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What Red Dots do you own that work and are cheap?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Sky, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. Sky

    Sky Well-Known Member

    Ok everyone knows the Red Dots that cost over $400 work and work well. Some have batteries that last 8 years etc etc. The purpose of this thread is to speak to those who have spent a lot less for a Red Dot and have been satisfied with their function.

    Myself I use red dots for hunting in brush or non-open fields of fire where if I see a target I just bring the gun up as my eyes follow the target until the dot is in a place on said target I want to hit. I do like the ability to follow a fast moving Pig or critter with my eyes until the dot matches where I want to shoot.

    I have used an Aimpoint, Vortex Strikefire, Vortex Sparc ( have not hunted with it yet..just got it) and am thinking about maybe purchasing the TSR-25. I much prefer a dot that is 3 MOA or less but that is my choice for hunting.

    I know there are guys/gals around here that have had (less expensive) Red Dots mounted on their weapons for a while and have experienced no (NONE) problems with their units. I was thinking it would be nice to hear from those folks instead of the Aimpoint, Eotech, Trijicon, high end guys/gals.

    If you post let us know how long you have had the sight and the caliber or rifle/handgun it is mounted on. The good, the bad, and the sucks from you point of view about the Sight.

    Have thought about picking up a http://www.opticsplanet.net/leatherwood-hi-lux-optics-1x30mm-red-dot-tactical-sight-es1x30tp.html...$74 3 and 5 MOA dot. Have never looked at one except on youtube.

    or a http://www.opticsplanet.net/bushnell-1x25-trophy-series-riflescope-trs-25-red-dot-731303.html $95 with 3 MOA dot... youtube mounted on an AK

    I own a Vortex Strikefire.$150ish..mounted on AR 5.56/223
    never had a problem but wish the dot were smaller it is 4 MOA..http://www.opticsplanet.net/vortex-strikefire-red-dot-scopes-ar15-hunt.html

    Aimpoint came with a rifle and I sold the Aimpoint. Great scope from what I could tell but never went hunting with it.. Sold for $340 http://www.opticsplanet.net/aimpoint-9000sc-red-dot-sight.html

    The Vortex Sparc has a very nice 2 MOA dot and is a small little optic. The different mounts that come with the Sparc make it easy to get a co-witness with iron sights. http://www.opticsplanet.net/vortex-sparc-red-dot-sight-sprc.html It is presently mounted on an AR .22 upper until my 7.62x39 upper gets here.

    My usage is for hunting (usually for pigs with occasion Jack Rabbit thrown in) so my requirements are for stuff I can use and if it fails get it worked on by warranty (can't beat Vortex warranty) or just toss it; either way no big deal. If I knew the dreaded Zombie Armageddon attack was coming without resupply or air support then I would probably go see if I can get the Aimpoint back!

    There are probably better prices to be found than where I have provided the links to but for ease of posting I used Opticsplanet. Usually they do have fairly competitive pricing.:scrutiny:
  2. G27RR

    G27RR Well-Known Member

    Burris FastFire II, well under $200 usually, which is getting pricier but not too far off the Vortex. Had mine quite a while in a 1 o'clock mount on a LaRue OBR 5.56mm as a backup/CQB type optic to go with a 3-10x40 Weaver mildot. Only complaint is the metal on the head of the mounting screw is a little soft.


    Last edited: Aug 13, 2011
  3. acmax95

    acmax95 Well-Known Member

    I currently own two red dots. I like both of them quite a bit.

    I have a cheap Tasco from Wal-Mart on my Ruger MKII 10" and it works quite well. I bought another for use on an SKS and it didn't seem to be as good as the first I bought. I ended up selling it at a flea market. These run around $35.

    I have a Primary Arms Micro Dot on my new AR-15 and it is a great optic. It is much better quality than the Tasco and is much easier to shoot with. These cost about $80 plus whichever mounting option you go with. I like this red dot but I probably should have went with one of their larger offerings for my AR.
  4. AEA

    AEA Well-Known Member

    Aimpoint CompM4
  5. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver Well-Known Member

    I use a BSA red dot on my 5.56mm AR. I haven't had any problems with it losing zero or anything and battery life is as advertised (about 80-90 hrs on time). It has even held zero through several hundred rounds fired using a slide fire SSAR-15 stock (which subjects the entire upper to a fair bit of back and forth shaking). It cost me $20
  6. willymc

    willymc Well-Known Member

    I've got a BSA RD30 on my TC Contender chambered for the .35 remington. Works great!
  7. mmitch

    mmitch Well-Known Member

    Had a Hakko on my Bushie, 'til Mr. EO Tech came along. I don't know what they sell for, now but I paid a C-note for it in '04. Good low-end Holographic with 4 reticle choices.

  8. Furncliff

    Furncliff Well-Known Member

    I have several red dot sights but the only one I could recommend is the Bushnell Trophy Red Dot. I paid almost $200 for it maybe 7 years ago. They are under a hundred now. I've had it on several rifles, including a .357 carbine with +P loads. I've had no problems, and I don't have any complaints. However the next time I will look for something with a bigger lens.
  9. Sky

    Sky Well-Known Member

    Gosh I like happy endings that only cost $20!! I would never have thought it would hold up under those conditions.
  10. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Well-Known Member

    I have EO Techs on my guns that could be called upon for serious use but I picked up a BSA 30mm red dot for a range toy. I was surprised how well it held up (about 3 years). When the battery died I went to change it and somehow the dot intensity knob got loose with no way I could figure out to tighten it (BSA support said just replace it). I picked up another one recently and after one mag on a 9mm carbine it started acting up, and not staying on unless it was between intensities (like it would be off for 9 or 10 but put the knob inbetween them and it would stay on). I sent it back to Midway and got a replacement that is working fine so far.
    If I get another 3 years out of it I think it's worth the $30 they cost.
    My next likely purchase is a midwest industries mount with the primary arms aimpoint micro clone to put on an AK.
    I'd love to outfit everything with aimpoints/eo techs/ and ACOGs but I don't have the income to do that so I have to prioritize what gets what.
  11. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    I have a couple dozen $30 BSA Red Dot sights on everything from 22 pistols to 12 ga shotguns. I also have a couple old Aimpoint and Tasco Red Dot sights.
    I don't like to keep swapping sights so for some years when I need a Red Dot sight I just buy another one. As it turned out the inexpensive BSA worked well and gave good service so I just kept buying them.
    The dot isn't as sharp as a expensive sight but it's good enough.
    BSA on a Ruger Charger 22LR.

    Over the years I've had a couple BSA go bad but they are so cheap I don't even bother with the warranty. Just throw them away and buy another one.

    Just yesterday I was shooting a BSA equipped 12 ga loaded with a very hot Buck and Ball load. Frankly I've been surprised that a $30 sight will hold up under such punishment.

    A few BSA Red Dots.






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  12. Sky

    Sky Well-Known Member

    M2 Carbine 30 bucks for something you are obvisously sold on is one heck of a good deal.
  13. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    Yes I'm glad when I started using Red Dot sights, years ago, I ran across the BSA. I had bought a couple Aimpoints, good sights but expensive. Tried a couple $70 Tasco. These also worked good. I tried a couple others, including the BSA. The BSA isn't a Aim point but for $30 I didn't expect it to be. As I equipped more guns with the BSA and the sight worked fine, it became apparent that the cheap sight was the way to go.

    I'm sure there are a number of good to excellent sights in the $100 to $200 range. I just haven't had any need to look for them.:)

    BSA has a three color $30 sight. Don't buy it. I bought three and didn't get around to using one until last week. The dots are too big, badly blurred and too bright. Kind of like a teardrop shape. Precision shooting is out of the question.

    Last edited: Aug 14, 2011
  14. gbran

    gbran Well-Known Member

    JPoint, Tru-Glo and Millett. No problems.

  15. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Well-Known Member

    M2 Carbine was my motivation to go with a BSA. I needed a red dot for my PLR-16 and his seemed to be holding up fine and looked good on the little blasters so I went with that. I don't regret it, they are fine optics for the price!
  16. heron

    heron Well-Known Member

    I have a Sightmark (http://www.opticsplanet.net/yukon-sightmark-reflex-sight-sm13003b.html) that works great, 3MOA dot, holds zero. It's a genuine pain to sight in, but once there, it's good. Reticle image is crisp; four choices of reticle.

    I also have a BSA red-blue-green 1x30 that is a piece of junk; the reticle images quickly became smeared and the control switch broke.
  17. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    Well I have 3 BSA's, 2 Millett's, and a Tasco. They all work OK but the Tasco does not hold well sometimes. I bought a couple of the $10 cheapie specials and lets say they will cease to function after a couple shots with a .22 rifle. No I did not shoot holes in them!! The BSA has held up on my 500S&W HandiRifle for 4 years of heavy target shooting so far.:D I like the Millett with a B-Square clamp on mount on my Ruger MK II 10" target pistols due to them all being stainless/aluminum to coordinate color.
  18. Mike1234567

    Mike1234567 member

    I hope this thread receives tons of responses. I'm also very interested in finding fair-priced red dot and reflex sites. I know they're out there but it would be very nice to know which ones are durable and long-lasting and which ones to avoid.
  19. Sky

    Sky Well-Known Member

    Me to Mike.
  20. Deanimator

    Deanimator Well-Known Member

    I have 1" UltraDots on all three of my bullseye guns. I've never seen anything work better for that purpose.

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