I know after the last few months it may be hard to believe what Burris has said in regards to the release of their AR332 site, but I hold proof in my hand that the gentleman I spoke with is true to his word. This morning I received an AR332 at my front door directly from Burris. OK, I hear you now, getting it directly from Burris doesn’t mean they are shipping; I concur, but getting a new one in shrink wrap gives me a gut feel that they are in circulation and they will be in the hands of customer very soon, if not already.
My initial feelings are below. Plz keep in mind that they are based on having it for about an hour and not being able to fling lead with it on yet.
1. Good solid feel
2. Only a 1-year warranty concerns me.
3. The Ballistic CQ Reticle is nice, red & green illumination with 5 settings and a black non-powered reticle.
4. The Ballistic CQ Reticle is smaller than I expected, but very usable.
5. The holdoff dots are small; my older eyes can see them without too much trouble though.
6. The glass is clear, but a bit dark. The Burris Rep and I discussed this during our call and he advised me that this would be the case. It’s trade off for getting the unit at less than $300. I see no issue with saving a little $ for a bit darker site picture as it doesn’t appear to hamper the use of the site.
7. It’s about the same size as my EoTech 512 in a LT-110, but it’s not QR, which would be a good rev 2 upgrade…
8. While illuminated, the reticle has a shadow at 4:00 in low light situations while the brightness setting is on high (4 or 5). This goes away at lower brightness setting and in better light. This was tested in a dark basement, so YMMV.
9. While illuminated with the brightness level set at 5 in low light, you can see the rectangular film that the reticle is projected on. Not a big deal as in low light the brightness setting shouldn’t be on 5 anyways
10. You cannot use a BUIS with it, as you cannot see the front site clearly. It’s a 3x magnification, so that shouldn’t be expected anyway.
My initial feeling on it is very positive. It has a nice feel and it seems to be well built and will withstand the abuse from the majority of shooters. For $300, it seems to be a great value and if it works as I hope, Burris may have a winner on their hands. Was it worth the wait, only time will tell, but based on my initial feelings, I think it was, but of course, I’ll reserve final judgment on that until I get a few hundred rounds through it.
I hope to be able to get to the range this weekend and test it, if not, I’ll piss off my neighbors a bit and put a few rounds down range on my back yard 35-yard range and report back.
I know, pics or it didn’t happen, see below, it really did happen. There are a few pics with the sunshade on and a few with it off…
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