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Cheap but decent red dot for AR

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by UniversalBrow06, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. UniversalBrow06

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    I bet this gets posted often, but here goes. Is there a nice, decent quality budget red dot out there that's not too expensive (as in $150 give or take) that will stay zeroed and work well on an AR (556/223)?

    I'm thinking I'd use it for target, occasional hunting, home defense... But not much at all beyond, say 100-150 yards. I'm thinking pretty short range overall.

    I know I need to bite the bullet and get an ACOG or something of that quality, but honestly, I can't afford it right now. I just need something that I'll tide me over until I can sit down and buy something really decent.

    I guess I wouldnt limit myself to red dots. If there's a scope that fits the bill of fast acquisition and relatively short range use, I wouldn't be against it.
     
  2. jrs93accord

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  3. boomhower

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  4. MrMurphy

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    There's either cheap, or there's decent. They don't mix.

    If defense of any type is even a minor thought, you get an Aimpoint and pay the price.

    If you're just a plinker and a hunter, any of the cheap crap scopes will work.
     
  5. mjkeat

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    I think $150ish for a PA micro/mount combo is cheap for a decent optic.
     
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  6. Broncbuster

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  7. tx787

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    I put a cheap truglo on my 15-22 and it's great for that gun, I don't see why it wouldn't work on a centerfire gun although I use better equipment on mine.
     
  8. Well said.
     
  9. Really? You wouldn't consider anything else for a defensive rifle? You do realize that Primary Arms are Chinese knock-offs, right?
     
  10. Andrewsky

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    You must not care very much about your family. An ACOG with red dot on top is the bare minimum.

    No, seriously, I don't know much about most of the cheap optics, but stay away from the Bushnell Trophy red dot. Those are junk (mine broke).
     
  11. mjkeat

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    I imagine he means if he wasnt using an Aimpoint or something is that price bracket.
     
  12. RMTactical

    RMTactical www.AR15pro.net CLM

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    I think he was referring to something within the parameters that designate something as "cheap". At least that is how I read it.
     
  13. J. Parker

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    No offense to vets (I'm a Viet-Nam vet myself) but you didn't PAY for your Aimpoints in Iraq! I'm retired on a fixed income so I wish there was an affordable Aimpoint quality reddot for the masses.
     
  14. I will agree then if that's what he meant, sorry if I misread.
     
  15. UniversalBrow06

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    Well, I wasn't gonna say that out loud, but...


    I mean, why do I need to pay more for optics than the price of the gun itself in order for it to be considered "decent"?
     
  16. BBJones

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    Supposedly Aimpoint is coming out with a $400 model with integral mount soon. At least this was what what said at SHOT. Look for a used Aimpoint ($350) and don't waste $150 on a knockoff.

    If your use is just the range, use whatever you want.
     
  17. mjkeat

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    Decent is a Primary Arms Micro sitting atop a S&W. No one is saying you have to spend $800+ on an optic to have a decent rifle for the range. Some guys however like to run their stuff as hard as possible for extended periods of time. Thats when Aimpoints and BCMs or comparable come into play.
     
  18. txgunguy

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    Careful, you will get told anything less than an aimpoint or ACOG is garbage and you should be burned at the stake for considering anything less. So many people with ACOGs will NEVER use them in harsh conditions. Don't buy into all that. I put a PA M4 style red dot on a rifle recently and it's been great. It has stayed zeroed with lots of rounds through it and the glass is good. Would it hold up to harsh conditions? Who knows, it won't ever be in them. Just as I suspect most of the expensive red dots owned by people on this forum won't be. I would even use my PA M4 red dot... get ready for this.... HOME DEFENSE if I had to! :GASP:

    ETA: Just went back and read the responses. Andrewsky said you don't love your family if you don't have an ACOG on your AR. I hope he is being sarcastic.
     
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