I have an original SPARC and a SPARC II on an AR and a .22 autoloader. I also have two Venoms; one on a .22 LR pistol and one on a 9mm pistol. I really like the Venom. Never had a single problem with any of them.
I concur with every positive post. I'm a Vortex owner and repeat customer. Have the SPARC and SPARC II, also have a pair of their bino's. All function and perform excellent. SPARC's have been mounted on a Sig 516, Rock River AR-15, Ruger 10/22, and a Arsenal SLR-95. They hold steady and do what they were designed to do.
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Posts: 692 | Location: On the outskirts of Raleigh | Registered: September 10, 2009
I think that they're good for what they are. I had some negative experiences with their lower end optics (glare with a Diamondback 3-9x40 on a 30-30 rifle, horrendous aberrations and distortion with a StrikeEagle 1-6x24; both scopes sold off with full disclosure); in the future I won't consider buying anything below the Viper level of product. That said, our shop has experienced problems with Razor line optics, primarily with durability (Razor HD 10x42 bino breaking) and built quality right out of the box (5-20x50 FFP and a stuck turret knob), so even with their higher end stuff that warranty of theirs has its definite usefulness.
Generally my Vortex red dots have run well (two Strikefires, Venom reflex, Spitfire AR, Spitfire 1x) and their 3x magnifier works well enough. As well, in the yet-to-be-used category I also have a Razor Gen2 1-6x24 still sitting in its box, waiting for me to figure out just what the hell rifle I want to mount this boat anchor to (it IS a heavy one).
I really like my Strikefire II, I have it on a CZ Scorpion carbine and a 1-6 Strike Eagle on my MCX and both have been flawless. I would consider another Vortex optic. I have been trying to find one of the new 1-8 Strike Eagles to look at.
Posts: 719 | Location: Virginia Beach, VA | Registered: February 13, 2009
I have 2 Strikefire IIs that I bought when PSA was running the optic + 10 pmags deal. One is on a 5.56 AR, the other is on a 9mm AR. The one on the 9mm died the other day after only a couple of hundred rounds through the rifle. I contacted Vortex, they responded quickly and sent me a shipping label. It went back yesterday. We'll see what the outcome is, but so far I have been impressed with their support.
Posts: 2621 | Location: In the Cornfields | Registered: May 25, 2006
^^^ Primary, Brownell's and Optic Planet were all bundling them with the Burris PEPR mount over the last year. I like the American Defense mount, but the combo looked like a pretty good deal at a couple of points.
Posts: 20900 | Location: Deep in the heart of the brush country, and closing on that #&*%!?! roadrunner. Really. | Registered: February 05, 2008
Upper level Vortex are quality optics. On par with Leupold VX6 line. I have several solid scopes and binoculars from various makers. If I can get Vortex for a fair price, that would be my first choice. Try Cameraland for excellent pricing on Vortex.