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Recommendations for Colt 1620 Socom: Optical or red dot, carry handle?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by tkdguy, Jun 21, 2014.

  1. tkdguy

    tkdguy Portland, Oregon Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I recently purchased a 16 20 Socom. Can someone recommend either a red dot, holographic or optical sight for my 66 year old eyes? I'm planning on using this for sport and unlikely hunting. Likely shooting at 50 or 100 yards.

    I have a Ultra Dot/Match Dot II on a Ruger Government Bull barrel-so that seems to work well at 50 yards.

    Can some one recommend a "handle" for carrying the AR with the option to a fix a optical sight as above?

    THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED ASSISTANCE. TKDGUY
     
  2. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    so you want carry handle, and optic on top of that?

    something like this?
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    most people don't like mounting optic on top of carry handle, because it's too high and you can't get good cheek weld on it.

    and what price range?
     
  3. .45's and .38's

    .45's and .38's Happy Valley OR Well-Known Member

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  4. tkdguy

    tkdguy Portland, Oregon Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I'm thinking $400 for the optics and mount (roughly). I see the problem you described above with a handle and a scope ontop. I like the handle for carrying. Seem that it would be a whole lot easier. tkdguy
     
  5. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    for red dot's, there are so many out there.

    but I recommend vortex strikefire, it's very well built for the price.
     
  6. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    While having the eye piece so high off of the cheek piece is an issue it's not insurmountable. I use a variety of scopes on my Colt H-BAR including a Baush and Lomb 6-24 power varmint job, looks pretty goofy sticking out past the front sight. I have a lace on cheek piece and it works very well but I rarely use it anymore. You just get used to placing your lower tooth line on the stock just the same every time. Good luck finding your perfect solution!
     
  7. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Highly recommend that you do some field research in brick-n-mortar stores first of all, to (literally) see what type of sight will work best for your eye type and vision. Then take it from there. This is a highly subjective choice.

    For some, a Holo sight is the best fit and for others, the red-dot type will be a winner.

    Some people with astigmatism have problems with red dots.

    My choice was an Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic which has been running constantly for 3 years on the same battery, and produces very good results for me. Never a single problem.

    Mounted on a LaRue QD mount, it's been a great piece of gear.
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    I had a detachable carry handle, but removed it to minimize snagging during handling and to get a better sight picture from a Magpul ACS stock.

    A single-point-sling has taken care of the carrying chores.
     
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  8. mkwerx

    mkwerx Forest Grove, OR Well-Known Member

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    If your budget is upto $400 - check out Vortex' newest dot sight - the Spitfire. A friend of mine is a manager at the new Sportsman's Warehouse, he showed me the sight the other day (they just got their shipment, hadn't even had a chance to put them on display yet) - very clear glass, and an interesting reticule - it's a 2MOA dot inside a 20 MOA circle that has a 65MOA circle around that. (I think I got those circle sizes right) - it's like the EO Tech reticule but with an extra circle. The reticule is supposed to be etched, and is supposed to be usable with illumination turned off, and it was VERY clear and crisp compared to the other $400 and cheaper sights I've seen. The sight has both red & green - which is nice because I find the green to be more visible in most situations and prefer the green setting on both the Vortex Strikefire and Redfield Counterstrike.

    Like the Strikefire and Counterstrike, the Spitfire comes with the mount. Retail on the Spitfire was $300.

    http://www.vortexoptics.com/category/spitfire_prism_scopes
     
  9. Three Bars

    Three Bars Active Member

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    With a $400 budget you have a lot to choose from. Make sure you check out EOtech along with the others....love mine.