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Burris FastFire III - review

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by tuj, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. tuj

    tuj Participating Member

    May 2, 2011
    Puerto Rico, a US territory with more people than
    quick summary: POS.

    detailed summary:

    I have a lot of red dot sights; they are primarily all made by Ultradot and include the regular 1" 4MOA tube sight and the 30mm 2-to-8MOA Matchdot sight. I have 7 Ultradots and have also owned some cheaper reflex sights, like a Mueller Optics Quickshot and another brand very similar in design.

    The reflex sights I have used wouldn't hold zero and would not stand up to .45ACP reduced power loads in a frame-mount configuration. The Burris was no exception.

    I mounted it on a bridge-frame mount on my Pardini GT-45 which is a very accurate, high-end pistol. The Burris did have enough adjustment to get it zeroed, but after a couple magazines of reduced power .45ACP, it started to turn itself off, and finally wouldn't turn on at all.

    I'm going back to my tube-style Ultradots as they are highly reliable even on my 45's. Thumbs down on the Burris Fastfire 3; big disappointment.
  2. TAKtical

    TAKtical Active Member

    Aug 8, 2012
    North east ohio
    Did you try new batteries? Send it in for warranty work? These are rated for shotguns like my benelli supernova. Ive never had a problem with my fastfire two or three and Ive run them on shotguns, AKs, M1As... You ran it on a bridge mount? Ive seen these mounted on glock slides.
  3. gunner69

    gunner69 Member

    Mar 16, 2011
    I run a Fastfire II on my 1886 Winchester 45-70. I run stout loads and have never had a problem. Like the man said check the batteries and if that doesn't work send it back for repair.
  4. cpirtle

    cpirtle Active Member

    Aug 10, 2006
    NE Ohio
    While no first hand experience with the Burris, this is one of the few negative review's I've seen. Sounds to me like a dud and, assuming the platform meets your needs, you should ask for an exchange or send it in for repair.

    I just ordered the FastFire III for my PC S&W 44 mag Stealth Hunter.. I can report back once I get some rounds down range with it.
  5. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Elder

    Jan 19, 2006
    Happy Valley, UT
    Sorry to hear that... But burris customer service will take care of you. I like my Fastfire II a lot. I haven't tried it on a pistol yet, but it works fine on a Garand.
  6. XTrooper

    XTrooper New Member

    Jan 19, 2010
    Retired & living in the mountains of NE Pennsylvan
    My guess is this is operator error and that you don't have the battery cover screwed down tight enough. The reason I say this is because the same thing happened to me.

    As far as durability is concerned, I have two of them. They are both mounted on tactical shotguns (a Remington 870 and a Benelli M4), and they have both survived the recoil of hundreds of 12 gauge shells with no ill effects. The FastFire III I have on my M4 was previously on a Mossberg 930 SPX and I attended a rather intense tactical shotgun school with it and the FastFire III performed admirably.

    So, in my experience with two different examples, the FastFire III is definitely NOT a POS, but the battery compartment IS a PITA to tighten properly. It's my only complaint with the sight.

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