Micro Red Dot sites are an interesting animal. Tiny enough to truly be useful on a pistol, these sites come in a wide variety of types, designs, reticle designs and sizes, and quality. In fact, with the growing desire to replace iron sights on everything with a red dot site, more vendors than ever are coming up with their own version of these tiny optics for use by everyone. The first in my series of reviews is the Burris FastFire Micro Red Dot optic.

Entry Level Optics

As a long time optics snob, Burris as a company has always fallen squarely in the entry level category. Not the finest piece of glass or most durable, for the casual shooter who wants something inexpensive to start out with they do OK.

The FastFire series of optics is no exception to this, sporting a price tag in the sub-$300 category.  For this price, our lucky purchaser receives the optic and a mount. Mounts are available to adapt the optic to Picatinny rail, most common handguns, and shotguns without any rails by inserting between the stock and the receiver, which is not a bad deal.

The reviews by other owners of this device were mostly positive, citing excellent results on .22s and AR 15s, among other applications, leaving the optic’s reputation pretty positive.


Unboxing the Burris Fastfire Micro Red Dot
Unboxing the Burris Fastfire Micro Red Dot

When I received the optic, I admit I was pretty excited. The packaging for the device shows a high-speed competition shooter with the little device sitting on top of a Beretta M9/92, and while I know from years of experience that pictures don’t equate to quality, I was hopeful that this device would do the job.

The optic itself came with a screwdriver needed to unlock and adjust the windage and elevation, a dial to indicate the scale of adjustment as it has no tactile clicks, battery, mount, mounting hardware, and the adapter for the optic.

Since I planned to test this using my trusty .45 ACP 1911, I had purchased also the 1911 Novak site adapter, which I was pleased to see came in a dovetail adapter and profiled plate that firmly sits the optic on the crown of the gun. Compared to other adapters I have seen which simply boost the optic mounting plate above the top of the slide, this actually hugged the slide in a way that made it lower and more pleasing to the eye.

Mounting and Sighting

Mounting the device on the gun was no tough job. A simple nylon drift punch to push out the rear sight, inserting the wedge, then setting the adapter plate and optic on top of the slide, finally screwing it all down until it was tight and didn’t move with a drop here and there of blue loctite to aid the optic in staying in place.