Bushnell TRS-25 Review: Best Budget Red Dot?

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This is the last Bushnell TRS-25 review you’ll have to read.

In fact, I’ve actually bought the red dot sight and hand-tested its zeroing, accuracy, durability, reticle, glass quality and more.

By the end of this post, you’ll know if the TRS-25 is for you.

Let’s dive in!

Why should you trust me?

Because I actually own a Bushnell TRS-25.

When I searched the market for a reliable, pocket-sparing red dot sight, I was bombarded with lists of possible scopes. I couldn’t make up my mind.

So, after talking to a couple of my hunting buddies, I hesitantly decided to buy the Bushnell TRS-25.

Unpackaging Bushnell Trophy TRS-25

When it arrived, I hand-tested EVERYTHING there is to the sight — reticle performance, adjustment knobs, glass quality, durability and every advanced scope feature.

I took no shortcuts.

What you see below is the result of WEEKS of research, testing and sweat. I hope it helps you as it helped me!

Here’s My Bushnell TRS-25 Review

The Bushnell TRS-25 is the pocket savior of red dots.

It’s compact, durable and holds zero right out of the box. And it doesn’t ask for your arms and legs.

It’s affordable. That’s why I originally bought it, but I’m gonna be honest: I wasn’t expecting much.

The Trophy TRS-25 costs less than a $100 and the packaging didn’t look impressive.

I bought a bad scope,” I scoffed as I unwrapped the box.

I was later proven wrong. When I took it to the range, the TRS-25 performed like my $200 red dot sights and only costed a FRACTION of the price. How is this possible? I found out.

Red Dot Reticle

The TRS-25 utilizes a sharp, crisp red dot reticle.

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Reticle

It’s not only crisp but it’s bright. Bushnell solved the ‘dim red dot crisis’ problem with their 11 position rheostat that can be adjusted to match the brightness level of your environment.

For me, I dialed the brightness knob to #6 (out of 11) and it was bright enough to see in Texas’ scorching sun.

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Field Test

The sight can also be used with both eyes open (unlimited eye relief), providing rapid target acquisition, stunning accuracy and increasing shooter’s awareness.

And with Amber-Bright high contrast lens coating, you can now quickly distinguish between a brown critter and a brown tree. If you hunt in the woods (like me), this is a lifesaver!

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Equipped on Pistol.jpg

Solid Build

The TRS-25 is built to last.

It’s extremely durable, compact and lightweight — only 3.7 ounces.

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Light Weight.jpg

The tube is nitrogen-purged and O-ring sealed, offering complete water, fog and shockproof protection for optimal performance.

Also, if you hunt at night or in low-light environments, you’ll have no problem seeing your target — thanks to the scope’s multicoated optics.

Bushnell trs-25 multicoated optics

It even zeroes very quickly. After 5 – 10 rounds, I was zeroed in. It even held zero — regardless if I fired hundreds of rounds, dropped it a few times and rocked it around.

The TRS-25 is equipped with tactical turrets for rapid windage and elevation adjustments in the field. The knobs are tight and make a nice click! sound when adjusting.

Great Battery Life

The battery life is amazing.

I’ve been running this scope at full brightness for weeks with no problem.

Bushnell trs-25 amazing battery life

I haven’t changed my battery yet,” my friend, Tim, who’s owned the TRS-25 for over a year told me.

What’s even better is that the Trophy TRS-25 uses CR2032 batteries. Not only are these batteries long lasting, but they are very cheap — only $1 per battery.

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Battery Life

That’s why I love the Bushnell Trophy TRS-25: it’s reliable, simple, compact and durable.

However, I only had one tiny issue.

The brightness dial (control knob for brightness) was a bit stiff when it first arrived. It was pretty hard to turn. But the more I used the sight, the more it “loosened up.”

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Scope

The Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Value Package

What's included with Bushnell Trophy TRS-25

The Trophy TRS-25 scope works on most guns: rifles, shotguns, pistols, etc.

And since the TRS-25 comes ready to mount to your rail as is, you can quickly throw this sight on your gun and head straight to the range to zero it in.

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope, 1x20mm, Black
  • Matte black featuring a 3 MOA Dot reticle with 11 brightness settings; Mounts easily on most picatinny rails and is compatible with pistols, shotguns, rifles and muzzleloaders
  • Waterproof construction: O ring sealed optics stay dry inside, even when totally immersed in water. Parallax - 50
  • Shockproof construction: Built to withstand bumps, bangs, drops and the rough and tumble environment of the field

However, if you are shooting an AR type rifle or rifles alike, you should invest in a riser mount. I personally recommend the UTG 1″ Riser:

UTG Hi-Profile Compact Riser Mount, 1" High, 3 Slots , Black
  • New Gen. Riser Mount for Rifles with Picatinny/Weaver Rail
  • 1.6" Long Picatinny Rail with 3 Slots
  • Side Plate with Spring Tension for Quick Easy Installation

If you want to aboslute co-witness, then get the .83″ Riser:

UTG Med-pro Compact Riser Mount, 0.83" High, 3 Slots , Black
  • New Gen. riser mount for rifles with Picatinny/Weaver rail
  • 1 Picatinny rail with 3 slots
  • Side plate with spring tension for quick and easy installation

Also, if you want to add some magnification to the TRS-25, I highly recommend getting the UTG 3x Magnifier. It’s cheap, rugged, and reliable.

UTG 3X Magnifier with Flip-to-side QD Mount, W/E Adjustable , Black
  • Broadband Multi-coated Lens to Provide Crystal Clear 3X Image, Wide Field of View - 30% Bigger Than Comparable Models from Other Brands.Compatible Rail-Picatinny/Weaver.
  • Windage/Elevation Adjustability for Optimum View Centering. Refer user manual for list of compatible manuals
  • 42mm Center Height for Most Common Dot Sight Combination, Innovative Flip-to-Side Mechanism for Quick Transition between 1X and 3X Image.Objective Diameter:25mm;Field of View @ 100 yards:45'

Is the Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 For You?

If you are looking for a reliable, compact, budget-friendly red dot sight, this is it.

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Box

When it arrives, take your old red dot sight and compare it to the TRS-25. See how much clearer and sharper objects appear with the TRS-25. And see how much more durable and accurate it is.

If you don’t see a dramatic difference in your accuracy, then return it back to Amazon within 30 days. You’ve got nothing to lose.

But from what I’ve personally experienced, once you equip this sight on your gun, there will be no way you’ll want to return it.

For its insanely low price point, stunning features and amazing quality plus one-year limited warranty, you’d have wished you bought this sight earlier!

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope, 1x20mm, Black
  • Matte black featuring a 3 MOA Dot reticle with 11 brightness settings; Mounts easily on most picatinny rails and is compatible with pistols, shotguns, rifles and muzzleloaders
  • Waterproof construction: O ring sealed optics stay dry inside, even when totally immersed in water. Parallax - 50
  • Shockproof construction: Built to withstand bumps, bangs, drops and the rough and tumble environment of the field

That said, do you own a TRS-25? If so, what is your experience with it?

Also, feel free to check out my 17 HMR scope guide and top 6 best scopes for M1A.

32 thoughts on “Bushnell TRS-25 Review: Best Budget Red Dot?”

  1. I agree, for the price, this sight is pretty darn good. But IMO I’d rather spend an extra $50 – $100 and get a much better sight.

  2. I’m interested in mounting this to my pistol. (Ruger Security-9) What options are available? An adapter plate/rail? The pic above looks bulky, heavy, and impossible to holster.

    • In order to mount the TRS-25 on your Ruger Security-9, it’d require a specialized gunsmith to mount it on. In other words, it’d be really hard to mount this sight on your pistol. And as you’ve already mentioned, it’s quite bulky and heavy, which’ll make it impossible to holster.

      That said, I’d recommend getting a micro red dot sight like a Burris FastFire III or a Vortex Venom.

      Hope this helps, Jim!

  3. I’ve had my Bushnell TRS-25 for 3 years, and I have run lots of .223 rounds down range though my WW SRC Carbine with ZERO issues. It stays adjusted, battery life is a excellent, it looks great on my flattop, and I wouldn’t trade it. So many folks get hung up on price and peer pressure. Get over it, and get ya one. You won’t be disappointed.

  4. Looking for something that won’t interfere with my skirmish sights in low light or bright conditions. CQB drills etc. Will a .83 riser allow me the best of both worlds… batteries die? Thoughts?

  5. When you say battery life lasts weeks or maybe a year…is that with in “on” the whole time….or do you turn it off… I have no experience with red dots.

    • It depends on your use. If you don’t use it that much, then it can easily last 1-2 years before having to replace the batteries.

      Personally, I have to change it once a year since I use it quite a bit.

  6. Great in depth articles, I appreciate it. I went through your links yesterday and bought the Bushnell red dot, UTG magnifier and riser. Weird tho, yesterday the red dot was 65 bucks while today shows 80. Hopefully i just got lucky. Do you have a Facebook we can follow?

  7. New to your site. Thanks for what you do. What do you mean by this phrase?

    “If you want to aboslute co-witness, then get the .83″ Riser

  8. Hello

    I really confused about the bushnell trophy trs 25, I’ve made a purchase when it comes it wasn’t the one I have seen on the picture!
    I’ve emailed the caller, he replied saying that last version of the bushnell trophy trs 25 !! Could you confirm me please before I send it back ?
    The one I had written with green litter and small and have big litter B circled
    Thank you


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