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Old 09-02-2013, 14:45   #1
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Lucid HD7

I have been wanting an ACOG for awhile, but it looks like it is not going to happen. Other things seem to get in the way. Does anybody have any experience with a Lucid HD7? It gets good reviews and I can swing one now.
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Old 09-02-2013, 14:48   #2
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I have been wanting an ACOG for awhile, but it looks like it is not going to happen. Other things seem to get in the way. Does anybody have any experience with a Lucid HD7? It gets good reviews and I can swing one now.
So you're going from a fixed power, magnified optic with an excellent track record to looking at an unmagnified budget red dot?
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Old 09-02-2013, 17:47   #3
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So you're going from a fixed power, magnified optic with an excellent track record to looking at an unmagnified budget red dot?
No, he's not. He didn't have an ACOG, he said he wanted one but it's not going to happen. So a logical person would assume he's going from iron sights to an optic within his budget. Gotta read between the lines...

As for the original question, Vanman dude, are you nuts? You'll be in the "ghan and your optic will fail and then hadji will be passin you around to his bearded buddies to use as a love muffin in exchange for some opium. Don't do it. Save your money and be hard core with an Acog. I heard that was what Rambo and Hathcock used in "Nam so if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for you. "MERICA!!! **** YEAH!!!!

Ok seriously, it's a good optic for range use. I tried one, liked enough to use it but I think you would be better served with a budget optic from Primary Arms which is cheaper to begin with.
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Old 09-02-2013, 18:31   #4
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I've heard good things about Vortex. And PSA has some sales on them this weekend. Something else to consider.

And then there's the Aimpoint PRO which I've heard is really the best red dot out there for the price. This weekend it's $359 at PSA with coupon code "pro."
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Old 09-02-2013, 18:33   #5
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Damn, the Vortex Strikefire is only $120 with coupon code "strike."
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Old 09-02-2013, 18:46   #6
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Old 09-02-2013, 19:21   #7
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Dale is exactly on target. Pun intended.

The ACOG is not in the budget and will not be for the foreseeable future.
I like the changeable reticle of the H7. Also the reticle looks larger than the reticle of the Aimpoint Pro which I like. The H7 has a lifetime warranty, the Primary Arms optics are one year.
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Old 09-02-2013, 19:58   #8
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I too thought that the HD7 was the ideal budget optic. However, using it quickly proved that it was anything but.

First of all, the HD7 is heavy. It weighs nearly a pound and its mass is quite noticeable, despite its position on the gun. It is big too, and has a narrow FOV. You will find that the knobs protrude much too far into your line of sight.

The glass also has an annoying green glare to it that affects your target discrimination in low light conditions. And in very bright sunlight, the dot reticle will wash out.

The battery life is not nearly as long as advertised, maybe about half on the higher brightness settings.

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As for its durability, it is better than most budget optics, but it's not an Aimpoint. I accidentally knocked my rifle off of a friend's tailgate and it landed onto soft dirt. When I picked it up, the top adjustment turret was slightly bent and was difficult to adjust, but still worked.

I'll admit, it survived quite a few carbine courses and about 2K rounds of range work on my BCM 16" middy, but failed shortly after I moved it to my 15-22.

I had been plinking in my backyard during a light rain shower and decided, for kicks, to test its water resistant claims. So I removed it from the rifle and put it in a bucket of water for about 3 hours (and yes, I did make certain that the o-ring was in place and tight). When I removed it, the brightness setting would no longer change and was stuck on maximum. I was also unable to turn it off, except by removing the battery. Otherwise, it functions and zeroes normally.

I got it just over a year ago, and it still works to this day. I'll probably send it back to Lucid at some point, but after buying another Aimpoint Pro for the S&W, I probably won't use it again in the distant future.

Just my personal experience.

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Old 09-02-2013, 20:39   #9
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No, he's not. He didn't have an ACOG, he said he wanted one but it's not going to happen. So a logical person would assume he's going from iron sights to an optic within his budget. Gotta read between the lines...

Ok seriously, it's a good optic for range use. I tried one, liked enough to use it but I think you would be better served with a budget optic from Primary Arms which is cheaper to begin with.
Sorry, allow me to clarify -

The OP went from wanting to buy a top end, magnified, combat proven optic to wanting to buy a budget (at best) unmagnified red dot. That's a pretty serious swing from one end of the spectrum to the other.

Meanwhile, if I had to buy a budget optic for a range toy, it would be Primary Arms. If it's going on a SD/HD/duty type of gun, then it's Aimpoint. The PRO can be had for under $400.
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Old 09-03-2013, 21:28   #10
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I was wanting a TA47R-2 2x ACOG. In fact I still want one. It just is not in the budget at this time. The HD7 while not magnified, has a reticle similar to the ACOG. That is the is the reason that I am considering it as opposed to other "budget" optics.
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Old 09-05-2013, 14:09   #11
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I had an HD7 on my Doublestar for about a year. It worked fine but I didnt like the size or the multiple rectangles. I sold it and went with the Vortex Strikefire and never looked back.
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Old 09-05-2013, 17:58   #12
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I was wanting a TA47R-2 2x ACOG. In fact I still want one. It just is not in the budget at this time. The HD7 while not magnified, has a reticle similar to the ACOG. That is the is the reason that I am considering it as opposed to other "budget" optics.
Primary Arms has some new magnified optics available you might find interesting. For example, a 2.5x fixed power magnified optic with their new ballistic reticle. $250.
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Old 09-05-2013, 18:20   #13
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Now that one looks interesting.
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Old 09-06-2013, 17:50   #14
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If you want a ACOG and don't have the money, take a look at the Burris AR332.
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Old 09-07-2013, 16:23   #15
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If you want a ACOG and don't have the money, take a look at the Burris AR332.
I've been using a Burris Speedot 135 with no issues.

Couple of matches, target practice and pest control with no complaints.

About $200
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