Pinty 1×20 Red Dot Sight Review (2024): Worth the Money?

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Should you buy the Pinty 1×20 Red Dot Sight?

The short answer: Nope. It ain’t good and you should steer clear.

Like the Pinty Pro Micro optic, it performed fine overall. No dot shutting off, but it’s not durable at all.

In this Pinty 1×20 red dot review, I’ll share my experience with this optic.

Let’s get started!

Here’s my Pinty 1×20 Red Dot Review

FeaturesMicro Red Dot
BrandPinty
ColorBlack
Magnification Range1x
Reticle TypeDot
IlluminationYes
Weight5.6 Oz
Fog ProofResistant
WaterproofResistant
ShockproofResistant

Glass Clarity and Dot

I’d say I was satisfied with the clarity and dot both.

The glass is nice and clear. It has the slightest green-blue color but it’s almost unnoticeable. 

There is this odd red reflection happening on the diagonal ⅓ of the sight picture.

I’m not saying it ruins the sight or anything, but man, it’s annoying.

With that being said, the dot is crisp and can get pretty bright with the 11 illumination settings. 

It’s a pretty run-of-the-mill red dot. I’ve seen a million sights with identical designs. 

Nothing sets it apart from the crowd beside the price, and that turns out to not be a good thing.

Included Mounting Options

In the box, you’ll find a sight with a picatinny mount as well as a .83-in riser. 

With the riser, you’ll get absolute co-witness with your iron sights

The mounts are not the greatest. They feel solid at first but quickly start to shake and rattle. 

Not the best feeling in the world to start seeing your optic tilt side to side.

These won’t stand up well to recoil. 

Wobbly mounts kind of tank the value of your optic, so this is the first problem that removes this optic from my list of potential purchases.

Accuracy

I was happily surprised with the accuracy, at least in the context of Pinty optics.

At 25 yards I could bang out 1-inch groups without any issue. 

25 yards isn’t much, but I’m glad this optic works well enough at short ranges. 

I was a little worried that my dot was going to shut off with 5.56 recoil, but it held up and didn’t lose zero.

If you’re not in the know, my last Pinty optic decided it didn’t want to work anymore and quit without a two weeks notice.

Further out you can hit shots for sure but it’s a little harder. These optics are really designed for short ranges, but hey, it’s good fun to try and nail something more than 50 yards away.

Pinty has it covered on the accuracy front. I gotta give them that. 

Durability 

Here we go again:

It appears that Pinty can’t make a shock resistant to save their lives.

Durability is borderline one of the most important aspects of an optic.

I tested so many optics over the years that I can’t even keep track and these Pinty sights are the only ones that have had catastrophic failures.

I mean I get that these are budget optics (like the Ozark Armament), but these shouldn’t be advertised as anything other than props or airsoft optics.

They have no place on real rifles designed for hunting, sport, or fighting. 

This one broke in my first drop test.

I didn’t even send it down to the concrete from my normal shoulder height; I dropped it from below my waist. 

The illumination dial battery housing broke right off with no regard for my hard-earned 40 bucks. 

I mean, I shouldn’t be surprised, but I was.

While this isn’t nearly as bad as the complete shattering of my Pinty Micro Red Dot, it did render this optic completely inoperable.

I wasn’t mad, just surprised. A waist-high fall has historically been safe for all the other optics I’ve reviewed.

After this test, I’ve gotten a much clearer idea of what type of optics Pinty puts out.

It’s cheap trash designed to last for no more than a month of semi-regular use.

I know I’ve been kind of droning on about this, but I really need to drive the point home.

Stay far away from Pinty optics.

Price

These sights retail at around $40.

Pinty 1x25mm Tactical Red Dot Sight 3-4 MOA Compact Red Dot Scope 1”...
  • ULTIMATE ACCURACY: Our 3-4 MOA red dot sight delivers precision with 11 brightness settings, ensuring perfect visibility in all lighting conditions. The scratch-resistant amber lens offers a...
  • WATERPROOF, SHOCKPROOF, SCRATCH RESISTANT AND STEALTHY: Fully waterproof with sealed housing. Shockproof circuitry resists damage from rough handling. Matte black anodized finish resists scratches...
  • PARALLAX FREE: With the parallax-free design, the reflex sight scope follows the movement of the users' eye while remaining fixed on the target, eliminating any need for centering.

If you’re new to guns or maybe you just don’t have time to really get into the detail of what makes a good optic, then this might seem appealing to you.

Save yourself a headache, $40 can be much better spent on something else for your rifle. 

These will not last. They will break, and fast.

However, this optic could be useful for airsoft, .22 enthusiasts, or if you want to teach newbies.

Should You Buy the Pinty 1×20 Red Dot? 

My answer has been obvious, but if you didn’t make it past the first sentence and jumped straight to the bottom, the answer is an emphatic NO!

Here’s why:

  • Obviously cheap build quality
  • Extremely sensitive to drops
  • Shaky mounting system

If you still want to give it a shot, check it out here:

Pinty 1x25mm Tactical Red Dot Sight 3-4 MOA Compact Red Dot Scope 1”...
  • ULTIMATE ACCURACY: Our 3-4 MOA red dot sight delivers precision with 11 brightness settings, ensuring perfect visibility in all lighting conditions. The scratch-resistant amber lens offers a...
  • WATERPROOF, SHOCKPROOF, SCRATCH RESISTANT AND STEALTHY: Fully waterproof with sealed housing. Shockproof circuitry resists damage from rough handling. Matte black anodized finish resists scratches...
  • PARALLAX FREE: With the parallax-free design, the reflex sight scope follows the movement of the users' eye while remaining fixed on the target, eliminating any need for centering.

What Do You Think?

I hope you enjoyed my Pinty 1×20 Red Dot review.

Now I’d like to hear from you:

Do you think I’m being too hard on Pinty? Airsofters, is this an optic you would consider purchasing?

Let me know by leaving a quick comment down below.

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