Consumer scope review: Bushnell TRS-25 red dot reflex sight
I had no expectations, when I purchased the Bushnell TRS, that it would be anything other than what it is; a budget red dot sight. I bought it because it was cheap, but was pleasantly surprised with the quality of this sight. I have used it mostly on my AR, once on my shotgun (probably wouldn’t run it there full time), and ultimately plan to use it primarily for plinking with the 10/22.
The TRS is very light (3.7oz) and mounts very low if used on its own, which is nice for everything but the AR. I purchased a UTG double railed angle mount mostly to get quick release functionality, but also so that the TRS would co-witness with my iron sights on the AR.
Bushnell’s marketing states that it is “100% waterproof/fogproof/shockproof” but does not state to what depth it is waterproof. I would bet it is not much. I ran it on my shotgun for a day at the range and I’m honestly not sure if I would trust it 100% with that much recoil long-term. I have no worries on the AR or the 10/22. It has held zero well.
The TRS boasts a 3000 hour battery life using a commonly available CR2032 battery which is nice. That’s like 4 months if I forget to turn it off. 11 brightness levels produce a nice, sharp, bright dot that’s good in both low light and bright sunlight. One of the features I really like is that it has a very heavy positive click between settings. This sight is not going to accidentally turn on by itself in your bag.
To be honest, the reticle is a bit small at 25mm, and has a slight green tint to it, but now I’m just nit-picking. It easily holds its own with other red dots I have seen in the same price range. For what I paid for it, it’s a steal.
- 3 MOA
- Multi-coated optics
- Amber-Bright high contrast lens coating
- 100% waterproof/fogproof/shockproof construction
- CR2032 battery
- 3000 hour battery life
- 11 brightness levels
- 2 year warranty
- .5″/click @100m
- models – 731304(sand),731303(black)
By: Ryan Horikoshi
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