Barska Red dot

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  1. BSA70

    BSA70

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    I'm on a budget. I went shopping at the local walmart and picked up a Barska electro sight with a laser for $50. Half off original price-closeout. The reviews on line are about 50/50. Does anyone here have experience with their products. I know it's not a $200 red dot but will it suffice on my new bushmaster?

    Thanks
     
  2. MajorD

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    Most all these Chinese knock off aim points tend to have a hard time holding up to high round counts abuse and often have issues with holding zero. If you can't afford a good quality red dot my advice is run the iron sights ( if you know what you are doing they can be incredibly accurate at 600 yards ) and save until you can buy something better. Since you already have it all you can do is run it and see what happens - you might get lucky.
    Even the earliest aim points sucked.
     

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    I put one on a HI-POINT 40 cal carbine. fun toy, so far so good. I doubt it would take a beating. on my important weapons there are quality parts. if it works for you, you get the last laugh! might be just fine.
     
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    My wife's uncle ran a barska on his Stag AR, didn't hold up long. Couldn't hold a zero.

    Save your money a bit and get at least something by Primary Arms on the low end of the scale, or search for a used Vortex Strikefire or Sparc.

    Buy once, cry once.
     
  5. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil

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    Barska is pretty universally junk.
     
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    FLIPPER 348 Bigfoot enthusiast enthusiast

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    ....you sorta know that going in! They are good for hanving fun.
     
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    Try Primary Arms instead
     
  8. harold63

    harold63 I'm not retired

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    Look at it this way...if it fails during the warranty period, return it. You might get lucky and get a few years out of it. As far as it working on your BM, it should be fine.

    A lot of people will shoot a bad group and first thing they do is blame the sights. If your groups are less then satisfactory, put your rifle on some kind of rest to check the zero. Your BM probably didn't come with a floated fore end, so putting it on a rest. correctly, will give you the best results (the closer the bag is to the delta ring, the less stress on the barrel.).

    eta - if you start shooting a lot or start competing, I'd probably ditch the Barska for something better.
     
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    Save your money and buy something that will hold up.
    Life is too short to waste time on cheap optics that will FAIL

    My favorite budget red-dot is the TRS-25, it's head up to my heat and recoil tests so far :cheers:

    [​IMG]
     
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    FLIPPER 348 Bigfoot enthusiast enthusiast

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    All the cheap ones are made to the same standard, 'prolly in the same Chinese factory!
     
  11. BSA70

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    Would I be just as good going with the optional fixed sights? Can you recommend a supplier. I see a bunch on ebay at very good prices.....
     
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    If you want to do it up right, ...

    AIMPOINT and EOTECH are hard to beat...

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    depends on what he is doing..does he expect to have it to go into combat...or hd/sd then get something decent..if he plans(like many) to go to the range..they would be fine. in the end mine will probably have a eotech on it.
     
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    Ok, you have about got me to the point I'm going to take the return the Barska without even trying it out. So, this will probably not hold after some use with a .223? The reason I ask, the local guru says it should be ok with the small recoil the .233 gives.

    I have shot hand guns for quite awhile and this is my first rifle. Can I get 100 yard hit off fixed sights on a 12"x"12 steel target? I don't have a sight at the end of the barrel, so the front and rear sight will be on the rail. Will that give pretty good distance?

    Will the .223 round dent/penetrate a 1/2 steel target at 50 yards or more?

    Sorry for the newbie questions.
     
  15. M&P15T

    M&P15T Well I'll Be Dipped!!!

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    According to PA, that's not true. They specify everything on their optics, work closely with the manufacturer(s) with all sorts of aspects of how they're made, and what they're made with. From glass coatings, to seals, to all sorts of options.
     
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    FLIPPER 348 Bigfoot enthusiast enthusiast

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    Yea, ok.....do you always by into marketing hype??


    They are all the same Chinese crap.
     
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    M&P15T Well I'll Be Dipped!!!

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    No, they're not. The owner of Primary Arms, should you consider that a "good source", posts on an AR15 focused web-forum. He's posted about the quality of his products, the manufacturing process, etc., while answering questions.
     
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    I'd wait til Primary Arms launches a Labor Day sale
     
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    Thats not far off, not familiar with this, any details you can pass on?

    thanks!
     
  20. JabbaNoBother

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    Check their site close to the holiday weekend...maybe next Thursday or so.

    http://www.primaryarms.com/