Top 10 Best Red Dot Sights 2023

Best Red Dot optics

In this guide, We are showing the Best Red Dot Sights for your pistol. I personally tested a lot of Red dot sights. I have selected the Top 10 best red dot optics for modern handguns and long guns.


We have tested & used over 18 different red dot optics and ranked them based on durability, reticle designs, battery life and cost. You can also view the Best Red Dot Sights and Best Pistol Red Dot Sights options. 

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Best Red Dot Sight - Buyer's Guide

Red Dot Mounts
Red Dot Mounts

For Long Guns

Best Overall
Best POV
Best Price
aimpoint micro
Aimpoint Micro

50K hrs
4.94 oz

trijicon mro
Trijicon MRO

50K hrs
4.1 oz

sig romeo 5 red dot sight

50K hrs
5.1 oz

For Handguns

Best Overall
Largest FOV
Best Durability

2 + 32 MOA Ring
50K hrs + Solar
1.5 oz

Trijicon SRO

1, 2.5, 5 MOA
3 Yrs
1.6 oz

trijicon rmr type 2
Trijicon RMR Type 2

1, 3.25, 6.5 MOA
7075 T6
1.2 oz

For Subcompact
Best Overall
Best For CCW
Best Price
Holosun 507K

2 + 32 MOA
50K hrs
1 oz

Holosun EPS Carry

2, 6 MOA
1 oz

swampfox sentinel

7075 T6
0.62 oz

What To Look For

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Top Red Dot Sight Brands

There are many different red dot sight brands in the gun world.

Here are some of the top companies you should buy from:

·      Trijicon

·      Aimpoint

·      EOTech

·      Holosun

·      Vortex

·      Crimson Trace

Dot Size Selection & Astigmatism
3 moa vs 6 moa dot sizes comparison

The bigger the dot, the easier it is to pick up to superimpose it on the target for fast engagement. Shooters with astigmatism like bigger dot sizes to see clearly without dealing with a smeared reticle.


The smaller the dot, the easier it is to aim precisely at a target far away without covering the target.

Faster Target Acquisition Speed
aimpoint micro 2 moa

A sight with a wide field of view allows the shooter to quickly present the rifle and instantly transpose the red dot reticle on the target and aim both eyes open. 


Whether you’re on the move or transitioning through corners. A red dot sight is extremely fast for acquiring sight picture without using traditional iron sights.

Red Dot Parallax and Eye Relief

trijicon sro parallax

The biggest benefit of a red dot is unlimited eye relief and parallax free, which allows the shooter focus on the target plane without:

·      Aligning sights

·      Eye box limitation

·      Optic to eye distance

·      Cheek weld position

Enclosed Vs Open Emitter

open emitter led blocked by melting snow

Enclosed emitter red dot sight is fully sealed to keep debris away from the optic internals. 


Open emitter like the Trijicon RMR are great, but they may run into issues with the LED emitter screen getting obscured when dealing with rain, snow, mud and other debris. 

Red Dot Optic Mount

fn scar 17 with aimpoint micro

Use a good red dot sight mount can hold zero, and the optic height has to be tall enough to work with most shooter’s cheek position.

Currently the 1/3rd cowitness mount and 1.93″ height red dot sight mounts are very popular.


Most popular mounts are made to work with the Aimpoint Micro footprint such as Sig ROMEO 5, Vortex Crossfire II, Holosun 515…etc

Recoil Proof

holosun 507c acss reticle slow motion

Recoil harmonics travels down the entire gun during firing, causing a wave that can affect the accuracy of optics if not mounted properly.


High-end optics paired with a solid mount can withstand this recoil and maintain accuracy. This makes them ideal for all applications.

Battery Life

ig romeo 5 with battery CR2032

50,000 hours of battery life is the industry standard for a red dot sight even for budget red dot sights. 


A long lasting battery life eliminates the need to replace the battery, and it can stay on and be ready for anything.

Extend Range With A Magnifier Scope

holosun hm3x magnifier

A red dot sight’s range can be greatly increased when using a magnifier scope. The magnifier simply sits behind the red dot sight and it zooms in the image. The available magnifications are 3X, 4X and 6X. 3X is the most popular.


In addition, an red dot magnifier scope can be flipped to the side, or tucked away when transitioning. 

holosun hm3x magnifier on cz evo

Red Dot & Reflex Sights & Magnifiers

Read our reviews for the best red dots & reflex sights as well as for magnifiers.

For the AR-15


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