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Vortex Optics Sparc AR Red Dot Sight Review

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Vortex Optics Sparc AR Red Dot Sight Review

If you’ve not read my best budget AR-15 article and don’t currently own a rifle, maybe start there before tactical scope shopping. This Vortex Optics Sparc AR Red Dot review is intended to evaluate this tactical scope for placement on my best budget AR-15 optics list. Seeing this isn’t mystery science theater, I’m going to tell you straight away that the Vortex Sparc is on the list. That’s because this tactical scope is made by a major and reliable manufacturer that has the best optics warranty in the game, all for around $200. When it comes to budget scopes, I keep my list down to only scopes which are under the $200 line (including way under).

The Vortex Sparc is a high-value scope and although I do love it, I remain bias towards the Vortex Strikefire 2, because it is less expensive, has better reviews, and honestly just looks cleaner on top of my AR-15. But the Sparc is well-reviewed, quality-produced and is priced right. You truly can’t go wrong with it.

Vortex Optics Sparc AR Red Dot Sight Review

Vortex Optics Sparc AR Red Dot Sight

Vortex is one of the top, most-reliable and well-known optics manufactures in the game. From hunting scopes to tactical scopes, Vortex offers a plentiful amount of mid-priced options. As mentioned before, their amazing lifetime warranty has helped them build a huge brand. The warranty has never been questioned by the few who have had to return their optics, even when they’ve been at fault for breaking them. Vortex tactical optics are often compared to $600 competitors.


The Vortex Sparc is a red dot tactical 4omm optic. It comes with a VIP unlimited lifetime warranty. It is nitrogen gas purged which makes it both waterproof and fog proof. If you live in humid weather and have experienced a foggy scope, you know how important the nitrogen fill is to the glass. The battery life averages out to 300 hours at maximum brightness and 5,000 at lowest. Most scope makers just give you the highest maximum battery performance numbers without actually mentioning that increasing brightness will alter that number, which is a great move by Vortex, who once again shows their confidence in the performance of their products.

Vortex Sparc is parallax free, which means you gain unlimited eye relief. Being a tactical optic, you naturally want to be able to quickly locate a target whether it be in a self-defense situation, sport shooting, or even hunting. You find your target in the Sparc quickly (and clearly, you keep both eyes open). It uses daylight bright 2 MOA dot which operates very quickly. You have 10 light settings. And the Vortex Sparc is night vision compatible.

You can use the Vortex Sparc for hunting or for sport shooting. It stands up fantastic against the recoil of .229 and .308. I’ve never tried a 306 or a 12 gauge, but other Vortex Sparc reviews have cleared it for use saying it stands up just fine. It uses flip-up caps. You can cowitness your iron sites as well. If you aren’t sure what cowitness means, go here: What is cowitness iron sights

Other Pertinent Details

  • Magnification: 1x
  • Objective Lens Diameter 22mm
  • Eye Relief: Unlimited
  • Adjustment Graduation: 1 MOA
  • Max Elevation Adjustment: 90 MOA
  • Max Windage Adjustment: 90 MOA
  • Parallax Setting: Parallax Free
  • Length: 2.9 in
  • Weight: 7.5 oz


The Vortex Sparc tactical scope is a great buy. Vortex is a solid company that backs all their products with the best lifetime warranty in the industry. My only two complaints are that it cost more than the Vortex Strikefire 2, which in my opinion is a bit better scope. Additionally, I just think the design leaves some to be desired. In terms of quality, accuracy, holding a zero, the Vortex Sparc shines.


Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.

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