If we jumped in a time machine and traveled back to 2005, you would see a large number of ARs being sold, but what you wouldn’t see is a lot red dots on top of them.
A mere 10-15 years ago, red dots were viewed as a luxury item; something only elite operators or guys with too much money would run. But fast forward to now, and you would be hard pressed to find someone shooting an AR without one. The “luxury” label has been dropped and replaced by “necessity”.
A quick Google search of “cheap red dot” returns results as cheap as $20! Conversely, on the high end, you can spend up to $1000 on something that doesn’t look all that different. So what should you really look for when choosing a red dot?
Garett Schwindel served in the elite 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and has 14 deployments under his belt. While serving, he also acted as a U.S. State Department Lead Firearms Instructor. This means he didn’t just use the gear, he instructed thousands upon thousands of US military members, private contractors, and foreign military and police on how to use it, as well. Here’s what Garett looks for in a quality red dot.