Best Red Dot Sight Under $200 -Vortex OPMOD StrikeFire II

Best Red Dot Sight Under $200 - Vortex OPMOD StrikeFire II

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.

Vortex OPMOD StrikeFire II

Vortex OPMOD StrikeFire II


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.

Mounted 4


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!





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6 Responses to Best Red Dot Sight Under $200 -Vortex OPMOD StrikeFire II

  1. MARK R says:

    Idk. The new red dot sights from Primary Arms and Hilux sounds pretty good and both have 50,000 hour battery life. And both are 200 or less.

    • Jeremy L says:

      They may have better battery life but to the best of my knowledge all of the popular Primary Arms red dots come with a 1 year warranty. I don’t know about you but I’d rather go with a sight from a company that will take care of me on the product no matter what happens to it i.e. the Vortex OPMOD StrikeFire II.

  2. Philip Clifford says:

    being a farmer in the great Smoky mountains of TN every day has different challenges this sight would be a great help on my AR to keep those coyotes in check.

  3. Jerry says:

    Actually going to grab one of these for my AMD-65. I currently have a Primary Arms on it that can’t take the heat or recoil being mounted above the gas tube; it constantly goes goes out and eats up batteries. Had it for just over a year now, so I’ll put it on one of my .22 rifles and see if it can function on that. Hopefully, this Vortex is up to the challenge.

  4. Cary says:

    Jeremy, lol I know what you mean by the stink eye from ppl. I use a 7 inch Sig 516 with a brace. Recently I got a Kestrel 5.56 suppressor. Best money I ever spent. Anyway….did this optic in
    Any way shape or form start to wash out in bright sunlight?? Thank you.

    • Jeremy L says:

      Hey Cary,

      Although I definitely like the ability to switch between a red or green dot, the green has a slight tendency to get lost on a really sunny day. Since I was shooting into a grassy berm it was noticeable. If you were out in a more arid environment with less of a green backdrop you should have no problem picking up the green dot. The red dot performed flawlessly in a wide range of conditions including bright sun. Hope that helps!

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