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I got home today and found that my mail-man brought me a new toy – a Vortex Strikefire red dot sight. I have been interested in this sight for my Stag AR for quite some time. Having researched and read many reviews as well as watched several YouTube video’s – most all the information I found was very positive.
Vortex is an American optics company with a history of innovation. The Strikefire is one of their most popular red dot sights, and for good reason.
The Strikefire is an affordable optic that offers many features found on more expensive models. It has a durable construction, a wide field of view, and 10 brightness settings for its 4 MOA dot reticle that can be set to red or green according to the shooter’s preference.
Clearly it is intended to compete with European made optics costing many hundreds of dollars more. But can it? Let’s look into it!
- Red or Green light option lets you switch colors, and adjust the dot intensity (diameter of 4 MOA), according to the surroundings and viewing conditions.
- Unlimited eye relief allows for quick target acquisition.
- Parallax Free Past 50 Yards.
- Optical 2x doubler provides for more detailed viewing.
- Waterproof and fog proof with nitrogen purging for reliable work in harsh weather.
Looking much like an older Aimpoint Comp-series sight, the Strikefire takes many design cues from these legendary optics while still managing to innovate.
For ease of access, the power controls are at the rear of the Strikefire. A single CR2 battery powers the Strikefire. The Strikefire is also parallax-free, meaning that the dot remains in the same spot regardless of your eye position.
Easy to use for both target shooting and hunting, an offset cantilever or “gooseneck” mount is included. This mount allows the user to move the sight forward on a shorter rail, like on an AR-15, and use it with a magnifier or backup iron sights as required.
The only downside to the Strikefire is that this included mount might not meet your needs and in that case you’ll need to purchase a separate mount to serve. In the “ala carte” rifle accessory market, I would have rather had the savings instead.
Fully multi-coated lenses provide a clear and bright field of view with only mild color tone shift. Rapid target acquisition is facilitated by truly unlimited eye relief as with all reflex sights.
Elevation and windage adjustments both allow up to 100 MOA maximum. Flip up lens covers fore and aft provide protection for the lenses and keep them smudge free until you need to get them out of the way.
The single-piece chassis is small and light, yet it can withstand significant recoil. You’ll have no issues with the optic even on hard-kicking shotguns and big-bore rifles.
You might want to upgrade the mount if you are putting it on something truly punishing but I wouldn’t worry about it on a 5.56mm or 7.62mm gun. It’s windproof, water-resistant, and fogproof. It is also nitrogen purged for fog-free clarity in all conditions.
Speaking of conditions, this tough little hombre is rated for temperatures ranging from -22F all the way to 140F.
In short, it is a completely mundane but highly effective, and dependable, dot sight.
It isn’t the smallest or the lightest. It does not have the very best battery life or cutting edge features compared to its more modern contemporaries.
What is does have is an excellent performance-to-value ration and proven dependability. Also, if you use and abuse equipment like I do, you’ll be happy to know it comes with Vortex’s VIP warranty and guarantee.
VIP stands for Very Important Promise. The company stands by their products and, if it is every broken or destroyed, they will fix it or replace it at no cost. No matter the cause. No matter if you are the original buyer. No matter when or why or how.
That is a legit guarantee from a first-class operation, let me tell ya. But I am not too worries: I have seen too many reports on these bomb-proof little optics to ever worry about them giving up the ghost short of catching a bullet themselves!
What Gun is this Optic Best For?
What optic is best for a given gun? It is a question that has been asked time and again by shooters all over the world.
Different shooters have different preferences, and what might be the best optic for one person may not be the best for another. However, there are a few general rules that can help you choose the right optic for your needs.
Generally, if you are equipping a rifle or other gun for shots 200 yards and closer, red dot sights rule the roost. Their fast target acquisition and simple reticles make them perfect for close-range shooting.
The Strikefire is perfect, here. If you are looking to take shots at targets beyond 200 yards, a scope is likely the better option. Scopes provide more magnification, allowing you to see your target more clearly and make precise shots.
However, some folks prefer a best-of-both-worlds approach and equip their red dots with a magnifier. A magnifier can provide a 2x, 3x, or even greater boost when used in conjunction with a host red dot.
The Strikefire comes with such a device that screws in to the eyepiece, but the results leave much to be desired. If you are looking for a magnifier, it might be best to look elsewhere. This thing is seriously an afterthought.
That being said, the Strikefire is an excellent optic for most shooters. It is versatile and can be used in a variety of settings, both close up and far away.
With its high-quality construction and affordable price tag, it is one of the best on the market and probably the best at its price bracket.
Best in Class
Overall, the Vortex Strikefire is an excellent red dot sight for the price and is right at home on nearly any modern firearm.
If you don’t want to, or can’t, shell out $500 plus on an optic for every gun you own you can still get excellent performance and dependability right out of the box with Vortex’s Strikefire series. This is one optic that I am pleased to say lives up to the reputation.
I have not had a chance to shoot using this site yet – soon. Overall – I am very impressed with the StrikeFire.