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Top 4 Kimber R7 Mako Holosun Optics - Red & Green Dot Sights + Adapter Plates

Top 4 Kimber R7 Mako Holosun Optics - Red & Green Dot Sights + Adapter Plates

The Kimber R7 Mako is something you wouldn’t expect from Kimber. It’s a micro-compact striker fired optics ready pistol that touts a clean crisp trigger, above average accuracy, a high capacity magazine, tritium night sights, and an affordable price.

We have heard from customers that they love their R7 Mako and that the trigger really is one of the best they’ve shot.

If you have a Kimber R7 Mako and want to know the best Holosun red and green dot sights you can put on it then keep reading. We are going to tell you which optics fit, what adapter plates you need, and tell you the features and benefits of each optic, reticle style, color.

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Which Kimber R7 Mako models does this apply to?

  • Kimber R7 Mako Optics Ready (OR)
  • Kimber R7 Mako Optics Installed (OI)

Which Holosun Optics do we recommend for the Kimber R7 Mako?

 We'll be recommending the following optics. To learn more about each keep reading below where we explain the features and benefits of each.

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 Kimber R7 Mako?

The Kimber R7 Mako comes with an RMSc cut slide. This means there are four recoil lugs on the slide. Because the optics we recommend are a modified RMSc footprint you will need to get an adapter plate. The adapter plate is very thin and acts a shim essentially eliminating the rear recoil lug. 

You can learn more about this is in our RMSc vs Modified RMSc guide.

Kimber R7 Mako Optics Footprint

What adapter plates exist for the Kimber R7 Mako?

You will need the following adapter plate to mount a Holosun 407K, 507K, 507K ACSS Vulcan, or EPS Carry to your Kimber R7 Mako. 

Top 4 Holosun Optics for the Kimber R7 Mako

Below are the best Holosun Red & Green Dot Sights you can mount on your Kimber R7 Mako. To mount this you must use this DPP Kimber R7 Mako Adapter Plate.

1. Holosun 407K Green & Red Dot - Best Budget Option

Holosun 407K Red Dot Sight - Affordable, 6 MOA Dot, Lightweight, Shake Awake, 50,000 Hr Battery, Waterproof.

Buy the 407K At The Best Price

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.

Read our full 407K review here.

2. Holosun 507K Green & Red Dot - Best All Around Option

Holosun 507K Green Dot Sight - MRS Reticle, 32 MOA Circle + 2 MOA Dot.

Buy the 507K At The Best Price

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.

Read our full 507K review here.

3. Holosun 507K ACSS Vulcan Green & Red Dot - Best Speciality Option

Holosun 507K ACSS Vulcan Red Dot Sight - 3 MOA Dot, 230 MOA Dotted Outer Ring.

Buy the 507K ACSS Vulcan At The Best Price

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.

Read our full 507K ACSS review here.

4. Holosun EPS Carry - Closed Emitter Option - Best Enclosed Emitter Option

Holosun EPS Carry Green Dot Sight - MRS Reticle, 32 MOA Circle + 2 MOA Dot, Enclosed Emitter. Buy the EPS Carry At The Best Price

Available in 2 MOA Dot, 6 MOA Dot, and MRS, Red Dot or Green Dot.

 

Features:

  • MRS Reticle or 2 MOA Reticle or 6 MOA Reticle 
  • Shake Awake
  • 50,000 Hr Battery Life
  • Removable Side Battery
  • IPX8 Waterproof
  • 8 Daylight Brightness Settings and 4 Night Vision
  • Aluminum Housing
  • Enclosed Emitter

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. 

There are 3 versions of the EPS Carry. The 2MOA, 6MOA, and MRS Versions

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.

Read our full EPS Carry review here.

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.

To learn more about Open vs Closed emitters you can check out our Open vs Closed Emitter Guide here.

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.

  • 2 MOA only (EPS Carry 2 MOA): This dot is quite small which makes it precise. The downside is that it can be hard to “pick up” upon drawing the weapon. If you are experienced shooting red dot sights on pistols then this may not be an issue for you. If you are new, we recommend you practice “finding the dot” at home to become proficient. If you can train your muscle memory to find the dot then 2 MOA is a great choice.
  • 6 MOA only (407KEPS Carry 6 MOA): This dot is decently larger than the 2 MOA dot. We classify this as more user friendly than the 2 MOA dot as it’s a bit easier to pick up upon drawing. The 6 MOA dot will not be as precise as the 2 MOA dot at long distances (50+ yards) but it is still plenty accurate at all distance ranges. The 6 MOA dot is a nice size and it gives you a less cluttered reticle. Some people prefer it over the MRS.
  • MRS Reticle (32 MOA Ring + 2 MOA Dot) (507K, EPS Carry MRS: This reticle is a good combination of both large and small. You have the 2 MOA dot to be precise with, and the 32 MOA Ring to help “find the dot”. The 32 MOA Circle is quite hard to miss. The nice thing about this reticle is the flexibility. You can use the 32 MOA Ring only or the 2 MOA dot only or both together. This way you can find what you prefer and stick to it.
  • ACSS Vulcan with 3 MOA Dot and 230 MOA Dotted Outer Ring (507K ACSS Vulcan): This reticle is going to have a 3 moa dot and the 230 MOA dotted outer ring. The outer ring is only visible when the dot is not centered. The purpose is to help you find the dot quicker upon drawing the weapon. The 3 MOA dot give you a slightly larger dot than the 2 MOA dot, but it’s not that noticeable. The real value to this reticle is the outer ring and it’s assistance with helping you get on target faster by quickly adjusting your grip to “find the dot”

Conclusion

We are big fans of the Kimber R7 Mako OR. We believe that adding one of the above Holosun optics will take this pistol to the next level.

You will be getting durable, waterproof optics with long battery life and great track records.

As you can see there are many options to choose from.

If you have any questions, reach out to us on chat.

Thanks for reading!

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