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Vortex Optics SPARC® AR RED DOT Sight
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- Full multi-coating
- Tube from one piece
- Fog-, water- and dustproof
- Bright Red Dot (Display is highly visible in daylight)
- Shockproof, Parallax free
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Vortex Red Dot Rifle Scope SPARC AR The Vortex Red Dot Riflescope SPARC AR is the newest addition to the Red Dot assortment of Vortex. This new, compact and lightweight Red Dot is packed with great features and lends itself to many weapons such as automatic rifles, pistols and rifles. The Included spacer shim can be utilized to provide two different mounting heights: lower 1/3 co-witness (40 mm) & absolute co-witness (37 mm). The digital control buttons on the back adjusts the dot, such as on / off and brightness. The body is made of aluminum which is also used for aircraft.
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To compare it to higher end optics like the Aimpoint micro T1, or trijicon MRO (I own all 3) it falls short in just a couple categories:
1. The battery life. This has a low battery life compared to the always-on optics like aimpoint or trijicon. It shuts off automatically, but that can be a bad thing if you're looking for an always-ready optic you can rely on in all situations. For the causal target shooter or hunter this is a non-issue.
2. Weight. At 7.5 Oz this is over twice the weight of an aimpoint micro with a mount. While 3 or 4 ounces is negligible for the casual shooter, if you're going for ultra lightweight, there are better (more expensive) options.
3. Dot clarity. My Sparc AR has a dot that seems to be a bit fuzzy compared to the T1 or the MRO. Still puts shots on target well, but if you're picky then it may bug you a bit.
4. Sight picture. The MRO wins out in this category because of the large front aperture. The other two seem like you're looking through a tube and don't offer as great a sight picture. The Sparc loses to the aimpoint only slightly because of the visible projection lense in the Sparc and its slightly fuzzier dot.
I can't say for sure on durability between the 3 because I can't afford to torture test them all on my own budget, but I know they're all pretty reputable in that category, and vortex has an awesome warranty.
Bottom line: if you have only $200 to spend on a red dot, buy the Sparc AR! It's great for the money without a doubt. It's a great optic for the average shooter and it won't disappoint. For those who need to truly trust their lives to a red dot, I'd say go with the Aimpoint.
This red dot seems very well made. The rubber cover and built in lens caps seem very durable. Controls are well placed. Dot seems plenty bright and glass is good. Using a common AAA battery will be a plus for some people. The mount includes a spacer so you can decide on absolute cowitness or lower 1/3 heights. Make sure you have some blue loctite, none was included. The limitation in the design is that the battery compartment is in the mount and unlike some other mini-red dots you therefore can't use other mounts or at lower heights for other guns like an AKM (they do call it an AR red dot for a reason). There is no QD release but maybe somebody will come out with a QD replacement for the single mounting screw.
The top selling point for me is this is a micro sized red dot for 1/3 the price of an Aimpoint Micro. Time will tell on the reliability but Vortex has a great reputation and makes plenty of other durable products and stands behind their work. After buying the first one I'm buying a second one very soon.