August 18, 2021

Red Dot Sights

Burris vs Vortex

In Today’s matchup, we’re comparing red dot sights from Burris Optics and Vortex Optics. Burris Optics has over 50 years of experience in the design and manufacturing of optics, and they were purchased by the Italian-based Beretta Holdings in 2002. The Beretta family or products has a strong tradition of quality firearms and optics with brands such as Benelli, Steiner, Burris, and of course, Beretta.

Vortex, on the other hand, was founded in 2004, making it one of the youngest optics companies currently on the market. Despite the brand’s youth, Vortex has established itself as one of the premier optics brands for hunters and recreational shooters.

In today’s review, we will be comparing two of the flagship red dot sights offered by each of the companies: the Burris FastFire™ 3 and the Vortex SPARC II.


Burris FastFire™ 3

One of the best-selling products in the Burris lineup is the Fastfire™ 3. This micro red dot sight is highly versatile and capable of delivering a high-level performance in any situation. This is an excellent choice for hunters, competition shooters, or any individual invested in self-defense. For this comparison, we’ll be looking at the 3 MOA dot variant.


  • Aluminum shock-resistant frame made to withstand high levels of recoil for years of shootings.
  • 1x magnification that allows you to keep both eyes open.
  • Comes with a Picatinny mount for attaching to any standard rail system.
  • Comes with Hi-Lume® multi-coating for reduced glare and enhanced clarity in low-light situations.
  • 3 manual brightness settings.
  • Ambient light sensor that can adjust the brightness to match environmental conditions.
  • Top-of-sight battery – older models placed the battery underneath the sight which made it difficult to reach.
  • 3 MOA dot is good for precision shooting situations.
  • Parallax Free.
  • The retail price floats around $280.

Vortex optics


The Vortex SPARC II (short for Speed Point Aiming for Rapid Combat), is one of the best budget scopes released by the brand in recent years. Vortex made the SPARC II work in any build. Whether you want to attach it to an AR-15, a shotgun, or your preferred sidearm, the SPARC II is a solid choice.


  • Aircraft-grade aluminum frame made to be lightweight and shock-proof to withstand high-impact recoil.
  • Uses an O-ring seal for enhanced waterproof and fog-proof performance.
  • 1x magnification that allows you to keep both eyes open.
  • The modular 3-piece base allows for 4 different mounting heights.
  • Compatible with Picatinny bases.
  • Multiple anti-reflective coatings on glass surfaces allow for enhanced clarity and light transmission.
  • 10 levels of brightness – the lowest 2 settings are compatible with night-vision.
  • Unlimited eye relief
  • 2 MOA dot ideal for precision shooting.
  • Parallax free.
  • Retails price is $259.99

Vortex Winner

The Verdict

Both the Burris FastFire™ 3 and Vortex SPARC II are fantastic sights available for a reasonable price, and they share a number of features. However, for the price, The SPARC II is a more versatile scope that can be adjusted to fit a large number of shooting situations. 10 levels of brightness and a modular base push the SPARC II past the FastFire™ 3. You even save yourself $20 or more by picking the more versatile option, and that doesn’t happen often. Between these two red dot sights, the new kids on the block provide a superior product at a lower price point.


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