Red Dot/Reflex Sights

 

logo-with-border-name-and-small-shadow.jpgThe Best Rated Red Dot/Reflex Sights Of 2017

 Function In The Field . Design Durability . Optical Performance .

 Hunting Target Acquisition . Value For The Money

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Our Featured Red Dot/Reflex Sights 

Ultimate Value is for the better than average hunter who wants an affordable piece of equipment, but wants something that works well for its intended purpose. 

Performance Class is for the serious hunter who wants outstanding performance, dependability, durability, etc. In other words getting excellent “performance” for their money. 

Professional Hunter Grade is the absolute top of the products available in the higher consumer price range. It's a piece of equipment that will handle most any extreme, something worthy of day in, day out, professional-type use.  

 

Ultimate Value Category

Truglo Red-Dot 30mm Dual Color Sight Black

  Field Score   8.76 out of 10   

  • Shock resistant to 1000g.
  • Waterproof/fog-proof
  • 5 MOA reticle designed for quick acquisition
  • Dual-color reticle illumination (red and green)
  • Shock resistant to 1000-Gram
  • Unlimited eye relief, wide field of view
  • Adjustable rheostat for brightness control, multi-coated lenses
  • Special anti-reflective interior eliminates stray light from appearing inside the sight
  • Integrated weaver-style mounting system, battery included
  • lifetime limited warranty

 Hunter Quick Review:  This is a decent economy grade red dot sight with many pluses. The Truglo 30mm has a lot of features found on the more expensive red dots without busting your bank account and performs adequately for most hunting applications.

The Truglo 30mm can withstand a fair bit of shock for a sight in this price range. It is waterproof and fogproof with 2 choices of color dot: red or green.

All in all, not a bad way to go for around $50. 

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's Truglo 30mm Performance Rating 

 Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                            8.8

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                        8.6

General Optical Performance

                                                                                                                                                                        8.6

Hunting Target Acquisition

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                            8.8 

 

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Ultimate Value Category

 Browning Buckmark Reflex Sight 

   Field Score   8.88 out of 10   

  • High tensile and durable
  • Four reticle patterns
  • Mounts to a standard Weaver-style base
  • Rugged aluminum housing with matte black finish
  • 1-year warranty
  • Products designed in the USA with quality materials 

 Hunter Quick Review:  We really like this as a basic reflex, red dot hunting sight that would work well on a shotgun, pistol, or long gun.

The Browning Buckmark is small but deadly quick and accurate. The quality of construction is good and it should last a long time. It comes with 4 choices of reticle patterns.

What we would like to see is a longer warranty than 1 year. Browning makes great stuff, but things go wrong sometimes and the industry trend is to have a more customer friendly warranty program. Other than that, like we have already stated, we really like this sight, especially since it is in the $50 range and in the easy reach of most hunters. 

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's Browning Buckmark Reflex Performance Rating 

 Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                            8.8

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                        8.6

Optical Performance

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0

Hunting Target Acquisition

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0 

 

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Ultimate Value Category

 Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight 1 x 25mm
  Field Score   9.28 out of 10  
          

  • Trophy red dot 1 x 25mm
  • Easy target acquisition
  • 3 MOA, Dot-reticle
  • Amber-bright high contrast lens coating - front lens is tinted amber
  • TILTED front lens reflects LED light to create red dot
  • Red dot LED light source secured inside the scope with adhesive 

Hunter Quick Review:  We think this is one of the best values out there in the red dot/reflex sight world. The Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 is simply an amazing reflex for around $70, and, in our opinion, is worth much, much more.

The build is very robust, sealed well, and engineered the right way. Lenses are clear and the 3 MOA dot reticle is brilliant and sharp.

Again, for around $70 you can't go wrong for what you get with the TRS-25.

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Performance Rating 

 Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                          9.4

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4

Optical Performance

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0

Hunting Target Acquisition

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.2

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                        9.4 

 

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 Ultimate Value Category

Sightmark Ultra Shot Reflex Sight 

     Field Score   9.12 out of 10   

  • Incredibly lightweight for its size
  • Perfect for shotguns or rifles
  • Equipped with a built-in, integrated Weaver mount
  • Features four brightly lit reticle patterns, adjustable brightness settings and a wide field-of-view
  • Anodized aluminum construction 

 Hunter Quick Review:  The Sightmark Ultra Shot is just the right size and of just the right quality to make it an ideal choice for the rifle hunter or the shotgun hunter that wants a red dot/reflex optic in a slim, lightweight, non-obtrusive configuration. For the roughly $80 you will spend on the Ultra Shot, there is a lot going for it.

The Ultra Shot comes with 4 different integrated reticle options that are adjustable depending on the user's preference and/or lighting backdrop. It is well designed, fairly rugged, and gives a wide field of view for quick reaction shots in a small, micro sized package.

Considered somewhat more of a tactical sight, the Ultra Shot is becoming a popular reflex sight among turkey hunters for its smaller configuration, options, and price point.

There has been a smattering of issues on early models with some irregular battery connection that we understand has been taken care of. 

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's Sightmark Ultra Shot Performance Rating 

 Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                     9.2

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                 9.0

General Optical Performance

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0

Hunting Target Acquisition

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.2

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.2 

 

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Performance Class

Vortex Optics Sparc II 2 MOA Red Dot Sight (SPC-402)

   Field Score   9.40 out of 10   

Includes versatile multi-height mount system

Accommodates most firearms needing absolute or lower 1/3 co-witness heights

Mounts on standard Weaver or Picatinny bases (not included)            

 Hunter Quick Review:  Vortex has put together a dynamite red dot/reflex sight with the Sparc 2. It sports a precise 2 MOA reticle for more accurate aiming, is very well engineered, has a solid, but non-obtrusive low profile that can be adjusted for height, and the weatherproofing is more than adequate. This unit can also take a tremendous amount of recoil, which is sometimes a problem with red dots.

The Vortex Sparc 2 comes in at around $200. This puts it in reach of a lot of hunters that want a high quality red dot optic that they can count on without being excessively expensive.

And, as with all Vortex optics, it comes with a no questions asked warranty and exceptional customer service. You damage it in the field...they will replace it, and do so with the utmost courtesy and professionalism.

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's Vortex Sparc 2 Performance Rating 

 Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4

General Optical Performance

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4

Hunting Target Acquisition

                                                                                                                                                                                     9.2

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4 

 

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 Performance Class

Burris 300234 Fastfire III with Picatinny Mount 3 MOA Sight (Black)

    Field Score   9.52 out of 10   

  • Made using the highest quality materials
  • Tested for complete quality and reliability
  • 3 MOA Dot Reticle
  • Tool-less wind age and elevation adjustments
  • Top of sight battery access 

 Hunter Quick Review:  We have many seasons of experience with the Burris Fastfires and all we have to say is the Fastfires are not given nearly enough notice as one of the better red dot sight systems out there. The Fastfire is really handy when it is mounted over a hunting scope, giving the hunter both scoped distance ability and quick reacting, close quarter, snap shot precision.

This is a small, sleek, lightweight red dot sight, but as well made as they come. The 3 MOA dot reticle is brilliant and accurate. The top mounted battery access is nice, especially for swapping batteries in the field.

The engineers at Burris really thought this one through. There is a simple kind of logic they used when designing this red dot that makes the Fastfire very hunter friendly at just a little over $200. Thumbs up Burris!

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's Burris Fastfire 3 Performance Rating 

 Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4

General Optical Performance

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Hunting Target Acquisition

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4 

 

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 Performance Class

Vortex Venom Red Dot Top Load 3 MOA Dot 

    Field Score   9.60 out of 10   

  • VIP unconditional Lifetime Warranty
  • The Venom Comes with a Picatinny mount-weighs 1.6 ounces with mount
  • Choose between 10 levels of brightness in manual mode or switch to auto mode 

 Hunter Quick Review:  The Vortex Venom is a reach into the Professional Grade red dot with a Performance Class price. It seems with almost all things Vortex, you are always getting a lot for your money.

For right around the mid 200 dollar arena this red dot/reflex is outstanding, and not only as a tactical red dot, but as a solid hunting sight platform as well.

First off, this thing is micro small and lightweight, but seemingly bombproof. The red dot is clear as a bell and can be adjusted to preference and lighting scenarios. The build is super sturdy and should give a lifetime of hunting service out in the wilds. Target acquisition is super fast and easy, the balance between reticle and field of view makes for getting on game targets with precision in the mere split of a second.

Gun hunters, shotgun hunters, and pistol hunters will appreciate this red dot sight, especially its size to performance ratio.

The unconditional warranty that Vortex offers is also bombproof and allows the purchaser the confidence of a once in a lifetime purchase. 

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's Vortex Venom Performance Rating 

Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

General Optical Performance

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4

Hunting Target Acquisition

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6 

 

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Professional Grade

Aimpoint Micro H-1 2 MOA Red Dot Sight with Standard Mount

    Field Score   9.72 out of 10   

  • ACET technology allows 50,000 hours of operation on one battery
  • Lightweight – 84 g without mount and 105 g with mount, Integral Weaver-style base allows easy attachment
  • Fully waterproof
  • Precision adjustment for windage and elevation: top of protective caps fits into holes on adjustment screws – no other tool required
  • 12 settings for use in daylight and low light conditions

 Hunter Quick Review:  Aimpoint red dot optic systems are renown for being the best. The innovations they have introduced in the last decade have been remarkable, and have set the tone for the rest of the red dot/reflex sight industry.

The Aimpoint Micro H-1 is just another near perfect red dot sight that Aimpoint is famous for; and the price for near perfection will run you around $575. It is super small and light, but built like an armored vehicle. The optical quality is fantastic with very little light transmission dimming and crystal clear red dot illumination. The functions are sound, the weatherproofing sure, and the windage and elevation adjustments are as positive as we have seen. And, with Aimpoint's ACET technology, you can pretty much leave the thing on as one battery gets you approximately 50,000 hours of operation (yes, you have read that correctly).

One thing is for sure, if you buy an Aimpoint, you will be in a special class of red dot sight owners, owners who demand the best performance from their hunting equipment, and they get it!

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's Aimpoint Micro H-1 Performance Rating 

Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Optical Performance

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Hunting Target Acquisition

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8 

 

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Professional Grade

Trijicon MRO-C-2200004 2.0 MOA Adjustable Red Dot Sight with AC32067 Low Mount Adaptor, 1 x 25mm

  Field Score   9.80 out of 10   

  • LARGE VIEWING AREA: Allows faster target acquisition and engagement with reduced “tube effect”
  • AJUSTABLE BRIGHTNESS SETTINGS: Eight brightness settings with a mid-position “Off” feature
  • EASY-TO-SET ADJUSTERS: Adjusters provide positive-click reticle movement in _ MOA increments and require no special tools for operation
  • SUPERIOR QUALITY GLASS LENSES: Multi-coated lenses provide superior clarity and light gathering capabilities with zero distortion and provide for a crisp dot reticle
  • AIRCRAFT-GRADE ALUMINUM HOUSING: Forged 7075 housing and fully-sealed construction protects against the toughest elements; Low mount included 

 Hunter Quick Review:  If you are not familiar with Trijicon, to put it simply, they are known for being the ultimate  manufacturer of military grade sighting systems that will endure anything, obviously this means the conditions of warfare.

For the hunter this means that Trijicon sights are just about indestructible, and the Trijicon MRO-C follows suit to the tee. This is a red dot sight for the very serious hunter who needs an optic that can be relied on under any and all circumstances. This is the toughest red dot sight that we are aware of and by the look and the specs it should be a one time purchase that will last more than a lifetime. The Trijican MRO-C 2200004 goes for about $460.

The quality of optical performance is superb, field of view and target acquisition balance is excellent, the optic's housing is fully sealed by 7075 military grade aluminum, the adjustments are smooth, and the red dot reticle is clear and bright.

This is an apex red dot sight system, top of the red dot sight pyramid.

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's Trijicon MRO-C Performance Rating 

Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                                  9.8

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                                      10.0

General Optical Performance

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Hunting Target Acquisition

                                                                                                                                                                                            9.6

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                                9.8 

 

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