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Need cheapish, good, long life AR optic 1X. Is Holosun good?

Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by 1KPerDay, Apr 6, 2020.

  1. 1KPerDay

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    Thinking about something like this.
    https://www.opticsplanet.com/holosun-hs510c-circle-dot-open-reflex-sight.html
    This is for a PSA Freedom Magpul edition, so it has the FSB, so optic needs to either cowitness or lower 1/3 (preferred). This is for a person who will likely never actually shoot it, but it needs to be ready and can't require monthly/weekly battery changes.

    Considering MRO, primary arms, Holosun (don't know much about them but they get good press overall, plus the owner is a geek for solar panels and gadgets and stuff). A shake-awake optic would be cool, as long as battery life is measured in months or years.

    Also an Aimpont PRO would probably be fine or something like it.

    Input, ideas, suggestions, and mocking welcome.
     
  2. TonyAngel

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    What is cheap to you? If you can swing the Aimpoint Pro, stop considering other options and just get it.

    If you can't get into the Aimpoint, I've had experience and good luck with the Sig Romeo 5 (for under $150), Romeo for a bit more, the Vortex offerings and even the little Bushnell. I know, but I have one I've had for since Katrina and it still works and holds zero. It's doing duty on top of a Ruger Mark II now.

    Since this is for a rifle, I'd stay away from just about anything that can do double duty on a handgun. For a rifle, go for something robust.

    BTW, Holosun is supposed to be good, but I don't have any personal experience with them. If this is for a range toy, take your pick. If this needs to absolutely positively work when you need it, Aimpoint or ACOG.
     
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  3. Browning

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    Non cheapo I’d go Aimpoint Pro. In fact that’s what I’d recommend. That’ll be my next optic.

    If you’re looking for a cheapo dot I’d go either Holosun or Browe.

    https://www.opticsplanet.com/browe-reflex-1x20-tactical-red-dot-sight.html

    Look up reviews on the other Browe optics out there. Looking at the specs on it and considering how bomb proof their other stuff is I’d imagine it’s pretty good. Can’t find reviews on it though.

    I have a Sig Romeo that’s okay. It’s just okay though. It’s no Aimpoint.
     
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  4. 1KPerDay

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    Where would you purchase from for a solid deal and absolutely not counterfeit products? How much is an Aimpoint PRO these days? Is there another I should consider?
     
  5. Browning

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    I always see them right around $420 to $450 depending on mount.

    I generally go SWFA, La Rue or Optics Planet.

    https://www.larue.com/products/aimpoint-pro-patrol-rifle-optic-w-mount/
     
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  6. mdThanatos

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    Very rarely do I see aimpoints change in price, so around $430-$450 is where you will be. Eurooptic is reliable and they are at $445, same as MidwayUSA. Can get the Aimpoint 9000sc for $392 from Eurooptic as well, that might work.
     
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  7. Fine Figure of a Man

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    I have a Primary Arms Advanced Micro Dot on an AR. I works very well and battery life is years.
    I recently assembled an AR for a friend and put a Sig Romeo on it. Wish I had bought two of them, it was $115 with mount and shipping.
     
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  8. TonyAngel

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    What is your budget anyway? You started out asking for a cheapish sight then go to an aimpoint. If an aimpoint is cheapish to you, I'd suggest a TA44 ACOG. Twice the price and worth every penny.
     
  9. greyling22

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    Holosun makes the Romeo for sig.
     
  10. Corpral_Agarn

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    Holosun is good to go in my experience.

    Warrior Poet Society lists them for sale on their website run by John Lovell so he seems to feel they are okay as well.
     
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  11. 1KPerDay

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    That's good to know. I have liked the Romeo 5 I got recently quite a bit. I'm leaning toward the Holosun 510C. I think the shake awake feature is super cool and the owner will geek out about the solar panel.
     
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  12. Zerodefect

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    I love my Aimpoint Comp M3. Similar to the pro.

    It should be obsolete. But the newest ''cool'' dots and Eotech still don't surpass it. It'll be visible in direct light that washes out the Eotech. And when hiking in the rain or snow, I can just snap the covers on. Battery life? An indoor defense setting lasts all year. I just leave it on.

    Only downside is that the dot is actually a squid. But squids kill people, so it's fine. Put the Humboldt squid on your target and blast away.
     
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    The aimpoint is a really great red dot, bombproof boring ruggedness. Fairly crisp dot. On the flip, it is like a brick on top and only has about 3 year battery life on mid setting.

    The Primary Arms Advanced Rotary dial red dot has a 5 year constant on battery life and is much much lighter and has a very crisp dot that holds zero. I cant say enough good about either the rotary version or the pushbutton although the big rotary nob may be more intuitive for an inexperienced user. As stated in another thread, the PA-MDRD has a lifetime warranty and only costs about $170ish with a mount....
     
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  15. Doc Samson

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    I've had the Holosun Paralow w/ ACSS reticle on my AR for the last 18 months. Really like the auto on-off feature and it has held up well in the brush and dirt I roam around in. The reticle is small but crisp, even with my slight astigmatism...
     
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  16. army_eod

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    Might want to eliminate the Chinese optics these days.
     
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    I seldom see the two, " good and cheap" go well in the same situation.
    I could be wrong:what:

    I usually go middle of the road or better, but this is just me !
     
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  19. gunsrfun1

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    At this point and going forward, when possible, I am avoiding buying anything made in China, which is where Holosun and other low-priced red dots (including PA, Sig Sauer, etc.) are made. The reasons should be obvious, but in case they are not:
    1) Hid the Coronavirus from rest of world until it was too late
    2) Technology theft from the US and any other country it can steal from
    3) Coordinated cyber attacks
    4) A dictatorship, pure and simple
    5) Loss of American jobs
    6) Have held up shipments of masks, gowns, etc. to other countries (40% of this stuff is made in China)
    7) And other reasons you can research yourself
    Up to you how you feel about this, but just giving you something to think about. At some point, getting it cheaper does cost you (and the country) something.
    I was about to buy a Holosun 510 until this Coronavirus hit. No more. I bought an Eotech. Yeah, it cost a bit more, and maybe not exactly what I wanted, but given a choice going forward, I will avoid Chinese-made products.
     
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  20. army_eod

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    Midway USA still has the deal on the Leupold VX Patrol 1-4 Illuminated . About $365. Made in USA. 11 oz.
     
  21. readyeddy

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    Aimpoint PRO is considered to be a bargain for what you get. Made in Sweden.
     
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  22. shafter

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    I've had good luck with the Sig Romeo 5. Some say it's made my Holosun but I don't know if that's true or not. Battery life is similar to Aimpoint and measures in tens of thousands of hours.
     
  23. 1KPerDay

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    I Respect your decision but you’re going to have quite a job avoiding ALL Chinese made products. Clothes, shoes, electronics, components, housewares, materials, steel, plastics, chemicals, etc. etc. etc.

    Decades of outsourcing and corporate policy rewarding profit above all else have left our two economies pretty inextricably linked.

    I wish you good luck in your efforts though. :thumbup:
     
  24. gunsrfun1

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    You are correct PerDay, which is why I said "given a choice" in my post. But hopefully, Americans are waking up to the true cost of cheap Chinese-made goods, and will start demanding "Made in USA" on the label ... even if it costs a little more.
     
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    Yep, but even then you have to do your research. "Made in the USA" from Chinese components/materials doesn't really solve the problem even though it might make us feel better.
     
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