The #1 Accessory For Your Rifle (Surprisingly Affordable)

Red dot optics have become incredibly popular in recent years. They eliminate the need to align sights the old fashioned way, are faster on target, and can especially aid shooters with diminished vision.

Times are tough though, so here’s 3 great red dot options for any tactical carbine that are under $200.


Holosun HS403A – $149

The Holosun line of red dots and related optics have been a major success on the U.S. market. Their rugged design, attractive price and battery life have placed them as some of the best value accessories you can buy.

The Holosun boasts 50,000 hours of battery life from a single CR2032 battery, that’s almost 6 years in continuous run time!

The optic is waterproof to 3 feet deep, supports night vision, and has a 3 year warranty.

It includes risers for both one-third and absolute co-witness and only weighs 4.2 ounces.


Primary Arms Advanced Micro Dot – $130

Primary Arms is a well known and reputable manufacturer of budget optics, their Micro Dot optic has the following specs.

50,000 hour battery, just like the Holosun

Similar 3-year warranty

The water resistance is rated for 2 meters (double the Holosun)

It weights 3.9 ounces and does not come with a riser.


Vortex Sparc AR – $199

Vortex has quickly become one of the most well respected American optics companies on the market. All of their products carry a lifetime warranty and are well constructed.

The Sparc AR offers 5000 hours of battery life from a AAA battery, remember that this is still half a year of continuous on-time from an easily replaceable battery.

3 feet of water resistance, a 12 hour auto-shutoff, and night vision capability.

It weighs 8.5 ounces, the heaviest of the bunch, and comes with both riser heights.

Of these options, the Vortex is probably the most durable, hence the increased weight. But all of these are excellent options for the tactical or home defense shooter.

Prices are as of April 2021.

Author: Ken Miller

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