Magnifiers do a great job bridging two types of optics together, but they do have their downfalls. ... The great thing about variable power optics is their ability to work under nearly any conditions. If your battery runs out on your red dot then your magnifier is rendered useless.
Incidently, how high should a scope be mounted on an AR?
So anyway, can you put any scope on an AR? Since a reticle is technically independent of the optics that magnify the image, scope makers can put pretty much any kind of reticle they want in a scope.
These are our recommendations for the best AR-15 long-range scopes: Nikon Prostaff 12x40 mm. Leupold VX-R Patrol Rifle Scope. Vortex Strike Eagle 3-18x44 Riflescope w/ EBR-4 MOA.
How far can you shoot with a red dot?
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
Bushnell AR Optics, 1-4x24 Drop Zone Optics
Fully multi coated - multiple layers of anti-reflective coating on all air-to-glass surfaces deliver bright, high-contrast images.
Shockproof construction - built to withstand bumps, bangs, drops and the rough-and-tumble environment of the field.
Fully multi coated lenses with rain guard
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
Vortex Optics Strikefire II Red Dot Sight - 4 MOA Red/Green Dot, Small
The Strikefire II Red/Green Dot is a rugged, reliable red dot sight that is at home in a variety of shooting applications. It allows the shooter to operate between two dot colors and ten brightness settings to easily adjust for changing conditions
Fully multi-coated lenses provide a clean and bright, unobscured point of view. Unlimited eye relief allows for rapid target acquisition. Max Elevation Adjustment- 100 MOA. Max Windage Adjustment- 100 MOA
The single-piece chasis is compact and lightweight but still delivers shockproof performance withstanding both recoil and impact. Nitrogen purging and o-ring seals ensure fogproof and waterproof performance
An offset cantilever mount is provided; allowing you to move the sight forward to be used in conjunction with a magnifier and backup iron sights all on the same rail
With aesthetics and functionality in mind, the power controls are at the rear of the Strikefire for easy access. The Strikefire II runs off a CR2 battery.
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope, 1x25mm, Black
Matte black featuring a 3 MOA Dot reticle with 11 brightness settings; Mounts easily on most picatinny rails and is compatible with pistols, shotguns, rifles and muzzleloaders
Waterproof construction: O ring sealed optics stay dry inside, even when totally immersed in water. Parallax - 50
Shockproof construction: Built to withstand bumps, bangs, drops and the rough and tumble environment of the field
Nitrogen purged fog proofing: Nitrogen inside the scope ensures interior optical surfaces won’t fog due to humidity or rapid temperature change
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
Bushnell Optics, Drop Zone Reticle Riflescope with Target Turrets, Matte Black, 1-4x/24mm
30 millimeter tube dia
Drop zone reticle; Field of view (feet at 100 yard) 90 feet at 1X to 23 feet at 4X
Fully multicoated optics
Fast focus eyepiece
Outstanding close quarters accuracy, with a drop zone 223 BDC reticle for mid range precision
Drop zone 223 BDC ballistic reticle is calibrated for 55 to 62 grain, 223 REM/5.556 loads with aiming points out to 500 yards
Target turrets (0.1 mil click value) for pinpoint precise adjustments
Fully multi coated optics for incredible brightness
Made of high durability aluminum alloy, anodize finished and sealed to protect the inside from elements
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
CVLIFE 4x32 Tactical Rifle Scope Red & Green &Blue Illuminated Reticle Scope with Fiber Optic Sight
Magnification power: 4x ,Objective lens: 32mm, Field of view(feet/100 yards): 36.6, Length(inches): 5.5
High performance optical scope with fiber optic sight for quick and accurate acquisition (with Weaver Slots)
Crisp image for accurate shooting. With the green multi-layer coated lenses, the tactical compact scope can shoot target fast and precisely with high light transmission and resolution
Glass etched reticle with tri-illuminations (green/red/ blue), 3 levels of brightness setting for each color allow shooters to find the perfect brightness needed for lighting and weather different conditions
Shock proof, recoil, fog resistance (nitrogen filled); high quality aluminum alloy in durable black matte finish
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
Bushnell 1-6x24mm AR Optics BTR-1_AR71624I, One Size,Black
Use todays most popular calibers with BDC turrets, giving more precise shop placement than BDC reticles
New illuminated tbr reticle
Coating bonds to exterior lens surfaces, and repels water, oil, fog, dust and debris.
Folding Throw lever for the quickest power changes imaginable
Material Type: Aluminum
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
Vortex Optics SPARC Red Dot Sight Gen II - 2 MOA Dot
The updated SPARC features rugged construction that’s still compact, with a lightweight form-factor. The 2 MOA dot is as easy as point and shoot - it’s quick to acquire in close-quarters, but fine enough for pin-point accuracy at extended ranges.
With up to 700 hours of battery life on the highest setting, 50, 000 hour on its lowest, and night-vision compatibility at the lowest two settings, the SPARC red dot will keep working in a variety of conditions.
Increased light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces. Unlimited eye relief for rapid target acquisition. 12 illumination settings allows shooters to change the dot intensity to the situation at hand.
Highly durable hard-coat anodization provides a low-glare matte surface and helps camouflage position. A unique, integrated base with multi-height mount system allows for either absolute co-witness or lower 1/3 co-witness mounting on rifle platforms.
O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating for reliable waterproof performance in all environments. Rugged contruction of single piece chasis keeps the sight compact and lightweight while still withstanding recoil and impact.
【TOP NOTCH QUALITY】High quality matte black finish, 100% rainproof and shockproof ensuring this scope is the best choice you can make; Multi-coated lens offers super high light transmission.; Magnification: 4x-12x; Obj. Diameter: 50mm; Eye Relief：3" ~ 3.4"; Field of View: 10' ~ 27' @ 100yards; Exit Pupil: 3.3mm ~10mm; Windage & Elevation Click Value: 1/4' @ 100 yards; Field of view: 10' ~ 27' @ 100yards
【NEVER MISS】 The tubeless design with 33mm reflex lens aperture provides you a wide field of view (15.5 @ 100m). With easily adjustable 4-12 magnifications and distance, you can target successfully up to 100 yards.
【ADJUSTABLE TO YOUR EYES FOR GREAT ACCURACY】With dual illuminated 5 brightness level Range Finding reticle, 4 different sizes of dots, and detachable GREEN laser sight reaching over 300m, make sure you can succeed with highest accuracy and with great results every time.
【HASSLE FREE MOUNTING】 Thanks to its built-in rail (20mm), this scope easily mountable to any 22 rails (Picatinny or Weaver). Windage and elevation adjustments with 1/4 MOA audible-click stops and fingertip turrerts.
【RELIABLE CUSTOMERS SERVICE】 Being so sure about the great quality and performance of this amazing scope, MidTen offers perfect & responsive customers service to keep you from any loss. With nothing to worry about, order for you or for your hunting aficionados friends today!
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
CRUSHUNT 4x32 Scope Red Fiber Scope Glass Etched Reticle Real Fiber Optics Optical Scope
Design for Standard 20mm Picatinny/ W-eaver rail.
Water Proof, Shock Proof, Fog Proof, and Weather Proofed.
Chevron Reticle, High-strength Aluminum Alloy, Real Fiber Optic, Don't need the battery.
Feature bright daytime reticles using fiber optics, which collect ambient light.
The Spitfire Prism Scope has been built from the ground up to maximize the fast handling performance of your rifle in close to medium range shooting applications. This prism scope is backed with all the features you need in a tactical optic.
The generous sight picture and forgiving eye box get you on target effortlessly in any scenario. Fully multi-coated lenses offer true to life clarity and brightness.
The dual ring tactical reticle is etched on the prism providing you with a visible point of aim whether powered up or not. Ten intensity levels perfectly match ambient light conditions while you also have an option between red or green illumination.
With shockproof construction, the Spitfire withstands recoil and impact while nitrogen purging and o-ring seals ensure fogproof and waterproof performance.
A common AAA battery powers the illuminated reticle. Field of View: 79 feet/100 yards