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What Red Dots do you own that work and are cheap?

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  1. Sky

    Sky Member

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    First time I saw the TRS-25 it was mounted on an AK in the scout config...it worked just fine for the owner...I purchased one and mounted it on a .22 and have not had problems.

    Thanks for the clarification that makes sense.
     
  2. GlockFan

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    Cabelas often has the trs-25 for $80.
     
  3. Sgt_R

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    I think that's about what I paid for mine. Got it from Amazon.com w/ free shipping.
     
  4. Zach S

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    Another fan of the $30 BSA RD30 here, which you can occasionally find on sale for $20 (I did).

    I wouldn't want it on a duty rifle, and therefore its never been on one of my defense guns. But I've had it on a 9mm AR, .45ACP AR, a 10-22, and its currently on my AR22. If it broke today, I'd buy another to replace it.
     
  5. Sky

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    Guys it has been a while since I first posted this thread and went on my red dot buying spree....I have not had to toss any of my purchases and the only addition if not already mentioned is the Eotech is mounted on a 7.62x39 and the Aimpoint in on a 5.56. Some of the hardest kicking ( not counting shotguns ) weapons I have are those that shoot 7.62x39 using 154gr SP ammo. All my lessor red dots hold zero however, I finally had to replace the Strikefire battery after two years. It appeared that the optic got bumped or turned on in the safe??!!
    Anyway, thanks for all that contributed to this thread and if you have a different experience or want to add something please do.
     
  6. Inebriated

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    Vortex Strike Fire is my favorite optic for value. $130, shipped to me.
     
  7. Darkbob

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    After checking out this thread a while back, I ended up purchasing a Primary Arms 2MOA multi-reticle red dot sight for my .458 socom AR. Long story short, the recoil was too much and the sight wouldn't stay zeroed. It works great on my AK, and I like the 2MOA dot so I'm keeping it, but I had to go back to the shotgun scope on the AR for now.
     
  8. exavid

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    I put a Burris Fastfire red dot on my Buckmark Bullseye pistol last week. I hesitated due to its $200 price tag but after Monday's shoot I'm glad I did it. Its two ounce weight helps with the single hand firing, any weight off the gun helps with holding steadiness for me. For some reason even though the 'window' of the sight is smaller than my previous red dot on this gun, it's much easier to shoot with both eyes open. My average for the nightly shoot has come up about 70 points using this one. Well worth the $200 to up my score that much.
     
  9. au01st

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    I have a Vortex Sparc that was mounted on my AR-15. I switched it to a "tacticool" .22 and it actually had the same zero at 25yds. Under $200 and is nice and small.
     
  10. Odd Job

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    I have a reflex red dot on my SIG522, it is a Mueller, under $100 for the black one:

    http://www.opticsplanet.net/mueller-optical-1x22x-33mm-quick-shot-waterproof-red-dot-scope.html

    I only had one probelm with it, which was because I dropped the rifle directly onto the sight and the glass came loose. I had to then super glue the glass so that it stayed stationary in the frame, otherwise I had no consistent aiming point.

    My rifle is now past the 5,000 round mark with this sight, and I am happy with it.
     
  11. Ranger30-06

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    I have/had a Sun Optics red dot sight that was completely amazing on my AR-15, but I enjoy irons more so it just collects dust. It's for sale right now in the accessories section if anyone is interested...

    I had a TruGlo that exploded on the 7th shot of my Saiga .308. I just wanted to see if I liked that type of red dot sight. I didn't. :D

    The best I ever used though (unfortunately), was an EOtech holo sight. I wish I could afford one for myself, because it was seriously the fastest sight I ever used. One day...
     
  12. NJGarand

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    I picked up a Leapers UTG 3.9" Red/Green dot about 6 months ago from CTD for about $50. Have been very happy with it. Zeroed easily and has held zero through about 200 rounds so far. Came with a low profile QD mount and a cantilever QD mount.

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  13. Certaindeaf

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    I'm on about the third page here now. Thinking of getting a BSA cheapie.
    What kind of batteries do they take? If they take the most common watch type battery, this hack is cool..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxS38_u7Mnw&feature=player_detailpage
     
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    I have about 4 $30 UTG Red dot. I had one at first hoping to just test it out not expecting much from it. This think is like a tank. Mounted it on my shotgun, dropped it several times and it still works and holds zero. So I bought 3 more.
     
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    I have 2 Burris fastfires. One is mounted to the frame on a 1911 45, and one mounted to the slide on a 9mm 1911. Never had a problem with either and I can see the dot in bright sunlight.
     
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    Primary Arms w/riser

    Owned two and both work just fine, especially for the money.
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    My Sightmark seems to be doing great on the 870 Supermag. $50 at Gander.
     
  18. Sky

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    I do not know what size dot the Leapers has but golly gee for $50 with a mount and dot that holds that ain't bad. Let us know if it fails....
     
  19. exavid

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    The 2032 is the most common battery used in most of sights I've seen. A lot of them are pretty much the same except for the name. Browning Buckmark, Truglo, Sitemark to name a few are all the same sight with a different name. These were the ones with four different reticules. I've tried most of the different patterns in my Browning sight but ended up going back to the red dot. My Burris has only one pattern, the red dot. The Burris also uses the 2032 battery and says battery life can be as much as five years. My Browning sight battery lasted about six months but that was shooting Bullseye which means the sight was on for at least an hour and a half for 24 sessions.
     
  20. shinyroks

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    Surprisingly, I have a centre-point that I put on a Mosin-Nagant M38, and it has performed flawlessly over the last 500 orso rounds, even puts my handloads in 1.5-2" at 100 yds. Only quality gun piece that I have ever picked up from Wally's.
     
  21. atblis

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    I haven't had any problems picking up used Eotechs for $250 or so.
     
  22. sirsloop

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    I have a Mueller Quickshot... just dont' mount it to a .500 S&W Magnum pistol ;)
     
  23. Sky

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    Would you care to share where?? Ebay?
     
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    I bought a SPARC a few years back. We're encouraged to borrow products from work, and while I have a couple of EOTech's, I had nothing that was compatible with the Night Vision I was borrowing. I purchased the VOrtex SPARC based on this review from ARFCOM:

    http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_2_277/187104_.html

    In the years following, I have also purchased a Burris FastFire II that sits in a Burris AR-F3 mount. The only complaint I have with the FastFire II is that the auto-adjust isn't bright enough for me, personally. The Leupold Deltapoint auto-adjusts, and is plenty bright, but also twice the price. Burris has apparently addressed my whining with the FastFire III - in addition to the auto-adjust, it has three preset brightness settings. Now, if we could just get one in...

    Mark H.
     
  25. Sky

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    Hey Mark! Just wanna say thanks for the good service and prices...I have probably put several generations of your and Trevor's kids through university with all the money I have spent at Opticsplanet!! You guys have aways "done good by me", again thanks!!
     
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