While I’ve been fortunate to own and use some high quality, pricey optics (like my beloved ACOG), I’m honestly sort of obsessed with the search for decent budget optics. My experience has shown that while the top tier sights are usually phenomenal, the point of diminishing returns with respect to price and optical quality is usually surprisingly low – below… Read more »
After picking up my first .300 BLK AR-15 upper from Radical Firearms a few weeks ago, I found myself in a sighting conundrum. Since the upper did not come with iron sights, some form of optic seemed like the logical choice, but my budget was tight and I needed the sight to arrive as quickly as possible to facilitate my… Read more »
This past March, I joined a new shooting club with a substantially longer rifle range than my old stomping grounds. After a few trips out, I realized that I really needed a magnified optic for my SR-15 build as the red dot simply could not cut it out to 400 yards with my astigmatism. As was the case when I… Read more »
While at the range a few weeks ago, I concluded that in order to get the most out of my Knight’s Armament SR-15 upper receiver assembly, I really needed to exchange my Primary Arms red dot sight for something with a little magnification. With my astigmatism, the red dot was challenging to use on cloudy days and in low light… Read more »
When I moved to Ohio a couple of years ago, I traded a beautiful range with backstops all the way out to nearly 250 yards for a much smaller facility whose rifle range extends only 100 yards beyond the firing line. After a couple of outings at my new range, I came to realize that the SPR build I was… Read more »
Keep checking back for a breakdown of these popular optics options. I hope to give readers a feel for what they can expect from magnified optics at a wide variety of different price points. The three centerpieces of this discussion will be the Trijicon ACOG TA11J, the Redfield Revolution 4-12×40, and the Primary Arms 1-4×24 riflescope.