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Old 07-22-2011, 10:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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AR sight recommendations

Looking for a red dot scope for my new AR build. Preferably one that does red and green. Any recommendations? I want something decent but obviously the cheaper the better.
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Looking for a red dot scope for my new AR build. Preferably one that does red and green. Any recommendations? I want something decent but obviously the cheaper the better.
Why red and green?
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I haven't seen a red and green that was worth buying.

I really like my Vortex Sparc so far.
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Lol just because. One color is fine too. Magnification is a plus
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Vortex makes the strikefire and one of the models is a red/green dot, it comes with a magnifier as well.

Works just as well as my sparc.

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Vortex makes the strikefire and one of the models is a red/green dot, it comes with a magnifier as well.

Works just as well as my sparc.
This is what I came in here to recommend. Strikefire is on my AR right now, and I've sold a handful of them after people have shot with mine.

Cheap, has a 2x magnifier, available in red or red/green
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I'll have to check those out. Is opticsplanet the way to go?
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I'll have to check those out. Is opticsplanet the way to go?
Make sure you get the right one. I had a batch come in with red dot only and high mount ring, then the replacements were red/green with the low mount ring.

http://www.opticsplanet.net/vortex-riflescope-sfrd.html

Thats what I run. ^

I can do them for $145 shipped, but I'm out of them right now.
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That one comes with a 2x screw in. It has pretty much everything I was looking for. I'll check with you when I am ready to buy. Still building it as this point.
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Make sure you get the right one. I had a batch come in with red dot only and high mount ring, then the replacements were red/green with the low mount ring.

http://www.opticsplanet.net/vortex-riflescope-sfrd.html

Thats what I run. ^

I can do them for $145 shipped, but I'm out of them right now.
I have the red / green Strikefire on my Marlin 1895 SBL and it's survived 150 rounds of .45-70 so far.

Vortex makes a new version of the Strikefire that is only red - but it also has the capability to adjust to a brighter (more visable) setting than the red / green version.

That said, I used my red / green Strikefire to shooting in the middle of a bright, sunny CA day and I had no problem seeing the dot.

That the Vortex includes a 2X magnifier is a real bonus + the magnifier screws into the rear of the sight and doesn't require its own separate mount. That could be bad or good - depending on your point of view. Anything at or under $150 is a good deal for this sight.
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Ok Im pretty much sold on the Vortex. Any opinions on the Bushnell equivalent ?
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Ok Im pretty much sold on the Vortex. Any opinions on the Bushnell equivalent ?
If i remember correctly, Animator has a bushnell on his M4 clone and loves it.
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I am kinda lukewarm on Vortex's quality. I don't think the sparc is worth $200. However, there's slim picking between the $30 Chinamart dot sights and the real deal (aimpoint, eotech). I do think the Ultradots are better quality sights than Vortex's offerings. Unfortunately, they've never catered to the tacticool crowd, so their sights are more pistol oriented. They work well on rifles. Just need a mount to get the up to 1.5" if doing the AR thing.

I say save up money a little longer and pick up one of the Aimpoint Patrol Rifle optics. They're ~$400.
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Would be that Vortex vs this
http://www.bushnell.com/products/sco...BA208A62D5D3A&
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I wouldn't buy that merely because they are trying to swing from the ACOG's nuts with the looks.

It probably works fine, but damn that's gay.
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I've been running the Vortex Strikefire since it was released, got one of the first batch as a matter of fact due to preordering. No complaints, it's been dependable and hasn't let me down. Vortex is a brick and mortar store and they stand behind thier product with a great warranty. They have their own industry forum over at barfcom where the Vortex folks will respond to questions in a quick fashion. I would not hesitate to recommend Vortex products to anyone.

That said, I'm now running an Aimpoint micro since I found a smokin deal on one and love it. It makes the Strikefire seem really bulky for what it is. Had I tried one of Vortex's Sparcs previously, I may not be as enamored with the Micro, but at the tiem I got the Strikefire it was Vortex's one and only red dot sight.

If you want a cheap red dot that you can count on, the Vortex line is one of the top choices. The other choice being Primary Arms who also stands behind their product 100% and has a huge following due to thier customer service.
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If i remember correctly, Animator has a bushnell on his M4 clone and loves it.



You've shot with it.. what do you think about it??



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Ok Im pretty much sold on the Vortex. Any opinions on the Bushnell equivalent ?


This is the one I have. I can't compare to the vortex, but don't have much to complain about with the bushnell. It's a 3moa T-dot. I'm happy with it.

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Of course you could also just search through some old threads.


http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...ght=strikefire


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You've shot with it.. what do you think about it??
Truthfully, it could have had play-dough sights on it and i would have been happy i was shooting an AR-15 LOL
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Any particular reason no one has mentioned the primary arms line or red dots? Other than just RED.
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Any particular reason no one has mentioned the primary arms line or red dots? Other than just RED.
I already did, end of post #16.
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I already did, end of post #16.
Shit. all I kept seeing was vortex this and that. Oh well it needed said again!
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Laugh if you want to but I ordered this on a whim for one of my ARs and I love it:

http://ncstar.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=304

Its under 100 dollars so I didn't feel bad taking a chance on it. The 1.25 base magnification acts kinda like a red dot minus the dot and you can dial up the 4x when needed. The built in quick release is nice and the bullet drop comp is very handy. It holds zero perfectly.
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Laugh if you want to but I ordered this on a whim for one of my ARs and I love it:

http://ncstar.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=304

Its under 100 dollars so I didn't feel bad taking a chance on it. The 1.25 base magnification acts kinda like a red dot minus the dot and you can dial up the 4x when needed. The built in quick release is nice and the bullet drop comp is very handy. It holds zero perfectly.
Don't we have somebody on here thats a NCstar dealer?

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