Red dot optics on ARs...which one?


Harold Mayo
February 19, 2003, 12:10 PM
I've messed around with ARs for years but never really got "serious" with them until recently. For some reason I've really gotten to like them. I've always had one around because I like having a short, high-capacity, semi-auto long gun but I never got into optics or accessories.

I'd like everyone's input on what the most robust red dot optic is to mount on an AR. Price isn't really too much of an object, though I don't plan on spending on something like the Leupold CQB scope or anything. I guess the price range I'm looking at is under $500. That should give enough leeway for all but the most expensive stuff.

Anyone have an suggestions? I've heard that the EOTech stuff is good. I looked at a Hakko yesterday that had multiple reticle options and was pretty neat but it also looked kinda delicate.

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Harold Mayo
February 19, 2003, 12:22 PM
My looks like a similar thread was started yesterday...

Bartholomew Roberts
February 19, 2003, 12:27 PM
Check out the optics forum at also; but the two most solid red-dots currently available are the Aimpoint Comp M2 and the EOtech. Supposedly Trijicon will release the Tripower this summer - much like they were going to release it last summer, last fall etc.

The EOtech is cheaper than the Aimpoint as its mount is built-in; however that gives you less flexibility and the mount isn't as solid as many of the aftermarket mounts offered for the Aimpoint. Controls are another issue - some prefer EOtech, some Aimpoint.

February 20, 2003, 10:09 PM
The Aimpoints are very nice. I had one and like an idiot, sold it. I'm getting another one once I scrape up the cash. The Aimpoint Comp M will run you about $330ish and expect to spend another $100 for a quality mount. I had the ARMS#22M68 w/spacer. This co-witnessed with the front sight perfectly.

And yes, they work as advertised. Even with the dot at the lower edge of the scope the bullets hit exactly where the dot was. Centering the dot made no difference.

Good SHooting

February 21, 2003, 12:29 AM
I really like the Trijicon Reflex military version...but I guess its not a red dot ;)


February 27, 2003, 04:44 PM
My buddy who is in the 101st Airborne now headed towards Kuwait City said that he and some friends who are armorers and company snipers tested out some scopes recently just before getting orders to ship out.
He said that out of the ones tested, they agreed that the Leupold LG-35 was the best under desert conditions.

If you want some really cool prices for scopes check
Good luck

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