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Advice on a red dot sight

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by rgwalt, Jan 18, 2013.

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  1. rgwalt

    rgwalt Member

    May 9, 2009
    Hi all! I am interested in getting a red dot sight for my 9mm carbine. There are a lot of different options and configurations out there, from the very "open" style to the more scope/tube style sights. I think I like the more open style sight like this:


    I'm considering that model, but I am also considering something from Sightmark, as well as a Primary Arms (though they are more scope-like). They all hit the price point of around $100, which is what I would like to spend. This carbine is going to be used for fun, plinking, going to the range, etc, but may be "promoted" to a home defense roll as I get more comfortable with the weapon.

    I don't want to spend for quality I don't really need, but I want something that is going to hold up to some use, hold zero, and not fritz out on me in a year or two. For example, an ACOG or Eotech is way more than I need for this application. I know that if I spent another $150, I could have a Burris, and I'm considering that as well. But is the Burris twice as good, reliable, etc. as the TruGlo, Sightmark, or Primary Arms? I understand the buy once, cry once mantra, but that is why I am considering a $100 sight instead of a $30 sight.

    I would appreciate any input from the crowd!
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    Some of the open sights that look like an Eotech but aren't have parallax problems.

    Instead of the EO's hologram reticule, the cheaper ones project a laser spot on the screen.

    SO if your head moves, the POI moves.

    I hear good things about the Primary Arms, but have no experience with them.

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