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Need and AR15 Optic recommendation.
« on: December 12, 2011, 12:06:44 AM »
I have finally ordered all the parts required to assemble my AR15.  Except the sights.  Unfortunately I've run into a bit of a hickup.  My original plan was to put flip up sights on the rifle.  I'm putting a low profile gas block with no rail so the front sight would have to be attached to the handguard rail.  Unfortunately I've recently learned that the rail on the handguard I ordered sits 1/2 in higher than the receiver.  So now in order for my original plan to work, I'd have to get a 1/2 in riser for the receiver.


I have $260 to spend on this. 

My question is this:  Should I go ahead and get the riser and follow my original plan, or should I get a red dot instead?

If the answer is get a red dot, then can you recommend me one that will cost me less than $260?

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Re: Need and AR15 Optic recommendation.
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2011, 12:47:42 AM »
I've also been told that if you mount your front sight on a hand guard that is not free floating, that it will not keep it's zero.  Is this true?

Here's the hand guard I'm using btw: http://www.abarms.com/AB_ARMS_MOD1_p/abam1b.htm


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Re: Need and AR15 Optic recommendation.
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2011, 06:07:51 AM »
It's true to an extent the zero will change, unless your handguards are completely immobile. 99% of that type of handguard has a small amount of side to side play.

Take a look at a Vortex Strikefire red dot. The AR15 red dot only model is a good sight at a very reasonable price. You can often find them for under $200 and at SWFA sometimes as low as $150.

http://swfa.com/Vortex-1x30-StrikeFire-Red-Dot-30mm-Sight-P44622.aspx

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Re: Need and AR15 Optic recommendation.
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2011, 10:36:23 AM »
It's true to an extent the zero will change, unless your handguards are completely immobile. 99% of that type of handguard has a small amount of side to side play.

Take a look at a Vortex Strikefire red dot. The AR15 red dot only model is a good sight at a very reasonable price. You can often find them for under $200 and at SWFA sometimes as low as $150.

http://swfa.com/Vortex-1x30-StrikeFire-Red-Dot-30mm-Sight-P44622.aspx

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Thanks Ron!  That looks nice.  I might end up getting something like that and eventually replacing the low pro gas block with a YHM flip up block.  I want to make sure I have some iron sights on the rifle too eventually, and I want them out of the way until I decide to use them.

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Re: Need and AR15 Optic recommendation.
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2011, 05:30:25 PM »
Check out primaryarms.com they have gotten good reviews on ar15.com on their red dot scopes.  You can get a setup with a quick detach mount for about $160 or so.  They are located in Pearland if you want to drive down to their warehouse during the week to play with different scopes.
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Re: Need and AR15 Optic recommendation.
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2011, 10:16:09 PM »
I ended up buying a Vortex Strikefire off Gunbroker for $113 shipped.  Thanks for the tips guys!

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Re: Need and AR15 Optic recommendation.
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2012, 04:51:33 PM »
how do u like the Vortex?

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Re: Need and AR15 Optic recommendation.
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2012, 09:50:17 PM »
For the value the Strike Fire is great.  It's hard to spend so much money get an optic that's half the price of the rifle, but if you have a good quality rifle then why not go with good optics.

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Re: Need and AR15 Optic recommendation.
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2012, 09:57:29 PM »
I really like it so far.  I haven't gotten it to the range to get it sited in yet though.  I'll let ya'll know Monday how well it works out.

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Re: Need and AR15 Optic recommendation.
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2012, 09:57:43 PM »
For me personally, I'm not too worried about a great quality optic at this point. My eyes are good and I'm not doing anything that requires precision yet.
When I get into any precision based usage, then I'll have to stop being a cheapskate and get good optics.
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Re: Need and AR15 Optic recommendation.
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2012, 04:56:48 PM »
So how did it work out 40k?  I'm going to be ordering my AR soon, and I've been going through the optics at opticsplanet. Holy crap at all the options!!  I like the EOTechs, but I've never tried a holo sight. I've shot with some red dots and I've never been a big fan. Of course none have ever been great quality.  I like the idea that later you can get a magnifier for the EOTechs and AimPoints.  I agree some BUIS are always a good idea.
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Re: Need and AR15 Optic recommendation.
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2012, 05:15:52 PM »
It worked out like this at 50 yrds




I'm happy with it.  I would definitely recommend it.  I'm thinking about trying out a compact 3 or 4 x scope next.