When it was time to finally upgrade my AR-15 with a red dot system, Vortex Optics was the very first red dot sight that came into my attention. Vortex Strikefire 2 red dot sight offer a good balance of high quality and compatible price. Currently at only $179 on Amazon, Vortex red dot is a great option. Now, of course, there are cheaper options out there, but those options might not be reasonable unless you are willing to sacrifice A LOT of quality.
- The Strikefire II Red/Green Dot is a rugged, reliable red dot sight that is at home in a variety of shooting applications. It allows the shooter to operate between two dot colors and ten brightness settings to easily adjust for changing conditions
- Fully multi-coated lenses provide a clean and bright, unobscured point of view. Unlimited eye relief allows for rapid target acquisition. Max Elevation Adjustment- 100 MOA. Max Windage Adjustment- 100 MOA
- The single-piece chasis is compact and lightweight but still delivers shockproof performance withstanding both recoil and impact. Nitrogen purging and o-ring seals ensure fogproof and waterproof performance
- An offset cantilever mount is provided; allowing you to move the sight forward to be used in conjunction with a magnifier and backup iron sights all on the same rail
- With aesthetics and functionality in mind, the power controls are at the rear of the Strikefire for easy access. The Strikefire II runs off a CR2 battery.
So, the first impression as you take out this Vortex red dot out of the box. It feels great. The quality feels great. At only 7.2 oz it feels light enough not to bother you with some extra weight.
The Strikefire 2 red dot system has a black finish, which feels good and seems scratch resistant. Included with the Strikefire 2 is two flip up lens covers, a torque wrench, lens cloth, and a CR2 battery. Quick mention: I love those flip up covers. You get the glass protection and at the same time no risk of losing the covers. The Strikefire features a 100 MOA adjustment range with ½ MOA clicks.
The only thing that you end up noticing that might question the quality is the “Made in China” sticker. Once I saw it, I was sure that a rigorous test is needed, so I started mounting this red dot system.
Installation of Vortex Strikefire 2
Not installation was a breathe. If you want to see me actually uninstalling it, here is the video. All you really need to do in order to install this red dot system is to take it out of the box, place it on your AR-15 and tighten the screw. DONE! Now here is where a lot of other budget red dot systems struggle. The hardware! Whenever you go to cheaper red dot systems, you start noticing poor hardware. The hardware on Vortex Strikefire 2 is of great quality.
Is Vortex Strikefire 2 Waterproof and Fog Proof?
Yes! The Strikefire 2 is waterproof, although it is not submersible, so diving with it. The Strikefire 2 is nitrogen purged for fog proofing, and also shockproof.
What about the Vortex Strikefire 2 Reticle?
Great question! To test the reticle I waited for a nice bright day. Here is the result —————–>
As you can see Vortex Strikefire 2 red dot performs very well even on the brightest of days! Also, you probably noticed a Vortex magnifier in this video too. Yes, I have one of those as well and it is pretty good! Here is the link to the video review:
On the Range and Testing
Vortex Strikefire 2 performed very well on the range. It stayed zero throughout the day without any problems, but I decided to extend my test further. I kept the optic mounted on my AR-15 for a whole month going to the range once every week. After the initial adjustment on the very first day, I have not touched the adjustment dials on Strikefire 2. It stayed zeroed! Excellent result.
But this was not enough for me. I keep my AR-15 in the case with a exact cut out for my rifle. I can’t put my rifle in the case with the optic on it. So I took of the Strikefire 2 placed it in the case, took it to the range next week, re-mounted the optic in the same position as before, shot it all day without re-adjusting the dials… And it was zeroed! Amazing result. Now, personally, I would recommend to re-adjust it every time you mount/re-mount… But knowing that it stayed zero, is pretty awesome.
Okay, I can’t make a review without finding something that I wish was a little better. So here are a few complaints. First of all, I wish that there was a separate button to power the red dot system on and off. AT3 Tactical red dot system has one like that and I think it is pretty awesome.
Anything else? I don’t think so.
I think Vortex Strikefire 2 is an awesome red dot system. If you are looking for something that is both, great quality and won’t break your bank, Strikefire 2 is a great option. There are, however a few strong competitors out there, like AT3 Tactical and Dagger Defense.
I have done a big comparison of budget red dot systems. If you want to check it out, you can find it here.
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Yes, this is a great red dot system! Easy to install, great brightness of the reticle. If you don't mind the made in china, you will love it too!