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    Red Dot

    Need some recommendations on a few red dot scope options for an AR? All input is appreciated.
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    I wouldnt mess around with junk. I'd go with an Aimpoint or maybe an Eotech.
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    Thanks SIXTO. Was looking at the EAOTech's.
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    I prefer Aimpoints, but EOtechs are good too.

    My best advice is to research the heck out of both brands, and be honest with what features you do, or don't need. A lot of them have bells and whistles which the average civilian probably will never use, so you don't necessarily need those features.

    Try to find a way to shoot an AR with each of those brands up top two, as they have some differences that may lend one or the other to fulfill your preferences.
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    The AIMPOINT PRO (Patrol Rifle Optic)

    The cheapest that I've seen it priced was $400.00

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    I have a Vortex StrikeFire red dot on my Stag carbine that is an excellent buy for the money, $149.

    Granted it's not an Aimpoint...but then I'm not fighting in the Middle East "sandbox"!

    For the difference in price, I can buy a few 1000 rounds of 5.56 ammo.
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    What others said. I think the biggest advantage Aimpoint has over Eotech is battery life. Some people just like the single dot instead of the Eotech reticle. Though Eotech now offers a few models with a single dot.

    If you're not going to be putting your rifle through serious stress and abuse, there are some really gooe "budget" options. And I don't mean Tasco red dots from Wal-Mart. I'd recommend Primary Arms. Very affordable and they're good enough for most shooters. I have a Primary Arms "micro dot" on my AK. Vortex red dots get decent reviews.

    I love my Eotech on my AR, but I'm tempted to switch to Aimpoint based on battery life alone. I have one of the older Eotechs that take "N' type batteries. They last like 5 minutes and cost $9834759845. I just prefer the "display" type sight picture of Eotechs, rather than the tube of Aimpoints. This doesn't matter because you should be keeping both eyes open, but I still prefer the Eotech. Bigger field of view it seems.

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    I LOVE my primary arms micro dot. Its been ran hard and still keeps zero and functions great. If I had a lot of money I might by an aim point but I don't and I'm not. I think battery life is 1,000 hours which is more than enough for me. Look at the you tube videos on it. Pretty nice for like a 6th of what aim points cost.

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    Aimpoint torture test with Daniel Defense

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    The Aimpoint PRO rides on my Spikes rifle. Definitely the safe choice.

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    I bought an EoTech 510 for the AR I just got done building (Stag model 8 piston gun); I have just started wringing it out on the range and am pleased so far; I like the idea of the AA alkaline batteries, as a survivalist type pointed out to me, if the crap ever hit the fan, batteries for the sight can be easily found as opposed to some of the other optics out there. Since I only intend for this rifle to engage targets out to 150 yards maximum, this sight works just fine for me...... The Stag came with flip-up irons from the factory and they do not interfere with the EoTech at all so I am very happy with the setup as-is...... Another option for you is a C-More, which I had originally considered, but changed my mind when I found the EoTech......

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    Quote Originally Posted by RKM View Post
    What others said. I think the biggest advantage Aimpoint has over Eotech is battery life. Some people just like the single dot instead of the Eotech reticle. Though Eotech now offers a few models with a single dot.

    If you're not going to be putting your rifle through serious stress and abuse, there are some really gooe "budget" options. And I don't mean Tasco red dots from Wal-Mart. I'd recommend Primary Arms. Very affordable and they're good enough for most shooters. I have a Primary Arms "micro dot" on my AK. Vortex red dots get decent reviews.

    I love my Eotech on my AR, but I'm tempted to switch to Aimpoint based on battery life alone. I have one of the older Eotechs that take "N' type batteries. They last like 5 minutes and cost $9834759845. I just prefer the "display" type sight picture of Eotechs, rather than the tube of Aimpoints. This doesn't matter because you should be keeping both eyes open, but I still prefer the Eotech. Bigger field of view it seems.
    I thought I heard that you could send in your older eotechs and have them switched over to the newer battery types that eotech uses. I'm not sure but you might want to look into it.

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    I have optics by many makers including Eotech, Aimpoint, Vortex, Bushnell, and Primary Arms, No question the Eotech and Aimpoint are the superior units mentioned here but for the average shooter who runs a couple thousand rounds a year or less at the range through his rifle, the Vortex Strikefire or Primary Arms red dots will work just fine. If you shoot competitively or plan on some rifle training or plan on some other hard use for your gun go with the high end optics.


    Eotech on AR and Primary Arms Micro Dot on AK





    For a fun plinker like this .22 AR setup the Primary Arms (Aimpoint clone) is a perfect choice IMO.




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    I went from an Eotech to an Aimpoint T1, and will never look back. Right now I have the T1 on a Larue QD mount. I highly recommend the Larue mounting system
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