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Default Red Dot for AR-15. Which one?

The Black Friday Lower/Upper AR is finally put together. (thank you Palmetto Armory)
This will be mostly a noise maker used at camp shooting cheap ammo. Don't plan on hunting with it. Just targets 50-100 yards. Not expecting too much accuracy.
I'm seeing 1x25mm red dots from $30 up in to the hundreds of dollars. This came with no sight.
Thanks in advance...
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Subscribed. I'm in the market for one myself.
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https://www.opticsplanet.com/s/red-dots

You might also consider a Low Power Variable Optic - 1-4x or 1-6X. Red Dots are best for close range

https://www.opticsplanet.com/s/1--4x
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Check out Primary Arms.
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I just bought a Sig Romeo5 for my Ar9 pistol. $105 off eBay (new in sealed box). Have not shot it yet, but it seems to have great reviews.
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I have a very novel idea, go to the store and look through a bunch of them and see what you like best. See which your eye focus's through better, which one you can aquire the target through faster, which one fits your budget the best.
Why does it seem like every guy on this site has to be told by everyone else what to buy or what to like? Doesnt anyone have their own ideas or opinions anymore? Christ there was just a thread on "what classic car should I buy?". I mean holy shit if there is one thing that no man should have to ask about, its what kind of car do "I" like. Im sorry but holy crap some of this is ridiculous.
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I have a Vortex AR SPARC red dot on mine AR-15, but if you're looking for cheaper take a look at Primary Arms as another has mentioned in here. I've gotten a bunch of stuff from Primary Arms, and plan on getting their 3x18 scope with ACSS reticle for my just finished Aero Precision AR-10 build. I wouldn't hesitate to put one of their red dots on any of my rifles.
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Originally Posted by Bsmb View Post
I have a very novel idea, go to the store and look through a bunch of them and see what you like best. See which your eye focus's through better, which one you can aquire the target through faster, which one fits your budget the best.
Why does it seem like every guy on this site has to be told by everyone else what to buy or what to like? Doesnt anyone have their own ideas or opinions anymore? Christ there was just a thread on "what classic car should I buy?". I mean holy shit if there is one thing that no man should have to ask about, its what kind of car do "I" like. Im sorry but holy crap some of this is ridiculous.
Wow... I think he's just looking for some recommendations based on experience. Most red dot glass from $30 to $300 looks about the same in the store with little to no difference in target acquisition and with a red do, there's no eye relief so focus is a non issue.

For a budget gun, you still want it to work and hold zero when it's time to shoot. I'd stay away from any of the really cheap, $30 to $45 red dots. Reputable red dots for the AR are in the $100 - $175 range. The 5 brands to consider that have a good reputation and support are the Sig Romeo, Vortex, Holosun and Primary Arms. Can't go wrong with any of those. I have a couple of each and have no problem recommending any of them to a friend. Good luck and have fun!
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Aimpoint PRO. Expensive but you won't regret it in the long run. I have a M4, a Micro, and a PRO. All have been flawless.
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EOTech makes durable red dots.
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Originally Posted by Classic25 View Post
The Black Friday Lower/Upper AR is finally put together. (thank you Palmetto Armory)
This will be mostly a noise maker used at camp shooting cheap ammo. Don't plan on hunting with it. Just targets 50-100 yards. Not expecting too much accuracy.
I'm seeing 1x25mm red dots from $30 up in to the hundreds of dollars. This came with no sight.
Thanks in advance...
Primary Arms and I’d buy right from PSA again. Good company with quality products. Lifetime Warranty.
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For what you want to do, this is exactly what you want:
https://www.primaryarms.com/primary-...-red-dot-sight

Along with the discounted Primary Arms Absolute Cowitness Micro Dot Riser.

Best bang for the buck, great warranty and good enough for more serious uses if necessary.
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For what you want

Primary arms

Bushnell TRS 25

Vortex Sparc II or Sparc or Sparc AR or Strikefire or Crossfire

Sig Sauer Romeo

All less than 200 bucks and descent.. Personally, no need to consider EO tech or Aimpoint as they are probably more money than you want to spend.

Good luck all will do fine...
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these sold out quickly. seems like a solid package deal. perhaps they will get more in stock

https://www.primaryarms.com/pa-slxz-...to-side-mounts
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Originally Posted by Cracker View Post
For what you want

Primary arms

Bushnell TRS 25

Vortex Sparc II or Sparc or Sparc AR or Strikefire or Crossfire

Sig Sauer Romeo

All less than 200 bucks and descent.. Personally, no need to consider EO tech or Aimpoint as they are probably more money than you want to spend.

Good luck all will do fine...
I can put my Aimpoint in the closet set on 7 and it will still be good 6 years from now. Just a thought.
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
I can put my Aimpoint in the closet set on 7 and it will still be good 6 years from now. Just a thought.
20,000 hour battery life for 1/4 the price

https://www.sigsauer.com/products/romeo-msr/
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
I can put my Aimpoint in the closet set on 7 and it will still be good 6 years from now. Just a thought.
My work rifle has an Aimpoint PRO and leaving it on a low setting the battery may last 10 months before it starts to weaken.....It is a descent optic and for my job and probably military use would probably be ok but it is more than I would spend for a basic AR for camp shooting out to 100 years, dunno
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Originally Posted by cfarmd View Post
20,000 hour battery life for 1/4 the price

https://www.sigsauer.com/products/romeo-msr/
Romeo5 claims 40k plus, but not sure what setting. Also, it’s motion activated. Again, I got it for $105 shipped

if if not raining and not many doves flying, hope to shoot a bit tomorrow
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
Romeo5 claims 40k plus, but not sure what setting. Also, it’s motion activated. Again, I got it for $105 shipped

if if not raining and not many doves flying, hope to shoot a bit tomorrow
bought an msr for $100 on black Friday sale. its the 'newer' version of the 5. the 40k batt life is thanks to the motion activation feature. the msr is intended to be left 'on'
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Aim Point. No pun intended but they are bulletproof and the battery lasts a long time.

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