Reflex or Red Dot? They are really the same thing. First invented in the early 20th Century, reflector sights were a primitive version of the modern red dot sight. Eventually, the term reflector was shortened to “reflec” and of course pronounced “reflex,” and with the advent of the modern light emitting diode, which made the traditional red dot sight possible, the term carried over. Thus, we can safely say a reflex sight is a red dot sight, and a red dot sight is in fact a reflex sight. After the second World War, reflex or red dot sights have been marketed to shotgunners and for very good reason: because it’s a fast and more accurate way to aim your shotgun than its iron sights. Now, onto our recommended best red dot sights for shotguns:
A Bushnell for your Turkey Gun
- Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope, 1x20mm, Black
- Price: $60.78
- Price as of 04/14/2021 14:22 PDT(more info about ad)
The Basic BSA
A Reflex Sight with Options
- Field Sport Red and Green Reflex Sight with 4 Reticles
- Price: $32.88
- Price as of 04/14/2021 07:19 PDT(more info about ad)
A Step up in Performance — the Barska sight
But . . . Why Do I Want One on a Shotgun?
Because it’s a better form of the little brass bead on the end of your barrel. Let’s face it, a typical shotgun bead sight is better than no sight at all, but not by much. And unless you are shooting slugs from a rifled barrel, putting fancier irons on there is usually a waste of time. But, what if you could put a nice little red dot on your shotgun, and take advantage of the wonders of reflex style sights? Well, that’s why you need a red dot sight for your shotgun. It’s an electronic bead you can actually see, move around and even make bigger if you need to. They give you an edge in hunting and competitive sports, and can really make the best shotgun sights for home defense too since a small bead sight might not be readily picked up, or you need finer quality sights to take an important shot. And the best thing, is that the market is full of them.
No Matter Which One, it’s a Signifigant Upgrade
Moving from a simple bead front sight to a red dot sight for your shotgun is a major improvement. Right away, you get a bigger sight picture, crisp optics, a bold illuminated dot showing over your target. Red dots give you faster target acquisition, and work better in low light or times of bad weather, and provide you with a low cost yet highly effective improvement to the basic shotgun. No matter which red dot or reflex sight you wind up choosing, you will probably never want to go back to a simple, old fashioned bead front sight. Happy shotgunning!
Owner of Reloaderaddict.com, 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.