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Burris AR332 Prism sight feedback

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Lennyjoe, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. Lennyjoe

    Lennyjoe Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    Southwestern Ohio

    I'm looking for some decent red dot sights for my 300 AAC Blackout upper and even though this has the bullet drop compensator for .223, the Burris Prism seems appealing. Will be putting a can on it and shooting subs the majority of the time.

    I'd rather not throw a scope on it and would like to have something with a holo sight. So, if anyone has past experience with this sight please let me know. Or, if you have other suggestions that would help. I'd rather stay below $350 ish so that rules out the Eotech adn other hight end sights.

    Looking for something rugged, see through so if the sight goes out I can flip up the Magpul sites and continue on.
  2. WNC Seabee

    WNC Seabee Active Member

    Jul 7, 2008
    Hendersonville, NC
    I have the AR332 and it is a very solid, durable, choice. The fixed 3x is clear and I like the reticle.

    That being said, for my AR, I switched it out to the AR-135 "Speed Dot" version. I found I like the 1x better for 2-gun style shooting.

    The AR332 is now on my S&W 15-22 and I love it there. I tend to shoot 15-22 for groups more than the AR15.

    I really wish they made a 1-4x version.
  3. solman

    solman Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Burris 332

    Last edited: Jan 24, 2013
  4. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Senior Member

    Nov 23, 2010
    If you are willing in increase your budget by just $50, you could get an Aimpoint PRO, which is a fantastic package that includes a 2 MOA-dot CompM3 and the excellent QRP2 mount.

    If you want something rugged, there is no better choice. The Aimpoints are practically bomb-proof.
  5. -v-

    -v- Participating Member

    Oct 22, 2007
    Fishbed: Correction, the PRO is not a CompM3. The PRO is its own unique animal and it is only rated to 30,000 hours not 50,000 like the M3 is.

    I also agree, if you can scrape together another $50, the Aimpoint PRO is a great option.

    On the OP's intention of something that is compatible with backup sights, that requirement really only leaves you with a red-dot or a reflex sight, like the Aimpoint and EOTech, respectively. It is impossible to use backup iron sights through any sort of magnifying optic such as 1-4x scope at 1x, ACOG, or any prismatic 1x sight (See: Leupold Prismatic).

    Also, I think some of the older EOTech 516 series sights can be had in the $300-$350 range. The 60-120 hour battery life is a bit of a let down though and they are not known for the same bomb-proof reliability that an Aimpoint has.
  6. rugerdude

    rugerdude Active Member

    Aug 14, 2004
    I just ordered one due to the myriad of very positive reviews. I used an ACOG when I was in the Marines and learned to love what it could do, the 332 seems to have most of the functionality of the ACOG at a much lower price point. I don't need extreme durability anyway.

    Now, let me share a secret with you. This is why I chose the 332-AR optic. The illuminated reticule is key here.

    1. Mount optic to rifle, shoot using it as a 3x BDC scope and have a jolly time.

    2. When you want to shoot at CQB distances (30 yards and closer) flip the front lens cap closed and turn on the reticule illumination.

    3. Aim through the optic with both eyes open. The image of the reticule will appear to float over your target. This happens because of how your eyes combine signals. Your dominant eye picks up the reticule and the other eye gets the target and they put this information together. It is every bit as fast as an EOtech and if you keep your reticule illumination on all the time it's just as fast to close that lens cap as it is to use the high-speed holo sight magnifier flip-mounts.

    Note: The closer to your target you are, the better this works. Since you're observing the target and reticule on slightly different planes your shots will be farther from your POA as range increases (generally they will drift diagonally). If you take the time to learn how much offset you need then you can compensate for this as you aim.

    So in a way, since the AR332 comes with flip covers and the reticule has illumination, it gives you everything you desire except the ability to sight through the optic with irons.
  7. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Senior Member

    Nov 23, 2010
    Well, it is and it isn't. Despite what Aimpoint's website says about battery life, it would seem that all other internal and external components are identical. I'm curious to see how long the batteries actually last in these.

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