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Old February 16, 2017, 11:10 PM   #1
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Learning AR-15 Sight Options

Howdy,

I know asking for advice on certain brands will result in a long list so maybe a discussion of types and my needs will be better start. I'll mention what I'm leaning towards and any comments on that welcome and if you feel REAL strongly about one you think I should look at PLEASE chime in!

I have a Colt 6920 and am not interested in removing the front iron sight.

Interested in a red dot type.

Target and learning tactical approaches.

~$300 budget but can go over for a quality product.

Prefer to avoid china made, USA Japan optics have always served me better.

Was introduced to a Vortex StrikeFire II today and liked it but think I may be able to go up a level with my budget.

Thanks,

LC
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Old February 16, 2017, 11:51 PM   #2
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If you've got the money, I like the Aimpoint Pro.

http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/Aimpo...-pro-12841.htm
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Old February 16, 2017, 11:56 PM   #3
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The poor man's Aimpoint Micro:

http://www.primaryarms.com/primary

With this mount:

http://www.larue.com/larue-tactical-aimpoint

Lots of good choices out there these days.
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Old February 16, 2017, 11:59 PM   #4
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My links aren't working. That was the Primary Arms Advanced Micro Dot and the LaRue LT751 mount.
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Old February 17, 2017, 03:17 AM   #5
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The cheaper primary arms lower 1/3 mount works fine for the PA sight, and only adds $30 to the price... So it comes in under $200.

They are supposed to be releasing an updated version of the Advanced Red dot, that gets a lifetime warranty as well. (I have a couple of the current version that are working fine, no issues. PA is known for making tough reasonable cost sights)

An Aimpoint PRO is a great choice, and their ACO is a little cheaper if you need, but I don't think its worth the slightly lower price compared to the features of the PRO. I do like my PRO a lot, despite its larger size over a micro.


If you want a micro sized red dot, which is my preference... get the PA advanced now, or wait for the new one to be released. But I think it will cost a bit more. Either way, you get a micro dot sight for half or less than an Aimpoint micro.

The Sig red dots are actually pretty good, not made in china, at least some are not anyway... You get a micro sized sight for the cost of a PRO. They do have some slightly lower cost ones as well, just a difference in features affecting the pricing. Apparently the FBI thinks they are tough enough for duty use, as they authorized one of the models as an alternate to their current red dot they issue.
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Old February 17, 2017, 11:14 AM   #6
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Aimpoint PRO is the answer.
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Old February 17, 2017, 02:24 PM   #7
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Check out the various models of SeeAllSights. As effective as a red dot but a better alternative in my experience. The new model with the tritium added looks very interesting. I have the original model on my 9MM JustRightCarbine and it works great. I'm going to get the new version with tritium and the crosshairs for my AR47 as soon as I can afford it.
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Old February 17, 2017, 06:28 PM   #8
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Aimpoint PROs run ~$360 on sale, best bang for your buck IMO.
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Old February 17, 2017, 11:04 PM   #9
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If you want a red dot, some flavor of Aimpoint is the way to go, in my opinion.
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Old February 18, 2017, 12:00 AM   #10
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At $360, go with a PRO all the way.
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Old February 18, 2017, 03:47 PM   #11
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If you buy the PRO online, several retailers have very good online coupons. Optics Planet is one. I got mine a year or so ago for $300 even. No tax. No shipping cost. Worth every penny
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Old February 18, 2017, 03:54 PM   #12
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Vortex Strikefire II dot set up to lower 1/3 co witness with a Matech rear millspec flip up BUIS. Perfect functioning and versatile setup that won't drown your budget.

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Old February 18, 2017, 06:59 PM   #13
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Aimpoint PRO, it's worth every penny.
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Old February 19, 2017, 12:10 AM   #14
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Thanks for the advice!

Sounds like Aimpoint may be preferred....

Looks like only 2 MOA versions....

Any thoughts on a Trijicon RMR? I know a few $$$$ more but I suffer from buy the best and cry once syndrome

Thanks,

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Old February 19, 2017, 04:45 AM   #15
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I see the RMR as a backup more than a primary... They are tough and small though.

Trijicon also makes a micro'ish sized red dot... the MRO. About the same or a bit more than a PRO, but less than a Aimpoint micro.
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Old February 19, 2017, 08:01 AM   #16
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If your life depends on your weapon ? Aimpoint.

If your a recreational target shooter ? Vortex, and spend the saved money with practice shooting more ammo...
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Old February 19, 2017, 09:25 AM   #17
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I had a Vortex Sparc 2 before I traded it out for a 3x Spitfire. I would recommend the Sparc to anyone without hesitation but I would say that if I had the extra $200 I would be very tempted by the Aimpoint as well.
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Old February 20, 2017, 05:36 PM   #18
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Any thoughts on a Trijicon RMR? I know a few $$$$ more but I suffer from buy the best and cry once syndrome
You will not feel under-served by the Aimpoint PRO. As a primary, there are few better red dots. It's on the large and heavy side (though much of the weight comes from the included QRP2 mount), but to get anything of similar quality and less weight is going to cost quite a bit more.

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If your life depends on your weapon ? Aimpoint.

If your a recreational target shooter ? Vortex, and spend the saved money with practice shooting more ammo...
This is a fair assessment. I own Aimpoint PROs and a Vortex StrikeFire. The StrikeFire is perfectly acceptable on the .22LR dedicated "fun" AR-15 I have it mounted on.

But there is no comparison between the two - the PRO is vastly superior. It's more robust, much clearer, has much better controls, and the battery life is an order of magnitude longer (such that I never turn them off - this is a prerequisite for a defensive rifle in my opinion).


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