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Old 10-19-2014, 01:37 PM   #1
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Need suggestions on scope/red dot for AR-15

Looking to get a scope and or red dot for my AR-15, looking to spend less than 300.00 if possible.

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Old 10-19-2014, 02:15 PM   #2
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http://www.amazon.com/1-75MOA-Solar-...eupold+red+dot

This is obviously a scam or something. Kind of brazen to use images of a product that say "Property of Trijicon"


Seriously, i would save some more. As Redo would say, "buy once, cry once". Double your price and you'e in Aimpoint and some Eotech gear. Those are the two brands i have experience with and i think they're great. Maybe someone else has some experience with less expensive optics.

http://www.amazon.com/Aimpoint-PRO-P...s=aimpoint+pro $440




http://www.amazon.com/Aimpoint-H-1-M...aimpoint+micro $570




http://www.amazon.com/Eotech-Tactica...eywords=eotech $535
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Old 10-19-2014, 02:26 PM   #3
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I could save up more if that's the best option. I am looking for red dot and magnification, is that achievable for under 600.00?
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Not that i'm aware of.

You could always get an optic and then after a while pick up a magnifier.

http://www.amazon.com/EoTech-G33-STS...tech+magnifier $495





There are less expensive magnifiers though. I wouldn't have much difficulty trying out a less expensive magnifier. An optic though, i think i'd rather spend a bit more on and make sure it always works and stays on zero.
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Old 10-19-2014, 02:40 PM   #5
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one of these came on one of my ARs. It was a $290 version. Totally sucked. Every time you'd shoot it you would have to adjust the zero. Sometimes after a shot the red dot would disappear then come back on after the next shot.

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Old 10-19-2014, 05:26 PM   #6
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The Bushnell TRS-25 is the best bang for the buck for what I've used, and it's a very reliable optic. Not to the level of Aimpoint, but much better than the lower-end optics.

Also take a look at Vortex offerings. Their red dots are decent quality, with a good warranty. I'm not a huge fan of them, but they have their following. If you get a Vortex setup with their 3x magnifier, you can get the whole package for under $600. The new Spitfire is getting a lot of positive press. It's supposed to be their middle ground between the basic red dots and the Razor red dots.
http://swfa.com/Vortex-C1408.aspx
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Old 10-19-2014, 06:01 PM   #7
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OP, you should double up on the budget and just get a quality red dot. I have an aimpoint micro T-1, and it's the bees knees. Here's a torture test video on the Daniel Defense M4 rifle, but I almost feel like it's an advertisement for the aimpoint on an underlying basis.

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Old 10-19-2014, 08:44 PM   #8
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What are you doing with your AR? Range time, classes, personal defense, all of the above? That answer will change my answer to your question. For example, if this AR is just for fun and will only ever see time at the range, I would probably recommend a Primary Arms Micro and a Vortex 3x magnifier in a Primary Arms mount. However, for class work or personal defense, I would suggest something more robust like the Aimpoint or Eotech and make sure that you look through each before making a decision to ensure that you can see the dot. Not all eyes see red dots the same way.
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What are you doing with your AR? Range time, classes, personal defense, all of the above? That answer will change my answer to your question. For example, if this AR is just for fun and will only ever see time at the range, I would probably recommend a Primary Arms Micro and a Vortex 3x magnifier in a Primary Arms mount. However, for class work or personal defense, I would suggest something more robust like the Aimpoint or Eotech and make sure that you look through each before making a decision to ensure that you can see the dot. Not all eyes see red dots the same way.
Mainly I use it at the range for target shooting. I may take it on a hunting trip to go after some hogs but the range will be 99% of the use.

I have a shotgun for home defense, the AR stays in its case.

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I've got an Aimpoint PRO I got for about $400. Love it.

My buddy just picked up a Strikefire 2, he loves it.

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I've got an Aimpoint PRO I got for about $400. Love it.

My buddy just picked up a Strikefire 2, he loves it.

ymmv
Nice thanks! LOL

Do those include magnification?
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Nice thanks! LOL

Do those include magnification?
nope, both 1x. He's looking at picking up the Vortex magnifier, though.

I've moved the Aimpoint over to my SBR and I'm in the process of wanting to buy a variable scope for my 16" rifle

If you're willing to bump your budget by about 5-6x, you can step up to a Leupold HAMR
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nope, both 1x. He's looking at picking up the Vortex magnifier, though.

I've moved the Aimpoint over to my SBR and I'm in the process of wanting to buy a variable scope for my 16" rifle

If you're willing to bump your budget by about 5-6x, you can step up to a Leupold HAMR
Geez that's more than my AR costs
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For a budget RD I heard good things from these guys on other forums

https://www.primaryarms.com/Primary_Arms_s/586.htm
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The Bushnell TRS-25 is the best bang for the buck for what I've used, and it's a very reliable optic. Not to the level of Aimpoint, but much better than the lower-end optics.

Also take a look at Vortex offerings. Their red dots are decent quality, with a good warranty. I'm not a huge fan of them, but they have their following. If you get a Vortex setup with their 3x magnifier, you can get the whole package for under $600. The new Spitfire is getting a lot of positive press. It's supposed to be their middle ground between the basic red dots and the Razor red dots.
http://swfa.com/Vortex-C1408.aspx
My Bushnell TRS-25 has been set on 3 for over a year now without fading. I use it for 3 gun competitions and it has held up to some abuse.

IMO its pretty good setup for HD, competitions and range(what else are you doing?).

My primary arms one is pretty nice but the battery lasts about half the time.

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I have a trs-25 for my 22lr rifles. Never given me any trouble.
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I've got a used Aimpoint Comop M4 M68CCO. Has a 80,000 battery life, 500,000 hours with the NV settings. Can take up to 150 feet water submersion.

Look at the specs, very interesting optics.

http://www.aimpoint.com/products/all...roduct/CompM4/

This ones got some mud in the cracks and some bare aluminum in the high spots but will clean up great with a good scrubbing with a tooth bruth (it needs to be washed). 90% condition functions fine. $450 shipped if your interested. Let me know if you want some pics.
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This vortex scope is a pretty damn good deal http://www.cabelas.com/product/Vorte...12&WT.tsrc=AFF
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