Took my recently tacti-cooled AR out for a range session today after adding the Midwest Industries handguard and flip up iron sights. Previously, this rifle had a 3x9 varmint scope on it and could do 1/2" groups at 100 yds even with the horrible factory trigger. I decided to set the target out to 50 yds and could just barely see the bulls eye with the iron sights. Got those sighted in and then installed a cheap red dot I've had for a few years; an under $100 BSA that got decent reviews at the time. At 50 yds, the dot covered the entire bulls eye and I was able to get 1" groups. Iron sights got the same results... Either my eyes are getting old or I'm at the max for accuracy potential with the current set up... At 25 yds shooting cans, it was very fast and deadly, so I'm happy with the set up. I let my 18 yr old son run some rounds through it on some cans and he hit everything he wanted to, and he hasn't shot a firearm in 3 years... He loved it. I'm wondering if that kind of accuracy is about right for a non-magnified cheap red dot, or if I should step up to a nicer set up... I was thinking about finding a tactical-style 4x scope with a normal reticle, but not sure if it's really necessary for home defense and SHTF.... Wanna kill these ads? We can help!