I really like Vortex Crossfire Red Dots and have been using them extensively for a while now. They’ve survived 9mm POF-5. 12 gauge shotguns, 5.56 ARs and 7.62×39 AKs with no problem. The only modification they need is a good quick release mechanism in my opinion.
The designers at Vortex are pretty shrewd. They designed the Crossfire to share the same base as the Aimport T-1/H-1. Because of that smart design consideration, it opens up a ton of options for you.
My preference these days are quick release mounts made by American Defense right here in the US. The units are made from 6061 T6 aluminum and finished with a T3 anodized unit. They are rock solid. I have had problems in the past with cheap import models and these are rugged and reliable.
They have a low profile unit that I like for AKs and my POF-5 where I don’t care about co-witnessing with the iron sights. It’s their AD-T1-L STD model.
They also make a taller unit that is an absolute co-witness height for ARs.
These American Defense mounts work like a charm and the quality is evident. I can easily remove the red dots when I am working on a weapon or even swap optics if I so choose. They do have a repetitive zero but I would recommend always putting it in the same rail slot for consistency.
I hope this helps you out.
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