|Originally Posted By opticsplanet:
I have a Vortex VMX3 that I'm very satisfied with. When I got ready to buy a magnifier, I pulled one of everything we carry, and while I really liked the EOTech in the Samson FTS mount, I settled on the Vortex as the best value, for my needs.
It is also available without the swing mount:
ADM makes the swing mount that Vortex bundles with the VMX3. ADM makes two heights, but Vortex only bundles the lower of the two. Everything was straight in line behind my EOTech 512, but I ran into issues with my BUIS - the BUIS interferes with the swinging of the optic. I've seen some folks that have notched the rubber hood on the VMX3 to clear, and a lower profile BUIS would probably solve the issue (I use a GG&G). I'm probably just going to order the taller mount from ADM, and run my EXPS2 in front of it. The image is adjustable vertically and horizontally in the magnifier, so that you can center your dot/reticle.
I'm really looking forward to the Burris AR-Pivot Ring:
It rolls directly to the side, like the Samson FTS, instead of swinging in an arc like the ADM. It was introduced at SHOT 2009, but apparently there were some copyright issues, and it was pulled. Burris re-released it at the 2012 SHOT Show this January, and they're saying we will have some in April.
+1 All of this!
I have spent enough on other magnifiers and mounts to have bought n Eotec or Aimpoint version with mount. The biggest reason I didn't was because the Eotech or Aimpoint had a fixed focus. I have a minor astigmatism that blurs the dot, but can be focused out with the economy models.
The Vortex Magnifier is as close to perfect as I have found. The ADM mount bundled with the Vortex is ALMOST perfect. I really like that it does not flop around. But the fact that the ADM mount positions the magnifier forward when flipped to the side, this has caused me a couple of issues. I snapped the screw on mine horsing it to the left trying to clear my Matech BUIS. It will be taken care of np by Vortex, I just have to pay shipping.
With my choice of BUIS, I have to run the ADM mount swinging to the right. I have had no issues doing this, but I don't like the fact that my ejected cases clearly hit the top of the ring of the mount when swung to to the right position. It has NOT happened yet, but it makes me nervous that a case could bounce back in to the ejection port causing a malfunction. This is only an issue in concept so far and only an issue if you run a BUIS that will not allow you to swing the magnifier to the left away from the ejection port.
The Burris mount looks like the better deal actually, but I would like to coon finger one to see if it locks up as tight as the ADM mount. Because the Burris flips to the side only it would not position the magnifier over the ejection port. Therefore, running the magnifier on the right or left would just be a matter of personal preference to me.