I'll let Ron tell you about this beauty:
Boy, howdy, but that's a smart looking set-up. I know some folks (cough, NFO) don't like putting anything with a battery on a defensive firearm, and to an extent I agree. If it's the sole device for aiming - like if you have a red dot sight that obliterates the front sight (as I do on my S&W model 422), then you're just begging Murphy to strike. If, as in the case of Ron's Trijicon RMR RM06, it can be set up with a backup (suppressor sights), then I don't see it as an issue.This is the Glock 19 RTF2 modified by ATEi and fitted with a Trijicon RMR RM06 red dot that I had built for the Ultimate Personal Protection Pistol Project for my series on http://balloongoesup.com. (I thought about calling it the Perfect Personal Protection Pistol Project but I thought that might be too much alliteration ;) ) It also featured in the July 2013 issue of GunUp the magazine in a piece about adding an optic division to IDPA.ATEi milled the slide to add front cocking serrations, enhance the rear serrations, added M&P style serrations on the top of the slide and install a Trijicon RMR with the proper bosses. I am very happy with their work!I started the project as an experiment to determine how much harder it was to carry a red dot pistol and to document the training curve, but to my surprise carrying it doesn’t change anything and I have learned more about my iron sighted shooting than I thought possible from it.
In any case, if it's not a firearm you're betting your life on, it's a matter of inconvenience if the batteries die. Sure, it's a PITA if your competition gun craps out in the middle of a match - but then again, shouldn't you have extra batteries in the range bag for just such an emergency? Not to mention, shouldn't you be tossing in a fresh battery if you're even the slightest bit concerned? Most powered optics take either a CR123 or CR2032 battery, which are reasonably cheap enough (heck, the local warehouse store stocks the CR2032s; I buy 'em in a package of 6).
Thanks for sharing the Tupperware, Ron - that's a sharp looking setup you have there!
That is all.