The 4 Best Marlin 60 Red Dot Sights – Reviews 2023

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A red dot sight atop your Marlin Model 60 makes plenty of sense. The 60, while a legendary firearm, is a .22 LR and .22’s aren’t exactly made for long range use. However, what the Marlin Model 60 does well is helping you a ton of fun—and red dots in particular are also a ton of fun.

Modern Model 60’s come tapped for a scope rail, and you’ll need to attach a picatinny scope rail to utilize these optics. So, first ensure your Model 60 is modern enough to be tapped and equip an optic’s rail. Once you’ve ascertained that, then you can find the right optic to make your Marlin Model 60 more accurate and fun.

Here are our reviews for the 4 best Marlin Model 60 red dot sights on the market:

Sightmark Ultra Shot Plus Red Dot Sight

Sightmark is a budget brand who makes optics perfect for guns like the Model 60. The Sightmark is a holographic style optic with a square shaped viewing window. This is similar to the Eotech optics but at only a fraction of the cost. The square viewing window makes the field of view nice and wide. It gives you a field of view of 105 feet at 100 yards. The Ultra Shot Plus also allows you to choose between green or red for reticle colors as well as 4 different reticles.

These reticles include a simple dot, a crosshair, a circle and dot, and a circle around a crosshair. The Sightmark Ultra Shot plus is the perfect size to fit a short picatinny scope rail and connects perfectly to a Marlin Model 60 scope base. The Sightmark Ultra Shot also has a 2,000 hour battery life, with a 1 hour auto shut off to help preserve battery power.

The Ultra Shot Plus comes with an aluminum body that’s tough and rugged. This includes an aluminum protective hood and recessed lenses to keep everything strong and well-protected. The optic comes with a quick detach lever that makes installing and removing the optic quick and easy. The Sightmark is a bit more tactical than most optics, but it’s cheap enough to be an awesome addition to any Model 60 rifle.

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The TRS 25 Red Dot Sight

The TRS 25 is the budget red dot optic on the market. It is hard to find such an awesome optic at such a low price. The TRS 25 is a rock solid and extremely reliable optic that will provide you with tons of fun. It’s perfect for most rifles and the low mount of the TRS 25 makes it an awesome choice for the Model 69. It naturally aligns with the Model’s comb and makes it easy to look through. The TRS 25 is a rock solid optic that is very simply made. It’s a round tube optic with a slight bluish tinge to maximize dot clarity.

The TRS 25 is a compact optic that has a compact 25mm objective lenses and a short 2.4 inches long and lightweight 3.7 ounces. The optic uses a 3 MOA red dot reticle that is fine enough to easily see your target, but bright and wide enough to easily pick up with your eye. The TRS 25 does come with 11 different brightness settings and it matches most external light situations.

The TRS 25 comes with an included low mount and you can attach a high mount if purchased separately. The optic comes with a lens cover, battery, Allen wrench, and lens wipe. The TRS 25 is a rock solid little optic, and its nitrogen purged, shockproof, and waterproof. The fact this optic is so affordable is really a testament to what Bushnell can do. This is one of the best Marlin Model 60 red dot sights for the money.

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Vortex Optics SPARC Red Dot Sight

It should be stated that the SPARC was more or less built for the AR-15. However, it fits perfectly with the Model 60 as well. The SPARC is a compact red dot sight that comes with a built-in medium mount. The SPARC has a 2 MOA red dot, This is a very fine and precise red dot that is easy to use at various ranges and on a variety of small targets. The Model 60 is a great little gun, and the SPARC will allow you to transition from target to target swiftly, and is perfect for small game hunting.

The SPARC (see full specs) is powered by a single AAA battery that provides up to 300 hours of power at maximum brightness level. The optic also has a 12 hours auto shut off system that allows you to preserve your batteries if you put your gun away with the optic on. The SPARC is also built to last. It’s shockproof, waterproof, and fogproof. The optic’s controls are rear facing and ambidextrous. It’s easy to quickly adjust, and when shuts off, it remembers the last setting you utilized.

The SPARC is an awesome little optic and one of the easiest to use. It’s a solid and reliable optic, and Vortex has proven themselves to be competent red dot manufacturers. The SPARC is an awesome all in one red dot sight that will run and run day in and day out, for all day plinking session or close range small game hunting.

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Burris Fastfire 3 Red Dot Sight

The Marlin Model 60 is a very lightweight and short carbine that is a natural pointer. If you prefer a quick and reactive use sight, the Burris Fastfire 3 is for you. The Fastfire 3 is a miniature red dot sight that is designed for both eyes opened for instinctive shooting. This ultra-small optic keeps things very low and short, making it a natural extension of the gun itself. The Burris provides you with a short and sweet red dot that makes hitting close and moderate range targets easy.

The Burris Fastfire (see full specs) comes with the actual optic, a Picatinny rail mount, and even an optic hood to protect everything if you choose to use it. All you need is a gun and an optic rail and you are ready to go. The Fastfire 3 has four different settings. A low, moderate, and high brightness level as well as an automatic setting that adjusts to the ambient light around the shooter.

The automatic setting works surprisingly well. It adjusts instantly and is perfect when traveling through the woods where the canopy may provide a temporary shadow. The Burris Fastfire 3 is perfect if you want to stay low profile and shoot accurately. It should be on anyone’s list of the best Marlin Model 60 red dot sights.

Conclusion – Marlin Model 60 Red Dot Sights

The Marlin Model 60 is a classic all American gun, one that’s been in production for decades. Red dots are rather new in terms of technology, but for some reason the wood-wearing Model 60 blends in perfectly with a modern red dot. Red dots make the gun easier to shoot accurately, and are perfect for new shooters and fun for more experienced shooters. Get on and good luck!

  • Owner of, Boyd Smith is a major handgun enthusiast, and although he owns Glocks, he prefers the revolving wheel type. His go-to guns are a Smith & Wesson 642 Performance Center for carry and a Ruger GP100 in the nightstand biometric safe (he has kids). He loads both revolvers with old-school 148-grain Federal Gold Medal .38 wadcutters. It’s OK if you think he’s a wimp. Email him.

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