Lucid Optics: Affordable, Reliable, Effective

Lucid Optics gave us a great pitch here at the Blue August Gun and Outdoor Conference and I was very impressed with their products, which not only look nice but are priced right.

Big name optics like Aimpoint and Trijicon can put a serious hurting on your wallet, and cheaply made optics can fail at the drop of a hat. Lucid aims for quality at a mid range price around $200. Luckily we got to play with the whole spread:


A big plus to me is how they operate on AAA batteries so you don’t have to run around trying to find a CR123 or hearing aid battery if yours dies.

Lucid makes a small red dot that I was very impressed with called the M7. One of the things about red dots that drives me crazy is the green hue that most of them have. Lucid manages to reduce the green by quite a lot:


The optic itself is also attractive:





The other big hit was the HD7, a larger red dot that has multiple reticles and a attachment points for a kill flash and magnifiers:



When paired with a firearm they look great as well:


We also got a chance to try them out on firearms from another exhibitor that partnered with Lucid and we were all happy with the way they looked and performed:



If you are interested in a more in depth analysis of the M7 and HD7 optics, here are reviews by TFB staff members Thomas Gomez and Phil White:

Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


  • big daddy

    Do I want an Aimpoint? Hell Yes. Can I afford one, hell no, but maybe one yeah, but I have a bunch of ARs. Do I need one, no, I am not a hunter or professional. So I just want a red dot that has some battery life and won’t break if I bang it around a little, I’ll never have them in the field. I like the Primary Arms one I have the Vortex not as much, but the PA can eat a battery very quickly if I leave it on. So this is something I am going to have to check out.

    • Zachary marrs

      As long as new doesn’t matter to you, you can get refurbs for a bit cheaper

      • big daddy

        In my somewhat long life every time I buy a refurb or floor model it never works for me, always have problems. Same for stuff on sale, if it wasn’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all. I bought a bodyguard .380 on sale and it is problematic, maybe that’s why they are on sale, $100 off regular price.

        • Zachary marrs

          Probably, ive seen a few that worked, but they look like they’ve been through hell

    • You won’t be sorry I can assure you of that!

    • Jay

      PA just brought out their new red dot that is supposed to last 50,000, yes that is 50,000. Plus they released two videos one a general overview and one on torture testing. It also beats Lucid’s price by $30. MAC did a test on their L5 and it did terrible on his $1000 budget rifle set up. What optic did he end up picking over the L5 you ask? The PA 4-14x mil/mil FFP. It was also cheaper than the Lucid, if I’m going to look for a deal PA is going to get my money.

    • Jay
      • big daddy

        YES that’s what I want, looks good. Primary Arms makes some good yet inexpensive stuff. Lucid, made in China, I do not know who makes the PA stuff though. Next year will be the year of the optic for me. As soon as I get a M&P S&W 45 and finish my last AR. Although I might do another in .40, parts are coming out for more AR s in pistol calibers, I think in part due to the SIG brace.

        • IXLR8

          Lucid is made in China. The Lucid owners tightly control the production to meet specifications. A iPhone is also made in China, but it is not a piece of crap.
          It is all how you manage the production of your product. Lucid is not a rebranded optic. It is made specifically to their strict specifications.
          I learned this talking with the owners at Shot Show.

          • big daddy

            I just found out that the PA optics are made in China also. I don’t question the quality. Same thing happened in Japan during the 1960s, originally they produced crap but improved their products which are now more expensive than most others, even super high-end. I just prefer to keep my money in the USA, which since the 60s has become almost impossible.

  • Patrick R

    I wouldn’t mind torture testing one of these on good ol’ Dusty. If it is gonna break, it will be on that rifle.

    • I’ve abused my HD7 since I first tested it. If there is one optic I would recommend for the price and features it would be the HD7! You can do what you want it won’t break!

      • Patrick R

        I dunno …. Maybe Alex will chime in and describe how hard I use Dusty.

        • Nicks87

          Torture test the HD7? Sounds like a great idea for a TFB article. Do it. Do it.

  • Have to say, I have a Lucid HD7 on my Norinco CQ/A (Chinese-made semi-automatic M4 with 14,5″ BBL) here in Italy, and just love it. I selected the Lucid HD7 to replace a Vortex SPARC with a coupled screw-on magnifier, because THAT is going on a compact bullpup in January…


      Don’t forget the BUSHNELL TRS 25. at the price point of $77 it is a great red dot.

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  • Bishop

    I have the HD7 in FDE. Its a really good durable red dot. The four reticles are great and the auto brightness works very well. I’m extremely happy with it. Bought it on amazon for $179.00 or somewhere around that.

  • IXLR8

    I own both the Lucid HD7 and Lucid L5 Scope. Both have been severely abused and returned excellent performance. The battery seems to last forever in the HD7, and the screw on 2x magnifier provides an excellent addition when you need just a little more range.
    The L5 scope has been mounted on a .308 for thousands of rounds of abuse without any problems. The L5 reticle is my personal favorite, beating out a selection of high end scopes.

    • I’ve loved my HD7 every since I got my hands on it. The choice of reticles, sturdiness and long battery life makes them very appealing. Not to mention the great price for the quality.

  • sianmink

    Gonna throw this out for brainstorm.

    Looking for a lightweight RDS with motion-sensing auto-on and good battery life. Doesn’t need to be soldier-proof but it better hold a good zero and have a sharp, small dot or reticule, Doesn’t need NV compatability, costs less than an Aimpoint. Go.

  • n0truscotsman

    I used to hate budget optics, seeing them as a waste of money and the big five (trijicon, Medpro, Elcan, eotech, and aimpoint) as the only way to go.

    However, there are many optics that have proven themselves to be rugged, reliable, and excellent options for under 300 dollars that dont cost as much as the guns themselves. I first experimented with Bushnell, Vortex, and Lucid optics for fighting carbines and cannot recommend them enough for lower cost alternatives. There are many within the sub-200 dollar range that are junk, although there are many excellent options to the big 5.

  • ParaLarry

    One thing that’s not clear in any reviews is if the “reticles” are etched or reflected; I can’t use a standard red dot because of astigmatism, they look like comets to me.
    Regular etched reticle scopes are fine.
    Can you comment more about the reticles?

    • IXLR8

      The HD-7 does perform like a rod dot sight in that people with astigmatism will experience the same blurring that other red dots produce.