Best Red Dot Sights for M&P Shield Plus for 2024

Chris G.

As I draw my M&P Shield Plus from its holster, my excitement of pulling the trigger all throughout a new shooting year hangs in the air. The addition of a high-quality red dot sight to my trusty sidearm feels like the perfect upgrade for precision and speed. 

I have embarked on a mission to find the best red dot sights tailored specifically for the M&P Shield Plus in 2024. At the local range, I was able to test and gather 7 top contenders. In this article, I’ll dissect their special features, specifications,  pros and cons, and other information needed to elevate every shooter’s experience of their M&P Shield Plus pistol.

Which Red Dot Brands and Models Are Best Suited for M&P Shield Plus

Not all red dot sights are the same. I’ll discuss some top contenders that I believe are well-suited for the M&P Shield Plus pistol. Each of these options offers unique features that make each of them a solid choice for the M&P Shield Plus.

1. Trijicon RMR Type 2 Red Dot Sight: Gold Standard

When it comes to top-tier red dot sights, I think that the Trijicon RMR Type 2 is the best contender for the M&P Shield Plus. This optics is exceptionally durable thanks to its patented shape. I tried the red dot the range under rain or shine, and it performed excellently. The True-Color lens is multi-coated to ensure minimal color distortion in the target area.

The red dot sight has a dual-illuminated option with a tritium-phosphor lamp and fiber optics for maximum visibility. There are easy-to-use buttons at the side to adjust brightness, toggle between automatic and manual mods, or power down the sight.

The windage and elevation controls are easy to adjust, with precise 1 MOA per click adjustments. The Trijicon RMR Type 2 is compatible with various platforms including the M&P Shield Plus. It’s water-resistant up to 20 meters.

Its upgraded electronics guarantee superior performance in challenging environments, and the battery conservation mode is worth noting. 

Technical Specifications

Length x Width x Height: 1.8 in x 1.1 in x 1 in
Weight: 1.2 oz. (34.02g)
Magnification: 1x
Reticle Pattern: 3.25 MOA Dot
Day Reticle Color: Red
Night Reticle Color: Red
Bullet Drop Compensating (BDC): No
Bindon Aiming Concept™ (BAC): No
Illumination Source: LED
Power Source: 3V Lithium Battery
Battery Life: Over 4 years of continuous use (when used at 70ºF (21ºC)) at setting 4 of 8. 
Adjustment: 1 MOA Per Click
Mount: RM36 ACOG Mount
Housing Material: Forged Aluminum
Finish: Matte Black

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Durability: The RMR Type 2 is known for its rugged construction, making it durable and able to withstand recoil, environmental conditions, and rough handling.
  • Versatility: Suitable for a variety of firearms, including handguns, shotguns, and rifles, making it a versatile choice for different applications.
  • Battery Life: While battery life can vary based on settings, the RMR Type 2 typically offers a decent battery life, and the common CR2032 battery is readily available.
  • Multiple Reticle Options: Available with various reticle options, allowing users to choose the dot size that best suits their preferences and applications.
  • Adjustment Features: The sight offers windage and elevation adjustments for precise zeroing. It also has multiple brightness settings for different lighting conditions.
  • Parallax-Free Design: The parallax-free design ensures that the reticle remains on target regardless of the shooter’s eye position.
  • Auto Adjustments: The automatic brightness adjustment feature adapts to ambient lighting conditions, providing an optimal aiming point.
  • Compact Size: The RMR Type 2 has a compact and lightweight design, making it suitable for concealed carry and other applications where size and weight are crucial.

Cons

  • Price: Trijicon optics, including the RMR Type 2, are often relatively expensive compared to some other red dot sights on the market.
  • Lens Clutter: In my specific model, I can see the emitter in the field of view, which is a little distracting.
  • Battery Replacement: I find the process of replacing the CR2032 battery, which is located beneath the sight, a bit cumbersome.

2. HOLOSUN HS507K X2: Best Overall Red Dot

Another red dot sight that I tested for the M&P Shield Plus is the HOLOSUN HS507K X2, which I believe stands out as a top-tier option.

This open reflex sight, specifically designed for subcompact handguns, offers a multi-reticle system featuring a red 2 MOA dot and a 32 MOA circle.

Made from durable 7075 aluminum, it’s built to last, resisting recoil, impacts, and harsh conditions. It even performed perfectly during a rainy day of shooting thanks to its IP67 waterproof rating.

The Shake Awake technology helps conserve battery life with the battery providing up to 50k hours of peak performance.

While some users have reported occasional compatibility issues that require modifications, the overwhelming majority of reviews are positive, praising its ease of zeroing and overall performance.

The HOLOSUN HS507K X2 combines high performance, durability, and longevity, making it a worthwhile investment for M&P Shield Plus owners.

Technical Specifications

Reticle: 2 MOA Dot & 32 MOA Circle
Light Wavelength: 650nm
Reticle Color: Red
Parallax Free: Yes
Unlimited Eye Relief: Yes
Magnification: 1x
Multi-Coatings: Yes
Power Source: Battery
Battery Type: CR1632
Battery Life: 50000 hours
Brightness Setting: 10 daylight and 2 night
Window Size: 0.58 x 0.77 inches
Dimension (in): 1.6 x 0.98 x 0.95 inches
Weight: 1oz
Housing Material: 7075 T6 Aluminum
Surface Finish: Anodize
Adjustment per Click: 1 MOA
W&E Travel Range: ±30 MOA
Storage Temperature: -20℃~65℃
Working Temperature: -20℃~51℃
Submersion: IP67
Vibration: 5000G

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Compact Size: The HS507K X2 is designed to be compact, making it suitable for small firearms and concealed carry applications.
  • Reticle Options: HOLOSUN sights offer multiple reticle options, allowing users to choose the one that suits their preferences and shooting style.
  • Brightness Adjustments: You can adjust the illumination of the red dot based on ambient light conditions.
  • Durability: HOLOSUN sights are known for their rugged construction, which includes durable materials and shock-resistant design.
  • Motion Activated: The HOLOSUN HS507K X2 has a motion-activated wake-up feature (Shake Away), saving battery life by going into sleep mode when not in use and quickly activating when motion is detected. I like this feature.
  • Affordability: HOLOSUN sights are priced competitively compared to some other brands, providing a cost-effective option for users.

Cons

  • Battery Life: Depending on the model and settings, the battery life may not be as long as some other optics. However, this can vary based on usage and the specific model.
  • Learning Curve: Users transitioning from other optics may find a learning curve in adjusting to the controls and features of the HS507K X2.
  • Limited Features: While HOLOSUN offers a variety of features, I find that certain high-end features available in more expensive optics are not present in entry-level models.
  • Parallax: The HOLOSUN HS507K X2 I tested has a small amount of parallax, meaning the reticle might shift slightly with changes in eye position.

3. Vortex Venom: Best Value For Your Money

When it comes to finding the best red dot sights for the M&P Shield Plus, the Vortex Venom stands out for its exceptional value for your money.

This red dot sight offers rapid target acquisition and precise aim thanks to its durable aluminum housing. The Armortek ultra-hard, scratch-resistant coating protects exterior lenses from scratches, grease, and dirt. Multi-coated lenses that provide a clear and wide field of view.

The Venom is versatile, with 10 brightness levels and an auto-brightness mode, allowing me to efficiently ingress shadowed areas even if the outside is at high noon.  Easy-to-use controls enable easy windage and elevation adjustments with its 1 MOA settings. 

Battery replacement is hassle-free, thanks to the top load system. 

With its robust features and impressive performance, the Vortex Venom offers exceptional value at an affordable price point.

Technical Specifications

Magnification: 1x
Reticle: 3 MOA Dot
Adjustment Graduation: 1 MOA
Parallax Setting: Parallax Free
Max Windage Adjustment: 100 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment: 130 MOA
Dot Color: Bright Red
Dot Size: 3 MOA
Mount Type: Weaver/Picatinny
Eye Relief: Unlimited
Length: 1.9 inches
Weight: 1.05 oz

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Affordability: Compared to some other red dot sights in its class, the Vortex Venom is often considered affordable, providing good value for the features it offers.
  • Versatility: Suitable for a wide range of firearms, including handguns, shotguns, and rifles, making it a versatile choice for different applications.
  • Ease of Use: Simple controls and straightforward design make it easy for users to operate and make adjustments.
  • Battery Life: The sight generally offers a decent battery life, and the common CR1632 battery is widely available.
  • Durable Construction: The Vortex Venom is known for being shockproof and suitable for use on firearms with recoil.
  • Wide Field of View: The sight is designed to provide a wide field of view, helping in rapid target acquisition.
  • Waterproof/Fogproof: Built to withstand various weather conditions, making it suitable for use in rain or humid environments.
  • Parallax-Free Design: Ensures that the reticle remains on target regardless of the shooter’s eye position.

Cons

  • Battery Replacement: I find the process of replacing the CR1632 battery awkward as the compartment is located under the sight. Which means I have to remove the sight from the rail to replace the battery. The compact size of the battery compartment may limit the choice of batteries, and some users may prefer larger battery sizes for extended battery life.
  • Slight Blue Tint: I also observed a slight blue tint in the sight picture, but this could be specific to the product that I tested.
  • Lens Clutter: As with many tube-style red dot sights, I find the visible emitter or other components in the field of view distracting.

4. Crimson Trace CTS-1550: Best Budget-Friendly Optic

For gun enthusiasts on a budget, the Crimson Trace CTS-1550 is a standout choice for a red dot sight for the M&P Shield Plus. Despite its affordable price, I believe that this optic doesn’t compromise performance or durability.

With its compact and lightweight polymer design, it is quick and easy to handle. The bright 3.0 MOA red dot allows us to rapidly acquire and engage my targets. The open reflex design provides unlimited eye relief, enabling faster target acquisition. Of all the red dot sights I tested, the CTS-1550 has the brightest reticule on an unobstructed lens.

The CTS-1550 has an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the red dot based on surrounding light conditions. This is one of my favorite features; I don’t have to change any settings as I shift between different lighting environments.

The CTS-1550 is built to withstand recoil and harsh conditions, ensuring it maintains zero after firing 1200 to 1500 rounds. Precise windage and elevation adjustments aid in accurate zeroing.

Technical Specifications

Footprint: J-point/RMSC compatible
Reticule: 3 MOA Red Dot
User Adjustable: Windage and Elevation
Battery Life: 20,000 hours
Battery Access: Bottom mount
Construction: Lightweight polymer
Co-Witness: Notch Cut
Ambient Light Sensor: CT Radiant
Length: 1.7 inches 
Width: 1 inch
Height: 1 inch
Weight: 1 ounce

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Affordability: Crimson Trace products are often competitively priced, providing a cost-effective option for users.
  • Ease of Use: Simple controls and a user-friendly design make it easy for shooters to operate and make adjustments.
  • Compact Size: The CTS-1550 is compact, making it suitable for mounting on handguns or other firearms with limited rail space.
  • Shockproof Construction: Built to withstand recoil and impact, ensuring durability under normal shooting conditions.

Cons

  • Battery Life: Depending on the model and settings, the battery life may not be as long as some other optics. 
  • Learning Curve: Users transitioning from other optics may find a learning curve in adjusting to the controls and features of the CTS-1550.
  • Parallax: The CTS-1550 has a small but barely noticeable amount of parallax.

5. Leupold Deltapoint Pro: Best for Competition

The Leupold DeltaPoint Pro stands out as an excellent choice for the M&P Shield Plus. This red dot optical system is designed for professionals and offers exceptional light transmission, reduced glare, and high resolution. Several of my fellow competitive shooters consider the Deltapoint as their preferred red dot. 

Its aluminum housing and steel sheath provide strength, while the easy access battery compartment and click-adjustments ensure precise adjustments for extremely accurate shooting. The sleek, compact, and lightweight design fits the M&P subcompact pistol and allows exceptionally fast aiming and target acquisition.

The illuminated reticle is especially useful in low-light conditions while the Motion Sensor Technology helps prolong the battery life. The reticle stays zeroed even if the battery is changed.

Crafted in the USA with precision engineering, machining, and assembly, I feel that the DeltaPoint Pro is a durable and reliable option for competitive shooting.

Technical Specifications

Battery Type: CR2032
Daylight Bright Illumination: Yes
Magnification Type: Fixed
Reticle Focal Plane: Second Focal Plane
Reticle: 2.5 MOA Dot
Reticle Type: Illuminated
Switch Type: Push Button
Weight: 2 oz
Elevation and Windage Adjustment Type: Coin Click
Elevation/Windage Adjustment Value per Click: 1 MOA
Elevation/Windage Adjustment Range: 60 MOA
Elevation/Windage Adjustment Range: 17 MIL
Elevation/Adjustment Range: 175 cm at 100 meters
Elevation Per Revolution: 40 MOA
Windage Adjustment Per Revolution: 15 MOA
Magnification Min: 1
Eye Relief Low Mag: Unlimited
Battery Life, Low Intensity: 1600 hours
Battery Life, Medium Intensity: 1000 hours
Battery Life, High Intensity: 300 hours
Number of Illum Settings: 8

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Durable Construction: The DeltaPoint Pro is known for its rugged design and durable construction, making it suitable for various firearms and environments.
  • Wide Field of View: The sight provides a wide field of view, allowing for quick target acquisition and tracking.
  • Motion Sensor Technology: Some models of the DeltaPoint Pro feature a motion sensor that activates the sight when it detects motion, conserving battery life.
  • Lens Coating: The lenses often have Leupold’s DiamondCoatTM coating for increased abrasion resistance and improved light transmission.
  • Toolless Windage and Elevation Adjustments: The sight often features toolless adjustments for windage and elevation, simplifying the zeroing process.
  • Waterproof and Fogproof: Designed to withstand different weather conditions, ensuring reliability in adverse environments.

Cons

  • Price: The DeltaPoint Pro is often priced at a higher range compared to some other red dot sights, which may be a consideration for budget-conscious users.
  • Battery Life: I find its battery life shorter compared to sights with more energy-efficient LED technology.
  • Weight: Compared to some other red dot sights, the DeltaPoint Pro may be slightly heavier, which can be a factor for those seeking the lightest possible setup.
  • Dimmer reticle: I find the reticle to be dimmer than most of the red dot sights I tested.

6. Bushnell RXS 100 Red Dot Sight: Cheapest Option

If you’re looking for an affordable red dot sight for your M&P Shield Plus, look no further than the Bushnell RXS 100. They say you get what you pay for, but don’t let the low price decide you. That’s because this red dot sight also offers impressive performance.

With its DeltaPoint Pro mounting pattern, it can be easily used on multiple platforms. The RXS 100 features a 4 MOA dot that’s bright enough for daylight use and offers eight different settings. The battery life is exceptional, lasting up to 5000 hours.

Made with durable aluminum and designed with an optimized hood, this sight ensures optimal visibility. And to top it off, Bushnell backs it up with their Lifetime Ironclad Warranty.

Priced at just $69.99, I think the RXS 100 provides exceptional value for money. For added flexibility, consider adding the Offset Rail Adapter or the T-Series Level 2 Compact.

Technical Specifications

Form Factor: Open Reflex
Adjustment Range: 100+ MOA
Dot Color: Red
Magnification x Objective Lens: 1x25mm
Min Parallax Distance: 50 yds
Brightness Settings: 8
Reticle: 4 MOA Dot
Waterproofing: N/A
Weight: 1.3 oz
MOA Per Rev: 30
Mount: Direct mountable to Deltapoint® Pro standard; Weaver style mount included
Battery Life: Up to 5000 Hours
Battery Type: CR2032
Auto Shutoff: 12 hours with no button presses

Pros and Cons

Pros

  1. Affordability: Bushnell products are often competitively priced, providing a cost-effective option for users.
  2. Versatility: Red dot sights are generally versatile and can be mounted on various firearms, including handguns, rifles, and shotguns.
  3. Ease of Use: Simple controls and a user-friendly design make it easy for shooters to operate and make adjustments.
  4. Shockproof Construction: Built to withstand recoil and impact, ensuring durability under normal shooting conditions.

Cons 

  1. Parallax: The RXS 100 has a small amount of parallax when aiming at targets at more than 50 yards.
  2. Limited Features: Entry-level red dot sights such as the RXS 100 lack some of the advanced features found in more expensive models.

7. Shield Sights RMSc: Lightest Red Dot

In my search for the lightest red dot sight for the M&P Shield Plus, I discovered the Shield Sights RMSc.

This compact sight is a slimmed-down version of the popular RMS, specifically designed for single-stack pistols like the Shield. Its sleek and low-profile design is perfect for custom builds and allows for co-witnessing without the need for suppressor sights. This makes it an excellent choice for those who carry concealed handguns.

The RMSc comes complete with a minidial, a CR2032 battery, a cover, a 1° shim, and a set of screws. With its lightweight construction and well-designed features, the RMSc is a top contender for the title of the best red dot sight for the M&P Shield Plus.

Technical Specifications

Light Source: Red light emitting diode
Red Dot Size Options: 4 MOA dot 8 MOA dot
Lens: Reflex x1, available in both Polymer or Glass.
Lens Coating: Hard coating with Anti-reflection 
Battery: One 3V lithium battery, CR2032
Battery Life: 2 to 3 years
Brightness Adjustment: Automatic
Brightness Range: Lowest – Compatible with Night Vision / Highest – Visible against the sky in bright daylight
Battery Fitting: Underneath
Housing material: Aluminium
Color: Matte black
Dimensions: 1.7 x 0.9 x 0.9 inches
Weight: 16.40 grams / 0.57 ounces inc Battery
Mount: A wide range of mounts are available. Fits existing RMS/SMS mounts.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  1. Compact Size: The RMSc is designed to be compact and lightweight, making it suitable for concealed carry handguns and compact firearms. It is specifically designed for smaller pistols, making it a popular choice for those who want a red dot sight on their concealed carry firearm.
  2. Low Profile: The low-profile design of the RMSc allows for a streamlined and sleek appearance on the firearm.
  3. Glass Clarity: Shield Sights are known for providing clear glass with minimal distortion, ensuring a crisp sight picture.

Cons

  1. Battery Life: Due to its compact size, the RMSc may have a shorter battery life compared to larger red dot sights. However, this can vary depending on the model and usage.
  2. Brightness Settings: The available brightness settings are limited compared to larger optics. 

How to Optimize the Use of a Red Dot on M&P Shield Plus in Different Shooting Scenarios

Maximizing the use of a red dot on an M&P Shield Plus in different shooting scenarios involves considering factors such as target distance, shooting environment, and personal preferences. 

1. Zeroing and Sight Alignment

  • Start by zeroing your red dot sight at a specific distance, typically the distance at which you expect to engage targets most frequently.
  • Consider a 25-yard zero for handguns, but adjust based on your typical engagement distances.
  • Ensure that your red dot is aligned with your iron sights or suppressor-height sights for a proper backup aiming solution.

2. Close-Quarters Engagement

  • In close-quarters scenarios, where targets are at a short distance, focus on a quick and intuitive presentation of the firearm.
  • Practice acquiring the red dot quickly from the holster to align with the target.

3. Target Transitions

  • Work on smoothly transitioning between multiple targets by quickly moving the firearm, acquiring the red dot, and engaging each target accurately.

4. Low-Light Shooting

  • Choose a red dot sight with adjustable brightness settings for low-light conditions.
  • Practice using the red dot in conjunction with a flashlight or weapon-mounted light for target identification.

5. Different Shooting Positions

  • Train in various shooting positions, such as standing, kneeling, or prone, to ensure you can acquire the red dot efficiently from different stances.

6. Unconventional Shooting Positions

  • Practice shooting from unconventional positions like shooting around barricades or from behind cover.
  • Develop the skill to quickly acquire the red dot even when the firearm is not in a standard shooting position.

7. Distance Shooting

  • If you anticipate engaging targets at longer distances, practice adjusting your aim using the red dot for precision shots.
  • Understand the holdovers or adjustments needed for different distances.

8. Rapid Follow-Up Shots

  • Work on quick follow-up shots by efficiently tracking the red dot after each shot, ensuring a rapid return to target.

9. Reload Drills

  • Practice reloading the firearm efficiently while maintaining sight alignment with the red dot.
  • Ensure that your reloading technique does not compromise your ability to quickly acquire the sight picture.

10. Train with Different Ammunition: Consider training with various types of ammunition to understand how they impact your point of impact and to account for any changes in bullet trajectory.

11. Regular Maintenance: Keep your red dot sight clean and well-maintained to ensure optimal performance during training and in real-world scenarios.

How To Choose Red Dot Sights for M&P Shield Plus?

When choosing a red dot sight for your M&P Shield Plus, there are several key factors to consider. Here’s my advice to help you make an informed decision:

1. Compatibility: Ensure the red dot sight is compatible with the M&P Shield Plus. Some optics may require specific mounting solutions or plates designed for your firearm.

2. Size and Weight: Choose a compact and lightweight red dot sight that complements the size of the M&P Shield Plus without adding excessive weight or bulk.

3. Durability: Opt for a rugged and durable sight that can withstand the recoil of the M&P Shield Plus. Look for features such as shockproof and waterproof construction.

4. Battery Life: Consider the battery life of the red dot sight. A longer battery life is advantageous to minimize the frequency of battery changes. Some models offer efficient power-saving features.

5. Reticle Type and Size: Select a reticle type that suits your preferences (dot, circle-dot, etc.) and a size that balances target acquisition speed and precision. Common sizes include 3 MOA and 6 MOA.

6. Brightness Settings: Choose a sight with adjustable brightness settings to accommodate different lighting conditions. Some models offer automatic brightness adjustment based on ambient light.

7. Ease of Use: Look for a red dot sight with user-friendly controls and easy adjustments for windage and elevation. An intuitive interface contributes to quick and efficient use.

8. Lens Clarity and Coating: Consider the clarity of the lens and whether it has anti-reflective coatings for improved light transmission. A clear sight picture is crucial for accurate aiming.

9. Mounting Options: Ensure the red dot sight is compatible with standard mounting options for the M&P Shield Plus. Check if the sight comes with the necessary mounting hardware or if additional accessories are required.

10. Holster Compatibility: Confirm that the chosen red dot sight is compatible with holsters designed for the M&P Shield Plus. Some optics may require specific holster adjustments or accommodations.

Conclusion

Those are my red dot choices. Whether you’re looking for the robust functionality of the HOLOSUN HS507K-X2, the compact design of the Swampfox Sentinel, the high-end performance of the Vortex Venom, or the affordability of the Crimson Trace CTS-1550, there are several great red dot sights available for your M&P Shield Plus.

Choosing the right sight is essential for optimizing your own shooting experience. I hope my recommendations have helped you make an informed choice in improving the capabilities of your M&P Shield Plus by incorporating a top-quality red dot sight.

About the author

The name's Chris. Just a regular dude who loves firearms. I've been shooting since I was a kid. My old man taught me the ropes.

I'll never forget the first time I missed an easy shot on a buck, thanks to a bum scope. The image was fuzzier than my dog's butt. After that, I got obsessed with understanding scopes. What makes the good ones tick and the bad ones trash. After a few years and a few thousand bucks, I learned what separates the winners from the losers. Once I had a good stockpile of knowledge, I launched this site.

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