The Vortex SPARC II is an ultra-compact reflex sight enhanced for  tactical applications!

With the broad availability these days of flattop rifles with integrated strips of Picatinny rail, the ability to equip your carbine with an optic is easier than ever. Concurrent with that movement has been the broader acceptance of reflex and holographic optics.

The greater number and variety of the optics available, the better for us, and good sights can now be had to fit every budget. Vortex Optics offers a nice variety, including one of the company’s newest, the “micro-sized” SPARC II.


Following in the footsteps of the original SPARC, the durable, 1X magnification Vortex SPARC II is parallax free, compatible with T-1 micro mounts and includes two batteries and several mounts for most installation requirements. The SPARC II has the same 22mm objective lens and 2-MOA red dot as the original, as well as multi-coated lenses that provide unlimited eye relief. The unit is shockproof, waterproof (O-ring sealed turret caps) and fogproof (nitrogen purging)—all in a package around 3 inches long.

Of the changes/improvements bestowed upon the Vortex SPARC II, I consider the switch to more commonly available CR2032 batteries and the excellent finger-release flip lens caps the most significant. The same goes for the narrower, simplified button tower (only two buttons) and the improved battery life. Then there is the trimmer battery cap, which has been redesigned for tool-free removal.

Vortex lenses are amazing—the fresh, crisp dots are clearly visible in the brightest of direct sunlight. I consider Vortex’s SPARC exceptional enough to have one mounted on one of my duty weapons, and the SPARC II is headed for another!

For more informationon this and other Vortex products, visit their website or call 800-426-0048.

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