Vortex® StrikeFire Red Dot Rifle Scope(Suitable for AR-15)
Amazon Rating: (4.5 / 5)
Reviewed by: Riflescopeguide.com
The Vortex brand is known for its range of riflescopes and the Vortex® StrikeFire Red Dot Rifle Riflescope is another offering that lives up to the brand’s reputation. The red dot’s latest incarnation is being referred to as StrikeFire, created by Vortex. Inexpensive, but not cheap, the StrikeFire is another resounding statement from Vortex that good-quality riflescopes need not always cost the sky.
The green or light option allows switching between colors and helps alter the intensity of the dot, as per the environment and viewing scenarios. On the outside, the reflex type sight or red dot could mimic a small scope tube, but from the inside the reticle isn’t etched in the glass’ lens. It’s instead projected as a dot in the line of sight of the shooter.
Unlike most other red dots, the StrikeFire comes with the green reticle option along with the red. The green hue is more visible in the day, as it’s easier to pick up the color when compared to red.
The viewing specifications are focused on with great care, which replicates in the infinite eye relief that permits fast target acquisition. The 2x optical doubler offers enhanced detailed viewing.
The StrikeFire comes bundled with a mount, which helps to place the riflescope quickly atop a rail. In addition, a flip up lens set is also packaged in.
At first glance, the StrikeFire bears astounding resemblance to the Aimpoint series, despite being cheaper by close to 70 percent.
Like most other Vortex riflescopes, this model is also built for the weather. The fog-proof and waterproof attributes with nitrogen ousting ensure reliability even in the harshest of weather conditions.
Who’s it for?
The riflescope is not ideal for people into defense or duty; however, it’s a wonderful tool to go atop a three-gun piece or for carbine-plinking. For some occasional targeting, ground squirrel, or beer can, this scope is ideal.
It’s recommended for any shooter on a budget or amateurs wanting a scope for their non-competitive recreational shooting expeditions.
The Vortex StrikeFire, though capable, is not recommended when on serious hunting missions. It won’t substitute your high-end optics. Otherwise, it is a competent product. It’s a great bargain and with the legendary Vortex warranty, you’re unlikely to go wrong with it.
- The optics of the scope is crystal-clear. Quite accurate from 50 & 100 yards, the riflescope certainly over-delivers. If people have contrary opinions about this aspect, they better get their eyes checked, because it’s hard to beat this level of lens quality, especially for the price it commands.
- This compact scope is waterproof, shockproof, and tough. It’s well-built and looks ready for any harsh treatment thrown at it. The flip-up caps are wonderful too, with easy ‘close and open’ mechanism.
- The unlimited view field and eye relief ensure the target is narrowed upon much faster. It perfectly complements most popular rifles and also works well in tandem with optics for night vision.
- The scope is inexpensive, especially for the features on offer and the additional accessories that come with the package. The 2x magnifier helps a shooter get more precise with shots even at a longer range.
- Despite being on the lighter side of things, the battery is quite impressive with its 2000 hours run time, and it switches itself off automatically when not in use for a couple of hours straight.
- Not to mention, the great customer service team of Vortex. Though it’s unlikely to land with a defective or dysfunctional Vortex scope, but if you do, the customer support team is always eager to look into your grievances and resolve them at the earliest — even if that means sending in a fresh piece as replacement. Many past customers have had wonderful Vortex after-sale support stories to share and that’s perhaps the reason why the company has built a legion of loyal fans over the years.
- As mentioned earlier, the Vortex StrikeFire is cheaper than the identical looking Aimpoint. But that’s because the former is made in China and the latter in Sweden. A Chinese product is not necessarily inferior, but their creations are infamous for skimping on multiple attributes just to bring down total costs. For instance, the lens of the StrikeFire cover feels cheap. It is not a deal breaker, for it can be easily replaced for a few bucks.
- Getting rid of the 2x magnifier isn’t that easy. It, therefore, is important for the shooter to determine whether he’ll be using it most of the times or only sporadically.
- The power off/on button can be an annoyance at times, for it tends to get activated easily, unintentionally. As the placement of the button is on the unit’s outside edge, even a routine procedure such as sliding in the gun can turn the scope on easily.
- Also, the end caps can be slightly tight, but it’s not a major flaw to mull over.