Primary Arms makes some pretty good optics for the money. And their lineup now includes a 30mm red dot. The new Advanced Red Dot has some great features and a lifetime warranty. MSRP is a reasonable $129.99 and mounts run $14.99 when purchased with the optic.
From Primary Arms:
Our full size 30mm red dot is back and better than ever! The PA30MMRD-AD is our Advanced Full Size 30mm Red Dot with an estimated 14,000 hours of battery life, three night-vision compatible brightness settings, a lifetime warranty, and much more. The true 1x field of view and crisp 2 MOA dot combine for an unbeatably quick and precise sight picture while shooting with both eyes open.
The first three brightness settings out of ten are night vision compatible and can only be seen when the red dot is used together with a separate night vision device. Turning the rotary switch until it stops in either direction will turn the red dot completely off. At the highest settings the 2 MOA dot is instantly acquired by the eye even in bright daylight.
The one-piece main body is stronger and lighter than previous full size red dots. It is compatible with any industry standard 30mm type red dot mount and will give the stated co-witness of those mounts. Our Primary Arms High Cantilever mount, PAHICANT, is a great choice for a solid basic mount on AR-15s and many other rifles. PA30MMRD-AD is powered from the factory by a single 1/3N “button” battery, but in a pinch you can substitute two LR44 batteries in the same battery compartment.
High quality flip caps and a flexible rubber cap tether are included. PA30MMRD-AD is designed to combine well with red dot magnifiers such as the Primary Arms PA3XLERGENIV and PA3XLER-AD.
I’m looking forward to seeing how much abuse a $129 optic can take. We’ll also compare it directly to the Aimpoint PRO just reviewed by Jeremy. Stay tuned.