What Is The Best Red Dot Sight For Home Defense

If you’ve been thinking about modifying the sight on one of your guns, and are considering getting a red dot sight, then you’ve come to the right place. I would argue that practically every firearm can be improved through the use of a red dot sight, but it is important to know which sights work best with each type of gun. This article will lay out what I think are the best sights available today and the guns that they are best suited to.

Red dot sights can be of huge help with regards to accuracy when shooting. A red dot sight means that the shooter can simply put the red dot on his target and pull the trigger, as opposed to more traditional iron sights which require you to line the target up between the crosshairs. I'm sure I don't have to explain how important accurate shooting can be in a life or death situation.

With this in mind here is my list of top 5 best red dot sights that you need to consider for home defense:

Aimpoint Micro H-1 2 MOA Red Dot Sight with Standard Mount

Aimpoint Micro H-1 2 MOA Red Dot Sight with Standard Mount

In my opinion the best weapons for home defense are shotguns, primarily due to wide blast radius. The Aimpoint Micro H-1 2 is without a doubt the best red dot sight to use with a shotgun. It attaches extremely securely to the shotgun, which is important because the heavy recoil can often throw the sighting off on less well made red dot sights.

This guarantees accuracy and means that the buckshot will go exactly where the red dot is, the scope comes with 7 different night vision settings, so regardless of the terrain or conditions you will always be able to get an eye on your target.

The Aimpoint may seem pricey but is made to the highest standards and is used by Military and Police forces worldwide. It is a piece of tremendous quality and if you are looking for one of the best red dot sights that money can buy then it is well worth the price.

Vortex Optics Sparc 2 Red Dot MOA (SPC-402) Scope (High Mount)

Vortex Optics Sparc 2 Red Dot MOA (SPC-402) Scope (High Mount), Black

Staying on theme, the Vortex is an excellent scope to use with a shotgun (although it can be used with other weapons such as an AR-15) and at literally a third of the price of the Aimpoint may be the best red dot for the money, if you don't have as much to spend on self defense.

The Vortex is robust, waterproof and provides a lifetime guarantee warranty. Furthermore it provides an extremely strong red dot that can be seen even in bright light. This means that regardless of the conditions the Vortex will allow you to sight your target accurately and reliably. The Vortex is perhaps the best red dot scope if you need a scope for your shotgun without breaking the bank.

DOCTER Sight II Plus

DOCTER sight II plus, Dot size 3.5moa

In terms of price, this sight is somewhere between the Aimpoint and the Vortex, sitting in a nice middle ground. It is an excellent sight and is suitable for use on a great variety of weapons, from large caliber handguns to shotguns and rifles.

The Doctor is compact and rugged but will secure tightly to your weapon using a two screw system that prevents the scope from being loosened during shooting. This is so important as the very last thing you want to happen during a firefight is that your sight starts to loosen and inhibits your accuracy.

This scope is also very strong despite it's size and is designed so as to absorb considerable shock from weapon recoil without being damaged.

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope, 1 x 25mm (tilted front lens)

In terms of value, you can't do a lot better than the TRS-25, this is easily one of the best red dot for the money that it is possible to get. While the price may seem tiny, this scope punches above its weight every time.

Despite the incredible price there has been no compromise on quality, the TRS-25 is made with fully waterproof and shockproof construction in order to guarantee reliability when it matters the most. In addition the red dot is clear and allows you to easily distinguish between friend and foe.

The real benefit to the TRS-25 is the ability to purchase a quality red dot scope, for a price that is wholly affordable, when put in these terms this may be the best red dot sight with regard to money. What this means is that you can have the incredible benefits that come from using a red dot scope, such as better target acquisition and accuracy without having to pay the large amounts normally associated with such scopes.

Trijicon RMR 7 MOA Dual-Illuminated Amber Dot Sight

Trijicon RMR 7 MOA Dual-Illuminated Amber Dot Sight

When you think about red dot sights, you probably picture them mounted on either shotguns or rifles. Most people don't associate red dot sights with pistols. However mounting a red dot sight on your pistol can go a long way to improving your accuracy, speed of target acquisition and confidence with the weapon.

Although the RMR 7 can be mounted on a wide range of weapons, it is my pick for the best red dot scope to put on your pistol. This scope is extremely accurate, reliable and tough. Meaning that you will always be able to depend on it no matter the situation. It is my personal choice for a red dot sight for a pistol.


I hope you have enjoyed my list of red dot sight reviews. Ultimately deciding what is the best red dot sight for you comes down to your personal situation, not just in terms of the money that you have to spend, but also with regard to your own weapon of choice.

For example if you have a shotgun at home and money is no real object, then I would personally recommend the Aimpoint Micro, this is an incredibly high quality scope and whatever you pay for it will be money well spent. However if money is more of an issue I would recommend the Vortex or perhaps even the Bushnell, they are all very high quality scopes and any one of them would suit your needs.

What I would say finally is that the advantages of red dot sights cannot be underestimated, the ability to quickly find your target and the accuracy that comes with red dot scopes is crucial. Anyone who is interested in home defense or any other kind of shooting would do well to look into purchasing a red dot scope.