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Old 01-07-2017, 04:58 PM
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Last year I bought a S&W MP15 Sport II. This is my first AR and to be quite honest I'm not very knowledgeable about it. I bought it through gunbroker.com and I chose one with a quad rail already installed. It has the fixed front sight and flip-up rear sight.

In short, I'm looking for some answers involving mounting optics. The primary use for this firearm will be hunting and target practice. I want to mount a magnified scope for shooting coyotes and prairie dogs but would also like to be able to mount a red dot scope for self defense and close range hunting.

I need to know if removing the front sight is necessary/advised, and basically,what is my best option for outfitting this gun to fulfill my needs.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, I am new to the world of forums in general, so please bear with me haha. Thanks!
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It sounds like a 1-4 power scope might do you well. The front sight will ghost out on 4 power so it wont be an issue.
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You'll likely get a bevy of solid,helpful responses shortly, but my advice is that you don't want to skimp too much with optics, especially the electronic/red-dot types. You don't necessarilly need to spend HUGE money, but you gotta get well past the tempting $99 range.
Rather than gettting something economical, that is likely also cheap and unreliable, you'd be better off getting proficient with your irons.
I'm more of an old-school KISS/iron sight guy myself,so I can't advise you on the best stuff around right now, but I'm sure some of the guys will weigh in with some specific recommendations.
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Yeah, before we can recommend particular optics we kind of need to get a ball park figure of your budget.
Edit: We also need to know how many yards away you plan on hunting at.

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The answer to your first question is no, it is not necessary to remove the front sight base to use optics. As has been pointed out, with a magnified optic, 3 to 4x power and higher the front sight will ghost out.

With a red dot, you will need to decide how you would like the optic to co-witness with your sights. This will help you understand that piece...

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One other option for you to try to do one sight for two uses would be a red dot and a 3x magnifier. I like Eotechs because of the 1 MOA dot size but they are somewhat pricey. The Vortex Sparc II gets good reviews at a better price. I got my 3X from Primary Arms.
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