For True Versatility Check Out the Burris FastFire III Red Dot Sight!

Sep 21, 2012 • News4 Comments

Wow.  I want to tell you about the new Burris FastFire III (which we first got to take a look at in January at SHOT Show), but I’m having a hard time figuring out which of the huge number of features to start with.  I’d say that’s really the main thing I’m impressed with is the Fast Fire III’s versatility.  Burris clearly put a lot of time and effort into designing a new sight that could be used in a wide variety of ways.

The Burris FastFire III is Compact!

The FastFire Three is Truly Compact

The FastFire Three is Truly Compact

The first thing mentioned in the video above is the size of the FastFire III.  This is a very compact, lightweight red dot sight.  This is important, as a huge variety of new uses can come into play because of the light weight.

The FastFire III Can Be Mounted to a TON of Different Guns!

FastFire on a Pistol Shotgun and Rifle

The Burris FastFire III can be mounted on a wide variety of firearms!

One of the cooler things about the FastFire III is that it can be mounted on a number of different guns.  If you’ve wanted to add a red dot sight to a pistol or shotgun, the FastFire III is one of the few models on the market today that can give you that performance.  Burris has mounts available for the FastFire III for WAY more guns that most red dot sights.  The SpeedBead Mount for shotguns is a very cool option, but there are so many to choose from, so if you want the fast target acquisition of a red dot sight on something other than a rifle, the FastFire III is going to give you that performance.

Add the FastFire III as a Secondary Optic!

Burris FastFire 3 as a Secondary Optic

Burris FastFire 3 as a Secondary Optic

Being quick on your feet and able to change your approach to a situation at a moment’s notice is fundamentally important to success.  This is true of military and law enforcement professionals as well as hunters and competition shooters.  You never know if something or someone is going to pop out in front of you.  A soldier might think they’re going to be able to see through their conventional rifle scope from a prone position, but because of circumstance they can’t get the eye relief they need to take an accurate shot.  As Trevor shows you in the video, you can actually mount the FastFire III on the side of your rifle to take a shot by pivoting the firearm to the side.  The light weight and compact nature of this red dot makes it possible to mount on the side of the rifle.  Bigger, heavier reflex sights would be too cumbersome and heavy to do this successfully.

No need to remove This Red Dot Sight to Change the Batteries

FastFire III Battery Compartment

FastFire III Battery Compartment

Burris has proven their willingness to listen to fans by taking into account a common problem with red dot sights: changing the battery.  Most mini red dots have a battery compartment on the bottom of the sight, requiring you to remove the sight to change the battery.  This also means you have to re-sight in.  That’s a big pain, and it’s not really possible if you’re in the thick of things.  The Burris FastFire 3 has the battery compartment on top of the sight, so you can change the battery without removing the sight.  The battery life is still really long, but if it does run out of battery life you’ll be okay.

Never worry about Direct Sunlight Affecting your FastFire III’s Effectiveness

Burris FastFire 3 Sun Shade

Burris FastFire 3 Sun Shade

The final thing that really sets the FastFire III apart from most other mini red dot sights is its sun shade.  Even at the brightest settings, if your red dot sight is in a particularly bright room or direct sunlight it might prove difficult to see the dot.  Since the number one reason to use a red dot sight is its quick target acquisition, if you’re struggling to see the dot you won’t be on target as fast as you need to be.  Burris added a sun shade to the FastFire III to get the sun off the red dot, therefore giving you a perfect dot for fast target acquisition.  That’s Burris thinking ahead and taking customer feedback into consideration.

That’s a TON of great ways the Burris FastFire III helps you get on target.  From allowing you to use their red dot on a multitude of firearms to giving you the chance to change the battery without having to sight in again, Burris put in a lot of time and effort to making sure you have a fantastic red dot sight for almost any purpose.  Be sure to check out the Burris FastFire III the next time you’re in the market for a red dot sight!

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4 Responses to For True Versatility Check Out the Burris FastFire III Red Dot Sight!

  1. DUDLEY. FIELD says:

    I WOULD PURCHASE THIS IF IT ALSO HAD A RAIL SYSTEM SO i COULD ADD OTHER LIGHTS, OR A LASER TARGETING LIGHT.

  2. Shawn Bayles says:

    Ok what is new Surefire has been making replacement forearms with lights for year for both Remington and Mossberg, problem is the cost low in being 300.00. You can get a replacement forearm with a rail and attach a 1 inch mount with a tac light a do the same thing. I set up 3 shotguns for what one would cost if I did a surefire replacement forearm.

  3. Brian says:

    That’s a great idea, and one we hope SureFire looks into as well! I will say this particular light is so ergonomic that an additional rail might make it too bulky, but there does seem to be room on the end for a rail. Maybe next years model will have further customization options.

  4. Brian says:

    This particular model and the intuitive and ergonomic design is what’s really new with the SureFire Mossberg Forend light. You certainly can buy a regular replacement forearm with a rail, but the great design on this light makes it much easier to turn on without changing your grip.

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