Vortex has been known for creating high-quality scopes, but there are two models that have put Vortex’ name on the map. This is why we have decided to make this two battle it out. In a battle of Vortex Sparc vs. Strikefire, which model will reign supreme?
There is no doubt that these two models perform greatly. This is why you may be in a pickle when choosing the one model that you should purchase. We have decided to review and compare the Vortex Sparc and the Vortex Strikefire. We hope to help you in choosing the better model. You no longer have to feel burdened in making a choice.
Construction: Vortex Sparc vs. Strikefire
The Vortex Sparc and Vortex Strikefire are constructed quite similarly. They are both made from aluminum steel. The Vortex Sparc is made of aircraft grade aluminum materials, while the Vortex Strikefire is made of 30 mm aluminum alloy. Moreover, the Sparc is more compact and lightweight as it has a length of 3.1 inches with a weight of 5.9 ounces. On the other hand, the Strikefire measures 5.6 inches long and it has a weight of 7.2 ounces. The Vortex Sparc also has a wider operating temperature of -4 degrees to 158 degrees Fahrenheit. On the contrary, the Strikefire can operate at colder temperatures. It has an operating temperature of -22 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Both models carry a low glare matte finish, which allows it to prevent any reflection. These two models are also waterproof because they are sealed with an O-ring. This prevents penetration of water or moisture to avoid causing a distraction to your view. Moreover, both of them are also fog proof because they have been purged with nitrogen gas. Due to its sturdy construction, both models are shockproof. You can use it with a high-powered pistol that releases heavy recoil and impact.
In the battle between Vortex Sparc vs. Vortex Strikefire in the construction category, the winner is the Vortex Sparc. Since it is lightweight and more compact, it provided less hassle when mounting. It also allowed you to be sure that it would not add too much weight to your pistol.
Features: Vortex Sparc vs. Strikefire
When it comes to the lenses, both models have been multi-coated with several layers to allow better light transmission. Despite carrying ten levels of brightness and illumination setting, the two models have a slight difference in terms of its reticles. The lowest two settings on both models are night-vision compatible, which allows for easy use at night. The Vortex Sparc only has a red dot reticle, but the Vortex Strikefire allows you to choose between a red or green dot. Both models are considered to be parallax free and they also provide unlimited eye relief. This means that your eyes and brows are safer even if the pistol has heavy recoil. In terms of objective lens diameter, the Sparc has a 22 mm objective lens diameter. In contrast, the Vortex Strikefire has a 30 mm objective lens diameter.
The Vortex Strikefire has an adjustment graduation of ½ MOA, while Sparc has a 1 MOA. Additionally, Strikefire carries a 25 MOA travel per rotation. On the contrary, Sparc goes in for 45 MOA. For the max elevation adjustment of both models, Strikefire has 100 MOA and Sparc carries 90 MOA adjustment setting. Both figures are also the same for each model when it comes to the max windage adjustment.
In the battle between Vortex Sparc vs. Vortex Strikefire in the feature category, the winner is the Vortex Strikefire. The features on the Vortex Strikefire allows for better performance. The red dot on this model was also more vivid than the Vortex Sparc.
Mounting System: Vortex Sparc vs. Strikefire
In terms of the mounting system, the Sparc uses a multi-height mounting system. On the contrary, Strikefire uses the Cantilever ring mount system. The Sparc model offers more flexibility when it comes to mounting. You can pair it with most pistols and you can mount in on standard Weaver or Picatinny bases. There are four mounting heights that you can use, which range from 18 mm to 40 mm. On one hand, the Strikefire is ideal for AR platforms. This is because it keeps the optic bore system 40 mm higher than the base surface.
In the battle between Vortex Sparc vs. Vortex Strikefire for the mounting option category, the winner is the Vortex Sparc. It offers supreme flexibility when it comes to mounting options. This means that it allows you to pair it well with several types of pistol.
Value for the Money: Vortex Sparc vs. Strikefire
In terms of price, the Vortex Strikefire is much cheaper. In addition to this, the battery also lasts longer for the Strikefire, which means that it is also extending the value of your money. The battery of the Strikefire is a CR2, which allows you to use it for 300 hours at maximum setting. On the other hand, you can use it for 6,000 hours when it is at the minimum brightness setting. The Sparc II uses a CR2032 battery, which provides the same hours at the maximum brightness setting. In comparison with the Strikefire, the Sparc II can be used for 5,000 hours under the minimum brightness setting.
Purchasing the Sparc II entitles you to a T-10 Torx Wrench and a 7/64 inch Hex Wrench. On the other hand, the Strikefire only gives you the T-15 Torx wrench. In addition to this, both models come with a Flip Cap optic covers to protect the lenses from scratching.
In the battle between Vortex Sparc vs. Vortex Strikefire, the one that provides the best value is the Vortex Strikefire.
While both Vortex scopes are undoubtedly high quality, we need to pick one that reigns supreme. This is an extremely difficult choice that is comparable to picking a favorite dessert.
However, if there was a gun to my head and I only had to pick one, my choice as the winner of the battle of Vortex Sparc vs. Strikefire is the Vortex Strikefire.
In four of the categories that we have used as a basis, the Vortex Strikefire took the cake for being the better model in terms of value for the money and technical features. These two categories were certainly more important as they allowed the Strikefire to fare well in terms of performance at an affordable cost. The Strikefire also provides better results when it comes to the vividness of the red dot. It was certainly the better choice of the two, but both of them will provide you with great results. They both offer supreme reliability, but Strikefire was more consistent in terms of quality.
However, both models certainly produced incredible results, which allow them to earn my two thumbs up!