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Review: Burris MTAC 1-4x24mm w/ FastFire III

Burris MTAC 1-4x24mm w/ FastFire III

Posted by USNcpg45 on September 28 2013 08:30 AM

So, I haven't been able to find many reviews for this scope, and a quick search of the forums here didn't yield anything either. Mods, feel free to move or delete if this has already been posted.
I am reviewing the combo deal Burris MTAC 1-4x24mm Scope with the FastFire 3 and included PEPR mount.  First, the price point: right around $500-550. Now that's out of the way. lets look at the scope.
This is the way it came out of the box.   The MTAC was already mounted in the PEPR (although crooked) and the FastFire (FF3 from here on out) was already on the rear ring.
The MTAC is a very solid and ruggedly built scope with a lot of top end features packed into a middle of the road priced optic.  It's feel and overall build quality are top-notch.  As good as the Leupold VX3  low-power variable (I believe its 1.5-5x20mm), that I have owned for years.  The clarity of the glass of the MTAC is what first impressed me the most.  The glass is crystal clear and VERY bright.  With magnification, the image remains clear through the full range of the power ring, as should be expected from a quality optic.
The turrets are very solid.  The are very clearly marked on the top with the "1 Click = 1/2 MOA" and direction of adjustment. They are also graduated numerically as well as being resettable to "O" after zeroing the rifle. The clicks are very pronounced, not so much in your ear, but certainly in your fingers. No trouble at all feeling the clicks with ear protection on.
The reticle in the MTAC is VERY nice as well.  Burris calls it the "Ballistic CQ 5.56".  Here are Burris's graphics:
These are my photos (as best as I could get with the camera on my Galaxy Note 2).  The illumination is SUPER bright.  Just as bright in broad daylight in full sunlight as my friends Aimpoint red-dot. Its adjustment knob is very solid, and is graduated from 1 to 10 with an "OFF" detent between each setting.  This feature is a very nice touch, since you don't have to run the knob all the way around to turn it off. Well thought out.
The FF3 is also a solidly built Micro-dot that is getting a lot of use in the 3-gun world.  It's not the best micro dot out there, but its not the worst.  It is MUCH better (obviously) than the ultra cheap-o Sightmarks and other 3rd rate crap sights out there.  The dot on mine is a 3 MOA dot, but Burris also sells the FF3 with an 8 MOA dot.
The FF3 features a simple, single button operation.
One Press- "Automatic Brightness mode" which uses a light sensor to control the brightness of the dot depending on the ambient light. In my testing, this feature worked extremely well.  Transition from indoors to outdoors, and the dot brightens in just about a second. The same was true going from outdoors to in.
2nd-Press - Highest Brightness
3rd-Press - Medium Brightness
4th Press - Power Off
All in all, this seems like an overall decent optics package for the budget AR owner who wants to get the most out of their gun.  The PEPR mount is so-so, and mine will be replaced with a Warne RAMP tomorrow.  However, the PEPR seems good enough to maybe mount on a 22lr upper; just not for anything more serious than just Sunday afternoon plinking.  Hope this review helps someone else out!   :cool:

Just wanted to post a couple of pictures of how this rig looks set up to run 3-gun.  I am using a Warne R.A.M.P mount..  The FastFire3 fits perfectly and lines up so that I can still use my finger to operate the button (located on the port side of the FF3).  The Warne mount is solid as a rock too.   I can't wait to put this sucker through its paces.

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