Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight


Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight

The TRS-25 features Bushnell's patented Amber-Bright (TM) optics. The sight uses a tilted, amber front objective lens to reflect the reticle back to the shooter's eyes.


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Bushnell is a world leader in optics, manufacturing high-quality scopes and dot sights for nearly every weapon system. The TRS-25 is Bushnell’s best red dot sight in its price-range, fetching a price of anywhere from $40 to $60 depending on the retailer.

The TRS-25 features Bushnell’s patented Amber-Bright (TM) optics. The sight uses a tilted, amber front objective lens to reflect the reticle back to the shooter’s eyes.

The amber-coated front lens reduces glare and aids target acquisition. With Amber-Bright it’s easy to distinguish between foreground and background of the same color, between the target and the environment.

As with all red dot sights, parallax, or movement of the reticle in relation to the shooter’s perspective, is minimized, though not entirely eliminated. The primary advantage of red dot sights over iron sights is the elimination of parallax.

Acquiring a target with iron sights requires lining up your eye, the rear sight, the front sight, and the target, all in a matter of less than a few seconds.

The reticle of a red dot sight tracks the shooter’s perspective, virtually eliminating the need to “line up” the target. The TRS-25 has a reported accuracy of 3 MOA, meaning that at a distance of 100 yards, shots will group within 3 inches of each other.

Bushnell-Trophy-Red-Dot-FieldThe TRS-25 is equipped with a standard red “dot” reticle; the brightness can be adjusted via a control knob. There are 11 different brightness settings, allowing for perfect sighting in nearly any visibility condition.

The reticle may appear blurry if the LED intensity is set higher than the ambient light, or washed-out and faded if set lower. The TRS-25 automatically adjusts its intensity to match surrounding light conditions; target acquisition has never been easier.

The Bushnell TRS-25 is fairly light and compact, weighing in at just 3.7 ounces with a length of 2.4 inches. This makes it one of the lightest and smallest AR-style red dot sights we’ve reviewed.

On battery life: the Bushnell TRS-25 is powered by a 3V CR2032 lithium battery, with an advertised life of 3,000 hours on medium settings. Running on indoor, low-intensity settings, the operator reported battery life is 6,000 hours, or 250 days.

That’s not enough juice to last an entire deployment in Iraq, but it’s satisfactory for many personal, close-range tactical applications.

The CR2032 batteries are cheap but might become hard to find in the future–it’s recommended to buy a few packs if you decide to make the TRS-25 your primary or secondary AR-type red dot sight.

Worse case scenario: you change the lithium battery once every six months or as necessary to prevent reticle from fading. Some Bushnell TRS-25 users report the reticle stays bright and crisp for up to a year on medium settings.

The Bushnell TRS-25 is a great red dot sight for home-defense, tactical shooting, and plain ordinary target shooting.

Bushnell has made a tough, reliable, accurate, and inexpensive illuminated optic for the masses with this one. The TRS-25 is easily mounted on Picatinny and Weaver rails, and is solidly built to handle heavy recoil and some loving abuse.

We’ve also listed this sight in our cheap red dot sight buying guide¬†because it is one of of the better sights you can get for under 100$.

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