[Review] Bushnell TRS-25: Best Budget Red Dot? (2019)

by Richard Douglas

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

In fact, I’ve actually bought the scope 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

Here it is, fresh out of the box

When it arrived, I hand-tested EVERYTHING there is to the scope — 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

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25

Reticle: 3 MOA Red Dot | Weight: 3.7 oz. | Length: 2.4 in. | Eye Relief: Unlimited

Pros

  • Budget-Friendly
  • Extremely Durable
  • Super Compact
  • Clear, multi-coated Lens
  • Easy/Holds Zero

Cons

  • Stiff Brightness Dial

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

Nice and crisp 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

Reticle is much brighter in-person

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

I’m ready to camp tonight

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

It’s like lifting a feather

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

Multi-coated 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

Battery life is great! A couple weeks now and I still haven’t changed it out

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

Trophy TRS-25 uses CR2032 batteries

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 biggest knob is the brightness control dial

The Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Value Package

What's included with Bushnell Trophy TRS-25

Everything included with TRS-25

Package Contents
  • Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight
  • Rubber Lens Cover
  • Mount
  • Battery

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

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

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

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

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!

If you own an AR-15 or AR-10, check out my review on the Burris AR-332 Prism Sight.

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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.