Smith & Wesson 22A-1 w/ Bushnell TRS-25

Attaching a 4x rifle scope to my Smith 22A-1 was a resounding success (aside from the gunpowder in my eyes), so I decided to sack up and buy a real red dot.

The Bushnell TRS-25 is an inexpensive micro red dot that's about the perfect size for a handgun. You can get one for between $60 and $90 on Amazon, which places it in the low end of the price range. It's definitely higher quality than any other red dot in the same price range. The TRS-25 even punches above its weight class, and makes it hard to justify spending hundreds of dollars more on a nicer micro red dot.

Pistol no longer actually fits in that soft case. Nice backdrop though.

That being said, the TRS-25 wouldn't be my first choice for a rifle. The field of view is very narrow, because the tube is tiny. It takes a bit more work to get your eye in line with the TRS-25 than it would for a 35mm or larger tube red dot.

What it is good for is mounting to a pistol, like the Smith 22A. The included mount works perfectly with the weird rail on the 22A, and it only took me about 10 rounds to get it zeroed at 10 yards.

I shot 10 round groups with a variety of ammo to test the sight, and it delivered about the same accuracy at 10 yards as the 4x rifle scope did, but much more comfortably. I also got groups with three loads I hadn't tested for accuracy before.

Clockwise from top left: Rem. Yellow Jacket, CCI Stinger, CCI Copper, Aguila SuperMax. Center is a "proof" group from Rem. Golden Bullet, which shoots great in the 22A-1.

Remington 33gr Yellow Jacket was decently accurate. CCI 32gr Stinger was terribad, and Aguila 30gr Super Maximum was a sick joke. I even gave CCI Copper another try, and it let me down all over again.

The Bushnell TRS-25 is an awesome red dot, and the Smith 22A-1 is even more awesome with it attached. The only downside is that I'm going to end up shooting this pistol a LOT. Good thing .22 LR is coming back into stock!