What To Look For In A Red Dot Sight

So, you decided you want to purchase a red dot sight, but do you know what it is you need to look for? If not, no big deal, that is what I am here for. I have compiled a bunch of useful information for you to help you figure out what it is you need to get out of your red dot sight.

Reticle Size

When I say reticle size, I mean the size of the dot that you will be looking at and which pattern. Sizes vary with different sights. Some are adjustable, some are big and some are small. When choosing the size, it is important to be aware of how much room you have on your firearm. The size of the dot is measured in something called MOA’s or “minutes of angle”. You should also consider your target when choosing a reticle size because the larger ones will block the view of a target that is far away. The larger ones would be better on small game at close distances or purely for target practice.

Battery Life

Red dot sights are battery powered and this is why it is important to consider the relationship between the sight and the battery. If you are going to be using the sight while hunting you should remember that cold weather will drain your battery. Also, some hunters accidentally leave their sights on the whole time they are on their hunting trip. Once they go to aim at a target, they find that their battery has died. If you plan to use it for long trips, I recommend a red dot sight that has an auto shutoff or extended battery life.


Price is also a huge factor when choosing the right red dot sight for you. If you are going to use it for target practice or a quick hunt here and there, you could get away with one from the shelf at your local Walmart or other large chain retail store. If you want something that has the auto shutoff and protection against environmental mishaps, you are looking to spend over $100-$200 or more. A few good examples of the top red dot sights would be:

  • Bushnell Trophy TRS-25: $79.96- As one of the simpler red dot sights, there aren’t many bells and whistles. It does offer an easy target acquisition, 1 x 25mm red dot, and a tilted front lens.
  • Burris 300208 AR-332-$333.00- This is one of the more expensive red dot sights. This sight has a lifetime warranty, made from the highest quality materials, waterproof, and compact.
  • Aimpoint Carbine Optic- $392.99- Another expensive one but this one is designed specifically for newer sporting rifles. It is completely waterproof and has up to one year of constant single battery use.


You can find more highly recommended sights at http://www.gungods.net/best-red-dot-sight-reviews/.

As you can see, there are quite a few things that need to be considered when looking for a red dot sight. Most of them are not cheap, which is why it is important that you know exactly what you need. If you are only using it once in awhile, go for the cheaper ones.