Throwback Thursday: Best Red Dots for AR Pistols

Distressed AR 15 pistol Ammunition, Magazine .223 556

There are a number of benefits of shooting with red dots, especially with tactical firearms like the AR-15. With the ever-growing popularity of shorter-barreled AR-15s in the form of AR pistols, there comes a demand for smaller red dots for closer encounters. There are surely no limits on the number of options, but what are the best red dot sights for AR pistols?

1. Holosun HS503CU

Holosun optics are quickly growing in popularity because they provide exceptional quality and value. The Holosun HS503CU is a red dot sight that runs off a solar charge with a battery backup. It features a 2 MOA dot and with a 65 MOA circle for fast and accurate target acquisition. Further, 0.5 MOA adjustments allow you to dial this optic in and the unlimited field of view gives you a good picture of what’s around you.

Features and Specifications

  • Magnification: 1X
  • Objective size: 20mm
  • Reticle: 2 MOA dot with 65 MOA circle
  • Adjustment: 0.5 MOA
  • Brightness settings: 10 daylight, 2 night vision
  • Runtime: 20,000 hours using circle at setting 6, 50,000 hours using dot at setting 6
  • Weight: 3 ounces
  • Solar charge battery
Holosun Optic

2. Trijicon MRO

When most shooters think of high-quality indestructible optics, they think of Trijicon. Trijicon has earned a well-deserved reputation among military and law enforcement personnel for making dependable optics for adverse conditions. The Trijicon MRO is an excellent choice for AR-15 rifles and pistols with its 2 MOA dot and 25mm objective. It offers up to a year of battery life with continuous use and eight illumination settings. Additionally, 0.5 MOA adjustments let you sight in the rifle for different loads and distances. 

Features and Specifications

  • Magnification: 1X
  • Objective size: 25mm
  • Reticle: 2 MOA green dot
  • Adjustment: 0.5 MOA
  • Brightness settings: 8 illumination settings
  • Runtime: 1 year of continuous use at day setting 3 (setting 5 of 8) at 70°F
  • Weight: 4.1 ounces
Trjicon MRO Optic

3. Leupold Freedom RDS

For those with longer-barreled AR pistols who want to stretch out to farther distances, the Leupold Freedom RDS would be a good option. This optic combines a 34mm objective with a 1 MOA dot and 1X magnification, making this great for close and mid-range shooting. Additionally, the red dot features eight brightness settings and is completely waterproof. Leupold optics are well-known in the industry for making high-quality optics, and the Freedom RDS is no exception.

Features and Specifications

  • Magnification: 1X
  • Objective size: 34mm
  • Reticle: 1 MOA red dot
  • Adjustment: 0.25 MOA
  • Brightness settings: 8 illumination settings
  • Runtime: 1,000 hours at brightness setting 4
  • Weight: 7.2 ounces
Leupold Freedom Red Dots

4. EOTech XPS3-0

EOTech is another household name that has become synonymous with quality. The EOTech XPS3-0 holographic weapon sight features a 65 MOA circle with a 1 MOA aiming dot. It has 1X magnification and an unlimited field of view, allowing you to make those accurate shots with your AR pistol, even at close ranges. It is also waterproof to 33 feet and has a fogproof sealing. There is even a night-vision compatible version that will work with night-vision magnifiers to allow you to easily shoot at night.

Features and Specifications

  • Magnification: 1X
  • Objective size: 0.85 inches (~21.5mm)
  • Reticle: 65 MOA circle with 1 MOA dot
  • Adjustment: 0.5 MOA
  • Brightness settings: 30 settings with scrolling feature (10 settings for night vision)
  • Runtime: 600 continuous hours at nominal setting 12
  • Weight: 8 ounces
EOTech Red Dot Optic

5. SIG Sauer ROMEO-5

Ever since SIG Sauer got into the optics business, people have begun to take notice. The SIG Sauer ROMEO-5 is a compact red dot sight with a 2 MOA dot and 20mm objective. Additionally, it has eight daytime brightness settings and two night vision settings. It is waterproof and fogproof, and features a side-loading battery compartment so you do not lose your zero while replacing the power. It also has 40 MOA windage and elevation adjustments to keep your shot on target in all conditions.

Features and Specifications

  • Magnification: 1X
  • Objective size: 20mm
  • Reticle: 2 MOA red dot
  • Adjustment: 0.5 MOA
  • Brightness settings: 8 daylight, 2 night vision
  • Runtime: 40,000 hours
  • Weight: 5.1 ounces
  • MOTAC motion-activated illumination

6. Aimpoint Micro T-2

The Aimpoint Micro T-2 is the lightest and smallest optic on the list at three ounces. It utilizes a 2 MOA aiming dot and has 1X parallax-free magnification for quick hits at close range. Additionally, it incorporates ACET technology that allows for 50,000 hours (over five years) of constant operation on one battery. The red dot sight features reinforced turrets for ruggedness and advanced optical lenses for improved light transmission. The Micro T-2 is also waterproof to 80 feet and comes with flip-up lens caps.

Features and Specifications

  • Magnification: 1X
  • Objective size: 18mm
  • Reticle: 2 MOA red dot
  • Adjustment: 0.5 MOA
  • Brightness settings: 1 off position, 4 night vision, and 8 daylight — one extra bright for use with laser protection glasses or in bright desert sunlight
  • Runtime: ACET technology allows 50,000 hours of constant operation
  • Weight: 3 ounces
Aimpoint Micro

7. Aimpoint PRO

The Aimpoint PRO is a time-tested and proven design that has been serving shooters for years. It features a 2 MOA dot for fast target acquisition, and is water and shock resistant for outstanding durability. Additionally, the Patrol Rifle Optic has 10 brightness settings and a non-magnifying parallax-free optic. With over 30,000 hours, over three years, of battery life, this optic is perfect for self-defense applications.

Features and Specifications

  • Magnification: 1X
  • Objective size: 30mm
  • Reticle: 2 MOA red dot
  • Adjustment: 0.5 MOA
  • Brightness settings: 4 night vision and 6 daylight, including 1 extra bright
  • Runtime: 30,000 hours continuous at setting 7
  • Weight: 11.6 ounces
Aimpoint PRO Optic

Conclusion: Red Dots

There are a number of factors you should consider when choosing a red dot optic, and choosing one for an AR pistol incorporates different criteria. However, if you choose any of the red dot sights on this list, you’re sure to hit your mark. 

Do you like shooting with red dots? What are your favorite red dots for your AR pistols? Let us know in the comments below!

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in April of 2021. It has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and clarity.

About the Author:

Alex Cole

Alex is a younger firearms enthusiast who’s been shooting since he was a kid. He loves consuming all information related to guns and is constantly trying to enhance his knowledge, understanding, and use of firearms. Not a day goes by where he doesn’t do something firearms-related and he tries to visit the range at least a couple of times a month to maintain and improve his shooting skills.

His primary focus is on handguns, but he loves all types of firearms. He enjoys disassembling and reassembling firearms to see how they work and installs most of the upgrades to his firearms himself, taking it as a chance to learn. He’s not only interested in modern handguns and rifles, he appreciates the classics for both historical value and real-world use.
The Mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!'s blog, The Shooter's Log, is to provide information—not opinions—to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decisions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!

Comments (1,283)

  1. I’ve had the Romeo 5 on my AR12 for two years now and have put approximately 1,000 rounds through it. Dead on accuracy every time! Great sight for the money. Will be getting my first AR15 this year and I’m going to try a vortex strikefire 2.

  2. Larry Welling is our winner! Thanks to everyone who entered and best of luck for the next giveaway.

    – Editor

  3. I have a Vortex red dot that I swap between my AR and a pistol. It would be nice to have a dedicated red dot so I don’t have to keep swapping sights and resighting.

  4. Let’s get lucky once looking actually to red dot my host HK 22lr I just picked up & chances of winning slim regardless will still be grabbing 1 of these MUST HAVES

  5. Great article (as always) on red dots. Love the blog and CTD site. Great deals and awesome support for the shooting sports.

  6. I have 2 Holosun HS403GL sights, and they are awesome. I’m really looking forward to the Shake Awake feature on this 503CU.

  7. Currently building my first AR! So happy to get into this wonderful hobby! A red dot would be something new to me! Thanks for the amazing article!

  8. EOTech. Great info, thanks CTD. Looking for red dots for a couple of my pistols as well, would like to see an article for those as well. Love CTD

  9. Good info, thank you. AR’s pack a lot of motion with a trigger pull. Whatever optical device is chosen, make sure it can take a punch or you will spend half of your time adjusting things.

  10. Those all look like great choices. I appreciate the input as I am about to start a 300 Blackout pistol build.

  11. I’m a new gun owner, and with prices for ammo so very high I’m looking for a way to improve my actuary without spending a fortune. Someone suggested that a red dot would help. Does anyone have any other suggestions for a new gun owner?

  12. The Aimpoint Micro T2 features are really appealing to me for home defense:
    *Waterproof (54″ of rain per year in Florida)
    *50000 hours (My Hiram only ran 100 hours)
    *Reinforced turret Locks it down (so does not get dinged off target)
    *Smallest and lightest (easiest to draw from concealment)

    I would rate it #1 but I am far from the sharpshooter that the Holosun and others appeal to.

  13. Thanks for allowing me to participate in the drawing. Love going on the website and seeing new sales and new stuff coming out. Hope I’m the lucky chosen one.

  14. Picked up a Crimson Crace and a Romeo5 to put on a couple of my carbines, I like them both. I am thinking about a Holosun 507 for my handgun.

    1. You’re the winner! Sending an email with instructions to confirm your prize.

      – Daniel

  15. I have used Sightmark Ultra for the last 10 years because I just can’t afford a new and nice one. It’s simple and was cheap, but has done the job the last few years. I can say I’m definitely in need of a NEW red dot. Any of the above mentioned would be better than what I currently have and be a huge blessing is I win.

  16. The Holosun is great because of the solar charging capabilities. It is outstanding because of the great field of view and its ability to dial in your shot to accurately put rounds down range. Great recommendation.

  17. This is an excellent article, especially considering the number of new players in the red dot game. Thank you CTD!

  18. Wow! The technology advances in sights during my lifetime have been amazing. My old Savage .22 is a real tack driver!

  19. Waiting for my new 80% receiver so I can build aAR pistol. This article was very timely. Would be great if it had approximate prices for the featured RDSs.

  20. Waiting for my new 80% receiver so I can build a pistol. This article was very timely. Would be great if it had approximate prices for the featured RDSs.

  21. Good to know I have a Sig Romeo and in the process on a new project. So will be shopping for something soon.

  22. Red dots are great, but don’t forget about having iron sights as back up. As the saying goes 1 is none and 2 is 1 when SHTF!

  23. Very informative. As a owner of one that made the list and one other that didn’t I now have an easier choice for my next optic. Thanks!

  24. It seems as though the red dot sight is for a long a or can it be used on a handgun as well? Either way it would be a nice collection to add for the weapons you may have in stock. Nice pictures item .

  25. Never had a red dot sight. Based on my research and the reviews online, the Holosun HS503CU red dot sight is very good but it is also very expensive. It would be my dream to have one on my new AR pistol that I just purchased. Make my wish come true. Stay safe and stay healthy!!!

  26. I love my M21 for my AR, my favorite things about some optics is that they are solar, tritium, or fiber optic powered, it’s one less thing to worry about in an optic, and having a red dot for my C93 would be great. I appreciate and thank you for having this contest available, and the knowledge that is provided here. Thank you

  27. I really like the Romeo 5 sight. It has a long battery life and stays at 0. I have it on my Gold cup .45 and it is easy to interchange between the .45 and my crossbow.

  28. I have never used one of these but am looking to acquire one and if I were to win I would be the happiest guy on your list. Thanks for the chance..

  29. Nice list. I went with the Romeo5 for the price, reviews and Sig quality. It would be great to have another RDS so I can have one on each weapon.

  30. The holosun looks to be a great choice for fast short range shots, solar backup, 2 height settings, dot, or circle dot, price isn’t bad, I do wish it was made in the U.S.

  31. I enjoy reading comparison articles on products that give ratings.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win one also.

  32. happen to be looking for a red dot option for a new caliber AR upper I just received, pleased to see this short article.

  33. Where were these when I was a kid? My son has the SIG ROMEO-5 and it’s sweet. The winner will really be blessed!

  34. Great article — I look forward to your weekly articles on self-protection!

    Hope to win the drawing — long time customer…

  35. I would prefer to have the option for magnification, but inside 200 yards or so, 1x still works great.

  36. Holosun without a doubt is a great option and knowing that they bought Sig Sauer and makes their optics is a bonus for the Sig Sauer red dot fans.

  37. Very informative. I just aquired my first AR platform pistol and found this article very helpful with my search to dress my new pew-pew. Thank you.

  38. I was just getting ready to purchase a red dot scope; your great and informative article couldn’t have come at a better time!! Thanks again, I hope I win so I don’t have to buy one!!

  39. It is such a shame too see aimpoint ranked lower than the other companies. They are definitely still rugged and ultra durable red dots.

    But are lacking in red dot technologies like the other brands. I have personally found that for the value, the red dot technologies found in holosun products are truly amazing.

    For me personally only holsuns red dots provide my astigmatism with a precise – rapid – and distort free view.

    Otherwise the more expensive eotech is required for people with eye problems like me.

  40. Glad I found this article. It contains a few red dots that wasn’t previously considering. I’ve built two AR pistols so far. One in .300 Blackout and the other in 5.56. One of these will prob make it atop my next pistol build. Anyone here tried the Romeo+Juliet combo?

  41. Just got a AR pistol a week before the order—hate to say it but I knew it was coming. Now I just need to stock up on gear for it and this Holosun sight would be perfect

  42. I have recently purchased a Springfield Saint AR pistol. I have been doing extensive research and the Holosun would be a great addition to my growing arsenal.

  43. I am surprised the Leupold Freedom RDS made the list. I haven’t seen many reviews giving the Leupold red dots positive accolades……..but, I haven’t bought one and tried it out, so can’t ay anything of help anyway.

  44. I’ve got a LPVO on my current rifle setup, but I’m thinking a RDS at 45 offset or picking up an AR pistol with an RDS would be far better for in case something goes bump in the night.

  45. A good friend of mine has a Holosun and swears by it, I’ve always been a Leupold or Vortex guy, might have to make a switch!

  46. Excellent article, especially cause I’m looking for a reliable, good red dot for my new AR. This helps a lot.

  47. I love reading lists like this, gives me a good place to start when looking into new products to buy. Thanks!

  48. Great article. I am now in the market for a new site this gives me great information and to read The different opinions that people have is great information. Awesome article.

  49. Growing up with iron sites and being forced to learn to use them, it has been a revelation as to just how easy it is to teach young shooters to shoot using red dots. My six year olds enjoyment for shootings has went way up since I swapped out for a red dot.

  50. Finishing my AP/Ballistic Adv 10.3″ 5.56 AR pistol build & am too cheap to run out & buy any one of these highest quality red dots, so thank you for the opportunity!!

  51. I have a Vortex on a 22/45 lite and it made it awesome. Quick target acquisition and dead on accuracy. Now if I had one for an AR platform..hmmm

  52. They are all great red dots definitely a hard pick through the bunch but most definitely great choices.

  53. Sometimes the internet robots bring you information and emails you don’t want or need.

    Sometimes they bring you exactly what you were looking for. It’s creepy, sure, but this is a well timed article!

    Stop stalking me Cheaper Than Dirt, you keep finding ways to get my money (just kidding, keep at it!)

  54. This a nice article. Just getting into red dots, trying to find a good one. Plus the giveaway is nice.

  55. For use on a bugout gun I noticed The Holosun HS503CU is a red dot sight that runs off a solar charge with a battery backup.
    This makes it better for situations where there is no grid to supply batteries.

  56. Great article. I would have liked to see more holographic sights in here though. Gives a better perspective of what is on the market

  57. I have the Aimpoint on my AR that I just purchased. It works nice but would like to compare it to something else. This is the first red dot scope I have used. Thanks for the info and the chance to win the Holosun.

  58. I have a few red dots remember to shut them off the auto shut off is a nice feature. If I win I’ll have to buy another gun , dang!! I’ll work with you though.

  59. Solid List, I’d add no others. I love the Holosun, I had an opportunity to use a buddies, that is a well-build piece of equipment, I hope to own one.

    I have the Romeo-5 married to a SIG Juliet3 3x Magnifier. I recommend this is you do not have the Holosun.

    Pistol Platform: I use the Romeo-5, it co-witnesses to my flip-ups making it the perfect package for that platform. I quickly get on-target and follow-up shots are equally quick.

    I can then take the Romeo-5 and magnifier and put it on my carbine and feel right at home. The magnifier co-locates to the Romeo perfectly making deeper target hits doable even in lower light.

    A nice package.

  60. I’ve currently got 3 romeo 5s but would absolutely love to have the #1 that you’re offering.

  61. Thanks for the information and a chance to win. I’ve been a Cheaper than Dirt customer for a long time.

  62. Thanks for the review and comparisons on the Red Dots. Always looking for the best fir when considering my next purchase.

  63. I just purchased a 5.56 AR pistol, I don’t have a red dot sight yet, and It would be hilarious if I won since April 19 is my birthday. Great article! Gave me some options.

  64. I’ve used red dot, reflexive or Acogs during my military career. You have to appreciate the precision and accuracy of red dot sights. I have the perfect rifle for this red dot if I’m selected.

  65. The Holosun HS503CU description states that it is unaffected by extreme weather conditions. Does that mean it is submersible??

  66. For over 20 years I have used an Aim Point on my Red Hawk 44 Magnum revolver. While it is much larger than new units, it has never let me down

  67. I just received a romeo 5 and love it. Try’ed it on ar-9 long and short barrel with great accuracy, and reliability.


  68. The Holosun’s use of solar power is an interesting approach to extending battery life. I’m curious to see long-term reports of battery life in real-world use.

  69. I would use any of the above-mentioned red dots on any of my AR or AK platforms. I currently own a Sig Romeo 5 and I love its versatility and features. I would love to win the Holosun and see how they compare. I have several rifles I’d like to try it out on. Great article filled with lots a of info to consider when I purchase my next red dot sight. Thanks.

  70. I was looking for a Reddot for a 300 BlkOut build I was doing during the COVID lockdown, and everything was on backorder. I originally was looking for an AIMPoint or SiG but I finally decided to give HoloSun HS515CM Military Grade paired with the HM3X Flip to Side 3x Red Dot Magnifier QD Mount a try, and now I am a convert. Because of that build I have recently started to switch my other Reddots to HoloSun. The optics are very crispy and the nicest feature like some other have is that you don’t have to remember to turn it on or off as the optic powers on or off with movement. Great little dots with alot of features and quality built in for the money. It never has lost zero and is built to take a beating.

  71. Wanting to be save up for the Romeo 5 but if I win, I can spend the money on other things for my build.

  72. I am going to save up for a Romeo 5, but I will be happy if I could win the contest and spend the money on other things.

  73. I have both the EO Tech and the Sig.
    I love them both for different reasons.
    I would love to win the Holosun to add to my new build. Please pick me!
    Thanks for all the great informative articles!

  74. Thanks for the excellent review of the top red dot sights. Nice to having them all in one location. Going to save this article for a future purchase.

  75. I like the Holosun optics with the circle dots the best. They seem to be very rugged and reliable for their price points. The circle dots seem to tame the astigmatism “flare” issues I experience with standard dots. The circle really helps you find center and get on target quick. And they shut off and automatically, but ‘Shake Awake’ at the slightest movement, saving battery life, AND keeping you from forgetting to turn it on, should you need it IN A HURRY.

  76. Great choices all around and very informative reviews to help shooters choose the optic that fits their requirements.

  77. Great selections. Prefer a red dot with solar option and back up battery. My choice would be the Holosun HS503CU.

  78. I’ve used the Aimpoint PRO exclusively and find it to indeed be rugged and dependable. It is a bit on the heavy side, but its position still maintains good rifle balance. Having said all that, if I were to experiment, my choice would be the Holosun. I’ve seen many good articles and videos about it and would like to try it some day.

  79. Real nice web site and love everything with it! Also tryna win this red dot sight to put on my new ar with the new fore grip I got on the website.

  80. Just built my first AR and need to get a sight on it to supplement my magpul flip-ups. My buddy told me to get a Holosun, so this giveaway has perfect timing! But that Leupold and EOTech look nice too!

  81. Its funny that this article came up because just today I was looking for a red dot to put on my Remington 870 for Turkey season.

  82. Is the Romeo 5 better than the Holosun? All of the red dots sights look amazing. Hopefully I get to win one and try it out.

  83. I personally like trijicon, but honestly only because that’s all I’ve ever had experience with so far. That being said though, trust me when I say, I DO NOT MISS! LOL!

  84. Great article. I have a different Holosun red dot on my 300blk and love it. I totally need one for my .223 build. Just couldn’t decide on what one I should get.

  85. Nice little article. I have a number of Vortex sights mounted to my rifles, and getting ready to mount a Venom to my PMR-30.

  86. Picked up an eotech xps3-0 last year, my favorite sight by a long shot, just wish it had the battery life that my holosun has!

  87. Romeo 5 is a good choice, although I’ve never tried the others, it’s always good to know what options are out there.

  88. I like the fact that the Holosun also has the aiming circle. I think it helps bring the eye to the center quicker for me.

  89. This was very informative! I’m excited for this giveaway, I just got my first AR so would be amazing to receive!!!

  90. As always, great info on a relevant topic. I appreciate the fact filled read. Still, it’s hard to pick so, please, ease the pain and pick me.

  91. Excellent list. I have the Romeo 5 on one rifle and the Holosun on another. Couldn’t be more happy with the both of them.

  92. Nice for a quick acquisition. Appreciate the contrasts.

    I like the solar back-up. I tend to run through batteries between uses.

  93. Great informative Article. Fingers crossed on the giveaway, the red dot sight would look great on my new DB-9 AR-Pistol!

  94. I put an Eotech on my KSG and went too a buddies place with a bunch of coworkers.and lost three screws too the shroud (it only comes with 4 . Ordered new ones but moved before I replaced them, now have no idea where they are.the surest way too find them is too order more.

  95. I’m an avid shooter and have to budget red dots which have served me well. Have wanted a leupold Freedom RDS one of the best rot dots you could buy. I’ve had seven back surgeries so it’s been pretty hard being out of work and trying to afford a quality red dot. I’m keeping my finger🤞

  96. Great article! I’m looking to put a red dot on my pws, and was already leaning towards getting a Holosun.

  97. I have been a Holosun fan for years now.
    One of the clearest red dot systems for my astigmatism. I love the circle dot system.

  98. Just bought my first AR and I have been searching for the right red dot. Winning a free Holosun would be super clutch!

  99. I love my Holosun and trijicon optics. I have three of each. The newest additions are the Holosun 507kX2 and 509T.

  100. I loved my holosun and trijicon optics. I have 3 of each and are very happy. Newest additions are the 507Kx2 and 509T

  101. I own 1Romeo 5 and 2 Romeo 4s. The Romeo 5 is a great sight with a good field of view and shake awake technology. Battery life is good with the cr2032. It’s been a solid sight and the warranty is fantastic. I would love to have an Aimpoint Pro or Eotech XPS3-0.

  102. I’ve been trying to figure out which red dot I want for my AR pistol and this has definitely helped me narrow it down to some good choices.

  103. I’ve been thinking of getting a red dot for my AR pistol and this has definitely helped me in trying to figure out which one would be the best for me.

  104. I remember just before we deployed to Iraq getting boxes of Aimpoint M68 red dot sights and Trijicon scopes. I was like a kid in a candy store. Love a good Red Dot especially paired with a flashlight for room clearing.

  105. The SIG Romeo 5 is a good red dot for the money. It also has an auto-off / auto-on feature (off after no movement after a couple of minutes, and automatically turns on when moved.

    I’ve wanted to check out the Holosun flavor of red dots for awhile, they have great reviews.

  106. I’m buying an AR pitstol next month and this would be an excellent start. My friend has a Holosun Red Dot and loves it. It takes a beating in the swamp and has held up better than anything twice the price.

  107. I built one of my AR15s, buying a complete upper and a complete lower. It’s a bit of a stretch saying that I built it, but since I “put it together”, I going with “I built it”. LOL It is a pretty plain-Jane and any of the red dot optics would be a great upgrade. Great article and if I don’t win a free one, I will consider buying one of the ones in the article. Thanks!

  108. Good information in this article. I could use a good red dot for my last build. Have been through too many cheap ones to waste $$ on inferior products anymore. Like your recommendations.

  109. More articles like this. I really enjoye these weekly.
    Thanks and I am now close to making a decision for my 300 aac pistol optic but winning one would be sweeter!

  110. All nice picks, can’t go wrong with either. I have the Vortex strikefire2, been good to me so far. PICK ME!!

  111. Aim point pro or trijicon would be my preference. I’d be happy with any of them at zero cost. They’d be great on my new DD AR pistol.

  112. I’m not sure how holosun tops trijicon or eotech. I hear they are the best, and see alot of guys using them. Personally I only have a sig Romeo 5. I’m just entering the world of guns. I will probably end up trying a holosun at some point. I have seen reviews that they are great for entry level shooters! Maybe I’ll win this one !

  113. Very good article. I have a couple of cheaper red dot’s that I don’t use anymore. I will most likely try the Sig 5 in the future.
    Thanks for the info!

  114. As Borat would say, VERY NICE!! Hoping I can win the giveaway, but aren’t we all? lol God bless y’all

  115. I currently have the Romes 5 and a Romeo 1. The above red dots are all nice. Thanks for the information and a entry to the Giveaway.

  116. EoTech is the proven leader in red dot sight. I’ve carried the HGWS-2 for six years. Never lost ZERO!! and traveled across the country multiple times!! Awesome piece of Gear!

  117. EoTech is the proven leader in red dot sight. I’ve carried the HGWS-2 for six years. Never lost ZERO!! and traveled across the country multiple times!!

  118. I tried a laser sight on my gun and it just broke the solder connections inside it. So I’m curious if this red dot would hold up. It looks pretty cool though.

  119. I love the Romeo 5 but your list left me salivating I am definitely going to do more homework I got some awesome ideas.

  120. I don’t really care which one you would like to send me. I just hope our country can recover from the damage the looney bozo’s running our country are doing.

  121. I never really considered using a red dot sight before. However, this post has me thinking about them.

  122. I’ve been trying to decide between the Sig Romeo 5 and something else. You might have moved the needle a little. Thanks for this info.

  123. So far, I have used the Romeo5 on 3 of my rifles. I can’t argue with the options it provides or the price point. Very good article and glad to see the one I use is in that group. Please enter me in your contest. I hope to hear from you soon 😉.

  124. The solar powered options are interesting. Does the solar panel provide enough power to use the sight without a battery?

  125. I would love to get one of these for my AR. I have a cheaper one that is hard to zero in and stay. Also the battery is forever dieing

  126. For the money the Romeo 5 is pretty good. I like it I have one one my AR pistol and my FX 9 as well.

  127. I have always loved your site for the information as much as the quality products, but now you have definitely won my respect for not bowing down to biden and others trying to take away our freedom. I would love to win this for my husband since his scope just broke. (Not bought from y’all) 🙂

  128. I’ve heard pros and cons on all of them… EOTech being the best but definitely out of my budget. I’m shopping for 3 red dots currently so price has to be a major factor along with the quality of the optic.

  129. So glad we have good company’s out there that keep us informed. Haven’t had the opportunity to use a red dot yet. Scopes are not very easy finding the field through my glasses

  130. The Holosun red dot is a great alternative to some of the more pricey micro red dots out there. The dot itself is super visible and it has multiple brightness settings.

  131. I’m wondering how long the solar charge would last and how often one would need to get the gun out in the sun to keep the battery charged?

  132. Great article, and information. But, now I’m in a little bit of a quandary. I had decided to go with the HS503C for my standard AR in .223, and the HS510C for my Saint SBR in .300, but you didn’t mention the HS510. What am I missing?

  133. Nice offerings, sure wish ammo prices would get back to normal. Now with old eyes the AR red dots are starting to make my wallet quiver.

  134. I have a couple of the Sig red and green dots and like them at there price range. Holosuns are really nice too. Would enjoy having the Holosun HS503CU on one of my firearms!!

  135. I have the Trijicon on an A.R. .556 pistol and the Sig on another. Both are awesome examples of technology and efficiency. I’d love to have the Holosun and preview it along side the others I have. Thanks for the opportunity!

  136. I currently run a SIG Romeo 5 on my AR pistol. It is a good all around optic with all the basic bells and whistles you could want in a red dot with a decent price point. I would say that with an astigmatism, that holographic red dots seem to have the best focal points with the least amount of bleed over on your target. I originally wanted a Holosun Paralow 503G, but they are somewhat hard to come by these days. My next purchase is going to be a EOTECH G33.STS 3x Magnifier to add to my rig. And I love the idea of solar back up for my battery!

  137. Have several Leupold scopes and have been a fan for a while. All of these look like a great addition to an AR platform but solar powered is an interesting add on.

  138. I love these thangs. Finally got my stimulus and got stimulated to buy one. My Lawd, it was mahvelous! Got that Romeo thing and fell in love with it. Had so much hemlock I decided to buy another. I also love the Holosun that can run on sun pow’r. What will folks think up next?

  139. I have only used one red dot sight before on a firearm that was not mine and it was an EOTech. It was amazing! I know the other brands listed are great as well but the EOTech was phenomenal! If only I could afford to buy one. I found the article and list to be a wonderful read!

  140. I have been using red dot scopes on my muzzleloaders for years. My favorite is a Pro Aimpoint that I bought more than ten years ago. You can dial in a couple different reticles besides two different sized dots.

  141. Really good list. The Eotech is great but the price tag hurts. I’m surprised no Vortex sights made it on this list though!

  142. THIS is just what I need. I wear bifocals and have a difficult time acquiring my sight picture. It took me forever to get my rifle sighted in and any of these would be great for me. Good luck to everyone that entered.

  143. I’ve used a few Trijicon optics, the RCOs are not my favorite, but they do make optics that can take some punishment.

  144. I’m a big fan of red dots (within 50 yds.). And would love to put one on a couple of my rifles. To win one would be great!

  145. Very good information, looking forward to purchasing my first red dot sight. Haven’t decided which one.

  146. Get article. Perfect timing I am just finishing up my latest AR build and am in the market for a new optic.

  147. I have used the Aimpoint PRO for years and love it. Just got an Eotech for my ne rifle. I would love to try the Holosun.

  148. I love the Holosun red dot I have. It would be nice to add a solar powered one to my collection as well!

  149. Holosun is stepping up to fill the void of people who want a great site and can’t afford the RMR or Sig pro!!

  150. I never win anything but like a gluten for punishment I keep entering these giveaways.
    Come & Take it if you want it
    Come & Take it if you think you can
    Come & Take it but I’ll warn you
    You’ll have to pry it from our cold dead hands
    The right to keep & bear arms shall NOT be infringed!

  151. Nice I could benefit from any of these options for my 1st AR, just waiting for the state police to approve the background check, the cue here in Oregon is 6000 strong! Taking about 16 days for ffl to clear a transfer.

  152. I really like the idea of the Holosun solar optics. I have unfortunately never had the chance to use one, but the battery-free Mepro M21 that I have is WONDERFUL, and I love Holosun’s idea of combining that freedom with the sharpness and clarity of a battery operated sight.

  153. Just picked up my “Biden Special” a few months ago so its still bare and I’m in the market. Thanks for the great article. Any one of these would be a good addition to it.

  154. very nice for your gun alot of different models to chose from. great that you are going to have a giveaway.

  155. I’ve been looking for a nice red dot for my gun, so this information helped me a lot. This would be my first purchase of one by myself and for myself! I want one sooo bad just want an accurate, dependable one I can brag on. Being a girl who loves guns I’ve had to learn a lot on my own!

  156. Thanks for all the reviews and the chance to win! I like the EOTech, but I’d definitely try the Holosun on my new 350 Legend!

  157. Got an EOtech and I’ve heard great things about the Holosun. I would love to try it. Oh, and Biden can take his wobbly ass to China where he belongs.

  158. I’ve been thinking about getting a holosun Reddot. This is confirmation that it’s a decent sight and worth the money. Thanks.


  159. I like the Holosun with auto on feature with button cell battery. Vortex Sparc AR another good option with similar profile and uses AAA traditional battery.

  160. I picked up a used Vortex Razor in a trade which I really like. Trijicon and Eotech are next on the list because I hate money

  161. I have a ROMEO5 on my KelTec RFB. Not sure how it works w/ 5.56 but it’s a tack driver with 7.62NATO.

  162. Would def. Love to have the holosun my dot is junk and really don’t have the cash to buy one I mean just to shoot a little eats up my budget (2$bullets)and all love the log!be blessed.krisb

  163. I’m shooting the Vortex Viper. Ot has the ability to change batteries without removing the site

  164. It is incredible, how much “red dots” have improved in the past few years…
    Can’t wait to see future modifications

  165. I’ve never used a red dot on my AR, my friend has one and is willing to let me try it the next time we go shooting.

  166. I’m in the market for a Red Dot but haven’t had the time to really shop around. The selection you’ve put forth seem to be excellent and gives me a great starting point. Nice job.

  167. I have a ROMEO MSR and absolutely love it. I’m looking for another sight. The holosun hs503cu would be a great one!

  168. For some the Holographic Site is easier to get on target but for some with older tired eyes get their faster with RED DOTS and some even better and faster wih bigger tubes. In my particular case, the HOLOSON is the best fit. I have looked at them but have yet stepped up to ppurchase. If I win one then I will be very grateful and use my “extra” money for AMMO!

  169. Romeo 5 is my go to! But only because I’ve been waiting on a vortex AMG to ship for the last 6 months and the ship date keeps getting farther away.

  170. Love the red dots,lot quickeer and easier to acquire than regular sights. Lot of good info here. Didn’t make as good a choice on my first one, so definitely looking to upgrade to a better one for my AR.

  171. OK I’ll give it a shot (pun intended). As a retired US Marine of over 20 years, who always shot high expert with only the given hard sights on the pistol or rifle, not sure how your product will improve my ability to zero in on the target for a take down shot, but willing to expand my horizons and try one if the opportunity presents itself.

  172. Good info, I currently have a romeo s with magnifier but like others, I’m always looking at new ones.

  173. The Sig Romeo5 is great. I also have a couple of its cheaper cousin, the Sig Romeo MSR, which is also a fine red dot. Though missing some of the nicer battery features of the Romeo5, the MSR has built-in lens covers which is nice for a more often carried AR like a pistol, and has a simplicity to the “user interface” that’s makes it a good set of tradeoff features.

  174. I hear good things about Holosun. Have not had the opportunity to run one. Would b great to give a run and hopefully promote it to our agency (all patrol rifle optics are personally supplied).

  175. Romeo 5 is my go to! But only because I’ve been waiting on a vortex AMG to ship for the last 6 months and the ship date keeps getting farther away

  176. Nice article, just picked up a cheap red dot to get my by. Will pick up one of these when the budget allows.

  177. Sounds like the Holosun HS503CU is what i need. I’ve tried many, still looking for “the one” for me. Going to have to give it a whirl.

  178. All nice choices. I wonder how realistic these are under a real stress situation. Point instinctive shooting versus one of these. Just a thought.


  180. Articles like this are what we need more of! Glad to see the Holosun getting the respect it deserves.

  181. Another vote for the Romeo 5! I’ve got two already, one on an AR pistol and the other on a carbine version. Great little sight that’s super simple to use and quickly acquires targets. If I win, I’ll give the Holosun a try, fer sure!

  182. I haven’t used any of the expensive brands but I’ve used several “affordable” red dot sights, and Holosun is by far the best of the affordable sights.

  183. I enjoy receiving the CTD newsletter, it is always informative and as a fairly new shooter I appreciate all of the info I can gather. Looking for a red-dot for my latest firearm purchase so this article was timely and helpful. Thanks!
    P.S. All shooters – Please make sure you vote in any and all elections. Let our voices be heard!

  184. I like repticals. Red Dot/Green Dot reflex sights. Big sights. Little sights. Fat sights. Thin sights. All sights are day sights but the best sights are night sights.

  185. I have the EOTech holographic sight and love it!

    Please enter my name in the drawing — can use it as an excuse to buy another gun!

  186. I have several Holosuns, very good sights. You must have 50,000 hrs of life and auto shut-off, at a minimum.
    Rudolph Optics also has a red dot with a similar layout to the Aimpoint T-2. The only difference I see is that the Rudolph is a 3 moa dot.
    It would also be useful to list which come with risers, and if they are co-witness, or taller.

  187. I just purchased my first AR9 pistol and this would be a great addition for the purchase. If I don’t win the optic, the article has helped me make a decision on what to buy.

  188. Just got my first AR-15 and am looking for a sight of some type. I learned a things from your article. Thank you very much and have a great day!

  189. Great stuff, and what a great giveaway. Talk about perfect timing, I’ve been shopping for a red dot for a couple months since my latest self defense purchase, but have been holding off till I could afford the best quality AND value. Your number one choice looks perfect for me!!!

  190. Always liked the Trijicon, but all are good options. Was not really familiar with the Holosun though, but it looks very interesting, and would like to try it. Thanks to author Alex Cole for a good overview, and to CTD for always offering great values and a chance to win a Holosun HS503CU.

  191. Very nice offer. I’ve been searching for a good red dot sight. I think this would be a perfect fit.

  192. have a romeo 5 and have not been happy with its performance red dot is not round and has a smaller red dot shadow. have not used any of the ther red dots.

  193. The Holosun Red Dot is still my first choice in sights. It is very affordable and still doesn’t give up build quality or features.

  194. I have no experience with any optics yet but have researching one to put on my AR and have been leaning towards Holoson and this article has definitely confirmed my choice of the Holoson. Maybe I can get lucky and get this Holoson giveaway.

  195. I have two of trijicons red dots one being the MRO great site would definitely buy again. How bout a piece on the best shotgun red dots? Keep up the great info pieces.

  196. I like eotech, never had any issues with them, holds true and is quite easy to see through. Holosun has been coming up in the ranks quite quickly. I’d like to see what it can do!

  197. As a newby who’s a bit overwhelmed by the number of offerings, some guidance is much appreciated. Thank you.

  198. Nice article giving a lot of good information to compare all of the sites and red dot scopes. I would love to win this.

  199. That 1 and 2 MOA dot is just too small.

    For fast shooting you need something closer to 4 or 6 MOA.

    That is still only 2-3 inches wide at 50 yards.

    For 100+ yards you really need to get a scope and some magnification.

  200. Shortly after purchasing my AR (M&P Sport 2) i knew i wanted a red dot. So i bought a $60 one, should of went with a better quality one. Its very hard to sight in and doesnt like to hold zero.

  201. Holosun is a great red dot! I bought one for my first rifle and still to this day, it has been an accurate, reliable, solid choice! What an awesome giveaway for I am in the market for another red dot. Thanks for the giveaway.

  202. Good info, next please offer up suggestions on speeding up the calibration process. Has to be a better way to zero then in. Also, best practice for rail placement for red dot sights.

  203. I have a vortex venom for my handgun and a vortex viper on my .22lr This Holosun would be pretty sweet on my newly finished AR build. Picked up the Spikes tactical Snowflake lower to get my daughter into firearms. She loves the unicorn on the lower of my AR and it could be her AR as long as Sneaky Joe Blow doesn’t get his way…

  204. Great information. I have just started looking for a new Red Dot! I think these types of sights are a must-have for any AR platform.

  205. I have been slowly moving toward red dot rifle scopes, but it seems they change up just before I pull the trigger. I have an early generation one on a target pistol that I shoot on a regular basis. I know they are great scopes, but the constant improvements, options, etc keep me looking for that one perfect red dot rifle scope!

  206. I habe neen looking at red dots for an AR build. I was considering Holosun because I saw it highly rated on another