Vortex Sparc 2 Review – Worth the investment?

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A reflex sight gives you the benefit of both accuracy and rapid target acquisition which you cannot get from a closed sight or a scope, but your optic has to be robust enough to withstand any punishment that might be dished out on it without producing perfect results. Let’s face it, most of us can’t spend a thousand dollars on an optic. It fits the demand for affordable, high-quality optics for rifles, carbines, and shotguns. Though it is priced for any budget, you get plenty of value in this optic.

In all honesty, you won’t find another optic in the same class with the Sparc 2 at the same price. It is durable, easy to use, and maintains its accuracy just like the higher priced units, but doesn’t include all of the bells and whistles which add to their price. It is light, it doesn’t add bulk to your weapon and is easy to install at various heights to suit your preference with its adjustable height installation feature.


Worth The Investment?

Compared to other sights in its class, the Sparc 2 is very much worth the investment. Take a look at a few of the characteristics which add value to this optic:

  • You will have no problem mounting this sight on rifles, carbines or shotguns.
  • It is especially suited for carbines but will withstand the higher strength recoil of a shotgun without damaging its accuracy, even when you are shooting magnum shells.
  • Being a primary unit without the bells and whistles makes it great for getting it set up, sighted in and ready to use in no time.
  • For the price you are paying, you are getting a pretty substantial quality optic.

You could pay a whole lot more for the same quality optic as this product, but why would you? To even come close to its optic quality, you would be looking at a Trijicon RX34-C-800112, which will cost you more than twice as much. Let’s see what makes it so unique.


SPARC 2 Specifications

As we mentioned earlier, durability, split-second target acquisition, and accuracy without having to put the squeeze on your budget are what makes it such an attractive buy. Let’s look at some of its features and specifications.

Features:

  • Multiple anti-reflective, multiple coatings to increase light transmission.
  • Highly visible red dot with ten brightness levels.
  • This optic meets industry standards defining “parallax free.”
  • The tube is lightweight, durable chassis made of a single piece of hardened anodized aluminum.
  • Shockproof. The accuracy of this sight remains even after enduring heavy recoils.
  • Waterproof. Water, dust and moisture penetration are not problems due to this sight’s O-ring design.
  • Fogproof. The antifogging lens is due to nitrogen gas inside the tube.
  • The hard, anodized, matte finish reduces reflection and glare.
  • Can function well between -4 degrees and 158 degrees Fahrenheit.

Specifications:

  • Dot MOA: 1
  • Aperture: 22mm (.85 in)
  • Length: 79mm (3.1 in)
  • Weight: 167g (5.9 oz)
  • FOV: n/a
  • Eye Relief: unlimited
  • Rail: Weaver or Picatinny

Other Considerations

This product is praised for its accuracy even under less than ideal conditions. It is best used for ranges up to 300 yards. It is backed by an unconditional lifetime warranty, which is an indication of its quality.


Pros/Cons of the Sparc 2

There are always qualities which add to the value of the products you buy as well as characteristics or flaws that take away from its value or might be improved upon. Here are the pros and cons of this model:

pros

  • You have to start out with its mid-range price while delivering higher end optic performance.
  • Its lightweight and a design which doesn’t add a lot of bulkiness to your weapon.
  • The easy adjustment features to get it sighted in which hold true over an extended period of time and heavy usage.
  • Parallax free is an essential element for any reflex sight and this one has it.
  • Choice of dot color and wide range of brightness adjustment.
  • Cantilever design allows for co-witnessed sighting and rapid target acquisition.

cons

  • The on/off button is well suited for right-handed shooters, but is cumbersome for left-handed shooters and it must be pressed precisely in the middle to make it work.
  • The front lens of the optic reflects a lot of light whenever it is at certain angles, which could work against you in situations where lens flare will spook game or give away your position.

Final Verdict

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A reflex sight gives you the benefit of both accuracy and rapid target acquisition which you cannot get from a closed sight or a scope, but your optic has to be robust enough to withstand any punishment that might be dished out on it without producing perfect results. Let’s face it, most of us can’t spend a thousand dollars on an optic. The Vortex Sparc 2 fits the demand for affordable, high-quality optics for rifles, carbines, and shotguns. Though it is priced for any budget, you get plenty of value in this optic.

In all honesty, you won’t find another optic in the same class with this product at the same price. It is durable, easy to use, and maintains its accuracy just like the higher priced units, but doesn’t include all of the bells and whistles which add to their price. It is light, it doesn’t add bulk to your weapon and is easy to install at various heights to suit your preference with its adjustable height installation feature.