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TruGlo Tru-Brite Review – great red dot for under $100

TruGlo Tru-Brite is one of the cheaper red dot options you can choose, but the optic holds it's ground as one of the higher quality sights for under $100.

Reviewed item:

TruGlo Tru-Brite Red Dot Optic

Editor's rating:

Battery life



Ease of Use


  • Highly affordable
  • Lightweight and compact design
  • You get multiple reticle choices
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    Very easy to attach and use
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    Provides a wide field of view
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    Works well with additional attachments


  • Isn't great for true precision shooting
  • Can't handle recoil of higher caliber weapons
  • Has obvious design flaws

Quick overview

Going for as low as $55, TruGlo Tru-Brite optic definitely stands out for it's price. The overall quality of product is quite good for something that costs just a little over $50. It is a great red dot sight to use for general-purpose shooting, but isn't recommended for precision shooting. If you have a very tight budget - this will be the red dot to get, but if you're taking shooting more seriously - it's better to consider other options. 

In-depth review of TruGlo Tru-Brite

Tru-Brite optic series offers one of the cheapest sights on the market, which are great for their price. Continue reading the TruGlo Tru-Brite review to find out why it's considered to have a great quality to price ratio.

TruGlo Tru-Brite Attached To AR

Description of the TruGlo Tru-Brite optic

One of the things that tend to both attract and repulse shooters when they are considering buying a TruGlo Tru-Brite optic - the price. Traditionally, red dot sights tend to be pricier, but it's not the case of the TruGlo TruBrite Red Dot.

In fact, with a price under $75, it's normal that the optic attracts quite a few novice shooters, because it may seem like a great starting point, but it does come with quite a few disadvantages. 

People simply tend to question if this red dot sight is worth buying, considering such a low price. The answer to that question is both yes and no, depending on circumstances and primary use of the red dot.

If you're looking for a red dot sight that is easy to use, can hold on it's own for occasional target practice, then you should definitely consider this optic, even if you are a serious shooter and not just a beginner.

The TruGlo Tru-Brite sight is meant to be used with an AR-10 or with an AR-15. However, if you're looking for a red dot sight that you can mount on any higher caliber rifle - this won't be the sight for you. The truth is that Tru-Brite can't handle the recoil caliber of higher caliber firearms. The result is that it would push the sight far away from its indicative levels or even break it after a while.

So if you're looking for a sight that can handle precision shooting, tactical use, hunting with higher caliber rifles or any similar reasons - this might not be the best option for you. But if you're an occasional shooter or want to purchase the optic for target practice - this is one of the better options for you.

Now on to the pros of TruGlo Tru-Brite red dot. First of all, it has anti-reflective coating on the target side reticle. It's a standard thing to have for any red dot and this one isn't falling behind on it.

Another thing that many shooters tend to like about the red dot sight is the fact that it is lightweight. It only weighs 5.4 ounces. In addition, the optic features a very compact design, which makes it perfect for quick target acquisition.

Tru-Brite optic uses a couple of 2032 3V Lithium batteries, which can be replaced without removing the sight from your gun. The batteries seem to hold out well and so far we haven't ran out, after using the starting set of batteries for the last 14 months.

As for reticles - you can choose from a wide variety of reticles and several colors of them as well. Ultimately, this adds a great versatility and flexibility to the TruGlo Tru-Brite red dot, since you can use it for many different applications.

TruGlo Tru-Brite Reticle Choices

TruGlo Tru-Brite has an integrated Weaver-style mounting system and is extremely easy to set up on a firearm. The sight starts working as soon as you add batteries and will continue to function for years to come.

The optic also has adjustable rheostat for brightness control, which automatically adjusts the brightness levels, based on natural lighting. What we've noticed though, is that the reticle could get quite blurry when used indoors, which is not something we've seen a lot with other budget options. 

TruGlo Tru-Brite Reticle

Toughness test for TruGlo Tru-Brite optic

The red dot is both shock-proof and waterproof. As suggested previously, it's not recommended for higher caliber rifle use, because it won't be able to handle recoil as well as more expensive optics do.

It is recommended by us to use this sight for occasional use and not in competitive, tactical or precision shooting applications.

TruGlo Tru-Brite specifications

  • Weight: 5.4 oz (153g)
  • Magnification: 1x
  • Objective size: 34x24MM Screen
  • Field of view: Wide
  • Eye-relief: Unlimited
  • Dot size: Multi-Reticle
  • Mount type: Weaver-style integrated mount
  • Finish color: Black
  • Shockproof: Yes
  • Waterproof: Yes


TruGlo Tru-Brite is a great red dot sight for lower budgets, under $100. You can get it for as low as $55 at the time of writing this review. The overall quality to price ratio is high, when compared to other projects we have reviewed, but obviously it can't compare in durability to high-end optics, such as Aimpoint or EOTech.

The optic should primarily be used occasionally, for lower caliber rifles, such as AR-10 or AR-15. Attaching it to higher caliber firearm might break it after a while and it's not meant to withstand as much stress as higher quality optics.

Overall - it's a great product for the price point. Definitely a great start for beginners, especially if it's not going to be used for high precision shooting and would primarily be attached for target practice or self defense. The large field of view and general structure of the scope allows for quick target acquisition, which is necessary for those purposes.

Overall rating: 4.2/5.0 stars

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