Richard Saunders Best Picks
Best red dot scopes for hunting
Red dot sights are designed to allow for quick target acquisition. As such, they are not generally thought to be suitable for airgun hunting which requires exact, precise shot placement on stationary targets. Red dot and holographic sights are used by some hunters for rat pest control at short distance, especially in low light conditions too dark for a traditional scope as an alternative to night vision equipment. The Walther EPS3 PS22 red dot sight is excellent for short range airgun use and comes with a 3x flip in/flip out magnifier to help more precise shot placement. The Hawke Reflex and Hawke Endurance ranges also have a lot to offer airgunners. Higher up the fiscal ladder, products from Aimpoint like the 9000L are hard to beat.
Best cheap budget mini red dot scopes
Given that most airgunners will use a red dot sight for plinking and informal target shooting, many are likely to find inexpensive red dot sights more than adequate for their needs. At less than £20, the Pellpax mkII Reflex Red Dot Sight and Crosman Wide Angle Red Dot Sight represent excellent value for money and are more than adequate for airgunners looking for a little variety and more precision for their plinking and target sessions.
Best red dot scopes under £100
Hawke is a name many airgunners will be familiar with. Its Vantage Red Dot range of scopes are excellent quality and represent value for money at less than £100. The line up comprises six products, three each designed to fit picatinny and 9-11mm dovetail rails with objective lens options ranging between 20 and 30mm and variable reticle brightness levels.