Best Tactical Scope http://www.besttacticalscope.com Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:54:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 114556215 Tactical Magnified Scopes – A Guide http://www.besttacticalscope.com/tactical-magnified-scopes-guide/ http://www.besttacticalscope.com/tactical-magnified-scopes-guide/#respond Fri, 30 Dec 2016 09:00:44 +0000 http://www.besttacticalscope.com/?p=839 Tactical Magnified Optics Telescopes (or ‘scopes for short) began appearing on rifles during the American Civil War (1861-1865) about a hundred years after rifles themselves were invented. These optics greatly aided every aspect of making a long range shot, from the bare minimum of finding and identifying a target, to surveilling the area for threats […]

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Tactical Magnified Optics

Telescopes (or ‘scopes for short) began appearing on rifles during the American Civil War (1861-1865) about a hundred years after rifles themselves were invented. These optics greatly aided every aspect of making a long range shot, from the bare minimum of finding and identifying a target, to surveilling the area for threats (like counter snipers), checking wind, more accurately estimating the movement speed of the target, and the distance to it.

The art of being able to do this on the fly…as well as meticulously, for long periods of time and in novel situations. These sorts of necessities are key to a scope being “tactical” as compared to perhaps most other consumer scopes on the market. Ruggedness is as important as image quality and informative, tough reticles. This more often translates into prices that can really compare directly to value at the highest ranges, but there are plenty of solid optics outside of the $1500 and up club….at the same time if there was any firearms accessory it’d be worth splurging on, it’s the optic: This goes doubly for so called “tactical” scopes.

Just a little math, y’all

The key component of most tactical scopes is the “mil” scope, “mil” for milliradian. There is a really long and drawn out way to explain what a milliradian is, but I’ll keep it brief.

There are two ways to map out a circle, as degrees, or as a function of good ol’ fashioned pi (~3.14). MOA of “minute-of-angle” is one sixtieth of a degree: A milliradian is a measure of the pi one, where a “radian” is the angle of the moment when the amount of the circles circumference is the same length as the radius. A milliradian is one on-thousandth of a radian. There are 6283 milliradians in a circle. In a mil-scope the distance between various features of the reticle will translate into distances downrange that can easily be calculated in the metric system, and imperial units with ease, precision and efficiency. The precision aspect is the prominent necessity for a tactical scope, the optic allows for very precise measurements at extended ranges in the form of standardized patterns of bulges, balls, hashmarks and lines. A sniper doesn’t need to rely on any other device but their optic to map out an entire area, or take wind estimations and create rapid holdovers at times when it can be crucial. Although any reticle can be used to range find….it’s going to have to be translated into mils to be practical for anything tactical. 1 mil makes a 10 cm wide dot @ 100m, so adjusting in .1, .25, or even .5 mil adjustments is much more practical than and MOA adjustment system. 1 MOA is ~1 inch @ 100yds, at 1000yds that’s about 10 inches. Even is a scope has 1 MOA adjustments, it’s going to take a lot of clicks to move anywhere significant quickly. Sure, an MOA First Focal Plane (FFP) could be proportional to a mil reticle, but it’d need mil adjustments to be efficient to adjust and manage in dynamic shooting scenarios in training, competition or the field.

The Reticle

Since the reticle is the universal yardstick for any task the shooter might need an optic for, a major distinction between tactical and less specialized optics is that the tactical scope typically has the reticle in the first focal plane as opposed to the second. This really only applies to variable power scopes, and the sum of it is that if the reticle stays in one proportion to the image as the zoom increases and decreases then any markings on the reticle have different values at different ranges. In addition there it’s possible to have zero shift at different magnification settings. Having a first focal plane reticle is essential for a tactical scope. A mil should be a mil, there doesn’t need to be the added complexity of having an extra table of what the mil markings represent at each zoom setting.

The alternative to the mil-scope is the Ballistic Drop Compensation (BDC) type reticle. A great example of which is the Advanced Combat Optical Gunshight or ACOG made by Trijicon, which has various types of BDC reticles for the calibers of 5.56 NATO, 7.62 NATO, and .50 BMG. Some of these types of optics have range finding features in the reticle like simple tables that show range of markings that denote specific heights and widths at different ranges. The Elcan and PSO have good examples of this feature. The key thing with any BDC feature, whether it’s the reticle or an adjustment knob, it’s only good for one bullet: One weight, one velocity, one caliber. If you want a different BDC, you get new turrets, if they’re available. The PSO has some sort of universal BDC mechanism. For long range tactical scopes, especially variable power scopes the mil is a more reliable and omnipotent system in the adjustments and the reticle. One thing a BDC can’t do is reliably account for wind, or moving targets at various ranges in any practical manner.

AR-BDC Reticle

A BDR Reticle

Gotta be tough

Making a precision optic “rugged” is about more than just have a rigid scope tube machined out of a block of solid aluminium, it’s about having tough lenses, a tough reticle, and well assemblies like the adjustments for windage and elevation. Tactical scopes have to hold a zero in tactical conditions, which could mean rapid changes in temperature, being submerged in water, falling down a flight of stairs, the recoil of thousands of rounds; as well as the ever unpredictable but guaranteed drops and fall, as well as all manner of climates. As well, even the most expensive Nightforce optic isn’t going to add up to much if you skip on the rings and/or mounting system.

A scope that will hold a zero and remain reliable in adjustments after years on a work gun through years of faux pas and hard use is the foundation of a scopes quality as a long term investment. A failure in the structural integrity of some part of the scope, a scratched lens, or a broken reticle rapidly degrade the utility of any optic exponentially, negating the other crucial aspects. After all, what good is a clear and bright image if the reticle has snapped off inside the scope, or the scope tube has moisture inside of it and the lens fogs up; or the turrets come out of true somehow?

Clarity required

Image quality is a function of lens design, objective lens size, and lens coatings. To start off, no telescope is going to transmit 100% of the light from its image, anyone who has ever looked through a telescope can notice that it does seem a bit dimmer than the ambient light. This effect is exponentially more powerful during dusk an dawn, times where it may still be too bright to run night vision, especially at dawn, and images through the scope lose their detail. Image quality is a backbone of a scopes tactical qualities since the tactical shooter will have to be able to not only identify targets, but also seek them out…including the #1 target for any tactical marksman or sniper: Opposing snipers, or counter-snipers. The difference between having the image clarity and crispness to see a sunbeam off a piece of netting half a kilometer away can mean life and death.

However with the continued use and development of AK and AR -15 rifles, the development of military optics for intermediate ranges and intermediate cartridges promised to do great service to a technologically solidified and growing category of tactical weaponary. Outside of a few aberrant designs, the magnified optic, or any optic at all was seen almost exclusively on military sniper rifles, this only began to change as optics became more affordable, and warfare evolved in the mid-20th century. Through the development by military forces, compact and dependable medium power optics saw expanded use in civilian hands in the pursuit of game or sporting competition. Fast forward to the modern battlefield and any modern army in a combat theatre can hand out optics to a majority of their front line troops, from Trijicon ACOG‘s to the Elcan M145 and all the developments in precision optics that have taken place for the designated marksmen and snipers on the front. The leading innovator in practical tactical optics for the infantryman however was the USSR and their Warsaw Pact universal mounting system which while outdated, is still a rugged and reliable way to clamp a scope to a gun.

Tactical scopes for the AK-47 and AR-15

The Kalshnikov series of rifles has grown from a pair of 7.62x39mm carbines to a plethora of rifles in 7.62×39, the fast and incredibly lethal 5.45×39, and its western counterpart, the 5.56×45. From the 47 to the 107 and onward, an AK today will have a variety of recoil systems, finishes, features, and even controls, and increasingly sporting optics common on AR type rifles like the Elcan SpecterDR and the Trijicon ACOG. However, it’s important to note that unlike AR’s, AK’s and other Soviet weapons had proprietary optics developed specifically for them and the mounts integrated on the receivers. The magnified optics are generally very rugged, easy to use, and incorporate universal Ballistic Drop Compensation (BDC) which can be adopted to a variety of calibers as long as the data on the rounds is known.

Perhaps the most rugged, original, economical, and simplistic of these optics is the good old fashioned Pritsel Snaipersky Optichesky or PSO for short, which translates into “Optical Sniper Sight”. Although it was intended for use on the SVD, it fits the universal Warsaw Pact mount. Its a practical tactical 4x optic with a reticle that includes chevrons for bullet drop, a rudimentary (but effective) rangefinder, and hash marks for windage which can also be used for range estimation. The PSO can be had for a range of prices from as low as ~$50 to around $120, depending on the origin of manufacture, condition, and of course the seller. The optical tube is built for a magnesium alloy which makes it very lightweight, although somewhat brittle in comparison to steel or aluminium optical tubes. The rangefinder portion of the reticle is what really makes this an excellent tactical optic, it consists of a sloping dotted line over a flat one with markings from 200 meters to 1000 meters for a 1.7 meters tall target, or about 5 feet 9 inches. This allows you to quickly gauge range rather accurately on anything about “man” tall out to beyond the effective range of any AK type rifle. Being such a rugged scope and inexpensive scope as well, with a decent field of vision makes this ideal for any type of shooting from plinking to hunting to anything up to roughly 500 meters. It isn’t the brightest optic, or the most refined, but it certainly works and won’t hurt your checking account in any noticeable way.

Elcan sights

Next up is the Elcan SpecterDR, a much more expensive option, but one that offers more versatility for close range than the PSO, as well as a wider field of vision. The SpecterDR is a variable zoom optic that was created to fill the needs of the United States Special Operations Command or USSOCOM for short. They (and the DoD at large)  were already using the fixed 4x variant (along with the Canadian military) and just needed something with a little more versatility in the field. The Elcan SpecterDR is about twice the price of the 4x because the SpecteDR switches from 1x to 4x with a simple throw lever, and maintains the same eye relief between both settings, making it simple to train on and use one either zoom position. Special Operations in the Russian Federation already use Elcans on many of their weapons from MVD to GRU units it can be spotted pretty regularly on the 1913 Picatinny rails that have become ubiquitous on the modern fighting AK in the very nation that saw its birth, as well as that of the now rather outdated, though rugged, Warsaw Pact universal mount. The reticle is where the Elcan SpecterDR shines as well, it’s designed to cater to the drop of either 5.56 NATO or 7.62 NATO depending on which model you purchase, and has markings out to 1000 yards for bullet drop that move into open rings at 600 to allow the user to easily spot impact signature. The reticle also possess a range finding element that is similar to the PSO in that it allows for range finding based on a man sized target, however instead of a gradual curve from 200 tmeters to 1000 meters the Elcan has steps at 300, 400, 500, and 600 yards. As for the bullet drop aspects of the reticle; given that the 5.45 x 39 and the 5.56 NATO are ballistic twins, the 5.56 NATO models can suffice for 5.45 AK’s (as well as the 5.56 NATO models of course). The Elcan also proves its worth when it comes to brightness and clarity, due to the high efficient broadband coatings on the lens. It also sports a red illuminated reticle powered by a common CR2032 lithium battery used in many weapon sights like the Trijicon RMR.

Elcan sights have been in use for decades by military forces worldwide and the SpecterDR is a sight that really displays the accrued wisdom and development based on the legacy and current use of the OS4x and M145 fixed 4x sights. It’s an all in one combat sight that’s rugged and built for battle, making it more than sufficient for any casual, competition, or hunting usage. In fact the Elcan can really shine on the competition field due to the variable zoom and common eye relief shared between both zoom settings. This comes especially handy in Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) type matches, as well as 3 Gun events and anything rifle oriented in between due to the ‘both eyes open’ style of shooting that the long eye relief allows for, as well as the instantaneous switch from 1x to 4x, and the informative yet user friendly reticle design. This quality comes at a price though, and the Elcan SpecterDR is going to set you back a bit shy of $2,500. However for that amount you’ll be getting about the only tactical optic you will need for any non precision situation within the effective range of an AR-15 or AK rifle, the 7.62 NATO AR-10 variants however need a bit more magnification to really identify and accurately engage man-sized targets at its max effective range. As well, accurized AR-15 rifles being used for target shooting, varmint hunting, or long range engagements in intermediate chamberings more suited for 7.62 NATO ranges (like 6.5 Grendel or 6.5×47 Lapua) also require some advanced magnification to really wring out their true potential.

Trijicon sights

The Trijicon ACOG is likely the most well known fixed power tactical optic ever developed, particularly from the United States. The 4×32 model is the most popular among them, and used internationally throughout law enforcement and military units. 4x is great, after all with the Bindon Aiming Concept (BAC), but it comes in a larger and more powerful order. There is a model in use by the British on their AR-10 Designated Marksmans Rifle (DMR), the “L129A1”, a mildly modified LMT308: The 6×48 model. It’s noticeably larger than the 4x model, but 48mm objective lens aid in image clarity and crispness. The model for the L129A1 is in metric to allow for the whole milliradian experience while incorporating a BDC in the reticle. It also has very fine MOA  adjustment knobs with four clicks making a differences of one inch at 100 yards, or about a quarter MOA per click. As far as fixed power tactical scopes go, 6x is about the highest it’s useful to go on a rifle not meant for extended range precision shooting. As far as it could be a “tactical” scope, the United States Marine Corps has relied on 10x fixed scopes until recently, which speaks for the fact that taking simple construction and ease of usage as main priorities isn’t a bad thing. Fixed power scopes have less moving pieces to keep in true after tough use, and a lot of recoil impulses.

The fixed power optic is always going to be the bottom line in ruggedness, 10x is most common for long range tasks, but 14x slightly above can become necessary options for extreme ranges paired with a range range round. Not only are they the toughest magnified optics from the drawing board; they’re also mechanically invulnerable to many of the complexities variable power scopes are. The fixed power optic also has no issues with focal plane, the reticle is the reticle and it’s been made just for that magnification setting.

However, today the variable scope is a standard of tactical marksman’s weapons: zooming up from 1x, the highest it’s practical to go is about 8x, anything stronger isn’t getting beyond a 5x-25x variable zoom. 3x-9x I s a common arrangement, as is 4.5x-14x, but anything close to that can provide the zoom to really spot and analyze a target, the zoom to make shots on, and enough of a low zoom to allow measuring close things as well as fast things, and large things. The lower zoom settings are also crucial in acquiring targets and switching from area to area without scanning a dime sized piece of real estate at 270m through a 14x fixed optic on an anti-material rifle, or long range precision rifle, dial down to find a place to closely examine at a higher zoom level; and shoot at a comfortable medium to notice details on the follow through.   

The Elcan SpecterDR mentioned before could be at either 1x or 4x, but it had no transition between the two, that is, there was no 2x or 3x, just a lever switch between the two. Variable power scopes technically include the SpecterDR, but in the tactical category of rifle scopes, you will find it is likely the only modern tactical optic with that feature. Most variable power rifle scopes have some sort of twisting feature near the eyepiece marked with various points with power factors for the scope.

With a heavy sigh, to emerge into this part of the article we have to talk about parallax. The basic explanation of parallax is to stick your thumb out, point it at something, and then move your head around. Your thumb will appear to move, but really it’s your eye changing alignment with your thumb relative to what you’re looking at. That can also happen looking through a telescope since you’re really looking at a series of lenses to see the image they captured. As your eye moves relative to the ocular lens the reticle can appear to move off the point-of-aim (POA). In rifle scopes as the focus of the scope is changed, the parallax can increase due to the objective lens and the reticle lens not being in the same focal plane. To keep it tactical, this absolutely needs to be able to be adjusted for in scopes, and there are two ways to do it: Have a feature which allows the objective lens to be adjusted, which is a simpler but requires looking at, and manipulating the front of the optic. The second way is the have an adjustable internal lens between the objective lens and the reticle to cast a focused image on the reticle based on its adjustment. Which is more complicated than the former option, but allows for the parallax adjustment turret to be right next to the windage and elevation knobs in a rotating turret that can be glanced at from behind the optic and adjusted with two fingers.

That’s it. That’s the customer guide to parallax. It exists, it can be compensated for in scopes with the choice of an adjustment knob. The Leupold Mark 4 Long Range/Tactical (LR/T) series has this feature for example, near the label of “FOCUS”. It’s a feature on a lot of optics, but a necessity for tactical scopes. The standard approach of just making the scope parallax free at a narrow bandwidth of ranges or otherwise not having a parallax adjustment won’t work in the dynamic nature of tactical shooting. Optics from other top makes that have the adjustment knob a standard feature on their tactical scopes is Schmidt & Bender, US Optics, as well as Nightforce. These four companies are making top quality tactical scopes, with all four having longstanding optics in service with NATO armed forces and law enforcement.

Schmidt & Bender are perhaps most notorious for their 1-8x ShortDot, a staple in competitive 3 Gun, as well as the modern battlefield. The ShortDot comes in a few variants, but the original is a first focal plane optic with the very fine one click = 1cm @ 100m that’s thematic on the Schmidt&Bender tactical line. With a 24mm Objective lens, it isn’t the best suited for identifying objects at long distances in high detail. Will it make the 400m and beyond engagement easier? Of course, but the difference between hitting the center of the targets mass and being able to differentiate uniforms, different types of equipment, and details like hand signals or other details. In tactical operations, a sniper will generally be directed onto a target in cohesion with a spotter who will be constantly doing calculations and feeding them to the sniper for action, and the spotter has a very powerful telescope; often 45x at the low end, and in excess of 80x at the higher end. Why does a sniper need anything over 9x or 10x outside of extended range engagements? Let alone the high end of the 5-25x featured in the Nightforce NXS F1 (designating it as an FFP scope, many other Nightforces are 2nd focal plane.) or the Schmidt & Bender PMII?

The answer is simple: Why not?

Seriously, if a scope can keep a reasonably clear, crisp and bright image at a high zoom  then let it. With a higher zoom a sniper can get talked onto targets that are dressed in some sort of standardized clothing (a common situation in tactical doings), but at a lower zoom the tactical operator can’t see as well, and while a spotter can try to call out details from a 60x optic, the sniper may be stuck looking through a 10x that makes that crucial detail less observable. Also, the other 99% of field time the tactical marksman is probably looking around at things that won’t get shot. Taking data constantly based on what they can see, which maybe be close to or more than a kilometer away. Over long distances wind can be different over the whole area. Wind can also be erratic and unpredictable, just like anything in a tactical situation, so keeping track of that and other variables that may only appear at a high zoom need to be.

This really requires excellent lens coatings, lenses, and lens assemblies. This is where the money can really come in if you need this to be a long term relationship. Perhaps the highest end of this can be found in the Schmidt & Bender PMII 5-25×56. A rare quality in variable zoom scopes is a reliably crisp image. A decent test for any variable zoom scope is to see how crisp the details of images stay at various ranges; there’s no functionality on zooming in on bluriness.

All in all, there are long held brand landmarks in the tactical scope arena, but the manufacture of precision optics becomes more advanced and accessible with time and while the high quality makes for variable power tactical scopes may only be a small bundle, the fixed power market is a lot deeper while clinging to tactical qualities. It needs to have mil adjustments and and a mil reticle that stays in one focal plane. MOA works on an optic designed to be zeroed and left there like an ACOG, but on anything with a long tube mil is the (only) way. The scope needs to be tough, and reliable of course, but just as importantly it has to have a high rate of light transmission as an ambiguous image at any power setting could mean overlooking a crucial detail. Of course, if the scope in duct taped to the gun it’ll basically just be a very abuseable monocular. For an optic to work on a rifle, rings and the mount have to be a lot tougher than the scope as a starting point. Nearly any modern firearm action can be accurized far out of the reach of a budget 2-65×90 scope named the ‘Zeus’ or something.

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Trijicon RMR Review – Introduction

In 2009 Trijicon introduced a new mini red dot sight, the Ruggedized Miniature Reflex or ‘RMR’ for short. At its introduction, it was available in a non-adjustable LED format (MSRP $655), and a ‘Dual-Illuminated’ or ‘Tritium/Phosphorous’ format (MSRP $577); the latter lacking the need for a battery instead relying on the same type of illumination strip that powers the ACOG. A year later, the company introduced a final option with the adjustable LED (MSRP $708), each iteration has its own unique advantages not only in comparison to each other but also comparable red dot sights (RDS) on the market today. Before we begin to step into that though, let’s take a closer look at the RMR’s.

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Build Quality and Features

All of the RMR variants are built from a block of 7075 T6 aluminum and weigh ~1.2 ounces in working condition and are waterproof up to 20m. The RMR is also specially designed to direct any impact force away from the glass with the unique dip at the top of the sight, making it impossible for a hard drop to fracture the optic. Both LED variants use the CR2032 lithium battery (and possess a gasket sealed base) which can last for years; 4 years for the adjustable on setting 4 of 8, and about 2 years for the non-adjustable in regular use though it can be up to 5 years if it is stored in the dark. The tritium edition, however, stays illuminated for up to 15 years after the date of manufacture. All variants are night vision compatible, though the adjustable LED would need to be put on the lowest setting since it does not self-adjust to the ambient light. The self-adjusting nature of the Tritium and LED sights can lead to the sight picture being washed out when using a weapon light or shooting from a dark area into a lit area, such as out of a building or from the shade, though if this is a concern, the user adjustable LED is there to meet it.

Trijicon RMR Lighting Variants

The LED’s only come in red dots, with the adjustable having options for a 1, 3.25, or 6.5 MOA dot, while the non-adjustable only comes in 3.25 or 6.5 MOA. With the Tritium variant, you can grab either an amber dot in 7, 9 or 13 MOA as well as a 12.9 MOA triangle, there is also an option for a green 9 MOA dot or 12.9 MOA triangle. All variants are windage and elevation adjustable in 1 MOA clicks.

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Trijicon RMR Uses

In the wild, the RMR can be spotted piggy-backing ACOG’s and other magnified optics, or in an offset configuration from the main glass on and off the battlefield. However, due to its size, ruggedness, and weight, the RMR is perhaps most commonly seen mated to the slides of various pistols, notably featured on the “Roland Special” a Glock 19 customized for use by various highly specialized DoD and OGA units. On the competition grounds, the RMR is a regular guest at a range of shooting competitions from 3-Gun matches to IPSC. For the lawfully armed citizen, the RMR is an excellent addition to a concealed carry pistol given the prominent and simple sight picture it provides, and the mechanical advantage it gives to manipulating the slide while injured, under stress, or perhaps doing two things at once.

Trijicon RMR vs Aimpoint Micro T-2 and EoTech Insight MRDS

As far as alternatives go in the market for high-end mini RDS’s, two notable options are the Aimpoint Micro T-2 (MSRP $846) and the EoTech Insight MRDS (MSRP $499). The MRDS compares favorably with the RMR on weight, scaling in at ~1 ounce in working condition, it’s also auto-adjustable or user adjustable with the press of a button and has windage and elevation in 1 MOA clicks as well. It’s also waterproof up to 20m and is built to MIL-SPEC. However the battery life tops out at a year at most, and the construction is nowhere near as durable as the RMR, and as far as the adjustable setting go the MRDS has 4 settings compared the RMR’s 8. The MRDS is also limited to a 3.5 MOA red dot only as far as sight options go, and end users have reported that the MRDS can develop a “flicker” in its sight that can be disorienting. Moving on to the T-2, we see a jump in weight with a total of ~3.3 ounces in working condition. The T-2 is also notably larger than the RMR’s making it a bit cumbersome for pistols. However, the Aimpoint does blow the LED RMR’s out of the water when it comes to battery life; boasting 5 years of continuous use at setting 8 out of 10 and over 500,000 hours at the NV setting.  The Aimpoint sports a 2 MOA red dot which is adjustable for windage and elevation in ~1/2 MOA clicks. As well the Aimpoint is certainly a very rugged sight, with Aimpoints being battle-proven from the ancient M2 to the modern micro T-1 and T-2 sights.

Conclusion

Wrapping up, all these sights have seen military use, and they all work. The RMR and T-2 are definitely the more expensive by a significant margin, but they’re also excellent examples of getting what you pay for. For use as a handgun optic, the RMR is the clear winner. It’s compact enough to be a non-issue for concealed carry, it’s light enough to have zero impact on slide speed and reliability, it’s tough, it works, and there plenty of options for dot size and functionality. The Aimpoint is about three times as heavy, but there’s no question that it can function with the magnifiers made for it by the same company, making it a solid choice for a rifle or a slug gun. It has its place on handguns, and Aimpoints are no stranger on the competition field strapped to pistols, but it lacks the ease of concealability the RMR does while accomplishing the same thing. Essentially, both sights are about neck and neck when it comes to long arms, and because the RMR has more dot options it comes out ahead on pistols.

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NightForce 12-42x56mm http://www.besttacticalscope.com/nightforce-12-42x56mm/ http://www.besttacticalscope.com/nightforce-12-42x56mm/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 23:16:18 +0000 http://www.besttacticalscope.com/?p=646 With 56mm multi-coated lenses, the NightForce Rifle Scope provides a superior resolution which is needed to distinguish fine details at quite long ranges. It is well known to provide a world record performance and excellent speed & accuracy in all situations. Made of 6061-T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum, it is 2-3 times thicker than other scopes […]

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9.5 Total Score
The NightForce 2-42x56mm is a badass tack driver at maximum distances.

The NightForce 2-42x56mm provides superior optics for clarity at extreme distances. A favored model by notable hunters and long-range shooters, Nightforce has a solid product at a price that is worth every penny.

PROS
  • Delivers 2-3 times the spring pressure of other rifle scopes
  • High-end performance and top optics level
  • Extra-fine focus with an adjustable objective and can adjust parallax from 25 yards to infinity
  • Can be re-indexed to zero with target turrets that are calibrated in true MOA values
  • Maximum tracking accuracy with a highly efficient coil spring plunger return system
  • Completely weather resistant, waterproof and shockproof
CONS
  • Not easy to assemble
  • More expensive
User Rating: 4.5 (2 votes)

With 56mm multi-coated lenses, the NightForce Rifle Scope provides a superior resolution which is needed to distinguish fine details at quite long ranges. It is well known to provide a world record performance and excellent speed & accuracy in all situations. Made of 6061-T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum, it is 2-3 times thicker than other scopes and more durable& stronger than most scopes out there.

NightForce 12-42x56mm Overview

The NightForce scope is one of the most sought-after rifle components out there. Providing a magnification range of 12-42x, the scope allows the user to see smaller elements at extremely long ranges. It is rigorously tested for perfection, making it one of the most effective scopes in the world of shooting. The impact and recoil capabilities are tested at 1250 Gs for a wide range of forces. The lightweight scope is capped or finger adjustable and uses analog illumination.

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Construction

As mentioned above, the scope is made of 6061-T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum. This sturdy construction makes the device shockproof, waterproof and weather resistant. It has a tube diameter of 1.18 in and an overall length of 17 in. It is filled with nitrogen and kept at a neutral pressure level to maintain high performance at various shooting conditions.

Reticle

The NightForce 12-42x56mm is compatible with NP-2DD reticle and NP-R2 reticle. The former is available in Benchrest 12-42×56, Benchrest 8-32×56 and NXS 8-32X56 while the latter is available in Benchrest 12-42×56 and Benchrest 8-32×56. The NP-2DD provides precise MOA reference markings and unobstructed field of view which allow for simple and effective shooting at close and long ranges. The NP-R2 provides 2 MOA & 5 MOA windage increments for multiple& hold points, making it suitable for long-range applications.

Optics

Featuring a number of coatings, the glass is quite resistance to damaging elements such as dust and oil. The air-to-glass facing surfaces are in addition coated with an anti-glare material, so the scope is not affected by sun or light glare. The scope’s eye relief is around 2.9 in and its light transmission is an excellent one.

Illumination

The NightForce scope delivers excellent illumination under any lighting conditions. The glass-etched illuminated reticles provide optimum image contrast and the well-designed eyepiece provide fast focusing, maximizing the scope’s illumination. As noted above, the illumination is an analogue one, but it is fully adjustable.

Sight-in

According to the users of this scope, the sighting in is exceptionally simple. This process is made easy by true .125 click values and the ability of the scope to re-index to zero. These two factors make the scope dial in and drive lead downrange in the quickest way possible.

Comparison

When considering to buy the NightForce 12-42x56mm, you can have a look at Leupold Mark 4 LR/T 8.5-25X50 which has pretty near similar features and specs as the scope under discussion. It comes with a tube diameter of 1.18 in, an eye relief of 3.7 in and adjustments of .125 MOA. Its design and construction is fantastic and comes with a sleek & polished exterior.

Suitable for ultra long range shooting, the Leupold scope can hit the target at a distance of 600 yards or even 1000 yards. It shows fairly sharp pictures and holds to zero quite okay. The magnification, illumination and optical quality is great like the NightForce’s.

When it comes to price, you can save around $85 with the Leupold scope. Well, this is a small price difference and cannot prevent you from buying the NightForce scope if it’s your best choice.

In Conclusion

The NightForce 12-42x56mm is a high quality rifle scope that offers the best value for your money. Its aluminum construction makes it sturdy enough to resist breakages or denting when dropped or hit by another object. It helps you see fine details at longer distances and even shoot accurately at those longer ranges. Generally, it is a very useful scope and it is worthy of your consideration.

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Features

  • Whatever you think you might do to your scope, chances are we've already done it.
  • Long range & Ultra Long Range: benchrest shooters, specialized ultra long range firearms
  • An adjustable objective allows extra-fine focus to adjust parallax from 25 yardsto infinity
  • Target turrets are calibrated in true .125 M.O.A. (1/8 click) values and can be re-indexed to zero after sighting in.

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Vortex SPARC AR Red Dot http://www.besttacticalscope.com/vortex-sparc-ar-red-dot/ http://www.besttacticalscope.com/vortex-sparc-ar-red-dot/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 22:58:55 +0000 http://www.besttacticalscope.com/?p=791 The Vortex SPARC is smaller than the StrikeFire II, and intended to compete with products like the Aimpoint H2. As far as we're concerned, they've done so admirably.

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9.5 Total Score
Vortex delivers a good argument for cheap red dot sights that don't compromise

The Vortex SPARC AR is smaller than the SPARC II, and intended to compete with products like the Aimpoint H2. As far as we're concerned, they've done so admirably.

PROS
  • Very Light
  • Minimalist Design
  • Easy Installation
  • Easy Operation
  • Perfect Price (quality surpasses the cost)
  • Unlimited and Unconditional Lifetime VIP Warranty
CONS
  • Battery life lower than some competing models
  • Lens caps could be better
User Rating: 4 (2 votes)

Vortex SPARC AR Red Dot Review

The rugged and armored Vortex SPARC AR has been designed to fit perfectly in the AR platform, which includes a daylight-bright red dot and a built-in mount. It can be considered as a high-end equipment in the mid-price range ($160–$300). Running on a simple AAA battery, SPARC AR automatically shuts itself down after twelve hours of remaining idle.

SPARC AR by Vortex weighs 7.5oz and measures only 2.9” in length, which leaves a lot of room for its VMX magnifier. It is guaranteed not to get overheated in extremely hot temperatures; and is designed to be waterproof, shockproof and fog proof to handle any kind of environment that it is put in. Vortex assures a VIP Warranty to every customer, where it shall repair or replace the binocular for free should they become damaged or defective.

Battery Life

This equipment uses a single battery of AAA type. The battery life is totally dependent on the usage of brightness intensity of the dot. At maximum brightness, it can last up to 300 hours, and in minimum brightness up to 5,000 hours.

Vortex didn’t choose to implement solar panels like other brands for extended battery life; mainly for two reasons:

· Firstly, SPARC AR uses a digital switch. Digital switches are quick to activate and bring in required intensity than mechanical switches. Battery life is used up heavily since the dot always monitors the switch—even when it is off—to know if the buttons are pressed. A 12-hour auto-shutdown feature has been additionally provided to maximize battery life under this condition.

· Secondly, Vortex lists a realistic battery life; unlike other brands that list extended battery life only as a part of their marketing gimmick. There are many other factors—with fluctuating values—like battery type, temperature, quality of LED, etc; that go into deciding the accurate battery life.

Rugged Optics

  • The depth rating is limited to one meter for thirty minutes.
  • It is waterproof.
  • It is also shockproof, making it perfectly adaptable to the AR platform where rifles are constantly banged and dropped around.
  • Another amazing feature is that the optics are fog proof; perfect for areas with high humidity and extreme temperatures.
  • The optics are fully multi-coated on each and every air-to-glass surface to increase light transmission.
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Reticle

SPARC AR has two minutes of angle (MOA) dot reticle with adjustments of up to ten levels of brightness. The last two levels of brightness are used for night mode or “Night Vision.” The adjustment graduation is 1 MOA with Elevation and Windage adjustments of 90 MOA in each category.

SPARC AR is parallax free, i.e. when you remove your eyes from the center, the crosshair would still appear in the same position of the target. The eye relief is unlimited and the bright red dot is remarkably visible in broad sunlight.

Windage and Elevation

In this red dot equipment, the windage and elevation dials have clicks that are audible. Every click moves point-of-impact one MOA. It means that: for a fifty-yard sight-in distance, the said equipment will take twelve clicks in the dial to move the bullet’s point-of-impact by six inches.

Construction

The Vortex SPARC AR comes packaged in a single piece chassis which is both, compact and lightweight. Vortex uses a technology where nitrogen gas is liquefied with o-rings-seals to provide the fog proof and waterproof performance. The o-ring-seals prohibit the water, dust, and debris entering in the equipment which makes it suitable for almost all types of environments.

Its shockproof feature can easily tolerate recoil and impact. The SPARC AR has been given a highly durable low-glare matte finish and can operate in temperatures ranging from -4F/-20C to 158F/70C. The Multiple Height Mount System features a spacer inlay that is used for two distinct mounting levels: lower 1/3 co-witness (40mm); and absolute co-witness (37mm).

Vortex Sparc AR Red Dot Conclusion

Shooting with the Vortex SPARC AR is simple, fast, and effective; just point and shoot. The entire package comes as a durable, lightweight, and compact product. Digital rear-facing controls and dot brightness deliver instant access and are easily visible from the shooting position.

It is parallax free and has unlimited eye relief which gets the shooter on target quickly and effortlessly. The SPARC AR Red Dot Sight —being waterproof, shockproof and fog proof—can be used with duty rifles, for home defense, or recreation.

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Monstrum Tactical 3×30 http://www.besttacticalscope.com/monstrum-tactical-3x30/ http://www.besttacticalscope.com/monstrum-tactical-3x30/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 22:18:00 +0000 http://www.besttacticalscope.com/?p=687 The Monstrum Tactical 3×30 Rifle Scope is an entry level rifle scope which nonetheless provides great versatility in action as well as a rich set of performance features.

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Monstrum Tactical 3×30 Rifle Scope Overview

The Monstrum Tactical 3×30 Rifle Scope is an entry level rifle scope which nonetheless provides great versatility in action as well as a rich set of performance features. The scope is shipped with a rechargeable and replaceable lithium ion battery for powering the range finder reticle, with options for green and red light illumination.

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Performance

With its 30 millimeter diameter objective lens, this rifle scopes performs admirably for both close and mid range shooting. It offers very high clarity at three times magnification. The compact scope has adjustable mounting mechanism to suit variety of rifles. It also has a decent height, meaning that you can easily mount it on any rifle, including the more robust assault riffles, without the inconvenience of securing a riser underneath first.

Construction

The scope is fashioned from aircraft grade aluminum alloy, guaranteeing lightweight yet resilient build. It is also compact enough for portability purposes. The entire body has been carefully sealed to guarantee foolproof and waterproof performance in all types of weather. It bears a distinctively dark coating with optimal pigmentation to ensure it does not fade or crack from exposure to weather elements. The entire assembly weighs a wieldy 14 ounces in weight, meaning you can easily carry it with your hunting gear without inconvenience. What is more, at its longest it measures a very manageable 6.3 inches.

Range Finder Reticle

This rifle scope comes with one of the most functional illuminated reticles for entry level rifle equipment. Designed for easy adjustment, it allows for on-the-fly targeting so you can customize to suit fast changing conditions. There is a ready switch to change illumination from red to green light and vice versa. Either way, you can set different illumination intensities to counter the effect of either too much or too little ambient lighting conditions. It is however worth noting that you need not have the reticle illuminated to find and mark your targets.

 

Comparison

If you are looking for a rifle scope that offers more performance and targeting beyond a dozen feet or so but still at a very budget friendly pricing, the UTG 3-9X32 1″ BugBuster Scope is just the choice to make. It sells for between $85 to $100 and when you check out its specs and features, it will easily be your best bargain of the year.

The UTG 3-9X32 1″ BugBuster comes with a highly functional “Mil-dot” reticle with an adjustable objective optimized for targeting between 3 yards to “Infinity”. Like the Monstrum Tactical 3×30, this scope comes with a green and red dual illumination range finder. They are also both fitted with accommodating eye relief feature. The UTG 3-9X32 1″ BugBuster eye relief is however much better, featuring full CQC (Close Quarter Combat) adjustment.

If you are shooting in inclement weather conditions, the UTG 3-9X32 1″ BugBuster offers better visibility as its interior is nitrogen filled for the best fog proof performance.

The only feature the Monstrum Tactical 3×30 rifle scope is superior to the UTG BugBuster is in the mounting. While the BugBuster comes with standard rifle mounts, the Monstrum has a more versatile mount designed to secure easily to any Picatinny or Weaver rail equipped flat top rifle.

The Bottom Line

The Monstrum Tactical 3×30 Rifle Scope represents great value for money. While Monstrum Optics is not the most recognizable brand in the riffle supplies and accessories business, the scope has a very functional, versatile construction. And when you factor in the sub $60 price tag, you have to agree it is a real steal. Unlike other “budget” rifle scopes though, the Tactical 3×30 from Monstrum offers strikingly clear views with no shadows around the edges and you won’t be distracted by shifting image projection. With easily adjustable zooming, you can focus with precision at your targets whether they are close by or at some distance. Granted, it lacks objective magnification for long range shooting but in all other performance criteria, it does measure up to expectations and even exceeds them to some degree. It has very decent ratings posted by hunters and sports shooting experts on all the major online reseller stores such as Amazon.com and ebay.com.

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Features

  • High optical clarity at 3 times magnification and 30 mm objective diameter
  • Glass range finder reticle for on-the-fly range estimation and long distance targeting
  • Dial controlled reticle illumination in both red and green with multiple brightness intensities, for clean sight picture regardless of lighting or environment
  • Integrated rail mount fastens securely to any flat top Weaver or Picatinny rail equipped rifle
  • Designed for long and comfortable eye relief of 3+ inches

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UUQ® Clarity+ 6-24×50 http://www.besttacticalscope.com/uuq-clarity-6-24x50/ http://www.besttacticalscope.com/uuq-clarity-6-24x50/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:48:23 +0000 http://www.besttacticalscope.com/?p=586 UUQ® 6-24X50mm AOEG Clarity+ Hunting Rifle Scope Red/Green Illuminated Mil-dot Crosshair Gun Scope With Free Mounts The UUQ® Clarity+ 6-24×50 is a compact tactical combo rifle scope that’s best for mid to long range shooting and offers superior optical clarity at 6-25X times magnification and has 50mm objective diameter. You can use UUQ not only […]

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8.7 Total Score
UUQ Clarity+ 6-24x50 is just that - clear, and fairly inexpensive.

All in all, UUQ® Clarity+ 6-24×50 comes with many exciting features that can help you get best value for your investment. It features easy adjustments and battery life is good. It’s super easy to mount and is completely shockproof and waterproof.

PROS
  • Heavy duty construction
  • Good clarity at long distances
  • Excellent quick release mounting system
  • Includes flip-up lens
  • Includes sunshade
CONS
  • Package doesn’t include a manual
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UUQ® 6-24X50mm AOEG Clarity+ Hunting Rifle Scope Red/Green Illuminated Mil-dot Crosshair Gun Scope With Free Mounts

The UUQ® Clarity+ 6-24×50 is a compact tactical combo rifle scope that’s best for mid to long range shooting and offers superior optical clarity at 6-25X times magnification and has 50mm objective diameter. You can use UUQ not only for rifles but also for crossbows.

The recticle has multiple brightness intensities and is illuminated in red and green, for suitable sight picture regardless of environment and lighting. It’s equipped with powerful integrated green colored laser sight. Its detachable micro dot sight ensures quick acquisition of close quarter and fast moving targets.

This scope’s 50mm objective lens provides maximum light gathering capabilities and offers 6-24x magnification levels. As discussed, its Green, Red and Blue Illuminated Mil-Dot Rectile offers good results, but we think blue is just a gimmick. There is 5 level adjustable brightness available for each color. Its high quality multi-coated lenses provide maximum light transmission.

The Mid-dot estimating reticle of UUQ® Clarity+ 6-24×50 is optimal for aiming and shooting performance. Its adjustable rheostat ensures precise brightness control. The rifle scope is completely sealed and comes nitrogen filled. It is built on rangefinder lens coating with strong cardan joint platform.

Unique Features

* Multi-coated UUQ® Hunter class lenses are multi-coated to ensure maximum ambient light utilization, providing best resolution and image clarity.
* Rifle scope has been built on a proven platform, just one piece is best for overall performance.
* Completely shockproof, rainproof and fog proof.
* Fully coated crystal clear lens for highest possible light transmission and best clarity.
* Speedy tactical resetting/zero locking target turrets for elevation and windage.
Parallax adjustable from 10 yards to infinity makes this scope best for range shooting and hunting
* Adjustable at ¼ MOA/click
* Triple bonus with flip-up lens cover, mid-profile scope rings, and stackable sunshade
* Green/blue/red triple illumination with range estimating mil-dot recticle
* Zeroing adjustment windage and quick tactical lock and elevation.
* Mil-dot range estimation reticle for best aiming and shooting performance. Side wheel and red, blue and green tri illumination

The package:

The packing UUQ® Clarity+ 6-24×50 comes in is of high quality. Right out of box it feels like a great quality. It comes with mounting hardware, lens covers and a battery for red green recticle. The windage and elevation adjustments can be quickly made without any need to unscrew the caps.

In Package

• 4-16×50 rifle scope
• Sunshade
• 2 Flip-up lens covers
• 2 Scope Rings for Weaver Rail
• Lens Cleaning Cloth
• CR2032 Battery
• Manual instruction

 

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Features

  • This tactical rifle scope is well suited for mid to long range shooting, with high optical clarity at 6-24x magnification and a 1.96" objective diameter.
  • The reticle can be illuminated in red or green in multiple brightness intensities, for a suitable sight regardless of lighting or environment.
  • Completely control every aspect of your scope including windage, elevation, and focus to make the best of the wide field of view.
  • Two high profile scope mounts included for secure attachment to all Picatinny or Weaver rails. Its durable all metal construction ensures its use for years to come.
  • The scope includes a fully coated lens to reduce glare and is inert gas purged to be fog, weather, shock, and recoil proof.

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Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 FFP http://www.besttacticalscope.com/vortex-viper-pst-6-24x50-ffp/ http://www.besttacticalscope.com/vortex-viper-pst-6-24x50-ffp/#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:13:03 +0000 http://www.besttacticalscope.com/?p=634 The Vortex Viper Pst 6-24×50 FFP stands out when it boils down to details: the etched, illuminated and tactical FFP reticle; the intuitively designed adjustment controls; the zero stop mechanism; all these synchronize effortlessly to achieve an extremely streamlined user experience.

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9 Total Score
Vortex Viper Pst 6-24×50 FFP

The Vortex Viper Pst 6-24×50 FFP stands out when it boils down to details: the etched, illuminated and tactical FFP reticle; the intuitively designed adjustment controls; the zero stop mechanism; all these synchronize effortlessly to achieve an extremely streamlined user experience.

PROS
  • The front focal plane is clutch
  • Has flexible illumination that can be easily varied using a control knob
  • Its construction comprises a high quality glass coating and a robust single-piece tube of aluminum alloy.
CONS
  • High end cost
  • It’s quite advanced; adjustment controls are not the friendliest for beginners.
  • At lower magnifications, eye relief tends to be insufficient.
User Rating: 4.7 (1 votes)

Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 FFP Review

Mediocrity just does not cut it when it comes to tactical scopes. Nowadays, budget rifle scopes are packed with numerous premium features that could pretty much serve to accomplish your shooting requirements. There are caveats though. Such rifle scopes fall short on various core features that define the cut line between a perfect shot and a botched one. All the same, count on even hardcore shooting enthusiasts to still bid for the highest value out of their investment, as long as it is their wallets that are being dug into.

Vortex holds a reputation for producing high quality rifle scopes embellished with tons of value, and their higher end tactical scopes are no exception. In this article, we shall focus on one of the renowned line’s milestone product; the Vortex Viper Pst 6-24×50 FFP, specially designed for mid to long range shooting enthusiasts who want nothing less of a perfect shot, with the least effort before pulling the trigger.

Overview

A high end tactical scope, the Vortex Viper Pst 6-24×50 seamlessly combines multi-coated optics, high quality building materials, and intrinsic adjustment controls, rewarding shooters with a nuanced and extremely tactical sighting solution. Intriguingly, the signature highlight of this scope is not even its notably generous 6x-24x zooming range. The real deal is its first focal plane reticle. This component is designed to eliminate a huge chunk of complexity when estimating range and holdover, thanks to its EBR reticle. Moreover, the EBR reticle incidentally happens to be of the illuminated variety, making the Vortex Viper Pst 6-24×50 Ffp an ideal pick for any low light encounter.

What we liked

  • The front focal plane is clutch
  • Has flexible illumination that can be easily varied using a control knob
  • Its construction comprises a high quality glass coating and a robust single-piece tube of aluminum alloy.
  • The FFP reticle varies size with magnification, and thus there is no need for sub tension recalculation.
  • Its multi-coated, ultra-low dispersion optics optimize its light transmission, even in low light environment.
  • It has 4 different reticle flavors to chose from– all are both MRAD and MOA graduated.
  • It is ideal for both medium and long shooting range.
  • It has intuitive adjustment controls with additional zero stop feature.
  • The scope is both water and fog proof. Overall, it’s durable and can withstand any weather condition.
  • Award winning warranty policy

What we didn’t like

  • High end cost
  • It’s quite advanced; adjustment controls are not the friendliest for beginners.
  • At lower magnifications, eye relief tends to be insufficient.

Alternatives/Comparison

Should you find yourself unprepared to invest the handsome amount of bucks called for by the Vortex Viper Pst 6-24×50 FFP , then you should perhaps consider getting the Vortex Viper 6.5-20×50 PA, a comparatively pretty decent scope that comes at about half the price. In fact, the mid-end product boasts of a sizable number of features similar to the Vortex Viper Pst 6-24×50 Ffp – particularly its light transmission quality, robust construction and intuitive magnification controls. Further on its upside, its adjustment controls are quite in harmony with the standard design, rendering it more beginner-friendly. On the flip side, it is fitted with a second focal plane reticle which is, by default, configured for 14x zoom – you’ll have to manually calculate sub tensions for any other magnifications.

Conclusion

By all means, the Vortex Viper Pst 6-24×50 Ffp is not a reinvention of the wheel when it comes to key scope functionality. As a matter of fact, it is comparable to several other offerings currently available in the market. However, it does stand out when it boils down to details: the etched, illuminated and tactical FFP reticle; the intuitively designed adjustment controls; the zero stop mechanism; all these synchronize effortlessly to achieve an extremely streamlined user experience.

Last but not least, this review would be incomplete without mentioning Vortex’s industry-leading warranty policy. It’s no different with the Vortex Viper Pst 6-24×50 FFP – an unlimited and totally transferable warranty. The manufacturer vows to fix or replace your scope on the discovery of any flaw or development of a hitch. This should undeniable be a major confidence booster for such a big time expenditure.

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A brief overview of the Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50 FFP scope.

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TruGlo Tru-Tec Red Dot http://www.besttacticalscope.com/truglo-tru-tec-red-dot/ http://www.besttacticalscope.com/truglo-tru-tec-red-dot/#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2016 07:57:47 +0000 http://www.besttacticalscope.com/?p=756 The Tru-Tec Red Dot's level of speed, accuracy and shock resistance simply makes it one of the best red dot sights you could ever wish for.

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9.3 Total Score
An affordable alternative to the Aimpoint H2, the Tru-Tec 20mm red dot is one of the best cheap red dot sights on the market.

The Tru-Tec Red Dot's level of speed, accuracy and shock resistance simply makes it one of the best red dot sights you could ever wish for.

PROS
  • Multiple brightness settings
  • Designed with waterproof and fog-proof construction
  • Crisp 2 MOA aiming reticle with adjustable windage and elevation
  • Wide field of view and unlimited eye relief
  • Shock resistance of up to 1000g
CONS
  • No critical drawbacks
User Rating: 5 (2 votes)

TruGlo Tru-Tec Red Dot

The TruGlo Tru-Tec Red Dot is an ultra compact sight that comes with digital push buttons, integrated weaver mounting, and a programmable auto-off system. It provides crisp picture, excellent power magnification and can pick out an image more than 200 ft away. Its level of speed, accuracy and shock resistance simply makes it the best tactical scope you can ever wish for.

TruGlo Optics is a company that understands that shooters need to see accurately whether day or night. Its products in the market have stood against the competition in providing customers with accurate optics for crossbows, shortguns and rifles. The TruGlo Tru-Tec Red Dot offers excellent target acquisition and with its crystal clear magnification, the user can enjoy point blank shooting. With a steady design, quick-touch power on and optimal visual performance, the scope’s quality is incomparable.

Features

TruGlo Tru-Tec Overview

TruGlo Tru-Tec Red Dot is designed with a 2 Minute of Angle (MOA) for quick target acquisition. Its digital push-button controls allow the user to adjust setting quickly and more easily. The TruGlo Tru-Tec Red Dot Sight 20mm 2MOA Reticle operates on a CR2032, which allows the scope to function with extra long battery life. It also comes with a shock resistance to 1000g, water and fog proof optic as well as unlimited eye relief.

Build Quality and Mounting

TruGlo RDS optics is more budget friendly compared to upper echelon RDS like AIMPOINT, EOTECH, and others. Though you cannot expect TruGlo to hold up or be more durable than these optic brands, its overall quality is still good. TruGlo Tru-Tec Red Dot is very lightweight with a compact design that’s neither too small nor too large. It can be used on an AR15 rifle for either recreational indoor or professional outdoor use. The scope also comes with an integrated weaver or Picatinny-style mounting system which eliminates the need of purchasing a mount separately.

Optics

The 20mm TRU-TEC optic comes with a superior 2 MOA reticle dot and flip-up lens caps, which replace the traditional removable ones. The red optics on this scope is great because they allow for point-and-shoot, faster target acquisition, reduced heft concerns and extremely tough lens. And with red optics’ MOA adjustments, the user can enjoy longer shots.

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Reticle and Brightness

The TruGlo Tru-Tec Dot’s 20mm objective lens and 2 MOA reticle pattern are features designed to help you enjoy precision aiming and faster target acquisition. The scope’s sight has been set to a minimum parallax of 50 yards. And when focusing on distances that are significantly greater or lesser that the default distance, some parallax will be observed. And in order to reduce the Point Of Impact shift caused by parallax, the user is required to keep the reticle in the middle 2/3 view when aiming.

Elevation and Elevation Adjustment

The TruGlo Tru-Tec Red Dot can allow the user to zero and stay true in 5 to 7 rounds. Elevation and windage adjustments are crisp with this scope with each individual click felt by the user. Ideally, with a single elevation or windage click, the Point of Impact (POI) is moved approximately 1/2 MOA (1/4’’ at a distance of 50 yards). You can basically fire several hundred rounds at 100 yards without necessarily having to make adjustments.

Comparison

Red dot sights are specifically designed for both short and medium range sighting. The TruGlo Tru-Tec Dot simply offers one of the best MOA reticle and crisp point-of-aim for an AR-15 owner. The comparison you’ll make is to the Aimpoint H2 or the Vortex SPARC AR. Those are great comparisons, and the Tru-Tec makes a case with its low price point for your dollars. However, if you’re looking for a scope that can offer you long-range shooting at a cheaper price, the Bushnell AR Optics 4.5-18×40 can be a better choice. Not only does it boast of side parallax adjustment, but it also comes with fully multi-coated optics for increased visibility and improved durability. And if you want a scope that can perform well in 3-gun, tactical or professional hunting situations, then you better try the Nikon P-223 3×32 Matte BDC Carbine Rifle Scope with an off-set RDS like the Burris Fast Fire.

But all the same, the TruGlo Tru-Tec Dot comes with shock resistance of up to 1000g that these other scopes can’t sustain. And with a wider Field of View, programmed sight movement sensor and waterproof and fogproof, it is the best scope under $500 that can guarantee you value for your money.

Conclusion

TruGlo have certainly made significant steps in the design of red dot optics in the past few years. The TruGlo TRU-TEC 20mm and 30mm optics come with pretty impressive features for a recreational hunter and professional shooter. Ideally, the scope is made for shooters looking for an optic that’s small, lightweight and one that maximizes on precision and speed. It’s simply one of the best AR-15 tactical sights you can ever try.

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AIMPOINT MICRO H-2 Red Dot http://www.besttacticalscope.com/aimpoint-micro-h-2/ http://www.besttacticalscope.com/aimpoint-micro-h-2/#respond Sun, 20 Nov 2016 05:10:38 +0000 http://www.besttacticalscope.com/?p=733 The Aimpoint Micro H2 is the pinnacle of compact red dot sights, with wicked battery life, extremely clear visibility, and a long battery life, this tough-as-nails red dot is one for the record books.

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9.6 Total Score
The Aimpoint Micro H2 is a small dog with a big bite.

The Aimpoint Micro H2 is the pinnacle of compact red dot sights, with wicked battery life, extremely clear visibility, and a long battery life, this tough-as-nails red dot is one for the record books.

PROS
  • Extremely compact
  • Sets the bar for rugged performance
  • Even clearer image than the H1
  • Includes further protection with clear flip up lens caps
  • 12 brightness adjustment levels
CONS
  • Not NV compatible (not a big deal)
  • Expensive
User Rating: 5 (1 votes)
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Vortex SPARC II Red Dot http://www.besttacticalscope.com/vortex-sparc-ii-red-dot-moa/ http://www.besttacticalscope.com/vortex-sparc-ii-red-dot-moa/#respond Sun, 20 Nov 2016 04:06:16 +0000 http://www.besttacticalscope.com/?p=702 The Vortex SPARC II wants to play with the big boys. It's a red dot sight that is durable, and has proven itself worth of sitting on top of your primary carbine. It's worth spending a little more than the cheap knock-offs, but won't cost you an arm and a leg like those it would compete with.

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Tough as nails: the SPARC II is combat-ready at a price that'll knock you out.

The Vortex Optics SPARC II wants to play with the big boys. It's a red dot sight that is durable, and has proven itself worth of sitting on top of your primary carbine. It's worth spending a little more than the cheap knock-offs, but won't cost you an arm and a leg like those it would compete with.

PROS
  • Tough
  • Good battery life
  • Extremely affordable
  • Comes with variable mounting kit
CONS
  • Not as compact as the SPARC AR or similar Aimpoint
  • A little bulky
User Rating: 5 (1 votes)

Vortex SPARC II Red Dot

Today we’re going to look at the Vortex SPARC II red dot. Typically, there’s a huge gap between quality, premium optics, and the junk you’ll find flooding the market at the low end. That’s not to say that all inexpensive optics are junk, it’s just that you get what you pay for. We happily encourage someone just getting into shooting to test out all manner of hardware before they commit, and if they don’t have the cash to spurge on something high end, we won’t tell if you get something cheap. There’s value in becoming familiar with different types of hardware, even if it’s not a long term commitment. While we’d never advocate using some of these products on a primary defense weapon, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting a toy to plink around with on the range. However, we’re not going to be talking about compromise when we talk about the Vortex SPARC II Red Dot.

Someone who is looking for the right gear to go on a weapon that they intend to harvest their food with, or protect their family, would be wise to consider spending money on something that has proven to be tough and durable. That’s why companies like Aimpoint, Trijicon, EOTech, and a handful of others can charge the premiums they do; they simply do not compromise on quality to get a product out the door.

Vortex is a company that has been able to maintain a balance between price and performance, without compromise. Personally, I run an original Strike Fire on one of my primary weapons, and have been impressed with its toughness. I met their president once at a tradeshow, and was very impressed with his commitment to quality and delivering affordable products that perform in the real world. The Sparc II is a good example of such product.

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Vortex SPARC II Overview

The SPARC II from Vortex is a relatively compact red dot optic that is extremely tough. Sealed o-rings prevent moisture and dirt from entering into the sight. It is fogproof, waterproof, and has an operating range from -4F to +158F. There are ten variables of illumination, the lowest of the two are compatible with night vision products. The display is extremely bright during the daytime, and multiple anti-reflective coatings on the lenses increase light transmission. A 12 hour auto-shutdown feature keeps your battery from getting drained, although it is rated for 5,000 hours of operation at the lowest setting, or 300 hours at its highest.

As it’s a 1x red dot, its eye relief is unlimited, and it has a 22mm objective lens; the scope is parallax-free. The reticle is a 2 MOA dot, and can be adjusted in 1 MOA increments, up to 45 MOA per rotation, with a max elevation and windage adjustment of 90 MOA. The SPARC II includes a multi-height mounting system that allows for four separate heights, including absolute or lower 1/3 co-witness.

Features

Full Specs

Specifications

Product Picture
Vortex SPARC II
Reticle
reticle-3moadot
Reticle Type
2 MOA
Magnification
1x
Tube Size
None
Adjustment Markings
1 MOA
Objective Lens Size
22mm
Adjustable Objective
~
Parallax Calibration
Parallax Free
Illumination
Red
FOV
Unlimited
Eye Relief
Unlimited
Eye Relief
Unlimited
Weight
5.9 ounces
Length
3.1 Inches
Battery Type
CR 2032
Additional Features
  • Single-piece chassis
  • 10 levels of brightness
  • Multi-height mount system
  • Fully rugged

Performance

For as tough as this scope is, it’s relatively light weight. That doesn’t mean its featherweight, or even particularly small. It is 3.1 inches long, bigger than an Aimpoint or even the SPARC II’s younger sibling, the SPARC AR. It is 5.9 ounces, so less than a half-pound is added to your rifle.

The 10 levels of adjustment on the brightness allow for use in all kinds of lighting, and the durability of the product means that you don’t have to worry about the SPARC II failing, regardless of the environment you have it in. Recoil Web did a fantastic durability test of the SPARC II, and came away extremely impressed. You can read that here. They let it soak overnight, froze it, set it on fire, ran it over, and through the majority of their testing, the dot stayed on. They had to SHOOT the damn thing before they could kill it, and then they took advantage of Vortex’s no-questions-asked return policy. That’s pretty amazing.

It’s up to you to decide if you think the Sparc II is as good or better than its competition, but we believe we’ve found the most affordable optic that can be placed atop a fighting carbine.

Peter Palma - Recoilweb.com

That is how we feel about the Vortex SPARC II. It’s not sexy. It’s not the smallest. It’s not the lightest. However, I’d put my trust in it, and that goes a long way.

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