Vortex Optics Sparc 2 Red Dot MOA (SPC-402) Scope, Black
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- Multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces increase light transmission
- Display is highly visible in daylight
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SPARC II RED DOT (SPC-402)
Get on target fast with the Sparc II. Ultra-compact and lightweight, the Sparc II (Speed Point Aiming for Rapid Combat) is equally at home mounted on a rifle or shotgun. Digital rear facing controls for powering on/off and adjusting the 2 MOA daylight bright red dot brightness at ten intensity levels—automatically returning to the last dot intensity used when powered up. Rugged single-piece body machined from aircraft grade aluminum is o-ring sealed for waterproof and fogproof performance. The VMX-3T Magnifier is Not recommended for use with the Sparc II.
The versatile multi-height mount system accommodates most firearms including rifles needing absolute or lower 1/3 co-witness heights, and mounts on standard Weaver or Picatinny bases (not included). A modular three-piece base offers four separate mounting heights for user- and weapon-specific customization: 18.0 mm (.709 inches), 21 mm (.823 inches), 37 mm (1.457 inches), 40 mm (1.575 inches).
- Magnification: 1x
- Objective Lens Diameter: 22 mm
- Eye Relief: Unlimited
- Adjustment Graduation: 1 MOA
- Travel per Rotation:45 MOA
- Max Elevation Adjustment: 90 MOA
- Max Windage Adjustment: 90 MOA
- Parallax Setting: Parallax Free
Dimensions in inches. Weight:5.9 ounces
What's in the box?
- Multi-height Mount System
- T-10 Torx Wrench
- 7/64" Hex Wrench
- CR 2032 Battery
- Flip Cap Optics Covers
Daylight Bright Red Dot
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.
- Display is highly visible in daylight
- Typical battery life is 300 hours at maximum brightness and 5,000 hours at minimum brightness setting
- Provides ten variable illumination settings—the lowest two settings are night-vision compatible
Get on target fast with the SPARC II. Ultra-compact and lightweight, the SPARC II (Speed Point Aiming) is equally at home mounted on an flattop style rifle or shotgun. Digital rear facing controls for powering on/off and adjusting the 2 MOA daylight bright red dot brightness at ten intensity levels—automatically returning to the last dot intensity used when powered up. Rugged single-piece body machined from aircraft grade aluminum is O-ring sealed for waterproof and fogproof performance. The versatile multi-height mount system accommodates most firearms including AR-15s needing absolute or lower 1/3 co-witness heights, and mounts on standard Weaver or Picatinny bases (not included). A modular three-piece base offers four separate mounting heights for user- and weapon-specific customization: 18.0 mm (.709 inches), 21 mm (.823 inches), 37 mm (1.457 inches), 40 mm (1.575 inches).
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On the negative side:
1. The red dot will not appear solid if you have astigmatism. It has a slight "starburst" appearance to me, but this can be mitigated by using it in conjunction with back up iron sights, as I did. Not the sight's fault really, just something to keep in mind.
2. The adjustments (brightness, windage, and elevation) to me, are on the "soft" side. In other words, it can be difficult to feel the "click" when making corrections, or powering on the unit. I'm comparing it to other optics I've owned, from Redfield to Zeiss.
3. The close proximity of the windage cap, and the cover for the battery compartment makes removing either one awkward. Also, the tethers that hold on to the caps have to be held to keep them from binding as you turn the cap. Those with larger fingers will likely have trouble with this.
4.The base requires an allen wrench to apply/remove it. Quick detach (Larue) mounts are available from various suppliers though. Also, the elevation and windage turrets must be turned with a coin, or the like.
5. The S2's lens caps flip up nicely, but are just pressed on, and shift easily from side to side if bumped.
6. It uses the Cr 2032 battery. AAA's would be nice, but that would make it bulkier. Can't have it all, I guess.
These are the positive attributes as I see them:
1. The SPARC II has an overall good fit and finish, with a quality (good machining) feel to it. The base I chose fit very securely to my picatinny rail, and didn't show any sign of moving after 100 rounds of 5.56 at the range.
2. Zeroing the S2 was easy. After a couple of adjustments, I was able to put most shots within a few inches at 25yds shooting off hand. Yes, it's a fairly short distance. To me, the point of the S2 is rapid target acquisition at short to medium range with reasonable accuracy. If I wanted to shoot 1MOA out to Pluto, I would scope my AR accordingly.
3. The lowest 3 brightness settings worked well for me, even in daylight. Also, these buttons are smartly placed, facing the shooter.
4. The glass is crystal clear, with no hint of fogging, and remained so in heat and humidity that had sweat pouring off of me.
5. It's compact enough that it doesn't interfere with the iron sights, and leaves room on a standard length picatinny rail for a magnifier if desired.
For $200 you're unlikely to find another product that's waterproof, fog proof, night vision compatible, and has a solid warranty. If my life depended on it (law enforcement, military), then I would likely upgrade, but the S2 meets the requirements of a non-professional like myself.
Hopefully, this review will give some prospective buyers good info to base a decision on. It's not a comprehensive list of +'s and -'s, but should offer some guidance beyond the useless "it sucked", and "love it" reviews I see all too often.
1.) It's small, light, and uses little upper real estate. You can have flip up irons up at the same time no problem.
2.) The base that comes with it is actually very nice considering it was free. I expected to have to upgrade, but no concerns now, the optic is held securely in place. Additionally you have the option of full cowitness or lower 1/3rd, I chose full and it works flawlessly.
3.) It's fast and allows two eyes open without any problem. I was concerned that the controls being located on the left side of the optic would partially obstruct my left eye but it is not noticeable.
4.) The LED is plenty bright, I have no trouble seeing it in sunlight whatsoever.
5.) The glass is as clear as an Aimpoint. This means that the optic has a very slight blue hue just like the Aimpoint, but is not excessively dark. This is part of the red light filtration coatings they put on the glass.
6.) The warranty is stupid good and the customer service is the best I've ever seen. Yes, I have used their warranty once already when I noticed an optic I had was not as clear as another. I called it in, they went to the warehouse and pulled 9 different ones and sent me the clearest one they had (and a free T-shirt for my trouble). They even paid shipping both ways. If the warranty is not important to you, you could try Primary Arms. They are not quite the quality of Vortex but cost almost half as much and are also an excellent value. In my opinion, it's Primary Arms for around $100, Vortex for the $200 range, and jump right to Aimpoint for $400+. To me the warranty is critical. Occasionally my rifle will sit in a car in 100+ degree Texas heat. This can cause a lithium battery to explode and ruin the optic. I've never had it happen to me but I have seen it happen before. Vortex would not hesitate to replace the optic should this occur. Primary Arms? Not so much. Just something to consider.
7.) The optic is pretty tough, it's taken some banging around and works just fine. That said I have not run this optic through a rough carbine course yet, but that day approaches and I'll report back with a follow up. The fit and finish are very good and the optic feels solid (unlike several other brands I could mention...including some similarly priced big named ones).
8.) The on/off switch is very usable and unlike the SPARC 1st generation, it is very unlikely you accidentally turn this thing off. The auto shutoff is 6 hours. To this point I have not had it on long enough for that to matter, even if it should, a mere press of the button brings it right back up.
9.) The optic comes with everything you need EXCEPT a kill flash. Caps? Check. Base? Check. Batery? Yep, check again. It even comes with a nice little lens cleaning cloth.
10.) The quality of the optic exceeds the price tag in my opinion. It is not a $400 Aimpoint, but it's better than pretty much everything else comparably priced.
1.) I can see the LED emitter in the tube on the bottom of the sight. It's not a big deal, but you wouldn't see it in an Aimpoint.
2.) The battery life is not that of an Aimpoint but still very good. Just be aware that you will not leave this thing on for 3 years and it still be good to go. Have a spare battery.
3.) You won't impress any "operators," gun snobs, or keyboard commandos if that's important to you.