Vortex viper 6 MOA review

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Vortex optics offer great value for money, they retail at a fair price, perform exceptionally well, and are easy to maintain. And to make the deal even better is that Vortex optics are covered with the vortex worldwide lifetime VIP warranty, which even caters to the units that have been bought from distributors.

When looking at the list of the best rifles scopes in the world, Vortex seems to have many of its devices at the top. But is the Vortex viper 6 MOA able to compete among the best red dot sights, we will find out soon enough but before that, there have been numerous complaints by users of glare issues with the sight.

Glare in the layman’s language is the discomfort caused by intense light in the visual field, which is greater than the intensity of light to which the eyes are adapted. Glare can occur at any time of the day including at night, but which is reflected or produced from a different source. And that is why you find that many optical sights are multicoated, to help improve vision thus minimize glare.

The Vortex Viper 6 MOA is multi-coated complete with an ultra-clear lens, and users can, therefore, expect to be presented with an unobstructed field of view. Continue reading as we break down into the features of the red dot.

Vortex Viper 6 MOA review and breakdown

Without a doubt, this red dot sight is one of the top competitors when we look at the leading red dot sights in the market today. The lens of the Vortex Viper 6 MOA consists of ArmorTek coating which protects it from any form of scratches and dust particles. In addition to this, the coating also enables water to slide down faster which enables you to have a clear view of your target throughout.

This red dot sight is also shockproof which enables it to withstand recoil even when you are firing a lot of rounds. For sure, this serves as a major benefit as it will help you improve your accuracy every time you shoot at a specific target. Aside from this, the Vortex Viper 6 MOA is waterproof. This means that you can actually use it underwater and it will still operate efficiently.

It is important to note that this red dot sight doesn’t come with different brightness settings however, this should not be a reason to discourage you from buying it.  This is because it is equipped with a 6 MOA dot which is basically visible throughout regardless of the lighting in your surroundings. Therefore, you will be guaranteed a reticle that will always allow you to have a clear aim of your target in all lighting conditions.

The Vortex Viper 6 MOA also comes with a user- friendly design as it is equipped with a low rail mount below it. For sure, the position of this low rail mount enables you to easily attach this red dot sight to a weaver or Picatinny rails of your gun. In addition to this, it also guarantees you a tight fit which allows it to be stable every time you use it on your gun.

What we liked;

  • It is very compact and lightweight.
  • It is made of durable material.
  • It doesn’t have any parallax error.
  • It is waterproof.

What we didn’t like;

  • It doesn’t come with brightness settings.

Vortex Viper 6 MOA specifications

Model
Vortex Viper
Type
Red dot sight
Size
1.02 x 1.81 x 0.33 inches
Weight
2oz
Housing material
Aluminum
Range
100 yards
Magnification
1x
Battery
CR2032
Battery life
30,000 hours
Water resistance
Waterproof
Availability

Vortex Viper 6 MOA features

Design and structure

The Vortex Viper 6 MOA measures 1.02 x 1.81 x 0.33 inches and weighs only 2oz. For sure, this is one of the lightest red dot sights in the market today which also serves as one of its key selling points. This is because the weight and size of this red dot sight make it compatible with both small guns such as pistols and even the larger guns such as assault rifles. In addition to this, it is made of aluminum housing which is very durable and doesn’t break easily even when it falls.

The matte finish on the aluminum housing also makes it appealing to the eye and prevents it from corroding. Without a doubt, this red dot sight is made with the purpose of serving you efficiently for quite some time.

Performance

The Vortex Viper 6 MOA comes with unlimited eye relief. This feature enables you to have a clear view of your target at all times regardless of the distance your eye is from the red dot sight. For sure, this is one of the most useful features of this red dot sight.  This is because you can use it according to your preference and it will still deliver great optical performance throughout.

Range

This red dot sight is equipped with a lens that comes with 1x magnification. For sure, this may not be the best equipment to use if you intend to aim at targets that are very far away. However, its magnification abilities allow you to easily aim at targets that are not too far from you. In addition to this, the lens also comes with a wide-angle view which allows you to have a wider scope of your surroundings at all times.

The lens of the Vortex Viper also enables you to have a clear view of your target up to 100 yards away. This is because it is not a magnifying scope however, you are guaranteed a parallax-free target every time you aim. For sure, this serves as an advantage especially to sharpshooters as you will always have an accurate aim every time you use this red dot sight.

Battery life

This is definitely one of the key features that we all look at when choosing a red dot sight. Here, the Vortex Viper 6 MOA is equipped with a CR2032 battery which can last you up to 30,000 hours before it is depleted. However, it is important to note that this battery will only last you this long if you use it on the lower brightness settings. This same battery will only last you 150 hours if you use it constantly on the highest brightness settings which is not pretty bad anyway.

One of the useful features that come with this red dot sight is its auto-shutdown feature. This feature automatically shutdowns the red dot sight whenever it is not in use which also enables it to save on battery life.

Who is it best suited for?

The Vortex Viper 6 MOA comes with a low rail mount which makes it a good red dot sight to consider for small handguns. For sure this red dot sight is very popular for people with pistols as it also fits well on guns with cut-out slides. In addition to this, you can also use this red dot sight on other guns such as assault rifles however, you may need to attach an extra scope.

Are there any alternatives to the Vortex Viper 6 MOA?

Yes, there are a number of Vortex Viper 6 MOA alternatives which include the Leupold DeltaPoint Pro Reflex Sight, the Burris Fastfire III with Picatinny Mount, and the TRUGLO TRU-TEC Micro Red Dot Sight

Features of the alternative red dot sights

Model
Leupold DeltaPoint Pro Reflex Sight
Burris Fastfire III with Picatinny Mount
TRUGLO TRU-TEC Micro Red Dot Sight
Reticle
2.5 MOA dot
3 MOA dot
3 MOA green dot
Weight
9.5oz
1.5oz
1.5oz
Battery life
200 hrs
Durable
Durable
Build
Aluminum
Aluminum
Aircraft-grade aluminum
Water-resistance level
33ft
Waterproof
Water resistance
Optical coating
Diamond coat
Multicoated
Multicoat
Adjustment click value
1 MOA
1 MOA
N/A
Availability

Final Verdict: So should you get the Vortex Viper 6 MOA?

Yes, you should, because the Vortex Viper 6 MOA comes with features that enable you to have a clear view every time you aim at a target. In addition to this, it is pretty small and light weight which makes it suitable for use on small hand guns. Therefore, you should have a look at this red dot sight especially if you intend to use it on a small hand gun.

FAQs

  1. Can the Vortex Viper 6 MOA absorb recoil when I attach it to my hand gun?

Yes, this red dot sight is shock proof which enables it to be steady even when you are firing a lot of rounds. This feature also improves your aim as the steadiness allows you to have an accurate aim throughout.

  1. Does the Vortex Viper 6 MOA come with brightness settings?

No, it doesn’t come with brightness settings like some of the other red dot sights. However, this shouldn’t worry you as the reticle is always visible throughout regardless of the lighting conditions.

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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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