Here are the best red dot sights for shield plus 

We narrowed down this list based on compatibility, overall performance, durability and price. We've spent months buying and evaluating the best red dot options, and here they are.

Let's check them out.

Any RMSc footprint optic will mount directly to the slide

Red Dot For M&P Shield [Optic Ready]

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Holosun 507K X2 - Best Overall

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Concealed carry just got better with the Holosun 507K. This red dot sight is the ultimate choice for the M&P Shield, as it's not only durable like the Trijicon RMRcc but also mounts directly to the slide. Many people like its compact design and reliability

Recoil Proof - Handles regular 9mm and +P ammo like a boss

Multi-Reticle - Single dot or a 32 MOA ring around it. The user can select different reticle modes

Motion Sensor Reticle - The ShakeAwake technology instantly activates the reticle upon sensing motion & deactivates when not in motion to save more battery juice.

Snag Free Holster Draw - In and out of the IWB and OWB holster without getting in the way of anything

No Hassle Battery Change - No sight removal or re-zeroing required. 


  • RMR alike durability
  • CCW optimized user experience
  • Long battery life
  • Multiple reticle selections


  • Not bad at all

Swampfox Sentinel - Lightest Weight

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Mounts DIRECTLY To Shield Slide Without Mod

Why Buy This One - The Swampfox Sentinel is another best red dot for Shield Plus and the standard Shield. It mounts directly without any modification. It's also one of our favorite go to optic for subcompact pistols like Glock 43X.

7075 Body - Hard coated 7075 aluminum body just like the 507K X2 for reliable duty carry but with a much slimmer lens hood profile

Low Profile Lens Hood - Thin lens frame that doesn't getting in the way of FOV

Extra Protection - Add lens hood to protect lens hood from physical impact, barricade slide racking and drop damage. IRONSLIDES SHIELD

Manual Model -  Highly recommend manual version for indoor low light use with consistent reticle brightness. 

Auto Model - A photosensitive sensor adjust dot brightness relative to ambient light conditions.


  • Very Affordable
  • Tight fit
  • Clean FOV
  • Ambient light brightness adjustment


  • Reticle distortion in direct sunlight
  • Non positive feedback MOA turret adjustments
  • Hard to tell exact MOA clicks adjusted 

Crimson Trace 1550 - Best For The Money

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Mounts DIRECTLY to optic ready Shield slide without mod

Why use Crimson Trace? – They are the best handgun laser sight maker, and the 1550 is their entry point product to the budget red dot sight market

Perfect for single stack pistols - Fits flush on the Shield's slide. Looks great similar to Swampfox Sentinel

Super lightweight for CCW - Super lightweight under 0.65 oz


  • Simple design
  • Long battery life (20K hrs)
  • Ambient light sensor


  • No 6 MOA offered