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I recently purchased a vortex strike fire sight. Looks great on the outside. However, The actual dot is not quite a dot. When it is red it looks more like some kind of nick than a dot. When it is green it is a closer to a dot than when its red but the bottom has streaks shooting down a bit.
 
Anyway, I wanted to know if this is normal of red dot sights. Its almost like a Mcdonalds commercial. The burger in the picture is not what you get. For me, the actual dot in the picture is not what I got.
 
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Are you looking at it with the intinsity turn full up?  Sometimes its to bright to get a clear picture.  Try turning it down and see if that helps.
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Sounds right to me. Wink
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The one I have is a dot. Only appears a comma when glaringly bright.
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I bought one and returned it.  Dot was everything but a dot no matter what the intensity.
 
Also read alot of reviews that had problems with the dot resolution.
 
Its the only vortex product I dont like, so far.
 
YMMV
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I took the sight outside and looked through it and noticed a huge difference between the dot outside vs inside.

 
Then I started cycling through the red and green dots and everytime I changed the color the dot would change from say a perfect dot to some type of ugly star, then maybe back to an almost perfect dot, then to some blob looking scratch. I changed the light instensity and the the object I was placing the dot on and there was no change.
 
This sight definitely has a varied dot picture. That cant be normal right?
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I have the same issue with EOTech and other type sights, and come to find out it's my eyes (Astigmatism).

Long story short, glass that has etched type reticles ( dots, donuts, etc) or illuminated reticles look fine and the fiber optic/tritruim dots in the accupoint scope look great to me.

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I am interested in buying one of these scopes.  I understand the price point is much less than an Eotech or Aimpoint, so I am willing to live with a dot that is not quite a dot.  Someone at work had one and that one did not have a defined circle either.

How big of a deal is this?  I am not a police officer, a member of the military and despite having seen Red Dawn, I don't really expect to have to depend on a red-dot for my survival?  Is it just a preference issue?  I understand some want a perfect dot, but lacking that, is this something that would keep my from hitting 2 inches at 100 yards with an AR with 77 grain rounds?
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My issue is purely preference and the fact it bugs the hell out of me. However, to maybe answer your question, the dot is going to cover a good bit of the target at 100 yards even as a perfect dot. Now imagine the dot is even bigger and becuase its a dot with random lines shooting out from it. Youve just lost sight of even more of the target. Thats what bothers me. Is the irregularity of the dot. I just dont know what Im going to get when I turn it on so I dont exactly know what I will be able to see.
 
On a positive note, the sight is a well made unit and comes with a lifetime warranty. Also, I heard the customer serive is really nice. So just buy one and deal with the issue if it pops up.
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Strikefire has a four MOA dot, so it is not ideal for precision fires even if the dot didn't have the issues cdj describes.  You may be better off with something like Vortex's PST 1-4x scope or better yet SWFA's SS version.
 
I have the PST scope and regularly shoot 69 and 77gr Sierra bullets.  Magnification of the scope gives me the ability to shoot more accurately than a red dot.
 
Red dot optics are better suited for fast shooting close range engagements.  They work effectively at a distance for hitting steel plates, but not the best choice when  you are trying to punch holes in the x ring.
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Take the sight and look down it on a comfortable, applicable intensity.
 
If it glares or blooms twist the entire optic while looking at the dot.
 
If the iregular dot twists with the optic, it is a defect.
If the dot remains the same while twisting the optic it is a a problem with your vision seeing the dot correctly.
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