I have one of these on my AR and the only complaint I have is it is a heavy bugger. Other than that, it is nice and bright and looks awesome. For the price, I payed just above what you quote, you can't go wrong.Primary Arms sells a 1-4x scope for $119 that gets great reviews online. I'm very tempted to get one and try out, since my AR is just for target use and home defense if needed.
I've been thinking that myself about the red dot. Most of my target shooting is up to 100 yards, nothing really more than that. Home defense I prefer handgun, so my AR would be more property defense or varment take down.Self defense where? Inside your home, or defending your property? Huge difference.
Also, at what distances will you be doing target shooting?
I'm just wondering if for the tasks you specify whether you might be better served by a red dot sight.
Well, a nice red dot works well for hitting steel at 100 yards. So do iron sights. If you're looking to shoot groups on paper, then a magnified scope really helps.I've been thinking that myself about the red dot. Most of my target shooting is up to 100 yards, nothing really more than that. Home defense I prefer handgun, so my AR would be more property defense or varment take down.
I could get a red dot and use my iron sights for distance........decisions, decisions.
I'm leaning towards a Primary Arms 1-4x, low rings, and an add-on rail on my carry handle. That way I can still have the iron sights functional, and have the scope. I won't have to remove the carbine gas block since that's another added expense I don't want right now.Well, a nice red dot works well for hitting steel at 100 yards. So do iron sights. If you're looking to shoot groups on paper, then a magnified scope really helps.
For close distances, iron sights and red dots, and possibly a 1-4x or 1-5x scope will work.
How does the scope do with the front carbine sight?Not a whole lot of info on this one, but I have it on my Stag model 2, it is the Nikon P223 in 1.5-4.5x very handy little scope, light, and perfect close range and out to 200yds easy! Bdc goes to 600yds but have yet to attempt that.. Paid $180 for it ..$100 more will get you the m223 but I honestly couldn't see a $100 difference..
Nice looking setup, but I have to ask. Have you ever hit yourself with scope when shooting?
We each have our preferences and that is what makes the AR platform great, but that is about the the furthest back I have every seen a scope mounted.
How does the scope do with the front carbine sight?
That's my concern with removing my carry handle and mounting on the flattop, the front carbine sight will be right in the line of sight, unless I get high enough mounts to clear it.
Right, the standard Nikon P-Series mounts.I have the standard ar mount "high rise" set up, if you look closely it does not clear the front sight completely but somehow it does not interfere with the scope.. This scope is not a true 1x and I hear a lot of scopes claim to be true 1x but are not.. At first I was really hoping to co-witness to use irons as back up, but looking through the scope at 1.5x the front sight is not even visible.
For home defense the 1.5x power is low enough so I can walk around my house looking through it without running into walls or and stuff.. The 4.5x is strong enough to hit 100-200 yd targets easily. Another plus for me is how light this scope is.