If you are looking for a top of the line red dot sight to improve your shooting experience, don’t look any further! Keep reading here to find 6 of the best red dot sights available now.
Any target shooter or hunter knows that a quality scope is necessary for accurate shooting. However, not everyone needs a 1,000-yard long-range rifle scope. Unless you are shooting in competitions or hunting from almost a kilometer away, that sort of range is simply overkill; especially if you are shooting an AR-15. More often than not, all anyone needs are fast targeting and an accurate shot, and that’s exactly what the best AR-15 red dot sights were made for!
These days, red dot sights are a bit of an icon among firearm technology. They have been made famous by Hollywood and video games as the sight used by law enforcement, military, and special forces. But don’t let the big-screen fame make you think that they’re overblown. On the contrary, these sights gained their reputation for a reason. They are accurate, lightweight, easy to use, and just plain sexy. Nothing says cool like a red dot sight.
Of course, if you are reading this, you probably already know that. The problem is that you might not know which red dot sight you should buy. There are a lot of different options on the market today, thanks in part to their popularity, but deciding which are quality pieces of equipment and which are cheap knockoffs can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. To cut your research time in half so you have more time to shoot, we have prepared a list of 6 different red dot sights at the top of today’s market.
Sig Sauer SOR52001 Romeo5
First up on our list is a red dot sight from Sig Sauer. Anyone shooting an AR-15 knows that Sig Sauer makes quality firearms and quality firearm accessories. Their name alone reflects the high-performance that German engineering has come to be known for.
This is a 1x20mm 2 MOA red dot sight. No, that’s not an algebraic equation, don’t start to panic. There’s no test at the end. What that means is that this scope has a 1x magnification on a 20mm lens. 2 MOA (minute of angle) refers to the size of the reticle at a certain distance. At 100 yards, the reticle appears as 2 inches of the total field of view. As your distance decreases, so too does the perceived size of the reticle. So, it appears to be one inch at 50yds, 1/2in at 25yds, 1/4in at 12.5yds, and so on.
The Sig Sauer SOR52001 Romeo5 has 10 different illumination settings, including two-night vision options at the lowest spectrum, making this scope useable no matter what the time of day. And, at the lowest brightness setting, you can expect 40,000 hours of use out of it. That’s roughly 4 years and 7 months of continuous use! But of course, you can’t expect to always use the darkest setting.
However, the Sig Sauer SOR52001 Romeo5 features a motion-activated illumination that will help to keep your battery alive longer. This is also a safer option by only allowing actual targets to be targeted. The lens of this sight is fully coated using anti-reflective Spectracoating to keep as much light in the sight as possible. Without the coating, light would reflect off the lens and you would end up with a darker image.
All in all, with the Sig Sauer SOR52001 Romeo5, you get a great water, fog, and dustproof red dot sight that can be mounted to any standard M1913 Picatinny rail with a slim design meant to make your sight less visible. For the price of $154.88, you are paying for more than just a name, you are paying for quality German engineering.
Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight
From Bushnell, another leader in sport and outdoor optics, we have here an American-made 1x25mm 3MOA red dot sight. You got it! That’s a 1x magnification on a 25mm lens with a 3in reticle at 100yds. Unlike the previous Sig Sauer entry, though, the Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight offers 11 illumination settings. That means you will have more of a variety to choose from and the brightness can be adjusted with easy-to-use dials with just the right amount of tightness. That way you don’t have to worry about the dials slipping due to slight bumps.
Like the Sig Sauer, the lenses of this red dot sight are fully multi-coated to keep as much light in the tube as possible. But, with the Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight, you get the added benefit of amber-bright optics that improve color. This way, if you’re out with your AR-15, you can easily differentiate between the brown of a buck and the brown of a tree.
The mounting system on this sight will mount on most Picatinny rails and is compatible with pistols, muzzleloaders, and shotguns so, if you have a variety of firearms, this will work on more than just your AR-15. The interior tube of the Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight is also O-ring sealed and injected with nitrogen to make for a water, fog, and dustproof product. Bushnell knows that when you’re walking around with your rifle, bumps, and falls happen. With that in mind, they’ve made these shockproof as well.
However, what makes the Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight such an amazing product is probably its price point. Right now, you can find the Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 for only $67.70. With the name Bushnell and the quality of this product, you really cannot find anything of this value for that price range. They are practically giving it away.
Feyachi RS-30 Reflex Sight
Next on our list is a slightly different option than the previous two. This is a reflex sight made by Feyachi, a company dedicated to making quality optics without charging their customers an arm and a leg. Now, the optics nerds might call us out for including a reflex sight on a list of tube-bodied red dot sights, but we just had to include this bad boy on the list.
The Feyachi RS-30 Reflex Sight features a 42mm reflex lens, making it the widest lens on the list. Having a wide, open-faced field of view lets the shooter maintain awareness of their surroundings rather than staring down the tube of a sight. Having more situational awareness will also result in faster aiming on your part and faster targeting on the sight’s part. Additionally, with this sight, you can choose which type of reticle you want. There is the choice of either a standard red dot, a star, cross, or bullseye reticle. As well, you can quickly cycle through the five brightness settings with the simple press of a button.
The Feyachi RS-30 Reflex Sight is made of a premium aluminum alloy that makes this a lightweight yet durable option. The mounting of this sight fits any standard 20mm Picatinny or Weaver rails, perfect for any AR-15. At a price of only $49.99, this is also the cheapest option on our list. But, amazingly, Feyachi also includes 3 extra batteries, 2 Allen wrenches, and a microfiber lens cloth with your purchase. Now that’s a total package!
Vortex Optics Crossfire Red Dot Sight
Made by another top dog in the optics community, Vortex Optics, the Crossfire red dot sight features some of the most advanced technology a sight can have, all while maintaining a simple, no-frills product. This is the second generation of their 2MOA red dot, having made it quicker at targeting in close quarters but keeping the same pinpoint accuracy at a distance.
The Vortex Optics Crossfire red dot sight offers 11 different illumination settings, making it optimal for all situations, from nighttime to daytime. The lens of this sight is fully multi-coated to keep light from being lost to reflection, guaranteeing a bright, clear, and high-contrast image that you’ll surely be happy with. As well, the windage and elevation adjustments on this sight move the point-of-impact one full MOA. For those who like to hear their adjustments, you’re in luck because Vortex Optics made these dials audible. That way, you won’t miscalculate your adjustments.
This is a sturdy build covered in a hard-coat anodization, giving the sight a stealthy low-glare matte and durability. This sight is, of course, O-ring sealed and filled with nitrogen, keeping it water, dust, and fog proof. This way, you can hike through the woods without worrying about getting your sights wet or fogging them if the temperature quickly changes.
Coming in at $149.00, you get a premium red dot sight from one of the leaders in today’s market. This is an excellent option for anyone wanting the Vortex name on their gun without the frills, bells, and whistles that other sights offer.
AT3 Tactical RD-50 PRO
Next up on the list is an incredibly durable red dot sight made by AT3. Their Tactical RD-50 PRO is a 2MOA red dot sight with 11 illumination settings and fully multi-coated lenses to reduce light loss. While the optics on this sight are excellent, the construction of this sight is what really stands out. This is a workhorse of a red dot sight.
AT3 knows that a sight can get banged up when you’re out in the woods. Even at the range, your rifle can fall or get knocked around. It happens. But why should you have to get a new sight every time your gun takes a knock? With the AT3 Tactical RD-50 PRO, those days are gone. This sight is made of a tough aluminum body that keeps the sight light while providing strength. But that’s not the end of it. AT3 then added on a rubber armor to absorb all the shock of a drop and finished with an anodized matte black finish for even more durability.
What about the lens, though? Who hasn’t had a tree branch come out of nowhere to scratch their lens? With the AT3 Tactical RD-50 PRO, you are covered. The lens of this sight is made of scratch-resistant amber-colored glass that has the added benefit of improving color and clarity.
For only $99.99, you get all of this plus an optic cover, a rubber bikini cover, a microfiber lens cloth, an Allen wrench for mounting the sight, and the required battery. If you do manage to damage this sight, you are covered by AT3’s lifetime-warranty but, trust us, you’re going to struggle to harm this one.
Vortex Optics SPARC
Last but certainly not least is another fantastic option from the legendary Vortex Optics. If you like the sound of the durability of the AT3 Tactical RD-50 PRO but you’re not looking for the bulkiness of it, you might be interested in the Vortex Optics SPARC red dot sight. This is a 2MOA sight built with the same aluminum body and hard-coat anodized surface, but it features a slimmer design without the heavy rubber armor. It is rugged but still compact and stealthy.
The Vortex Optics SPARC is quick to acquire targets even at close range and has a very long battery life of 700 hours at its highest setting! It features 12 illumination settings, making it completely night vision compatible and it is O-ring sealed and nitrogen injected for water, fog, and dust proofing. What is unique about this sight, though, is its mounting system. With the Vortex Optics SPARC, you get a multi-height mounting system that lets you choose the height of the sight, which can be mounted on any Picatinny rifle rail.
At a listing price of $199.00, this is a more expensive option than other sights on this list but for that price, you get the Vortex name with durable construction and a stealthy design! Included with your purchase, you also get a T10 Torx wrench, lens caps, and the required AAA battery.
If you are wanting that military, law-enforcement look for your AR-15 while also improving your accuracy, you know a red dot sight is the way to go. With any one of the options, you’ll be quickly snapping onto targets and accurately firing off rounds. Be sure to read the manual of any product you buy to get the most out of it and congratulations on your entry into the world of red dot sights!