Affordable red dot For AR

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    Affordable red dot For AR

    I understand that these are not top quality but I am in the market on a very low budget for the holidays for my SW AR15. Of the 2 which would you pick? The 2x magnification sounds cool.

    Bushnell® Trophy TRS-25 Red-Dot Sight : Cabela's

    TruGlo® 2x30mm Red Dot Sight : Cabela's

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    Check out Primary Arms
    Special Purchase Microdot with Riser - MD-SP - Primary Arms
    They have a good sale right now.

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    Take a look at the Vortex Sparc and Strikfire.
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    To be honest if you have less than $100 to spend on an AR optic you would be better off using iron sights.
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    Not everyone can afford $500+ for a sight. A cheap sight can give you many hours of enjoyment plinking or putting holes in paper. Might not be the best thing to cart off into battle but for just messing around, what the heck.
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    +1 on PA micro, at $60.00 it's an unbeatable bargain. Nothing wrong with the Vortex offerings either but the sale price on the PA makes it a no brainer for a low priced RDS.

    I would very much recommend saving for an Aimpoint PRO but you may not want or need that level of optic.
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    Try the SightMark reflex sights. Slightly north of $100. It's a reflex red dot but looks like an EOTech. Full metal housing makes it pretty tough too. I have one on my AR pistol and love it.

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    I have both the Vortex SPARC (on sale at Primary Arms for $149) and the Primary Arms micro dot. A wash which is better, but for the current price, the Primary Arms is a smoking deal.

    The Vortex has a No Questions Asked lifetime warranty. The Primary Arms a 1 year store credit if it can't be fixed.
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    Out of the two you are looking at, I'd take the TruGlo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fernset View Post
    I understand that these are not top quality but I am in the market on a very low budget for the holidays for my SW AR15. Of the 2 which would you pick? The 2x magnification sounds cool.

    Bushnell® Trophy TRS-25 Red-Dot Sight : Cabela's

    TruGlo® 2x30mm Red Dot Sight : Cabela's
    I own the Bushnell shown in your link ,it has been worth the c-note I spent on it,i have it on my SIG 522 and I really lke it,i have heard good things about vortex and TRUGLO has been in the budget optics/sights game for quite a while .All would be worth a look if you are on a tight budget.Note that I also own high end optics as well so I understand the difference between combat proven gear and recreational shooting options.
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    Any more opinions??

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    Look for a good deal on a quality used or refurbished red dot sight.


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    Iron sights, or EOTech or Aimpont for a sub$500 option.
    The argument of spending $100 for fun, while well articulated is still just that, wasting $100 in the long run.
    You can find range queen EOT's for 300 to 400. New, with the rebate and Dunham's 30% coupon, you can get a EOT 512 new for 325ish if you find them in stock.
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    The OP clearly states: VERY LOW BUDGET.

    While it makes sense on a fighting weapon to have an EO tech (or high end patrol scope), he has a recreational shooting weapon and it would not hurt to have a recreational red dot on it.

    But if he wants an EO Tech, here is where to get it for around $320: EOTech 512.A65/1 Holographic Weapon Sight
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    I have a Center Point on My ARs and Mossberg HD. $40 they keep their zero and will take a beating. Got mine at Walmart.

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