Bushnell has come out with a micro red dot optic that manages to confuse the entire market by being great 90% of the time and defective 10% of the time. Ideal for backyard shooters, day-at-the-range shooters, and gamblers who like low risk/medium reward stakes.
A generally well-built micro red dot sight, the Bushnell sounds great for the money even in specs.
Size (LxWxH in mm)
61mm long, box is 134.6x83.8x55.9
Full immersion protection
Lens Cover Type
$129.99 on the manufacturer’s site, $59 most everywhere else
The red dot itself is nice and well-defined. Some other reviewers have commented that the red dot can suffer a sort of “splattering” problem, but this seems to correlate more to vision problems on the shooter’s end rather than a problem with the scope. It’s also highly accurate, especially at distances of 50 to 100 yards. At 125 yards, things get a little shifty but still certainly usable, and at 200 yards you’ve got basically no hope and should probably instead opt for a scope. Eleven different levels of brightness on the dot lets you set it so that it fits the environment, and you can generally see the dot even in very sunny environments. Do note that if you’re planning to use this out in the sunshine, you’re probably going to be relegated to using the highest brightness setting in order to see the dot; lower brightnesses will probably not cut it.
This is where you start to see the low price make sense. The clarity of the red dot lowers a little, the brighter that you have it set to be. Ideally, also, the brightness settings would help you to save battery life on lower brightnesses, but it seems to burn through batteries regardless of what setting you have it on. A generally good battery life can be expected, but you can also expect it to be a little short if you’re shooting often in sunny weather. You can safeguard against this by just buying multipacks of the batteries, especially since they’re pretty cheap. The thing doesn’t come with batteries so you’re going to have to buy some anyway! Additionally, the sight doesn’t have an automatic power toggle, meaning that you have to remember to turn it off when you’re done using it, or else you can say sayonara to your batteries.
In terms of construction, reports basically vary. Some say that the sight doesn’t hold up to recoil and that their sight started to croak on them after between 500 and 2000 rounds, and others that it doesn’t hold up well to recoil. Others still have reported a long and happy life with this sight, owning multiple and loving all of them. I guess another perk worth mentioning is that the sight is lightweight and super compact - it is a micro red dot, after all. And on top of everything else, it is waterproof (though not rainproof) and fairly durable, with the company reporting it as being shockproof.
Mounting this thing is a breeze. It works on everything from pistols to ARs. If you’ve got Picatinny rails, it becomes even easier. The mount offers a lot of flexibility, whether you want your sight high or low. Once you have it mounted for the first time, it’s super easy to zero in and doesn’t take long at all, sometimes taking less than three rounds. After zeroing, you can expect it to hold zero superbly well, even when unmounting it to clean.
Maybe the thing you should be most cautious about with this optic is the fact that people generally seem to have a massively variable experience with it. I’ve seen reviews that say you have to smack it in order to turn it on, and others saying that everything about their multiple optics handles like a dream from on to off. The bad part seems to be that if you are one of the unlucky ones, Bushnell’s customer service leaves a lot to desire, so getting it fixed or replaced isn’t something you can rely on as you may be able to with, for example, a Vortex or Burris optic.
This one’s easy. It’s a solid red dot optic, and if you’re one of the people who gets a fully-functional model - which, fortunately, seems to be the vast majority - then it turns into a superb red dot optic, especially for the price. It’s a great first red dot, too. If you can afford something more expensive and reliable, then get that instead. If you don’t want to shell out a lot, then Yes, you should buy it. Otherwise, No, you shouldn’t.
It’s hard to buy a sight at this price range because so many of them are so bad. This one, at its best, is a very different story. Unfortunately, spotty customer service and a few hiccups here and there can lead to people being uncertain whether or not they’ll be getting the best out of this sight. I’d say it’s good enough at its best that it’s worth the risk - but your mileage may vary.