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Dagger Defense DDHB Red Dot Reflex Sight Review

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Dagger Defense DDHB Red Dot Reflex Sight Review

My Dagger Defense DDHB Red Dot Reflex Sight Review is all about the budget AR15 optic. The Dagger Defense DDHB is about as budget as you can get. If you spent all your money on your new AR15 and have barely anything left over, this might be the right red dot optic for you. I’ve seen DDHB red dots for under $40, which is insane.

That said, I will tell you right up front that the Bushnell TRS-25 is the champ when it comes to budget AR15 optics, that said, it will cost you around $20 more. You can also find the rest of my reviews on my page titled, AR15 optics.

Dagger Defense DDHB Red Dot Reflex Sight Review

Let’s break down the brass tacks to start.

  • Red/Green dot capable
  • Built for Picatinny rail installation
  • Weight: 291g
  • Length: 82mm
  • Aperture: 33mm

In the box..

  • 2x Allen wrench
  • Cleaning cloth
  • CR2032 Battery
  • The optic (obviously)

There is a decent amount of quality when it comes to such a low priced red dot. The Dagger Defense DDHB definitely holds up well on an AR-15 (both 5.56 or .223). You can adjust the brightness and swap between both a red and green dot. In the end, the functionality allowing you to switch between red and green dot is the hallmark benefit if this budget red dot. Even higher priced ones, such as my favorite Sig Sauer Romeo 5, do not have the green and red dot capacity. So this is definitely a win for the Dagger Defense DDHB.

EOTech Knockoff

The aluminum build of the Dagger Defense DDHB is said to be a copy of the EOTech 552 Holographic Sight or the EOTech XPS2-1. That’s what some people think, at least. Let me show you a closer look so you can decide.

Here’s the EOTech 552 Holographic Sight:

EOTech 552 Holographic Sight

Here’s the EOTech XPS2-1:

EOTech XPS2-1

Those will run you over $500 easily.

Now, let’s look once again at our super-budget Dagger Defense DDHB:


Dagger Defense DDHB Red Dot Reflex Sight Review

Many people find the Dagger Defense DDHB by searching “EOTech Knockoff.” While it has similarities with both EOTechs, I’m not sure calling it an EOTech knockoff is appropriate. But hey, everything is subjective.

If you are going to buy an EOTech knockoff, you aren’t even in the ballpark at the Dagger Defense DDHB price. You’d need to ramp up your budget at least somewhat.

Windage / Elevation

Its easy to make those adjustments so long as you have the hex wrench Dagger Defense includes. The windage is on the side and has a clearly marked “RIGHT” directional. This means, if you turn your hex wrench in that direction, it will move the red or green dot right. The elevation is on the top. There is an “UP” mark, if you turn the hex wrench towards up, the red dot or green dot rises.

The brightness adjustment is on the side, it also doubles as your CR2032 battery compartment.

Here’s what that looks like:

dagger defense DDHB battery

You can set your screw for locking. This is for use only if you aren’t holding zero. I’m not overly excited by this, because in theory, any red dot not holding zero needs to be checked for tightness because that’s often the issue.

Dagger Defense DDHB zero

You can choose your reticles, which is another cool upgrade on this budget red dot. This is definitely a cool attribute that you don’t get with a lot of higher priced red dots. How usable is it? I suppose from a standpoint of just pure luxury, or maybe if you have poor vision and one patter tends to sit better with you, its good.

DDHB reticle patters

The Parting Shot

This Dagger Defense DDHB review is nothing but positive, honestly, considering the price. If you are on a budget and want a decent red or green dot experience for self-defense purposes, you are good to go. I’ve heard of folks putting thousands of rounds through AR15’s using the Dagger Defense DDHB.

Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.


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