TFB’s 10th Day Of Christmas: Red Dot Optics

So, the headline is slightly misleading – obviously there are options listed here that should be classified as holographic or prismatic sights and not red dots (we talked about the differences a few months back in the astigmatism informational post). You see, I had hoped to do a lead-off picture where Rudolph’s red nose was the red dot inside the glass and throw in some holographic snowflakes… nevermind. You get the point – the electronic sights listed below are 1X, have illuminated reticles and brightness controls.

As far as actual purchase decisions go, I’m afraid I’m not going to be much help this go around. Brand loyalty, personal preferences and platforms insure an almost unlimited number of variables when making up your mind to spend money. Your best bet is to try a few market leaders, gauge your price range and pull the trigger

There’s a notable manufacturer missing from the from our 10th day celebration. Sadly, they are still on the “naughty list”. However, 2017 is a mere nine days away and with the new year always comes an extra blast of optimism.

VORTEX AMG UH-1 – $700

Introducing a new paradigm in Holographic Weapon Sights. The UH-1™ uses our revolutionary Fusion Hologram with Quantum Well Light Control (FHQ™) technology to deliver the first holographic sight to meld the durability and energy efficiency of a red dot with the impressive sight picture, zero-distortion, and reticle pattern of a holographic sight.



The Trijicon MRO® (Miniature Rifle Optic) is a sealed miniature reflex sight intended for use on rifles, carbines and shotguns to provide fast target acquisition. The large aperture and tapered light path maximizes the viewing area and allows for better situational awareness and fast target engagement – especially from non-standard shooting positions. Combine all this with the ambidextrous brightness controls, sub-flush adjusters, advanced lens coatings and the fully sealed, waterproof, hard anodized forged 7075-T6 housing and you have the ultimate mini reflex sight on the market. 

 MRO-Features7TRIJICON RMR – $500 (EST)

The Trijicon RMR (Ruggedized Miniature Reflex) sight is the most rugged miniaturered dot sight available. It is made from 7075-T6 aluminum to MIL-spec standards and has a patented shape that absorbs impacts and diverts stresses away from the lens, increasing durability. Available in LED, Adjustable LED, or Dual Illuminated versions, and with dot sizes ranging from 1.0 MOA to 13 MOA you are sure to find what fits your needs. The RMR is a versatile sight that illuminates in any lighting condition.




The Aimpoint® Micro T-2 redefines everything you thought you knew about compact red dot sights. Cutting edge lens coatings radically improve the shape and clarity of the 2 MOA red dot and physical protection has been added for even more ruggedness. 

We listened to feedback coming from hard-core customers desiring an even more hard core Micro sight. With a redesigned and reinforced house body, as well as flip-up covers protecting the lenses, the Aimpoint® Micro T-2 can withstand all types of environmental conditions.

At the same time, we decided to improve upon the optical performance of the sight which results in a new lens and an important breakthrough in reflective lens coatings. This makes the Micro T-2 and the 3XMag magnifier a fantastic optical combination.


steiner micro Reflex  Sight – $450 (EST)

The new 1x MRS Micro Reflex Sight lets operators engage targets with both eyes open, for wider peripheral vision, greater situational awareness, and faster response—critical when engaging moving targets. The 3 MOA red dot is easy to find and quick to aim, ensures either-hand shooting accuracy, and won’t obscure targets at longer distances. At only 70 grams, the low-profile MRS is well-balanced on any shooting platform, giving shooters the quickness, confidence, and accuracy to control the outcome.


sig Sauer Romeo4 Red Dot- $360 (ESt)

ROMEO4 is the ultimate red-dot sight when fast, accurate target acquisition is a must whether it’s a moving target, dangerous game at full charge, or a fast breaking tactical situation at close quarters. ROMEO4 sights are parallax-free so point-of-aim is point-of-impact and the red dot remains parallel to the bore of your firearm, no matter what your viewing angle is relative to the optical axis of the sight. Unlimited eye-relief allows you to acquire the aiming point and the target regardless of the position of your eye behind the sight. 5000+ hour battery life and the readily available CR2032 battery is side-loading, allowing for quick battery replacement. Dependable waterproof (IPX-7 rated for complete water immersion up to 1 atmosphere) and fog-proof performance.


TFB’s 12 Days Of Christmas:










DAY 10: (unregistered machine gun attic find)


DAY 12: (Gun Industry Drama)


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  • Bierstadt54

    Santa, that Vortex sight looks amazing… anyone try it yet?

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      It does.

      Hopefully we will get some hands on at SHOT.

      • Peeholestinger

        FYI, I’m seeing the UH-1’s street price at $499

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          I went back and for between using MSRP or the best deal I could find. For fairness to all, I went with MSRP.

      • M

        Any idea what the battery life is. Red flag that it’s out and they’re not saying

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          Don’t quote me, but I seem to remember 4000hrs.

  • cwp

    Where are you finding Micro T-2s for $500 and RMRs for $350? Those prices are about $150 lower than I’m seeing from the deep discount online stores (and that’s for a T-2 with no mount).

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      My fault. Those prices were placeholders when I was writing the story. I’ll update.

      • cwp

        Damn! I was really hoping I’d missed somewhere. 🙂

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I know it’s not on the list but just got the Romeo 1 and it’s nice. My local shop is going to start stocking them they were so impressed for the price.

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    Does running a RMR on a raiser on an AR work well? Seen some pics of that setup.

    And the twelfth day, will that just be a comment thread were people argue about glocks and 1911s?

    • Gary Kirk

      That’s day 11, the comments section drama is just going to carry on into day 12..

      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        I got that feeling…

    • Russ Kell

      I’ve got one on a riser for for a HD SBR. Works peachy.

    • Flounder

      It’s a love hate thing. Most RMR’s have really big dots like up past 12 MOA dots or triangles, cause they are for pistols usually. some have smaller dots like 3 MOA so, still bigger than most other things on the market.

      It’s a bit of an apples to oranges comparison, I was fine with it, but I think there are probably better options. If you wanted to try it though Vortex has a clone of the RMR for 1 or 200 bucks and i think that included mount.

  • GhostTrain81

    As a sufferer of Astigmatism, I’m always taking a chance with red dots if I buy them before I see the dot projection, even with my RX glasses on.

    Having said that, I was quite surprised by the crispness of the Mepro M21 (Triangle) which I recently acquired. It was so clear even without my glasses. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a good range optic. The whole washout thing is a bit of a bummer though, I ended up buying the WOR module.

    • Russ Kell

      The WOR is a god-send for the M21.

    • RogUinta

      Another astigmatism sufferer here, just wanted to chime in on what a nice clear reticule the M21 has (and yes, the WOR is a requirement). My only complaint about the M21 is its weight. For my SBRs I really wish I had something lighter.

  • Gary Kirk

    Mmm.. Dual illumination RMR on a 460 Rowland 1911 build..

    And I’m good with day 10 as well

  • Blake

    Cool article, thanks.

    While I’m sure all these are great, what do you recommend for us mere mortals in the ~$150 range?

    • imtoomuch

      I suggest Holosun. Primary Arms sells them as well as rebranding Holosun optics as their own.

      • EC

        The Romeo 4 is essentially a Holosun that has been significantly marked up in price. Probably a HS403 series, which is about $100 cheaper than the Romeo 4.

        At any rate it looks pretty darn close to a HS403GL with a few cosmetic changes.

    • SlowJoeCrow

      The Bushnell TRS-25 has a good reputation and one version includes a riser block for AR applications.

  • Quest

    That VORTEX AMG UH-1 looks and sounds interesting. Any chance for a review or video on it??

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Very new. Nothing yet.

  • valorius

    Vortex sights are chinese aren’t they?