Hey Freedom Gorillas today we are going to compare the Holosun 407C X2 and the Holosun 407K X2 red and green dot sights. We understand that not having hands on experience with each of these optics can make it hard to understand how they are similar and how they are different.
The 407C X2 and the 407K X2 red and green versions are both of Holosun’s most budget friendly optics.
TLDR: The main difference between the 407K X2 and the 407C X2 is that the 407C X2 is an RMR Footprint and the 407K X2 is a K-Series footprint. The 407K X2 is intended for use on smaller sub compact and micro compact pistols while the 407C X2 is intended for more full size and compact pistols. The 407C X2 also has a solar failsafe while the 407K X2 doesn't.
- Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Models & Pricing
- Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Footprint
- Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Size & Intended Use
- Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Deck Height
- Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Reticles
- Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Battery Life
- Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Similarities
- Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Differences
- Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Which is Better?
- Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Conclusion
Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Models & Pricing
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Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Footprint
The most important thing to know is that the 407C X2 is an RMR footprint and the 407K X2 is an K Series footprint a.k.a modified RMSc footprint.
Because of this you will need to know the optics cut of the pistol you are trying to mount these on. If you have a compact or full size optics ready pistol then chances are you may have an RMR cut and would use the 407C X2 … if you have sub or micro compact optics ready pistol then you may have a RMSc or Modified RMSc footprint in which case you’d want the 407K X2. Check out our fitment guides to find your specific gun to see which optics fit it and if you need an adapter plate or not. And if you need help figuring out if you have an RMSc or K Series footprint read our RMSc vs Modified RMSc guide here.
You can see in the image below both optics have different footprints, meaning they have different screw hole locations and recesses for recoil lugs. This is why it's imperative you know the footprint of your optics ready pistol before purchasing one.
Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Size & Intended Use
As mentioned above, the 407C X2 is a larger pistol optic and the 407K X2 is a micro pistol optic. Larger optics like the 407C X2 are intended for use on pistols in the full size and compact size category. That is also why it is an RMR footprint. Many full size or compact optics ready pistols come with an RMR plate or slide cut.
The 407K X2 comes with a K-Series a.k.a. modified RMSc footprint. Most sub and micro compact optics ready pistols have either an RMSc or K-Series footprint. If you aren't sure what optic cut you have find your pistol on our fitment guides to learn more.
You can see by the photos below that the 407C X2 has a larger size and window than the 407K X2. You will also notice the 407C X2 has a solar failsafe, and the 407K X2 does not. The solar failsafe also gives the 407C X2 an automatic brightness mode. This means the 407C X2 has automatic and manual brightness whereas the 407K X2 has manual brightness mode only.
Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Deck Height
Another differentiating factor is the Holosun 407C X2 has a higher deck height than the Holosun 407K X2. If you have a pistol that would allow you to mount either then the main takeaway here is that the lower deck height of the 407K X2 will allow you to see more of your iron sights. This is assuming you don't need an adapter plate that will make the 407K X2 site higher on your slide.
Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Reticles
Another thing that is different between the 407C X2 and the 407K X2 is the 407C X2 has a 2 MOA dot size and the 407K X2 has a 6 MOA Dot size. The picture below shows a good comparison of the two. If you look closely to the center where the dot looks white, you will see that the 6 MOA is bigger than the 2 MOA.
In real life when viewing these dots it is similar. However if you turn the brightness up on the 2 MOA dot it can look very similar to the 6 MOA dot.
Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Battery Life
Both the 407C X2 and 407K X2 have the same battery life of 50,000 hours on setting six. This is because they use single dots only.
Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Similarities
- They both have shake awake
- They both have IP67 water proof ratings
- They both have side removable batteries
- They are both made out of 7075 T6 Aluminum
- They are both available in red or green dot versions
- They both have 50K hours of battery life
Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Differences
- The 407C X2 has a 2 MOA Dot while the 407K X2 has a 6 MOA dot
- The 407C X2 has a solar failsafe, auto and manual brightness modes, while the 407K X2 has no solar failsafe, and manual brightness mode only
- The 407C X2 is an RMR footprint, and the 407K X2 is a modified RMSc footprint
- The 407C X2 is a larger optic, it’s wider and has a slightly larger window, it’s intended for use on full size or compact handguns.
- The 407K X2 is a smaller optic, it’s more narrow and has a smaller window, it’s intended for use on sub compact or micro compact pistols.
Holosun 407C X2 vs 407K X2 Which is Better?
So which one is better? Well they are both unique in their own way. The first thing you have to do is understand what footprint your pistol has. If you have a pistol with an RMR footprint only then the 407K X2 wouldn’t fit it unless you got an adapter plate like this RMR to K Series adapter plate. And vice versa, if you have an RMSc footprint or K series footprint pistol then you wouldn’t be able to mount the 407C X2 unless you had the proper adapter plate (which doesn't really exist).
But if you have a pistol that has many adapter plates available and lets you mount either of these optics then I think it comes down to a few things...
First, do you want a 6 MOA dot or a 2 MOA dot? The 2 MOA dot is going to be more precise at distance than the 6 MOA dot, however the 6 MOA dot may be a little easier to pick up upon drawing the pistol.
Second, what type of size window and optic do you want? The 407C X2 usually has slight overhang on the slide, whereas the 407K X2 is usually flush.
Third, do you want the solar failsafe feature and auto brightness modes? If so then the 407C X2 has this and it also has manual brightness mode. The 407K X2 has only manual brightness mode.
Both optics are great and in most situations you will need to get one or the other due to your mounting footprint. However if you have a pistol that allows you to mount either by using different adapter plates then we don’t think you could go wrong with either.
If you have any further questions please reach out to us.
Thanks for reading!