Red dot sights single-handedly changed the optic world. Never before did we have an optic designed to make close-range shooting faster, more accurate, and more intuitive. Red dot optics are everywhere and come in all price ranges.
Like with most things, you get what you pay for. If you are on a budget, it can be hard to ensure you are picking a high-quality option. You want to get the most bang for your buck.
We've gathered some of the best red dots on the market that are priced at under $200. Our goal is to help you find the best red dot scope for your rifle, shotgun, or handgun without breaking the bank.
Bushnell Trophy TRS 25
Vortex Optics Crossfire Red Dot
SIG Sauer Romeo5
Vortex Sparc 2
Burris FastFire III
Holosun HS403R Micro Reflex Sight
Nikon P Tactical Superdot
Bushnell Advance Micro Reflex Sight
1. Bushnell Trophy TRS 25
The Bushnell TRS 25 made a massive impact on the red dot industry. By far, this is the cheapest red dot on the market. If your goal is to find the most affordable red dot sight that won't let you down, look no further than the TRS 25.
The TRS 25 is a compact red dot optic with a 25mm objective lens. It comes with a low mount, but a high mount is also available to co-witness with AR height iron sights.
The TRS 25 comes with a precise 3 MOA red dot. This red dot size is small making it precise and well suited for rifle use. The dot has 11 different brightness settings that range from "Oh man, I can barely see it, to holy crap that's bright."
The TRS 25 isn't designed for a specific weapon but is best suited for long guns. On semi-auto rifles, tactical shotguns, and even just fun 22 LR plinkers, the TRS 25 has a home. It's quick and easy to use and attaches very securely with the built-in mount.
The TRS 25 is incredibly well built for this price point. This riflescope is a real groundbreaking optic when you look at it from the value versus performance perspective. The Bushnell TRS 25 is shockproof and waterproof with an O ring seal to keep water and debris out. It's even nitrogen purged to prevent fog build up.
The TRS 25 has an amber multi-coating that does two things. First, it reduces glare and gives you a comfortable optic to look through. Second, it increases the amount of low light transmitted through the optic.
The TRS 25 is an impressive optic. It has a small footprint, is remarkably lightweight, and perfect for a wide variety of weapons. If the price is your main concern, the TRS 25 is impossible to beat.
2. Vortex Optics Crossfire Red Dot
Vortex Optics made their name producing budget red dot sights that just so happen to be exceptionally well made. The Crossfire red dot is part of a much more significant line of Crossfire optics and is the only red dot in the line. The Crossfire red dot scope is compact and weighs only 5.2 ounces.
The Crossfire red dot has a 2 MOA dot reticle that is ultra-fine and incredibly consistent throughout the different levels of brightness.
Speaking of brightness levels, the Crossfire comes with 11 different intensity levels. Just make the brightness adjustments and you're covered for low light conditions and bright light performance.
The Crossfire comes with two mounts. One is a low mount for shotguns, PCCs, and more. The second mount is a high mount that allows for a 1/3rd co-witness with AR iron sights. As a red dot, you also get infinite eye relief and can mount this optic anywhere you have a rail.
The Crossfire is nitrogen purged for fog-proof performance. The sealed O makes this scope water proof. The aluminum body is shockproof and well suited for bumping and grinding through life. The Crossfire would be perfect for competition, short-range hunting, and even home defense.
The Crossfire Red Dot features elevation adjustments and windage dials with clicks that you can hear.
The Crossfire gives you 7,000 hours of battery life on the medium setting. That's impressive battery power from a single CR2032 battery.
Overall, the Crossfire red dot delivers an impressive level of performance for its low price tag.
3. SIG Sauer Romeo5
SIG Sauer is mostly known for its famed P series of metal frame pistols, as well as recently winning the Army's contract for a new handgun. However, SIG Sauer bills themselves as a total systems provider and that's becoming more apparent day by day.
The SIG Sauer Romeo5 is a compact red dot sight designed to be an affordable, high-performance red dot sight.
The Romeo5 is a very small and lightweight red dot optic with a 20mm objective lens. This little fellow comes with both low and high mounts for use on rifles with AR 15 height sights or shotguns. I keep one on my CZ Scorpion and find it to be one of the best affordable red dots on the market.
The Romeo5 has a 2 MOA red dot that's small and precise. It's perfect for shooting at ranges anywhere from 5 yards to 200 yards. The Romeo5 delivers a sharp dot throughout every brightness setting.
The Romeo5 delivers ten different brightness settings. Eight are daylight settings. Two are designed for use with night vision devices. The Romeo5 is one of the very few budget red dot sights that is designed to function with night vision devices.
The Romeo5 is also equipped with SIG Sauer's MOTAC technology. This motion-sensing technology provides an auto shut off feature for optic when it doesn't detect movement. It comes on instantly when it detects movement. This technology allows a single battery to last 40,000 hours.
The waterproof Romeo5 is rated for complete water immersion for up to 1 meter. It is fog proof and is completely shockproof. SIG has no trouble succeeding as a total systems provider with high-quality optics like this one.
4. Vortex Sparc 2
The Sparc 2 is a full-sized red dot optic and one of the few full-sized red dot sights to be priced so affordably. The Sparc 2 offers a modular three-piece base that allows for an absolute co-witness, a lower 1/3rd co-witness for AR-type rifles, and a low mount for guns like AKs, shotguns, and handguns.
The Sparc 2 comes with rear-facing button type controls. Most optics at this price range have a wheel style control system to adjust brightness levels. The Sparc 2 uses rear-facing brightness controls with a simple setup.
One button turns the optic's brightness up while the other turns it down. The Sparc 2 has ten brightness settings. They are well suited for nearly any environment and any brightness level.
The Sparc 2 comes with fully multi-coated lenses that do grant an excellent level of light transmission and clarity. The Sparc 2 is crystal clear with overall excellent glass. Best of all, the 2 MOA red dot is crystal clear and easy to pick up.
The body of the optic is made from aircraft-grade aluminum and can take all the power and force of recoil any gun can toss at it. It's also sealed making it waterproof and resistant to the entry of foreign debris. Because it is nitrogen purged, it provides the best fog-proof performance possible.
The Sparc 2 is perfect for a wide variety of weapons. It's designed to allow fast target acquisition and smooth transitions between targets and precise shot placement. The Sparc 2 combines both speed and precision into a simple package that's both well made and affordable.
Vortex also offers a lifetime warranty on their products.
5. Burris FastFire III
The Burris FastFire III is a miniature red dot sight designed to be as small as possible while still completely usable. It's one of my favorite red dots. As a gun writer, I'm always betting a wide variety of guns without sights. The Burris FastFire III is my go-to when testing these guns.
This means the FastFire has stood up to the best AR 15s, AR 10s, 9mm sub guns, semi-auto, and pump-action shotguns and even handguns like the Glock 17 MOS. Regardless of which weapon I've tossed it on, it has always worked. It's been zeroed and rezeroed a hundred different times. I've never had an issue with it.
The FastFire 3 is an outstanding miniature red dot optic that is a bargain. It comes in either a 3 MOA or 8 MOA red dot. The 3 MOA works best with rifles. It's smaller and more precise.
The smaller dot obscures less of the target, which means target acquisition is easier at longer ranges. The bigger 8 MOA reticle is easier to see and faster to get on target. This makes it a better choice for handguns or even shotguns.
The Burris FastFire 3 has three settings for brightness and automatic settings that adjust the dot for the ambient light around you. This automatic mode works surprisingly well and does so quickly and efficiently. The three manual modes are low, medium, and daylight bright.
The FastFire 3 is easy to use and easy to mount to a variety of different mounting systems. This includes a low Picatinny mount, a mount that can co-witness with AR sights, as well as offset mounts. The Burris is small, lightweight, and well suited for a wide variety of weapons.
6. Holosun HS403R Micro Reflex Sight
The Holosun HS403R is a miniature red dot sight. Holosun was the first to introduce the new streamlined housing design and the new rheostat dial system. Like most Holosun optics, you are getting a lot of bang for your buck, especially for an imported optic.
The HS403R is admittedly a mouthful and not an original name, but the technology is sound. This basic optic is built to last and provides the user with 2 MOA red dot that is crisp throughout every brightness level. The optic is set up to allow for a comfortable lower 1/3rd co-witness and comes with a low mount as well.
The HS403R has unlimited eye relief and provides an unlimited field of view with both eyes open. The reticle is red and sports 12 brightness settings. Ten are designed for daylight use and two are night-vision compatible.
The HS403R is even rated to IP67 for water. This waterproof rating guarantees the optic can be submerged in 1 meter of water for up to half an hour. This is an impressive rating for such a budget-minded optic.
Another impressive spec is the fact the gun runs for up to 100,000 hours on a single CR2032. That's a significant amount of time when used on the lower power settings.
The HS403R is ideally suited for competition, home defense, and use on a wide variety of different guns. Optics like this are the reason why Holosun is making an excellent name for themselves.
7. Nikon P Tactical Superdot
Nikon has been making rifle optics forever. Even though they've been in the optics field for a very long time, they have just recently stepped into the red dot world. The P-Tactical Superdot is their entry in the long gun optics and the red dot world.
The Superdot is a compact red dot sight that is value-priced and incredibly well made for the price. The Superdot comes with an integral Picatinny mount as well as spacers to provide a lower 1/3rd co-witness or a full co-witness. It's perfect for AR-style semi-auto rifles or even tactical shotguns.
The Superdot is rugged and tough. Nikon has a reputation for producing exceptionally well-made, durable optics and the Superdot is no different. The Superdot is built to withstand the recoil and force of nearly any shoulder-fired firearm.
The Superdot features a pure color proprietary coating that allows you to see the world in bright, crystal clear color. Most red dots have a coating that leaves an amber or bluish tint. The Superdot doesn't have that problem. You will get an amazing sight picture.
On top of that, the optic is IPX7 rated, meaning it can survive a full immersion into 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. The Superdot gives you ten brightness settings with two-night vision settings. The Superdot is incredibly well built, easy to handle, and perfect for getting shots on target, transitioning between targets, and being fast about it.
8. Bushnell Advance Micro Reflex Sight
Bushnell is well known for lots of different optics. They've been making red dots for quite some time. The Bushnell Advance Micro reflex sight is part of their AR optics line and is designed for modern weapons. This isn't their first micro red dot, but it is their newest.
This micro red dot is designed to work on a wide variety of weapons. It comes with a Picatinny mount that makes it near-universal to modern weaponry. On top of that, the Advance Reflex sight is compatible with the Glock MOS sight system and mounts to a Glock MOS pistol.
The Advance Reflex sight uses a 5 MOA red dot that is an excellent compromise of both size and precision. It's large enough to be quick to acquire, but small enough to engage most targets out to 200 yards. The Advance Reflex Sight has ten different brightness settings to allow you to work regardless of external light conditions.
The optic has left side-mounted controls made up of a simple up and down button. This makes it quick and easy to adjust the brightness level. The Bushnell reflex sight even has a side-loading battery system. This means you don't have to remove the optic to install a new battery.
Another feature I like is the fact you can lock the adjustment dials. This prevents any error from adjusting your dot from your zero. It's a must-have. On top of that, the optic is waterproof, shockproof, and fog proof.
The Bushnell Advance Reflex Sight is one of the most affordable micro red dots on the market. It weighs only 2.2 ounces and is only 1.732 inches long. This light, capable optic is perfect for a wide variety of guns, especially if you need a budget handgun optic.
200 Bucks and a Red Dot
Picking out a red dot optic can be tough. With the different sizes and styles available, it can be tricky. I can guide you to high-quality red dots, but you'll have to make the tough decisions on style, size, and type. Only you will know which is the best red dot sight for your needs.
If you pick any red dot from our list, you can rest assured you are getting a high quality, well-made optic. Let us know which red dot under $200 you like. Perhaps, you'd have one to suggest that I left off my list.