I had a Leupold CQ/T (Close Quarters/Tactical) 1-3x14mm with an illuminated circle reticle. The illumination was great! I really liked the optic and it's integrated mount. The only reason I sold it is because I want an optic with more magnification for longer ranges. If you are just wanting an optic for home defense and out to 100 yards, then this might be a good optic to look into. Personally I would like an Aimpoint T2 Micro for close quarters, but to each his own. Good luck with your decision!