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[First Look] Vortex Defender-XL Red Dot

Another red dot in the Defender line from Vortex! The XL is exactly what the name implies, bigger. 

With a 25.5mm x 23.3mm window, the Defender-XL is slightly smaller than some of the other big window options on the market like the Holosun 507Comp, but still significantly larger than standard-sized windows.

The XL keeps the great features found in the CCW and ST versions like the aggressive front face, 25,000-hour battery life, clear glass, and loads of mounting screws included in every box.

The XL even includes a Glock MOS plate!

Downside? The Defender-XL has the same footprint as the ST, Delta Point Pro. While most others have standardized on the Trijicon RMR footprint, Vortex is trying to keep DPP alive.

A nice to see upgrade from the first generation of the CCW size Defender is that the XL features a better emitter with a higher refresh rate making the dot smooth and crisp when firing and transitioning targets.

Available in 5 MOA and 8 MOA, the XL is designed for fast shooting. 

One of the things we love about the Defender series is the fact that Vortex includes a huge range of mounting screws to make it easy to mount this to any platform. 

From Vortex:

“Other red dots are made for competition. The Defender-XL™ is built to win. Target to target. Stage to stage. Designed for toughness, speed, and accuracy, it withstands unexpected drops and the rigors of dynamic shooting. The ultra-wide sight window enhances field of view for quicker target acquisition, faster follow-up shots, and greater flexibility in unconventional shooting positions—all positioning you to dominate every round.”


  • Magnification: 1x
  • Reticle: 5 and 8 MOA Dot
  • Adjustment Graduation: 1 MOA
  • Parallax Setting: Parallax Free
  • Max Windage Adjustment: 115 MOA
  • Max Elevation Adjustment: 120 MOA
  • Dot Color: Bright Red
  • Battery Runtime: 25,000 Hours
  • Mounting Footprint: DeltaPoint® Pro
  • Mount Type: Picatinny
  • Eye Relief: Unlimited
  • Length: 2.03″
  • Weight: 1.93 oz.

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