Bushnell Releases CQTS Red Dot Optic

Bushnell has a new red dot sight in the elite tactical line.  The Close Quarters Tactical Sight (CQTS) will feature a 3MOA dot, left side brightness knob and 30mm tube.  Looking at the picture of this sight, I am immediately reminded of the Aimpoint PRO.  While there are differences, the new CQTS looks to be direct competition for the Aimpoint PRO, even sporting a smaller price tag.  With an MSRP of just $349, it could give Aimpoint a run for it’s money.




Overland Park, Kan. – Bushnell, an industry leader in high performance sports optics for 65 years, has introduced the first red dot sight in its Elite Tactical line. The new Elite Tactical CQTS (Close Quarters Tactical Sight) is a fixed power illuminated red dot system designed for quick target acquisition and rapid deployment on any firearm equipped with a Picatinny rail or Weaver-style base.

Built with the professional grade, field-tested standards inherent in Bushnell Elite Tactical products, the new 1x 32mm Elite Tactical CQTS has fully multi-coated optics for a bright and clear sight picture. Featuring a 3 MOA red dot with eight brightness settings, including three for use with night vision devices, shooters can quickly and confidently acquire targets in a wide range of light conditions.

The Elite Tactical CQTS is constructed with a durable 30mm tube and features rubber-armored, tethered turret caps. The sight includes a rugged one- piece cantilever mount and flip-up lens caps to protect the optic during transport.

Every product in the Elite Tactical series is not only covered by the Bushnell limited lifetime warranty, the entire product line is also backed with the new one-year, no-risk Bushnell Bulletproof Guarantee. The 100 percent money back guarantee is valid up until one year from the original date of purchase.

The Bushnell Elite Tactical CQTS red dot sight will be available for a suggested retail price of $349.00. For more information about Bushnell and its complete line of sports optics and outdoor technology, visit www.bushnell.com.


  • CrankyFool

    Mentioning the Aimpoint Pro reminds me of the fact that Palmetto State Armory still is selling a $650 upper that includes the Pro — http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/psa-16-mid-premium-pro-stripped-upper-without-bcg-or-charging-handle.html — which, IMHO, is a pretty fantastic price.

    (Erm, PSA doesn’t pay me for ANYTHING, I’m just a very satisfied customer).

  • JLR84

    So what’s the battery life on this thing? Because for about $50 more, I’ll take the optic that I can leave on for three years.

    • John

      To be fair, the street price on this will be more like $250 vs $370 for the PRO. I own them all (Eotech, Aimpoint, Trijicon, Leupold and Vortex) and the one that stays on for 12 years+ (Trijicon) is my favourite (ACOG and RX01).

      • For $120, I’ll take the optic I can leave on for three years, and throw out perfectly good 2/3rds full batteries every single year.
        Change your battery on New Year’s Day or Christmas morning or your birthday, and you’ll always have a hot battery with the Aimpoint.

  • sianmink

    Nice use of Battlestar Galactica font.

  • Anonymous

    Battery life is everything, and the fact that they don’t list it kinda gives away the catch…spend the extra money and get the Aimpoint.

    • I am honestly with you on this… The battery in this is a button cell 2032, and its claimed to be right around 900hrs.

    • Mark Griffin

      This is my query too. Are they better tan Aimpont red dot sights in battery life and accuracy? Otherwise it’s not worth it.

  • Aaron E

    Battery – (1) CR2032 – included
    Service Life – 940 hours at 68-Fahrenheit, 910 hours at 140-F, 850 hours at 32-F
    – See more at: http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/01/30/bushnell-cqts-1x32mm-red-dot/#sthash.Ny7nKwdA.dpuf

    Roughly 35-39 days. The CR2032 batteries can be bought for $1 each, so not a bad hit to the wallet. EoTech run times are HORRIBLE! I’ve used both AA and N versions, and they need to be replaced often. Aimpoint is best for battery life, but more expensive overall.
    At only $1 or $2 per battery even if you changed batteries once a month it would take many years before you caught up to the Aimpoint’s price.

    • David

      It’s not about the cost of the battery replacement , it’s about not having a working sight when you need it

    • One month battery life doesn’t thrill me — I have trouble remembering to change the filters in my HVAC every month, and I breathe that air daily.
      If battery life were six months or longer at a MEDIUM setting (most of these battery life times presume lowest brightness, unless they specify the setting), I’d say this would beat the Aimpoint, when looked at holistically. At least for home defense (part of what you’re paying for with an Aimpoint in the PRO or M4 level is ruggedness – far more important when the rifle is banging around Ramadi or even the trunk of your department Crown Vic).
      At this price point and battery life, I’d save up for an Aimpoint.

  • Aaron E
  • With a retail price of $349, it must be good. . . right?

    I knew it looked familiar. The price of the TRS-32, which is mostly identical to the CQTS, is about $150 direct from Bushnell, and $140 from Midway. The CQTS at maybe double the cost (the street price), gets you a smaller dot, a cantilever mount, and a few NV settings?

    I guess we’ll see.

  • Chatterbot

    The new Primary Arms Advanced Red Dot looks like much more appealing – 2 MOA dot and 50,000 hour battery lifetime on CR2032 battery. The only slight con is the 8 hour autoshutoff.

    • I’ve got one of those Primary Arms, bought it specifically for the battery life. Don’t mind the 8-hour auto shut off feature, actually. (Although, once battery life passes 5K hours – a skosh more than six months – per CR123, I don’t CARE about battery life anymore. Perfectly happy to change my batteries when I change my clock, and once battery life exceeds one year, I REALLY don’t care — friggin’ Santa Claus can afford a single CR123 in my stocking, even when I’m the one filling in for Saint Nick. {grin})
      My ONE complaint so far is that when you turn it back on, it comes on with the dot set to the lowest setting, no matter where it was set when it shut off (either manual shut off or auto-shut off). It would be nice if it came back on at the last setting.

  • Anon

    What is the advantage of something like this or the PRO versus a Micro Red Dot?