What kind of optic do you prefer for your defensive rifle?

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    What kind of optic do you prefer for your defensive rifle?

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    Aimpoint for my Fighting Rifle.

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    Eotech 512 good to 100 yards past that
    I am to old to see recently saw a trijicon big eye red dot looks like it would open up your peripheral vision from standard red dot
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    Some form of red dot. AR#1 has an EOTech, AR#2 has an AImpoint H-1. I like the EOT's 65 MOA circle, but I love being able to leave the Aimpoint on all the time.
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    Iron sights.

    Tried multiple optics across multiple firearms and never much liked them.
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    All i have on mine right now is a Truglo open red/green dot sight.It's better than nothing to me and i don't usually go past 75 yrds anyway.The main reason i bought my ar is simply for recreational shooting.I have made it known that if santa claus happened to drop off a Vortex Strikefire Red/Green dot sight that would be really cool.There is one in particular i would love to have,but it's out of santa's price range i'm pretty certain.

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    I'm with Easy8 on this.

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    Used my EOTech in an IDPA side match the other day. It's like magic.

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    I voted Irons, but that's only because that's all I've got right now. I'm poor, so...it'll have to wait.

    When I can afford whatever I want, I'll have a red dot on my carbine, and an ACOG RCO on my rifle (and by rifle, I mean my 20"bbl, rifle length gas system AR). For those that are unfamiliar with the ACOG, it is a fixed 4x.
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    I'd go with either an EOTech or an Aimpoint. I really like the reticle that the EOTechs use, but I'm not sure if there's a major difference between EO and aimpoint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pittypat21 View Post
    I'd go with either an EOTech or an Aimpoint. I really like the reticle that the EOTechs use, but I'm not sure if there's a major difference between EO and aimpoint.
    The reticle really comes in handy for changing point of aim at different distances. I use the bottom at close range, works great.

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    Iron, because it's a PITA to mount anything on an StG.58. If it was not such a hassle I'd have a nice Leupold DeltaPoint reflex sight on it.
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    I think a red dot is going to be the winner by a large margin for fairly obvious reasons. Some people don't like them as they don't work well with their eyes, and some don't like them just because they're more old fashioned, and that's fine. But in my opinion, they're superior in every way to any other kind of optic or iron sights for defensive use. Unlike irons, they're accurate with an inconsistent sight picture due to being parallax free, making the sight easy and quick to get on target. Also, ease of shooting both eyes open (not impossible with irons, but not as easy). You can use irons through them, co-witnessing, unlike a magnified scope. So if the red dot fails... you don't need to removed the optic to use your irons. A magnified scope not likely to fail the same way a red dot would, but if it did, removable would be necessary, unless you run offset irons.

    They're just the all around best option, I think. Within 7 yards, you'll likely be point shooting, even with a rifle. But 15-200 yards, they'll easily put rounds on a man sized target at 200 yards. Past 200 yards, I'd prefer a bolt gun with a magnified optic. Not so "defensive" at that distance, though.

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    Another 'plus' for red dots is that for those of us who 'enjoy' presbyopia ("old age eyes"), if your distance vision is decent, the red dot allows you hits without messing around with scope focus. If you use corrective lenses of any sort, your scope focus will vary depending on use with that correction or not. I showed up at a Tac .22 match last month without my 1.75 diopter magnifiers, and had a heck of a time getting my scope focused. The RDS eliminates that as a concern.
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