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Red Dot for $200 or less

Discussion in 'Gear & Accessories' started by xXBOSS429Xx, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. xXBOSS429Xx

    xXBOSS429Xx Portland New Member

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    I'm looking for a good quality sight for my AR-15 and wanted to know what would be a good choice for $200 or under. I know EOTech and Aim Point are considered the best but I'm looking towards the Burris Fastfire 3 right now.
     
  2. broncman

    broncman E. of Portland yet to close! Quality Control!

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    Bushnell TRS-25 great for a $80-100 3moa red dot.
     
  3. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I've tried the TRS 25 on two rifles so far and couldn't get either to adjust to the POI. Looks like a good little sight, uses my favorite little CR2032 lithium wafer batteries, and I'm going to try them on two other rifles, just saying

    Personally I'm only buying mini Eotechs in the future, they are worth every penny
     
  4. 1200bruce

    1200bruce Port Angeles WA Active Member

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    Vortex Strikefire.
     
  5. Ben B.

    Ben B. Eugene Member

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    I have 3 Aimpoints (Comp3, Comp4 & H-1), a Trij reflex, a FastFire 3, a Sightron 33mm tube red dot, 2 UltraDot reflex sights and an UltraDot 30mm tube red dot.

    For my ~$200, I would look at Burris FF3 or 30mm tube UltraDot in an Aimpoint QD mount.
     
  6. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    I have decided on the Burris 1x4 MTAC for my EBR, over three hundred on sale and basically 4 bills plus with mounts. Spendier than I originally planned but terrific reviews but an etched reticle if batteries go south. being 1x4 barely edged out the Meprolight M21 for me. Now to sell some excess stuff to swing it.

    Brutus Out
     
  7. POSOG

    POSOG Clackamas Member

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    The Bushnell TRS-25 worked great for me on two of my AR's as well as Sight Marks Tactical (Aimpoint Clone) on the other two. Both came with 1" mounts with the Sight Mark on a cantilever style mount. TRS-25 at $109 WalMart, Sight Mark at $79.99 Sportsmans. Unless you'll be hard core on the battle field, these work just fine. They also co-witness lower third well too.
     
  8. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    While they aren't an Aim Point or EoTech, Primary Arms makes an inexpensive red dot which isn't bad for the money. It is very similar to the Bushnell TRS-25.

    I've used both, and most of the time they hold a 3 MOA they claim. But if you want finer tuned than that, you have to upgrade to a better optic.
     
  9. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    another vote for Vortex Strikefire.
     
  10. KalamaMark

    KalamaMark Kalama Wa Well-Known Member

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    I'm a big fan of the Vortex Strikefire. It's a GREAT optic for the money.

    If you have a fixed front sight on your AR, that's the one I'd go with.

    However, I recently reviewed the Redfield Counterstrike, and the performance of the red dot rivals that of the Strikefire, it has a similar price point, but it also has a built in laser.

    [video=youtube;UFUFQGkHZDk]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFUFQGkHZDk[/video]
     
  11. KalamaMark

    KalamaMark Kalama Wa Well-Known Member

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    [video=youtube;liTvazJQAhE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liTvazJQAhE[/video]
     
  12. ripcity

    ripcity Milwaukie Active Member

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    Third vote for the vortex strikefire. I own one and have no complaints.
     
  13. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I like the better area visibility of the Bushnell or Eotech. Aimpoints seem overpriced to me but a lot of people swear by them. I really don't like the holo optics with big bulging parts sticking out that occlude the target zone

    If you want a really versatile scope (more $$ but well worth it for any serious use) that is GTG even when the battery (CR2032) dies, check out the Countersniper 1 x 4 red/green illuminated scope, they are expensive but awesome optics. Here's the Crusader 1 x 12 I have on my PTR 91 GI A3, except my model has a larger exit lense

    CounterSniper Optics Crusader 1-12x30mm Tactical Rifle Scope FREE S&H DOH373. CounterSniper Optics Rifle Scopes.

    Here's the 1 x 4 that might be better on an AR15

    CounterSniper Optics RifleScopes 1-4x24mm Tactical Riflescope DOH323 FREE S&H DOH323. CounterSniper Optics Rifle Scopes.

    Here's what the 1 x 12 reticle looks like on high power.. you can also switch to green. It is much more visible in daylight than any red dot.. more like an Eotech, with plenty of brightness levels for any light conditions. This scope is good from point blank (on 1 x) to however far your caliber and gun are capable of (12 x)

    IMG_0046.jpg

    IMG_0046.jpg
     
  14. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I just ordered two of these Primary Arms Micro Dots last week. I haven't had a chance to see them in person, so I went solely by the excellent reviews they've received. My next optic will be a Vortex Strikefire.
     
  15. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    Blitzkrieg, not trying to start a flame war on this. But are you serious about this CounterSniper recommendation? Having watched the trashing they received over at sniper's hide, I couldn't in good conscious recommend them to anyone. Especially at their listed prices.
     
  16. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I have had zero problem with mine so far. I have to say that snipers hide forum has impressed me very little and I have perused it for years. Lots of ego and testosterone there with a little but not enough common sense. YMMV


    BTW lots of folks swear by the Vortex Strikefire and many think it's cheap junk.. I've never owned one so I can't speak to that.. so whatever
     
  17. boxer13

    boxer13 PNW Active Member

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    Yet another vote for the Vortex Strikefire. Inexpensive, with pretty good controls. red/green options and NV compatible. Put in on a QD mount and you are good to go.
     
  18. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Another satisfied owner of the Vortex Strikefire, what I really like is the ability to switch to the green dot when the sun is in your face.

    As stated B-4 it has never lost POI since I attached it 9 months ago & during 8 range trips to attack that pesky metal man at 100 yds.
     
  19. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    the dot size runs between 3 and 6 moa on most of the red dot sights I have seen, unacceptable.
     
  20. IheartGUNS

    IheartGUNS WaCo Well-Known Member

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    +1 on primary arms and trs25 I have them both and they are pretty awesome.