Best Red Dot For PCC

Pistol Caliber Carbines have exploded over the years with the introduction of the Kel-Tec Sub 2000 and the recently revamped Ruger PC Carbine. Many competitive shooting organizations, such as USPSA and IDPA have even added PCC matches to their events.

Pistol Caliber Carbines are known for their accuracy, however, many opt for a red dot to obtain faster target acquisition. That being said, what are some of the best red dots for PCC? We thoroughly tested and researched this to bring you the top picks for your beloved pistol caliber carbine.

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Finding the best red dot for your PCC can be a bit of a pain. There are several factors to consider such as mounting, co-witnessing, MOA dot size, etc. Unfortunately, what might work well on one PCC, might not work on another. We researched red dots for some of the most common pistol caliber carbines on the market. We hope that the results will help you in narrowing down your decision.

Kel-Tec Sub 2000

Best Red Dot for PCC - Kel-Tec Sub 2000

The Kel-Tec Sub 2000 is a great shooter, and one of our favorites in the PCC category. It’s lightweight, accurate, concealable, and most of all, reliable. Getting shots on target at 25 yards is no problem with the factory sights.

If we had one complaint about the Sub 2000, it would be getting a good sight picture. You really have to dig your cheek into the bolt tube to be able to see through the rear peep sight. Even with a slightly taller upgraded rear sight, it’s still a bit uncomfortable.

This issue is what sparked our interest in finding the best red dot for this PCC. We found a few that we think are the perfect fit for this firearm and have even done the extra homework when it comes to mounting options.

Ruger PC Carbine

Best Red Dot for PCC - Ruger PC Carbine

The Ruger PC Carbine is one of the hottest selling PCC’s on the market. There are tons of aftermarket upgrades available for it, making it very customizable to user preference. Ruger has released several versions of the Ruger PC Carbine, including fixed stock, adjustable AR-style stock, and various free-float handguard options. All models offer sufficient Picatinny rail space above the receiver for mounting a red dot or scope.

The sight picture through the factory irons is good, though some will opt to put a red dot on their Ruger PC9. We tested and researched several different red dots to bring you the best options for this PCC.

Hi-Point 995

Best Red Dot for PCC - Hi-Point 995

Hi-Point has really made a name for themselves over the years. While some don’t care for their pistols (they’re actually pretty tough and reliable, by the way) there’s no denying that the Hi-Point 995 is one of the most popular PCC’s available. The price point is certainly attractive, coming in less than the Ruger PC9 or Kel-Tec, but there’s a lot you get for the price.

The 995 is accurate with iron sights and it’s a lot of fun to shoot, with very little recoil. Even though you get great accuracy right out of the box, this Pistol Caliber Carbine begs for a red dot. We’ve done the research to help you find the perfect fit for your Hi-Point 995. 


The truth is, the PCC’s in this article all have the ability to be more accurate than the shooter. Do you need a red dot? That depends on the application. If you shoot competitively, the answer is yes. Most competitive shooters are using red dots these days and you’d put yourself at a disadvantage if you weren’t using one. Having an optic on your firearm allows for much quicker target acquisition, which is key in competition. If your eyesight is aging, you would probably also find a lot of benefits in using a red dot.

Regardless of the need, having an optic on your PCC can make for a fun and enjoyable shooting experience. So, if you have the budget for a red dot, we highly recommend you give these options a look.