In a Nutshell
Vortex’s discontinued SPARC II continues to this day to stand up well against the competitors, even in a higher price range. It’s a very worthy sight that everyone interested in a red dot should at least look into.
Our Rating: 8.6 / 10
- Accuracy: 9
- Features: 8
- Optics: 9
- Construction Quality: 7.5
- Value: 8.5
What’s the Scope?
Vortex’s SPARC line is consistently good. The SPARC II is no exception. With SPARC being short for Speed Point Aiming for Rapid Combat, it’s pretty clear who this sight is marketed at. However, it’s great for much of anybody who needs a red dot, not just people in combat situations. Home defense, range shooting, hunting, or combat, this sight will handle it all with a smile.
|Size (LxWxH in mm)||63.5×78.7×63.5|
|Battery Life||Up to 6,000 hours|
|Lens Cover Type||Flip-up, attached|
The Vortex SPARC II is a fantastic offering from their SPARC line. Throughout the entire line, you get the well-known Vortex quality in a red dot sight. We’ve fallen in love with this sight and think that in the sub-$500 price range, it’s a definite contender for one of the best. There are a lot of reasons to love it; let’s explore some of them, so you can get an idea of what this baby is capable of.
Firstly, as with all Vortex optics, there’s a certain level of security that you can expect as a customer. They’re pretty new to the optics game, but they’ve already made a name for themselves as being able to offer high-quality optics that are as good as optics by their established competitors that can cost twice as much.
That remains true with this sight. Its quality, stability, and general level of craftsmanship makes it as good if not better than other red dots that cost more than $500. When you first take a look through it, this will be immediately evident, thanks to the fact that Vortex has a penchant for offering incredible glass for the price range. It’s clear, there aren’t really any visual issues or disturbances. The great eye relief and the small size make it super easy to just pick up and shoot with this sight whenever the moment calls for it.
It has a nice 2 MOA red dot that stays out of your way and won’t obscure targets even at a distance, making this a viable option for as far as 150 to 200 yards. With a magnifier, your shooting can be even more accurate, which is nice. The red dot offers numerous different brightness settings, but despite that, the actual adjustment range is fairly small. For this reason, you may have a hard time in low-light settings or settings where the ambient light is very harsh, like extremely sunny days with no cloud cover. While we had a great time with the red dot, we’ve seen some reports of people whose red dot could be crisper and presents as having a little blur around the edge. When it comes to red dots, these reports can be hit or miss, but it’s still worth bearing in mind as a possibility. The red dot is powered by an extremely long battery life and the sight also offers an auto-shutoff function, ensuring that it you ever forget to turn it off, you can rest assured that it will take care of that for you.
The controls of this sight are nice and simple. They’re easy to use, even when you have gloves on. The adjustments for the SPARC II can be a little hit or miss, too, though. The adjustment clicks are a little hard to feel, which isn’t ideal. Fortunately, it holds zero well even after a thousand rounds, and since it’s a red dot, it probably won’t need much adjustment in itself. The adjustment caps are tethered to the sight, which is nice because it makes sure you won’t lose them. That said, they are screwed on, and in a situation where seconds count when making an adjustment, having that extra bump in the road can be fatal. That said, this also makes them super secure, so really, your mileage will vary. I think this is easy to overlook, but some others may not.
Setting up the sight is a breeze. It comes with two spacers, too, which gives you a wide range of versatility in how you can set up your rig. It also makes cowitnessing (or not) an easy option. The mount is super sturdy and it will stand up to a long, long time of shooting without the sight budging at all. The red dot takes very little adjustment to be zeroed in, usually five or less rounds before being all ready.
In terms of construction, there are some nice things going on here. The aforementioned tethered caps are a nice fixture. Also, built-in lens covers makes it super easy to put the weapon away for storage, and just like the attachment caps, you never have to worry about losing them. Like any Vortex optic, the sight is super durable. While it is fairly small and light, the same things that make it sturdy and durable also make it a little heavy for the size. It won’t add a lot of weight to your loadout, but it’s worth considering at any rate. If you’re wanting a cool looking red dot, then you’ll be pleased to know that this optic also looks great and you’ll have a good time with it.
Lastly, if I’ve said this once, I’ve said it a million times: when you buy from a company like Vortex or Primary Arms, one of the best things you’re getting is the company themselves. Vortex is renowned for having excellent customer service, so if you ever have any questions, getting ahold of them and asking somebody is easy. They’re ultra courteous and will take care of any problems you have. This extends to the Vortex warranty. Vortex offers an incredible lifetime warranty on defects or damage to their products, no questions asked. It’s fully transferable, which means that if you ever resell it, you can reassure your buyer that you’ll get the same treatment they got.
In terms of value, this optic is great. Like I said, it’s on par with other optics that cost up to twice as much. The warranty and customer service alone makes it worth a lot, and the fact that it includes a mount and spacers and lens covers is really nice, too. It comes with pretty much everything you need and is super affordable on its own, especially now that it’s been discontinued by Vortex and you mainly have to buy it secondhand.
Should You Buy It?
Overall, this is a really versatile red dot optic. It does the job and does it well, and to get the same quality, you’d normally have to spend upwards of $500. There are some pitfalls, but none of them are deal breakers, and a lot of people – ourselves included – seem to really, genuinely love the SPARC II. Yes, you should buy this sight.
Vortex consistently nails it every single time. I can’t think of a single Vortex product that has specifically underwhelmed me, and that’s saying something. I’m not a Vortex loyalist, I’m just here to review the products – but, I think that I understand why people become such loyal fans. An exceptional sight as an even more exceptional price.