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Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by clearconscience, Aug 13, 2012.
Just bought a new AR and I want to get a decent red dot for around $150, any suggestions?
Vortex Strikefire goes for around $169 online, but you can find deals occasionally under $150.
Primary Arms Micro.
I really like the vortex strikefire but the primary arms red dot is smaller and lighter for the price. I think there might be a deal on the strikefire right now if you use this deal:
The vortex has the red and green dot or only one color depending on what you want. If i didn't have bad eyes i would totally get just the micro red dot from primary arms.
+1 for the PA micro dot. Read some of the reviews online. Compared to the aimpoint t-1 it does well, but when you factor in what the primary arms costs, it does amazing.
I would change the title to "An OK red dot for under $150" since that's about what I expect of any optics under $150
I have a TruGlo that isn't bad.I did mount that on my Buckmark though.
And I bought on of those chinese EoTec knock offs,that is at the local gun store for sale.
I would at least go for or look at, the above mentioned Vortex,as they are pretty good for the money
I got the Vortex strikefire, and its pretty good. holds a zero bright, and its easy to use/ sight on.
Its worth the $
I just saw Palmetto state has the vortex strikefire on special with free magpul rear sight for $179.
I'm going to order one this week
Strikefire is the way to go. Have one and I really like it. Also they have their own 3x flip to side magnifier and mount for only $250 that goes with it. Way cheaper than any other combo and probably just as well for most applications.
Vortex Strikefire (red dot only) is a bargain and has one of the best guarantees in the industry.
I have a Strikefire on my 300 AAC BKL SBR. Got it in a bundle deal with fellow NWFA member. No complains. I've heard rumors of losing zero. Not me.
First sight that came to my head when reading the title is vortex strikefire and then noticed everyone said pretty much the same thing. Another great idea is finding something used. Ive seen some good deals for 100 or less like a burris fastfire 2, Barska IR M16 electro sight red dot, and I purchased an eotech clone off ebay several years ago and it is well made and holds zero on a sks with over 1,000 rounds.
The Barska used to be more expensive but sells for under $100 shipped on Amazon now - http://www.amazon.com/BARSKA-1x30-Electro-Sight-Riflescope/dp/B001JJCHUM.
I used to use it on my AR15 before picking up an eotech from a friend for a really good deal. Now it is used on my M&P 15-22 and I absolutely love it.
+1 if it can live here:
It'll do fine on an AR.
I ran one on that AK for almost three years worth of matches, held up just fine. Is it an Aimpoint? No. But with the money saved you can almost build another AR.
For a "light use/plinker" they are perfect.
If you insist on the "good" part, m'fraid such a thing does not exist.
Look for a used Aimpoint Comp or Pro. If "crappy," or "cheap," or "sub-standard," are acceptable, see above.
This cracks me up....for two reasons.
1. I would lay odds you've never used one, and just spouting off because "it's not an Aimpoint"
2. Everyone's definition of "good" is different.
PA dot's aren't expensive, but they aren't "cheap". They hold zero, take abuse and just plain work. Are we comparing it to an Aimpoint? LOL, no, not even close. The glass isn't as clear, battery life is a joke in comparison and you can run an Aimpoint over with a tank and it will still work. What they will do is work just fine for 99% of the internet commandos that are on this board and only shoot during the summer at broken TVs @ 25 yards up at Memaloose.
I used one of their dots on my SLR as a trial before I went to a T1 Aimpoint...well, I couldn't kill the PA dot, so it never got replaced.
Primary Arms M3 & you can couple it with the Vortex 3X magnifier (comes with flip out to the side mount). Doesn't have any problems even with larger bores like .458 SOCOM. Inexpensive & works excellent + long battery life for what they are.
Rock River .458 SOCOM SBR Barnes Triple Shock TSX 250 gr HP - YouTube
Primary Arms is a great piece for the money. Its no aimpoint but far nicer then most of the other cheap dots.
I'm using an el-cheapo Walther PS-22. Yea, it's designed for a 22LR ar-15...holds it's zero just fine. The mount is not the greatest, but with a little bit of blue loc-tite, it's been great. With a $150 budget, you can do much better.
I shoot 55gr .223/5.56 with it.
I would say SightMark. They have a limited LIFETIME Warranty.
I have 3 of these on on different AR's, and each has held true after many rounds down range.
This is their website, but I got mine off of Amazon.com
Ultra Shot Pro Spec NV QD (SM14002) | Sightmark
This is just my Personal experience and my Humble Opinion.