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speeedracerr
02-21-2011, 3:09 PM
Has anyone ever used a BSA red dot sight on an AR? If so... is it sturdy enough that it can withstand recoil from .223/5.56 and still maintain it's Zero?

Likewise, what cheap optics riser do you recommended? Im in the process of building a cheap AR for the hell of it since I have an extra upper and I'll have an extra lower soon.

http://images1.opticsplanet.com/180-180-ffffff/opplanet-bsa-optics-631618111439.png

dieselpower
02-21-2011, 3:18 PM
there are better options in the same price bucket..or a few dollars more.

what were you planning on spending...optic, mount, shipping, tax...total?

what is your end purpose use of the optic...tin cans, humans at 50 yards...or rabbits at 100yards?

Trendkill
02-21-2011, 3:23 PM
I had one last half a range trip....the dot turned into a blurry blotch.

speeedracerr
02-21-2011, 3:25 PM
there are better options in the same price bucket..or a few dollars more.

what were you planning on spending...optic, mount, shipping, tax...total?

what is your end purpose use of the optic...tin cans, humans at 50 yards...or rabbits at 100yards?

Actually... I have the BSA sight which I took off from a rifle that I sold many years ago. Just thought, I can get some use out of it instead of it laying around.

I guess the "purpose of use" would be mostly shooting targets down range since this rifle would definitely not be my go to gun in a SHTF scenario :D

hellraiser
02-21-2011, 3:26 PM
I will be honest with you. When I first started shootin i put one of thoes on a keltec su16. It held zero fine. The main problem i had with it was it just wasant bright enough on a sunny day. I landed up takeing it off and getting a bushnel trophy red dot. (wich i later upgraded too)

If you want an oppinion save your cash up and buy something a little better.

scoot64
02-21-2011, 3:29 PM
I got a bsa that I used on an AR pistol that seemed to work fine I took it off a 10/22 that I have.

Reductio
02-21-2011, 3:29 PM
Primary arms.

That is all.

Jasonaspears
02-21-2011, 3:32 PM
I will be honest with you. When I first started shootin i put one of thoes on a keltec su16. It held zero fine. The main problem i had with it was it just wasant bright enough on a sunny day. I landed up takeing it off and getting a bushnel trophy red dot. (wich i later upgraded too)

If you want an oppinion save your cash up and buy something a little better.

I have this as well and love it. Just wish it had a magnification value as well...

thunderbolt
02-21-2011, 3:35 PM
I had a BSA STSRGBD30 on my AR for a while and I added a cheap 1/2 riser from Amazon for $15. It held zero fine from recoil but I replaced it and put the BSA on my .22 and the first time I took it out I dropped it and now it won't hold anything. So much for that optic. Bottom line: recoil = yes, drag through the mud ruggedness = no.

speeedracerr
02-21-2011, 3:40 PM
Thanks for the input guys... I guess I'll have to get a riser and give it a try.

sniper4usmc
02-21-2011, 4:53 PM
go buy Bushnell TRS-25 $79-99

CHS
02-21-2011, 5:23 PM
The BSA's are a total gamble.

They're usually not bright enough, the dot is usually kinda fuzzy, and they'll either hold zero forever, or break under 500 rounds.

If you really want to save money but aren't a gambling man, then you should check out the primary arms stuff.

pyro3k2
02-21-2011, 5:41 PM
they say its shock proof, but my shotgun would have to disagree, the thing took a dump after only 5 rounds. But in it's defense they were 3.5 inch mag buckshot, I should have known better.

Sniper3142
02-21-2011, 5:57 PM
The only "cheap" optics I'd trust in this style are:

- Primary Arms Micro Dot:

http://www.primaryarms.com/images/_MG_5473.jpg

- Vortex Sparc:

http://www.mountsplus.com/mm5/graphics/00000001/Vortex_SPARC_Red_Dot_Scope.jpg

IMHO, anything "cheaper" would be wasting money on something that won't hold up to actual use.