Originally Posted by rmichael63
Tacky ... out of the eotech 512 and the vortex strikefire which do you prefer ...
Well thats a tough question brother. I like things and dislike things about both. Here are my personal pro's and con's.
Strike fire by vortex.
Its very affordable compared to others in its class roughly half of the eotech.
It has a no questions asked lifetime warranty thats transferrable even if your not the original owner.
Battery life is pretty good.
It has night vision capabilities if your using head mounted NVG.
You can get a light diffuser for the front or anti reflection device, I have a few of them.
Uses pretty much the same mounts as the aimpoint comp2, 3, 4 and patrol optic, a 30mm.
Comes with the flip over lens covers from the factory, aimpoint you have to purchase seperate.
Its a robust sight and never lost zero with mine.
It will cowitness with iron sights on some firearms.
The first series which I have several of has the on off button on the side, so if you lay the rifle down, you can accidentally turn the sight on. The newer version is on the rear.
I have both versions the red green and the straight red. The combination one is not a good outside optic during bright sunny days, the red only is the best way to go, is ok for bright sunlight.
The dot is a 4moa somit covers 4" of target at 100 yards roughly, so no precision, but good enough for combat, medium to large game as well, 2 and 4 legged.
Adding a magnifier makes the 4 moa dot even larger and less easy to use at distance.
If the lens cracks the sight is useless, and will have to be replaced.
On the brightest setting you get a halo effect.
Can be blurry reticle if you have astigmatism.
Uses a special battery You wont find locally.
All in all its a great sight, I own 7 or 8 of them, and im picky so that should suffice for my trust in them.
Ok now the eotech
Its a military grade optic, very robust and practical
If the lens gets cracked it can still be used as long as their is any glass left in the display due to the eotech being a holographic sight.
Batteries are pretty good being AA and I perfer lithiums in mine, battery life is not as long as the aimpoint or strikefire. However you can get batteries locally.
The dot is a 1 moa in the center and 65 moa circle on the outside so it only covers 1" at 100 yards which allows more precise shot placement.
A magnifier can be added and can still be truly useful at distance for example 4x magnification at 100 equals what the strikefire does with no magnification.
It is night vision compatible as well.
You can swap out the battery compartemnt for a laser combination, very innovative.
Buttons are on the rear so no accidental turn ons.
Will cowitness with iron sights on some firearms.
It works perfectly on an AR, and many others from the tactical family.
Reticle flashes wheh battery is getting low.
Reticle can easily be seen day or night.
Better for people with astigmatism
Ok the cons
Its expensive, usually north of $400.
I paid roughly over $500 for several of mine through gg&g to get the quick release accucam mount and lens covers since it doesn't come with them, and I wanted them.
I wish the adjustments had a more positive click to them than they do.
Its a very tall sight, and just does not look right on some firearms because of it. Rather blocky.
Not sure about the warranty. It has one, just dont remember how long.
You cannot adjust the height by swapping rings like with the 30mm sights. The height is what it is.
The eotech has the best reticle hands down, I iwsh the others had that setup. The vortex is a great sight, and half the price of the eotech however the eotech is military grade. Now if I could put the eotechs reticle into other sights I may be content, maybe.
You really cannot go wrong with either one they both perfrom well, , hold zero, and are rock solid. If you have eye issues, or want more precise sight placement the eotech, if combat accuracy is good enough the strikefire can do it. Stay away from the red/ green reticle version unless you do the majority of your shooting indoors. The bright red reticle is great outdoors. If you want to run a magnifier, go with the eotech. If you want to be able to make height adjustments the strikefire will the eotech wont. I like both, and they both have their place, thats why I own 6 or 7 eotechs, and 7 or 8 strikefires. Most of my eotechs are mounted on ar rifles, one on my mp5 in 9mm. I have a few AR's with strikefires, run one on a mini 14 std, and the hk91, in addition to a few others. I also own an eotech xps which takes up less rail space and uses a single battery, just a smaller package. I think the strikefire is pretty equal to the aimpoint comp 2 I have on my m1a scout, just half the price, the aimpoint does have a longer battery life.
So digest all that and let me know if you have any questions, I tried to cover everything about the sights I could remember. In the end both are great choices, and feel I could depend on them with my life if need be. Just really decides on price, how much accuracy I want, and asthetics when mounted on a certain firearm.
I did mount an eotech 512 on the barrel shroud on my 1919a4 beltfed and it worked perfectly due to the larger lens or viewing area. You dont see that everyday, but it works well.