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  1. phoenix1151

    Beretta 92F

    I'm no expert but recently read that the only difference between the F and FS is a stronger pin (hammer?) through the slide and a slight change in the rail back end after overly severe military testing (very hot loads) caused a few slides to break and a portion of the slide to fly back towards the shooter.
  2. After a lot of deliberation, I've come to the position of considering either the Burris Fastfire 3 or the Vortex Venom given my application. Both are in the same price range $330 - 350, more than I wanted to spend, but I'll wait to see which one goes on sale first. Thanks for all replies.
  3. As previously posted, I have dropped down my holographic with flip-to-side magnifier to another AR which I would likely opt to use for true CQB at short ranges. The main intention for this second set-up would be for CQB-type gunning (hence a red dot with even a large dot size) but with long range capability too (hence the scope). I had written off the tubular styles in favor of the mini/micro open style for size reasons, but am now open to considering the smaller tubular styles which seem smaller than I thought. Lifetime warranty is a feature that may swing the decision due to infrequent use. Pansy-ass Canadian laws will have you shaking your head. What I present is a basic outline for the shooting sports (target, skeet, trap, etc), other requirements exist for hunting. Firearms are categorized into three types: non-restricted (primarily hunting shotguns & rifles), restricted (all handguns and certain shotguns and rifles), and prohibited (some handguns, shotguns or rifles, and all full-auto), with progressively heavier requirements on the firearms enthusiast. First, a person would have to take a mandatory firearms safety course/test which is primarily oriented towards non-restricted and get a police background check to receive a "possession and acquisition certificate" PAL. An additional course/test is required for restricted and get a higher grade certificate RPAL. In some Provinces, you must be a member of a gun club to acquire restricted firearms. The prohibited class is near impossible to get, but some people who already owned items put on the prohibited list were given a "grandfather" status to allow them to continue to own/acquire that class of firearm, others were SOL. Non-restricted acquisition is generally "on the spot" with the safety certificate. Restricted and prohibited acquisition must also be (again) approved by the Provincial Government. Transport of non-restricted requires only to be unloaded (encased and locked is suggested), and have the PAL/RPAL certificate card on your person. Transport of restricted or prohibited firearms requires certain conditions (unloaded, encased, locked) and have the firearms registration papers and the safety certificate card on your person. On top of that, another certificate card, called an Authorization To Transport is needed which is rather explicit as to where such transport can occur. Since restricted and prohibited firearms can only be discharged at an approved range (no just going out to the bush anywhere you want), the route must be a fairly direct route from your home to your member range, or to another range as long as you have some kind of "invitation" (for tournament, etc). There are some changes in the wind to make it a little easier for transport but nothing too big and the recent change in Federal Government may reverse that. Registration of restricted and prohibited firearms is still in effect but registration of non-restricted was dropped several years ago. So, be happy with the freedoms you have by comparison and stand up and defend A2 as your Government looks to chip away at it.
  4. Thanks for the replies folks. Given that my intention is to mount the sight on top of or to the side of a regular scope as previously stated, I excluded the tubular types like the TRS and Sparc (which get good reviews) for perceived size issues. I'm sure they are great optics as stand-alone choices. I'm also looking now at the Bushnell AR Trophy Red Dot First Strike (5 MOA dot). Claims are waterproof/shockproof with integral mount for pic/weaver and is small, has auto intensity and shuts off when the cover is put on. Just starting to look at reviews for it now.
  5. Pardon my "in your face" title line, but budget is tight and we in Canada pay more for the same thing than you U.S. folks. That said, if you have direct experience with the optic and genuinely have a negative opinion, I'm glad to hear it, I just don't want post after post simply saying "junk" or "buy once cry once", etc. We in Canada, don't get to shoot our AR's with anywhere near the frequency and freedom than U.S. folks either, so I'm not in a position to invest a wad of dough for a sight that will be infrequently used and "babied" somewhat, not going to war with on a regular basis. Despite the anticipated infrequent use opportunities, I have two lower end AR's (yes they are addictive, lol). So, I've tried the holographic (6 MOA dot within a larger ring) with flip-to-side 5X magnifier. I like it except I also would like better longer range precision beyond what a smaller dot would merely offer. So I've moved that set-up down to my Norinco-built AR, and on my other AR have put a Bushnell 3-12x40 AR Optic (BDC and target turrets) with a cantilever mount having top and side rails on one scope ring. I'm now looking to try a mini red dot on top or to the right side as a way to have the short range adaptability of the red dot while having the precision of the scope. Currently, my short list is the Bushnell Holosight (built by L3/EoTech) single dot or an intriguing Truglo TG8083B multi-reticle. The Bushnell seems to have more reviews while the Truglow lacks sufficient reviews but I like the reticle options. My biggest concern is durability and reliability. You can find negative reviews on anything, but what have you folks to say from direct experience. Thanks in advance for your consideration and replies.
  6. phoenix1151

    AR optic system

    Yes, I know I could get a smaller MOA dot, but wonder if I would be trading off short range target pickup with my older eyes unless it was very intense illumination.
  7. phoenix1151

    AR optic system

    I picked up a knock-off holographic sight and a 5X flip-to-side magnifier to try this AR combination without spending a lot. I figured if I really liked it, I could replace components with higher quality ones and drop down the knockoffs to my Norinco AR. The holographic has a red dot of about 6 MOA with intensity adjustment and red or green reticle. The combination is OK, and I consider it adequate for quick target acquisition at ranges up to 100 yards. However, I feel that with such a large dot and no actual crosshair, longer range precision will be lacking. I've recently seen the piggy-back optic system where a red dot is mounted on top of a regular scope, such as the Burris P.E.P.R. mount. This way the red dot is used exclusively for short range and the crosshair scope used for long range precision (with whatever reticle tickles your fancy). This leads me to two related questions: 1. The height of the red dot makes me wonder about cheek/chin weld and parallax with a more wobbly anchor. 2. The Burris site shows the red dot mounted on the rear rail that is atop of the scope ring, whereas I would think mounting it on the front rail would at least help a bit with the potential parallax without other issue since it has a long eye relief. Anyone use such a combination that would care to comment with your experiences?
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