Bushnell TRS-25 Micro Dot: Best Cheap Reflex Sight

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After getting my AR-15, I had been looking for an optic to mount on the top. I wanted a reflex sight that didn’t break the bank. I like Eotechs, but the funds weren’t exactly there.

To say I did some research before buying is an understatement. We are talking days here.

What kept coming up were the favorable reviews and word of mouth about the Bushnell TRS-25. It was said to be reliable, durable, had a long battery life, and was inexpensive, below $100.

I paid attention to the  reviews on Amazon (over 1500) that rated it at 4.4 out of 5. I also appreciate the review Luke at Triangle Tactical wrote for the sight. That is actually what finally sold me.

Once I made the purchase, everything I found in my research  turned out to be right on. The TRS-25 isn’t the best red dot on the market, but I would argue that it might be the best one out there for under $100.

The name says it all. The inside of the tube is 25 mm in diameter. This may be a little small if only using the dominant eye, but I actually bought it to use with both eyes open. Keeping the weak eye open while acquiring the target really opens up your field of view. Don’t worry, the dominant eye still takes over.

There is no magnification. Once you start looking for that, the price shoots up a good bit.

It uses a CR2032 battery (size of a quarter), and has not shown any signs of dimming in the 6 months I’ve had it. Supposedly it can keep going for a year left on at about half power. We’ll see about that.

There are 11 power settings that are controlled by twisting the larger dial on the upper side of the tube. This obviously changes the brightness settings. “0” is off.

I personally think 11 choices are a bit much, and would probably have gone with half that many, but it is nice on the upper power settings to be able to keep going and be right back at the off position.

As far as the brightness, 10 is about right for me outside on a sunny day. 3 works great inside, and one is perfect at night.

If you want to cowitness with your iron sights, you’ll need a medium riser. This means that if the scope goes out, you can flip your backup sights up and look right through the tube, ready to go. In fact the little red dot lines up perfectly through the middle of my peep sight, and sits right on the top of the front post.

I went with a cheap $10 medium riser from UTG. Despite the bad rap this riser has gotten in some reviews, I’ve had no trouble with it whatsoever. To the credit of both the riser and scope, I have accidentally beaten it against walls, and the dot stays zeroed.

Speaking of zeroing, it was quite easy. The elevation and windage caps unscrew and allow you to use a screwdriver or coin to adjust. the clicks were identifiable, but not too tight for me. In fact the red dot wasn’t too far out of zero right out of the box.

The front lens is a reflective orange color, and there is a slight green tinge looking through from the back, but that hasn’t bothered me at all.

About the only thing that I have to complain about is the Bikini lens covers. I either have to pull them down around the base, or put them in a pocket. I don’t like either option. I mostly go the pocket route.

For the price, I would highly recommend this little red dot. It’s no Eotech, or Aimpoint, but neither is it $500, or more. If you are looking for a cheap, but reliable alternative, buy the Bushnell TRS-25.

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