I bought my first AR yesterday. What’s a good rail optic for distance? What does everyone think of the low light optics?
Welcome to the MAN club.
Got my first one a few months back myself. I don’t know the answers to any of your questions. All I know is that they are awesome.
I put the Vortex Sparc II AR red dot on it. Since that wasn’t great for distance, I put a Vortex 3X mini flip up magnifier on it. But that magnifier is priced high. It works better, but I’m not sure what distance you want.
LPVO’s would be my recommendation for an all purpose gun. You can always do a QD mount with flip up irons as a backup if you like. If using for home or property defense, some kind of red dot like @Jperr is using might work better, unless you own a ranch.
Don’t know anything about them so can’t offer anything there.
Oh, and welcome to the brotherhood!
I have a couple ATN Day/Night vision scopes on a couple AR’s. They are by no means a high end night vision scope but they do get the job done well. Price range on them is about $600 and up. Also use a Pulsar Apex XD-50 Thermal. Much more expensive starting around $3500 on up. Here is a pic of a hog shot with one of my rifles with my first ATN NV scope.
I really like a lpvo. There is quite a selection of 1-4x to be had with second focal plane reticle for less than 150 with a cantilever riser. It works like a 1x prismatic at 1x but allows for more precise work at 4x. Or up the ante with a 1-6x, 1-8x, or 1-10x. Maybe even buy a first focal plane scope if you plan on range finding through the scope at any power setting. I really like the Truglo 1-6x illuminated second focal plane mil dot scope. It isn’t too cumbersome, works a lot like a dot sight at 1x and you can use the mil-dot at 6x to range find reliably. Or just get a See-More Railway like some of the special guys use when swimming. And set it up on the forward end of the upper. Welcome aboard brother!
I like the Vortex Strike Eagle. It is made for the .223 round and even has holdover hash marks. Zero it at 100 yards and you’re good out to 600 yards with it.
Bought mine a couple years ago at Rural King for about $360. Added QD rings from Monstrom. Works extremely well.
I just looked at I just looked at the company and the scope and yeah it looks like it could work for my situation. But do you do you know if they there is a riser it’ll fit on I’m a big guy and when I put my head on the cheat code and just I need that extra height.
I run a Riton Red dot with the magnifier- I can use the red dot for close engagement and flip in the magnifier for long distance. Solid from 7 yds to 200 and the whole set up is around $350.00.
You can get them as high as you need. You just need to know the tube diameter.
There you go.
Op welcome to the club. May I suggest look at a Riton red dot w/ flip to the side magnifier. The cost is very reasonable. The lifetime no silly bs warranty is worth its weight in gold. www.bereli has a sweet little reddit for $50 shipped. I run one on my sub2k. Avoid Bushnell lpvo. It gets hazy in the heat or extreme cold. More than anything else ammo and mags asap. Rumor being rumor the Biden administration wants another gun/mag bab but wants it done via executive order. Just an option on a opinion.
Welcome aboard Hojo. Thank you for your thoughtful reply.
Welcome to the brotherhood Steven.
Welcome to the brotherhood Jodi.
Welcome to the forum
If you haven’t blown your wad yet, I have reflex/ holos with 3x flip outs, traditional scopes, and two that have the vortex 1-6 PST viper. Of all of them those 2 are the ones I can hunt with out to a few hundred yards and also QCB. Awesome glass. One on a 458 and one on a 223. Watch the sales, they come up from time to time with the cantilever mount.
That’s what I told him to get as well. Ironically on my .223 and .458 as well. Lol
+1 for the Vortex. It’s a great AR optic, and you can’t beat the lifetime warranty.
I have one of these and am quite pleased with it:
I run Sig’s on some of my stuff. Couple refle/ red dots and have their BDX rang finding binos, and their 6.5X20 BDX on one of the long guns. Pretty close, but I think the vortex glass is a little better on the HST/PST class optics.