Kel Tec PMR 30 Red Dot

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Kel Tec PMR 30 Red Dot

The Kel-Tec PMR 30 is known for being an incredibly fun pistol to shoot. From its lightweight design to the 30 round capacity mags, it’s no wonder why so many people love this firearm. While the PMR 30 is primarily used as a range/plinking gun, it can also be a great option for small game hunting. The accuracy is pretty darn good out of the box, thanks to the fiber optic sights, however some have opted for a PMR 30 red dot.

Red dot options for the PMR 30 are extremely limited, however. We could only find 2-3 that seem to still be in production when you factor in mounting options. Because of this, we wanted to help our readers narrow down their search by providing what we consider to be the best red dot for the PMR 30, instead of a list of good options. 

The Best Kel Tec PMR 30 Red Dot

Burris Fastfire III [3 MOA or 8 MOA versions]

The Burris Fastfire 3 is our top choice when it comes to optics for the PMR 30. One of the big selling points of this red dot is how lightweight it is, coming in at just 1.5 oz. When you factor the lightweight design of the PMR 30, the last thing that you want to do is weigh it down with a heavy optic.

Some of the other great features of the Fastfire 3 include an auto-brightness setting, up to 5 year battery life, and its durable construction. We found the glass to be of excellent quality and the multi-coating allows for glare-free operation and optimal display in low-light situations.

This red dot is offered in both 3 MOA and 8 MOA options. We’re huge fans of smaller dots, which allows for more precise shooting, however a larger MOA is often preferred for handgun applications. It’s important to note that when using an 8 MOA red dot and shooting at a target past 25 yards, the dot will cover a good portion of the target. If you intend to use it within the 25 yard range, the 8 MOA option may work for you. If you plan to train at longer distances, you might consider the 3 MOA version.

Burris 300234 Fastfire III, W/Picatinny Mount, 3 MOA
  • Solid, yet lightweight construction
  • 3 brightness settings + Auto mode
  • Up to 5 year battery life
  • 3 & 8 MOA dot versions available
  • Auto shut-off after 8 hours
  • Parallax-free
  • Waterproof
  • Shock-proof
  • Mounting options

    Researching a great red dot for the PMR 30 has to be combined with the availability of mounting options. After all, what good is an amazing optic if you can’t attach it to your firearm properly? Fortunately, we feel that we’ve found the perfect combo for your PMR 30 that will give your Burris Fastfire a secure hold.

    KelTec's Burris Fastfire II & III Mount

    Kel Tec PMR30 Burris FastFire II Red Dot Scope MountWhat better mounting option than one straight from the firearm manufacturer themselves. KelTec offers their own mount for the PMR 30 and Burris Fastfire II & III optics. Yes, you can attach either red dot to this mount, as the Fastfire II & III versions share the same footprint. This mount is well made and attaches with 4 screws, directly to the slide of the PMR 30. If you want to maintain the lowest profile possible, this mount, along with the Burris Fastfire III are probably your best options.


    The Burris Fastire III isn’t just a great option for the Kel Tec PMR 30, it’s an excellent red dot for any pistol. When considering the available mounting options available for this firearm, it was a no-brainer. This optic was built to last and can withstand the recoil from much more powerful calibers than the .22 WMR. Whether you’re planning to just use for plinking or taking it out into the field with you, we’re confident that you’ll love the Burris Fastfire III.

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    This Post Has 4 Comments

    1. MOSS

      I added a Burris Fastfire 3 to mine, and reliability went straight down the toilet. That extra weight on the slide, small as it seems, slowed it down to the point that it slow-cycles, like I’m following the slide closed. It stopped picking rounds up about 5% of the time, and pushes the round into the (polished stainless) ramp so slowly that another 15% of the time, the forward inertia isn’t sufficient to push the round into battery. CCI MaxiMags, 40gr RN. I started with HP, but those were even worse. Previous to the optic it would run slower Speer Gold Dot HPs regularly. The optic put an instant stop to the Speers. Going hotter with the CCIs improved things drastically, but a 20% failure rate isn’t worth the optic.

    2. Howard canfield

      I like this option but only question I have is with the combustion it takes to reload it when you shoot it the extra weight which I understand isn’t much but will slow down the action and may cause jamming cause it’s on the sliding action

      1. Bill Burris

        I had a similar experience with the function of my PMR30. I tried eight different brands and loads with nothing improving. I put the red dot on a 10/22.

        1. admin

          Hi Bill. I would have thought you might have had better luck, given your last name 🙂 As for my experience, I’ve maintained a pretty low failure rate using the Burris Fastfire III on my PMR 30. I’m glad that you were able to put the red dot to good use on the 10/22, and I appreciate your feedback.

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