I hear you. The first photo is ridiculous. The second one is correct. I've got some questions into the tech team of a big optics company to see what my full options are with this particular Trijicon base. Hopefully that gets me there as I like the way my base sits on my gun, similar to your second photo. I just have some experience with red dots of a few years ago from turkey hunting, bullseye matches, etc and I know what I don't want.