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Old 02-09-2013, 12:35 AM   #1
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Looking for a red dot for my ar. I have no knowledge about red dots. Not looking to spend alot or anything fancy just looking to get something reliable. Thanks for any and all input.

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Old 02-09-2013, 01:13 AM   #2
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One of the best (cost wise and ruggedness) red dots is the Vortex SPARC. Can be found online for under $200. The Vortex Strikefire is less and good as well. AimPoint and Eotec and things like that are big money but worth it. Stay away from NcStar.

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Looking for a red dot for my ar. I have no knowledge about red dots. Not looking to spend alot or anything fancy just looking to get something reliable. Thanks for any and all input.

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Don't buy the cheapy stuff. It is enticing for the price, but after a few sessions at the range you have more of a Red Blur than a Red Dot. I was thinking along the same lines as you and started with a BSA. Within 3 trips to the range I had the blur. Now, most people would say what I bought was cheap, but I've been using it since November and it works great. Even some of the local guys have been impressed with it's overall performance for the cost. I can't find it for sale, but I can show you the link from Ebay where I bought it:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SPO-4x32-ACOG-style-Scope-Fiber-Optic-Battle-Sight-illuminated-Reticle-Rail-/330827733818?nma=true&si=4jM8rUMhQt%252BSrxQYbCSYG 1apU4g%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675. l2557
It's held perfectly tight since the original alignment. It also has a fiber-optic like on the top and it's within .25" of the recticle. Check it out. There are a few gems in the rough out there.
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Don't buy the cheapy stuff. It is enticing for the price, but after a few sessions at the range you have more of a Red Blur than a Red Dot. I was thinking along the same lines as you and started with a BSA. Within 3 trips to the range I had the blur. Now, most people would say what I bought was cheap, but I've been using it since November and it works great. Even some of the local guys have been impressed with it's overall performance for the cost. I can't find it for sale, but I can show you the link from Ebay where I bought it:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SPO-4x32-ACOG-style-Scope-Fiber-Optic-Battle-Sight-illuminated-Reticle-Rail-/330827733818?nma=true&si=4jM8rUMhQt%252BSrxQYbCSYG 1apU4g%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675. l2557
It's held perfectly tight since the original alignment. It also has a fiber-optic like on the top and it's within .25" of the recticle. Check it out. There are a few gems in the rough out there.
Do you have a front sight on your barrel? If so, does it interfere with the red dot?
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Does you have a front sight on your barrel? If so, does it interfere with the red dot?
Mine has no iron sight. It came as a flat top. The following picture shows it, I think the day after I got it with a BSA on it. That's the one that failed after a couple range visits. But you can see it's a flat top
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For me the fixed front sight doesn't interfere with a RDS. Cowitness, using a flip up rear.

The Bushnell TRS-25 works great for me. $80, if you catch a sale.

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One of the best (cost wise and ruggedness) red dots is the Vortex SPARC. Can be found online for under $200. The Vortex Strikefire is less and good as well. AimPoint and Eotec and things like that are big money but worth it. Stay away from NcStar.
Whats wrong with NcStar? Ive got an NcStar holographic sight co witnessed on my AR and it works great. Ive had it for about 3 years now with no issues.
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I got a vortex Strikefire around christmas from PSA for $125. It was a big improvement over my ATI $50 sight. The batteries are pricy but I have yet to replace it.
I haven't used it much though as reloading supplies for 300 BLK are scarce.

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For me the fixed front sight doesn't interfere with a RDS. Cowitness, using a flip up rear.

The Bushnell TRS-25 works great for me. $80, if you catch a sale.
Quentin,
You got me interested in the Bushnell now. I want a small red dot for my 7.5" pistol build. My A2 irons are to big for this. How does it do on sunny days, is it bright enough? If I shoulder fire, sighting rough because of the eye relief, I think if I mounted the TRS-25 a couple of inches forward it would be easier.
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You only need to remember two words for Red Dots.

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The new Aimpoint Patrol rifle Optic (PRO) is only around $400 and it's front cabin all the way.

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