If you’re a gun guy, then you’ve seen some of the crazy deals on AR-15 lower receivers recently. Personally, I couldn’t hold off on these deals any longer, so a few months back I got my hands on a couple lowers for right around $50 a pop. While initially intended to be a small investment, these lowers quickly turned into a full-blown AR build-off in my head. I’m sure many of you reading this can relate to such a predicament.
Making things that much harder on my wallet is the fact that I work for OpticsPlanet, which grants me easy access to every imaginable thing I can think of for these builds. First it was a Magpul grip, then a Sig brace, next thing you know I have the top of the line internal parts kits in my employee order. You would think that since I work for a company that specializes in optics for your gun, I’d already know the right scope for this first build. You’d be dead wrong!
With the access to optics that’d make your head spin, I could easily have gone with a nice Aimpoint T-1 or EOTech EXPS3 for this AR “pistol” build. But c’mon, everyone does that! I wanted to break away from the pack and go with something different, something that matched my new 556 blaster a little better. Thankfully I had an insider’s first look at our new OPMOD optic, and knew it would be perfect for my new baby.
The new Vortex OPMOD StrikeFire II red/green dot sight was the ultimate choice. Built around a heavy duty 30mm main tube, I knew it would give me best field of view I could ask for in an optic of its size and class. Another huge plus for me was FDE (Flat Dark Earth) color. Short of busting out a can of Rustoleum’s finest, no where else are you going to find this color option on a StrikeFire other than this Vortex and OPMOD collaboration.
After fighting off an army of my fellow OpticsPlanet employees, I was able to get the very first OPMOD Vortex StrikeFire II for myself. Six TORX screws later and this red dot was mounted to my AR pistol with the included cantilever mount. The install is about as easy as easy gets, and since I’m a man and we don’t read no stinking directions, I figured out the on, off, and green dot adjustment in a matter of minutes.
While at the range, I garnered plenty of attention from guys at the 50 yard shooting stalls. I’d like to think that everyone was looking at me because of my new badass AR-pistol with the OPMOD StrikeFire II atop, but in all honesty they were probably staring due to the ground shaking muzzle blast this baby spits out. When the indigenous shooters finally quit giving me the stink eye I was able to hunker down on the pistol and put a nice group about the size of a fist at 50 measly yards. Which is great considering three things: 1. This was a brand new optic that had not been adjusted. 2. I had yet to fire this AR15 pistol. and 3. The Sig brace that everyone (including myself) chooses to use as a stock makes for a pretty poor cheek weld. With a huge pile of spent 5.56 brass laying beside me- I left the range a happy man.
What $179 Greenbacks Gets You:
-Red AND Green Dot
-Included Cantilever Mount -allows for lower 1/3 co-witness
-Fog proof and Shockproof
-12 hour auto-shutoff feature
-300 hours run time on maximum brightness
-Flip lens covers
-The Famed Vortex VIP Warranty
Now I can’t sit here and say “oh my god, the OPMOD StrikeFire II is THE BEST RED DOT EVER!!!!” However what I can say is that it’s one of the best, if not the best choice if you’re looking for a 1x illuminated dot optic under $200. And this is exactly what I was looking for when shopping for a red dot for my new AR pistol.
What would you mount the Vortex OPMOD StrikeFire II on???? Let me know in the comments below! As always guys, shoot-em straight and be safe!