Vortex Optics SPARC Red Dot Sight Gen I - 2 MOA Dot (SPC-AR1)
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- The Sparc sight features a 2 MOA daylight bright red dot that is quick to spot and paints your target regardless of lighting conditions or background. The dot returns to the last intensity used when powered up.
- High quality, fully multi-coated lenses offer up a clean, wide field of view. With unlimited eye relief and parallax free, the sight gets you on target fast.
- Rear-facing controls offer quick access and are viewable from the shooting position.
- Waterproof, fog proof, and shockproof the anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum body is rubber armored and built to handle the most extreme conditions.
- The sight operates using a AAA battery and offers up to 300 hours of power at max brightness. After 12 hours, an automatic shutoff prevents accidental battery rundown.Nitrogen gas purging with o-rings-seals delivers fogproof, waterproof performance.
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SPARC Red Dot (SPC-AR1)
Simple—Fast—Effective—Point and Shoot. When you boil it down, those are the advantages of a red dot sight. And that’s what the SPARC delivers - all in a durable, lightweight, compact, and ultra-clean package. Digital rear-facing controls for power and dot brightness offer quick access and are viewable from the shooting position. 2 MOA dot diameter promotes precise point of aim. Automatically returns to last dot intensity used when powered up.
Unlimited eye relief and parallax free, the SPARC gets shooters on target fast. Waterproof, fogproof and shockproof for ultimate durability. Unit automatically shuts off after 12 hours to prevent accidental battery rundown and operates using a common AAA battery. Duty rifle - home defense—recreation, the SPARC is built to handle all your red dot needs. The VMX-3T Magnifier is not recommended for use with the SPARC.
Dual use for Shooting Tactical / Hunting
Daylight Bright Red Dot Reticle
The daylight bright 2 MOA dot is fast and easy to use. Choose among ten variable illumination settings—the lowest two settings are night-vision compatible.
The key thing to remember when shooting with the SPARC red dot is to keep both of your eyes open! Shooting with both eyes open allows you to take full advantage of your peripheral vision to get on target very quickly. Eye placement is not critical. As long as you can see the dot, you’ll hit your target!
Windage and Elevation Adjustments
The SPARC red dot incorporates elevation and windage dials with audible clicks. Each small click will move the point-of-impact one Minute of Angle (MOA). 1 MOA will closely correspond to one inch at 100 yards, 1/2 inch at 50 yards, 1/4 inch at 25 yards, etc.
Adjust the elevation and windage settings:
1. Remove the dial covers. The battery cover may be used as a tool to loosen and tighten the dial covers.
2. Use the raised bars on the dial covers, coin or screw driver to make the adjustments.
3. Turn the adjustment dial in the appropriate direction as indicated by the arrows. Move the dials in the direction you wish the bullet’s point-of-impact to change.
Mounting the SPARC
The SPARC can be mounted at two heights, lower 1/3 cowitness and absolute co-witness. To mount it at lower 1/3, mount the sight as received. The optic center will be 40mm above the base surface. To mount for absolute co-witness you can remove the 3mm base shim. The optic center at absolute co-witness will be 37mm above the base surface.
To get the best results proper mounting is essential. Although not difficult, the correct steps must be followed. Your firearm will need to be equipped with a Picatinny or Weaver style rail/base.
1. Attach the SPARC to the rail/base with the adjustment control buttons facing the shooter and make sure the mount is solidly seated in the base groove. In order to prevent recoil injury, position the SPARC so you have at least four inches of eye relief.
2. Be sure the base clamp is hooked around the outside of the rail/base.
3. Press the SPARC downward and forward toward the muzzle. Then, firmly tighten the base clamp bolt using the hex wrench.
Simple—Fast—Effective—Point and Shoot. When you boil it down, those are the advantages of a red dot sight. Digital rear-facing controls for power and dot brightness offer quick access and are viewable from the shooting position. 2 MOA dot diameter promotes precise point of aim. Automatically returns to last dot intensity used when powered up. Unlimited eye relief and parallax free, to get shooters on target fast. Waterproof, fogproof and shockproof for ultimate durability. Unit automatically shuts off after 12 hours to prevent accidental battery rundown and operates using a common AAA battery. The Multi-Height Mount System includes a spacer shim that can be utilized to provide two different mounting heights: lower 1/3 co-witness (1.575"/40mm) and absolute co-witness (1.456"/37mm).
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I contacted Vortex. Their first response was that the dots are caused by astigmatism. No, they move with the optic. They also said the big red blotch is normal. This isn't my first or even my fourth red dot. An obscured FOV is not normal. I sent it to Vortex for evaluation and they sent it back claiming no problems.
I don't know why Vortex dragged their feet on this optic that has never seen live fire, brand new out of the box, and defective, but they lost a customer. This means they lost a customer or a couple more customers for their lack of customer service.
I can recommend their Crossfire red dot and any AimPoint sights, which look through the sight like you'd expect, but not the Sparc and certainly not their customer service.
To compare it to higher end optics like the Aimpoint micro T1, or trijicon MRO (I own all 3) it falls short in just a couple categories:
1. The battery life. This has a low battery life compared to the always-on optics like aimpoint or trijicon. It shuts off automatically, but that can be a bad thing if you're looking for an always-ready optic you can rely on in all situations. For the causal target shooter or hunter this is a non-issue.
2. Weight. At 7.5 Oz this is over twice the weight of an aimpoint micro with a mount. While 3 or 4 ounces is negligible for the casual shooter, if you're going for ultra lightweight, there are better (more expensive) options.
3. Dot clarity. My Sparc AR has a dot that seems to be a bit fuzzy compared to the T1 or the MRO. Still puts shots on target well, but if you're picky then it may bug you a bit.
4. Sight picture. The MRO wins out in this category because of the large front aperture. The other two seem like you're looking through a tube and don't offer as great a sight picture. The Sparc loses to the aimpoint only slightly because of the visible projection lense in the Sparc and its slightly fuzzier dot.
I can't say for sure on durability between the 3 because I can't afford to torture test them all on my own budget, but I know they're all pretty reputable in that category, and vortex has an awesome warranty.
Bottom line: if you have only $200 to spend on a red dot, buy the Sparc AR! It's great for the money without a doubt. It's a great optic for the average shooter and it won't disappoint. For those who need to truly trust their lives to a red dot, I'd say go with the Aimpoint.
Top international reviews
Il punto rosso ha diverse intensità e si vede bene anche in pieno sole. Per gli interni si può regolare al minimo veramente minimo), per non disturbare la visione notturna. Montato sul mio AR15 si allinea perfettamente alle mire metalliche. Il punto rosso è nitido e fermo anche per ci soffre di astigmatismo (come me). Per la sua fascia di prezzo è ottimo.
Appena possibile seguirà recensione con prova sul campo. Perfetto per un AR15.