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#1 OFFLINE   eastern_hunter

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Posted Mar. 23 2010 - 08:16 PM

Guys,

I am having problems with the Vortex Strikefire acquired in the group buy here ... the mount seems to point it at the wrong place. Points off to the left.

It is not occurring just a single receiver ... but on three receivers flat tops (BRO, BCM and Bushy). The receivers are OK because I have several scopes on simple ring mounts that work with all three receivers.

Anyone else seeing this kind of problem?

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#2 OFFLINE   KYChessie

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Posted Mar. 23 2010 - 09:34 PM

I didn't get in on the group buy here but I do have one of the scopes.

Mine fits perfectly.

Contact Vortex and send it back. They have a lifetime warranty.


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Posted Mar. 23 2010 - 09:43 PM

hunter,

KY is right, Vortex CS is top notch, drop them an email or give them a call and they will take care of you.


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Posted Mar. 23 2010 - 11:48 PM

Guys,

I am having problems with the Vortex Strikefire acquired in the group buy here ... the mount seems to point it at the wrong place. Points off to the left.

It is not occurring just a single receiver ... but on three receivers flat tops (BRO, BCM and Bushy). The receivers are OK because I have several scopes on simple ring mounts that work with all three receivers.

Anyone else seeing this kind of problem?

Mike


I have two of them. I had a problem, contacted them. They sent me a pre-paid FedEx ticket.
Within 10 days I had a brand new unit, plus a Vortex ball cap. :thumb:

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Posted Mar. 24 2010 - 08:04 AM

I am still in the process of getting things sighted in and mine goes to the right of the front sight post if I co-witnesses it with the the BUIS ( I have the mounting lug on the left side of rifle ) It shoots great by it's self but a pain when you have the BUIS up. The BUIS are sighted in.


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Posted Mar. 24 2010 - 02:11 PM

don't waste you're money...I had one and it was junk....Save up a few pennies and get an aimpoint if thats the kind of red dot you're looking for....you won't ever have to buy one ever again....when its you're optic that you're counting on to mabey save you're ass....buying cheap shat might comeback and bite u...


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Posted Mar. 24 2010 - 02:58 PM

The strike fire most certianly isn't an Aimpoint. Comparing the two isn't really very fair. It's like comparing a high end sports car to a run of the mill family four door vehicle that costs significantly less.

Mine is on a 9mm AR so I can vouch for it's accuracy and ability to retain a zero at longer ranges, but so far so good. I use it cowitness, so I might not be able to spot problems readily. I haven't used the magnifier and don't intend on it. I wasn't very impressed with the magnifier. I was skeptical at first, but I'd say it is a bare minimum sight. Not what I would classify as complete junk, but definitely not a high quality optic.

My biggest gripe is how the thing just eats the hell out of batteries. Others who have them, have to know what I am talking about. I would probably complain about the 2 hour auto shutoff if it wasn't for the fact those things seem chew up more power than the strip in Vegas. So the auto shutoff is a good thing, considering.

I have heard great things about the customer service over there. I am sure they will fix you up. People have to remember these things are made over seas, and while there is some decent stuff made abroad, quality control is usually a huge issue. So some lemons do get by. From what I have heard, Vortex is more than prepared to fix problems quickly and with out hassle.

I don't think my issues are a malfunction of any kind. I think these things just consume tons of power. Just the way it is. I have gotten used to it though. Keep plenty of spares.

I wouldn't say this is a combat worthy optic, but it beats nothing, and works great on range toys.

Just my $.02 after owning one a while.


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Posted Mar. 24 2010 - 03:30 PM

The strike fire most certianly isn't an Aimpoint. Comparing the two isn't really very fair. It's like comparing a high end sports car to a run of the mill family four door vehicle that costs significantly less.

Mine is on a 9mm AR so I can vouch for it's accuracy and ability to retain a zero at longer ranges, but so far so good. I use it cowitness, so I might not be able to spot problems readily. I haven't used the magnifier and don't intend on it. I wasn't very impressed with the magnifier. I was skeptical at first, but I'd say it is a bare minimum sight. Not what I would classify as complete junk, but definitely not a high quality optic.

My biggest gripe is how the thing just eats the hell out of batteries. Others who have them, have to know what I am talking about. I would probably complain about the 2 hour auto shutoff if it wasn't for the fact those things seem chew up more power than the strip in Vegas. So the auto shutoff is a good thing, considering.

I have heard great things about the customer service over there. I am sure they will fix you up. People have to remember these things are made over seas, and while there is some decent stuff made abroad, quality control is usually a huge issue. So some lemons do get by. From what I have heard, Vortex is more than prepared to fix problems quickly and with out hassle.

I don't think my issues are a malfunction of any kind. I think these things just consume tons of power. Just the way it is. I have gotten used to it though. Keep plenty of spares.

I wouldn't say this is a combat worthy optic, but it beats nothing, and works great on range toys.

Just my $.02 after owning one a while.

Do you have one of the first strikefires? I am only asking because they have supposedly updated the electronics, moved the power switch, and has a brighter dot. I don't know what the average battery life was before the updates, but it is now 2100 hours. I know it isn't no Aimpoint, (and at least they don't claim to be) but when compared all the cheap clones, and all the useless crap out there in the same price range, I think the Vortex unbeatable.


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Posted Mar. 24 2010 - 07:36 PM

I suspect that 99.999% of the people that buy a StrikeFire aren't heading off to a foreign (or domestic) battlefield any time soon.

I'm sure that I will get flamed for this, but I don't understand all of this SHTF stuff that gets talked about so frequently on forums such as this. When is the last time that a member needed 5k rounds of M855 and a rifle that would chew all of it up without so much as a spit patch run down the barrel in the borders of the US?

If the Taliban or Obama ever invade my house, I've got plenty of spare stuff to put down range if my Vortex battery dies (isn't that what BUIS is for, anyway?) or my lowly RRA rifle FTF on me because it doesn't have M4 feed ramps or the latest flavor of the month roll mark on the lower.

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Posted Mar. 24 2010 - 09:31 PM

I suspect that 99.999% of the people that buy a StrikeFire aren't heading off to a foreign (or domestic) battlefield any time soon.

I'm sure that I will get flamed for this, but I don't understand all of this SHTF stuff that gets talked about so frequently on forums such as this. When is the last time that a member needed 5k rounds of M855 and a rifle that would chew all of it up without so much as a spit patch run down the barrel in the borders of the US?

If the Taliban or Obama ever invade my house, I've got plenty of spare stuff to put down range if my Vortex battery dies (isn't that what BUIS is for, anyway?) or my lowly RRA rifle FTF on me because it doesn't have M4 feed ramps or the latest flavor of the month roll mark on the lower.

Flame suit on.

I certainly understand you're point.....and if u just go to the range once in a while then it will work.....if its a $ issue thats one thing, but if it's not then why not buy some quality optics?......like I said good stuff lasts along time and less than just doesn't.....instead of buying 2 less expensive optics in 5 yrs....cause quite frankly I doubt they will last that long before something breaks...I find it easier and less expensive in the long run just to get a good one in the first place.....I made that same mistake and it has cost an extra $150 than it should have....and there's always something else to buy or upgrade on these rifles..


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Posted Mar. 24 2010 - 09:37 PM

Vortex has a lifetime warranty. If it breaks, send it back and they will send you a brand new one.

Aren't you the same guy that is balking at buying a Surefire flashlight and is looking for a cheaper alternative? :laugh:

Just poking at you. I have a Surefire but only because it was a gift. I have other flashlights that serve the same purpose and were one heck of a lot cheaper... much like the StrikeFire.


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Posted Mar. 24 2010 - 10:26 PM

Vortex has a lifetime warranty. If it breaks, send it back and they will send you a brand new one.

Aren't you the same guy that is balking at buying a Surefire flashlight and is looking for a cheaper alternative? :laugh:

Just poking at you. I have a Surefire but only because it was a gift. I have other flashlights that serve the same purpose and were one heck of a lot cheaper... much like the StrikeFire.

ya it's funny how that works.....I have no problem shelling out $500 for optics, but when it comes to a flash light I get all hot and bothered over $150 for a light......I guess In my mind that light just isn't a good deal.....


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Posted Mar. 24 2010 - 11:01 PM

Seems to have brought out the Aimpoint crowd. For those most likely to be used there are EoTechs or Serendities. The StirkeFire is for a Bush M4 that sits behind the door. Sent a note to Vortex asking how to have the problem remedied. We'll see what happens.

Have had two Aimpoints. Both have failed after 6 or 7 years and Aimpoint's position is that they aren't worth repairing. I'll NEVER spend my money with them again.

The youngest son was sent to Afghanistan and then to Iraq with an EoTech 552. Worked well for him. (He's also right handed and left master-eyed ... and the EoTech is the only sight that's ever worked for him.)

BTW ... I acquired an Inforce light. I like it better than the SureFires so far. BRIGHT and easy to control. Mount is nice and simple yet very robust and solid. Not cheap, but cheaper than a SureFire.

Mike

(edited to include the Inforce info)

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Posted Mar. 28 2010 - 08:54 PM

Sent a note to the Vortex US folks. They responded within 24 hours ... asking good questions. Indicated that a replacement had been shipped along with a prepaid mailer to return the problematical sight. Looking forward to one that works.

So far, I'd have to say they're reacting very well!

Mike


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Posted Apr. 07 2010 - 11:42 PM

Replacement mount arrived and was installed. Got out to shoot it today ... works fine!

Vortex did a good job with the followup.

Mike


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Posted Apr. 08 2010 - 12:05 AM

Glad to hear they took care of it.


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Posted Apr. 08 2010 - 12:12 AM

Replacement mount arrived and was installed. Got out to shoot it today ... works fine!

Vortex did a good job with the followup.

Mike


Mike,

Good to see Vortex took care of your situation.

They stand behind their products, and when there is a concern or issue, they do what they can as soon as possible to get the customer taken care.

This is one reason why we carry, and recommend Vortex..

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Posted Apr. 08 2010 - 11:56 PM

Replacement mount arrived and was installed. Got out to shoot it today ... works fine!

Vortex did a good job with the followup.

Mike

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