Please don't underestimate the levels of cheapness to which I can stoop. I have a $40 Tasco red dot sight and an Ncstar scope. The scope and the red dot work well enough. My marksmanship needs much improvement before I start worrying about expensive optics. I just wanted to get on the range and start killing paper.
The last time I fired anything other than a .22, was Desert Storm. We got to qual with .45's and got to fire a "familiarization" with M-1 garands, loaded them from stripper clips and everything. The gunnersmates wouldn't let us touch the M-14's.
All that being said, my rifle marksmanship skills that I learned in Jrotc have now seriously deteriorated. Once I broke down and used the elevation wheel on the rear sight I was knocking the hell out of the bulls eye at 25 yards. I want to be that accurate on the same size target at 100 yards before I start dumping more money into "good" optics. If I then outgrow those I will push the budget for better optics then. I really have little use for a gun that is more accurate than I can shoot it.
I know that that last statement will ruffle some feathers. I already know that this gun is capable of much more accuracy than my meager skills can produce or my meager budget can support. But like all of my other hobbies, I will do what I can with my available resources. If a hobby starts to put a major strain on my finances it ceases to be fun......I wanna keep this fun.
When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.