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Old 02-12-2012, 21:51   #1
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What optic for your defensive AR

What do all you guys like for an optic for your defensive AR15 ? This is not for a sniper rifle but for a defensive type AR. I will be getting an optic to go on top of my carry handle as my AR is an A2 with fixed carry handle.Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-12-2012, 22:04   #2
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My choice in optics was this:

http://www.nikonsportoptics.com/Prod...23-1-4x20.html

It serves well at the 1x level in close quarters and the flexibility of 2x, 3x or 4x is a plus IMO. Good quality and affordable price

Many great choice in optics these days it seems.
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Old 02-12-2012, 22:04   #3
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Aimpoint Micro.
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Old 02-12-2012, 22:04   #4
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I prefer a Red Dot sight for my defensive AR. The RD is fast to pick up and allows for distances from CQB to at least 200 yards. I have an Aimpoint Micro on top of mine presently, and it has been great. Good luck.
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Old 02-12-2012, 22:50   #5
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Aimpoint H-1 (Micro).

The A2 handle will not give you many options, the most effective one (still a compromise) is a "gooseneck". Aimpoint makes one specifically for this purpose as do a few others, which mounts a red dot forward of the carry handle over the handguard and allows cowitness.
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Old 02-13-2012, 00:58   #6
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Aimpoint H-1 (Micro).

The A2 handle will not give you many options, the most effective one (still a compromise) is a "gooseneck". Aimpoint makes one specifically for this purpose as do a few others, which mounts a red dot forward of the carry handle over the handguard and allows cowitness.
This, but I would say a fixed carry handle is one time to look at an optic with a bigger window, like the Aimpoint Comp M2/M3 series and PRO optics. The bigger tube makes them a little easier to use with fixed sights, IMO, but they are also heavier. A gooseneck mount is hands down the way to go, though, as an optic mounted ABOVE the carry handle is often very uncomfortable.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:01   #7
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I agree on that one, though in the end switching to a flattop receiver makes more sense.

"I" use a Micro, I wasn't recommending one specifically for that role.

In fact a 1.5 or 2X ACOG may also be an option, though they're not perfect.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:38   #8
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Aimpoint Micro.
I'd like a T-1 but don't own one. I have an Aimpoint Pro, EOTech 512, Trijicon Accupoint 1.5x4, and Leupold Mark 4 for my long range AR. For defensive I would choose an Aimpoint Pro or if your budget can handle it that Micro would be top choices.
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Old 02-13-2012, 03:53   #9
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For a defensive AR I'd suggest eotech. But an Aimpoint would be a close second.

I like the 65 moa reticle and the large glass window. You can keep both eyes open and not miss things in your peripheral. The large circle makes target aquisition very easy, and the center 1 moa dot helps with more precise shots. No mount is needed and BUIS sights can be flipped up and viewed clearly through the window.

Battery life is nowhere near the aimpoint, but they are tough as nails, hold a zero, allow a very fast sight picture. Aimpoints are just as tough, so either one and you can't go wrong.

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Old 02-13-2012, 04:04   #10
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Aimpoint Comp M4S on my Colt 6940.

Leuopold Mark 4 LR/T 4x14x50 Illuminated Mill Dot on my Bushmaster Predator.

Colt 6920 with Trijicon standard open night sights. It had a ACOG that I sold and went back to irons. I like them better out to 300 meters.

Bushmaster XM-15 with standard open sights.

(In another 15 years, I'll probably think differently on the open sights!)
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:58   #11
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Aimpoint Micro.

ETA: I've owned an EOTech 511, Aimpoint M2, Trijicon RX01, TA50-4 ACOG, the LED and Dual illuminated RMR and I prefer the Aimpoint Micro over them all.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:15   #12
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Most anything made by AIMPOINT. My first and only aimpoint is an M2. However my next will be a Micro. I would be hard pressed to use anything else.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:18   #13
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I have an Aimpoint Micro, but ACOG is also an excellent choice.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:26   #14
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I like EOtech alot. Very quick on target and built like a tank. It does tend to eat batteries pretty quick though so I keep spare double AA's handy.
It gives you plenty of warning that the batteries are dying by a flashing rectical when it's turned on.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:44   #15
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Vortex SPARC has had some excellent reviews, including some torture-testing.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:46   #16
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Eotech. Very easy, very fast. And you don't have the "tube" effect like with Aimpoints.
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for a fixed carry handle, i would only go with a gooseneck type mount and an aimpoint or stick with irons. i had an m16a2 with the aimpoint/gooseneck on my first tour in iraq.
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Old 02-13-2012, 18:49   #18
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Aimpoint Micro 4 MOA....although I just ordered a 2 MOA...either or, take your pick.
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I agree on that one, though in the end switching to a flattop receiver makes more sense.

"I" use a Micro, I wasn't recommending one specifically for that role.

In fact a 1.5 or 2X ACOG may also be an option, though they're not perfect.
You can get a 1.5x ACOG that has a built in carry handle mount. For a HD gun its a great option because its powered by fiber optics and tritium and therefor always "on".

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Old 02-13-2012, 19:26   #20
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Im running a Primary Arms micro red dot. It works and its affordable for us poor folks.

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