Crossfire Red Dot

Crossfire® Red Dot

Crossfire Red Dot is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 79.
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MSRP $219.99


Our most affordable red dot proves that you can still get big performance without the big price tag. When your AR-15, shotgun or rimfire just needs a simple point of aim and none of the frills, the Crossfire should be at the top of your list. The 2 MOA dot is quick to acquire in close-quarters scenarios, while remaining fine enough to promote pin-point accuracy at extended range. In addition to looking awesome, the included skeletonized lower 1/3 co-witness mount provides a rock-solid and extremely lightweight platform for your red dot. The Crossfire is a no-nonsense sight at a no-nonsense price for darn near any application.

Battery Life: Up to 7,000 hours on brightness setting 5.

Crossfire Dimensions (in inches)

Included in the Box
  • Lens covers
  • T-10 Torx wrench
  • CR 2032 battery
Mount Type Skeletonized
Magnification 1x
Dot Color Bright Red
Dot Size 2 MOA
Eye Relief Unlimited
Adjustment Graduation 1 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment 100 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment 100 MOA
Parallax Setting Parallax Free
Length 2.5 inches
Weight 5.2 oz
Product Manual (PDF) Download




Fully Multi-Coated Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Brightness Settings 11 Levels
Unlimited Eye Relief Non-critical eye relief for rapid target acquisition
Parallax Free All red dot and holographic sights will exhibit some small amount of parallax. Matching current industry practice, this small amount would be considered "parallax free" and will make a negligible difference in performance.


Waterproof O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating for reliable performance in all environments.
Hard Anodized Finish Highly durable hard-coat anodization provides a low-glare matte surface and helps camouflage the shooter's position.



The daylight bright red dot is easy to see and paints targets regardless of lighting conditions or background.

Subtension detail for Crossfire 2 MOA red dot.



Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crossfire BEST BANG FOR THE $$$ I pre-ordered this little guy when it was first announced. Got a great price on it. Lightweight, easy to use and cowitnesses with my magpul irons perfectly. The skeletonized mount was an excellent idea/upgrade and my only real complaint with the vortex sparc series. The only complaint I have about this optic is that it can only be turned on/off by rotating in the correct direction as opposed to being to turn it either way if that makes sense. Ive added some photos but dont let my poor photography skills fool you, excellent optic, excellent company and the best customer service.
Date published: 2019-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Replaced my Eotech I was running a holo sight on my SBR 300 BLK and I swapped it for the smaller optic. *Note this is not because of all the nonsense with a certain company this was just because its a pain to have to remember the AA batteries die so fast. Love my holo sight but this is much more practical.* Honestly this is a less expensive version of a much higher priced red dot from and unnamed optics manufacturer. My only complaint for this optic is that you can only turn it on and off in one direction but other than that fantastic, sleek optic.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LIGHTWEIGHT WINNER! This optic is equal in quality to other lightweight tube style red dots with a fraction of the value AND the AMAZING Vortex warranty! Not sure if they pre-sight these in for 16" ARs but it was right on point for a 25/300 zero out of the box on the skeleton mount. Incredibly impressed. Pros: - 2 Mounts: Lightweight skeleton mount and low profile mount -Easy controls -Battery snaps in snug -Mounts fit very tight and will not come loose. Cons: -The optic cover is just a bikini cover (compared to Strikefire flip up caps)
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well built This is my first vortex product the crossfire red dot. I purchased it on sale and when it came in the mail I had to open immediately, took it out and tried to turn it on and nothing. Opened up the battery compartment and no battery so I looked in the box and it was nowhere. I mounted it to my SBR then it fell to the concrete when I was trying to get it where I wanted it and not a scratch. Big plus for that. The only two gripes are it didn’t come with the battery and was bumed there was no vortex sticker. Would have gave it a 5 star but haven’t used it and no battery. Thanks vortex for a great product!
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect "budget" red dot If you're looking for a red dot sight that won't break the bank but also won't break the second you take it out, this is it. For the price, the quality and the warranty you get can't be beat in my opinion. It's solid yet lightweight. The mount it comes with is simple and effective.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatness found I've run many a red dot in my life. Sometimes cost is and isn't a factor. I turned my sights to Vortex. I honed in my shot placement to the Crossfire. She sits atop my 10.5 AR pistol. The accuracy is unmatched and lethal. Quality of build is key here. I have subjected her to countless long days at the range only to end up being completely satisfied. I avidly reccomend her and her family to all. Seriously, I will never buy any other brand. I'm running several Vortex optics and I will never change. I wish i would have had Vortex on my deployment, might have had a better outcome. Cheers!
Date published: 2019-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Red Dot I have had this red dot for almost a month now and I have to say this is an awesome product. Easy install and holds zero. It also very light weight. The glass is nice and clear. I see myself getting another one soon.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Pleased... I have a few Vortex products and recently purchased a Crossfire Red Dot, low-mounted on my Yugo AK underfolder w/a railed top cover. After a quick zero and about 600 rounds, I haven't noticed any issues and the lead follows that dot like it's on a leash. I think it's been just over two months, I have yet to turn the optic off and that dot is just as bright as the first day. Nice quality and seems pretty darn tough even right on top of the 7.62x36 bolt cycling heavy. Also, you've got to love the warranty, but more so the great customer service Vortex provides. Much appreciated!
Date published: 2019-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bang for your buck! I recently purchased the new Crossfire Red Dot sight and could not be happier! The scope is well made, easy to use, and looks great! The features on this sight are comparable to those of competitors only at a much lower price. You can tell it is a quality product when you pick it up - doesn't have a cheap plastic feel to it! I was impressed that it easily handled the recoil of my 12-gauge shotgun. Turkeys beware - I'm coming for you this spring like never before with my new Crossfire Red Dot sight!
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 2 big problems with minimal use got this optic for my .300BLK suppressed pistol. 1st time i took it to the range, the O-ring under the illumination dial came out. sent it back. i don't know if it was replaced of repaired. worked great for 2 range sessions. today on the range, it would not hold zero. figured this out after 2 mags and moving closer to the target twice. at about 40 yards, aiming center mass at a silhouette steel, 3 impacts were high left, low, and very low right. yes the suppressor was tight, no, there were no baffle strikes, and yes, this setup was sighted perfectly with a different optic.
Date published: 2019-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Optic I saw this red dot the first couple days it hit market and i had to snag one. They were already sold out at OpticsPlanet but i found it at Midway for $135. I could not be more happy tp be part of the VortexLife. The skeletal mount it comes with is great for weight savings and the 2 moa dot is just so crispy clear. I love how you guys also provide the extra low pro mount, and dont leave out the VIP warranty. It just shows that vortex is miles ahead of any other company.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Value I picked this up to mount on a .308 hunting rifle. The optic seems like pretty good quality for the price point and it's hard to beat that value. However, I would use caution when changing the base. I put the low mount on and used 20 inch lbs to mount it like I was told. (I don't understand why Vortex doesn't include the torque specs in the box and makes you search all over the web to find info.) When I had to change the base over, the screws would not come out again. I didn't use loctite but they were extremely tight. Two of them had to be removed the HARD way. Once I tried to remount the new base at the 20 inch pounds, it stripped out two screw holes. I'm not really sure how this all happened, my torque wrench is fairly new but maybe the threads were soft and defective? I am glad for the superb Vortex warranty because I am going to need it. Haha.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to beat for the price point I've had the crossfire for about a month now. At the price point it is hard to beat in my opinion. The dot is not too bright, even on higher settings, so it doesn't wash out the target. The construction seems tough (I haven't done a torture test or anything). I like the mount it comes with and the side mounted battery compartment. If there is anything I'd like to see added or improved it would be the addition of some sort of auto off feature that saves what setting the dot is on. And also a longer battery life. Overall it's a great optic tho.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Compact I purchased this Crossfire Red Dot for a new AR build. At this point I have only had it to the range one time with about 200 rounds fired at a 100 yard steel target. I specifically appreciate how compact the optic is, ease of adjustment, brightness of the dot, and the clarity of the optic. The next trip to the range I will set up a paper target at 100 yards and see what kind of groups I will get as well as see how it performs on the 200, 300, and 400 yard steel targets. So far, very pleased with this optic.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features, rugged, and killer price I bought this sight about 6 months ago, specifically for a multi-role budget build. I have been super impressed this far. It's controls are very easy to use and zeroing the optic was a snap. It has the dial to control the size and brightness of the dot along with simple thumb turrets to adjust windage and elevation. It has had around 6,000 rounds of use with zero issues. I don't intentionally beat the snot out of my gear, but this optic survived a 3 day carbine course and continued to do what I needed it to do. I would definitely purchase again as it has been great for the price, but I will likely upgrade to some of the higher-end Vortex red dots now that I have some experience and use with one. This optic is targeted for someone that is budget minded and wants reliable features and function.
Date published: 2019-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Dot there is Bought one crossfire to put on my AR pistol, loved it so much I have another on my 9mm carbine. Great build quality! Very easy to sight in at 100 yds, stays true even after 2000 rounds. Love this red dot!
Date published: 2018-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Prefect for my 0.22 AR Great choice for my 0.22 Kriss AR. Small, light, cheap and dependable with Vortex quality. Running mini IPSC rifle stages is a breath with this red dot.
Date published: 2019-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can it get any better!! Crossfire! While at Shot Show Wannitsa and I had a little time to check out this new addition to the Vortex red dot lineup and I have to say We were very impressed. It a small, light weight (5.2 oz) dot. The controls are simple and straight forward with no delays. I think the sight picture is a bit bigger the SPARC AR (which I run on my PCC) and almost 2.5 oz lighter. All in all this a Hugh amount of features in such a small package. I can’t wait to run this Crossfire hard!!
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple, quick I put this on my ruger pc carbine and it’s the best accessory money can buy. Super accurate, simple to install and operate
Date published: 2019-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Product - Great Features I have tried various Red Dots and this is the best for the money - hands down. Vortex stands by their product and have a lifetime transferable warranty on the whole optic - including electronics. This new crossfire is small and sits on a MkIV 22/45 Lite but would be just as comfortable on any other pistol, AR, Rifle or Shotgun. Terrific clarity, quick dot acquisition, 2 moa is crisp and great for both short and long range target acquisition. The brightness levels work well for night and bright day light. I have had tried this out in pitch black as well as bright clear mid day sunlight. The 11 settings are more then enough for any lighting condition with levels to spare. The adjustment dial scrolls from 0 to 1 and up to 11 and back down to 0. It will not go from 0 to 11. I have grown to love this feature as you can turn the optic off with confidence without having to look at it or see the numbers. Each click is very positive so you know what setting your on without having to look at the optic - great design and well thought out. The windage and elevation adjustments are quality and positive clicks at 1 moa @ 100yrds. Just a terrific product and stands shoulder to shoulder with optics costing 4 X's as much. Recommended.
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The red dot you should own I bought this after I purchased a cheap red dot on amazon and it did not work well. The cheap red dot did not hold a zero and eventually died. After contacting company I have been given zero help. My Vortex Crossfire has functioned flawlessly and I can take comfort in Vortex's warranty that if something happens they have my back. Will definitely look for optics from Vortex before I look anywhere else! This will be going from my AR to my Ruger Mark iv.
Date published: 2019-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crossfire Red Dot I bought a Crossfire red dot from Cabela’s about a month ago, and finally took it out for the first time. As usual, Vortex goes above and beyond with their products, and am 100% satisfied with this purchase. I love the adjustable brightness, easy mounting, and the overall easy use of the product. The first shot, without any bore sighting, was 2 inches from the bullseye at 50 yards (see pic). Not much adjusting needed here!
Date published: 2019-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional addition to a CZ Scorpion Have been running this dot for over a year on my carbine Evo. Without the riser, it co-witnesses the factory iron sights perfectly. Simple, easy to use controls, seems durable. Granted I'm not doing anything worth hazard pay, so durability is objective. Dot is crisp and clear. Great size for precision work. Would recommend for anyone new to red dots or the Vortex brand. Highly recommend for a Scorpion owner
Date published: 2019-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bang for your buck! I have the Sparc Ar and now this crossfire and I have to say both are great but I like the crossfire just a tad bit more due to it being less expensive, it has a longer battery life, has a sharp looking skeletonized mount, and finally this could be just me but I find the actual dot itself to be a bit more crisp than the sparc ar. If you end up with this red dot you will not be disappointed at all.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I liked it but would not work for me. This red dot will fit Aim point H1 mounts, but will not work on a Aim point Ruger 10/22 rifle mount ,as the rear mount hole to the receiver is covered by the sight no way to get the rear screw in.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best red dot on the market! Vortex finally slimmed down the red dot to compete with the Aimpoint T1, Trijicon MRO and several others in the game. They perform at a level equal with other red dots 3, 4 and even 5 times the cost! These carry a lifetime warrantee! It gives you the confidence to use your equipment without worrying about scratching or bumping it on something. Excellent red dot for the price!
Date published: 2019-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for the money I have had the crossfire red dot on my Saint AR for about 4 months, it met all my expectation and then some. The only improvement I could think of was maybe decreasing the time for the auto shut off and change it to a shake awake feature. Other than that shot great had no issue taking shots around 100-300yd range the 2 moa reticle was crisp and clear indoor and outdoor.
Date published: 2019-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very nice out of the box Disclaimer; I have not shot the rifle with the optic so I can't give a further opinion on functionality. I just picked this optic up as light weight, low profile RDS to pair with my SGL-31. Out of the box it's an awesome option, it feels SOLID and sits low on a pic rail. It seems like this RDS will be a great budget friendly alternative to some more "premium" brands.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to use I've had this for a few weeks and have it on a M&P 15-22. It was way to zero and is made like a little tank. Battery life could be a little better but not going to complain about it for the price. Just wish the inner case wasn't in the field of view. Not a deal breaker though. Great product compared to some other competition at the same price point.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, Affordable Red Dot Bought this last year when I decided I wanted to run Open division in 3 Gun for a bit. Put it on my shotgun, where it ran with no problems. Got tired of Open division since my gear wasn’t ideal for it, so I switched to Limited and have this dot on my rifle now. It’s a great option at a really nice price point that gives you no excuse to continue playing musical chairs with your optics - if you have a rifle that needs a red dot and are tired of swapping optics, this is exactly what you need. Clear glass, nice crisp dot that’s small enough for decent precision at distance, and an overall small profile that doesn’t take up too much of your view. Plus, it’s backed by Vortex’s awesome warranty and customer service. I did have one small issue where the dot would turn on and off after every shot, but that was really due to the battery moving and breaking contact. Adding a tiny spacer to force the battery to stay put easily solved the issue.
Date published: 2019-05-28
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