When you’re looking for the best red dot sight, you can easily get sucked into the idea that you need to spend hundreds of dollars if you want a high-quality sight. But, the more research that you do, the less money you’ll need to spend on a sight that will get the job done without breaking the bank.
But, while you’re trying to avoid falling into a financial pit, you can easily fall into a time trap and get caught up doing internet research for the cheapest, most reliable sights. Luckily for you, we’ve done this research for you, so that you can take a look at the six best budget red dot sights, without needing to spend hours scouring the internet.
The following sights are listed in order of price — from cheapest to most expensive. However, all of the sights come in at under $50, so that you can be sure your wallet will be happy no matter which sight you choose. Happy hunting!
Here is a list of The Best Red dot sights
This red/green dot sight four different reticles, and four different dot sizes. It’s designed to be lightweight, waterproof, and shockproof, which of course is crucial for any gun sight.
The sight is made for long-term use without exhausting your eyes, and features a 33mm lens and a wide field of view for maximum visual input. The sight also comes with a 3V lithium battery, so that you immediately have everything you need to start using the sight.
It’s designed with a standard mount size, for easily assembly and disassembly.
Users reported that the sight held zero for at least a couple hundred rounds, and that the sight retained its brightness for a good half day or full day of shooting without any dimming. Across the board, this sight was described as sturdy, and well-made, and great quality for the price. The sight is also easy to set up and adjust, which can save you a headache and a great deal of frustration.
However, the sight does get a bit blurry at the highest brightness level or for indoor shooting, which could be annoying during shooting. The battery also seems to drain fairly quickly, so it will need to be replaced fairly regularly for optimum usage.
For the price, this sight simply can’t be beat. It’s rare to find a high-quality, sturdy sight for less than $20, but this one fits the bill. The sight holds zero for a reasonable number of rounds, and is easy to assemble, adjust, and disassemble.
The battery does drain fairly quickly, so it will need to be regularly replaced. The sight can also get blurry under certain conditions. However, overall the sight offers just about everything you could need, in a budget price range.
Feyachi’s reflex sight ties for the least expensive sight on this list — just under $17, not including shipping. Considering it’s low cost, though, the sight is surprisingly well-rated, and it might just have everything you need in a budget sight.
This sight, like the GERO sight, features four different reticles — dot, circle/dot, crosshair/dot, and crosshair/circle/dot. The sight is also designed to be lightweight, shockproof, and waterproof, so that you can rely on the sight to last for as long as you need it to.
The sight has a 33mm lens and a wide range of view, so that you can remain fully aware no matter the situation.
Purchasers report that the sight is easy to mount and — as advertised — that it holds zero for hundreds of rounds. It can be frustrating and time-consuming to constantly make sight adjustments, so the reliability of this sight is a huge plus.
However, users also said that the sight didn’t last as long as more expensive sights — one reported a six month lifespan before it started losing zero quickly and eventually broke. This lifespan will vary, of course, depending on how often you use the sight and how rough you are with it.
The sight, then, doesn’t last for a lifetime, but that’s to be expected considering the price point. Even so, it works well and as advertised for its lifespan, but it will need to be replaced after a while.
This sight works as advertised at a very low price point. It holds zero, does its job, and has four different reticles depending on your preference. However, it won’t last as long as a more expensive sight might. After continuous use, it will begin to breakdown and eventually need to be replaced. But, it’s still an excellent sight for the price, and a great sight for beginners or those on a tight budget.
If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, then you can’t do much better than GERO’s red and green dot sight.
This waterproof and shock resistant sight costs just under $30 (plus shipping costs). GERO claims that the sight is “inexpensive, but not cheap,” and designed to be a sturdy and reliable sight. Along with a low cost, the sight is also lightweight, with a shipping weight of just under 6.5 ounces.
Despite its light weight, the sight is designed to be sturdy and to withstand long hours of shooting and strain. The sight was tested by being shot with paintballs traveling at 280 to 300 feet per second, which it withstood literally without a scratch.
The sight also features adjustable brightness for varying environmental light levels and four different reticles. With these features, you can use the sight for extended periods of time without exhausting your eyes and without sacrificing the clarity of your sight.
As a sight, GERO advertises that this one holds zero for a longer amount of time and a higher number of rounds than other sights do. Users also reported that this sight was easy to zero, with some saying that they didn’t even have to adjust the sight at all to zero it. Others said that although they did adjust it, it was an easy and quick process. Since this sight is easy to zero, it saves you time and frustration, and allows you to start using the sight more quickly.
Speaking of ease of use, the sight also has a built-in weaver-Picatinny rail mount for quick assembly.
Despite its many positive features, there are a few downsides to this sight. Some users reported that the paint on the sight may chip off during assembly or regular use. Although this is only a cosmetic issue, it may bother some purchasers. Other users reported that the lens isn’t as clear as it could be, and that the optics are slightly too dim to use in bright daylight.
Because of these downfalls, this sight is typically recommended as a starter sight — and it still can’t be beat for the price.
Overall, this red dot sight is a sturdy and inexpensive model to use as a starter sight. It offers adjustable brightness and four reticles. It is also waterproof, shock resistant, and easy to zero. Although the optics aren’t quite as bright or clear as they could be, and the finish may chip with use, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a comparable sight in this low price range.
Although still a budget sight, Tacticon’s Predator V1 is slightly more expensive than other models — and for your money, you get a bit more reliability and sturdiness in the sight. Tacticon’s sight clocks in at about $35, with free shipping.
Tacticon advertises that this sight can hold zero for thousands of rounds. It’s also designed to be waterproof and fogproof, so that it can hold up regardless of the field conditions you use it in. To back up these claims, Tacticon offers a lifetime warranty on the sight, so that you can have confidence in your purchase.
Users’ reports verified Tacticon’s advertisements about this sight. Purchasers found the sight to be well-built and sturdy, and to hold zero for at least 1000 rounds. They also reported that making adjustments was simple and intuitive, and that Tacticon’s customer service is excellent.
There were a few complaints from customers who felt that this sight could have been crafted with a little bit higher quality, although this is to be expected for a sight that costs less than $35.
As a bonus, Tacticon is a veteran-owned company, so you can be sure that you’re purchasing a sight from a knowledgeable company that understands what gun enthusiasts want and need in their products.
For a little extra money compared to the cheapest sights on the market, you can get a whole lot more quality. Tacticon’s Predator V1 sight is highly rated across the board, for value, performance, and reliability.
Tacticon is veteran-owned, and purchasers reported excellent customer service, especially because of the sight’s lifetime warranty. Although this sight is slightly more expensive than others on the market, it’s still priced as a budget sight — and you get quite a big bang for your buck with this product.
At just under $50 per sight, Dagger Defense’s red dot sight is a step above the cheapest level of sights, but still well under the “high-end” sights that can cost upwards of $100.
This sight can be used as either a red dot or green dot sight, and it features four different reticles. The sight has a 33m lens, a 15.8m field of view, and a Picatinny rail for mounting. You can also easily adjust the brightness on the sight, for use in different settings and light levels.
The Dagger Defense sight offers great bang for your buck — it operates like a more expensive sight, just without the price tag.
Several purchasers reported that the specific sight that they received was low-quality or didn’t seem to work quite right. But, in cases when the customer contacted the company, they received a new sight that worked as advertised.
It seems that specific sights might not be up to the overall quality expected, but Dagger Defense’s customer service is quick to remedy this situation and make sure that purchasers get the sight that they paid for.
Some specific sights may not be up to the standards reflected in the reviews, which can be a bit of a hassle and frustration to have fixed. However, in all cases the customer service is more than willing to fix these problems and send a replacement sight as quickly as possible.
Dagger Defense’s red and green dot sight comes in at slightly more expensive than a true budget sight, but it’s still a steal for the price and quality. The sight has all of the features that you might need in a sight, including four different reticles and adjustable brightness levels.
Although a few purchasers reported that their specific orders were poorly made or slightly broken, they also reported that Dagger Defense replaced those orders quickly and without a hassle. Dagger Defense’s customer service is top-notch, so you can be sure that you’ll eventually receive the functional sight that you ordered.
This red and green dot sight is the most expensive on this budget list, at about $45. However, it’s still cheap enough to qualify as a budget sight, and a step above the competition in terms of reliability and quality.
This sight was designed to be used in any and all environmental conditions, and to withstand all of it without breaking or becoming difficult to use. For ease of use in any environment, the sight features five brightness levels for use with either the green or red option. Purchasers reported that the brightness levels had enough variation for easy and effective easy in both broad daylight and at night.
The sight comes with a cantilever mount, and is easy to assemble and install. And, for those worried about durability, every sight comes with a one-year, no-questions-asked warranty, and with U.S.-based customer support.
The sight holds zero effectively, although some users found it difficult to adjust and zero in the sight initially.
There also may be some variation in the glass quality on the sight, depending on which specific sight you receive. Although some purchasers reported crystal clear glass, others reported a bit of blurriness. One user even reported that the inner seal had become unglued and was visible within the sight,
However, these issues seem to be defects in specific sights, and not indicative of what most buyers will receive in the mail. In addition, your purchase should be protected from these defects by the warranty, so that you can get a replacement scope if you do happen to among the unlucky to receive a flawed sight.
Although this sight is at the upper end of what could be considered a “budget” sight, it does feature extra durability for the extra money. The sight features a cantilever mount, both a red and green dot setting, and five levels of brightness for use in any environment.
Some buyers reported defects such as blurry glass or unglued inner seals, although these seem to be relatively rare manufacturing errors and would be covered by the one-year warranty.
How to choose from among these six sights
Now that you know there are high-quality, reasonably priced sights on the market, you may be wondering how to choose between them.
The first thing to consider is how much you’re willing or able to spend on a sight. If you need to go for a super budget-friendly sight, then pick one of the first two on this list. They’ll both get the job done and cover your needs for a red dot sight, but they’ll only put you out $17.
If, on the other hand, you can afford to spend more money on a sight, then you can afford to consider that one of the cheapest sights may need to be replaced within a year. Instead, you could opt for a more durable sight, such as #5 on this list, which will cost more upfront but last for a longer amount of time.
If considering pricepoint still leaves you with a few sights to choose from, then consider the special features or options of each sight. Some, like #6 on this list, feature a wide range of brightness levels, which may be important to you if you’re going to be shooting in both broad daylight and at night.
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Other buyers may be more concerned with the warranty that comes with some of the sights (such as #4 and #6) so that they can have peace of mind even if the sight starts acting up.
Consider which of these features is the most important to you, and then strike sights off the list that don’t meet these standards.
Worst case scenario: you’re still left with a couple sights that you can’t seem to choose between. Of course, you could choose not to choose between, and just purchase both of the sights to add to your collection — at such low prices, you can probably afford to choose two.