View Full Version : Looking for a budget red dot

08-11-2010, 10:32 PM
for around 50-80 dollars to put on my M&P 15-22 and possible on my AR as well, what is ones that are at least reliable, keeps zero, tough build and don't get broken easy.

Here is 2 of what I found out so far.

But I am very new at this, so can anyone else give me some suggestions please.

08-11-2010, 11:59 PM
I have seen many bad reviews about opticsplanet.net.

That's the only advice I can give you.

08-12-2010, 12:36 PM
A lot of good info regarding Primary Arms on the AR15.com site. I'm looking for sights as well and kinda leaning towards Primary Arms.

08-12-2010, 3:58 PM
Millet red dots work great, use them in Bianchi competition, rimfire class.

Look for Ultradots on Ebay, typically about 50% of retail there.

J point, Firepoint, Burris Fastfire, have them all and love them. All about $100 if you haunt Ebay again...

08-12-2010, 4:16 PM
I ended up purchase 2 of this, 1 for my Stag AR and 1 for MP15-22


I call them up, they give me a deal I can't refuse...

08-12-2010, 4:19 PM
I have the primaryarms mirco. Holds up to my 870.

08-13-2010, 6:58 AM
I have a Primary Arms M4 style on my MP 15-22. holds up fine and has multiple reticles. Was 89 plus shipping

08-13-2010, 12:17 PM
In addition to Primary Arms, people also seem to like the Walther on sale at Midway for $59.99:



DJ Flight
08-13-2010, 12:46 PM
Another vote for the Primary Arms. I have a Trijicon Accupoint, Eotech 512, Vortex Strikefire, and my Primary Arms holds up as well as all of the above. Holds zero w/o problems as well. For $80 shipped you can't touch it IMO. I'd recommend spending a couple extra bucks on the Vortex, as it has a lifetime warranty, but if you "need" it now, the Primary Arms m3 is a solid red dot.

08-13-2010, 2:41 PM
"its alittle bit more pricy than your budget but the vortex sparc gets really awsome reviews for 199.95 i just ordered one from aimsurplus supply theres a great review on this on ar-15.com

08-14-2010, 9:34 PM
check out my Bushnell Trophy Red Dot post...new for $75

08-14-2010, 10:27 PM
Spend the extra $50.00 and get a Vortex Strikefire red dot - make sure and get the newer model - "bright red" and you cannot go wrong.

08-15-2010, 2:20 PM
For budget I'd go with Strikefire.

08-17-2010, 8:21 AM
I have seen many bad reviews about opticsplanet.net.

That's the only advice I can give you.

I've ordered several times from Optics Planet and have had absolutely no issues. I haven't ever had to return an item, so perhaps there's an issue with which I am not aware?

08-17-2010, 9:48 AM
I've seen the sig red dots for 100 - they are all of what you need with a long battery life.

08-17-2010, 10:21 AM
Have you checked out the Vortex Strikefire (http://www.cstactical.com/Store/OPTICS/Red-Dot-Sights/Vortex-Optics/Vortex-StrikeFire-AR-15-Red-Dot.html) or the Vortex SPARC (http://www.cstactical.com/Store/OPTICS/Red-Dot-Sights/Vortex-Optics/SPARC-Red-Dot.html)?

They're a little out of your price range, but they are hard to beat for the price. We have them both in-stock.



Mike @ CST

09-26-2010, 4:10 PM
+ 1 for Primary Arms and Vortex

I would get the M3 Primary Arms over the Strikefire.

But if you are looking for a microdot, I would get the Vortex Sparc over the Primary Arms microdot.

I have a Microdot from PrimaryArms, while I like everything about it, sometimes in low light I get some internal reflections im not to keen about. The SPARC also includes 3 different height bases and a screw in magnifier. Seems to add to the overall value.

09-26-2010, 4:11 PM
I have seen many bad reviews about opticsplanet.net.

That's the only advice I can give you.

The only thing I use OpticsPlanet for is research. After getting the run around about my Vortex Scope order, I had to cancle and order from someplace else.

They get a bad review from me too.