Video Blog – Vortex Red Dot

In this video, we review the Vortex Viper 6 MOA Red Dot optic. I recently found this on for a great price and I had been wanting to try out a red dot sight on one of my pistols.

As we like to do at, our review will include the “Good, Bad and Ugly” of this product.

Take a look at the video for the full review.


This optic does what it says it does. It is priced (current sale prices – $180s) at a good price for the product. We are positive on the buy of this optic (at sale price). It would be one to consider if you wanted to get into red dot optics.

The Good

  • Reasonably priced product
  • Good clarity of optic
  • Overall good presentation on pistol
  • Nice rubber protective cover
  • Comes with Picatinny rail attachment
  • “Phe-freaking-nominal” warranty

The Bad

  • Some formats of the optic mounting have no battery covering.
  • 6 MOA is a bit large.
  • At higher intensities, the dot appears distorted.
  • Sometimes, the buttons seemed to require multiple presses.

The Ugly

  • The set screws for the adjustments are barely accessible with co-witness sights.
  • The limited documentation for mounting on Glock MOS systems – I found it required 2 extra pieces, and I aborted.

Maybe Bad/Maybe Good

  • A lot of people do not like side mount controls on red dot optics. They claim the optic can be accidentally turned off or otherwise modified due to holstering and handling. During my use of this optic, I have yet to find that to be an issue.

How We Rate

Features/Functions – This rating is based on the features found in the product that is both common and extraordinary to this type of product. A 2.5 rating would be an average rating for types of features and functionality, whereas a 5 would be an extraordinary rating for types of features and functionality.

Quality – This rating is based on the overall quality of the product. Does it reliably do what it is supposed to do? Is the construction solid or poor? Can the product sustain the usage scenarios designed for use without breaking down? Again, a 2.5 would be an average rating for quality, whereas a 5 would be an extraordinary rating for quality.

Value – This is a subjective assessment of the Features/Functions/Quality/Brand/Warranty relative to price. A product that is priced normal to the market for the Feature/Functions/Quality/Brand/Warranty would score a 2.5. A product that is priced much less than normal to the market for the Feature/Function/Quality/Brand/Warranty would score a 5.

Documentation/Instructions – Did the documentation and instructions provide reasonable knowledge about setting up and using the product? Did the documentation give comprehensive knowledge about all of the features and functions? Were there accompanying online resources (sponsored/managed by the vendor) available? Forums? Videos?

Warranty – (optional) This assessment is done dependent to whether or not we have had direct interaction with the vendor on warranty issues and more so on warranty issues related to the product. If we have not this type of interaction, then the warranty factor is not scored. A company that fully backs their products with longevity would score a 5. One that only has a limited (but good) warranty would get something around average. One that had a poor or no warranty at all would score a 0.

Customer Service/Sales/Company – (optional) Aside from warranty, there are other interaction elements associated with the manufacturer or distributors of the product reviewed. Was the sale interaction/channel reasonable and helpful? Was customer support responsive? Is the company active with the user community? If we have or develop knowledge regarding the company or distribution chain we rate this interaction, but if not we do not rate this interaction.

Bang for Buck Rating – This rating is completely subjective and generally (not always) follows the Value rating. ┬áIt is our impression rating of the price, the experience we have had with the product and the other qualities/features found in the product.

General Ratings:

Feature/Function: (3.0 / 5)
Quality: (3.5 / 5)
Value: (4.0 / 5)
Documentation: (3.0 / 5)
Warranty: (5.0 / 5)
Customer Interaction: (4.5 / 5)
Overall: (3.8 / 5)

Bang for Buck Rating:

(3 / 5)

Price: MSRP $329 (MidwayUSA has this for $179)

Dot Size: 6 MOA

Adjustment: 1 MOA

Max Adj: 120 MOA

Length: 1.8″

Weight: 1.1 oz

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