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Special Purchase Microdot with Riser - MD-SP - Primary Arms
They have a good sale right now.
This is a discussion on Affordable red dot For AR within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; 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 ...
Take a look at the Vortex Sparc and Strikfire.
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Former, USMC 0311, OIF/OEF vet
NRA Pistol/Rifle/Shotgun/Reloading Instructor, RSO, Ohio CHL Instructor
To be honest if you have less than $100 to spend on an AR optic you would be better off using iron sights.
My rifle and pistol are tools, I am the weapon.
And Lord, if today is truly the day you call me home
Let me die in a pile of empty brass."
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.
+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.
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.
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.
Last edited by Chorizo; November 27th, 2013 at 05:58 PM. Reason: Warranty info
Out of the two you are looking at, I'd take the TruGlo.
Look for a good deal on a quality used or refurbished red dot sight.
The two most dangerous places in today's world:
1.) a gun free zone
2.) your comfort zone
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.
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
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.