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AR-15 Carbine Red dot vs. Compact Scope. Pease Help!!

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by ajm_g22rtf, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. ajm_g22rtf

    ajm_g22rtf

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    Hey guys, I've been trying to decide what kind of sight should I put on my AR-15. I've been thinking about this ever since I purchase the AR-15. what would be a better choice between a red dot sight and tactical compact scope like 3-9x42 or something similar to that? I understand the advantages and disadvantages of both sight.. but I REALLY CAN'T DECIDE! I know it's nice to have a quick aim and able to aim with both eyes open but it's nice to have a precise shots at longer distance too. I currently own a Bushnell Trophy 1x32 Red/Green dot T-reticle sight. and it's really nice because of being able to aim quickly. I borrowed my Buddy's Tactical compact scope and mounted it to my AR, and I really like it too. so now I can't decide. I know I can own both red dot and compact scope but I really don't want to switch between the two sights back and fort. what do you guys think? please help me to decide.

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  2. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Bigfoot enthusiast enthusiast

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    The red dot will be much faster on target (more fun) but not as accurate (hitting what you are aiming at).
     

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    I have a red dot with quick detach magnifier on one rifle and a Millet 1-4 power scope on another one. If you are going cheap, I would go the 1-4 power scope route. It is easier to use as you don't have to take anything off/put anything back on to switch. I don't think any scope is as reliable as an Aimpoint so if it is for serious use that would be my advice. A new trend that I have not tried yet is to use a decent power scope and then put a smaller red dot sight on an canted mount. Everyone that has used this set up swears by it. I think I am going to try this on my next rifle.

    In the $ball park of what you are using I would go with the Millet DMS. It is a 1-4 scope with a lighted dot inside a circle (think eotech).
     
  4. vafish

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    Get a 1-4X scope.

    Set down to 1X it is almost the equal of a red dot for speed. Set to 4X it can handle shots out to 300 or 400 yards easily.
     
  5. M2 Carbine

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    Personally I have scopes on my two most accurate AR's and Red Dots on two Bushmaster (M4) that are considered HD guns.

    I like the Red Dots out to 100 yards and favor the scopes for shooting 100 yard groups or longer distance.

    In all I'd say I use about 6 Red Dot sights to 1 scope.

    Even with a (good) inexpensive Red Dot sight the AR and other guns can be shot fairly accurately.

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    Well if your just going to plink around at cans then a red dot
     
  7. vafish

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    Just put a scope and a red dot on your AR15. Get whatever power scope you want then mount one of the micro red dots on top or side of it. Very common in the 3 gun shooting matches.

    A Trigicon like this is a very expensive version of the solution, but there are other methods of mounting a red dot on, alongside or at a 45 degree angle to your scope.

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    Or there is another solution.

    Buy another AR15. That way you can have one with a red dot and one with a scope.