Optics Jedi Master
Well I walked into my local gun shop today who sells Vortex optics and low and behold they had a strike fire sitting on the shelf. I have been waiting for one so I grabbed it up. http://vortexoptics.com/riflescopes/view/vortex-strikefire-red-dot-riflescope They retail for $160, I got it for $130. So it fits right in with all the Vortex lines, which is nitched for a quality product but priced to the medium to lower end price tag.
I have not shot it yet but a couple initial observations. It comes with a set of really nice scope caps already on it. Glass is pretty clear, but it has a slight red tint to it. Not really in the same league as my IOR 4x but it is not bad. It seems like the Aimpoint has a red tint as well, it has been about a year since I used one of those so I can't remember for sure. The buttons are rubber coated and do have a slight click to them, but you don't notice it unless you are really paying attention. I would rather have them more noticeable.
It has both red and green illumination. The illumination seems a little dim to me even on the highest setting. I took it outside on my AR and while I could see it all the time, when I moved the gun quickly from target to target it seemed as though it would be a little faster if it was brighter. When you first turn it on it goes to the color you had it set to last. You then have to push the button again to get the other color. I think that is a nice feature.
The ring that goes with it is very heavy duty looking. It is aluminum and it looks a lot like the burris xtreme rings to me. It does not co-witness with iron sights, they sit a little lower in the scope. Some will like that others will not. Supposedly Vortex is going to make a slightly lower rings for those who want a true co-witness.
It also comes with a 2x magnifier that screws onto the eye piece end of the scope. When I first put it on I noticed that it takes away atleast half of the field of view. That seemed to be a big turn off to me. After I took it outside and looked at targets that were 100yards and beyond away it was not so bad. My IOR fixed 4x has at least twice the field of view as this Vortex with the 2x magnifier on it. Of course the closer you get the objective to your eye the bigger it gets. If a person planned on using a flip down rear sight the scope would need to be mounted pretty far forward so you could flip it up and still have the scope mounted. So if you put the magnifier on with the sight flipped down it would be pretty far from your eye. So a person would probably not want to use it much for moving targets. But for precision medium range shots I can see how it would help. Vortex is also talking of making a 4x magnifier for it. I really hope they do something with the field of view if they do or 4x will not even be usable.
The finnish seems to be the same matte that is on their regular rifle scopes. Nothing super special but I am sure it will be suffiecent.
It takes a lithium 3v CR2 battery. It has an automatic shut off after 4 hours on, so that is a nice feature for those of us who forget to turn them off.
I will probably sight it in today and then put it through some of my torture test. Which include using if for varmint hunting. We always go on our wheelers and the gun is put in the handle bar gun rack. So it will see an aweful lot of bouncing around and some rough treatment. I have broke several lesser scopes hauling them that way so it should be a good test for it. I will also mount it on my benelli m4 and see how it holds up on it.
So this will be a running review that I will add to as it is used.
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