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Old October 16th, 2020, 02:33 PM #1
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Burris Fast Fire III Red Dot

I never had or used a red dot sight before but was thinking about trying one on a compact rifle with a picatinny rail and that is not equipped with iron sights. Was looking at the Burris Fast Fire III as one from a reputable manufacture and won't break the bank. What are your thoughts as far as quality and durability? Open to other suggestions too.
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Old October 16th, 2020, 02:59 PM #2
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It's a pretty small window to look through and usually found on a pistol. I'd look at some of the traditional 1x20 red dots too. The Primary Arms micro dots are popular.
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I have a 3 MOA FFIII mounted on my Mini 14. Have had zero issues with it and it has maintained zero through several outings. It is a good quality red dot for the price point. I can't speak to long term durability as I have had it less than a year. Windage/elevation controls can be a bit tricky on the fly, but taken care of if you have a tiny flathead with you when sighting in. The Burris warranty is awesome as well - I believe the same as Vortex.

One thing to think about if you've not used a red dot before is that if you have astigmatism, the dot may appear as a distorted blob. Worth checking one out before purchasing.
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I have a 3 MOA FFIII mounted on my Mini 14. Have had zero issues with it and it has maintained zero through several outings. It is a good quality red dot for the price point. I can't speak to long term durability as I have had it less than a year. Windage/elevation controls can be a bit tricky on the fly, but taken care of if you have a tiny flathead with you when sighting in. The Burris warranty is awesome as well - I believe the same as Vortex.

One thing to think about if you've not used a red dot before is that if you have astigmatism, the dot may appear as a distorted blob. Worth checking one out before purchasing.
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I have 4 or 5 Fast Fires, both the II and III. I love them and have never had an issue with them.

As for durability, I had a Burris rep tell me a few years ago that all of their optics could withstand 50 BMG recoil with no issues
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I have one That is slide mounted on a g34. It’s been reliable for the last 8 years. No issues.
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Thanks for the replies. Seems like a good compromise between quality and cost to get in to red dot.
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I've also run thousands of rounds through my FF3 on a pistol slide. Weakest point of it is really the battery compartment - it's top-mounted, which is good, but the threading is pretty thing and easy to strip. The FF4 is due to come out eventually - it's a much improved version, or at least it seemed so when I handled it at SHOT.
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I just mounted one on an ar I’m finishing, magpul iron sights and the FF mounted @ .83” actually seems pretty nice, bolts and handles just arrived yesterday so no range time yet.
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I would look at the Vortex Venom before you pull the trigger. I had thought of adding a small red dot to my Marlin 1894 44 mag and decided on the Venom before COVID hit. Now the plan is on hold, so havenít had the time and canít find the rail.
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