AR-15 red dot sights - what's cheap but still good?

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    AR-15 red dot sights - what's cheap but still good?

    The title basically says it all. I'm considering red dotting my AR and without spending a small fortune on EOTech or Aimpoint. What's the lowest I could go on a red dot scope and not be buying a piece of junk? This will mainly be for range use and potentially HD use as well.

    Opinions and especially experiences appreciated! Thanks!

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    I've learned through harsh experience that when it comes to optics, you very much get what you pay for.

    Personally, I wouldn't go cheap on an optic my life may depend on.

    Good deals can be found on Aimpoint PRO's.
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    You get what you pay for. I had good luck with a Barska siight ($30-40 iirc) for my Saiga 223. I used a UTG (I believe) rail. It worked for what I wanted. I would call it a very budget set up. I didn't use my Saiga for home defense, just for fun.
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    This is one of the main issues keeping me from purchasing an AR currently. I really don't want to spend $1000-$1500 on a rifle that I have to then spend $500 or more for an optic on. I'm about 75% set on just getting a good set of iron sights for the rifle if I do get one.

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    Look up Primary Arms. Their stuff tends to have good reviews and they've got a few different configurations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DetChris View Post
    This will mainly be for range use and potentially HD use as well.
    I had the same basic criteria. I bought a Walther PS22 and so far so good.

    Walther PS 22 Tactical Red Dot Sight 30mm Tube 1x 5 MOA Dot

    I also added a flip up rear site: MagPul MBUS Gen 2 Flip-Up Rear Sight AR-15 Polymer

    Hope this helps, Ed
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    In that price range, you should get good iron sights on some models. Even the removable carry handle with sights in it, works fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatrix View Post
    This is one of the main issues keeping me from purchasing an AR currently. I really don't want to spend $1000-$1500 on a rifle that I have to then spend $500 or more for an optic on. I'm about 75% set on just getting a good set of iron sights for the rifle if I do get one.
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    Honestly, I think that if you are going to use it for SD then Aimpoint is the way to go. Munch250 spelled out a way to buy used Aimpoints off of Ebay for around $250. I suggest searching for his post or PMing him. If your budget is less than $250 then look at a Vortex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    Honestly, I think that if you are going to use it for SD then Aimpoint is the way to go. Munch250 spelled out a way to buy used Aimpoints off of Ebay for around $250. I suggest searching for his post or PMing him. If your budget is less than $250 then look at a Vortex.
    Heard good things about Vortex. My LGS carries them. I'm resigned to the fact than sub $100 will be pretty sucky. But I'm hoping that some will have good experiences with low end Truglo's or similar scopes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DetChris View Post
    Heard good things about Vortex. My LGS carries them. I'm resigned to the fact than sub $100 will be pretty sucky. But I'm hoping that some will have good experiences with low end Truglo's or similar scopes.
    We have a lot of guys on our dept that use the Vortex. It is not a cheap optic. Is it the best, no, but they do work and hold up to the treatment.
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    I have been happy with my bushnell TRS-25. It holds a zero and you can turn up the brightness to see on a bright sunny day. It is not the same quality as an Aimpoint micro h1 but it works for me. I've used it for plinking and hunting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cj View Post
    Look up Primary Arms. Their stuff tends to have good reviews and they've got a few different configurations.
    They're also a respected vendor on ARFCOM. I use their newest micro dot...The MD-06L:





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