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In need of a few sight recommendations

Discussion in 'Scopes & Optics' started by Kowboy, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. Kowboy

    Kowboy Gresham, OR Member

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    I'm in need of some recommendations for a red dot sight that's not going to break my wallet. I want something reliable, accurate, durable, have a clear view, and doesn't suck the battery dry. Someone recommended a few aimpoint models the other day but when I looked them up I dang near fainted when I saw the prices. I know there has to be some alternatives out there somewhere....
     
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  2. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    What's your budget and what kind of firearm will it be mounted on?
     
  3. Kowboy

    Kowboy Gresham, OR Member

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    Good questions. My budget is probably no more than in the $200-$300 range max and it's going on that colt ar that I just picked up.
     
  4. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I have 3 Burris FastFire 2s. One is mounted on a 1911 slide
    for over 5 years. I have had no issues. Works great. I have
    a buddy with a Fast Fire 3. I think these are a better sight
    than the 2. The 3 has adjustable brightness and you do not
    have to dismount the sight to change batteries. The batteries
    last over a year. But on the Fast Fire 2 you have to zero the
    sight after changing batteries. I like the mounts that hold the
    sight closer to the barrel.
    http://www.amazon.com/Burris-300234...oods&ie=UTF8&qid=1452816815&sr=1-1&keywords=b
    http://ads.midwayusa.com/product/69...i_google-_-pf_ci_google&gclid=Cj0KEQiAq920BRC
     
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  5. Kowboy

    Kowboy Gresham, OR Member

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    It does sound like the 3 is better. I would like to adjust the brightness and I think having to take it off and rezero just for a battery change is a pain in the rear.
     
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  6. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I prefer the Trijicon Reflex RX06 model sights.
    They are spendy, but if you're patient, I have bought used ones with mounts for around $250.00
    I like the fact that you don't need batteries and in daylight the fiber optic lens really make the amber triangle bright and easy to see.
    Also very light weight and rugged.
     
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  7. SFGIANTSGUY28

    SFGIANTSGUY28 Beaverton, OR Active Member

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    I sent you a PM.
     
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    steelwool PDX New Member

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  9. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    I have to enthusiastically +1 on 'Ritz here. Have had a PRO on my 6920 for 4 1/2 years, running constantly, and it is still on its first battery, and have qualified between 212 and 216 out of 220 each year on the carbine CJTC test #730 with it.

    Buy once, cry once. Put it into a LaRue M68 QD mount and you'll be done for good.:) They'll probably send you some 'Dillo Dust for the BBQ, too.
     
  10. Boboclown

    Boboclown North Carolina Well-Known Member

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    This. Aimpoints are pretty damn tough. Vortex is good for budget and warranty but Aimpoint lasts.

    Though if you have astigmatism I'd look into prism scopes.
     
  11. Kowboy

    Kowboy Gresham, OR Member

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    Say, what is the difference between the aimpoint pro and m2?
     
  12. Boboclown

    Boboclown North Carolina Well-Known Member

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    Aimpoint PRO has a 2 MOA dot vs 4 MOA dot on the M2. I think the PRO has a longer battery life too, not sure on that one.
     
  13. Kowboy

    Kowboy Gresham, OR Member

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    Which is a better choice, 2 moa or 4? Isn't one dot bigger than the other?
     
  14. Boboclown

    Boboclown North Carolina Well-Known Member

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    Bigger dot (4 MOA) is better for quick target acquisition in close range. Smaller dot is better for longer ranges, though you'd probably have to use holdovers at those distances anyways. For people who are cursed with astigmatism the 2 MOA dot is better.
     
  15. Kowboy

    Kowboy Gresham, OR Member

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    I've looked at everyone's suggestions and I think I'm going to go for an aimpoint. It's more money then I want to spend on one right now but after listening to advice and doing some reading up on it I think it will be the better choice in the long run, and I only want to do this once.
     
  16. Boboclown

    Boboclown North Carolina Well-Known Member

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    Good choice. Aimpoints are rugged. Apparently it takes more than a fire to kill one. ;)
     
  17. SFGIANTSGUY28

    SFGIANTSGUY28 Beaverton, OR Active Member

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    Trijicon MRO?

    Bit less expensive and less proven but looks promising.....
     
  18. Kowboy

    Kowboy Gresham, OR Member

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    I've looked at it and I got to be honest, I like the aimpoint better. It was the testimony and rep that made me decide on looking for an aimpoint.
     
  19. Kowboy

    Kowboy Gresham, OR Member

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    Yea, I still have to watch that video...
     
  20. jdm033056

    jdm033056 Willamette Valley Member

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    In your stated price range

    A big +1 for the FastFire III, I have over 3000 rounds of 9mm, 40SW and 45 through mine and it has been flawless.

    I also have a Leupold Delta Point 1 and it is very nice especially the auto on but the battery comp is on the bottom.

    The Ultradot L/T also looks promising.

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