Well, that name is a mouthful. Ha-ha. Jokes aside, Primary Arms is a good manufacturer. Maybe you never heard of them. But they do deserve more traction than they are getting.
When you compare Vortex to a brand that probably a lot of people never heard of, it seems like a hard bargain. A lot of partiality and favoritism kicks in. But what if I could sell you that hard bargain?
Interested? Let’s move on to the hot topic we have here. A mouthful sight vs a successor of a popular sight.
That’s right, I am talking about Primary Arms Advanced Micro Dot vs Vortex Sparc 2.
Most of us know just how successful the first Sparc was. How about the second one? Let’s find out.
PAA Micro Dot/ Vortex Sparc 2 – Outlooks
PAA Micro Dot/ Vortex Sparc 2 – Specs
|Specs||PAA Micro Dot||Vortex Sparc 2|
|Weight||5.5 Oz||5.9 Oz|
|Battery||CR2032 3v lithium||CR2032|
|Reticle||2 MOA||2 MOA|
|Adjustments||Windage, Elevation, Brightness||Windage, Elevation, Brightness|
PAA Micro Dot VS Vortex Sparc 2 – Differences
- SLX advanced micro dot is a bit lighter than Sparc 2.
- Primary Arms is smaller than Sparc 2.
- Sparc II has less brightness setting compared to Primary Arms microdot.
- Sparc 2 features O-ring sealing.
- Hard anodization is present on Sparc 2.
Primary Arms Advanced Micro Dot: I can understand your doubts about this brand. As they are not the most well-known brand at the moment. But don’t let their less popularity sway your opinion against them. Thanks to that, their customer service has always been on point. If you have any issues about their sights, you are just one mail away from them.
The QC on this sight was something worthy of a praise. Haven’t seen a lot of sight do that recently. But hey, if you can check out the sight first and then decide, you will know what I am talking about.
Vortex Sparc 2: So far vortex Sparc 2 vs primary arms has been a joy to watch. The joy continuous. We all know the QC on Vortex. They never settle for less. Neither should you.
Vortex lenses are some of the best available on the market. Many other brands also purchases lens from Vortex to make their sights. Fully multi-coated lens has been used in this sight. It will give you a hell of an experience.
Primary Arms Advanced Micro Dot: Unless you plan to hammer this sight to the ground, I don’t see how you “accidentally” break the sight. Dropping from a relatively high place will do literally nothing to the sight. The aluminum used here is 6061 grade aluminum. It’s a lightweight durable grade of aluminum whose density is thick enough for a sight.
The inside of the sight is also nitrogen purged. Granted there is no O-ring sealing, but it’s still water and shock proof.
Vortex Sparc 2: Vortex uses high-grade aluminum to make their sight and uses hard anodization process to color and coat their sight. It’s a single piece construction which makes it easier to work around with. The inside of the housing is nitrogen purged. Thanks to that, it’s fog proof. To make the sight waterproof, Vortex also installed O-rings in the sight. They sit between the lens and the sight housing. Making their seal vacuum tight and bubble free.
If water can’t get inside, it can’t create fog.
Primary Arms Advanced Micro Dot: For a sight that came out a couple of years ago, it’s nice to see how well it fairs against latest sights as well. Under any given weather, Micro Dot gives its absolute best. Short range performance of this sight is amazing. If you want, you can add a magnifier in front of the sight and increase its distance as well. As this is a reflex sight, you don’t need to worry about eye relief at all.
There is no parallax related issue at all. Motion blur is also minimal and the reticle focus is on point.
Vortex Sparc 2: Sparc was a great sight that gave Sig Sauer Romeo series a tough fight. When Sparc 2 released, it’s no wonder people were comparing Primary Arms VS Vortex Sparc. Glad to see Sparc 2 lives up to the expectations of its predecessor.
Short-range performance of this is just absolutely mind blowing. You could add a magnifier if you so wish. But I don’t think that’s necessary or something you should do. Unless you really need that magnification.
Primary Arms Advanced Micro Dot: To no one’s surprise the Micro Dot is the smaller among the two. I mean, you can see from the pictures it’s the smaller one. Though the size difference is not as huge as it seem like. It’s still under 1” of differences.
But it’s still there if you want to nitpick about it. Don’t worry, this size of sight can sit on most AR rifles out there. In case it doesn’t just use a universal mount to convert this sight to support your gun.
Vortex Sparc 2: Vortex nailed the coffin with this one. It’s just a tad bit longer than the older Sparc Gen-I. While still packing much important upgrades. Yes, it’s a tad bit bigger than Micro Dot. But don’t think size difference makes the Sparc 2 inferior. It’s far from the truth.
In fact, I think Sparc 2 will suit the taste of most people.
Primary Arms Advanced Micro Dot: It’s the lighter scope overall. Weight of micro dot is only 5.5oz. That’s quite light for a reflex sight of this size. Weight feels well distributed as well. You won’t feel like the gun is leaning towards the back more.
That’s a good sign. Finding out your sight makes the gun tilt backwards can tilt the person.
Vortex Sparc 2: Compared to Micro Dot, Sparc and Sparc 2 is a bit on the heavier side. Just a little bit shy from the 6oz mark, Sparc II does sound heavy at first. But that misconception immediately clears up when you install this on a gun.
It has such a nice weight distribution, that’s amazing to say the least. There has been no complaints regarding the toe of the sight feels lighter than head.
PAA Micro Dot/ Vortex Sparc 2 – Videos
PAA Micro Dot VS Vortex Sparc 2 – Summary
Vortex Sparc 2 is much more expensive sight compared to Primary Arms Micro Dot. But Keep in mind, Vortex came out much later than Primary arms. That means Sparc 2 does feature some of the latest technologies Vortex is offering.
That will come at a cost. Do you want to or able to afford that cost? Then for sure go for Sparc 2. It’s the better sight overall. But if you have a rather tight budget and want a good sight that won’t fail you anytime soon, then go for Primary Arms.
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