By far the most popular optic for the AR platform is the reflex sight. Reflex sights are non-magnifying optics that allows the shooter to acquire a target without precision aiming quickly. The reflex sight is intended to be used with both eyes open. It is different than a traditional ranged scope, in which the dominant eye is used, and the non-dominant eye is shut.

    With eyes both open, it allows the user to maintain situational awareness outside of his optic’s field of view with his peripheral vision, essential in a Close Quarters Battle (CQB) situation that military or SWAT team members face, for instance.

    Vortex Optics Sparc AR Red Dotx 40mm

    Is It Worth Your Money?

    Is it Worth Your Money?

    Vortex Sparc AR

    Vortex Sparc AR


    • Affordable
    • High quality
    • Adjustable reticle brightness
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      Fast target acquisition
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      Accurate 2 MOA red dot
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      Both eyes open firing


    • No magnification
    • Battery life is less than other red dot sights on the market

    At less than $200, this product is definitely worth your money. Vortex has established themselves as a low cost, high-value alternative to some of the larger name optics manufacturers such as Trijicon, Leupold, Aimpoint, and EOTech. 2 MOA red dot sights from those manufacturers cost upwards of $500-$600 or more new, with all of the same features that the the product offers. When you include the brand’s unconditional lifetime warranty, the decision is simple.

    Scope Review and Breakdown

    • Features
    • Specifications
    • Ease of Use and Reliability
    • Battery Life
    • COST

    As mentioned previously, this model seems like a steal of a deal at less than $200. It has features comparable to any red dot sight you would find selling for $500-$600.

    If this model only lasted you a few years, it would still be worth it at that price. But when you throw in the brand’s unconditional lifetime warranty, and you have a product that will last you for a lifetime.

    Who is this Scope for?

    Type of Shooter

    Type of Gun

    Final Verdict

    Vortex Sparc AR

    Vortex Optics Sparc AR Red Dotx 40mm

    In our opinion, the Sparc AR has proven that a quality red dot sight does not have to cost $600. This red dot sight has all the features that you would want in a quality optic but costs less than half the price of similar sights.

    Other Options Worth Looking At

    There are many options available when you’re looking for a red dot sight for your AR-15. Most are considerably more expensive than this unit. But if you’re looking for a red dot on a budget, consider the Bushnell Trophy Sight Riflescope, also called TSR-25.

    Starting at less than $50, the TRS-25 is a quality starter optic for your AR platform. It’s a 3 MOA dot, so not as accurate as the 2 MOA Sparc AR.

    Another affordable option is the Primary Arms Micro Dot, with a price tag of under $90. Primary Arms and Vortex have many similar products, and most are of the same quality, which is always excellent quality.