Cheap AR-15 Red Dot sight

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by bikerlbf406, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. bikerlbf406

    bikerlbf406 New Member

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    My new AR-15 have no sights or scope on it at all right now. I am wanting to get a red-dot for it. It will be used mainly for pinking. It is chambered in .223 & 5.56. I want a cheap red dot, preferably no more than $50, however if I can get cheaper, prefer that Don't have to be anything fancy, but I do want something that will hold up the the round and will not lose center. What would you recommend? Whatever I get must accept a picatinny rail.
     
  2. kjbcruz12

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    Don't plan on getting anything that's worth it for that much then man. I have a Trijicon ACOG replica that cost me 180 bucks and it's for airsoft. Decent reddots cost money


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  3. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    AR recoil is almost nonexistent. Even the cheap, Chinese sights will survive plinking. You will find the cheapest on eBay, or look on sportsman's guide.
     
  4. kjbcruz12

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    Cheap but not 50 bucks cheap. Or maybe I'm not looking hard enough


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  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    cheap optics are just that, cheap. you may get one in your range of budget and it might last a few rounds or it might last a lifetime. you just never know until you put your money down and spin the wheel.

    i have a BSA red dot that i bought a few years ago for about $65 and so far it has held up fine in occasional use. i also have iron sights as well as a 4X scope that i use on the same rifle.
     
  6. okdonk

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    The cheapest i can suggest is the Bushnell TRS-25 with UTG mount. You can get them both around $90 from Amazon.
    I have one mounted on my M&P 15-22 and it holds zero. Not sure if it will stay zero for 223/5.56 recoil.
    Or check out the Primary Arms red dot selections.
     
  7. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    Came to post about the TRS-25, I've heard very good things.

    There's also the Vortex strikefire.

    I think your budget needs to come up a bit.

    Buy once, cry once.
     
  8. Triumphman

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    TruGlo, CenterPoint are all I got.
     
  9. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    You really want one with a 2" moa dot or a 1"moa circle dot. Might have to spend a little more and but a utg riser.
     
  10. Defiant_one

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    I beg to differ

    For the $29 I spent, it has been spot on and no change in alignment after 100's of rounds. I am sure more expensive sights are better but at 3 to 10 time the cost..NOT something I need.

    My scope was not expensive either and has impressed some folks. Okay, it wasn;t cheap either ..lol

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F5V5VJY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
  11. Defiant_one

    Defiant_one New Member

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    Btw...

    Check out the customers reviews...They can't all be wrong (over 1000) can they ?

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...tailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1#cm_cr_dpwidget

    Trust me, I don't buy CHEAP unless I know I am getting something that may SEEM cheap but punches above its weight class. I did the same in audio. Found a $50 phono stage (used for turntables) that beat anything under $300..tested by many and guess what ? Shocked the heck out of them...

    Just sayin...LOL
     
  12. mopowerbmx

    mopowerbmx New Member

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    +1 on the trs25. I've got one and it hasn't failed yet. But you need a set of MBUS.
     
  13. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    TruGlo

    I have a TruGlo 2X42 Prismatic Electronic 2 color/Multi-Reticle. it's listed at $180-$200. Got it From Natchez for $100..loved it so much I bought a second one. Works on AR's., Shotguns, and I put my first one on my Mossberg 22 Semi,...also bought their Reflex Multi-reticle Red/Green dot($60)...
    the 2X42 is a little smaller then the Old Colt 4X15 AR Scopes....for me it's more then enough for a 22LR, and I've been told, work as well on CF AR's...
    You Might Try Sportsman's Guide,...
     
  14. sweeper22

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    When I think 'cheap' red dot for an AR, I think around $100. There are good options for that price. Very good, in fact.

    I'm a fan of the Vortex Sparc, Vortex Strikefire, and Bushnell TRS-25. These can all be found at various price points from $75-150. I've used the Strikefire a bunch and have a Sparc and a TRS25 on a pair of my BCMs.
     
  15. Quentin

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    +1 on the Bushnell TRS-25 with UTG mount. I've used a couple on 5.56 ARs for many years with no problems. Great battery life too. Both the optic and mount are well worth the money.
     
  16. sandog

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    Another good "cheap" red dot is the Primary Arms Micro. Around $90 and tons of good reviews. I would not waste my money on anything cheaper.
     
  17. bikerlbf406

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    i see the Bushnell TRS-25 has a weaver mount....my AR have picatinny mount, so I'm assuming even though I don't have no regular sites to where I need a riser, that I would have to get a mount to go from weaver to picatinny?
     
  18. SSGN_Doc

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    I have a TRS-25 that I got for $99 and it had a $25 rebate when I bought it. It has been on my AR for over a year. It also spent some time in a .30-30 as an experiment. The .30-30 fell into water when crossing a beaver dam. Landed on some mud encased timbers in the way down, landing on the sight and partially submerged it in the water for less than a minute. Sling swivel had come loose. Sight was still zeroed, weekend fine. I like the closed tube for better strength that some of the open top window designs, just for little reasons like that.

    If I had $50, I'd save until I had at least $100.

    I also had a Tasco PDP 2 that was an older Japanese made one, that I got as part of a trade. That was a solid optic. Might be able to find one on E-Bay for a decent price.
     
  19. sputnik1988

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    Just looked up the mounts they aren't cheap, this will be a cheaper option, very good sight.

    http://palmettostatearmory.com/inde...specials/vortex-strikefire-red-green-dot.html
     
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