My Vortex Strikefire Red Dot Sight Review
Today we’re going to take a look at the Vortex StrikeFire red dot sight, something that I think is a tremendous value, depending on what you’re going to be using it for. Just to give you some quick statistics on it, it is waterproof, fogproof, shockproof. It’s got a 4 MOA dot that you can switch from red to green. It’s night vision compatible and parallax-free after 50 yards. Another nice thing about it is it only weighs 7.2 ounces, so it compares pretty well with a lot of its competitors. There’s a lot of things that come in this kit, so let’s take a quick look at them.
The first thing we’re going to take a look at is the mount. It actually comes with a mount which is different from some of its competitors. What’s nice about it, it’s got 6 screws that actually lock it down and it fits directly onto your picatinny rail at a height that’s co-witnessed with iron sights. Now, if you’re wondering how sturdy this mount is, I can tell you I have this sight mounted on my .50 cal Beowulf, and I can tell you that if it’ll take the recoil of the Beowulf, it’ll be just fine for darn near anything that you’re going to mount it onto. The one thing I would tell you, is that I wouldn’t want to be taking the 6 screws in and out multiple times because they’ll probably strip and you’ll have to replace them, but if you’re going to mount this scope on an upper and just leave it there, very, very solid sight, and I’m very happy with it.
Now, this thing’s powered by your regular SureFire battery which is nice because it reduces size and weight, and it also comes with lens covers in the kit, which are really nice. Another added feature is that there’s a screw-on attachment that actually gives you a 2-power magnifier if that’s something that you’re interested in.
Overall, I really do think this is a great value for this sight. I’ve actually found it online for as low as $135. If you compare that to the Aimpoint or the EOTechs, it’s about 25% the cost of what those are. You just have to really take a look at what you’re going to be using it for. With my .50 Beowulf, I’m not shooting this thing at 300 yards. That’s not what it’s designed for. If you’re going to mount it on something like that, or maybe you’ve got a home defense gun, something … you got an upper for 9 millimeter, .40 or .45, something like that, more of a CQB type situation, this is a really great value and a very rugged sight, and I would highly recommend it.