So finally off the feedback in here bought a sig swat rifle. I’m a noob on rifles so most likely it will see range time not a hunter. So many choices, red dot, reflex or standard scopes. Without breaking the bank best recommendations
For a "starter" and "range toy" AR? Primary Arms and Vortex make some nice low price optics of decent quality. I am a fan of prism scope design myself but the Primary Arms 1-4x24 is a nice low priced starter optic.
I've got Vortex Spitfire prismatic scopes, 1X and 3X, on two of my AR rifles...the 1X reticle is a circle/dot that reminds me of an Eotech...3X is a ranging type. I like the fact that they can be used without illumination (just a black reticle) if you lose battery power (unlike a red dot)...
Unlike a red dot sight, which allows it to be placed wherever you choose on the rail, prismatic scopes don't have the unlimited eye relief of red dots, so they need to be mounted to the rear (at least for me) where the BUS would mount...being scopes they also don't work well with BUS anyway so it was not a big issue with be...especially with them still being able to function without power...
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I'm in the process of putting together a BCM upper and lower for my first AR. I chose the Trijicon MRO with an SLR co-witness mount, I got it off Amazon for $360 shipped, the mount was $70.
I have only been able to play with it mounted on the upper, I pick up the lower on Wednesday. I hope I can follow up with an update in a few days. So far I am really impressed with it. I have the updated 89XXX+ serial number version.
My second choice was the Aimpoint Pro, they are comparable price and performance. The Aimpoint has a built in mount.
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Hoping it never comes to having to use as a defensive weapon but need to cover all bases. Overall glass or red dot which holds up better or has less issues. Buying a higher end used glass was mentioned pros and cons or new lessor quality
The biggest thing is seeing how your eyesight reacts to the various dots and reticles. The best optic out there is worthless to you if it appears fuzzy and out of focus. I have some friends who can't focus on Eotech at all. If you can, get some time at the store or range looking through various models to see what works for your eyes.
Originally posted by lee40215: Hoping it never comes to having to use as a defensive weapon but need to cover all bases. Overall glass or red dot which holds up better or has less issues. Buying a higher end used glass was mentioned pros and cons or new lessor quality
If the AR will pull double duty as a defensive carbine I would probably spend a few extra dollars and go for something like an Aimpoint, Trijicon, or Steiner red dot if you don’t have astigmatism or other vision problems that would prevent you from effectively using one. The Aimpoint ACO optics can be found for less than $400 and, if you hunt around some, you should be able to find the Trijicon MRO for ~$450.
If you do have astigmatism then the Burris AR-1 1x prism scope will be a good alternative to a red dot.
My defensive carbines have Burris AR-332 3x prism scopes mounted only because I can’t afford multiple Trijicon ACOG scopes and because, until the past few years, they didn’t offer battery powered ACOGs.
Edit: Corrected mentioned Aimpoint model and Trijicon MRO priceThis message has been edited. Last edited by: DrewR,
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