SPARC AR Red Dot

SPARC® AR Red Dot

SKU
SPC-AR1
SPARC AR Red Dot is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 235.
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MSRP $259.99

Overview

Ready to handle any environment, the SPARC AR features bomb-proof-like construction with a compact and lightweight form-factor. The 2 MOA dot is as easy as point and shoot—it’s quick to acquire in close-quarters scenarios, but fine enough to promote pin-point accuracy at extended ranges. A unique, integrated base is hassle-free for any AR or similar platform. For excellent, reliable performance and loads of user-friendly features, look no further than the SPARC AR.

Battery Life: Up to 300 hours on highest setting. Up to 5,000 hours on lowest setting.

The VMX-3T Magnifier is not recommended for use with the SPARC AR.

Sparc AR Dimensions (in inches)

Sparc AR Dimensions

Dual use for Shooting Tactical / Hunting
Included in the Box
  • Multi-height mount system
  • T-10 Torx wrench
  • AAA battery
  • Rubber cover with flip caps

Center of the riflescope tube from the top surface of the mount base.

Mount Type Multi-Height
Magnification 1x
Objective Lens Diameter 22 mm
Dot Color Bright Red
Dot Size 2 MOA
Eye Relief Unlimited
Adjustment Graduation 1 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment 90 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment 90 MOA
Parallax Setting Parallax Free
Length 2.9 inches
Weight 7.5 oz
Product Manual (PDF) Download
Dual use for Shooting Tactical / Hunting
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Features

OPTICAL FEATURES

Fully Multi-Coated Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Unlimited Eye Relief Non-critical eye relief for rapid target acquisition
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 performance.

CONSTRUCTION FEATURES

Single-Piece Chassis Compact and lightweight.
Waterproof O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating the binocular for reliable performance in all environments.
Shockproof Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact.
Hard Anodized Finish Highly durable hard-coat anodization provides a low-glare matte surface and helps camouflage the shooter's position.
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Reticle

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.

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product for the $ I received this red dot last week, mounted it up and headed to the range. The dot is crisp, the mount is very stable, and I was shooting 1 MOA within 5 minutes at 50 yards. Off the bench I had a 4" group at 100 yards, not bad for my old eyes and no real magnification. The only thing that I don't like are the caps. Not a good design for home defense unless you are planning on leaving the dot uncapped. Flip ups like the weavers would have been a better design. I cut mine off and plan on leaving them uncapped. All in all, a great piece of glass for the money.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for Price Point Overall I am happy with this sight, but there are a few things. 1. Dot "flares" when off the lowest brightness level. At a 100 yards this tends to obscure the target to the point where you can hit a 2" target, but you will be unable to be anymore accurate than that. 2. When the lowest brightness setting is selected there is indeed a dot, but it is so dim you have trouble focusing on it in all lighting conditions. At this price point the SPARC AR Red Dot is great for quick the acquisition needed for varmint hunting, but do not expect to be able to "Paint" the bullseye at much over 35-40 yards.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shoot better I am so happy with this item, I am a better shooter because of it. Using this trained me to fire with both eyes open, and that has been a game changer on the trap range. sounds strange, I know. Seriously I couldn't be happier with this product the sight picture you get, the solid feel of it, really intuitive use, ease of installation and zeroing, all top notch. It took me about 8 rounds and 4 minutes to get this thing dialed in dead on. I'm ~1500 rounds into it's use over about 6 days at the range and one pretty hard drop from a friend's hands. It stayed zeroed 100%. Great product,I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for my AR-15 Pistol! I've been looking for the perfect red dot for a minimalistic AR-15 pistol build I've been working on for quite a while. I've always had vortex optics on my other guns and when this came out I knew this would be perfect! The dot is small and crisp and the ease of operation makes everything all the better. In addition, the usage of a single AAA battery makes this red dot super easy to find a replacement battery instead of the specialized CR batteries you commonly find in other small red dots. I love this and I recommend it to anyone looking for a quality red dot backed by the vortex VIP warranty!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great value optic This SPARC sits on top of my PCC. It is clearly meant to compete in the Aimpoint Micro, Trijicon MRO, style of sights, but comes in at a budget price compared to the others. This is quite evident when handling and using the optic. The adjustment buttons are cheap feeling, and the field of view is poor, meaning there is a lot of the optic housing in your view when looking through the optic. That said, the glass is clear, the dot is bright, the mount is solid. It all works, and it works well. You can't beat the value of this optic. I'll keep it on my PCC and keep blazing away!
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product for the money I purchased this optic last year for my .300 BLK upper, and so far I’m very happy with it. It’s a very well made unit with some great features. My only criticism is the battery life. The 300-5000 hour rating seems pretty underwhelming when some of the competitors budget optics are sporting 30-50k hour run-times like the flagship brands. The only reason I find this to be a non-issue is the fact the Sparc AR used a super common AAA battery which is easily replaced.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great red dot and holds zero! This optic was my 4th piece of glass I’ve gotten from vortex. From scopes, to range finder to this red dot. Nothing else compares in quality, price and customer service. I stand behind these products and they hold up to the hard use you’d need them to go through.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is good, better and BEST This is the first Red Dot and what an experience. I was amazed at the accuracy and ease of use on my first AR 15 right up until I accidentally dropped the red dot Man was I disappointed. I called customer service to see if I could get it repaired I spoke to Jennifer in customer service explaining what happed and it was my fault but she informed me it was warrantied and would be replaced. I got the replacement the next day. They are not kidding about their warranty and the customer service really is the best. I am going to order a tactical scope next.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New to the ar and red dot world. I purchased a Just Right Carbine 9mm and this red dot was brand new to my dealer. He asked that I try it out and let him know how it preformed. Happy to say after 400 rounds I am a happy shooter with an ar platform rifle and a red dot. I used a laser bore sight and adjusted the SPARC dot to it at about 30 yards. First round was dead on. I can literally cut the bulls eye out of a target at 50 yards with one magazine. Impressive. I'm looking now at a Windham 7.62x39. It will for certain have a Vortex mounted, but which one... decisions decisions....
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this red dot!!! This red dot is great! It does everything it is supposed to and in my opinion is better than the Aimpoint T-1 for a few reasons. First, the SPARC AR price is right on point. Second, it runs off of a AAA battery rather than an odd ball battery so the convenience factor is high. Also the mount is included so rather than throwing down money on an optic and a mount you get it all in one, convenient package. Same goes with the rubber cover. The red dot also seems to have more clarity on it when compared to my T-1. The only downside compared to the T-1 is that the SPARC AR is slightly bulkier, but honestly I think the benefits outweigh the one con significantly. While the T-1 is an ok sight, I've got to say, I would rather go with the SPARC AR.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Red Dot at any price point! I bought the Sparc AR and mounted it on a S&W M&P 22. I couldn't be happier. It only took and couple of minutes to have it zeroed. Adjustments worked as they should and field of view and clarity was awesome. I had only had experience with Trijicon red dots up until now. The Sparc AR red dot is as good or better than anything I've owned (at a much better price)! I wouldn't hesitate to mount this on any AR type rifle at any price point. I have an LWRC SPR 5.56 that's needing a red dot and I know it'll be wearing a Vortex Sparc soon.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hoped it was great until I unboxed it and shot it I purchased this a little bit ago. When I first got it, I thought I had a defective product. It has a glob of glue (looks like melted glue) inside that takes up about 1/5 of the circle. After confirming with others that this was somehow normal I decided to continue with it. I thought it worked great until I saw the actual casing inside the optic seperate from the body and what looks like plastic protective case surrounding the internals started showing up. Contacting support, but like literally all of my vortex optics, I have had at least 1 if not 2 returns on all. (Viper PST Gen 1 4 replacements now), Razor (2nd replacement), Viper (2nd replacement). The only one that hasn't broken is the strikefire 3x. Not a good sign with having so many vortex products breaking down with 1-2 years of easy use ownership.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great overall feature. I got this sparc ar about a year ago. And trust me when I say I have put this through all the test. I’ve been in cold weather, hot weather , repelling down walls and banging it off everything along the way. I’ve dropped it countless times. It’s been soaked in the rain for hours on end. Hands down my favorite optic I have ever had. Vortex continues to impress. Highest of quality with a decent price and a outstanding warranty. And with all the trainings and how I like to push my gear to the limits. Vortex is the best option.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact and uses a common battary. I have had several red dots from Vortex I started with the Strikefire one, then moved to the Strikefire I I, and now I have the Sparc AR. The size of the Sparc AR is perfect. The controls are on the back of the optic facing the shooter making it very easy to use. It takes one AAA battery which is nice because they are inexpensive and readily available. The glass is Crystal clear. The added protection of the rubber gaurd is a great feature. Once again I am very pleased with Vortex and I am proud to say I am member of Vortexnation.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little optic!!! I purchased this for my 16 inch rifle and it has held up great with everything I've put it through. Very slim and ergonomic design, clear glass, and crisp red dot. I was a little hesitant about the lens covers, but they don't move or come undone - very pleased. I also love that it takes a single AAA battery and is very easy to swap out. GREAT OPTIC!
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great red dot that is also Handsome! Bought this red dot for my AR (imagine that). Was going for a light weight functional build and this sight fit the bill perfectly! It has a smooth body that keeps it from snagging on random stuff. Offers a clear sight picture without obstructions on the side. Uses AAA batteries (something you can almost trip and find). Haven't had any problems with it losing zero. I've been using it as my coyote drive rifle, being able to line up these targets quickly has helped tremendously. Great practical sight that I would 100% buy again!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bang for the Buck Red Dot This new red dot optic is simply amazing, very easy to mount(w/o reading manual) all of the parts are high quality, the lenses are crystal clear as well as the MOA intensity. IMO the smaller 2MOA dot is the way to go and really like how pronounced you can adjust it to. I mounted this to my Windham AR15 and already have it zero'd in at 50 yards with my groupings pretty much on the money. Others complain about the rubber casing getting in the way but I have no issues at all. What I really like is about this new optic is that it uses a single AAA battery, much easier to swap out and more readily available. My only complaint would be the small torx screws required to mount the optic, If I lose the included wrench then I'm going to have to head to the store again.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HOW are you still in business? I bought a SPARC AR when they first came out. It's taken a beating. THEN, I went and followed instructions and tightened my mount screws, ended up pulling out a few heli-coils, my fault. NOW, I just received and brand new replacement, at NO COST! As a Vortex retailer, I don't get returns, they must all go back to Wisconsin. But if every piece of Vortex gear is backed like this, HOW are you still in business? Oh, because every piece of Vortex gear is awesome. And the VMX magnifier not recommended for use with this RDS? PSSSSHHHAWWWW! As if !! With good spacing and rail placement, this is an unstoppable duo. Without the magnifier, it's just as good. Aim small, miss small. I love this Red Dot! Thanks again to the Vortex team for speedy review and replacement. OOH-RAH!
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Red Dot for your AR. I purchased this red dot a month ago at a gun show. It's perfect for an AR-15. A useful feature is the location of the battery compartment. It does not obstruct any field of view. It does prevent the red dot from being used on other types of rifles but there are other red dots for those applications. The use of common AAA batteries is nice. The only minor complaint is that with the rubber cover it does take up more field of view than with other red dots and it feels bulkier; the cover is removable though.
Date published: 2019-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best red Dot for my Carbine I purchased the Sparc AR for a new carbine after doing my homework on value and features, used the torque specs provided by the Vortex guys for the base and rail screws and some blue loctite for the installation. Sighted it in at 50 yards and it was an exceptional performer. I tried a Holosun and a Primary Arms optic on this same carbine and went back to the Sparc AR. It is built like a rock, has clean lines and the AAA battery use is a bonus. Great product at a reasonable price is the best description.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good budget option This is a great option for a budget friendly red dot for a AR. Holds zero very well and seems quite durable. Glass is clear and eye relief is nice. The dot for some people can look fuzzy or just not as crisp; It looks fine for me, but some of my coworkers describe it as looking more like a star that a dot because the edges aren't as clean. One of those people has a known astigmatism which probably plays a factor but the other guys don't so I'm not sure why it looks more clear to some people that others.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "VORTEX" the only one you'll ever need Vortex optics is my go to for all my optic needs. They have set the bar and exceed every one of my needs. They have fantastic products ,great customer service and an UNBEATABLE no hassle warranty. With all of the choices out their these days, some being affordable and others at a ridiculous high price tag puts vortex at the middle of the road being affordable and great workmanship. I own quite a few of optics from vortex and trust each one with my life depending on them. Great job guys keep'em coming.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good value compared to alternatives I really like the simplicity of this unit, as well as the wallet friendly price point. I would like to see a slightly better field of view and caps (even aftermarket options) that flip up and stay out of the way without having to be snapped together.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Runs off of a aaa battery I have owned a lot of red dots over the years and I would say this is one the best red dots I have ever put an ar. The fact that it runs off of a AAA battery is great so you don’t have to buy a 6 dollar battery just to go shoot. I have had vortex red dots on ars and aks and I have never had problem with their optics losing zero or failing, I live in South Dakota and even in extreme colds or extreme heat they have never had a problem doing their jobs, very good red dots for a very reasonable price.
Date published: 2019-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I've been looking for months for a sight to put on my rifle. I finally came across this amazing price of art. It is simple and low maintenance. Very inexpensive in comparison to other competitors. Nothing can also beat the VIP warranty program Vortex offers. I enjoy having a bright, clean, and clear red dot that I can use at any time of day and with night vision as well. I am very pleased and will be using this soft for all of my other rifles as well. Thank you Vortex for another great product.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small but full of features Bought one on a whim. Loved it cosighted perfect with my ar and standard post front sight. Easy to site in. Battery change easy. After shooting with is for about 3 months, I bought 2 more and put them on my sons ar’s.
Date published: 2019-05-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible Design Flaw I just opened my new Sparc AR only to see a spot of plastic in the lower right hand corner of the optic. As I was looking through the optic it was all I could focus on. I have no doubt the optic will function perfectly but I am not sure if I will keep this or return it to the store. I will have to mount it on a weapon before I make a final decision. If I ever need to use it I don't want my eye to do to the dark spot first instead of the red dot.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another quantity product from Vortex. I've only been able to put a couple hundred rounds down with this optic, but it's pretty outstanding from what I can tell. At first, I didn't think I would like the lens cap design. But after mounting it, I like it. Will last much longer than hard plastic caps. Also, the rubberised housing is really something I look for in a red dot. I bought this as a replacement after my truck was stolen with my AR's in it a few weeks ago. Now I just need to get another magnifier to have me back going.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fit for my Tavor This red dot outperforms any other competitor within $250 of its MSRP. Came with everything I needed and was very easy to install. Had it on the Tavor and ready to rock in under 5 minutes. Cowitnesses perfectly with my flip up sights and the dot was perfectly alligned with my flip up sights. Gotta love that it takes the AAA instead of some extremely difficult to find battery like some other optics. Really fun dot, very streamline design and just looks tough on any gun.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for anyone with a astigmatism I have been very appreciative with all my Vortex optics that I own, but I have been veered away from red dot because of my astigmatism. And the SPARC AR was my answer, no more fuzz red dot even with my glasses off. I was recommended this optic and after major research I could not tell with out jumping and making the purchase, but man was I not disappointed! And I would definitely recommend this product to anyone with astigmatism, or just a really great compact red dot.
Date published: 2018-03-29
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