The Vortex Venom is an awesome, compact red dot sight for many purposes. Many other red dot sights create lots of bulk, add weight, and take up valuable space in your sight picture.
The Vortex Venom Red Dot Sight is slim, trim and lightweight while still packing all the utility of any other red dot sight. With the included Picatinny mount, the package weighs just 1.6 ounces. The small size and weight make it perfect for a lightweight AR carbine or pistol, a shotgun, or even a semi-automatic handgun.
At 3 MOA, the dot size is a happy medium between precision and speed. It is easily usable out to 100 yards, and even further with a little bit of practice. The sight has 10 brightness settings and even has an automatic setting using a sensor to detect ambient light and automatically adjust. The battery is meant to last 150 hours on the highest setting, while Vortex claims up to 30,000 hours (almost 4 years) on the lowest setting.
Speaking of the battery, the battery on the Venom is easily replaced without removing the sight. The top cover can be a little finicky, but once you get the hang of it the battery changes are very fast.
If you are looking for an incredibly compact, lightweight and versatile red dot optic for a defensive carbine, pistol, or shotgun, the Venom delivers. Just make sure to get a riser if you want to co-witness with Iron Sights because it is small!