Note this is the now discontinued Vortex Strikefire – now replaced by the Vortex Strikefire 2.
Red dot sights offer excellent situational awarness and very rapid target acquisition and engagement. The Vortex Strikefire red dot sight fills a gap in the market for a very good red dot sight at much less cost than the Aimpoint Comp series. Like the Comps it uses a 30mm aluminum tube for great strength and is O-ring sealed and nitrogen filled to be water, fog and shock-proof. The body is Type III hard coat anodized for protection and flip-up lens covers are supplied. This sight was tested to the equivalent of 1000 rounds of .375 H&H without any problems. The Strikefire comes with a 2X adapter to increase its versatility, has multi-coated lenses and is parallax free beyound 50 yards (in tests the US Army found the Aimpoint CompM2 was only parallax free beyond this distance). The Vortex Strike Fire comes with a mount to fit MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rails and Weaver-style bases found on many rifles, shotguns and some handguns. The Strikefire Vortex had its brighness controls in rubber sealed buttons facing the rear and giving 10 brightness positions and a night vision mode. Power on/off is via a separate switch. The dot is 4 MoA which is great for fast shooting and the adjustments are in ½ MOA clicks for precision. The Strikefire has a 100 MoA range of adjustment in elevation and windage and is NV compatible. The main downside of this sight is its very limited battery life compared to an Aimpoint; several hundred hours vs 50-80,000 for current aimpoints. However, users have expressed great satisfaction with this sight in reviews and some are even using it in tactical appications. Two versions are offered:
SF-BR-AR15 – Tactical model with a red aiming dot, and an extra-height ring mount to position the scope at the correct height on a flattop AR-15.
SFRD-HUNT – Lets you switch between a red dot and a green dot at the touch of a button to set the best color for the prevailing light conditions. Comes with a low mount for installation on close-range hunting or tactical rifles.
Both models of the Vortex Optics Strikefire run on one CR-2 lithium battery (included) that provides up to 130 hours (red) or 420 hours (green) run time at maximum brightness setting. The sight has a 30mm objective diameter, is 6.1″ long and weighs 7.2 oz.
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