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MSRP: $259.99
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SPARC AR Red Dot is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 182.
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SPARC® AR Red Dot

Simple—Fast—Effective—Point and Shoot. When you boil it down, those are the advantages of a red dot sight. And that’s what the SPARC AR delivers - all in a durable, lightweight, compact, and ultra-clean package. Digital rear-facing controls for power and dot brightness offer quick access and are viewable from the shooting position. 2 MOA dot diameter promotes precise point of aim. Automatically returns to last dot intensity used when powered up.

Unlimited eye relief and parallax free, the SPARC AR gets shooters on target fast. Waterproof, fogproof and shockproof for ultimate durability. Unit automatically shuts off after 12 hours to prevent accidental battery rundown and operates using a common AAA battery. Duty rifle - home defense—recreation, the SPARC AR is built to handle all your red dot needs. The VMX-3T Magnifier is not recommended for use with the SPARC AR.

Dual use for Shooting Tactical / Hunting



VIP Warranty Nitrogen Purged Waterproof
Magnification1 x
Objective Lens Diameter22 mm
Eye ReliefUnlimited
Adjustment Graduation1 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment90 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment90 MOA
Parallax SettingParallax Free
Length2.9 inches
Weight7.5 oz
Product Manual (PDF)Download
Included in the Box
  • Multi-height mount system
  • T-10 Torx Wrench
  • AAA battery
  • Rubber Cover with Flip Caps

Optical Features

Fully Multi-Coated Multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces increase light transmission.
Bright Red Dot Display is highly visible in daylight.
Brightness Settings Provides 10 variable illumination settings—the lowest two settings are night-vision compatible.
Parallax Free All red dot and holographic sights will exhibit some small amount of parallax. Matching current industry practice, this small amount would be considered “parallax free” and will make a negligible difference in the SPARC AR’s performance.

Construction Features

Nitrogen Gas Nitrogen gas purging with o-rings-seals delivers fogproof, waterproof performance.
Single-Piece Chassis Compact and lightweight.
Waterproof O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating for reliable performance in all environments.
Shockproof Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact.
Hard Anodized Finish Highly durable low-glare matte finish.
Operating Temperature Rated from -4 degrees to +158 degrees Fahrenheit.

Convenience Features

Multi-Height Mount System Includes a spacer shim that can be utilized to provide two different mounting heights: lower 1/3 co-witness (40 mm) & absolute co-witness (37 mm).
Unlimited Eye Relief Non-critical eye relief for rapid target acquisition.
Battery Life 12-hour auto-shutdown feature maximizes battery life. Typical battery life is 300 hours at maximum brightness and 5,000 hours at minimum brightness setting.
Magnification1 x
Objective Lens Diameter22 mm
Eye ReliefUnlimited
Adjustment Graduation1 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment90 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment90 MOA
Parallax SettingParallax Free
Length2.9 inches
Weight7.5 oz
Product Manual (PDF)Download

Daylight Bright Red Dot

The daylight bright 2 MOA dot is fast and easy to use. Choose among ten variable illumination settings—the lowest two settings are night-vision compatible.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for varmint rifle I bought this for sale at Woods n Water after my first choice, the Strikefire, was sold out. My AR is built for quick shots on hogs, coyotes and other undesirable animals. This optic is great for that. It was also accurate enough for 150 yard shots. My only complaint is that the lense caps don't pop open, but have to be locked together. This is more of a inconvenience than an actual problem, so still 5 stars. The "glob" people complain about doesn't take up hardly any of the sight picture and is there for some reason, so it doesn't bother me. It takes AAA batteries, which is great. Great optic
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Run this on my work rifle The original Sparc was my first Vortex product and the Sparc AR was a great upgrade to it. I've been running this optic on my work rifle for years and it has stood up very well. I've been in torrential downpours for hours and never seen any fogging or water inside the optic. It's received a beating in takedowns, entries, and in training and has always held zero. I've seen some reviews about the LED housing blocking the view, but I've never noticed it at all. The fact that it takes readily available AAA batteries is a deal maker! The price point also makes it hugely attractive to the average buyer. I currently have 3 or 4 on miscellaneous rifles.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HOLY QUICK ACQUISITION BATMAN This thing is insane for going target to target. Nice vivid dot shows in any condition. It takes a AAA battery so its easy to change and convenient no need for silly button batteries or 123a's. It has a rubberized coating that cleans up nice with just a tad of oil. The lens covers snap together to stay up and out of the way but can easily be put back on quickly. I bought this and place it on my Kriss Vector and it is incredible. First outting took about 3 shots to Zero then rest was history. I have already sent close to 400rds down range and it hasn't moved a tad off of Zero.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My EoTech is grainy, this is not. Bought this a few months ago for a new dedicated .22 build. Let's just say the EoTech stays at home. My glob doesn't get in the way, honestly I can't see it while looking down sights. I don't know what other people are talking about not taking it past 50 yards. Shot it out to 100 with a .22lr and was hitting bullseyes in the small 4 corner circles on a sighting target. Honestly I couldn't see the tiny diamonds and I had help from a friend and a spotting scope, but the middle one wasn't too bad to see. At 50 yards, it was too easy. Don't waste your money on "expensive" brands unless your active duty and climbing through war daily. For home defense and the range, it's a keeper.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Red Dot!!! I've been using this red dot sight for 6 months now and it has performed flawlessly. The dot is crisp and clear. I've put hundreds of rounds through my AR and the sight is still holding zero perfectly. I like the fact it takes a normal battery. On top of everything it's lightweight and looks wicked cool. My only grip would be that the caps are kind of clumsy to open and stick together. It's a nice feature that they hook together, but in a crisis situation I'd see myself fumbling with them for a few seconds before I could get on target. Very minor though. Buy the sight, you won't be sorry!!!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! To me the name "Vortex" is translated to "Can't get any better". This is my second Vortex optic and by all means I am once again impressed. Right out of the box you can feel and see the quality of the Sparc AR. It preforms as advertised. Once it was zeroed in, 50yrd groups were in the sub 2 inch range. @100yds spot on as well. Not 2" groups but I didn't expect precision out that far, but definitely hitting pop can groups. I would recommend the Sparc AR all day. The price is a lot lower than it should be, for the quality of the optic. Vortex has a lifetime customer here!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nicely Designed Red Dot I have been using this red dot on my AR for several months now and it has function well for me. The 2 MOA dot is a good compromise to quickly obtain close in targets and still have decent accuracy at 100+ yards. I like the use of the high mount space to house the battery. Using the common aaa battery is another plus and the automatic shut off feature is also nice. The integrated mount is solid and holds well. The snap together lens caps took a little getting used to but I now really like that feature. All and all this is a well designed red dot site at a very competitive price in a very competitive market. I would not hesitate to recommend it to friends.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What a Let Down... Just got this in the mail today. Like a kid on Christmas I opened it right away. Instantly, I thought I had a blemished product because of the glob of plastic inside the tub on the bottom right, shown in picture. I called Vortex and they confirmed this is actually part of the design. See my other picture of the reticle on the box, it shows an unobstructed complete circle. Yes, I have to say it, this is false advertising. Another complaint, the "bra/lens cap system" doesn't seem like it would work long term. I would end up taking this off. I'm sure the optic will perform fine. I have other Vortex optics that I am happy with. The slightly obstructed view on this optic is a deal killer for me.
Date published: 2017-06-15
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Hi I have a pair of magpul iron sight currently on my ar if I mount this will I still be able to use my iron if say the red dot goes out? (Daniel Defense DDM4v7 With Magpul MAG247 Front and MAG248 Rear) thank you - Daniel

Asked by: Daniel
Yes, you will get a co-witness with your iron sights. Either absolute co-witness or lower 1/3 with the spacer shim.
Answered by: Josh at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-12-07

Can I use a SPARC AR while using a green stream light game spotter?

Asked by: Harley hunter
Thanks for question! We do not have any personal experience with that setup, but it should work! I don't see why it wouldn't.
Answered by: Graham at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-11-30

Can I purchase a replacement rubber cover/flip caps for the Sparc AR Red Dot?

Asked by: brifishIN
We will do you one better! Give our customer care a call at 800-426-0048 Ext. 6 and they will send you one out!
Answered by: Josh at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-11-25

Do any of the current Vortex flip caps work on the Sparc AR to replace the current rubber covers? They work fine, but deploying the rifle in a hurry might be easier with flip caps. (Ex. for my situation, having the rifle stored in a squad car)

Asked by: joelv
Unfortunately, at this time we do not have anything that will work on the Sparc AR. The current caps are designed for duty use and fold out of the way. If you don't want to attach the two together, they will fall out of the way so the optic can be used. If you're having trouble with yours or need anything else please give us a call at 800-426-0048 Ext. 5, thank you!
Answered by: Josh at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-11-17

Could you please explain in greater detail why you do not recommend the magnifier for this SPARC AR. I have both and use the magnifier from time to time. Thanks! 

Asked by: Chris
Thanks for the question! Give us a call at 800-426-0048 ext. 5 and we can discuss your setup.
Answered by: Graham at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-11-17

what is the temp range on these spare ARs? im looking to mount one on my hunting shotgun and i leave it in my vehicle over night sometimes and when im hunting the temps get down to 10* and lower

Asked by: nedge762
They are rated for -4 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit so as long as it's within that range you shouldn't have an issue.
Answered by: Josh at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-10-08

New shopper...new AR Owner, flat top, no iron sights. Struggling to figure out how to decide between the Spitfire II, the SPARC AR and the Crossfire. I'll definitely add a magnifier...any help?

Asked by: Andy
Awesome, thanks for reaching out! Well, unfortunately I don't recommend any of those optics with the use of our magnifier due to their short focal lengths, and one is a prism scope. I suggest checking out the Strikefire II which works great with the magnifier. Please give us a call with 800-426-0048 Ext. 5 if you would like to discuss this further, thanks!
Answered by: Josh at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-09-24

If used in combination with magnifier I see it can cause vertical parallax what exactly does that mean. If you could explain it would be appreciated thank you.

Asked by: Kcgav4377
Thanks for the question! Vertical parallax is the optical illusion of parallax on the vertical plane. What this means is if you are not perfectly aligned behind the center of your optic, the red dot may appear to be covering something that is not the actual point of aim and cause you to miss.
Answered by: Graham at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-09-24
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