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MSRP: $259.99
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SPARC AR Red Dot is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 179.
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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The rear lens cover fell off at some point while shooting in the field today and I could not find it. How do I get a replacement?

Asked by: jsmunster
Give us a call at 800-426-0048 ext. 6 and we will get you taken care of.
Answered by: Graham at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-06-15

why don't you recommend the VMX-3T magnifier with the sparc AR? seems like a lot of folks all over the web are using them together

Asked by: andy
We do not recommend using a magnifier with the SPARC AR because of the short focal length of the optic. This can induce vertical parallax.
Answered by: Graham at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-06-14

can the sparc ar also be used for an shotgun caliber 12/76.

Asked by: berry wognum
It would work, but it would sit pretty high. I recommend the Crossfire Red Dot as it will sit lower on the rail.
Answered by: Josh at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-05-17

Will this SPARC AR allow cowitness on Armalite AR1215A2 with a traditional carry handle which integrates the rear sight using an Aimpoint gooseneck mount? Doesn't matter if its 1/3 or absolute. Thank you

Asked by: Zhenya13
The Sparc AR 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).
Answered by: Graham at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-05-14

Hi  Can I mount it on my hunting rifle Tikka t3x? Will it be too high? 

Asked by: viking32
The Sparc AR is designed to be mounted higher on a AR style platform to get to the proper height. It may be possible to put on your Tikka, but it could be a tad high. I would recommend looking at the Sparc II for your set up if you are wanting a red dot.
Answered by: Graham at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-05-07

Can I get extra screws? I lost a couple of the short ones. The screw specs would be helpful, if I was forced to find them locally. Thanks Mike

Asked by: Edgar246
Give us a call at 800-426-0048 ext 6 and we can get you some replacement screws.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-04-18

I have a Colt At 15.The colt has a carrying handle with open sights. Any suggestions on mounting the SPARC AR red dot. When I press and hold the down button for 5 seconds the red dot does not turn off.

Asked by: yarddog
To mount the Sparc AR you will need to remove the carry handle or get a rail that extends out in front of the carry handle. Give us a call at 800-426-0048 ext 6 if you cannot get your red dot to turn off.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-04-02

Is there any way to get a replacement cap for the adjustment turrets on the SPARC AR?

Asked by: spock216
Give us a call at 800-426-0048 ext 6 and we can get you a replacement.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-03-29
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