Vortex sparc 2 Review


When compared with other brands the Vortex optical sights are versatile and fairly priced, what’s more, is that they come with a lifetime warranty and the best overall customer service. The vortex Sparc 2 is not any different from the other Vortex versions, the incorporated optic is durable, complete with a clear glass, can be used for both the close and long-range shooting, and when exposed to high impact it effectively maintains zero.

The Aimpoint Pro is vortex’s biggest rival but word on the ground is that even if you have an Aimpoint Pro, investing in the Vortex Sparc 2 is not an option but a necessity. The reason for the above is because the Aimpoint Pro comes equipped with a powerful battery when compared to Vortex 2, but remember that you can get more service out of your Vortex thanks to the auto shut-off feature.

And even more important is that the battery is easily available and fairly priced. Also if we are to look at functionality, the Vortex Sparc comes effective in any environment and under the different climatic conditions, the unit will not only hold zero but will precisely acquire the target. The Vortex Sparc 2 is also durable with some users recording up to seven years of service, but with the right care and maintenance; so the only issue that they have had to deal with is battery the battery life.

Vortex Sparc 2 review and breakdown

 The first thing that you will note about the Sparc 2 is that it is compact thus highly portable, the unit has been equipped with innovative performance features, and is versatile enough to be used with the different varieties of firearms. The unit can integrate with three different three-piece bases, which consequently affords the shooter up to four varying mounting heights.

The above then provides shooters with a wide scope when it comes to the types of weapons that can be integrated with the sight. You will, therefore, be provided with a high base and a shim plate, which allows absolute and lower third co-witness Ar mounting heights. The lower base can be used to mount the sight on handguns and shotguns.

The sight is parallax free and offers unlimited eye relief, powering the sight is the CR2032 battery that has been conveniently located on the side for easy access. You will also notice that all the caps have been tethered to ensure that you go back with them after the long eventful day in the field. The unit is made from the durable Aircraft grade aluminum, and features a reliable shockproof construction configured to ensure that it withstands recoil and impact.

For ease of operation, the power buttons have been integrated on the rear, so that shooters can gain access to them faster and easier, the up button will, therefore, power up the sight. Both the up and down buttons are used to switch between the 10 brightness levels of the optical sight. And while you can turn it off manually by pressing the up arrow down for approximately ten seconds, the sight has incorporated an auto shut off feature that will turn it off after 12 hours.

What we liked;

  • The sight is waterproof and can be used in harsh environments
  • It is made with the durable Aircraft aluminum grade material
  • The sight is compact and light in weight thus easy to use and carry around
  • Tethered caps allows for seamless adjustments
  • The matte black outer finish prevents light reflection

What we didn’t like;

  • The caps don’t fall off completely
  • The adjustment buttons are stiff

Vortex Sparc 2 extender specifications

Vortex Sparc 2
Objective lens diameter
Parallax setting
Parallax free
Eye relief
Brightness settings
10 Brightness levels
6.4 ounces
3.1 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches

Vortex Sparc 2 features

Optical performance

Right of the bat the Vortex Sparc 2 offers shooters a fully multi-coated lens, which helps reduce the appearance of reflections in the lens. When shopping for the best optical sights to use with your firearm, it would be best if you settled with sights that have incorporated an anti-reflective coating or are multicoated, as they help to reduce the reflective light loss.

The relevant brightness settings are available in 10 levels and are convenient when engaging targets in both the low and bright light situations. Important to note is that the two lowest settings are night-vision compatible, if you are, therefore, getting the Vortex Sparc 2 to use with the night vision equipment then it will suffice.

Users will also enjoy an unlimited eye relief given that a good number of the optical sights are restricted to certain types of weapons because of the minimized eye relief. The Vortex Sparc 2 is equipped with a daylight bright 2 MOA red dot, which is not only fast but easy to use.

Design and Structure

From the outlook, you will notice that the Sparc 2 is a single-piece chassis, a feature that makes it compact and light in weight. The single-piece tube also maximizes alignment thus offers better accuracy complete with an improved visual performance.

The finishing on the outer part comprises of a highly durable hard-coat anodization known to provide low glare, while the matte surface remains neutral when the sight is used under the sun’s bright light consequently camouflaging the shooter’s position.

The rugged construction helps enhance the shockproof elements of the optical sight, enabling it to better handle, the varying levels of recoil and impact.

Submergibility and waterproofing

Vortex Sparc 2 has been constructed with the O ring seals, which act as a barrier keeping dust and moisture from gaining access into the optical sight. And when used under moist environments they will still provide the shooter with the relevant dot intensity and a high-quality image of their sight as they are fog proof and can, therefore, work well in a wide range of temperatures.

Objective lens diameter

A smaller objective lens will limit the amount of light that gets into your optical sight which consequently affects the resolution and the overall quality of the images that you will be presented with. Because of the above shooters should, therefore, settle with an optical sight that has incorporated a larger objective lens diameter, as it has greater light-collecting power, which results in high resolution and brighter images.

Who is it best suited for?

The sight is very effective when used in sports and almost all the outdoor activities, the above has been encouraged with the multi-height mount system, designed to accommodate the different types of firearms.

Are there any alternatives to the Vortex Sparc 2?

yes there are alternatives that shooters can opt for if the Sparc 2 is out of the market, and this are Vortex Optics Crossfire Red Dot Sight, the SIG Sauer Romeo RED DOT , and the Aimpoint PRO Red Dot Reflex Sight

Features of the alternative optical sights

Vortex Optics Crossfire Red Dot Sight
Sig Sauer Romeo RED DOT
Aimpoint PRO Red Dot Reflex Sight
Illumination settings
11 levels of the brightness settings
10 daytime settings and 2-night vision
4-night vision settings and 6 daylight
Aiming dot size
2 MOA dot
2 MOA dot
2 MOA dot
Battery life
50,000 hrs
11.22 ounces
7.8 ounces
Reliable waterproof performance
Waterproof up to 147ft
4.7 x 5.65 x 2.7 inches
5.6 x 4.2 x 2.2 inches
6.75 x 4.63 x 3.38 inches
Eye Relief

Final Verdict: so, should you get the Vortex Sparc 2?

The Vortex Sparc 2 is an effective optical sight that retails at a budget-friendly price and is highly effective; most shooters prefer to have this unit in their cache even after investing in other high-end optical sights.


  1. Is the Vortex Sparc 2 sold with a mount for the AR and the lens caps?

Yes the Vortex Sparc II comes equipped with the flip-up dust caps, necessary for protecting the lenses when in storage or during transportation, and has the relevant mounts for a Picatinny rail.

  1. How long is the Vortex Sparc 2 warranty?

Vortex has so much faith in its optical sights and so should you, the Sparc 2 optical sight, therefore, comes with a lifetime warranty, which is not limited to specific features.

  1. What mounts does the Sparc 2 come with?

Vortex Sparc 2 will come with three mounting accessories, which are the spacer, the low, and the high mount. The above enables the sight to be mounted on different platforms, so all you have to do is find the right combination of either the high mount, low mount, or spacer. And for the provided mounts to work effectively, you must ensure that your sight has been equipped with a Picatinny or Weaver-style base.

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Terrence Miller
Terrence Miller is a hunter by birth, picking it up from a lineage of hunters and will probably hand the skill down to his son. He has been hunting since he was a young boy and has knowledge of both the new and old hunting equipment. This goes to say that the information provided is very reliable and conclusive. Using the hunting rifles and getting the right hunting gear seems to be a challenge for many individuals who want to learn the skill of hunting. And the reason why the information presented by Miller has detailed coverage on the different types of rifles, and rifle scopes. When not in the wild hunting, Miller loves horseback riding.


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