View Full Version : Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot

pennys dad
08-30-2012, 8:07 AM
I am think about picking up a few of these for both rifle and pistol.
Any opinion on this action?
Do you run with other?

My goal is to make 4 (same make, model and mags) rifles and 4 (same make, model and mags) pistols and put red dots on them. they will be my fun shooter/new shooter carry arounds when i run events.

08-30-2012, 9:50 AM
They are GTG in my opinion . . .

08-30-2012, 1:29 PM
I like them, especially for the price. I've 1 on a 9mm pistol, 1 on a .223 carbine and one on a .22lr rifle. All of them have held zero.

08-30-2012, 1:33 PM
Gtg. Midway usa on sale $85

08-30-2012, 1:37 PM
I have one on my Saiga AK, 5000+Rounds Holds zero all day everyday. Rugged, Great Value.

Although settings 2 and 3 don't work for me since day one, not a big deal since I don't use it that low. I give the Red-Dot 9.5/10

Press Check
08-30-2012, 1:38 PM
Started with one, and it was a decent RDS, but eventually upgraded to an Aimpoint R-1. Great starting point, though.

pennys dad
08-30-2012, 5:56 PM
It is good to know they can hold zero with higher recoil ammo.


08-31-2012, 12:05 AM
Should be g2g. I have them both on my AKM and both never lose zero.

land locked
08-31-2012, 9:13 PM
Have it mounted on my mossberg 500. Great for shooting slugs, holds its zero and has not worked loose. In bright daylight I have to take it up to 10 or 11 power but very easy to use and for $100 dollars a great buy. I plan on buying another for my ruger 10/22.

09-01-2012, 4:19 PM
I have one on my Saiga .223 and would buy it again.

23 Blast
09-04-2012, 12:45 PM
Have one atop my 22/45. If I didn't already have other RDS and scopes on my other guns, I wouldn't hesitate to get some more.

09-04-2012, 8:15 PM
Reading all the reviews I can find on these and how they compare to PA Micro Dot; MidwayUSA has over 20 reviews and the only person that had trouble with it was when they put it on a large magnum revolver. Reviewers used them on shotguns, rifles (ARs and AKs specified in reviews) and they seemed really well received for the price point. Also on sale for $85 at MidwayUSA.

09-04-2012, 11:36 PM
Everything I've seen about them makes them directly compete with the PA microdots. I went with PA to support a vendor. Plus, they ship dang quick.

09-05-2012, 12:07 AM
I like mine better than my Primary Arms 30mm red dot....its alot brighter. Idk if thats because of the batteries, PA uses (2) LR44's, or the lower amount of brightness settings.

09-05-2012, 7:05 PM
I bought one last night for my new SIG 522, based on the comments in this thread. I've got an EOTech on my AR, and a Burris Fastfire III on my shotgun, so I'm curious to see how this compares.

09-10-2012, 11:24 AM
Love my Bushy...
- great at holding zero
- small profile allows you to have full control over height and positioning (for witness / co-witness etc)

Here's mine on a S&W M&P15-22 on a 45 degree mount.
The scope is a Nikon 4x-12x 40mm.


09-11-2012, 1:45 PM
Mine is on its way from MidwayUSA for my AK.

09-11-2012, 7:13 PM
I got mine yesterday. Looks trick. Can't wait to put in on my SIG 522 (get it out of jail on Friday.)

09-12-2012, 2:54 AM
I run a TRS-25 on my Saiga 12 and it has held up well with that. I sold a second one to a buddy who is running it on his AR in 5.56 and he loves it too. Only sold it cause it wasn't installed on anything and I wanted to help my friend finish up his AR build, not because there was any trouble with it. He also for some reason usually shoots green tip, and hasn't had any issues he has mentioned to me with it holding zero with the hotter rounds.

Only thing to be aware of is it is a very low mounted sight, so on something like an AR or anything with a similarly low sight mount, you need to run a riser.

09-12-2012, 5:59 AM
We use one up in the blazing bright Reno desert and the dot is plenty bright. I love the compact size and low weight.

09-12-2012, 6:16 AM
Got one on an AR15 - no probs after 500 rnds.

09-16-2012, 1:02 PM
Got it on my AR15, great RDS, can hit 500yard steel at angeles range

09-18-2012, 3:06 PM
They are great. Works on almost any firearms that you can mount it on. I have one on my 22/45 and one on ar, no problem what so ever

09-18-2012, 3:20 PM
Jacob I'm gonna throw a curve ball and recommend the VISM Red/Green dot with laser. Richard runs on on his GSG and loves it. The laser should help first time shooters and perhaps get them excited.

09-18-2012, 3:26 PM

09-18-2012, 4:06 PM
link attached for good deal on bushnell

09-19-2012, 5:48 PM
I run one on my AK dust cover. Holds like a dream even after firing 7.62 rounds!

09-19-2012, 9:41 PM
I found out mine just came in with my Ultimak rail! Should have pics/impressions up here soon.

EDIT: Pictures (Sorry for the crappy crackberry pics)!!


Impressions (Keep in mind this is my first RDS/optic on any of my firearms):

-Low Profile: It doesn't stick out too high and is slim like the AK handguards and doesn't hang over the Ultimak.
-Incredibly user friendly: Elevation knob, winage knob, intensity/on/off knob, battery compartment. Everything seems fairly easy to manipulate while shouldering the rifle (and really tired).
-Cowitness: Iron sights show up in the lower 1/3-1/2 depending on how I position my cheek weld on the underfolder. Really snugging up to the rifle places the dot dead center a tad above the front post.
-Construction: I knew it was going to be 'Made in China', but it seems like very nice quality for the piece; optics are very clear and have the Bushnell Dawn/Dusk coating. I wasn't sure what to expect when reading it from the description, but standing in my living room with lights on, looking down barely lit hallway, it gives a blue-green tint and is nice to be able to separate the optics field of view from your whole peripheral. With one eye open, its a very sharp contrast, while with both eyes open there is still a noticeable distinction. It seems as though you will still be able to quickly shift your sight on target by utilizing the color distinction. I'll update when I'm in daylight/natural lighting conditions.
-Dot: 3MOA dot, seems perfect for the AK. some have reported the dot distorting as the intensity is increased and it did seem to change going from 1 through the intensities to 11, but I almost feel that's more of just dealing with the brightness of it and the natural aperture of the eye than the lens distorting the dot. I shifted mainly 1-4 in my house and 4 was pushing it... Again, will update in daylight/natural light.

Any questions/things I should look for? I'll probably check back around noon or 1 before I head to work.