Holosun vs. Trijicon: Best Red Dot for the Dollar?

Miniature reflex sights are becoming more popular and could become the norm for handgun sights soon. With this movement to red and green dot sights, I’m sure more manufacturers will be spitting out miniature reflex sights. This will leave us, consumers, to debate on which one to buy until our brains hurt.

Like guns and gun accessories, there used to be a small number of quality products that were considered acceptable. Anything else by any other brand was considered junk. Those days are gone and from guns to flashlights to optics, the list of good reliable products is only getting longer.

So how on earth should someone decide what to buy for their handgun? I can’t answer that for you. But I can help by covering two great miniature reflex sights and how they compare for the price tag that comes with them.

Holosun vs Trijicon
Holosun and Trijicon both produce great miniature red dot optics for handguns and PCCs. They can make the user more accurate and more efficient than with standard sights.

What’s the purpose of red dots on handguns?

Miniature reflex sites are everywhere and as the options increase, prices get lower. Unlike rifles, every handgun comes with standard sights. And, since handguns are typically used for closer ranges, so why get a red dot?

There are a few reasons but the most important is enhanced target acquisition and better accuracy. When you shoot with a standard set of sights, the shooter must align the front sight between the rear sights, make sure the top of the sights are level, and then focus all of that on the target. On the range, this isn’t hard, but under stress and while moving, it can be much more complicated.

With a red dot (or green) the shooter simply needs to place the dot on the target and pull the trigger. It takes just a little time to get used to a red dot and acquire the dot quickly in your target view. This can be learned with simple repetitive training. When I switch from a gun with standard sights to one with a red dot, my accuracy and speed improve greatly.

Today I will be looking at the Holosun 407 and the Trijicon RMR Type 2 miniature red dot sights. Both are good sights, but one is twice as much as the other. So, let’s look at which one is the better deal for the money.

Holosun 407

This company has come a long way, quickly. In recent years they have become a standard name in red dots, and they make a great product that sells in the middle price range for a miniature red dot. The Holosun HS407C X2 is the one I use the most and have several of them on my handguns. They are compact but just a little bulkier than Trijicon.

One feature I like about this model is the solar strip on the top of the optic. This gives it two power sources and helps keep it going even when the battery starts to fail. It runs on a CR1632 battery and boasts a 50,000-hour battery life. Another plus with Holosun is the battery can be changed from the side of the optic. Other optics require the optic to be removed to replace the battery.

Holosun 407 Pistol Ready Optic
The Holosun 407C X2 is a great optic for the price. They are reliable, accurate, and won’t empty the wallet when purchasing.

The shake-awake setting featured on the Holosun is an important one to have on a self-defense weapon. If you have to turn it on when you need it, it could be too late. It can easily be turned off for storage to keep it from turning on when it is not being carried.

Constructed from 7075 T6 Aluminum, the Holosun is light and durable. I have not had any issues on the range with the Holosun and it came pre-sighted out of the box. I have mounted three of them on handguns and they hit the center of a paper plate at 25 yards before making any adjustments. The Holosun can mount on a standard RMR mounting plate.

The HS407 sells for just under $250 making it a good price for the quality of optic.

Holosun 407 Specs

  • 2 MOA Dot
  • Battery and Solar Powered
  • Brightness Settings include 10 DL & 2 NV
  • Up to 50,000-hour battery life
  • Shake-awake technology
  • CR1632 Battery
  • Retails for $250

Trijicon RMR Type 2 RMO6 2PE

This is a company that doesn’t really need any introductions when it comes to red dots. They were one of the first ones doing miniature reflex sights. The Trijicon uses a CR2032 battery that will power the optic for up to four years depending on the temperature. The RMO6 is a 3.25 MOA and has an automatic mode allowing it to activate when it senses motion. One feature I like about the RMO6 is that it will default back to automatic mode 16 hours after it has been turned to manual. This keeps it ready to go when you grab it, even if you left it in manual mode.

Trijicon RMR Red Dot - Built like a tank
Trijicon is one of the best-made miniature reflex optics on the planet. They can handle about any abuse given, but at $500 you pay for that quality.

The Trijicon also comes with a limited warranty that is impressive for an optic. They guarantee it will illuminate for 15 years from the date of manufacture and the electronics for five years.

The RMR Type 2 is made from forged aluminum and has a tritium-phosphor lamp to illuminate the reticle in low light. Trijicon has an impressive lineup of industry testing standards that include a drop test, vibration test, solid zero test, and a waterproof test of 66 feet.

The Trijicon has the experience behind it and has been proven repeatedly. If the Holosun is an armored car, this thing is the army tank. It’s a battle optic for a battle gun.

Trijicon RMR Type 2 Specs

  • 25 MOA
  • Battery Powered
  • Eight Brightness Settings
  • Up to four years of battery life
  • Automatic function setting (shake-awake)
  • CR2032 Battery
  • Retails for $500

Which one is the best deal?

These are both great optics and they both have good features. If I were getting ready to jump out of an airplane in the middle of WWIII, I would probably opt for the Trijicon. But when I’m spending hard-earned money on an optic that I want to last but not break the bank, it’s Holosun.

I don’t think you will be disappointed with either choice. I have and use both on handguns, PCCs, and shotguns. After years of bouncing these optics around to different guns they still function perfectly. The batteries on both brands have lasted years and they are both accurate. Personally, I would choose to save the $250, or just buy two Holosuns for the price of one Trijicon. But either way, adding a miniature red dot to your handgun is fun and one of the best upgrades you can make.

Sheriff Jason Mosher is a law enforcement generalist instructor as well as a firearms and tactical weapons trainer. Jason graduated from the FBI-LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association) and serves as a Sheriff for his day job. When he’s not working, he’s on the range, eating steak, or watching Yellowstone.

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