Thank you for this info. I’ve been always avoiding such stuff at “magic” price and I see Bushnell name doesn’t change this as well.
Perhaps it’s just a issue with this particular item, but even that I wouldn’t trust $80 worth tool as part of my self defense.
I bought the big brother of your RDS, the Bushnell RXS250, shortly after the release, also from Amazon. The difference in construction led me to consider the 100 as a range and fun use device and the 250 sturdy enough for EDC. The RXS250 died after a few hundred rounds within two months on my M&P 2.0. I had to send it back under warranty; Bushnell sent a brand new one that is still working fine after almost two years and several thousand rounds. I am happy with it
However, I changed so my EDC M&P has a Holosun 509T, and the RXS250 rides on my training & practice pistol (and thus getting a lot more active use than the Holosun).
I don’t necessarily think it’s so much the brand name as the $80 price tag. When it comes to RD optics I have found that there are some budget ones from almost every brand. However, I have only found a set of features/reliability with RDS starting at about $150+. For EDC, I have not found anything I’d trust my life to under $250. YMMV