First off...a mil dot isn't that busy. They're just little dots on the crosshairs. Put the freaking cross on the target, ignore the dots. Not that hard.Well my use of 'a defensive gun' led people down the wrong path. I was trying to indicate that the H/P carbine is not a long distance target gun so there is no need for a mil-dot scope that provides all that POA range calculation in a reticle IMHO. Sure, a red-dot is perfect for a self defense optic.
But I need (old eyeballs) glass (3-9x) on the 995 and would like a compact scope rather than the long 'dear hunter' scope that I have on there now. The 'go to' Bugbuster I was seeing postings about 4 yrs ago only comes in mil-dot so should I get it and live it and just get use to mil-dot OR (here is the center of the question) is there another 'go to' compact scope that carbine shooters like these days that is not a mil-dot?
Secondly, with the 9 mm, a mildot could actually give you a decent BDC situation.
Thirdly, do you want/need the 9X? Because, if not, the basic 1-4x, 1-6x, and fixed power 4x scopes out there would be great. My Nikon P223 3x is a great scope for that range. Here's the reticle.
Regular basic Mildot reticle