Best AR 15 Scopes – How & What To Choose

By Tom McHale

The Aimpoint PRO is an excellent general purpose optic for the AR and fitting for inclusion in the best AR 15 scopes group
The Aimpoint PRO is an excellent general purpose optic for the AR and fitting for inclusion in the best AR 15 scopes group. : http://tiny.cc/hqgk1x
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USA –-(Ammoland.com)- What is the easy answer to choosing the Best AR 15 Scopes: I say “It depends”.

I’m not being bratty, hear me out. The beauty of the AR rifle platform is the near-infinite number of applications. It can be quite adept at the following, just to name a few, uses.

  • Deer hunting
  • Home defense
  • Competition
  • Plinking
  • Close quarters combat
  • Varmint hunting
  • Long-range precision shooting
  • Ranch rifle
  • Car rifle
  • Big game hunting
  • TEOTWAWKI (The End of the World As We Know It)
  • Fun

Each of these applications has different optics requirements, but we’ll get into that in a minute. The hard part about choosing the Best AR 15 Scopes optic is that there are as many options as there are AR rifles themselves. So let’s start narrowing the search.

The first decision to make is whether to use magnified or non-magnified. Most of us tend to default to an over-magnified situation because it’s ever so satisfying to see the dimples on that golf ball resting 100 yards down range. Or maybe the “aim small, miss small” concept is just burned into our brains. Whatever the cause, most people choose more magnification than they really need.

But here’s the trouble with over-magnification.

Natural Wobble is Magnified

When shooting from a concrete bench, it’s pretty easy to keep your gun (and optic view) perfectly still. You can mount the Hubble Telescope on your rail and aim precisely at the dot on the “i” of a Tootsie Pop 450 yards away, with a perfectly stable view.

Now try from a standing position, and every bit of extra magnification causes a dramatic, and distracting movement of the crosshairs.

Field of View

The width and height of the visible area through your optic decreases with every extra bit of magnification. The ability to find targets and see what’s going on down range is greatly diminished with over-magnification. As an example, let’s consider looking at a target 100 yards down range through a Bushnell Elite Tactical SMRS 1-6.5×24 optic. At the true one power setting, you can see an area 105.8 feet wide through the scope. When you crank magnification up to 6.5 power, you can only see an area 16.3 feet wide.

You always trade viewable area for magnification.

Mirage

That distracting “heat wave” you might see while looking downrange increases with magnification. Mirage is caused by light diffraction, and your optic relies on clear light transmission, hence the problem. At higher magnification levels, the mirage at just 100 yards can become surprisingly distracting and cause misses.

That’s embarrassing when plinking, and can be tragic when hunting.

You Don’t Usually Need Much Magnification

Last, but certainly not least, much of the time, we can do a perfectly acceptable job of hitting targets without extra magnification. Provided your reticle isn’t too big, if you can see your target, you can hit it. As a real life example, Appleseed Rifle Training program instructors teach regular folks like you and me to hit targets 400 yards distant using only iron sights.

This Bushnell Elite Tactical 1-6.5x optic is one of my favorite magnified options.
This Bushnell Elite Tactical 1-6.5x optic is one of my Best AR 15 Scopes magnified options. : http://goo.gl/5esWwZ

Factors to Consider

Reticle (or dot) Size

To keep things simple, let’s consider that your aiming reticle is a simple red dot. I happen to use Aimpoint optics, and the Micro H-2 and PRO models feature 2 MOA (minute of angle) dots.

Aimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Optic
Aimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Optic : http://tiny.cc/hqgk1x

Each minute of angle translates to 1.04 inches at 100 yards, so this means that the Aimpoint dot “covers” a two-inch circle at 100 yards. A golf ball is 1.68 inches in diameter, so swagging things a little, you should be able to cover a golf ball with your red dot and hit it from 100 yards away.

If hunting, you should also able to target the vital zone of your buck 200 yards downrange, as the dot covers a four-inch circle.

Is more magnification in the best AR 15 scopes nice to have? Certainly. Is it easier to see your target with more magnification? Of course.

My point is that many shooting scenarios can be handled with zero magnification, contrary to our natural assumption.

Your Most Common Shooting Distance for the best AR 15 scopes

Nikon optics, like this 300 Blackout model, are almost always good buys.
Nikon optics, like this 300 Blackout model, are almost always good buys. http://goo.gl/aqJFGn

There are two issues to consider here. Your aiming reticle may be too “large” at your regular shooting distance to give you the precision you need.

For example, a 2 MOA dot will cover eight inches at 400 yards, as would a 2 MOA wide crosshair in a magnified scope.

If you shoot at longer ranges, the size of the dot or reticle marks can fully block your target, making it difficult to shoot with precision.

The Nature of Your Target

If you’re a tree stand hunter, you might want an optic that’s geared for shorter range shooting and allows a wide field of view, especially if your targets are likely to be moving. Speaking of moving, if that’s the type of target you’ll be frequently shooting, consider a red dot with unlimited field of view, or perhaps a variable power scope that starts at a true 1 power. That will give you the most viewable area to quickly find and acquire your target. Tracking a moving target with a highly magnified scope is an exercise in frustration.

Your “Use Case”

The catch-all consideration for the best AR 15 scopes is this. Engineers have a fancy term called “use case,” which describes exactly how someone will use a product or feature. For example, a use case for an short barrel AR rifle with a red dot sight, purchased by a LE SWAT team member might be: This product will almost always be used indoors, at distances of less than 30 feet, in dark or near dark conditions, to hit moving targets.

So what is your most common “use case” for the best AR 15 scope? Will you use the rifle and optic as a nightstand tool to protect against bumps in the night? Do you want to start competing in sports like 3-gun? Will you go to a 100-yard range to plink cans at long distances? Or perhaps you want to hunt and might use your rifle out to a couple hundred yards. Heck, with the quality of today’s AR rifles, you may get shooting satisfaction from nailing tiny targets 500 yards out. Think about how you will most frequently use your rifle, and choose non-magnified or magnified options accordingly. And remember, don’t succumb to the temptation to over-magnify!

Now What?

So with all that said, I thought I would share a couple of recommendations of optics I’ve used with good results. This is not a comprehensive list because there are hundreds of available options out there vying for the best AR 15 scopes title.

Best AR 15 Red Dot Sights Recommendations

First, for products on which your life might depend, don’t go cheap. There is plenty of quality gear at reasonable prices.

My personal favorite red dot product line comes from Aimpoint. I keep an Aimpoint Micro H-2 on my home defense shotgun and an Aimpoint PRO on my go-to AR-15. There’s a new model that’s built specifically for AR rifles, and a bit more affordable, called the Aimpoint ACO. You can’t go wrong with any of them, and the batteries last 75% of forever.

A little more expensive than the PRO models, these Aimpoint Micro H-1 and Micro T-2 optics are compact and light, yet amazingly durable. Just leave them turned on all the time.
A little more expensive than the PRO models, these Aimpoint Micro H-1 and Micro T-2 optics are compact and light, yet amazingly durable. Just leave them turned on all the time.

Also in the highly recommended best AR 15 scopes category are the EOTech Holographic Weapon Sights. They make 73.4 million different varieties using different battery power sources and different reticle options. Knock yourself out shopping! What I like is the different approach to a standard red dot. Many of their reticles offer a small (and precise) 1 MOA red dot, surrounded by a 68 MOA ring. At short range, just put your target inside the circle and shoot. It couldn’t be faster.

I should also mention the small reflex sight category. Low profile options like the Trijicon RMR, Leupold DeltaPoint, and Burris FastFire are durable and effective out to a couple hundred yards. Not only are they affordable, but most of these can also be used on AR rifles, shotguns, or optics ready pistols.

Best AR 15 Scopes Magnified Optics Recommendations

My personal preference for best AR 15 scopes use cases requiring some degree of magnification is a low-range variable power optic. There are a number of excellent choices out there in the 1-4x to 1-6.5x range.

I particularly like the Bushnell Elite Tactical SMRS 1-6.5×24 model. Why? It has a first focal plane reticle that looks like a red dot at 1x and a finely gridded reticle at 6.5x. That’s because first focal plane reticles grow and shrink with magnification changes. With variable intensity red lighting, it’s almost as fast as a red dot at close range, and plenty precise for shots out to 500 yards or so.

I’m also a fan of the Weaver Tactical 1-5×24, for all the same reasons. The reticles are a little different, but the general idea is the same.

But first focal plane scopes are expensive, and if you want to conserve some extra bucks for ammo, then there are plenty of options for second focal plane (SFP) optics. Reticles in SFP optics always appear the same size. Just be aware that holdover adjustments, like holding one crosshair down or to the side, are only consistent at one magnification level. To keep things simple with SFP scopes, find your target with low magnification and zoom up to high magnification when taking that shot. That way, windage and elevation compensation using marks on the reticle is always consistent with your expectation.

Bushnell makes an excellent line of value optics for AR rifles ranging from 1-4x all the way to 4.5-18x. I particularly like the 1-4x 24mm Throw Down PCL model because it comes with a folding zoom adjustment lever and the illuminated reticle is perfect for AR rifles. A large circle surrounds traditional hash marks so it’s fast, yet offers precision at distance. The reticle is even in the first focal plane and street price is just over $250.

The Weaver Kaspa Z is one of the best AR 15 scopes buys out there. It has many similar features to the Weaver Tactical, below, at a fraction of the price. 
The Weaver Kaspa Z is one of the best AR 15 scopes buys out there. It has many similar features to the Weaver Tactical, below, at a fraction of the price.  : http://tiny.cc/qqkk1x

Also, check out the Weaver Kaspa Tactical Series. Their best kept secret is the Kaspa Z “Zombie” scope.

Yeah, I know, Zombies, but stay with me here. The “Zombification” features are mostly stickers, so you can toss those if you have a grudge against the undead.

I like this particular model because it uses the same CIRT reticle that I find so awesome in the far more expensive Weaver Tactical scope previously mentioned. The Kaspa Z is built like a tank and features 1.5-6x magnification and an illuminated reticle. Trust me on this one, it’s a great value when considering the best AR 15 scopes .


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The Best AR 15 Scopes Out of Hundreds

I’ve only got space to list a few of the best AR 15 scopes, but there are hundreds of outstanding optics on the market for AR rifles that actually work and will hold up over time. Stick with the proven brands like Bushnell, Nikon, Weaver, Redfield, Burris, and Hawke Optics just to name a few. Those gun show specials may look sexy, but when the guts shake loose after a few shooting outings, you’ll wish you had spent just a little more on a good optic.

To me, optics make the rifle. If you’re serious about distance shooting, it’s not at all unusual to spend as much, or more, on your optics as you do on the gun itself. If you’re a recreational, home defense, or casual competition shooter, budget about half the cost of the rifle itself for your optic.

You’ll be happy you did over the long haul.

About

Tom McHale is the author of the Insanely Practical Guides book series that guides new and experienced shooters alike in a fun, approachable, and practical way. His books are available in print and eBook format on Amazon. You can also find him on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

  • 53 thoughts on “Best AR 15 Scopes – How & What To Choose

    1. I have a Nikon P-223 BDC 4-12X40 that is always at 10X for 100 yard target shooting with my custom home built 5.56 AR.
      0.3″ 5 shot groups at 50 yards, 0.7″ 3 shot groups at 100 from the bench with a bipod.

      1. I was very fortunate to get an Eotech for my AR. But to really get it to rock, I got a 5x magnifier from Mako(there are more expensive ones) that increased my effective area tremendously. A good fts mount will really make this combo almost perfect. Fast acquisition @ point blank, and for 100yd+ shots, flip in the magnifier. Their 1mil dot centers on the 10 ring. I’ve got some groups that they tell me aren’t possible from that little rifle/red-dot combo. That 5x magnifier is as good as any scope. I’ve seen 7x and higher magnifiers from other mfgr’s. Might get one. The better the quality of optics, the clearer and more precise the image. Aside from Eotech/AimPoint magnifiers, some good quality 5x and 7x can be had for a reasonable price. Real hep for my old eyes.

        PS
        The president wants to make what we are doing here illegal! Write your congressman!

        1. What that a$$hole wants and what he is going to get, are two entirely separate things, though. Still a good idea about writing or calling your Congressmen. However, some of them are just as bad, if not worse! NSA has our e-mail addresses anyway. No sense trying to hide them.

    2. Great article! Its very easy to spend a whole lot of money on optics. Once you look thru quality glass, its easy to get spoiled to it. Price to Quality has made considerable leaps in the last decade, along with battery life. Optical clarity and mechanical durability along with the shear quantity of options on the market now are amazing. Companies like Viper/Vortex and Aimpoint have really been raising the bar. Leupold, Bushnell, and Burris are all jumping on board. On would be hard pressed to find something better for the money than the new Vortex Strike Eagle in the realm of 1-6x optics for 3-gun. I’m still running the same battery in my Aimpoint PRO that came with it since last year, never turned it off, and the dot hasn’t lost any brightness. When it comes to AR optics, we are living in good times my friends!

    3. No love for the Mark Vi Leupold? (yeah, you would be dropping $2500 on glass, but it is definitely on my wish list)
      No mention of the Aimpoint M4 either. A little heavy and bulky, but common battery size and about the best battery life. And durable. I love mine.
      I’ve used a buddy’s MRO and like it a lot. Would love to compare it side-by-side to a T-2 for a pistol application.

      1. It’s easy, if you have the money to get it, get the MRO!
        Yeah the micros look good on the profile of an AR. And I have a 300pustol with a vortex Strikefire on it so I know it looks too dang big on that gun, but field of view is awesome!
        1) it’s a tridgicon
        2) it’s smaller then Aimpoint PRO
        3) great field of view and less crap in your peripheral vision even if you mount it all the way foreword.

    4. Well penned Tom.
      Although I’m not a 3 gun guy, I do however spend a lot of time hunting. Totally agree many people are hooked on high magnification not necessary unless your hunting mid and long range (vast open areas). Aimpoint is the way to go for the VAST majority of applications. Personally I have 4 – 9000SC 2 MOA and swear by them. Mounted on big bore handgun, muzzle loader pistol, muzzle loader long gun and 12 ga turkey gun. On a rare occasion wish they had a 2x mag just for a quick “peek”. Both eyes open, rapid target acquisition, outstanding battery life and ruggedly built are but a few of the pros my personal favorite “put the dot on it and send it”. Planning to add a AR to the collection bet your bottom dollar a Aimpoint will be sitting on top of it.

    5. Once again optics for rich people. I have a Barska 3-9×42 didn’t cost my first born and its a damn good optic. One of these days it would be nice if someone would do a write up on stuff us “common” people can buy.

      1. Your so right! I can’t afford most of the scopes that are previewed in most articles anywhere! Several years ago I could have without thinking twice about it! Since major life changing events I can only dream about buying a scope for $900 or more! $300 even is a lot for me to spend! Maybe in a few years I will be able to purchase a vortex viper scope or a really nice $2500 scope…. for now only dream! I’d still love to see scope that I can afford being put thru there paces & hear how well they hold up!

        1. @William,you’ll be able to get whatever scope you want eventually. I get the middle range priced scopes/sights myself. Just stay in the saddle ! Take care.

            1. Can’t go wrong with a Primary Arms, love mine and it cost $279. Military channel compared it to $1000 glass and my Maine hunting buddies thought you couldn’t miss with that scope.

            2. I’m heavily consider primary arms too. Optic prices for the big name optics are outragous. PA makes some optics that have been very positively reviewed.

        2. I just finished building and sighting in, another at-15 carbine, and being unemployed, over injuries, I am on a low budget, so I am going to get a 3×32 NikonP223scopewith BDC they are supposed to be made for the .223 Carbine, and I saw one on Line for $149.95 I’m going to a gun show tomorrow, if I can locatr one I will post again to let YouKnow How it works for me. Thanks for your post.

    6. my old eyes love my EO-TEC with the 1 minute dot and the 68 minute circle. and the EO-TEC 3X magnifier with their tip-off mount, completes the package. I’m done looking for optics, finally. and I got lucky, I found both of them used, but not abused. I traded a PSA stainless AR15 for them. And a Geisele?? single stage non-adjustable combat trigger completes my Colt LE. I couldn’t be more satisfied with a weapon. Although I did put a Nickle Boron bolt assembly in it too. I am a happy old man.
      Ya-all have a great day.

    7. I use a Leupold Mark IV CQ/T on my custom built (by me) AR, but it is very pricey now. It is a 1-3×14 with a dot and circle aperture. I bought it several years ago, and would probably look for something less expensive now. I don’t consider the AR in 5.56 / .223 to be a long range firearm (for me, 100 yards is the max and yes I know it will shoot further), so I wouldn’t pay for additional magnification, though I think 3 or 4x is worth it.

    8. The Weaver Kaspa is crap in my experience with it. While I was able to hit the target with all holes touching at 50 yards, the Weaver Kaspa I bought was a 2-7x for my .300 Blackout build which was for Hog/Deer duty and it didn’t even make it through one box of ammo before the it malfunctioned and the cross hairs became canted. Checked to see if the scope rings where loose and, no they were tight. I sent it back to Midway and got my money back and If you read the reviews there you will see other who have had the same experience with it. I will be putting a Nikon P-300 on it like I should have done in the first place. Maybe the Kaspa “Tactical” line is assembled to better standards, who knows. All I know is that I will not be buying another Weaver product.

        1. Just because something is “cheap” does not mean it should be junk, especially when made by a company with a good reputation. A company’s cheapest model should function and last as well as it’s most expensive model. It is called pride of workmanship. Besides, if I buy the cheaper model when that is what I can afford, while I save up for a more expensive model, if the cheaper model is junk, I am most certainly not going to buy THEIR more expensive model because the assumption will be that the more expensive model will be just a bad.

    9. I loved my EoTech and would have kept it except for all the problems they were having and the cancellations by government agencies and police departments across the country. I took advantage or their return policy and received a full refund plus shipping after owning it for two years.

      It’s not that I didn’t live it but with all the models being recalled I’m seriously afraid the company won’t survive. It’s a shame because it truly is a revolutionary concept. I’m taking the money and going with AimPoint Pro Patrol.

    10. I’m purchasing my first AR here in commiefornia. Yeah, I know. Save the remarks. I’m looking at the NcStar Ultimate Sighting System Gen 2. Price is a factor for me. Why didn’t I see a mention of NcStar in this article? My friend at my local purchasing place of my AR said it was a good optic for my AR, and I plan on putting it on my AR. This sight contains adjustment for bullet drop of a 55gr .223 round for every 100yds.
      Just wondering why I didn’t see NcStar listed.

    11. thing I have noticed over 40yrs of shooting, bottom line the scopes that cost the same or more than the rifle, will still be working many yrs down the road, I have taken the cheap way out too many times, only to replace them later on, only thing is now days, the jobs are not around nor is the pay like it used to be, for a lot of people to do this anymore, reason I harp on the younger ones to learn iron sights, you can still get way out there if you need to , if you don’t know what Im talking about, look up appleseed events,

      1. norm Bennett
        nra & cmp allow scopes in service rifle class 1-1-16.
        max power 4.5
        these scopes do not have parallax corrections
        and most are set for 100 yds.

    12. I haven’t found a definitive explanation regarding why one would choose a red dot vs. a reflex vs. a holographic sight. From what I can surmise without actually trying each out, the reflex and holographic sights are very similar, whereas the red dot is exactly what it is: a small red dot in the middle of the scope (which may have any one of hundreds of different reticles including none at all. Scopes are even easier to describe since I, like many of you, cut their teeth on a .22LR with a simple low-power scope mounted on top.

      Anyone care to explain the intricacies?

      Also, why do the holographic sights cost so damn much?

    13. Dear Sir, if I had your money, I’d throw mine away! Which is exactly what I’d be doing if I was to purchase any of the above Items for my AR or my Henry Rifles!! All that you mentioned/suggested, are so insanely expensive!! I paid $250 for a Holosun Red Dot w/circle, and I thought that was outrageous! Red Dots don’t have any magnification at all!! And the scopes I’ve bought were about $89 from UTG, on Amazon. They have a 3x9x32, with adjustable objective, with red and green reticle, and they work just fine.

    14. I HAVE THE LEATHERWOOD 1X6X24 CMR BOUGHT IT SPORTSMAN GUIDE AND FOR A EXTRA 10 GOT A 60$ S.S.A.L.T. MOUTING 30MM ONE PIECE PLUS YOU CAN DO A MONTHLY PAY FOR 4 MONTHS ITS A BEAUTIFUL SCOPE WITH SOME OF THE CLEAREST GLASS OUT THERE , PLUS YOU CAN GET A RED OR GREEN RETICAL TOP HORSE SHOE AROUND CENTER DOT PLUS IT HAS HOLD OVER AND WINDAGE AND ITS LASER ETCHED INTO THE GLASS SO IF YOUR BATTERY GOES OUT IN DAY LIGHT YOU WILL STILL HAVE YOUR RETICAL !!!

      1. I also have the Hi-Lux CMR on my RRA .308 Elite and it is thee nuts.!!
        Fast acquisition and deadly reticle (lit or un-lit) proves to be a wonderful combo.
        Love that scope.

    15. Well you pretty much get what you pay for these days.I like probably alot of the older guys used Redfield or Weaver back in the day.I have a 6x Weaver on Winchester Model 70 7mm & Redfield Wide View LowProfile 3×9 on a 270 Remington that Ive had since I was 13. Im 60 now.
      What I like on my AR’s are my 3×9 Zeiss Daniel Defense and my Diamondback 4×12 on my old Bushmaster. I didnt pay much foe any of them.The Zeiss was a swap for welding on cow trailer for 4 hours on a Saturday.

    16. The BEST optics are from US OPTICS. I was stunned at the clarity of the glass and the ruggedness of its body. If you’re serious about your scope or optic look at US OPTICS.

    17. Optical sights are fine, if that’s what one wants. Personally speaking, take it for whoever you think it’s worth, how about a “good quality” rear sight, iron sight that is, complete with BOTH windage and elevation click adjustments. I would think either 1 minute or 0.5 minutes of angle would serve well. Redfield made a quite good rear sight, Lyman also. Looking back some years, the rear sight on the Garand was a very good iron sight too. To accessory people, how about a good iron sight.

    18. Good read in the article, though I found it a little one sided towards a couple of manufacturers. I would like to have seen a few more of the 15 optics indicated in the title. What I did find most interesting was the wealth information of reviews in the followup comments. I appreciate both the article as well as the comments to make a somewhat educated decision on future optics.

      1. As a shooter for 55 years and a firearms dealer for 34 years I have seen a lot of companies come and go. When I was a mere lad during Vietnam I shot 97 out of a 100 many times with open sights on my M16 at a half silhouette at 450 meters. Now as I am aging some sort of a sight aid is much appreciated. In my informed opinion based on what I have to send back for repair the only company that still makes a good product for reasonable prices is Leupold.

    19. I have been lucky. Building, hunting and collecting guns my whole life I have traded into Luepold CQC scopes for all of my AR carbines. It is heavy and bulky with unessessary rails. But is as close to bomb proof as possible. I’veven got one that has been to the sandbox 4 times. Glass is just as fresh as the day it left the factory.

    20. I have personal friends who served as snipers in Vietnam. They’re retired now and two of them continue in competitive shooting. I have great respect for them all. But most of us qualified at 500 yards with iron sights. One great general claims they won World War Two. And most of us today haven’t the time, knowledge, need or inclination to use a scope. I own a Remington .30-06, Model 742 with a Tasco scope that I haven’t fired for 25 years. Because I have grown daughters who haven’t the time to hunt, this piece is worth little for plinking or self defense. For millions of us, iron sights are a perfect fit. I plan to invest in an AR-15 but have been told advertised sale prices often don’t include a sight of any kind. Kinda’ like buying a car with an option for a windshield. Just some observations.

      1. Gene:

        Your comment on the “sightless” AR-15 sounds about right to me. That said,I’ve never been to war, I suspect I would have made about the worst soldier in anyone’s army. Otherwise,I shot National Match Course type competition, first with a Winchester Garand, later with bolt action rifles, one Remington 40X and several Model 70 Winchester Standard Target Rifles in calibers30-06 and.308 Win. On the old 5V, 1000yard target, I regularly shot in the mid 90’s out of a possible 100, using the Garand, and my own handloads, they worked well in my rifle,but could well be excessive in another. I shot as well with the 30-06 bolt rifle, iron sighted Model 70’s at 1000 yards. I did clean 1000 yards with a scope once, though generally, I shot as well with iron sights(Redfield Internationals) as I did with a Unertle Target Scope. I could not shoot 1000 yards with the 308, though I usually shot well up in the 190’s out of 200 possible, iron sights, with the 308 at 600 yards. The Unertle 1.5″x 10 power target scope I had was a great sight, still have it, but I always felt that it destroyed the balance of Model 70’s. By the way, I suspect that a bolt rifle with charger slots, and good iron sights would serve well as a defensive arm, in the hands of someone who knew how to use one. In passing, I always thought that one of the best things about the Garand was it’s rear sight. As I shot left handed, you can imagine the odd looks I sometimes got. As I was left eyed, it was either shoot a rifle left handed or not at all. Regards.

      2. Gene:

        I responded earlier to your note. alas my response had gone to the land of the lost, I wonder why. that being said, and I agree with your comment not on “sightless” AR15’s. Back when I was shooting rifle competition, National Match type courses of fire plus 1000 yards, I started with a surplus Garand. WIth my own hand loads, on the old 5 V target, I used to consitstantly shoot scores

        In the mid 90’s, possible score was 100. With bolt action rifles, Model 70 Standard Target Rifles, Redfield Olympic sights, about the same. I shot a clean, with a scope, once. Just couldn’t shoot 1000 yards with a 308. At 600 yards, with an iron sighted 308′ bolt guns, I could hold inside the 10 ring re elevation, usually blew a few shots to windage. The scope sight I has, still have it, was an 1.5″ x 10 power Unertil target scope, a very nice item. Getting late, and I’m somewhat tired, typing has gone to hell, so I’ll end here. Regards.

    21. The Burris 332 is a great way to go for a cqb
      rifle. It’s perfect for 200yds and in and lights in green and red and has black permanently eched into the
      optic in case battery dies.

    22. The best scope for a AR 15 is a Swarovski Z8i with flex dot.
      After that there are many more very good scopes, all by far better as all what you are taking about here.
      Kahles z16i, Leica Magnus 1-6.5i, Swarovski z6i, Zeiss Victory V8 1.1-8. Minox zx8 1-8
      They are all expensive but what are we talking about here? The best or the best under 800$?

    23. I put a luepold mark AR mod 1 3 3-9X40 mm on my AR. It’s a great scope for coyote hunting, it’s built especially for the 223/556, 55 grain round, I’ve had very good luck with it out to 600 meters, just rangefind how far out your target is, dial the turret and it works awesome! I picked it up at a local sporting goods store in north Idaho on sale for $249.99 last winter, great scope for the money, and it’s entirely built in Oregon!

    24. I just put a Bushnell 1×4 AR 223 on mine . Works very nice .Scope and mount for $150.These reviews are great,but 95% of the guys out there ,just don’t have the $500 to $1200 to drop on a scope/red dot !

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