Articles: Optics
Vortex Strikefire Red-Dot Sight

The Vortex Strikefire is a fog proof, shockproof and waterproof 1X red-dot scope that allows co-witnessing with iron sights.

by NRA Staff
September 21, 2012


Vortex’s Strikefire red-dot sight, which is also available in a red-green variant, has a one-piece aluminum-alloy chassis with a hard-anodized black-matte finish. Measuring 6.1 inches and weighing 7.2 ounces, using the provided 30-mm ring, the Strikefire either mounts atop a flat-top AR-15, thus allowing co-witnessing with iron sights (high mount), or most other rifles, shotguns and handguns (low mount).

Anti-reflective coatings combined with nitrogen purging and O-ring seals, ensure the unit is fog proof, shockproof and waterproof. The 1X Strikefire, which comes with a 2X magnifier, is designed to be parallax-free beyond 50 yards, and the dot correlates to 4 m.o.a. in size. Powering the unit is a single CR2 3-volt battery, which is included, and, depending on setting, provides upward of 8,000 hours of runtime, though the unit powers down after six hours of constant-on. Price: $229.

Contact: Vortex Optics; (800) 426-0048;


T Heaverlo
January 12, 2013 11:25:55 pm
I bought a Strikefire for my AR-15 a couple years ago and love it. The reticle in the first one was off kilter, probably because it got banged around in shipping. Vortex replaced it without question (great warranty) and the current scope has remained dead-on at 100 yards.

M Nowak
September 27, 2012 03:22:46 am
I bought one of these red dots 2-3 years ago and had nothing but problems with it. I ended up getting it replaced twice (excellent warranty service from Vortex). The first time because the reticle all of a sudden moved off to the side of the scope and the second because it started going on and off with recoil from a 7.62X39 rifle. In the end, when the third unit finally arrived I sold it on e-bay. Wouldn't buy one of these again.