Vortex SPARC AR 1x Red Dot Scope - SPC-AR1

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Vortex SPARC AR 1x Red Dot Scope - SPC-AR1


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SKU: 7789579
UPC: 875874006294
  • Magnification: 1 x
  • Length: 2.9”
  • Weight: 7.5 oz.
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 22 mm
  • Eye Relief: Unlimited
  • Adjustment Graduation: 1 MOA
  • Max Elevation Adjustment: 90 MOA
  • Max Windage Adjustment: 90 MOA
  • Parallax Setting: Parallax Free

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Simple - Fast - Effectiv - Point and Shoot. When you boil it down, those are the advantages of a red dot sight. And that’s what the SPARC AR delivers - all in a durable, lightweight, compact, and ultra-clean package. Digital rear-facing controls for power and dot brightness offer quick access and are viewable from the shooting position. 2 MOA dot diameter promotes precise point of aim and automatically returns to last dot intensity used when powered up.

Unlimited eye relief and parallax free, the SPARC AR gets shooters on target fast. The SPARC AR is waterproof, fog proof and shockproof for ultimate durability. Unit automatically shuts off after 12 hours to prevent accidental battery rundown and operates using a common AAA battery. Duty rifle, home defense, recreation, the SPARC AR is built to handle all your red dot needs.



  • Fully Multi-Coated ? Multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces increase light transmission.
  • Bright Red Dot ? Display is highly visible in daylight.
  • Brightness Settings ? Provides 10 variable illumination settings—the lowest two settings are night-vision compatible.



  • Nitrogen gas purging with o-rings-seals delivers fog proof, waterproof performance.
  • Compact and lightweight single-piece chassis
  • Waterproof ? O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating for reliable performance in all environments.
  • Shockproof ? Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact.
  • Hard Anodized Finish ? Highly durable low-glare matte finish.
  • Operating Temperature ? Rated from -4 degrees to +158 degrees Fahrenheit.



  • Multi-Height Mount System ? Includes a spacer shim that can be utilized to provide two different mounting heights: lower 1/3 co-witness (40 mm) & absolute co-witness (37 mm).
  • Non-critical eye relief for rapid target acquisition.
  • 12-hour battery power with auto-shutdown feature to maximize battery life (typical battery life is 300 hours at maximum brightness and 5,000 hours at minimum brightness setting).
SKU: 7789579
SKU 7789579
Brand Vortex
Department Knives Optics Flashlights
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How do I get coupons code??
Tuminkz on Dec 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Off your website Enter an answer to this question.
Can this scope be mounted on an AR15 carry handle and still be able to use the rear iron sight without taking it off the handle and does it come with the mount to use on the carry handle, if it can be used?
Andre D on Jul 30, 2018
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BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can be mounted on a carry handle. No, it should not be mounted on a carry handle (Just so goofy). You need to buy a rail attachment, UTG makes one.
Is this leveled with MBUS sight or would the SPARC 2 AR 2 be better with MBUS iron sights?
Mikey on Mar 19, 2020
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BEST ANSWER: According to Vortex's own site, this comes with the parts to have it at absolute cowitness (dot should align on iron sights when zeroed) OR lower 1/3 cowitness (iron sights align in lower 1/3 of the glass) with the included spacer. The rail mount and spacer are attached under the battery compartment. This means either set of Magpul sights will work, depending on your preference, as both sets of sights are the same height.
Can you mount this directly to the top rail on your AR and be able to see over a raised from sight? Thanks
Brian M on Apr 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It comes with spacers. I have mine set up as a lower 1/3 cowitness which sees over the front sight. You can also have an absolute cowitness where the front sight will fall directly in the center of your line of sight.
Can anyone that has one mounted on the a2 style upper post a pic? I just want to make sure it clears the fixed front sight before I purchase. Thank you.
Rarnold15 on Apr 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you mount to a flat top AR the red got will project right at the top of your A2 front sight
What kind of base does it take to mount on a R1 10mm 1911 style ??
Deadly on Nov 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I wouldn't use it for an 1911 BUT if it has a rail you can use an adapter
Is this motion activated?
Raymond B on Jul 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, the SPARC is not motion activated. To turn on press the "up" button. To turn off press and hold the "Down" button for five seconds. The SPARC has an automatic shut off feature that will turn it off after ~12 hours. Battery life at the bright setting is 300 hours and at dimmer settings may be able to get 5000 hours (so the manual states). The Sparc is powered by one AAA battery done by unscrewing a battery cap. No further disassembly is required. I like the SPARC because I can mount it to an AR and have absolute co-witness with my sights by not using the supplied optional sight base add-on plate (37mm above the base surface). Using the optional sight base add-on plate raises the optic 40mm above the mounting surface giving you 1/3 co-witness. .
I would like to use a quick detach mount and retain true co-witness. Looking at American defense but can not tell if this would work. Any suggestions?
Charles C on Jun 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Because the QD picatinny rail that you would use to mount your Vortex SPARC to would raise the height of the Vortex SPARC from the upper's picatinny rail, you would not retain true co-witness.
Can this be mounted on a KelTec Sub 2000 9mm?
walkos1 on May 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Midwest industries makes a nifty, twisting mount for the sub 2000. you should be able to mount this or many other dots to it.
Can this red dot work on Kel-Tec 2000 sub 9mm?
Bill H on Jul 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It will work if it has a rail to mount it on. Doesent look like gen 1 had a rail. Gen 2 should work fine.
How tall does it sit from rail platform to middle of the sight?
kyle a on Dec 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Depends. This comes with a base plate so you can have true co-witness or riser plate for 1/3 co-witness.
will this take the recoil of a 460 s&w?
paul s on Jul 18, 2019
Can this be mounted to a .223 Ruger ranch rifle?
Kenneth F C on Nov 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If it has a weaver or picatinny rail, yes. It might sit a little high though.
Would this sight be appropriate on an AK pistol (scout mount)?
Lucenut on Oct 9, 2019

These were designed around the AR style firearms. The optic will likely be to high for use on an AK. Anything with a "Low" mount would be perfect for your needs.

For example:


Best Regards,
Palmetto State Armory Customer Service
Im intrested on putting this on a FN PS90 im concerned that it would be too high?
32madmuffin b on Sep 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It comes with 2 height options. 1st co-witness with magpul sights and 2nd is about 1/4 in taller. Looks like the taller is pictured.
Is this scope compatible with Springfield Saint?
Kelvin Y on Aug 11, 2019
Will this properly co-witness with the Midwest Industries Ruger PC9 Side Mount designed for the Aimpoint Micro and it's clones?
Paul K on Jul 5, 2019


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Quality product great price.
May 11, 2020
10 months ago
My review of the SPARC AR Gen 1
I only rated it four stars because of the shorter battery life compared to the new current SPARC AR Gen 2. I prefer the AAA size battery because they are easy to get in an emergency than the other not common battery types. It performs great, clear optic and bright red dot. I would highly recommend not this Gen 1 but the new Gen 2 model.
April 26, 2020
7 months ago
Great red dot
This is a great red dot nice to look through with both eyes and with glasses on.Really great from point blank to 150 yards.
April 13, 2020
10 months ago
Excellent sight for the money
April 9, 2020
1 year ago
I love it....own a few and recommend it to anyone. Great crisp dot and it is a tank. Will not regret it
March 21, 2020
6 months ago
great product! very happy
March 13, 2020
8 months ago
February 20, 2020
over 2 years ago
Very impressive even in brightly lit areas!
Best sight on market, incredible price!
February 1, 2020
1 year ago
Sparc AR
Worked well on Sig MPX.
January 26, 2020
6 months ago
Not a bad red dot for the price.
So far it has been durable and I have not had any problems with it. Although I have not been very hard on it.
January 11, 2020
7 months ago

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