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Old 01-30-2013, 20:21   #1
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Red Dot's?

Picking out a scope, I was leaning towards a red dot sight for about $250. I took a look at a Burris fast fire red dot today and was not too impressed with the red "dot", seemed more like a blob to me. Also, the sight was tiny, looked like it could be knocked off easily. This is the other one I was looking at




Any advice is welcome, can't wait to have this baby ready...
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Old 01-30-2013, 20:29   #2
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Wait a little longer and save up for an Aimpoint. Only $400.

But first ask what your plans are for the sight?

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Old 01-30-2013, 20:37   #3
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I have 3 Aimpoint Micros. The are small, hints the name. I also have a Trjicon RMR. They are extremely sturdy and robust. Size has nothing to do w/ it.

The Burris seems less sturdy because it is. It has nothing to do w/ size though.
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Old 01-30-2013, 20:50   #4
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Aimpoint PRO. You will want to kick yourself in the face if you buy that Burris for 2 bills when you are halfway to an Aimpoint.
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Old 01-30-2013, 20:54   #5
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I like my aimpoint pro. Its easy for me to catch the dot when your shouldering whatever you deside to mount it on.

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Old 01-30-2013, 20:57   #6
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I have to admit $400 plus for a sight kind of hurts thinking about, but maybe it will be worth the investment. I will mostly be doing range shooting, however I would like to sighted for longer distances.
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Old 01-30-2013, 21:38   #7
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Save the extra money, buy an Aimpoint PRO. If you catch them on sale, they can be had for as low as $370.
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Old 01-30-2013, 21:38   #8
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I would save for the Aimpoint PRO as well. I'm really happy with mine.

What distances you wanting to shoot at?
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Old 01-30-2013, 23:10   #9
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Save for the Aimpoint but here is a good cheaper option






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Old 01-31-2013, 01:27   #10
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I have to admit $400 plus for a sight kind of hurts thinking about, but maybe it will be worth the investment. I will mostly be doing range shooting, however I would like to sighted for longer distances.
I used to think cheap too as I'm not made of money either but the buy once cry once saying is true..... That $400+ RDS will run forever and you will be 100% satisfied with it. If you go cheap chances are you'll be buying another within a few year bringing you up to the point you could have bought an aimpoint anyway. I bought one of those sub $200 sights before for my plinker gun and it ended up being replaced in about 8months (I hardly shoot that rifle too). The work rifle has a EoTech on it and I've never had an issue. Optics are one thing you should not go cheap with especially if you plan on running it hard or using it for self/home defense.

If you think $400 is bad I shoot long range precision rifles and most the scopes you see in comps in the long range game run between $2,000-$3500. I have $2400 in optics / mounts on my stick and I'm at the bottom end of the acceptable quality scale.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:12   #11
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Another vote for the Aimpoint Pro. I've had mine around two years and love it. Dead reliable and awesome battery life. Nice clear glass with solid circle. It cost more than the Vortex but your getting what you pay for.

But if it's just a range gun then the cheaper sight is fine. But if you intend to use it for SD/HD I'd spend the money on an Aimpoint. If you do decide on a cheaper one the Vortex Sparc is pretty good. A buddy got one and it has a nice clear dot, t's the usability that suffers with the buttons, reliability, and the battery life that you give up.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:38   #12
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Picking out a scope, I was leaning towards a red dot sight for about $250. I took a look at a Burris fast fire red dot today and was not too impressed with the red "dot", seemed more like a blob to me. Also, the sight was tiny, looked like it could be knocked off easily. This is the other one I was looking at

Amazon.com: Burris SpeedDot 135 1 x 35mm Red Dot Sights with Weaver-Style Mounting Rings: Sports & Outdoors

Any advice is welcome, can't wait to have this baby ready...
Any chance you have an Astigmatism in your eyes? That is a common issue w/ "red dots". TO ME, the EoTechs are unusable, while the Aimpoints are fine.
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You can spend $400 on an optic or you can just throw $200 away on nothing.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:10   #14
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the buy once cry once saying is true..... That $400+ RDS will run forever and you will be 100% satisfied with it. If you go cheap chances are you'll be buying another within a few year bringing you up to the point you could have bought an aimpoint anyway.
This is exactly right.
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Save the extra money, buy an Aimpoint PRO. If you catch them on sale, they can be had for as low as $370.
+1 Saving for the Pro is the best thing you can do.

If you absolutely do not want to spend that kind of money, look into either the Vortex Strikefire or Vortex Sparc. Those are both great red dots.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:21   #16
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Well you guys convinced me, picking up an aimpoint pro patrol
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Well you guys convinced me, picking up an aimpoint pro patrol
Awesome, you will be happy and it will last for a very long time.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:12   #18
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For purely range purposes, a Primary Arms, Burris, etc will do fine.

However, you're blowing half of what you'd spend on an Aimpoint, which has a constant-on runtime of YEARS and will survive everything up to and including being blown up.
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Old 01-31-2013, 19:53   #19
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now Im thinking of getting the aimpro Micro. $600 is going to hurt the pocket, but heck, its the scope I really want.
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Old 01-31-2013, 20:17   #20
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now Im thinking of getting the aimpro Micro. $600 is going to hurt the pocket, but heck, its the scope I really want.
I have both the PRO and Micro T1 and while the PRO is a mighty fine optic, the T1 is awesome in my opinion. It'll hurt the wallet but trust me, you get what you pay for.
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Old 01-31-2013, 20:47   #21
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I have the Burris on a 10-22. Its OK for range work or shooting squirrels.

I have three Aimpoint micros a T-1 and two T-3s'.

The T3 is about $50 less than the T1 and has more adjustment in the visible spectrum. The only thing it doesn't have that that T1 does have is Night Vision Compatability.

Since I can never envision buying a NV device I don't care and would rather have more adjustment in the visible spectrum...
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while I am a big fan of Vortex and can get them at cost, I still chose to pay more than double for an Aimpoint PRO......
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Old 01-31-2013, 22:56   #23
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Just bought a Aimpoint Micro online. I feel like a kid waiting for christmas...
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:31   #24
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I've seen a few Vortex red dots. Every last one of 'em failed within a couple of weeks and they killed batteries.

I don't understand why people would recommend something like that.
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I've seen a few Vortex red dots. Every last one of 'em failed within a couple of weeks and they killed batteries.

I don't understand why people would recommend something like that.

Mine works great. Everyone I have encountered that uses them recommends them, and that's why I bought one. You are the first person I have ever encountered that stated this. Maybe I'm just lucky...or maybe you weren't. Your mileage may vary.

Everything about the Aimpoint is true, though. I still have a working model 3000 from 1989.
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