Thanks for the review, always wanted to buy it, but the cr2354 battery is non-exsistant where I live.
It does use the micro bases, but I believe it sits alittle taller then the aimpoint and has a 6'oclock emitter. I remember reading somewhere it will not co-witness with the tall mounts, but is ok with the absolute co-witness height mounts.
I was just about to edit my post to ask that very question. I'm not stateside so I'm wondering about availability and more importantly what kind of battery life one should expect in that optic. I may have missed it as well, but was there an auto shut-off feature?
I'm not a fan of absolute co-witness and prefer the lower 1/3. That's a bummer.
Great review as always. You present your reviews in a clear and concise manner and you speak very well.
Yes, there is an auto shut-off. For the price, I'm giving it a shot. I've got aimpoints and eotechs and while I think they are excellent products, I'm hoping to find a less expensive alternative that does what I need a red dot to do, for the activities I do without breaking the bank.
Personally, I don't need a mil-spec optic as long as the site is durable and holds zero. If I find myself in a real combat situation where I need everything my Aimpoint or Eotech is capable of withstanding, the world is doomed and all hell must have broken loose.
I've had my SPARC for awhile now. Its been very good. I have a couple minor complaints; 1) sometimes when its off and I'm using the iron sights looking through the optic and firing the SPARC will come on by itself. 2) The on/off switch is sensitive to being bumped and turning on. This is not a problem with it turning off, just on.
Oh and the rubber thingys that holds the front and rear covers tore...
The SPARC is made in China. Vortex does have a limited, (what ever that means) lifetime warranty. I have heard nothing but good things about Vortex's customer service. My only complaint with the SPARC is the weird battery it uses, (CR2354) and not the quasi standard CR2032.