I finally finished my M4 build and after finishing up the cleanup from the December ice storm fit some time in to go to the range to sight in my Vortex.
I was quite surprised that I managed as small of a group at 100 yards as I did get considering the red dot covered ALL the black of my NRA B-4 20 yard pistol target printed on 8.5x11" paper at 100 yards. A 3.5" group with Wolf ammo using my Cyclone Silencer was pleasing. I did not use the magnifier as there is no way to carry it easily so it's in the box at home. Maybe next trip I will try it. I really feel the sight is more at home for usage on targets at 100 yards and less. I will mount a low power variable scope for any distance. The red dot obliterates 3/4 of the 8.5" x11" paper target at 100 yards. It appears to me as if the "dot" is more like 5 MOA .. Maybe it's my 55 year old eyes that need reading glasses.
At closer ranges it's sweet.
I do find the recoil activated off switch to be VERY annoying. Why does the unit "blink" the red dot when the rifle is fired? Even with the Cyclone mounted which is 21 oz and minimizes recoil, the red dot STILL goes out for about one second after each shot.
Every time I fire the rifle the red dot goes out then comes back on again a moment later.
This makes rapid fire VERY DIFFICULT!
Is it some OBAMA Environmental Ammo usage reduction feature that is required by the Environmental Protection agency?
Or is it to help reduce green house gasses to slow global warming? The Al Gore switch...
Maybe it's the BATF&E to thwart people from bump firing or shooting full auto w/o a stamp since the red dot would be "off" all the time. Is it satellite activated and hooked up to the chip with the GPS tracking network? So only registered TAX stamp users can have the red dot cut out deactivated. The chip knows where you are, and any Vortex units near you would have the red dot cut out deactivated.. But only IF you had a Stamp.
(sick .. but this technology exists and the DOT and LE want it in you cars, an ignition kill switch to be used in car chases or if you are speeding over let's say 85 MPH)
I know you guys at Vortex would not do this on purpose so it MUST
be the government!
Joking aside.... I am guessing MAYBE the spring on the battery cover does not have enough resistance to keep the battery from moving during recoil and is shutting off the unit, or it's an internal problem with some loose or other recoil sensitive part causing it.
No way I could replicate the fast firing in your video do to the blinking red dot. It would add a good 2 seconds between shots and it really messes up my rhythm.
Sam.... Have you heard of this before? Is there and easy fix? Or do I need to send it back.
Anyone else have this problem?
I did NOT have the problem of the dot not being bright enough but it was overcast.
Besides the blinking red dot I was satisfied with the unit.
John with blinking red dot syndrome.
Edit to add.... Box says 2 MOA dot.. Web page says 4 MOA This explains my second paragraph.
Edit 4/20 Julie at Vortex CS will send me a new battery compartment cap with a new spring. Hopefully this will take care of it. Nice lady! I give Vortex CS a 10 out of 10.