sightmark ultra shot review

Sightmark Ultra Shot Plus Review

Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot reflex sight: We first saw the launch of the Sightmark Ultra Shot reflex sight line back in 2014, with an upgrade every couple of decades or so. Their most recent creation of Ultra Shot reflex sights is now available with a few updates and a fresh new design in three versions; R, A, and M-Spec. These sights have been used on everything from goal shooting to law enforcement and military operations on both AR platform guns and shotguns.

Sightmark Ultrashot Specifications & Reviews

There are folks that see Sightmark as a”cheap” brand, to not be taken seriously. In our experience reviewing a vast selection of products we’ve seen that many times brand recognition IS a good index of product expectations. However, we have also witnessed products from big, respected name manufacturers which were crap, and”cheap” goods that FAR surpassed our expectations. That is precisely why we thoroughly examine products before we offer our views about them. We never really know how a product will do till we put it through it’s paces.

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Bargain functionality or newbie tacticool crap?

Sightmark red dot sights have received conflicting reviews by consumers, along with also the Sightmark Ultra Shot Plus QD Red Dot reflex sight suffers somewhat from less than stellar reputation of a number of it is older and less robust siblings. Some argue there are better options while others appreciate the value vs performance relation. For anyone that won’t even consider anything which isn’t made by Eotech or AimPoint, the value priced Sightmark brand can be an easy target for ridicule… deserved or not.
How we obtained the Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot reflex sight.

Unlike many products that we review that are sent by the producer, this product was purchased after a bit of research and big-time sale/discount coupon. I have always believed in the saying”you get what you pay for”. So, as a rule buying cheap stuff comes with the knowledge that it could not function or continue as anybody would expect from top quality brands like Eotech or even AimPoint, which cost 5-7 times as much as comparable Sightmark solutions.
Does this work?

Sightmark Ultra Shot Plus Performance Review

In a word, yes. We’ve mounted the Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot reflex sight on a vast array of rifles ranging from the Ruger 10/22, Keltek CMR-30, several ARs in 5.56(223), and 300 Blackout with no problems. I set it up using a flip-on 3x magnifier during the Rock River Arms X1-RRA review and also my only issue was finding a spacer to align the height of this magnifier to that of the red dot.

We actually delayed this review to provide a full 6 months of abuse to determine if we could break the Sightmark Ultra Shot QD under normal use…

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I heard these things break easily

So far the Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Red Dot reflex sight has not disappointed me even when I was careless and damaged the aluminum housing that protects the glass. While loading the SUV for a day at the range I didn’t notice the sight had dropped under one of the seats. As I tried to fold that chair forwards to make more room in the back that the Sightmark Ultra Shot QD was pinched between the seat frame and hinge.

I didn’t see anything obstructing the chair (the black sight home blended in with all the black rug and chair frame, so I pushed pretty hard to attempt and force the seat to fold. Luckily, the double coating aluminum casing consumed all of the damage while protecting the lens and electronic equipment. If this were among the more economical and less robustly developed versions, undoubtedly it would be done for. Ironically, I thought I’d broken up the Sightmark Ultra Shot reflex sight… and that I hadn’t even taken with it however!

Sightmark Ultra Shot Plus Features

The Sightmark Ultra Shot Plus Review has also survived being tossed around and mounted on a wide variety of rifles over the course of the last 6months and it functions as good as fresh.


It takes just a second or 2 to place or remove it. Obviously, when transferring any optic from one rifle to another you’ll need to re-zero it. In our testing we’ve discovered the Sightmark reflex sight does an excellent job of holding zero when removed and reinstalled in the exact same rail slot on precisely the exact same rifle. I have not had problems with re-zeroing, or not needing to re-zero whenever I have utilized other variations on precisely the same rifle, and came straight back to the QD reflex sight.

There are 4 settings for crosshairs/dot, in addition to brightness adjustment for every choice. So, it can be put to personal taste and switching between options won’t affect your zero.
The package includes a neoprene cover which fits comfortable, the allen wrench for alterations, batteries, and a cleaning cloth.
Battery hungry?

Charge life hasn’t been a problem in use or if put away. This is not always true with less expensive red dots. Often, even after turning them off, we find that the batteries dead while we catch them a couple weeks later to go shooting. Because we typically alternate between review things your experience will vary. We advocate keeping extra batteries handy if this really is your choice as a SHTF budget reflex optic. I feel it’s a good buy and even better if a coupon and sale could be combined.

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