While looking at optics for the new AR, my eyes wandered to things in the red-dot category. They seem to be handy and fast-acquiring, which would be nice.
The problem is, I've never handled a rifle with a red-dot (I hope to rectify that shortly), so I have to lean on the experience of the intarwebmotron. My list of wants and desires are as follows:
Must be able to accept a magnifier, or have magnification up to at least 4x, as I'll be shooting out to ~300 yards.
I only need precision enough to hit a deer or silhouette target at range, I don't intend on hooting anything smaller than that with this rifle.
Can't require batteries made of unobtainium. CR123 or 2032 cells are acceptable, but nothing more obscure than that.
The more tool-free the better.
A price of <$500 for the optic itself. The magnifier, if needed, will be a later purchase with a separate budget.
With that in mind, I've been doing a bit of research, and have 2 preliminary options.
The first is an EOTech 517.A65. The big appeal of the EOTech is that it's an easy-acquisition reflex sight, and the 517 in particular because it takes readily available AA batteries. They're cheap, and they're EVERYWHERE.
The second one I've been eyeballing is an Aimpoint 9000SC. Battery life is far better, and it mounts using standard 30mm rings. The expanded battery life should more than offset the fact that it uses a coin-cell type battery, which is more expensive and harder to find in a pinch.
I'm fully open to suggestions on other sights, though.
Thanks in advance.