Welcome to Optics Trade debates. In each episode, we talk about a different topic and try to answer the most common questions we receive about it. Today we are going to talk about the differences between the Vortex Venom red dot and the Vortex Viper red dot.
The most obvious physical difference is in the shape of the window. The Venom has a wider window, while the window from the Viper is comparable with the general shape of Docter (Noblex) red dot sights.
The second difference is the position of the battery. The battery on the Viper is on the bottom side of the sight, therefore the red dot is open and is waterproof only when mounted on a proper mount with the included gasket.
A positive side of this is that the battery is easily exchangeable. But in order to change it, you have to remove the red dot from the mount.
On the other hand, the Venom has its battery positioned on the top of the red dot. Therefore, the red dot can stay on the mount while exchanging it and so the red dot stays zeroed. But there is a downside, it’s really hard to access the small compartment that it’s in.
Both of these red dots have an automatic shutdown after 14 h which is really good news for the battery life. The Venom has a special type of battery that is a bit harder to get, while the Viper has a more common CR 2032 battery.
All of the red dots from Vortex can also be mounted on all of the Docter red dot mounts which is a really good thing because there are multiple mounting solutions on the market, even for rifles, so the mounting should not be a problem due to the use of a common standard.
If you use night vision with your red dots the Viper is the one to get. The first intensity levels on the Viper are really low so that they aren’t too bright to be used with night vision, while the Venom will always be too bright.<
The Venom and the Viper have 10 manual intensity levels, which are controlled with the buttons on the side. But the Venom still has an advantage, it has a sensor in the front that can adjust the illumination in accordance with the ambient lighting.
They both can be used on handguns and rifles. They’re also rated for any kind of recoil and are covered with a great warranty.
Both dots are really good options price-wise.
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Vortex Venom Red Dot: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/dot-sights/vortex-venom-red-dot.html
Vortex Venom Red Dot 6 MOA: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/dot-sights/vortex-venom-red-dot-6-moa.html
Vortex Viper Red Dot: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/dot-sights/vortex-viper-red-dot.html