It’s pretty common to get a response similar to; “I didn’t want to spend that much on an optic setup, since I only paid X for the rifle.”
A customer today said he has a WASR AK he keeps for defense, but can’t justify the price of a good optic. That’s a contradiction in terms, see– you’re going to count on this weapon, possibly, to save your life but anything more than 60 or 75 dollars for a sight that you can rely on is just too much? “I have another rifle that can put five rounds into a half minute or arc, so…[I don’t need a good optic on this one]” He said. So your 3 or 4 MOA Kalash doesn’t warrant an optic that will withstand a few knocks and hold zero, and has a battery life better measured in years than in hours? Why not? What is your life worth?
I don’t know if many people are aware of the number of thousand plus dollar scopes that are currently sitting on five hundred dollar rifles.
It’s not about matching the price of the sight to the price of the rifle. It’s about the setup you want, and you should want something on which you can rely. Reliable rifles with decent accuracy aren’t expensive, but good optics are. If your optic costs multiples of the price of the rifle, so be it. You have a good setup that didn’t have to include a super expensive rifle. Be happy.
I recently saw an article about some AR or other and the writer had one of the new Leupold Mk 8 variables on it. It seemed like just the thing I’ve wanted on my (700 dollar) Colt HBAR, so I looked it up. Four Thousand Dollars! Will I have to spend an additional 3,000+ dollars on a rifle only so I can justify a good optic? That sort of “reasoning” doesn’t make any sense to this shooter. It’s only a matter of coughing up the cash if you can (I do very much like the Trijicons too, and they’re not near 4K, but they don’t do all the same tricks). Choices choices, but the price I paid for my rifle won’t even be thought of during the process. I’ll only be thinking of what I can do with it once I have this rig setup nicely.
Disclaimer; …No– On second thought I don’t have to disclaim squat to anyone. I’m sick and damned tired of the notion that we have to qualify ourselves, or document any aspect of our lives or explain our behavior. If you can’t take my words at face value, or reject them purely on merits, that’s your own problem. Live with it. I’m not demanding anything of you, so stay out of my face and leave me the hell alone. Or else. This is the last discussion I will ever have with anyone on the matter of disclosure.