Rated 5 out of 5 by Penname4wannaBwriter One Micro Red Dot to Rule Them All...sort of.
I wanted to build a rifle with my grandfather. Since the AR platform is basically
the equivalent of a Build-A-Bear for gun enthusiasts, choosing the rifle was easy. Choosing the optic was not.
After countless youtube videos and reviews on various gun forums, I decided I wanted a micro red dot sight, and limited my choices to either the Aimpoint H1 micro or the Vortex Sparc.
While both had good reviews in regard to their durability, the Aimpoint is supposedly about as tough as a tank. And I believe it. I watched a youtube video torture test where an Aimpoint micro atop of a Daniel Defense M4 was shot with birdshot, run over by a jeep, blown up, and then finally only lost zero when it was dropped from a helicopter. It was very impressive, but that durability comes at a price close to $400 more than the Sparc, and that's not including the price of a mount, which comes included with the Sparc.
If you spend your time being shot, run over by vehicles, and blown up, then not only is your life much more exciting than mine, but spending the extra cash for an Aimpoint (and possibly a generous life insurance policy) might be in your best interest. For me, I use my gun almost exclusively for plinking: tin cans, milk jugs, water balloons and such, and while I don't treat my rifle like a China doll (it gets it fair share of abuse and continues to hold zero), I don't put it through combat conditions.
As for other applications, I would feel comfortable using the Sparc in a home defense situation if I absolutely had to. Nothing against the Sparc, but its mounted to an AR, and I imagine shooting a 223 round inside a building would be extremely loud, though deaf is always better than dead. For hunters, I would probably go with a scope, though inside a hundred yards it would do the job.
When it came down to it, I chose the Sparc over the H1 for three reasons: the price point, practical application, and an unconditional lifetime warranty. So far, I am very pleased with my purchase, and I am saving up for the Vortex magnifier since I'm not a fan of the screw on 2x magnifier it comes with.
November 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Osiris Awesome bang for the buck!
I bought this about 2 years ago. I was going to spend some a lot more money on something like an Aimpoint or Eotech. I even thought about going with an ACOG which I have had quite bit of experience with in the Marine Corps. However I have other Vortex products and I have been no less than impressed. So I decided to give the SPARC a shot.
Once again I am very impressed. it has been very reliable, good quality finish and everything that I have expected for a red dot and more. After the initial sight in I have bumped and in some cases drop the rifle, but that sight has never lost its zero.
Great buy, do not hesitate. Specially not for the price!
October 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ThEHeyMan Cost effective and Durable!`
I recently purchased a SPAC for my DPMS AR 15 and I really like the low light "NV" feature for close range coyote hunting at night. The optic has held up very well during many night hunts. It has got knocked around a bit and the point of aim didn't change at all. The red dot has the perfect amount of light for night hunts in very low light, and it even was durable enough for my wife's shotgun. I am a huge fan of this optic. It is perfect for the price minded buyer and it even comes with mounts for co -witnessing on an AR platform and low mounts for shotguns. I will be buying another in the future for my other platforms. Thank you Vortex for producing a quality product under the $200 dollar benchmark.
October 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by smc210 awesome little optic!
I bought this a year ago and recommended it to all my buds with ARs. it's rock solid and never fails.
September 30, 2013