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Best AR-15 Scopes & Optics [2021]: Red Dots to Magnified

Not sure what optic or scope to get for your AR?  We’ve bought or used almost all of them

A Couple AR-15 Optics
A Couple AR-15 Optics

We’ll cover 1x optics and magnified scopes, plus recommended mounts, accessories, and backup sights. By the end of this, you’ll know the perfect one for your budget and end-use.

Now…let’s started!

Table of Contents


Best AR-15 Red Dots

These are “red dots” or “reflex” sights which are exactly what they sound like…they superimpose a red dot as the aiming reticle.

Whereas with standard “iron sights” where you normally keep one eye closed and have to perfectly line up the two sights…red dots allow you to keep both eyes open and have a lot more leeway with where your head or eyes are positioned.

Budget Red Dots All On
Tested Budget Red Dots All On

This makes them much faster in acquiring a target and also allows for more peripheral vision. Plus, they are much more useful in darker environments.

If you want to learn more about why you might want a red dot on your AR-15, check out the Brownells’ Daily Defense video below.

1. Bushnell TRS-25 AR

The budget TRS-25 red dot has a history of great reviews and personal performance. I would caution against going any cheaper unless you are shooting low-recoiling .22 LR.

Bushnell TRS-25
Bushnell TRS-25

With optics, you’ll usually find that you really get what you pay for

I see plenty of TRS-25’s during rifle competitions and the owners all say that they are holding up well.

I used one on my AR (~3000 rounds) before upgrading.

Bush TRS-25 on AK
Bush TRS-25 on AK

Now it’s on my AK-47 pistol and even with the higher recoil of the 7.62×39, it has held zero for over 1000 rounds and multiple water splashes.

And most recently…we’ve sacrificed it to the optic gods after drop testing onto a rock.  But not before we got some cool action shots.

You can check it all out in our Best Red Dots Under $100 article and video…but it did quite well for its price point.

I recommend getting a riser for the TRS-25 for use in the AR-15 for easier target acquisition and especially if you plan on using irons or backup irons.  

I do not like the riser that comes with the TRS-25 since I broke mine during installation.

I recommend getting the 1-inch UTG version (save some weight with the slim riser) which has worked well for myself and others (gives co-witness).

UTG Slim Riser
UTG Slim Riser
Most Affordable Red Dot
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Want even more info? Check out our standalone review of the Bushnell TRS-25.

Recommended Add-Ons:

2. Sig Sauer Romeo 5

Red dots in the $100 to $200 space have multiplied recently and are picking up nice upgrades previously only available to high-end ones.

18. Henry Big Boy X Sig Sauer Romeo 5
Henry Big Boy X Sig Sauer Romeo 5

The Sig Romeo 5 brings eight daylight settings (that actually are visible in bright light) and two night vision settings.

PLUS motion on and off so you don’t have to deal with buttons. Not that you couldn’t just leave it on since battery life is at 40,000+ hours at a medium setting.

Glass is pretty clear with a good field of view.

And for around $140 it’s pretty robust that I wouldn’t hesitate having it on a home defense gun.

We’ve put a lot of rounds through several units and you can get our full report in our Romeo 5 review here.

Brutally Tested Budget Red Dot
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

3. Trijicon MRO

A relative newcomer to the high-end red dot game is the Trijicon MRO.

Trijicon MRO Midwest QD Mount
Trijicon MRO

It’s priced at around $400 but is smaller with a bigger field of view compared to others (such as the Aimpoint PRO down the list).

Trijicon MRO Size Comparison with Other Optics
Trijicon MRO (Left) Size Comparison with Other Optics

Check it out in action…

It has great reviews and has survived a bunch of abuse (High-End Optics Torture Test). 

Trijicon MRO 12ga Birdshot
Trijicon MRO 12ga Birdshot

From water submersion to drop testing, hot/cold cycling, and a variety of gun loads…the MRO survived with the best of them.

This is what I’d consider a duty optic.

Six daylight settings with one super bright one that works even in our desert hellscape…and two night vision settings.

Trijicon MRO Red Reflex Sight in Desert on Steel
Trijicon MRO Red Reflex Sight in Desert on Steel

There are a couple of different flavors based on riser…from no riser to 1/3 co-witness and full co-witness.

Trijicon MRO Shell Case Ejection in Desert 2
Trijicon MRO Shell Case Ejection in Desert

Our preferred one is 1/3 co-witness so you can use irons as a backup — but they aren’t distracting.

Or you can opt for a quick-detach one from Midwest Industries.

Trijicon MRO Midwest QD Mount
Trijicon MRO Midwest QD Mount

Check out the full Trijicon MRO review and video for all our hot takes and tons of view-through sequences.

And if it suits your budget and end-use…

Best Green Dot
at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

What’s your take on the MRO?

Readers' Ratings

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4. Aimpoint Micro H-2

The gold standard of red dots…the Aimpoint.

Costs a pretty penny but lasts for 50,000 hours on one battery and is fully waterproof. Also has extreme weather capabilities (around -20 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit).

The Micro H-1 is what I run on my regular AK where the optic directly sits on top of the gas block which gets extremely hot.

Aimpoint H-1 on AK
Aimpoint H-1 on AK

Thousands of rounds and still going strong.  I would not hesitate to go into something unknown with my Aimpoint H-1. There is also a T version that supports night-vision, but for most people, the H-1 is everything you will ever need.

There are two reticle size options…2 MOA or 4 MOA.

If you’re mounting on your AR-15, I would opt for the 2 MOA since it’s still plenty good for close quarters but can be useful for further engagements or if you ever plan on using a magnifier.

And for a nice optic…you need a better mount that will hold zero better. I suggest LaRue. I use it for all my “nice” optics.

Update: The H-1 is now discontinued and the Micro H-2 (with only 2 MOA along with lens caps) takes over.

Gold Standard
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Recommended Add-Ons:

5. Aimpoint PRO (Patrol Rifle Optic)

What I would buy currently for my AR-15 if I did not have the older Comp ML3.

The Patrol Rifle Optic ($450) optic is bigger but gives an even beefier enclosure, 3-years of continuous battery life, night vision capability, is submersible up to 150-feet, and better temperature tolerance (-50 to 160 degrees).  Plus, it’s cheaper than the Micro and comes with a mount.

Check out our YouTube review of it after 3+ years and thousands of rounds:

We also have a full written review (with some hammer torture testing of course).

Aimpoint PRO Testing
Aimpoint PRO Testing

Mounting a Red Dot

After you’ve purchased a red dot, there’s the little issue of mounting it to your AR-15.

This is usually a pretty easy thing to do, but to see how to accomplish it, check out the Daily Defense video from Brownells below.

Best Holographic Sights

6. EOTech EXPS2

For a long time, it was Aimpoint vs EOTech.

Newer vs Classic EOTechs
Newer vs Classic EOTechs

Aimpoint had its tubular “reflex” sights while Eotech had its distinct “holographic” sights. While the technology was a little different, both were heavily used by the U.S. military and had fervent supporters.

Then a disaster hit EOTech and culminated in a lawsuit from the U.S. Government in 2015 for the sights losing their zero due to hot/cold weather and moisture.

But they are back.

John Wick I'm Back
I’m back

And if you do like the large circle reticle, I would recommend the newer EXPS2-0 ($490) model which allows for 1/3 co-witness with iron sights.

EOTech EXPS2-0 Reticle
EOTech EXPS2-0 Reticle

It’s the smallest EOTech model currently and has clear glass, 600 hours of battery life, an integrated QD mount, and tons of other stuff.

Top Holographic Sights
Top Holographic Sights

We test this and others from Vortex and Holosun in our Best Holographic Sights article and video below. Complete with video through each one.

Best Holographic Sight

Plus holographic sights can survive complete destruction to their front lens without skipping a beat. And oh yes…it was in our High-End Optics Torture Test and passed with flying colors.

EOTech EXPS 3 .22 LR Killshot
EOTech EXPS 3 .22 LR Killshot

Learn more in Red Dots vs Holographics.

Best Flip-Mounted 3x Magnifiers

Want the quick target acquisition of a 1x red dot or holographic sight…but still, need to hit out farther?

COD MW3 Magnified Sight
COD MW3 Magnified Sight

We tested three of the most popular 3x magnifiers under $200 and found the best…

3x Magnifiers
3x Magnifiers


7. Vortex 3x Magnifier

The Vortex 3x had the clearest glass, good eye-relief, changeable for lefties, easy to use mount, slim design, and was the lightest of the bunch.

Best 3x Magnifier
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Check how it compared to the competition in our Best 3x Magnifiers shootout.

Best Prism (Fixed Magnification) Scopes

Now we dive into optics with some magnification!

We’ll first start with some prism scopes and then onto more traditional variable magnification scopes.

All of the Prism Scopes
All of the Tested Prism Scopes

See all our Best Prism Scopes article as well as our full video review:

But these are our favorites

Prism scopes offer some great pros:

  • Etched reticles so it doesn’t require batteries
  • Much better for those with astigmatism
  • More robust construction

But also some cons:

  • Not cheap
  • Heavier than red dot counterparts
  • Worse eye relief and eyebox

8. Primary Arms 1x Prism (Cyclops)

First up is Primary Arms’ 1x Cyclops that you’ll love if you have astigmatism and/or are deathly afraid of running out of batteries.

Primary Arms ACSS 1x Prism
Primary Arms ACSS 1x Prism

If neither of those points applies to you…stick with a red dot.

Otherwise, the Cyclops is nicely built and has decent eye relief for close-up work.

Primary Arms ACSS 1x Prism Fired While Kneeling
Primary Arms ACSS 1x Prism Fired While Kneeling

It also has the ACSS reticle which we love for higher magnifications but at 1x you don’t really get all the benefits.

Still…it was decently quick when you needed it.

Check it out if astigmatism is ruining your red dot life.

at Primary Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

9. Primary Arms SLx 3 Prism

Our overall winner for a prism sight goes to the Primary Arms SLx 3 which gives the perfect amount of magnification.

Primary Arms SLx 3 Prism
Primary Arms SLx 3 Prism

It’s only slightly slower at close quarters compared to a 1x prism or red dot…especially with the ACSS CQB reticle.

SLx 3 Closeup Shots

But it also enables you to reach a little farther out with ease…

Check out more of it in action in our Best Prism Scopes article.

at Primary Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

10. Sig Sauer Bravo 5

Want a bigger field of view and more magnification?

Check out the Sig Sauer Bravo 5 which is one of the most impressive pieces of glass we’ve had the chance to use.

Sig Sauer Bravo 5 Side View
Sig Sauer Bravo 5 Side View

With Megaview™ (lol), you get a much bigger field of view through its crystal clear glass.

Sig Sauer Bravo 5 View Thru
Sig Sauer Bravo 5 View Thru

The only knock is on its hefty 23-ounce weight…but it has three Picatinny rails that can be removed if you aren’t adding a micro red dot onto it.

11. ACOG TA31F 4×32

The Trijicon Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) is battle-proven, compact, and basically bombproof.

The recommended TA31F version is a fixed 4x magnification and has a reticle calibrated for AR’s shooting 5.56 from 0-800 meters.

ACOG Reticle
ACOG Reticle

The ACOG is expensive because it combines the best of all worlds…it does not need a battery during the day since its fiber optic system illuminates the chevron (upside-down V) reticle, while at night the tritium lamps take over and are guaranteed to glow for 15 years.

I would highly recommend trying one out in person since the fixed sight system is not for everyone.

Trijicon ACOG Viewthrough

Consider the ACOG or the Spitfire if you’re looking at mostly longer-range engagements since shorter distances require some getting used to.


But if you need a two-decade proven combat optic…it’s gotta be an ACOG.

And if that wasn’t enough…the ACOG was the only optic to make it through our High-End Optics Torture Test and still be usable at the end.

Trijicon TA-02 Acog .22 LR Minimag Damage
Trijicon TA-02 Acog .22 LR Minimag Damage

Need a tank? This is it!

at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Recommended Add-On:

We also cover more popular (and newer) models in Best ACOG Scopes.

Trijicon ACOG Lineup

Now with a full review video too!

Best Variable Magnification Scopes

12. Primary Arms 1-6x ACSS

The Primary Arms 1-6x ACSS is the winner of our Best 1-6x Scopes article.

Primary Arms 1-6x with ACSS
Primary Arms 1-6x with ACSS

Great glass at 1x plus a sweet reticle they dub the ACSS that has a small reticle for precise shots and a larger circle for close-up targets.

Primary Arms at 1x, ACSS Reticle
Primary Arms at 1x, ACSS Reticle

1x is very clear and there’s less distortion at 6x compared to the runner-up Strike Eagle 1-6x scope.

Here it is at the range.

Primary Arms at 6x, ACSS Reticle
Primary Arms at 6x, ACSS Reticle

We’ve also shot it a bunch in the desert and at competitions.

Testing the PA 1-6x ACSS
Testing the PA 1-6x ACSS

Here’s a 200-yard target that was almost too easy to hit once we learned our bullet drop.

We now have a full review of the 1-6x ACSS scope…AND Youtube:

I would opt for the upgraded extended single-piece scope mount for ease of install and balance.

at Primary Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

13. Vortex 1-6x Strike Eagle

My previous 3-Gun optic of several years allowed me to much more easily hit the 375-yard targets at my local competition compared to my previous 1-4x TAC30.

Vortex Strike Eagle at 1x
Vortex Strike Eagle at 1x

The Strike Eagle 1-6x is very affordable and very clear glass from 1-4x.  

I can see some hints of distortion at 6x but since I usually only use the max magnification one stage a match it doesn’t bother me.

Vortex Strike Eagle at 6x
Vortex Strike Eagle at 6x

If you’re shooting closer matches or distances, you can just turn it to 3-4x as well to minimize the minor distortion.

The reticle is pretty good for close-up shots as well as farther shots.

I paired mine up with an extended Aero one-piece mount for a super-secure hold and weight savings.

You also can’t go wrong with the combo mount that comes from Palmetto State Armory.

Best Bang-For-The-Buck Scope

Recommended Add-Ons:

14. Vortex Viper PST 1-4x

Now with great 1-6x scopes under $300…there’s almost no reason to have a 1-4x. But if you really want one…here’s my pick for one with great glass.

The PST 1-4x is a higher-end 1-4x scope with better/clearer glass and a different reticle that excels at both close quarters and distance shooting.

Second focal plane. With a better optic, I recommend a better mount as well.

Viper PST Reticle
Viper PST Reticle
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Recommended Add-on:

15. Vortex Viper PST II 1-6x

What I now run in my competition rifle. The Viper PST II is the best combo of glass quality, forgiving eye box, and daytime-bright illumination.

Vortex Viper PST II 1-6x
Vortex Viper PST II 1-6x

That means for close-up shots I can use it as a red dot (hard to show in pics)…

PST II at 1x
PST II at 1x

And get up to 6x zoom of crystal clear glass with almost no side distortion.

PST II at 6x
PST II at 6x

Check out more in our Best 1-6x Scopes article.

Recommended Add-Ons:

16. Vortex 1-6x Razor HD Gen 2

This is the go-to AR rifle scope for rifle competitions when you will be engaging 300+ yard targets and 1-4x just doesn’t cut it.

The 1-6x Razor has really clear glass and is built tough. Compared to the others, the glass is much clearer, you have a larger field of view, and a more forgiving eye box.

Razor HD 2 Reticle
Razor HD 2 Reticle

If tenths of a second matter in your rifle shooting…this is the one to get.

Clearest 1-6x Glass
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Recommended Add-On:

Best Hunting Scopes

17. Leupold 3-9x VX Freedom

One of our recommended hunting optics (Best Hunting Rifles) where you don’t necessarily need 1x but might need something more magnified. The 3-9x VX Freedom fills this need nicely and at a great price.

Mossberg Patriot 30.06 with VX Freedom 3-9x
Mossberg Patriot 30.06 with VX Freedom 3-9x

I’m running it on my 30.06 rifle and so far it’s held up to the pretty large recoil.

Glass is very clear at 3x.

VX Freedom at 3x
VX Freedom at 3x

As well as at 9x.

VX Freedom at 9x
VX Freedom at 9x

The Freedom takes over from Leuopold’s venerable VX-1 scope which we previously recommended. If you don’t mind it being phased out, there could be some good deals there.

at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Recommended Add-On:

Best Long Range Scope

18. Steiner PX4i 4-16×56

It was really hard choosing my favorite “long-range scope” for the AR-15. Normally I think of them as 5-25x scopes but that’s a little too much magnification for the 5.56 cartridge.

Steiner P4Xi 4-16x
Steiner P4Xi 4-16x

So I went with my favorite 4-16x scope…the Steiner P4xi from my Best Long Range Scope article.

9 Tested Long Range Scopes
Tested Long Range Scopes

It has SUPER clear glass that no pictures can do justice (and a nice reticle).

Steiner P4Xi 16x
Steiner P4Xi 16x at 600 Yard Target

Plus great turrets! It passes the tracking test, and a nice feeling magnification ring.

If you’ve got the cash and want my favorite long-range scope for an AR…

at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Recommended Add-On:

Best AR-15 Back-Up Iron Sights (BUIS)

Now that you have your primary sight, you’ll need some backup sights in case your primary breaks, runs out of batteries, or just falls off.

For 99.99% of their life, they will live flat underneath your scope. But if something happens to your primary, you’ll wish you had these to flip up!

Magpul Gen 2 BUIS

Polymer Magpul BUIS ($80) paved the way for backup sights to become mainstream. Affordable and still plenty accurate when you need them.

at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Magpul MBUS Pro

The latest iteration from Magpul, the MBUS Pros ($180) is steel instead of polymer to survive anything you can throw at it.

at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Offset Iron Sights

Maybe not for everyone, but if you’re competing and don’t have time to switch your AR-15 scope back to 1x…these offset sights ($25) from Ade Advanced will help you get a better time.

Ade Advanced 45 Degree BUIS
Ade Advanced 45 Degree BUIS

All you need to do is tilt your gun and you have these ready for close targets.

Viewthrough of Ade 45 Degree BUIS
View-through of Ade 45 Degree BUIS

Our budget pick so you can see if you want to upgrade to Magpul MBUS Offset ones (the Gold Standard).

And of course…now we have full in-depth reviews of both Backup Irons Sights and Offset Iron Sights.


Hopefully, we’ve given you a good starting point when it comes to choosing the perfect optic for your AR-15. From red dots to scopes and backup iron sights, make sure you have what fits your lifestyle.

And don’t forget to sight that baby in.

Faxon Firearms Ascent AR-15
Faxon Firearms Ascent AR-15

Now that you’ve seen everything for the AR-15 from red dot sights to ACOG’s and variable optics, what will you choose for your purpose? Need some glass for a non-AR platform like rimfire or long-range…check out our huge Best Rifle Scopes and Best Pistol Red Dots article. Or learn How-To Zero a Rifle Scope from the ground up.

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143 Leave a Reply

  • Keith P.

    Please update for 2021! A lot has changed in the past few years. For me the big game changer is the Vortex Spitfire 2 5x, which combines all the best features of the ACOG-class prism sights with significantly lower weight and price.

    July 26, 2021 11:36 am
  • Anin

    Would have been good to mention the Brownells Retro 4x carry handle scope. Unless you think it is not good. After all, some AR owners do have that design.

    July 19, 2021 3:39 am
  • Jim

    Need to change the name to Primary Commerical donaters reviews Arms. Cant trust this site anymore im out.

    July 18, 2021 1:02 pm
  • Jim

    Been using Holosun for my AR and handguns I have had no issues with them but clearly you do. Care to explain or is this just a bios commercial site?

    July 17, 2021 12:27 pm
    • Rudy

      What do you think about the Holosun 515 gm for first AR scope? At that price point.

      July 29, 2021 7:19 pm
  • Robb Way

    I thought you said that the Primary Arms magnifier was the lightest at 7.9oz?

    July 14, 2021 5:10 pm
  • Randy VanVlaenderen

    Surprised you did not even test the Springfield Hex Dragonfly. I have it on my SAINT Victor with an ADM riser mount and it co-witmesses perfectly. Quality plus. A bit more expensive than the Romeo but far superior IMHO.

    July 14, 2021 9:59 am
  • Jim

    Burris RT-6

    July 13, 2021 7:39 pm
  • Paul D Hopwood

    I'm not a Vortex fan (Bushnell usually is better in the same price range). I do like the Spitfire 1x though. I haven't tried the 3x or 6x Spitfire. I've shot deer sized targets at 200yd.s and got regular hits with the 1x and it's currently my favorite in the .223 platform.
    I'm surprised you didn't mention the Bushnell AR 4.5-18x40 for a longer range scope. I have one mounted on my 6.5 Grendel and it works really well in tandem with Hornaday's ballistic calculater.

    July 13, 2021 6:26 pm
  • John Luke Anaya

    I’m really surprised there isn’t more love for holosun or primary arms on this list.

    July 13, 2021 3:40 am
  • Kurtis Moss

    Would these suggestions be the same for an Ar10 platform? What you’d do with said ar10 varies greatly of course, but let’s say... from hunting to hitting a gong at 300-500?

    April 27, 2021 9:37 am
  • Tom Desouza

    I meant all around sight or scope if you had to pick one.

    February 7, 2021 10:06 am
  • Tom Desouza

    I meant AR pistol.

    February 7, 2021 9:24 am
  • Tom Desouza

    I am new guns in general, if you had one scope to get for an AR piston what would you get?

    February 7, 2021 9:22 am
    • Mike B.

      Piston suggest to me you may be building for longer range performance so check out the Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6x or newer 1-8x model that was not mentioned here. I have both and like them and cost is reasonable for what you get.

      July 13, 2021 5:52 pm
    • mike

      Piston suggest to me you may be building for longer range performance so check out the Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6x or newer 1-8x model that was not mentioned here. I have both and like them.

      July 13, 2021 5:53 pm
  • Ben Martin

    I think that it's worth noting that 14. Vortex Viper PST 1-4x is an "mrad" reticle, and it appears that the Viper does not come in "moa" (contrary to what the reticle image shows in this article). Vortex, to my knowledge, released the "Ranger" model as the new version of the discontinued Viper "moa" model (resurrected).

    December 3, 2020 8:43 pm
  • Andrew J Johnston

    You mention the ACME Machine 6-24x50 in your Grendel upper list.

    November 23, 2020 5:02 pm
  • Bill

    Magpul BUIS....meh. I prefer either the MaTech or KAC BUIS. Magpul (polymer BUIS windage knob is pretty difficult to move in my experience).

    October 23, 2020 9:12 pm
    • Rob

      Same with the irons; at least when new.

      November 22, 2020 1:55 pm
  • Roger

    where can i get the Sig Sauer Bravo 5? I cant find it anywhere or whats the next model up? Thanks

    August 29, 2020 5:33 pm
  • Ernesto

    Very informative. Thanks

    June 27, 2020 6:33 pm
  • Dale

    Your Steiner is discontinued. Wonder why.

    May 26, 2020 3:39 pm
  • Mark

    Mounting a PA 1-6x ACSS on an Aero M4E1/Atlas S-ONE 16" upper with Magpul MOE SL furniture.
    In the Aero Ultralight mounts, would the Extended or SPR work better?
    (likely won't use BU sights)

    April 23, 2020 8:47 am
  • Mike Boggs

    I wear glasses, am near sighted and when I shoot I have a bad habit of closing my right eye. And, I think I have astigmatism. What would be the best red dot or holographic scope for me to put on my Troy AR -15 pistol?

    April 19, 2020 2:57 pm
    • Josh p

      Prismatic. Elcan. Or vortex spitfire. I suffer from it too. Take a red dot to your eye doctor. When the dot stops blurring you got shooting glasses. Or spend 2k. I’m using irons until I can save up. The Elcan 1-4 is unsurpassed and no one talks about them because well. 18” of scope in a 6.75” package.

      May 9, 2020 9:22 pm
  • Drew G


    Ever used / tested / tried a Sightmark? I know they are fairly inexpensive, but with a bit of abuse, mine has still always maintained zero.

    Would love to spend 2-300 for a red-dot, but I just don't have it to spare.

    April 17, 2020 5:15 am
  • Bert Powers

    How about reviewing some made in America products? Made in China is kind of toxic now.

    April 17, 2020 3:25 am
  • Jim

    Great article with solid info. I opted for the ACOG TA31 with ACSS reticle, available directly from Primary Arms, because it builds on the original reticle design with better ranging plus leads for wind and moving targets. A little more expensive but well worth it when speed counts.

    April 16, 2020 9:07 pm
  • Matt

    Eric, I’m curious about your thoughts on Swampfox?

    April 16, 2020 8:18 pm
    • David, PPT Editor

      We've had a great experience with their prism optic! We have more reviews of their optics in the works but all of the early reports I've heard from our writers have been very positive.

      April 17, 2020 9:42 am
  • Dean Smith

    Hey can you do a article on night vision scope have no idea thks

    April 16, 2020 3:30 pm
  • AJ

    Where is the SPARC AR from Vortex? Sub $200.00, has the Vortex warranty, and actually has rubber caps for the glass. If I am spending the money on a nice AR build may as well start at the 200.00 range. You get what you pay for.

    April 16, 2020 3:29 pm
  • Jeremy

    In the picture at the very top of the article. What is the scope with the RED Directional buttons on it?

    February 11, 2020 4:58 pm
    • Rouge

      It looks like it’s an
      ATN X-Sight II HD 3-14 Smart Day/Night Rifle Scope

      February 26, 2020 4:13 pm
      • Eric Hung

        Good eye!

        April 15, 2020 3:58 pm
        • Justin

          Do you have a review on the ATN?

          April 16, 2020 3:59 pm
  • SJ

    I love my V Viper 1-4 the TMCQ reticle rules ! I wish they made it in the 1-6 or 1-8 too! Maybe the Vortex gods are listening-saving now for the 1-10 but wish it were lighter

    February 9, 2020 8:05 pm
  • Thomas Rehbein

    I would throw the Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8x24 in there seeing as you can get the scope and mount from PSA for $299 when it is on sale, LIKE RIGHT NOW, using code STRIKEEAGLE. Just my .02 plus I have 2 of them and they work great. Looked at Primary Arms and it was excellent. It just uses a different reticle. I prefer the SE reticle and for the price = no brainers. ;)

    February 9, 2020 3:27 pm
    • Ashley

      What website for the 1-8x24 strike eagle scopes?

      February 9, 2020 4:13 pm
      • David, PPT Editor

        Palmetto State Armory! Use code "STRIKEEAGLE" and get the scope and a mount for $300, a really great deal.

        February 9, 2020 5:05 pm
  • Joey D

    I have tried the Vortex Spitfire 3x and the Burris AR-536. I didn't like them, the eye relief was way to short for my tastes, about half of what is advertised I felt. I sold them to a guy that seems very happy with them. That AR is now wearing a Konus Pro T30, 3-12x44 with 30mm tube, very clear and bright. I've only put about 1200 rounds through it but I'm happy with it so far, happy enough I'm going to buy a second one.

    February 2, 2020 7:22 am
  • Mark Schindel

    Did you have a chance to look at the Meprolight Foresight? Reticles are digitally projected on the glass. Choice of reticles included 1 MOA dot and dot with circle.

    January 28, 2020 4:39 pm
  • Keith

    What's up man my names Keith. I started hunting at age 12, lol. That was in1979, yep I'm a pap. Anyways my first rifle and the same one I use today, is a 700 bdl in 30.06 flavor. Only the best caliber of all time hands down. Of course i only hunt white tails. Getting off track see i am old. Back then you had 2 choices in optics. Red field or Leopold. If you got caught with a bushnell nobody would take you serious. Here's my pointing still hunt and killed alot of deer. I hunt pa. Ohio and west Virginia. All rough terrain! The reason I still use that setup which I have quite a few other choices
    Why I use that, BECAUSE YOU DONT DROP YOUR RIFLE NEVER. Sacrifice a limb before you drop your rifle. No optic would survive that test. If there was such a unicorn that would survive that drop. Nobody could afford it. I'm not judging this is what was pounded into us. It's a different world now, most kids dont give a crap about there most prized possessions, because they dont value shit sorry. Farm kids know what I'm saying. Sorry but I'm direct

    January 17, 2020 9:31 am
  • Freedom Inc

    No Sig optics made it in this lineup but holosun & vortex did?....Thats funny smh

    December 28, 2019 1:16 pm
    • bill lambier

      sig optics are chinese junk.

      December 28, 2019 6:15 pm
      • David Patton

        Their high end equipment is made in New Hampshire.

        February 2, 2020 9:08 am
  • Avery Weber

    Would it be unwise of me to buy a 1-6x Trijicon sight if I only plan on using my AR for self defense?

    December 9, 2019 2:42 pm
    • David, PPT Editor

      The 1x would be fine for CQB, but a red dot would be better, less heavy, and cheaper.

      December 9, 2019 3:08 pm
    • Ken

      Not at all, although you may plan on strictly self defense your going to be on the practice range

      December 14, 2019 10:58 am
  • Andrew

    I have 2 SPARC AR's one is on my 300 AAC the other on a Ruger 10/22. I am considering the holosun for my newest AR, but I also really like having the lens covers of the SPARC. Many of these do not have caps for the glass. Great thing about Vortex is their customer service. This is a crowded field with a bunch of great options.

    November 28, 2019 8:54 pm
  • J

    Eotech and Troy back ups, I guess i'm just old school.

    October 29, 2019 10:50 am
    • BL

      Exactly what I’ve got.

      November 1, 2019 5:18 am
  • Chris

    I like the Magpul back ups, but my DiamondHead's are much better. I put the Magpul on my KSG shotgun and the Diamonds on my Daniel Defense.

    October 8, 2019 7:54 am
  • Walter

    Kongrat! A very comprehensive article for those who have to make choices based on their needs. (sports or hunting) I have been following you for a short time, but I do it with real pleasure!

    September 30, 2019 12:18 am
  • Glenn

    What is your opinion on SWAF SS scopes with fixed power?

    September 25, 2019 2:43 pm
    • David, PPT Editor

      We haven't gotten to try them yet, but if we do we'll put out a review!

      September 25, 2019 3:40 pm
    • Magnum Mike

      SWAF SS scopes with fixed power RULE. Clear glass, durable, and excellent value.

      October 2, 2019 11:09 pm
      • BL

        I just took an SWFASS1 to 4 power through a designated marksman course. I loved it!

        November 1, 2019 5:19 am
  • Josh

    Great Article. Very clear and K.I.S.S. writing style.

    I ended up buying the Primary Arms 1-6x24 because of this. Excellent, affordable scope.

    Did my first Run-N-Gun with it. Hit targets out to 600 yds. with a 100 yd. zero. The ACSS reticle is awesome. It survived going over walls and the dirt.

    September 3, 2019 8:34 am
    • Eric Hung

      So glad we could help, Josh!!

      September 3, 2019 9:39 am
  • Jon Wick

    Awesome article and comparisons. I know it’s hard getting good shots of reticles with cameras but none the less, good stuff. Keep living the PEW LIFE!!!

    August 7, 2019 1:16 pm
    • David, PPT Editor

      Thanks! We're always working on upping our camera game.

      August 7, 2019 1:50 pm
  • George betancourt

    Great service the manager Wendy is such a sweet heart I don’t live in tehachapi I love in Bakersfield been working out here in tehachapi doing construction on the new Walmart and during my breaks I have been going and she’s been so help full five stars for Wendy !

    June 19, 2019 12:34 pm
    • John

      5 Stars, Wendy!

      August 22, 2019 5:12 pm
  • David

    What about Trijicon MRO?

    March 23, 2019 1:47 pm
  • Clark

    No love for the MRO? The Trijicon Mount is trash so go third party. I bought one and it now sits on a LaRue QD mount. By far my favorite optic for anything under 14 inches

    February 13, 2019 4:45 pm
  • marc kunkel

    on the offset irons, is there a left handed version?

    December 31, 2018 3:42 pm
    • David, PPT Editor

      Dueck offers a left-handed version but I've not heard great feedback about them, especially since they are so very pricey. Most of the left-handed shooters I know that run off-set sights use a 45-degree offset Pic rail and a micro red dot.

      December 31, 2018 4:49 pm
  • Craig Kissinger

    Why Are there no Trijicon optics on your list ?

    November 17, 2018 4:54 pm
    • David, PPT Editor

      The ACOG is built by Trijicon and is on the list!

      November 17, 2018 5:29 pm
  • Yanick Rouillard

    Hello Mr. Hung, I red a lot of your publications on pew pew tactical, and I really like it, especially for the AR platform. Being a knew owner of a AR-15, precisely the S&W MP15 Vtac II, looking to upgrade for a optic in the vortex spitfire 3x line. My question is have you tried the Bushnell AR750010? Or do you have any other option? Thanks for all your time and effort of doing all those chronicles, it is very interesting and useful. Sorry for the awkward English, I live in Quebec. Regards....

    October 14, 2018 2:56 pm
  • Garold

    Great review, would like to shoot but dont think I would buy one as my safe is full and it would only be a novelty for me. Thanks for the info

    October 13, 2018 12:11 pm
  • kevin C

    Hi Eric
    Looking for advise, recently picked up the ruger 9mm carbine rifle. What optic would you put on, ?
    I like seeing my hits, so magnification is needed as i where glasses

    September 20, 2018 2:13 am
  • Vapor

    Take a look at the Leupold Mark AR 1 3-9x.
    Ultra lightweight. Mrad reticle and adjustment, with a quick 55 grain bdc also on the turret.

    Exposed turrets with return to zero adjustments.

    I almost bought a much more expensive scope til I started playing with one of these.

    Now I’m going to get one for my Rem 700 .308. I think Leupold will customize a BDC to caliber and weight.

    September 3, 2018 7:00 am
    • Eric Hung

      I definitely need to play with some Leupolds...trying to get my hands on one or two.

      September 4, 2018 10:47 am
  • B.

    If money is tight NcStar has a scope, i call it my shortie scope. Its half or less length of a standard 3-9x40 and it has cross hairs with tic marks for windage and elevation, as well as crosshairs light up red or green 5 intensity levels each. Its rated for up to 50bmg recoil. Its made in china(of course) but glass is clear and sight picture rivals some more expensive scopes. With 3-9 adjustable magnification and 40mm obj lens 80 bucks was a steal. Its fog and water proof too. You cant beat it for the money. Its made for ar15 and its a generic clone of the 223 scope but i like it and put on my light weight break open 308 win hunting rifle. Its probably not good to go for combat, but hunting, plinking, even comp shooting it should do very well. Thought id throw that in for someone on a budget. I dont know max range as i only hunt deer at max 250 with 95% at 150 or less. It can see clear way farther than my rifle can shoot good.

    August 12, 2018 7:41 pm
  • Connor H

    No Primary Arms optics listed? I consider the PA 1-6x gen3 ACSS reticle far superior to the Strike Eagle, with comparable glass and illumination. Trijicon even copied features from the ACSS reticle, so you know it's legit. :P Strongly recommend Primary Arms to those seeking affordable but solidly built optics. Their 1-4x duplex is also only $120, for a true budget variable option. Theres alsp speculation around arf and other places that they may be built in same factory (strike eagle and PA ACSS) due to near identical external characteristics. Seems to come down to reticle preference.

    -i am not an employee of or compensated by PA, I just feel their optics do not get the attention they deserve and try to draw attention to a solid company.

    April 18, 2018 7:53 pm
    • Connor H

      Also, 2.5x, 3x, and 5x fixed magnification prism scopes are great options, and work for people with astigmatism whereas traditional red dots generally do not.

      April 18, 2018 7:56 pm
    • David

      I have a couple of PA optics and like both of them very much. We're working on a large update for the article soon-ish, part of that will include reviews of some PA optics...don't know if they will make "best of" yet though, still in testing!

      April 19, 2018 9:51 am
      • Jon

        Looking forward to your findings. I have found the primary arms enhanced red dot to be an exceptional optic. Very robust and absolutely bombproof. And a great value. I find no reason to buy the aim point any longer. You simply cannot break these things.

        May 18, 2018 2:05 pm
    • Eric Hung

      Update: got some PA optics in hand (1-6x and 4-14x). I'm beginning testing so stay tuned!

      May 1, 2018 11:02 am
  • John

    What do you think of the Vortex Venom for a co-witness sight for an AR-15? I just use it for all around target practice 0 to 200 yards and plinking, etc.

    April 11, 2018 12:13 pm
    • David

      Great optic, solid, and Vortex are one of my goto companies due to their warranty and customer service. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the Venom on a rifle since it feels a bit small to me - but if you like the look and feel of it, go with it! You won't be disappointed.

      April 11, 2018 2:39 pm
  • Jeff

    Another great article. I have 3 AR's; two full size (16") and one pistol (8.5"). I have a Vortex Strikefire on my Colt, an Aimpoint Comp ML3 on my S&W and a Vortex Sparc AR on my pistol. All have been great and operate flawlessly. That said, if either my Strikfire or Comp ML 3 goes down, I will replace it with the Aimpoint PRO. Anyway, fantastic article - keep them coming!

    April 5, 2018 8:49 am
  • Roy

    Vortex Strikefire II is another quality affordable option for under $200. Also gives the option for red or green dot.

    Leopold Mark AR 1.5-4x firedot is great option for 3 gun or anyone wanting a magnified optic for their AR. Green firedot basically acts a red dot on lowest magnification.

    March 31, 2018 4:19 pm
  • Chuck

    The SPARC AR doesn't have a rubber housing, its just a molded rubber cover that easily slips off. It has an all aluminum housing. Within minutes of owning this I figured this out.

    February 25, 2018 9:27 pm
  • Rick

    Really enjoyed this article and appreciate the insights. there is a lot of glass out there and it is good to know what has been tried and worked. Now to scour up some money!

    February 20, 2018 2:15 am
    • Eric Hung

      You're so welcome, Rick!

      February 20, 2018 11:47 am
  • James

    Hey guys, at 44yoa I was diagnosed with early stage wet macular degeneration in my right eye, ofcourse I'm right eye dominant. I'm looking to get a scope for my new M4 and was curious if anyone out there is familiar with my condition and has experience with best scope option? My vision is 20/30 with only a small center blur in right eye, no real issues now. I plan on using it for range n varmint/coyote so I'm not looking for an elaborate sniper scope, more of close range to maybe couple hundred yards. Thanks in advance, James

    January 16, 2018 12:27 pm
  • Brandon K

    I can tell you one scope not to buy, well two actually 2. 1st. The luepold vxr patrol 3x9 x 40 the reticle is huge at distance(2nd fp) and glass is far from clear. So not a fan! 2nd is the vortex razor gen 2. After using this scope everything else is sub standard (at least what I own) I am now in a place where I know what good glass is and feel like I won't be able to buy avg. Glass anymore. Spending over $1000.00 on a scope isn't my favorite thing to do but I don't see any other way now. You know what they say, ignorance is bliss.
    I think next I'm gonna check out a pm2

    January 15, 2018 4:10 am
  • Nicholas Budd

    I'm kind of surprised that there was no mention of the Primary Arms 3x or 5x prism reticle here, any particular reason or maybe an opinion or review of these products?

    January 9, 2018 10:48 am
    • Eric Hung

      Hi Nick, looking to expand this out with some of the more affordable options and fixed mags.

      January 12, 2018 5:17 pm
      • Jeff

        What is the better choice. Trigicon MRO 1/3 cowitness with a Scalarwors QD mount. AIM POINT PRO. AIM PIONT H1. This is for an AR15. Any Suggestions?

        March 11, 2018 6:31 am
  • Haas

    Can I use a Bushnell AK red dot on a Colt M4 .... no problems?

    November 9, 2017 11:18 am
    • Eric Hung

      It will physically fit...not sure what the actual difference is.

      November 19, 2017 2:02 pm
  • Kent

    Very good article. I recently purchased my very first red dot. It is a “AT3™ LEOS™ Red Dot Sight with Integrated Laser Sight & Riser”. It was just over $115. I don’t have a lot of experience with it yet, but so far I’m super impressed with the build quality. I was wondering if you have ever done, or would consider doing an article on slings for the AR15. I would be interested in advantages and disadvantages of different designs and materials. I’m new to the AR15. I just bought mine in August. It came with a couple of standard clips. I would be interested in an article on clips. Are there differences (other than capacity). Do some brands have a better reputation. Stuff like that.

    October 30, 2017 2:56 pm
    • Eric Hung

      Hey Kent, haven't heard of AT3 but glad to hear it's working for you.

      Here's our sling article.

      November 7, 2017 5:19 pm
    • Brandon K

      It's a magazine Kent. Clips are for guns with an attached internal box magazine. I know it's not a big deal, but using the correct nomenclature sounds better cheers bud, have fun with your new AR.

      January 15, 2018 4:06 am
      • Kent


        January 15, 2018 5:47 am
  • James Hannan

    Did a good job now i have an idea on wat tu put on my SAINT. THANKS

    October 17, 2017 2:49 am
    • Eric Hung

      You're welcome, James!

      October 17, 2017 3:38 pm
  • JMaN

    I’ve been rocking the primary arms 3X on my DD and loving it. Very surprised none of their offerings even got a mention...

    October 4, 2017 7:05 pm
    • Eric Hung

      Hey Jman, we had one of their red dots in our Budget Red Dot Test. It didn't perform the best.

      October 5, 2017 2:52 pm
  • Sam H

    Eric....Nice write up BTW....My question...I am looking for a good quality red dot for my S&W 629 44magnum w/6"barrel...I don't want to break the bank...BUT...I NEED quality and DEPENDABILITY , to handle the recoil.

    I'm an old IPSC shooter that "my eyes ain't what they used to be"...Would like as large if sight window/diameter as feasible....What would you suggest?!?.....Thank you for Your Opinion

    August 11, 2017 5:19 am
  • matt

    An awesome article like your others!

    I went and played with the ACOG, EOTech, and Aimpoint Micro H-1 this weekend. They match almost everything you said. I loved the optics of the ACOG, but it is really expensive and the fixed mag made closer range shooting seem like it might take an extra half-second to acquire.

    I also saw the EOTech HHS II. It's a hybrid system that has an EOTech red dot + a flip on/off magnifier. I was very intrigued by this because it gives the best of both worlds (hopefully?).


    May 1, 2017 10:44 am
  • Donny

    Do you know of any offset iron sights for a lefty?

    April 30, 2017 9:25 pm
    • T Kniffen

      Just Turn them around

      October 15, 2017 7:25 pm
  • Brad

    Love hearing budget minded, rock solid optics. You stated Burris M tac but why not 536 for an AR? I own one and love it. Vortex version is very similar in the same $ range. Why the MTac? What is one gaining over the 536?

    April 18, 2017 4:58 pm
  • Joey

    Eric. First time buyer. I am looking at the Vortex Strike Fire 2 and the Atibal MRCD-2 Any thoughts about those. I am in the $2 to $400 range. Great insight. Thanks!

    April 11, 2017 8:35 am
  • Stephen

    Our 3 gun competition is beginning to set up targets out 200 yards.. I have just upgraded my red dot to the Sig Romeo Mil Spec for my AR-15 but with my 70 year old eyes I need a magnifier at that yardage. Suggestions?

    April 10, 2017 7:20 am
    • Nobody special

      Primary Arms or Riton!

      January 8, 2018 12:15 am
    • Connor H

      The Vortex 3x magnifier is a solid option, gives reasonable precision out to 300 yards with a 2 MoA dot sight.

      May 2, 2018 9:45 am
  • Daniel


    Great website, great resource - curious for your thoughts for my future optic purchases. I need optics for both a Daniel Defense V11 Pro and Daniel Defense Ambush .308. I've mounted a Swarovski Z8i 2-16x 50 on my Weatherby MK V 300 - and it is absolutely excellent. I haven't seen it yet, but I'm told that the Z8i 1-8x 24 has essentially ZERO compromise at 1x - and would essentially perform like a red dot at 1x, with the benefit of built-in zoom to 8x. The obvious consideration is its a bit heavier - but putting that and price aside, for the best possible on the AR-15, would you go with the Z8i 1-8x 24 or would you still recommend something else? As for the DD AR-10 - again, without a price restriction, your best recommendation?

    March 20, 2017 5:32 pm
    • Eric Hung

      I've pre-ordered the Vortex 1-6x PST Gen 2 since it was so awesome at Shot show this year. Great at 1x with daylight bright red dot. Unless you're going pretty far distances...I think 1-6x is enough. For the AR-10 I use the Nightforce 2.5-10x NXS. For my bolt gun I run a Schmidt & Bender PMII 5-25x.

      April 5, 2017 4:21 pm
  • Grayden

    Hey there Eric! Again thank you for your work! I've got the Aero Precision complete upper and lower being shipped per your recommendations!!! So for the optic, I was going to get the Viper PST 1-4x for $419 but saw that Vortex just recently come out with the Gen 2 Viper PST 1-6x for $699. Is it worth the $280 difference moving to that 1-6x? I don't want to have to buy another one for another 5 years at least!!!

    March 10, 2017 8:35 pm
    • Eric Hung

      Hey Grayden, if you anticipate shooting 300+ yards I like the 1-6x more. Plus the one I demo-ed at SHOT was awesome. I have it on pre-order and should have it in a month or two with a full review.

      March 14, 2017 11:18 am
      • Grayden

        Nice!!! Thank you again Eric for your great work! Because of your site, it gave me the confidence to build my first AR-15 with the Aero Precision lower and upper. Now, I'm in high anticipation of your AR-10 308 Guide.

        April 5, 2017 10:49 am
        • Eric Hung

          Thanks's in the works!

          April 5, 2017 4:42 pm
          • Grayden

            I hope you recommend the S&W M&P10 cause I kinda jump the gun and purchased a used one that was priced very well. So, I just purchased a Leupold VX-R 4-12x40mm Rifle Scope for that AR10 but was wondering witch mount would you suggest.Thank you.

            April 7, 2017 12:53 am
          • Eric Hung

            We're going to have our Best AR-10 article out soon and I believe that M&P10 is making it in there! For mounts I like the Aero. For quick detach I like Larue.

            June 5, 2017 12:11 pm
  • mike

    where can i find the vortex strike eagle for $275?

    March 8, 2017 9:20 am
    • Eric Hung

      Hey Mike, thanks for catching that...they are usually around $300.

      March 9, 2017 10:35 am
    • Nate

      That is a great scope from an outstanding company. I could not get mine zeroed so I called Vortex. No questions. They just sent me a FedEx label and 2 weeks later I had a new scope (the first had a loose lens). Highly recommended.

      June 1, 2017 12:27 pm
  • WVU Mtn Dude

    Any thoughts on the Aimpoint M4s? I can consistently hit 12"x12" at 600 yards, but what do you think of it?

    February 28, 2017 12:22 am
    • Eric Hung

      Hey, I have the CompM3 and love it. I believe the M4 is even more bombproof, takes AA batteries, and is optimized for night vision. If that's what you're looking for you can't go wrong. But it's $900.

      February 28, 2017 1:48 pm
  • Daniel R.

    Hi Eric,
    Any advice for cross dominance RT handed shooter/LT eye dominant) and far sighted shooters (looking to purchase my first AR (Stag Arms M3)? Your articles are very helpful and your website is well put together and easy to access info. I'm actually buying my AR because of your andvise and your articles and my personal research, of course. Thanks again. Keep up the good work.

    February 19, 2017 9:27 pm
    • Eric Hung

      Hi Daniel, for pistol shooting I use the Chapman stance so my left eye is more centered around the front sight. With an AR, you're pretty much stuck with using your right eye for magnified optics. But with lower magnifications or 1x, I keep both eyes open.

      February 21, 2017 1:20 pm
    • Jack

      I'm right hand/left eye dominant and mostly shoot long guns left handed. When I'm doing CQB drills,
      switching left shoulder to right and back, I've found the eotech the easiest to use FOR ME. Try out a few optics if you can, to see what you like best.

      July 22, 2017 7:40 pm
  • Benoit

    Hi Eric,
    Thank you so much for this article.
    I bought a TROY P.A.R. 308 Win, and I couldn't decide between the Vortex Viper PST 2.5-10x44 and the Strike Eagle 1-6x24 (cheaper).
    My shoot range is between 50 to 300m.
    What do you think ?

    January 19, 2017 12:18 am
  • Elia eilfort

    Would you recommend the vortex sparc 2 over the sparc AR?

    December 7, 2016 4:12 am
    • ehung

      Hi Elia, I'm looking forward to trying out the Sparc AR. It's new but has pretty good reviews. Biggest difference is that it takes AAA batteries which makes it a little heavier.

      December 10, 2016 1:24 pm
  • Chris W.

    Why no Short Dot?

    September 1, 2016 5:12 pm
    • ehung

      Ah, another Schmidt & Bender aficionado. I hope to try out the 1-8x Short Dot soon.

      September 1, 2016 5:17 pm
  • Michael Raffanello

    What do you think of the AR Maglock device? Is the AR Maglock used instead of modifying your AR with 'featureless" items so you will not have to register it in 2017?

    August 23, 2016 6:45 am
    • ehung

      Hi Michael, I haven't had a chance to play around with one. But you can see more info in my Features AR-15 article (

      August 23, 2016 7:42 pm
  • Rick

    Hi Eric, amazing article - thanks so much for all this great information. One thing - I'm really interested in the Vortex Viper PST, but according to their site it's a second focal plane scope, not a first focal plane as you mention above (see the Features tab on this page: Are you recommending a different scope there or was it a typo? Thanks!

    June 25, 2016 4:18 pm
    • ehung

      Hi Rick, looks like you're's second focal plane. I've corrected it in the article. Seems like the Amazon description is wrong. Thanks for catching it!

      June 28, 2016 8:35 pm
      • Ed

        Hi Eric, maybe I missed it, but for the love scopes, are they ffp or sfp? Any preference for you?

        July 15, 2021 8:15 am
  • John U


    Thank you for such an informative series. I’ve referenced it many times as I get into AR’s for the first time.

    Picked up a great deal on a S&W 15 Sport II and I’m looking at the Holosun

    Have you looked into them and if so your thoughts.

    John U

    May 29, 2016 6:00 pm
    • ehung

      Hi John, you're welcome! I definitely have heard of Holosun and have seen some fellow competitors run them to great effect. But I haven't played with them myself yet.

      May 31, 2016 4:17 pm
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