Red Dot
  • 3 MOA red dot
  • 6 MOA red dot
Top of red dot
For better precision, you can zero with the top of your red dot instead of the center.

Triangle style reticle uses its tip for precision aiming and its body for center of mass aiming. Most people are more familiar with round dot style as the triangle requires some getting used to.

Trijicon RMR has the most reticle types for you to choose from. But I personally recommend only the Adjustable LED type, as the LED and dual-illuminated type are not as reliable in certain lightings.

Height Must be Considered for Co-Witnessing

When mounted, the Deltapoint PRO will sit quite high such that normal front/rear sight will not be able to co-witness with it. There are aftermarket iron sights with extra height that fit well with the optic.

Leupold has its own rear iron sight that would co-witness and can be installed on the Deltapoint PRO. For front sight, you need to measure from the top of your slide to the bottom of the glass on the DeltaPoint Pro and add 0.065″ for absolute co-witness.

Trijicon RMR has no such issue. Vortex Razor has similar issue as the dot sits as high as Leupold Deltapoint PRO.

Parallax error is minimal

Reflex sights are known for their ability to mitigate parallax errors, making it ideal for shots with of angle or very fast draw and target acquisition.

Test results by greeneye tactical
For detailed parallax test data, check out Greeneye Tactical website here.

Leupold Deltapoint PRO’s parallax error is relatively small and you can make decent shots without a perfect cheek weld.

But if you’re serious about parallax error, a holographic sight will give you even less parallax error as it uses different underlying technology.

Large viewing glass with slightly heavier weight

Leupold Deltapoint PRO is heavier and wider than Trijicon RMR. But it has significantly larger viewing glass. That said, the Razor has the largest viewing glass.

Leupold Deltapoint PRO 2.5 MOA dot Trijicon RMR (RM06) Vortex Razor Red Dot 3 MOA
Weight with battery (oz) 1.9 1.2 1.4
Length (Inch) 1.82 1.8 1.83
Width (Inch) 1.31 1.2 1.21
Viewing Glass (mm) 25.7 x 17.5 22 x 16 27.8 x 17.4

Durable in its class, Only 2 years warranty

Leupold Deltapoint PRO and Trijicon RMR are the 2 most rugged available micro red dot sight optic at the moment. For military, law enforcement, heavy duty and home defense where stakes are really high, these 2 optics are the absolute best, with RMR being the more rugged with better track record one.

I personally have a great run with all 3 optics and have no durability issues. That said, I’ve heard the number of failure rate for Vortex Razor red dot is higher than the Deltapoint PRO and Trijicon RMR. Thus, for any serious use, I recommend that you choose between the two.

Unfortunately, handgun’s micro red dot is relatively a new product niche. And its products aren’t fully developed. Due to its size and weight restraint, even the Deltapoint PRO and RMR have its fair share of failures unlike the bomb-proof optics of high end rifle red dot sights.

Recently, Aimpoint announced its new Acro P-1. Its emitter is fully enclosed in its tube and has a very rugged design. Even though I have no chance to test it yet, but Aimpoint’s bombproof products might be the solution to handgun’s micro red dot vulnerability. It’s worth a look.

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Good transferable warranty increases reselling value.

For non-serious use however, Vortex’s edge has its edge on lifetime warranty. Here’s the warranty breakdown :

  • Leupold Deltapoint PRO : 2 years on electronics, Lifetime on the rest
  • Trijicon RMR : 5 years warranty
  • Vortex Razor red dot : Lifetime warranty

Admittedly, the best warranties are the ones that you *don’t* ever have to use them.

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My Verdict of Leupold Deltapoint PRO

Compared to Trijicon RMR Type 2, Leupold Deltapoint PRO has better FOV and faster dot picking up speed, due to larger glass. Glass is also more clear, less tint and less distortion. Furthermore, Deltapoint PRO battery can be replaced without unmounting the optic, as opposed to the RMR. That said, the Deltapoint PRO has shorter battery life, even with its auto-off when idle and motion sensor activation. RMR can also withstand more abuse. Lastly the Deltapoint PRO is cheaper at the time of this writing.

Compared to Vortex Razor red dot, the Deltapoint PRO is better in most aspects, except warranties. Price of the 2 optics are around the same ballpark.

Even though the RMR is the toughest micro red dot right now, there has been a number of issues with its durability. A new Aimpoint ACRO p-1 is supposed to be tougher than the RMR and might worth your consideration.

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Pros Cons
✓ Large FOV ✗ Larger compared to other micro red dots
✓ Very easy to pick up the dot ✗ Mount high and need extra high front/rear sight to co-witness
✓ Clear glass with no tint ✗ Not the best brightness control design
✓ 2.5 MOA dot or 7.5 MOA triangle ✗ No auto-brightness setting
✓ Battery compartment on top, can change battery without unmounting ✗ Limited battery life even with the motion sensor
✓ Motion sensor activation and auto turn-off to preserve battery life ✗ 2 years warranty on electronics, lifetime on the rest
✓ Has low battery warning
✓ Rugged and durable

 

Alternative options

1. Trijicon RMR

  • More durable and rugged
  • Mount lower
  • Smaller footprint
  • Much better battery life
  • Many reticle options
  • Auto brightness feature
  • Need to unmount to change battery
  • Glass with slight distortion and bluish tint
  • More expensive
  • 5 years warranty

 

2. Vortex Razor Red Dot

  • Lifetime warranty
  • Not as durable
  • Glass with slight distortion and bluish tint

 

3. Aimpoint Acro P-1

ACRO P-1 front
  • Fully enclosed emitter
  • Should be rugged and durable
  • Could be heavy and bulky
  • Not much details yet
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