U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- For many, red dot sights have fallen in popular use within the recreational shooting realm in favor of low-power variable optics. For defensive, military and law enforcement use, the venerable red dot sights are still seeing widespread use and success. Today I’m going to break down my Top 5 Red Dot Sights.
Let’s delineate our boundaries a little first. I’m covering full-size red dots intended for rifle/shotgun use, not the Mini Red Dot Sights (MRDS) more commonly seen used on handguns. This excludes such optics as the Trijicon RMR and Vortex Venom. Some MRDS’ are excellent performers and certainly have their place in the shooting world, just not in this article.
What criteria did I use? I took a comprehensive approach and compared weight, battery life, Night Vision Device (NVD) compatibility, brightness settings, water resistance, battery type, stock mount option and dot size options. We’ll talk about price, but I’m looking at the top 5 red dot sights out there, not just the best within a certain budget. I eliminated many other options on the market if they couldn’t crack the top 5 in more than a couple categories. Finally, no more than one entry per manufacturer.
Let’s get a brief primer on each red dot sight, then discuss what the final hierarchy of domination looks like and why.
While all these optics are good quality optics, they’re all out of my price range and probably yours as well.
I’ve got two Sig Sauer Romeo 5 and one Holosun, all with a 2 MOA dot and not only do they work great, they’re all in the $125 range, they take a CR2032 battery, and the batteries are rated for hundreds and hundreds of hours.
I don’t buy into that horseshit about how we should spend the equivalent of our rifle’s value on an optic. I’m sorry, but save your money and invest it in a decent trigger instead. A quality trigger will improve your shooting much more than a fancy big name optic.