If you’ve joined in the fun of shooting an AR platform firearm, you may have noticed there are A LOT of options out there for the optics you can put on one. One of the most common options people choose is a red dot sight. A few months ago I had the opportunity to get an Axeon Optics MDSR1 micro red dot sight and try it out.
We mounted it to a super fun Smith & Wesson 15-22 Sport .22 LR and shot it on there for a while. Then we borrowed a friend’s .223 AR and gave it a whirl. If you’d like to see the full gamut of our testing, please check out our complete video review below. But I’d like to go ahead and tell you a little bit about it.
Axeon Optics MDSR1 Micro Red Dot Sight
With a super long battery life, this lightweight, compact, and low-maintenance red dot is a heavy hitter for your MSR platform.
Axeon Optics MDSR1 Micro Red Dot Sight Likes
First, let’s talk about some things I like about it. I definitely like that it’s compact and lightweight. The red dot sight we previously had on the Smith & Wesson was quite a bit larger. It still did the job, but I definitely like the size of this one better. The MDSR1 mounts directly to a Picatinny or Weaver rail and comes with both low and high mounts.
The MDSR1 is very easy to operate. It has just two buttons that turn it on and off and adjust the brightness of the illumination. Speaking of the illumination, the red dot sight has a 2 MOA red dot, so it’s a good size for easy acquisition without taking up too much of the sight picture. And the battery life is excellent. I haven’t been able to test it out until the battery dies, but Axeon Optics claims the battery life is 30,000 hours.
The battery is actually another really nice feature, because the Axeon Optics MDSR1 micro red dot sight runs on one CR2032 battery. Those batteries can be found just about anywhere, which is nice. And the battery can be changed without taking the sight off the gun, so you don’t have to sight it in every time you change the battery. Sighting in the MDSR1, however, is a pretty easy and quick process.
We also ran a few durability tests that you’ll have to check out in the video, but I’ll just say we were pleased with how well it handled the abuse and maintained zero. The MDSR1 also comes with front and rear caps, which helps with durability.
Axeon Optics MDSR1 Micro Red Dot Sight Improvements
As far as improvements, I don’t have very many things to say.
Retail pricing on these is around $130.00, but very often on Amazon, you can find them for about $120.00. You can find less expensive red dot sights, and there are certainly more expensive sights on the market.
There are a couple of things this sight doesn’t do, but at this price point, I’m not sure you’ll find any that do. First, it doesn’t have automatic adjustments for the illumination of the red dot. You must adjust it manually. This isn’t a big deal, but automatic adjustments would just keep you from blowing out your sight picture and/or not being able to find your dot in varied environments. The MDSR1 also doesn’t automatically turn back on when it senses motion. Again, at this price point, you probably aren’t going to find that.
Axeon Optics MDSR1 Micro Red Dot Sight Summary
Overall, we’ve been very pleased with the Axeon Optics MDSR1 micro red dot sight and have enjoyed using it on our AR. We have found it very easy to mount, operate, adjust, and zero in. It has also stood up to our torture testing, and is still going strong.
If you’re looking for a new red dot sight for your AR, give the Axeon Optics MDSR1 micro red dot sight a look and see if you think you should buy!
Take a look at our video on YouTube at Review This Thing and decide for yourself.
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