Best of the cheap red dots for a .22 pistol.


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Gato MontÚs
July 26, 2012, 04:41 PM
High all. After debating replacing the fixed sights on my 22/45 I got to thinking that I'd like to try going the optics route. I've no experience with pistol mounted optics of any kind, and while I see much enthusiasm for the Burris FastFire, I think I'd like to first try something in the sub $100 range.

I have the standard Weaver mount for the Ruger, but any suggestions for a different mount would be welcomed as well.

Thanks!

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J2FLAN
July 26, 2012, 06:20 PM
I have a Millet (under a $100) and a Ultradot (little over a $150) Both good but I like the Ultradot much better.
Looking at the Truglo for my grandsons MK, Midway has them for $45 and OK reviews. It clamps on, so no rings.

holdencm9
July 26, 2012, 11:29 PM
I had purchased a Bushnell TRS 25 to put on my AR as a cheapo option, but then came across a good deal on another/better/pricier red dot.

The TRS-25 was already on its way so I just decided to keep it. Ordered a rail for my Buck Mark, and put the TRS-25 on there. I have never had so much fun with that pistol!

They sell for anywhere from $70-$90

railroader
July 27, 2012, 12:23 AM
I'm on my third one of these millett red dots. They have a decent crisp dot and they are relatively small for a tube red dot. Midway has them on sale right now.
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/459296/millett-compact-red-dot-sight-1-tube-1x-3-moa-dot-with-weaver-style-rings-matte

Gato MontÚs
July 27, 2012, 01:27 AM
That Millett looks promising, especially given the reviews.

I had completely forgotten about the TRS-25, was going to get one for my .22 AR but sold the rifle before I did. My only concern with the Bushnell is the slightly smaller tube diameter. Tell me Holdencm9, did you buy a riser to mount on the BM or right to the rail?

PO2Hammer
July 27, 2012, 08:41 AM
I had the Millet 1" tube style red dot on a Mark III, very nice for the money.

M2 Carbine
July 27, 2012, 02:38 PM
Among other Red Dot sights I have about two dozen ($30) BSA Red Dot sights.
For years I have been using these cheap sights on everything from 12 ga shotguns......
http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/Bell-helicopter-407/IthacawithTLR2andBSA.jpg

...to rifles....
http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/Bell-helicopter-407/M4withStreamlight.jpg

......to pistols.
http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/Bell-helicopter-407/PLRCarbinesling-1.jpg

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/Bell-helicopter-407/ChargerTact2.jpg

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/Bell-helicopter-407/GSG5pistolJPG.jpg


While I don't recommend a $30 Red Dot sight (actually I make it a point to not recommend anything) these inexpensive sights have worked so good for me.
I always have a couple spares on hand.

(the three color version sucks)

Taurus 617 CCW
July 27, 2012, 03:24 PM
Thanks for the info, I have been shopping for red dots as well.

Gato MontÚs
July 27, 2012, 09:10 PM
Thanks for the info guys.

Those BSA red dots DO WORK. I've had a couple throughout the years myself, however slightly larger than what I'm looking for this application.

I swung by Cabela's today to touch and feel those that were mentioned. They had no Milletts, but they did have the TRS-25 which I really liked. The clerk also showed me some Sightmark reflex offerings which were also pretty neat, but I think I'm going to get the Bushnell.

Kiln
July 29, 2012, 04:41 AM
http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/Bell-helicopter-407/ChargerTact2.jpg

What the hell is that thing? (I want one)

hentown
July 29, 2012, 07:53 AM
I'm currently using three Bushnell TRS 25s...two on ARs and one on a Glock. I love 'em. 3 m.o.a. dot, plenty bright, and a lifetime warranty! What's not to like. Battery life is in the 3000 hour range.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m294/Walteridus/K20P5120.jpg

Here's a Glock with one of the older, larger, heavier, inferior red dots attached:

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m294/Walteridus/IMGP3473.jpg

Ar180shooter
July 29, 2012, 10:20 AM
What the hell is that thing? (I want one)
Looks like a Ruger charger in a modified Archangel kit.

M2 Carbine
July 29, 2012, 07:10 PM
Looks like a Ruger charger in a modified Archangel kit.
Correct, except the kit is factory. Just bolt on.

I saw it at a gun show. It was so weird I had to buy one. About $125 as I recall.

Stevie-Ray
July 29, 2012, 08:06 PM
I've got a 30 dollar Tasco on my GSG-5. It's all I've needed for it for a couple years now.

tuj
July 30, 2012, 03:13 AM
I love the ultradots, I've got 5 of them (fifth is on an air pistol)

http://renkucorp.com/jf/pics/guns/IMG_20120601_182342sm.jpg

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