Check out our top picks for the 7 best budget red dot sights. These sights are much higher quality in terms the price you pay for compared to products from few years ago.

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Budget Red Dots

Top Picks

Holosun 510C


Swampfox Kraken

Holosun 507C

Holosun 507K

Burris FastFire 3

HoloSun 507C X2 - Best For Pistol

fnx 45 tactical holosun 507c x2

The Holosun 507C red dot sight sight can do everything the Trijicon RMR can, and it's much cheaper. It features a couple new things that the RMR doesn't have.

Side Battery Access - Access the battery from the side. No sight removal is required nor re-zeroing

Solar Power & Motion Sensor – The ShakeAwake technology saves battery when the optic is in idle. It kicks in even if the battery dies

Lockout Mode - No more accidental brightness adjustment when concealed carry

Same RMR Mounting Footprint - It shares the RMR mounting footprint

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The new Holosun 507C with ACSS Vulcan reticle can re-centering the reticle even faster if lost in the window.

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Multi-Reticle System - Cycle through the following reticle options for various applications:

  • 2 MOA Center dot
  • 32 MOA circle
  • 32 MOA circle + 2 MOA Dot

Read Detailed 507C X2 Review Here

Holosun 507K X2 - Best For Sub Compact Guns

holosun 507k x2 on p365 xl pov

The Holosun 507K X2 is so much smaller to go on any micro compact handguns. The price is still in the budget red dots range, but the quality is much more than people have expected.

Activates via motion sensor - It features the Holosun ShakeAwake technology just like the Holosun 507C to save battery

Snag free holster draw performance - The rugged exterior housing can withstand wear against clothing, so no snag hazard when drawing out of any IWB or OWB holsters.

Recoil proven - The sight can handle +P ammo without any issue. No worry of optic turning off or battery compartment getting loose.

Simple battery change without hassle - The 50k hrs long lasting CR1632 battery (On setting 6) can be accessed from the side tray instead of the bottom, which eliminates the need to remove the sight for a battery change.

Read 507K X2 Detailed Review Here

Holosun 510C - Best For The Money

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Check out the affordability and popularity of the Holosun 510C reflex sight, a fan-favorite for its high-performance features. This sight offers a similar experience to an EOTech, with a wide field of view for precise target acquisition during practice or competition.

Its raised optic height is optimized for comfortable use on most AR15 rifles, making it a go-to choice for many shooters

Large Lens Window For Faster Shooting - This parallax-free red dot sight is easy to aim with both eyes open while shooting on the move or transitioning

Versatile Reticle System - Use the large CQB 65 MOA reticle circle for range estimation and it's perfect for fast close-range holdover

Solar Fail Safe - Solar panel kicks on if the battery dies in the field

Unleash Versatile Shooting Capabilities - The simple QD lever mount of this sight allows you to easily mount it on a wide range of firearms, beyond just the AR15. Experience unparalleled versatility in your shooting gear and tackle any challenge with ease.

Read in-depth 510C review here

Vortex Venom - Lowest Profile Sight

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Why we picked Vortex - The Vortex Venom sits low on handguns and the lens is much more durable for hard use even it doesn't look like it. 

Low Profile - Compact size red dot sits low on the slide and it works for holsters made for high retention.

Clean Dot - 6 MOA size reticle works the best for people with astigmatism, and it appears much rounder and less starburst when crank up the brightness

Super Strong Low Profile Sight  - Weighing only 1.1 oz built with rugged aluminum housing, enlarged lens window with multi-coated material to increase light transmission

Large Field of View For Better Situational Awareness - Unlimited eye relief for rapid target acquisition along with parallax-free red dot that makes you shoot faster and more accurate on the clock

Read Detailed Vortex Venom Review Here

Swampfox Justice - Tapered FOV

swampfox justice on ruger 57

The Swampfox Justice features an unique tapered FOV window profile while using the same RMR footprint. It fits on most RMR milled slides and optic mounts.

Shake Awake - Optic stays on for up to 4+ years, and it features motion sensor technology to save even more battery juice

Track The Dot Better - Slightly more window room to find the dot

Top Loading Battery - It's the same user friendly battery compartment design as the Trijicon SRO

Burris Fastfire III - Lightest Weight

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The FastFire III is a lightweight budget red dot sight that works very well with rimfire pistols, shotguns and pistol caliber carbines. It's small, durable and it offers a 8 MOA large reticle for shooters with severe astigmatism.

Light & Tough For Speed Advantage -  Increase get-on-target speed, and use it as the primary or backup offset optic

Compatible With Very Optics Ready Handgun - Shooting pistols with a red dot sight is popular, hit targets more accurately with your handgun with this compact size optic and win your next shooting match

Swampfox Kraken - Best Value Enclosed Optic

swampfox kraken

The new Swampfox Kraken features an enclosed emitter design to keep dirt and moisture away from the optic's internal. It looks and feels like an Aimpoint ACRO but at 1/3rd the price.

Full Weatherproof - Nothing will get inside the enclosed optic body

Works With RMR Mounting - Just stack the Kraken on top of existing RMR adapter and go

Various Applications - Mount it on pistols, shotguns and rifles