If you have a Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 2.0 Optics Ready version and want to know the best Holosun Red & Green dot sights you can mount on it and how to mount them then keep reading.
In this guide we are going to tell you which Holosun optics fit the M&P Shield 2.0, the features and benefits of each, and which adapter plates you need.
*Note this guide is for the S&W M&P Shield 2.0 Optics Ready. If you have a S&W Shield Plus then read our S&W Shield plus optics fitment guide here.
- Pistols this article applies to
- Holosun Optics we recommend for the S&W M&P Shield 2.0 Optics Ready
- Holosun vs other brands
- What Optics Footprint is the S&W M&P Shield 2.0 Optics Ready
- Optics Adapter Plates for the S&W M&P Shield 2.0 Optics Ready
- Best Modified RMSc Holosun Optics for the S&W M&P Shield 2.0 Optics Ready
- Holosun 407K - Best Budget Option
- Holosun 507K - Best All Around Option
- Holosun 507K ACSS Vulcan - Best Specialty Option
- Holosun EPS Carry - Best Closed Emitter Option
- How to choose between red or green reticles
- How to choose between open vs closed emitter
- How to decide which reticle style is best for you
Which S&W M&P Shield 2.0 Optics Ready models does this apply to?
Which Holosun Optics do we recommend for the S&W M&P Shield 2.0 Optics Ready?
Using this Adapter Plate
Using the included adapter plate with the optic
Why do we recommend Holosun Optics vs other options?
- They are a good combination of high quality and affordability.
- They have the longest battery life and batteries can be changed without removing the optic.
- They come in red & green reticles with different sizes and styles.
- They are strong with 7075 aluminum or titanium housings and glass.
- They have convenient features like Shake Awake, easy to press brightness buttons, and Side Mounted Batteries.
- Some models have Solar Panels which will power the optic if the battery dies.
- They have a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
- They are reliable, water proof, and have a great track record
When you compare them to other options like Leupold, Trijicon, Crimson Trace, Burris, Bushnell, Aimpoint or others you will find the Holosun’s are more affordable or have more features, longer battery life, and a proven track record with millions of optics sold in the last 10+ years.
What optics footprint is the S&W M&P Shield 2.0 Optics Ready?
The S&W Performance Center M&P Shield 2.0 comes with an RMSc footprint slide. In this guide we will be recommending the Holosun K Series optics which have a modified RMSc footprint. If you plan on installing the Holosun 407K, 507K, or 507K ACSS Vulcan you will need an adapter plate. If you plan on installing the EPS Carry you will not need an adapter plate because that optic comes with one.
To learn more about the RMSc vs Modified RMSc please read our RMSc vs Modified RSMc Footprint guide.
What adapter plates exist for the S&W M&P Shield 2.0 Optics Ready?
As mentioned above some of the optics recommend here will require an adapter plate. Here are the current adapter plates that exist.
CHPWS - this is an American Company that manufactures many plates.
Best Modified RMSc Footprint Holosun Optics for the S&W M&P Shield 2.0 Optics Ready
Below are the best Holosun Modified RMSc Red & Green dot sights for you S&W Performance Center Shield 2.0 Optics Ready version. If you plan on installing the 407K, 507K, or 507K ACSS Vulcan you need this CHPWS Adapter Plate.
If you plan on installing the EPS Carry, you will not need an adapter plate.
1. Holosun 407K Green & Red Dot - Best Budget Option
This is the most affordable micro optic Holosun makes and is available in a 6 MOA green or red dot.
If you are looking for a single dot optic that is very affordable and great for plinking then this might be the one for you.
The 6 MOA dot is a really nice size. It's big enough to pick up rather easily, but still small enough to be precise with.
It has an aluminum housing, side removable battery, manual brightness controls, shake awake, is IP67 waterproof, and 50,000hrs of battery life.
2. Holosun 507K Green & Red Dot - Best All Around Option
The next step up from the 407K is the 507K. This has all the same features like an aluminum housing, side removable battery, manual brightness controls, shake awake, IP67 waterproof, and long battery life but it also has Holosun's Multi Reticle System (MRS).
The MRS Reticle is a 32 MOA Ring with a 2 MOA dot. It's really cool when you look at it - it's similar to an EOtech's reticle if you've ever seen them.
The other cool thing is you can toggle the reticle holding down the "-" for 3 seconds. So if you wanted to, you could use just the 32 MOA Ring, the 2 MOA Dot only, or both the 32 MOA Ring + the 2 MOA Dot.
3. Holosun 507K ACSS Vulcan Green & Red Dot - Best Speciality Option
Next on the list is the 507K ACSS Vulcan. This is exactly like the 507K except is has the ACSS Vulcan reticle. This reticle has a 230 MOA dotted outer ring and a 3 MOA center dot.
The purpose of this reticle is to help you find the center dot quickly if you are off center. To learn more about the ACSS Vulcan reticle check out our article here.
The dotted outer ring can be turned off by holding down the "-" button for 3 seconds.
The main advantage of the ACSS Vulcan reticle is to be able to find the center dot quickly when drawing the pistol.
All the features are the same as the 507K except for the reticle, and this is available in both red & green.
4. Holosun EPS Carry - Closed Emitter Option - Best Enclosed Emitter Option
The EPS Carry is very similar to the 407K and 507K except it has one major difference, it is an enclosed emitter optic. This means the laser emitter is protected by a hood. So dirt, mud, or debris will never get in the way of the emitter to distort the reticle. It also has the highest waterproof rating at IPX8.
The MRS version has a solar panel on it which acts as a solar fail safe to power the reticle of the battery dies. It also gives you an extra auto brightness feature which can be toggled on or off.
Choosing between Red or Green Reticles
You may be wondering if you should get a red or green dot reticle. We get this question a lot so I am going to list a few bullet points for you to consider.
- Green reticles are less straining for the eye to see.
- Green reticles can help with astigmatism. If you have astigmatism you will see a blurry dot, we have been told by a few customers that Green dots help with their astigmatism, making the dot look more crisp than the red version.
- Green will not washout on backdrops like green grass, foliage, or green colors.
- In theory Green dots can have a longer battery life because Green is brighter, so for example a green dot on brightness setting 6 may be the same brightness as a red dot on setting 7 - which would save battery life.
If you want to learn more check out our full article about Red vs Green Dot Pros & Cons here.
Choosing between Open vs Closed Emitters
The simplest way we can break down open vs closed emitters is to look at how you plan on carrying the pistol. If you plan on being outdoors in the elements with rain, snow, sleet, then a closed emitter will be beneficial.
If you plan on carrying OWB most of the time and plan on being outside then closed emitter would be beneficial.
If you plan on carrying IWB or don't plan on being outside using your red dot in the pouring rain or heavy snow then an open reflex is fine.
Open reflexes will still work in the rain or snow but the closed emitter will give you extra peace of mind.
An open reflex can collect dust and debris on the inside of the reticle over time, so you'll want to clean it out from time to time. An enclosed emitter is easier to clean in this aspect.
How to decide which reticle style is best for you
In this guide we covered a few different reticle options. If you need some help deciding which is best for you here are some of our thoughts on each.
The S&W M&P Shield 2.0 is a great platform with a lot of versatility and luckily there are many optics choices you can choose from.
We recommend you take a look at how you plan on using this pistol and choosing the optic you feel best fits that specific use case.
If you have any further questions reach out to us on chat.
Thanks for reading!