Scope Review: The C-more Red Dot You Need to Know

c-more red dot

If you’re a target shooter, competitive hunter, or simply a rifle enthusiast that likes to make every shot count, a C-More Red Dot might be the optic for you. From the moment we first laid hands on this thing, we knew it was the real deal. But, after catching wind of all the hype we were skeptical at first. In this review, we hope to dispel some of that skepticism in our readers.

If you have tested multiple red dot sights, you probably understand all too well that most of them are practically the same. Although cosmetic tweaks abound in the optics market, the functionality of the various devices rarely ever changes. However, the C-More Red Dot makes an honest attempt at breaking away from that trend.

Want to find out more about the C-More Red Dot lineup of optics? If so, you have come to the right place. In this article, our veteran shooters got their hands on a pair of C-More Red Dot scopes to throw on their rifles for a week. After extensive use, they put together this review to help you make an informed decision about potentially purchasing this optic for your rifle.

Comparison Table – C-More Red Scope

What Is a C-More Red Do and How Does it Work?

Owned and operated by Vertu Corporation, C-More Systems is a United States-based firearms manufacturer and distributor of firearms and firearm accessories. Founded in Virginia in the early 1990s, C-More Systems has quickly become one of the premier firearm manufacturers in the world, largely due to the success of its various sights and red dot sights.

The C-More Red Dot sight lineup is now one of the most successful in the world. Known for their high-quality materials and excellent build quality, their firearm optics are meant to improve accuracy and shorten preparation time for everyone from novice shooters to veteran hunters.

The term “C-More Red Dot” refers to the red dot sights that C-More Systems manufacturers in the United States. Although no specific model is referenced when someone mentions “C-More Red Dot” optics, the most popular model on the market is the C-More Systems Railway.

Red Dot Sight

When we get asked about C-More Systems Red Dot sights, we often are also asked about the physics of red dot sight systems. Among the gun enthusiast community, as well as the public at large, there is considerable misunderstanding about how red dot optics work.

However, the answer is simpler than you may think. Red dot sights, including the C-More Red Dot sight, use a light-emitting diode (LED) to produce a red Aimpoint through the eyepiece. The Aimpoint appears in the form of a red dot that stays aligned with the center of the sight, no matter where the viewer’s eye is located.

Most red dot configurations involve a tilted spherical mirror within the device. This mirror reflects a red LED onto the sightline from the reflection point below. The light is coated with a dichroic filter so that only the red color spectrum is visible to the viewer. The LED device is usually exceptionally bright at a 650-700 nanometer wavelength.

The LED light that is produced by C-More Red Dot products is powered by a small lithium-ion battery. Since LED lights consume very little battery power, it is highly unlikely that an owner of a red dot sight system will ever have to replace the battery. Lastly, an aperture hole controls the size of the red dot that appears through the sightline.

What Makes C-More Red Dot Unique?

One of the unique aspects of C-More Red Dot sights is the fact that they are universally applicable to any firearm. Virtually all C-More sights come with a variety of mounts for easy attachment to your firearm. Plus, many C-More sights are compatible with aftermarket mounting attachments, so you are guaranteed a proper fit no matter what gun you own.

Additionally, C-More Railway Series sights are unique for their excellent performance metrics. For example, the Railway mount has a battery life of up to 1,500 hours of continuous use and is more compact than most other holographic sights (i.e., 4.8 inches long, compared to EOTech’s 5.6 inches).

We loved how the reticle on the C-More Red Dot sights can be manually adjusted. With the easy-to-use “Click Switch” setting, shooters can switch between the various dot sizes and intensity levels. This is a great perk to buying a C-More because veteran shooters and novices are unlikely to use the same intensity level.

Lastly, the objective lens inside C-More sights is a bit smaller than most rival brands. For example, EOTech typically relies on 30 x 23 mm lenses. By comparison, C-More uses a 29mm object lens which, in our opinion, provides a crisper and brighter image through the eyepiece.

RTS2 Series

C-MORE Systems RTS2 3 MOA Red Dot Sight with Rail Mount, Black
  • Heads Up Display for Fastest Target Acquisition
  • Super Bright 3 MOA Red Dot with 10 Manual Brightness Settings
  • 1 MOA Click Adjustments for Windage and Elevation Featuring a Positive Locking Screw
  • Removable Battery Tray Eliminates Re-Zeroing When Changing Batteries
  • Removable Weaver/Picatinny Mount Included

The RTS2 is one of C-More’s flagship red dot sights. This device uses a CR2032 battery to power the LED sight and a 10-position push-button for manual operation of the intensity settings. Plus, its yellow eyepiece makes for an attractive addition to any rifle or pistol. We also found that this device is significantly easier to mount than most other red dot sights.

Railway Series

C-MORE Systems Tactical Railway Red Dot Sight with Click Switch
  • Heads Up Display for Fastest Target Acquisition
  • Super Bright Red Dot with Adjustable Intensity and Interchangeable Dot Module
  • Infinite Adjustment for Windage and Elevation Featuring Positive Locking Screws
  • Aluminum Body, Click Intensity Switch (12 Positions = Off, 2 NV, 1 Low Light and 8 Day...
  • Attaches to AR15 Style Flattop Rail, Iron Sight Co-Witness Capable

The Railway Series is the standard budget-minded red dot sight from C-More. This sight has a rail built into the device for easy installation to any rail mount or receiver. If your gun has a rail mount, this sight is guaranteed to snap on without any hassles (including rifles, handguns, revolvers, paintball guns, and even crossbows).

STS2 Series

C-MORE Systems STS2 Super Bright 6 MOA Red Dot Sight, Black
  • Heads Up Display for Fastest Target Acquisition
  • Super Bright 6 MOA Red Dot with 10 Manual Brightness Settings
  • 1 MOA Click Adjustments for Windage and Elevation Featuring a Positive Locking Screw
  • Removable Battery Tray Eliminates Re-Zeroing When Changing Batteries
  • Requires a C-MORE Mounting Kit (Sold Separately)

The latest addition to the C-More line up is the STS2 Series of red dot sights. Significantly smaller than the other C-More models, the STS2 is a compact solution for a lightweight, easy-to-use aiming experience. This is a fantastic all-purpose sight that is available in two different dot size modes.

Slide Ride Series

C-MORE Systems SlideRide Red Dot Sight with Click Switch
  • Heads Up Display for Fastest Target Acquisition
  • Super Bright Red Dot with Adjustable Intensity and Interchangeable Dot Module
  • Infinite Adjustment for Windage and Elevation Featuring Positive Locking Screws
  • Aluminum Body, Click Intensity Switch (12 Positions = Off, 2 NV, 1 Low Light and 8 Day...
  • Direct Mounting for Custom/After Market Mounts and Glocks (requires C-MORE GAP Mounting...

The Slide Ride is one of C-MORE’s original sight products. The fact that it has lasted the test of time should say enough about this excellent sight. It has no mounting base attached to it, which allows for custom mounting configurations with aftermarket mounts. This feature makes the Slide Ride Series arguably the most customizable C-More red dot product.

How It Compares

Compared to rival scopes like Aimpoint and EOTech, C-More is regarded as a premium-quality manufacturer. Amazon reviews and other reviews we read online indicated that the C-More Railway and STS2 models are vastly superior to similarly-priced sights such as the EOTech XPS2-0 and EOTech 512 A65 holographic sights.

While EOTech sights are an excellent choice for ranges of 100 yards or less, our personal preference is that higher ranges in the 100-200-yard distances and above are better suited for C-More sights. Simply, C-More is the gold standard for precision at a distance and is more compact, lighter, and built with better materials than any similarly-priced product.

What We Think

close-up photo of two sight scopes being compared

Overall, our impression of all the C-More red dot products was positive from the moment we first took them out of their box. If you decide to splurge on the aluminum body models, you will notice right away that these products have been handcrafted with fine craftsmanship and delicate care.

These products won’t break on you after a few seasons of use and have a fantastic warranty and return policy for additional peace of mind. In our view, this makes the C-More line up unique, as most other brands offer less-than-stellar customer service which can be a real pain if you buy polymer-bodied products.

Ultimately, we highly recommend C-More Red Dot products. Not only are they excellent for short and medium distance shooting, but they are often multiple perks that you won’t find anywhere else at the same price point. To be able to manually adjust the MOA size of the red dots with a simple click of the finger is one of the reasons why we love C-More as much as we do.

If you love to shoot with pinpoint accuracy, and don’t like emptying your wallet in the process, we think you will love going with a Railway, Slide Ride, STS2, or RTS2 red dot sight from C-More. We expect to see many more great products created by C-More in the years ahead as they continue to leave their mark on the tactical industry.

Scope Review of the UTG Red Dot: Better Than the Rest?

UTG Red Dot

UTG Red Dot sights are some of the most affordable and best performing red dot sights available. Learn more about this great product.

Red dot optics are not a new concept. Their popularity spiked during recent wars when ground soldiers proved the red dot sight was better in close combat than iron sights.

Arguably, red dot sights do not owe their popularity to any one thing, but military and law enforcement use didn’t hurt their fame. Police markets often follow military markets while civilians adopt stuff after the military and law enforcement prove their usefulness.

Red dot sights are unique in their targeting methods. The idea is much older than the sights and was used in theater and movies to create spooky effects. The short version is: when you look through the sight, the angle doesn’t matter, and the dot moves to your target almost like magic.

In reality, you run the dot over the target, but you do it faster than you do with iron sights. With both of your eyes open, you more aware of your surroundings, and you get on targets much quicker.

Thanks to movies, most people think AR-15 or something similar when they picture a red dot sight. UTG Red Dot sights are not limited in their uses or mounting options. Competition shooters put red dot sights on everything when the rules allow the sights. We see the sights on everything from shotguns to modified 1911s.

What Makes UTG Red Dot Sights Standout?

Time, quality materials, and constant testing are the first things that come to mind. The company that manufactures the UTG Red Dot scopes, Leapers, Inc., began as a garage dream around 1992. It grew from there through exhibitions and marketing to the version of the company it is today. The UTG Pro Line started the UTG Red Dot sight saga in 2009.

Their scopes are bright and the glass coated to eliminate glare. The sturdy aluminum body is lightweight, so you won’t notice your gun getting heavier. You will see better groups and faster targeting.

Unlike some red dot sights, UTG sights use extended-life lithium batteries with shelf lives of around five years. They test and use their products and use the results to improve their sights and scopes. It’s not just about the math and the bottom line; they want you to have the best product they can provide, and that spirit is in every sight they sell.

Aside from some miscellaneous issues unrelated to the sights such as shipping issues, we only found a few negative comments about the sights. The real standout feature of these sights is they are affordable, but they perform above expectations.

Our Favorite Version

UTG 3.9" Red/Green Single Dot Reflex Sight and 3 x Magnifier Combo
  • Built on True Strength Platform, Shockproof, Fogproof, and Rainproof
  • Red/Green Dual-Color Illumination to Accommodate Different Weather/Light Conditions
  • Extra Large Field of View with Unlimited Eye Relief for Fast Target Acquisition and Even...
  • Crisp Clear Dot When Viewing Through the Magnifier
  • Innovative Flip-to-Side Mechanism for Quick Transition between 1X and 3X Image

UTG manufactures several versions of their red dot sight with a variety of mounts, risers, and reticle options. It represents the ideal red dot sight with some bonus features every shooter will appreciate.

This is possibly the most popular UTG Red Dot sight, but that’s not why it’s our favorite. It’s versatile and adaptable from a red to green dot depending on your preferences or the background behind your target. It mounts on most firearms with little effort. Choose a shotgun, pistol, or a rifle and this sight will improve your shooting on day one.

The red or green dot is continuously illuminated which helps make adjustments for brightness in the field or on the go. The variable light improves sight adjustments as well, so you get the right amount of illumination for your shooting conditions. The battery that powers it all lasts about 10 to 12 months with continuous use, or up to 5 years with limited use.

The dot is a 4 MOA, so it covers about four inches at 100 yards. MOA stands for “Minute of Angle” and adds math to shooting. In short, MOA gives you an idea of accuracy at a given range.

For more information about MOA read this article. In this instance, 4 MOA means you won’t see a four-inch circle at 100 yards because it’s hidden behind the dot. It takes some practice to use this type of sight at a range beyond 25-yards.

On its highest setting, the dot is bright, and reflections are not a factor. The glass a coating to prevent fogging and halos. It’s one of the sharpest, clearest red dot sights available. Adding a magnifier doesn’t affect the glass quality or brightness of the dot, which we see in some economy sights.

Since most magnifiers sit behind the scope but are not attached, the light transfer suffers. That’s not the case with UTG Red Dot sights.

More of what we love

If you need a low-profile model or a longer sight, there are a few options to look at besides the sight we reviewed above. We like the low-profile UTG 3.8″ ITA Red/Green CQB Dot Sight, and we really like the price. Mechanically it is almost identical to the sight above, but it mounts closer to your weapon and is a little shorter.

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Leapers Golden Image 1x30mm Red/Green Dot Scope, Black – SCP-RD40RGW-A

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If you shoot at targets or game at distances greater than 50 yards and want to try a red dot sight, traditional red dot sights will perform poorly. They’re better for close range shooting and fast target acquisition, and just don’t do well at longer ranges.

However, the UTG 6″ ITA Red/Green CQB T-dot Sight performs a little better at 50 to 100 yards compared to the shorter sights.

Most red dot sights work across a wide range of guns from pistols to rifles, but some shooters prefer a wider field of view for pistols. We recommend the UTG 3.0″ ITA Red/Green CQB Dot Sight with Integral QD Mount for most pistol applications. It sports a broader field of view and a shorter body that makes it perfect for pistols.

UTG 3.0" ITA Red/Green CQB Dot Sight with Integral QD Mount
  • Great field of view and unlimited Eye relief
  • 4 MOA Red/green single dot reticle with brightness adjustable fine tune rheostat for...
  • Low profile Integral mount with adjustable quick Detach level lock
  • Screw lockable turrets for extra protection against heavy recoil or accidental bump
  • Most versatile dot sight for wide range of pistols, shotguns, and rifles

Should I Buy a UTG Red Dot Sight?

We can’t answer that question for you. The answer depends on what, where, and how you shoot. If you shoot in competitions, and they allow red dot sights, get one, and you’ll see a considerable improvement over your current times. Red dot sights are better for quick target acquisition than their cousins the holographic sight at the ACOG.

If you hunt birds or fast-moving animals with a shotgun and using a red dot sight is legal in your area, you’ll love the way these sights help you get on game fast and improve your accuracy. If you look at the test results and benchmarks, there is no denying the red dot sights improve response time and accuracy in almost every test.

If you shoot at things more than 100 yards away, a red dot sight will probably help you less than a traditional scope. They’re better at 100 yards than iron sights, but the dot appears enormous over a target at 100 plus yards. Red dot sights work best for close, fast shooting and just do not perform well under most other shooting conditions.

Are They Better than their Competition?

The answer to this question is complicated. UTG sights are rugged, and their batteries last longer than the competition. They are cheaper than most of their competition, and their aluminum bodies last longer than plastic frames. So, in part, they are better than their competitors. However, they don’t offer many of the bonus features some sights do like integrated lasers or low-profile mounts.

UTG offers one sight that we consider low-profile. Using aftermarket mounts is also an option for lowering the sight, but aftermarket products are a risky bet.

Sometimes they fit right and work as expected, and other times they don’t work no matter how much effort you throw at them. Buy a sight that meets your needs and shooting conditions. Use mounts and accessories made for that sight to get the best results.

Our Opinion

We like everything about the UTG Red Dot sights and their prices. If we look at all the information, we like the sight we reviewed here because it performs great and is made to last.

Consider what you are shooting at, and what the usual shooting conditions are where you shoot. Leapers offers several red dot sights, and one of them will suit your needs. Look through their entire lineup and find the sight you need. Whether it’s a red dot reflex sight or an illuminated red dot sight with an adjustable reticle, they probably have what you are looking for or need.

Don’t let the price fool you. This is one instance where you get much more than you pay for in the box. They also come with a lifetime warranty against any defects.

Conclusion

Leapers, Inc. comes from humble beginnings in what amounted to a garage business in 1992 to a 150,000 square foot 3-building complex today. With that kind of growth comes a lot of trial and error. Leapers used that time to develop some of the best red dot sights available. Their sights are affordable, durable, and made from quality materials.

Red dot sights like the UTG models improve your close range and reflex based shooting; there is not disputing that fact. These sights aren’t just for the military, law enforcement, or competition shooting anymore.

Add one to your home defense weapons or try one next time you shoot some wings or turkeys. If you give one a chance, you’ll see improvements to your shooting, and you can’t beat the UTG prices.

Simmons 3 9×32 Review: Pros, Cons, and Best Uses

Simmons 3 9x32 rifle scope

When you hear the name Simmons, you likely think of quality and that holds true for all their products. But do you know about the Simmons 3 9×32 scope specifically? If not, you need to give it your consideration to see if it’s the right fit for your rifle. After all, you want something that’s the most accurate so you can make the perfect shot every time.

Simmons 3-9x32mm .22 Waterproof Fogproof Matte Black Riflescope (511039)

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To discover how a Simmons 3 9×32 holds up we’ll need to weigh pros, cons and other factors. In this Simmons 3 9×32 review we won’t simply look at individual factors either. We’ll use this Simmons 3 9×32 review to demonstrate how and why different people might benefit from it.

Simmons 3 9×32 Specs

  • Magnification: 3-9x.
  • Weight: 10 oz.
  • Objective Diameter: 32mm.
  • Tube Size: 1″.
  • Eye Relief: 3.75″.
  • Parallax Setting: 50 yd.

Simmons 3 9×32 Pros and Cons

Pros

1. Single piece construction

One will note overall simplicity as a recurring theme in this Simmons 3 9×32 review. The word simple often comes with unfair connotations. Sometimes simple really is better. And this is very true for scope construction. It’s also something clearly on display with this particular scope.

The Simmons 3 9×32 comes as a single piece. It’s clearly constructed as singular entity rather than requiring separate pieces shoved in together. The end result there is a solid mass that can stand up to anything.

And in particular this type of construction favors large impact conditions. Even recoil from some intimidating firearms won’t hurt the Simmons 3 9×32.

2. High quality eyepiece

The Simmons 3 9×32 might seem like a discount option at first glance. Low cost often comes with low quality. But that’s certainly not the case here.

The eyepiece is very high quality. All in all, one can expect a clear and unobstructed view of the world. And that should remain true for almost all weather conditions.

3. Hydroshield coating

This is where the Simmons 3 9×32 moves from good to great. It comes with something more than fully coated optics. The coating is actually HydroShield. And it does exactly what the name implies.

The coating ensures that water won’t make any real impact on overall performance. This pushes it into a perfect combination with any outdoor environments. Rain or even mist and fog become meaningless.

Cons

1. Less than optimal reticle

The optical remains one of the few areas where it feels like a budget scope. Right from the start, one notices lack of luxury additions. In particular there’s no illuminated options on the reticle.

Simmons calls it a truplex reticle. But it’s really more along the lines of a duplex reticle with some minor tweaks. Additionally the crosshairs tend to thin out near the article’s center. This might well cause some issues.

However, one should also note that the crosshair’s edge remains fairly thick. This is good in most respects. But it can create a somewhat odd contrast when trying to weigh a shot.

People become accustomed to these quirks fairly quickly. But it reduces one’s ability to quickly swap it out and go.

2. No parallax adjustment

Lack of parallax adjustment can turn a great scope into what’s simply a good one. That’s going to be the case for quite a few people interested in a Simmons 3 9×32. It’s really the only point that one should consider a huge issue. And in large part it’s probably the deciding trait.

It’s factory set to 50 yards and that’s that. If one needs parallax adjustment than it might end up being a final deciding factor. But otherwise one can safely ignore that complaint. The main reason there comes down to individual variation.

It’s a deciding factor in cases where parallax adjustment really factors in. At the same time, it really doesn’t factor in for a pretty good percentage of consumers.

Who Is This Product Best For?

It’s an ideal fit for a .22 rifle. As such, it matches fairly well with those usage conditions. Meaning it complements long distance shots perfectly. But short and even closer medium range shooting might not match up as well.

However, versatility is one of the Simmons 3’s strengths. As such one can move it into a variety of different conditions. The only area where it’d be fully inappropriate might end up as short distance target shooting.

Other than that use, one can easily consider it useful for anything. Though, again, it matches up best with a .22 rifle or similar.

Simmons 3-9x32mm .22 Waterproof Fogproof Matte Black Riflescope (511039)
  • Features Truplex Reticle. Waterproof, fogproof and shockproof
  • Parallax correction preset from 50 yards to infinity
  • Rimfire 3/8" dovetail mounting rings included
  • HydroShield coating ensures a clear sight picture
  • SureGrip rubber surfaces simplify adjustments under any conditions

Verdict

This Simmons 3 9×32 review paints an impressive picture. Most people come into it due to the price. But once people give it a chance they tend to rethink their opinions. It might come at a low price, but it’s far from low quality in overall performance.

A solid one-piece construction handles almost any amount of recoil. It fits one of the most useful frame factors on a rifle. And perhaps most importantly, the weatherproofing holds up against water-based issues.

An Honest Review of the Burris AR 332 Prism Sight

Burris AR 332 Prism Sight

If you have an AR-15, you want a sight to mount on it. But gun accessories can really add up, so you want quality without the hefty price that goes along with it. That’s why we decided to look at the Burris AR 332 Prism Sight to see if this optic is worth your time and money. After all, once you go to the trouble of mounting your sight, you want it to be perfect. So, what is the Burris AR 332 anyway?

Buttis AR 332 Details

The Burris AR 332 is a battery-powered, illuminated reticle scope with 3x fixed magnification. It comes with two choices in reticle designs, both of which provide for bullet trajectory compensation with 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm cartridges.

A 32’ field of view at 100 yards creates a background for a red, green, or black reticle, with five levels of illumination (brightness). Tethered protective caps cover ½ MOA elevation and windage adjustment dials mounted on a rugged waterproof frame.

Let’s take a look at the details, advantages, and disadvantages of the Burris AR 332.

All About the Burris AR 332 Prism Sight

Pros

1. Variable Brightness, Color, and Magnification

Perhaps the most positive feature of the Burris AR 332 is its ability to change with the shooting environment. Few optics in its price range feature both red and green illuminated reticles. Changing brightness is a given in most quality red dots, however, the AR owner who knows the importance of low-light shooting accuracy cherishes the green reticle feature.

Couple the choice in colors with the ability to still view the etched prism reticle when the battery is dead (or the scoped is turned off), and you’ve got most of your sighting contingencies covered. The 3x magnification extends effective range past the point of close-quarters engagement.

Burris AR 332

2. Accessory Mount Versatility

A unique feature of the Burris AR 332, especially in this class of optics, is the presence of Picatinny rail at the 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, and 9 o’clock positions. For shooters who intend to mount a secondary laser sighting system to their optic, having the option to locate the laser in multiple positions may come in handy.

Left-handed shooters may welcome the choice, as well. The rails can also be removed in order to streamline the scope profile.

3. Ballistic CQ or Ballistic AR (3X) Reticles

The Burris AR 332 is available in two different reticle configurations. Short-range specialists may prefer the quick target acquisition of the Ballistic CQ reticle. The CQ is a broader-imaged reticle but does include bullet drop compensation dots for shots out to the medium range.

A sharper-lined, long-range alternative exists in the Ballistic AR reticle. The Ballistic AR provides more refined hash marks for bullet drop compensation and additional reference marks for windage adjustment.

4. Consistent Performance

Burris AR 332 optics ship with a mount compatible with flat-top ARs. Remove the included base, and the optic will mount to ARs with a carry handle. The Burris quick detach mount is available as an add-on for increased versatility.

On the glass, the Burris Hi-Lume® coating reduces glare and increases target clarity in low-light conditions. Like most Burris products, the Burris AR 332 comes with the Burris Forever Warranty, which follows the optic from one owner to the next.

Cons

Those who chase the idea of the perfect scope are eventually disappointed. Though the Burris AR 332 is a great value, it is not the ideal optic for every situation.

The Ballistic CQ excels in-close, but users may find it lacking for long-range targets. The reticle lines are fairly broad and may obscure targets at distances past a couple of hundred yards. Bullet drop compensation dots are present on the reticle; however, they lack the fine precision for most shooters’ eyes.

Battery life in the Burris AR 332 leaves a little to be desired. Forget to turn it off, and you will most likely be looking in your range bag for a spare CR2032 the next time you head to the range. Top-end optics in classes above the 332 have battery lives surpassing 10,000 or even 20,000 hours.

It’s a mid-range-priced 3x scope. With that being said, it may not be “go-to-war” durable. Though the nitrogen-filled body and rugged design can stand some punishment from the elements, the Burris AR 332 isn’t rated for the extremes of long-term battle use. There are scopes appropriate for horrible conditions, and they cost two or three times more than the optic we’re examining here.

While on the subject of “mid-range” vs. “top-end,” it should be mentioned that the Burris AR 332 might be a scope without a place. It’s not an entry-level optic, but it’s not the cream of the crop, either. You can spend a lot less on a basic sight, but for a few hundred dollars more, you can have the best. The 332 is caught in between.

The Ideal Burris AR 332 Owner

Scopes designed specifically for the AR-15 are filling the market. New AR owners will see a great benefit from the Burris AR 332. It has great value when you consider the lower-priced, entry-level AR scopes. Taking a step up to a high-end optic wouldn’t make as much sense for the average recreational AR target shooter.

The 332 serves that purpose very well. Those shooters with higher quality ARs may appreciate this scope for more serious training while they save up for that top-quality scope later.

The Verdict

The popularity of the AR-15 has littered the shooting market with hundreds of accessories. Lights, lasers, sights, and scopes of every level of quality and every range of price fill the shelves of sporting goods stores and internet gun sites. Navigating these choices is daunting, but some things can be more certain.

The Burris AR 332 is what it claims to be: an effective, yet affordable, magnified optic for a variety of AR-15 owners. Advancing from iron sights to a red dot, and then to a magnified scope is a sensible evolution of an AR shooter.

The affordability, durability, and versatility of this scope make it a serious contender for a permanent, or temporary home atop many ARs. Your AR-15 may be ready for a Burris AR 332 upgrade, too.

Best Vector Optics: Review on Low Cost But High-Quality Optics

vector optics

If you’re getting ready for hunting season, you need to find the best scopes to gives you the highest chance of success. But if you don’t have tons of money to spare, find a high-quality scope can be a challenge. The good news is Vector Optics builds great scopes for a reasonable price. Don’t believe us? Here’s more you need to know about this innovative company.

What Does Vector Optics Do?

For over a decade, Vector Optics built an optics business aimed at producing low-cost but high-quality optics. Our first thought about cheap but good is skepticism. It’s a natural reaction but misplaced in this instance. The manufacturer makes their products with aluminum alloy. They use good quality glass as well. The mechanics, where applicable, are stable and don’t loosen or lose their zero through regular use.

We’ve looked at scopes and other optics in the past that cost more but performed poorly. The most common problem is low-quality glass. The scope gathers light poorly, and everything viewed through the scope is foggy.

The mechanics in cheaper scopes rarely stay tight or secure very long, even riding a few miles in the truck can jar them loose. Cheap scopes come with other issues, but lousy glass and loose mechanics are the most common.

What Makes Vector Optics Standout?

The first thing that jumps out when you look over their website is the warranty. Affordable scope varieties tend to come with very limited warranties. The Vector Optics warranty supports their products for five years. If it fails due to a defect, you get a new one. The warranty is excellent, but the 30-day money-back guarantee adds another layer of confidence.

Most of you probably own or owned an economic scope at some point in time. The glass is crystal clear the first month you own it, but they get foggy or milky over time. They rarely hold zero very well, or they fit loosely on the rail.

Vector Optics come with good, clear glass, and they keep their zero well. Those two things are expected from expensive scopes, but we usually accept that an economy scope won’t perform as well. That’s just not true with Vector Optics; they are made well and made from quality materials.

It’s not exactly a quality that we consider a stand-out feature, but their selection of optics is vast. They have nearly every type of scope and magnification combo. While we mostly focused on scopes or similar optics in this review, there are several products beyond optics available from them, including:

  • Laser Sights
  • Pistol Sights
  • Scope Accessories
  • AR and AK Accessories
  • Grips and Bi-pods
  • Slings
  • Cleaning Accessories

Our Favorite Vector Optics Products

Like we mentioned above, with so many optics to choose from, picking favorites proved difficult. We looked for optics that are popular but useful. Red and green dot sights plus reflex sights are among our favorite scopes overall.

They have a wide range of uses from home defense to competition shooting. In the end, we chose optics that are popular. We didn’t list these scopes in order.

Omega Tactical 8 Reticle Red/Green Dot Sight with QD Mount EO Tech

Red and green dot sights improve target acquisition and help with overall grouping. This one built well with good glass and sharp reticles. It comes with eight options for reticles. That is about six more options than most of the red or green dot sights on the market. If you use a dot scope with any reticle other than a classic dot, they are fun, and some improve accuracy.

It uses a CR2032 battery or the rechargeable version of that battery. USB charging is available, but that doesn’t seem like an option many of us care about in the end. You either remove the optic from your gun and charge it, or leave the weapon lying around while it recharges. Both methods of USB charging have drawbacks. Keeping extra CR2032 batteries on hand is the best option in this case.

SCOM-09 Grizzly 3-12×56 E Shooting Rifle Scope

This scope’s name is cool, but that’s the least of the reasons we added it to our favorites list. It sports eleven levels of illumination, and the coated glass is bright. The light transfer with this scope is on the level of scopes that costs four times as much. The glass and light transfer are the main reasons this scope made our favorites list.

It offers more than good glass and illumination. The 4-inch eye relief makes shooting at longer ranges a little more forgiving. The scope is perfect for close and long-range shots. It will perform great at 30 yards or 400 yards making it an excellent scope for hunting.

SCRD-24RL Tomcat 1x22x33 Multi Reticles Red & Green Dot Sight with w/ Red Laser

The Vector Optics has a lightweight frame that won’t add weight to your gun, and it’s surprisingly durable for a sight that weighs almost nothing. It also comes with four different reticles and a red laser mounted on one side. This site is a great accessory for a home defense gun or recreational shooting.

SCRD-27GL Rayman 1×30 Red Dot Sight with Green Laser

This scope is an excellent scope for the price as well. We like this scope for its clarity and lightweight. Another big plus for us is the built-in lens covers open down instead of up. That’s not a trivial feature to anyone that’s broken a lens cover off on a tree or accidentally snagged it when moving the weapon.

RDSL01 VictOptics 1×18 Red Dot Reflex Sight

This great optic is a 3 MOA red dot sight. This site is lightweight. You can barely feel it in your hand. It has the same good glass as the other scopes along with sturdy mechanical parts. It has the option for a mini sight and multiple illumination settings when needed.

Bestseller No. 1
Vector Optics Marksman 6-24x50 mm First Focal Plane (FFP) 1/10 MIL Hunting Riflescope with VPA-MF Reticle, 30mm Tactical Mount Rings, Lens Covers and Honeycomb Sunshade
  • 5 years warranty. Wide Field of View & Edge-to-Edge Image.
  • 30mm Monotube. 4 inch Long Eye Relief. Designed for long range shooting. 1/10 MIL low...
  • Crystal clear fully coated lens for excellent light transmission (85-87%) and the best...
  • Completely sealed and nitrogen filled for waterproof, fogproof and shockproof performance....
  • Free 30mm tactical mount rings, rubber lens covers and honeycomb sunshade.
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Vector Optics Red Green Dot Sight 1x22x33 Reflex Holographic Sight Optic Scope 4 Different Reticles Dot Sight
  • 【Green &Red Illumination Adjustment】Our reflex sight of the color options are red and...
  • 【Elevation&Windage Adjustment】Our red green dot sight windage can be adjust using the...
  • 【Four Reticle Patterns】 4 Different illuminated reticle options on the rifle sight,...
  • 【Brightness Adjustment】Waterproof,Fog proof,Reflective Protection.Enhance...
  • 【What's in the box】1x Holographic dot sight with storage box,2x Hex wrenches 1x...

Are They Better than their Competition?

This question is a hard question to answer. Each optics maker is better or worse on a few things when compared to their competitors. Vector Optics puts a lot of effort into quality while keeping their prices low. At their worst, they are about even with their competition. The glass and mechanical parts of any scope are the essential features.

Most optics makers try to use good glass, and they do a fair job of using mechanical parts that work well. Vector Optics is a little above their competition where glass is concerned and about even on mechanical parts. Vector Optics beats the competition on variety and selection. Their scopes also offer more reticle options than most other scopes and hold their zero better.

Our Opinion

We think you should give Vector Optics a try and see what you think.

In short, our opinion is favorable, and we think you should try out one the scopes we mentioned above and find the scope that fits your needs and circumstances. You will be surprised by the vast selection and the low prices. Take a trip to your local gun shop or sporting goods store and ask them about Vector Optics.

Conclusion

We spend a lot of money on gun accessories. If you can get a proper, reliable scope for a low price, then that means more money for ammo. That alone is reason enough to shop economy scopes. They make their scopes to last and perform reliably. We can’t stress enough how important good glass is to optics along with light transfer, and they use good glass.

If you’re like more hunters or recreational shooters, a large part of your budget goes toward renting land, paying dues, travel, and several other expensive side effects of your lifestyle. Using economy scopes helps take some of the weight off your budget. Compared to some Nikon scopes, buying an economy scope saves enough money to fund a nice hunting trip.

The 6 of the Best Rifle Scopes for 300 Yards Shots

Finding the best rifle scopes for 300 yards isn’t always an easy task. There are quite a few options out there for long range scopes, so choosing one or two can be a daunting task. If you choose the wrong one, it could mean the difference between missing your target and bagging that deer.

To help you make the best choice, we narrowed your choices down to seven of the best rifle scopes for 300 yards, so you don’t miss your shot.

Benefits of Using a Rifle Scope

There are several advantages to using a rifle scope. Due to their recent surge in popularity, many rifle users are wondering what benefits come with using a rifle scope. First and foremost, rifle scopes improve the shooting experience by offering range.

When shooting with a standard rifle without a scope, users may not be comfortable with shooting from farther distances. This leads many hunters to get dangerously close to their targets. Riflescopes offer a series of long-range optics and reticles that provide shooters with a better understanding of range.

Improved accuracy is another major advantage to using rifle scopes. Without these devices, rifle users are limited to the accuracy of their naked eye. This is a poor marker when shooting from far away. Riflescopes help to magnify and focus the target, making it much easier to hit accurately. This increase in accuracy will help to save time, energy, and bullets.

Many rifle owners invest in scoreboards or participate in shooting competitions. Riflescopes are a great way to improve those scoreboards and win competitions. It’s important to use every tool to gain an advantage. Rifle scopes are perhaps the most effective add-on to a rifle to improve shooting in a competition or for personal improvement.

Another great advantage that comes with using rifle scopes is the ability to increase shooting distance. Shooting and hunting is more than just about hitting targets. This activity is also about overcoming challenges and self-improvement.

Users can greatly improve their shooting capabilities by gradually increasing the distance at which they shoot. A rifle scope makes this gradual improvement possible. One of the more superficial benefits of having a rifle scope is aesthetics. Rifles look more complete and cool with a scope mounted on top.

How it Works

With their small size and simple function, rifle scopes are quite easy to mount and use properly. A majority of rifles will have a series of ridges on the top to which additional devices can be mounted. Riflescopes attach to this part of the gun with locking screws and brackets.

Once the brackets of the scope are placed over the series of ridges, the screws can be tightened to hold the scope still. The external anatomy of a scope is rather simple. It is a metal tube with pieces of glass on either end. There is a knob on the top of the scope that allows shooters to adjust the view for clarity.

The internal workings of a scope are a bit more complex. There are a series of lenses that help to magnify and focus on the target. An object lens is located in the front of the scope and allows light into the barrel. This provides the necessary illumination for the scope to work.

There is an ocular lens located closer to the shooter that allows the human eye to register the images. In between these two lenses is a device known as the erector tube. This tube helps to concentrate the visuals within the scope and contains the magnifying lens. This lens can be moved closer or farther away from the front lens to change the magnification of the target. This erector tube also houses the cross-hairs, reticles, and other visual markers.

Important Factors to Consider

When purchasing a rifle scope, there are a few important factors to consider. Before deciding on what kind of rifle scope to buy, shooters must inspect their rifle compatibility. Rifles are only compatible with certain size scopes. These dimensions can be found on the top of most rifles.

The required range is another factor to consider when purchasing a rifle scope. These scopes vary widely in their rangeability. Some scopes can see hundreds of yards while others are very limited. Rifle users will differ on their needed range depending on their shooting style and what animals are hunting.

Price is perhaps the most important factor to consider for rifle users. While all quality rifle scopes will be pricey, there is still a variety of different costs. Setting a budget before shopping for a new scope can help narrow down the list of possible choices.

Below is a review of our favorite rifle scopes and what we recommend.

5. Burris 4.5 x-14 x -42mm Fullfield II Ballistic Plex Riflescope

Burris 4.5 x-14 x -42mm Fullfield II Ballistic Plex Riflescope

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The Burris Fullfield II earns high marks for durability. It’s obviously good for a 300 yard shot, but what makes it so desirable comes from how long it lasts.

The construction uses a singular piece design. It is able to stand up to a level of wear and tear that other scopes might not. However, one should take note that it’s among the smaller scopes. This makes it a better match for shorter mounts. The scope is water, fog, and shockproof.

Specifications

  • Length: 13”
  • Magnification: 14x
  • Objective lens: 56 mm
  • Tube diameter: 1”

4. Meopta Optics Meostar 3-12X56 Riflescope

Meopta 598980 4.5-14X MeoPro Scope

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The Meopta MeoStar is an example of doing things a little too well. It’s arguably the single best rifle scope for 300 yards when looking at stats. But the price point pushes it rather low on the list.

It’s the best rifle scope for 300 yards in some instances. For example, if one needs perfect precision then it might fit perfectly. This scope offers a level of confutation options which the other options can’t match.

However, one also needs to have money to spend on it. The high cost pushes it down on the list. It’s a great scope if money is not a factor. But that’s seldom the case for most people. As such, this particular scope ends up lower on the list.

Specifications

  • Length: 18”
  • Magnification: 4 – 16x
  • Objective lens: 44 mm
  • Tube diameter: 30 mm

3. Sightron SIII SS 6-24x50mm Long Range MOA Reticle Rifle Scope

Sightron Matte Black Long Range MOA Reticle Side Focus SIII Riflescope - 25149

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The Sightron SIII ranks a little lower due to overall cost, but it’s also a case where price denotes features. One can feel how well built it is. The 24 ounce form factor isn’t light, but it demonstrates how strong it really is.

It is such a luxury purchase that one might want to limit it to higher quality setups. In particular, one should make sure to pair it with higher quality scope rings to get the best effect.

Specifications

  • Length: 14.96”
  • Magnification: 4x
  • Objective lens: 50 mm
  • Tube diameter: 30 mm

2. Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical 4-12×40 Second Focal Plane Riflescope

Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical 4-12x40 Second Focal Plane Riflescope - VMR-1 Reticle (MOA)

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The Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical isn’t easy to judge by sight. It’s among the longer scopes within this list, and the nature of the scope’s magnification isn’t always easy for beginners to use.

Those facts keep it outside of the top two on the list. One can also consider these as benefits. It’s a more elegant scope that demands some extra skill, but it’s able to provide some great performance when one gets the hang of it. Not to mention that it’s a perfect aesthetic fit for higher class rifles.

Specifications

  • Length: 14.2”
  • Magnification: 4 – 12x
  • Objective lens: 44 mm
  • Tube diameter: 1”

1. BARSKA 6-18×40 mm AO Hot Magnum .17 And .22 Interchangeable 30/30 Rifle Scope

BARSKA 6-18x40 mm AO Hot Magnum .17 And .22 Interchangeable 30/30 Rifle Scope, Black Matte

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The Barska earns a higher ranking thanks to a lower price point. It is among the best rifle scope for 300 yards. There are certain expectations for performance that one can find within its feature set. This scope has multi-coated optics with 30/30 reticles and adjustable objective lens for parallax correction.

It is the price that really earns it a place within this list. It’s a solid scope that can reach 300 yards. Just as importantly, it’s a scope that almost anyone can afford.

Specifications

  • Length: 15.65”
  • Magnification: 6 – 18x
  • Objective lens: 40mm
  • Tube diameter: 1”

Summing Up

The best rifle scope for 300 yards isn’t that difficult of a choice. There are quite a few options out there. One simply needs to consider how important the various metrics are. The options can shift up or down depending on one’s own needs.

For example, some people put cost above anything else. Others want specific features. But the best option is the one that helps get a perfect shot. That’s what really decides the best rifle scope for 300 yards.

Leupold VX2 3-9×40 Review: Is This Worth Purchasing?

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Whether you’re a novice hunter who’s just getting started or an expert sportsman with a trophy room that would make Daniel Boone green with envy, you’re only as good as your optics! Choosing the right scope is a vital step in planning the perfect hunting trip or competitive shoot. Our Leupold VX2 3-9×40 review compares and contrasts the VX2 with several other popular offerings on the market today.

In order to help you make the best choice, we’ve compared these models using five criteria: price, ease-of-use, accuracy, durability and warranty terms.

What Is the Leupold VX2 3-9×40?

The Leupold VX2 3-9×40 is a popular mid-range rifle scope with hunters and competitive rifle shooters. The Leupold family has been manufacturing rifle scopes for five generations, ever since Marcus Leupold – one of the company’s founders – was unable to bag a deer on a hunting trip after his rifle scope fogged up. Since then, the Leupold name has become synonymous with no-frills, reliable, well-built optics that provide good value for the money.

Leupold VX2

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Customers choose Leupold for their reliable, easy-to-use, versatile product offerings, and their award-winning customer service. The Leupold VX2 3-9×40 is one of their most popular offerings, and thousands of happy Leupold customers pay credit to their consistently high-quality builds and reliable performance after a successful deer season.

Leupold VX2 3-9×40 Review: Specs

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The Leupold VX2 3-9×40 is a good choice for anyone who’s in the market for a good all-round hunting scope. Leupold’s Index Matched Lens System maximizes light transmission, which improves image quality. Additionally, Leupold customizes the lens coatings for each individual scope that leaves their factory, further improving sharpness and brightness. Exaggerated knurling on focus adjustment knobs and turrets allows for rapid adjustments, aiding in on-the-go target acquisition.

While the other offerings in our Leupold VX2 3-9×40 review use nitrogen to prevent lens-fog accumulation, Leupold uses a proprietary mixture of Argon and Krypton, further preventing the accumulation of condensation in damp environments. Finally, Leupold applies their trademark DiamondCoat protective coating to any scope that leaves their factory. This protects your lenses from abrasions even in the harshest of conditions!

Pricing


This scope provides excellent value for the money. While it’s slightly more expensive than two of the comparable offerings featured in our Leupold VX2 3-9×40 review, it’s a bargain when stacked up against premier product offerings. You can purchase it directly from the manufacturer, but the bargain-buyer can likely find it listed on Amazon.com, Ebay or MidwayUSA for a promotional price. Leupold has a track record of providing premium performance at a mid-market price point.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare:

Leupold LP120611-BRK VX-2 3-9X40Mm CDS Matte
  • Made using the highest quality materials
  • Tested for durability
  • Designed to be waterproof

Ease of Use

Accuracy

Durability

Warranty

Pros

  • Top-notch image quality
  • Lightweight and durable
  • Allows for on-the-fly target acquisition
  • Excellent value given the price tag
  • Lifetime warranty and great customer service

Cons

  • No parallax
  • No sunshade included
  • Users complain that turrets feel “cheap”
  • Some report occasional problems with lens fog
Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9x40 Riflescope BDC Matte
  • Multiple layers of anti-reflective compounds on every glass surface provide bright, vivid...
  • Positive-click reticle adjustments get you zeroed in quicker and maintain your setting,...
  • Spot On allows you to discover all of the exact aiming points on your scope’s reticle at...

The stand-out feature of the Buckmasters II 3-9×40 is Nikon’s anti-reflective technology. This scope features a series of lenses coated with multiple layers of a proprietary anti-reflective blend that increases dissemination of light and reduces reflection by 92%. This produces brighter, clearer scope imagining, optimizing optics at all light levels. Higher contrast and starker colors cause the target to “pop”, making target acquisition easier.

Ease of Use

Accuracy

Durability

Warranty

Pros

  • Holds zero aim consistently
  • Optics are clear and bright
  • Waterproof
  • Users report almost no challenges with lens fog

Cons

  • Some comparable models feature sharper imaging
  • Some users report that thick crosshairs can obscure targets
UTG 3-9X32 1" BugBuster Scope, AO, RGB Mil-dot, QD Rings , Black
  • 1 Inch Tube with Emerald Coating for Maximum Light Transmission, Premium Zero Lockable &...
  • Range Estimating Mil-dot Reticle for Optimal Aiming and Shooting Performance, Adjustable...
  • Red/Green Dual Illumination for Versatile Applications, Large Field of View and Most...
  • Complete with 2" Sunshade, High Quality Flip-open Lens Caps and Quick-detachable Rings
  • Built on True Strength Platform, Completely Sealed and Nitrogen Filled, Shockproof, Fog...

The BugBuster’s tube features UTG’s Emerald Coating; a proprietary formula that improves transmission of light. The scope features a mil-dot reticle for range estimation, which improves accuracy. The mil-dot allows for adjustments between 9 feet and an undefined range. UTG was one of the first manufacturers to take advantage of mil-dot scopes for range finding, and their proprietary technology makes the BugBuster extremely accurate. While competitors provide 11 aiming points, the BugBuster’s mil-dot reticle allows for 20.

Ease of Use

Accuracy

Durability

Warranty

Pros

  • Sharp optics
  • Ability to zero-in on targets very quickly
  • Holds zero when affixed to a rifle with heavy recoil
  • Excellent value for the money

Cons

  • Edges of the viewing field are distorted
  • Some users complain that the crosshairs are too thick
  • Occasionally arrives with the reticle askew
NightForce NXS5.5-22x56mm Riflescope - .250 MOA, ZeroStop, Moar Reticle C434,
  • 56mm objective lens
  • Illuminated MOAR reticle
  • 2nd focal plane
  • Tactical MOA turrets
  • Waterproof and fogproof

If you know optics, you know NightForce. The NXS 5.5-22×56 is, without a doubt, the Rolls Royce of long range hunting scopes. Enthusiasts have called it the “finest offering on the market”. Superb build quality and an unrelenting commitment to excellence in the little things are the trademark of the NightForce brand.

This scope features Illuminated an illuminated, glass etched MOAR-20 MOA reticle, flawless multi-coated lenses, and a military-grade aluminum tube twice as sturdy as the other scopes featured in our Leupold VX2 3-9×40 review.

Ease of Use

Accuracy

Durability

Warranty

Pros

  • Astonishingly clear viewing field
  • Hi-Speed turret system
  • Better magnification capacity than any other product offering in our Leupold VX2 3-9×40 review
  • Rugged, durable build
  • 56mm objective lens allows for optimal clarity in dim and bright environments

Cons

  • The NSX 5.5-22×56 costs more than the other three scopes featured in our Leupold VX2 3-9×40 review combined
  • Some users complain that the thicker tube walls make the scope too heavy

Conclusion

We hope that our Leupold VX2 3-9×40 review has proved a valuable resource in your search for a new hunting scope! Overall, we have given the Leupold vs2 3-9×40 a rating of four out of five stars. When compared with the bargain brands and the premier offerings, the Leupold VX2 3-9×40 is an excellent choice for novice and intermediate sportsmen alike. Happy hunting!

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Vortex Strike Fire Red Dot Scope for AR15: Why You should Buy It?

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Looking for a scope to mount on your rifle? This is a review of the Vortex StrikeFire Red Dot Scope for AR15 SF-BR-AR15. Read on to find out if it is what you have been looking for. The features of this rifle scope will be listed along with its advantages and disadvantages.

The  Vortex Strike Fire Red Dot Scope for AR15 is a great scope to equip on your rifle. You should consider getting one because it offers great quality for its price. It boasts a lot of neat features that you will surely like. Read on to find out more about this rifle scope

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Features And Benefits of the Vortex Strike Fire 

1. Multi-coated lenses and anti-reflective coatings

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How to Sight in a Rifle Scope: The Ultimate Guide

If you are aspiring to be an avid rifle hunter or owner, you cannot avoid learning how to sight in a rifle scope. While some people find it easy to grasp the basic knowledge about sighting in a rifle, others find it challenging. Consistency can help you master everything related to the intricate process of sighting in a rifle.

Rifles are used in many areas with hunting as the primary use. Failing to sight your rifle scope increases your chances of missing a target. Once you have mastered how to sight in a rifle scope, everything else becomes easy. Whether you have a handgun, rifle, or shotgun, this simple guide on how to sight in a rifle scope will come in handy.

Steps to Take before Shooting

Every successful sharpshooter attained such a title by learning the basics and having the right shooting tools and equipment. If you are hoping to be accurate when shooting with a long range, you must have a rifle scope. Second, learn how to sight in a rifle scope as this influences the accuracy of your shots significantly. Even though it requires a lot of technical knowledge, there are necessary steps that anybody can follow to learn how to use a rifle scope appropriately and successfully.

CVLIFE 3-9x40 Optics R4 Reticle Crosshair Scope with 20mm Free Mounts
  • Specification: 3-9x40
  • Magnification: 3-9x
  • Objective Diameter: 1.57
  • Exit pupil: 0.2
  • Length: 12.20
Simmons Truplex Riflescope (3-9X32, Matte)
  • Truezero fingertip windage and elevation adjustment system
  • Qta (quick target acquisition) eyepiece for fast, easy target acquisition
  • Fully coated, high-quality optics for bright, high-contrast target image
  • 8-Point

Install Your Scope Properly

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Checking whether the scope is appropriately installed should be your first step before shooting. A majority of the rifles come with a mounting system. Not all scope bases can fit in any scope ring. Check whether the scope rings and mount are a perfect fit for your rifle.

Adjust the Eye Distance

Your success at shooting starts with sighting a clear image of your target. Situating your eyepiece well allows you a sharp and clear image. The distance left between your eye and the scope plays a significant role when sighting a rifle scope. You will need to tune the scope carefully to create the ideal amount of relief to your eye.

The ideal eye distance should be far enough to avoid any injuries on the eyes because of the recoil effect.

Level Up

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A sturdy shooting position is necessary when sighting in a rifle scope. You should use a bipod or a shooting bench that has a mount to achieve the right shooting level. While any of these methods can work well, the use of a rifle mount is much preferred since it lowers the recoil significantly. It holds the rifle securely on the target.

Different rifle mounts are available in the market. Choosing a mount that is not compatible with your rifle scope can be disastrous. Thus, you need to be careful to select a mount that works for your rifle scope.

Align the Reticle

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Aligning the reticle is a critical aspect necessary when sighting in a rifle scope. However, not many shooters put this into consideration. Having a canted reticle (a case of imperfect alignment of the scope's crosshairs and the elevation direction or the windage adjustment) is costly for any shooter. It results in missed shots, especially if you are firing 250 yards away from the target.

There are different ways you can align your reticle. The simplest method is to keep the scope pointed at a solid background and try to focus on an object at a distance using your eyes before you can refocus with the scope. This practice should help you determine whether the reticle is blurry or in focus. If blurry, use the diopter to adjust the scope until you achieve a focused and clear reticle.

Bore Sight Your Rifle Scope

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It is advisable to bore sight a new scope after you have mounted it on a rifle before making any shots. Ensure that your gun is not loaded and that nothing obstructs the barrel. Unbolt and fit the rifle securely at a downrange pointing direction. While looking through the bore, move the rifle carefully such that the target is centered.

You can opt for a laser boresight, which is fitted on the rifle's chamber and achieves the same results–to center the reticle in the rifle's direction.

Set Your Minute of Angle (MOA)

The Minute of Angle is an important aspect to master when learning how to sight in a rifle scope. Every shooter should consider the MOA before firing a rifle. The number of clicks you turn the windage knob or the elevation determines the impact move on the bullet. For example, four clicks on the knob result in a one-inch bullet impact move.

Make three-shot groups; these help in determining whether your rifle scope is aligned correctly and whether the shots are on target. The level at which you sight in a rifle scope depends on the application. It is advisable to consider sighting at above 100 yards. It all depends on your preferences. Despite this, you should master your MOA because it helps you make the required adjustments depending on the distance and the target.

How to Sight in a Rifle Scope - Fine Tune It

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It can be challenging to achieve the right focus at once. You should keep tweaking; vary the distances and refocus up to when you achieve consistent hits near the bullseye. Once you master how to focus and make on-target shots, do not relax; practice with far-away targets. However, it is necessary to remember that other factors can affect your shots. For example, the target's distance, rifle scope, and environmental factors, like the direction of the wind, determine your shot's accuracy.

Things To Do When Shooting

Pulling the trigger of any rifle discharges a firearm. While it sounds simple, it is problematic for most shooters, including experienced ones. It is important to be careful when shooting. Here are a few things to do when shooting to make sure you make safe and successful shots.

  1. Position your arm well: It is advisable to extend your arms fully when shooting. However, this does not mean that you lock them. Relax your shoulders.
  2. Align your foot and legs: there are several approaches to position your foot and leg when shooting. You can choose the side-to-side or front-to-back positions. In case you consider the front-to-back option, ensure that you rearward the strong-hand side leg in a range of about 12–18 inches. The exact distance depends on one's strength weight and balance.
  3. If you opt for the side-to-side position, you maintain stability and a high comfort level by leaving a hip-width distance between one foot and the other. You can lock your knees or bend them a little for maximum stability.
  4. Body positioning: Ensure that your torso leans forward slightly. It is not advisable to bend backward, especially at the shoulder, hip, or waist area. Keep the shoulders at a forward position relative with the hips.
  5. Maintain a firm grip: The security of your body is paramount when shooting, and this starts with how you hold the gun. Hold your gun firmly with a proper grip.

Key Tips and Information to Remember

Every rifle hunter or owner must understand how to sight in a rifle scope. Here are a few things to remember which will be useful when sighting in a rifle scope.

  1. Often check the scope mounts for tightness. You should keep them not too tight, as this might break or even strip the screws.
  2. Always ensure that the scope is leveled. A poor or unleveled scope shoots off the paper.
  3. Do not disregard the paper. Shooting off the target is frustrating.
  4. Sight with the same ammunition. Usually, ammunitions differ in terms of their batches. For accuracy of shots, it is advisable to sight in with the same ammo as anything different can lead to inaccurate shots.
  5. A shooter accomplishes several things for a gun to fire. Your role is to pull the trigger. If you do it correctly, you will not experience any movement, and you can be assured of accurate shots. Jerking or flinching when shooting causes an off-target shot.
  6. Always ensure that you hold the gun firmly.

Conclusion

4-16x50AO Scope Combo Dual Illuminated with Green Laser Sight 4 Holographic Reticle Red/Green Dot for Weaver/Rail Mount
  • Fast Focus Eyepiece with 1/4" Fingertip Resettable Windage & Elevation Adjustments.Green...
  • Updated:Add Front Focus Adjustment.Make it more eaiser to operate.The scope is Red and...
  • Update Lens Cover gets hard to be broken.Better quality makes it Much More Stable on your...
  • Integrated rails offers ample space for accessories.Best Customer Service for Everyone
  • High grade fully coated optical lens, Dry nitrogen filled with waterproof,shock proof,fog...

Every sharpshooter should learn the basics of installing and how to sight in a rifle scope. Make sure you practice regularly to gain the confidence needed in developing the right target shooting skills. Every successful shooter started by learning how to sight in a rifle scope. It takes a lot of confidence and practice to make successful long shots, as this ensures that you know what goes into aligning a rifle scope and what to do before and when shooting. It is important you master the tips highlighted above.

How successful you are at making shots depends on your accuracy in sighting in the rifle focus. Therefore, learn what mounts align with your rifle scope and establish and stick to the same batches you used when sighting. In addition, make sure you sample different rifle scopes to buy the one that matches your rifle and shooting needs.

Best 4x Scope: List Of Top 10 Picks And Buying Guide

Every long gun enthusiast needs a reliable 4x scope if they want to land the perfect shot. When it comes to shooting, there is nothing more important than accuracy. That is why our rifle experts put together this definitive list of the best 4x scope products on the market today.

Want to discover the best 4x scope for your rifle? In this article, our firearm professionals review the top optical sighting devices for rifles to get the best shot every time. Read on to discover which scopes are a bust, and which will ensure your aiming true when you pull the trigger.

Comparison Table - 4x Scopes

What is a 4x Scope?

Before listing our favorite 4x scope products on the market, it is important first to flesh out exactly what these products are. The 4x scope is a kind of telescopic lens, or scope, that magnifies objects in your gun’s crosshairs by four times. Having increased magnification makes targeting easier for the shooter, which results in greater accuracy.

Scopes are classified according to their optical magnification (i.e., 4x) and their objective lens diameter (i.e., 30 mm, 50 mm, etc.). The latter refers to the diameter of the lens within the scope; broadly, larger objective lenses result in more light entering the scope and thus a brighter image in the eyepiece. Shooters should select their lens diameter according to their individual purposes.

Although scopes once had an objective lens of 20 mm or smaller, it is now common to find much larger lenses on store shelves. Technological upgrades in lens technology have improved the state of scope magnification over the years, which is one of the reasons why target shooting is far more competitive than it once was in the early days of the sport.

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List of Best 4x Scopes

Without further ado, let’s get into the main purpose of today’s article. Below, we have ranked and reviewed our favorite 4x scopes. Each of the scopes enumerated below has been hand-tested by our experts and are among a list of several dozen products that we tested out over the past few weeks.

CVLIFE 4x32 Rifle Scope

CVLIFE 4x32 Compact Rifle Scope Crosshair Optics Hunting Gun Scope with 20mm Free Mounts
  • Magnification:4x;Objective Diameter: 1.26" (32mm); Eye Relief: 3.3" (83.82mm) Length:...
  • With the fully coated optical glass, the rifle scope would give you a bright and...
  • Made of high-strength aluminum alloy and with its one-piece tube construction, the scope...
  • Inert gas purged, fog,shock, water proof, this scope can be used under any weather...
  • The length of the whole scope is 7.48" (190mm), which makes this compact scope suitable...

The CVLIFE 4x32 Rifle Scope is among the best in the business on several counts. First, this scope is made of fine optical glass that you can tell is highly durable from the moment you peer through the eyepiece. The field of view is wide and crystal clear for a dead-on shot every time. Ultimately, our first impression of this scope was extremely positive.

Further, we love that this scope is made of aluminum alloy in one-piece tube construction. Too often we find that scopes are made from multiple connected pieces, which tend to come undone when you need them the most. However, this scope comes up big in the right moments thanks to its highly durable build, excellent material quality, and, of course, its unbeatable price.

TASCO Pronghorn 4x32 Reticle Scope

Tasco Pronghorn 3-9x 40mm 30/30 Reticle Riflescope
  • Quality optics with stunning HD clarity
  • 100% quality materials used and tested extensively
  • Beautiful design and durability built to last
  • 30/30 reticle
  • Magenta multi-layered fully coated optics increases light transmission for bright, clear...

The TASCO Pronghorn 4x32 Reticle Scope is one of our favorite budget-friendly rifle scopes. One thing that stood out immediately after taking this product out of the box was its magnificent aesthetics and build design. Compared to most other aluminum scopes, the TASCO Pronghorn is a marvel. However, looks unfortunately do not mean much in the world of shooting.

With a matte finish and a great one-year warranty with no questions asked, the TASCO Pronghorn makes for an excellent scope no matter what kind of shooting experience you have under your belt. However, we feel like the price point is a bit too high for what is an entry-level device and the eyepiece clarity could do with some improvements.

Ade Advanced Optics 4x32 Fixed Scope

Ade Advanced Optics 4x32 Fixed Power Green/blue/red Illuminated Reticle Compact Rifle Scope with Fiber Optic Tactical Sight and Weaver Slots
  • Magnification 4X Fixed , Objective Diameter - 32mm
  • Illuminated Red-Green-Blue Rapid Range Glass Etched Reticle
  • 100% Shock and Recoil Resistant, Nitrogen Filled, Shockproof, Fogproof, and Water...
  • 6061 T6 Aircraft Grade Body
  • Six-inch total length, 30-millimeter tube diameter, 32-millimeter objective lens, and...

The Ade Advanced Optics 4x32 Fixed Scope is a beautiful tactical sight scope with an assortment of weaver slots for your convenience. This scope features a 3.5-inch relief for your eye and measures six inches in length, making it extremely compact and lightweight. Plus, this thing is built to last as it is made of 6061 T6 aircraft-grade metals.

Unlike most of its competitors, the Ade Advanced Optics scope has a brightly illuminated red-green-blue rapid range glass reticle for easy aiming and a great sightline. Additionally, this scope is 100% shockproof and resistant to water which makes it a fantastic choice for backcountry missions and tactical operations.

CVLIFE 4x32 Tactical Optic Scope

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,...
  • High performance optical scope with fiber optic sight for quick and accurate acquisition...
  • Crisp image for accurate focus. With the green multi-layer coated lenses, the tactical...
  • Glass etched reticle with tri-illuminations (green/red/ blue), 3 levels of brightness...
  • Shock proof, recoil, fog resistance (nitrogen filled); high quality aluminum alloy in...

The CVLIFE 4x32 Tactical Optic Scope is set apart from its non-tactical counterpart for several key reasons. For one, this scope has a far lighter fiber optic build, which makes it fantastic for long hunting trips and backcountry excursions. Its lightweight build also happens to look a lot better and appear more compact than its non-tactical variant.

Ultimately, we were thrilled when we upgraded to the CVLIFE 4x32 tactical edition. This product is suitable for all-weather conditions and is resistant to water and fog which makes it a great choice if your vision might be impaired by natural elements. Once you hold this scope in your hands, you will realize why it is considered one of the best in its class.

Simmons 22 TruPlexReticle 4x32 Scope

Simmons .22 Mag TruPlexReticle Riflescope with Rings (Black Matte, 4x32-mm)
  • Waterproof, fog proof, shockproof and recoil proof
  • One-piece tube construction for lighter handling, greater strength and durability
  • Fully-coated, high-quality optical glass, for bright, sharp images and high contrast
  • Quick target acquisition eyepiece with plenty of eye relief to make acquiring targets a...
  • Rimfire mounting rings included

Ranking among the finest fixed scopes on the market today, the Simmons 22 Mag TruPlexReticle Scope is a sleek and sharp-looking black matte optical scope appropriate for everyone from novice to veteran hunters. Made with the highest-quality glass, this scope features vivid contrast down the sightline for easy aiming and pinpoint accuracy.

In our experience, we were delighted by the Simmons 22 TruPlexReticle. This is because the scope is super lightweight, made of best-in-class materials, and has convenient rimfire rings that mount directly on top of the scope. For greater strength and a better shot every time, we recommend trusting the experts at Simmons with their latest TruPlexReticle series scope.

Bushnell Optics Drop Zone 223 Reticle Scope

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...

The Bushnell Optics Drop Zone 223 Reticle Scope is a fantastic all-purpose scope with some of the best technical specifications to back it. Featuring Bushnell’s signature Drop Zone-223 ballistic reticle, this scope is calibrated for 55-62 grain and aiming points up to 500 yards away. Plus, the target turrets are adjusted for pinpoint precision up to half a mile in distance.

At 30mm tube diameter, the Bushnell Optics Drop Zone 223 is one of the best in its class. With a fast-focus eyepiece, we found that we were able to quickly lock onto our targets within one or two seconds and fire with perfect accuracy. With little rattle or recoil, this scope aims true with every shot and removes the need for shock absorbers or any added peripherals.

Nikon Buckmasters II 4-12x40 BDC Reticle

Nikon 16344 Buckmasters II 4-12x 40mm Obj 23.6-7.9 ft 100 yds FOV 1" Tube Dia Clamshell Black Matt Scope
  • Magnification: 4-12x; Objective Diameter - 40mm
  • O-ring sealed to prevent moisture from entering body
  • Nitrogen purged for reliability against thermal shock
  • Waterproof, Fogproof and Shockproof
  • Generous, Consistent Eye Relief

Nikon has proven that it is not only a camera lens company with the Buckmasters II 4-12x40 BDC Reticle Scope. This scope is made with the quality you would expect from a brand name like Nikon, featuring some of the best glass you will find in a rifle scope. The reticle in this product is extremely bright and allows for a perfect high-res image even when hunting at night.

Built with Nikon’s patented BDC reticle technology, the Nikon Buckmasters II is one of the best products on the market for advanced hunters and those looking to gain an edge in competition. Whether you are hunting at dusk or dawn, the Buckmasters II is a fine choice of scope at 4x magnification. To boot, it has all the same anti-shock and waterproof features as its rival scopes.

UTG 4-16x44 Scope

UTG 4-16X44 30mm Scope, AO, 36-color Mil-dot, w/ Rings
  • 30mm Tube with Best in Class Emerald Lens Coatings to Achieve Maximum Light Transmission...
  • 4X to 16X Power with Quick Power Selector Ring Perfect for Target Acquisition and Zooming...
  • Field of View @ 100 yards: 24.4 feet - 6.8 feet. Innovative EZ-TAP Illumination Enhancing...
  • Premium Zero Lockable and Zero Resettable Target Turrets with Most Consistent and Precise...
  • Mil-dot Range Estimating Reticle with Built-in Integral Sunshade for Most Optimal Aiming...

The UTG 4-16x44 Scope is easily one of the better 30mm reticle scopes on the market for entry-level and novice shooters. This scope features a magnificent emerald lens and allows for maximum light transmission for a clear, dead-on shot every time you pull the trigger. Plus, the scope is rainproof and shock-proof for a reliable shot regardless of the weather at hand.

Overall, we were happy with our purchase of the UTG 4-16x44 Scope. As one of the best non-fixed optical lenses for rifles, it is a great product for learning how to aim with pinpoint accuracy at varying target distances. Plus, patented 1-Click technology and quick selector rings make readying the gun a breeze compared to similarly priced products on the market.

UUQ Prism 4x32 Reticle Scope

UUQ Prism 4x32 Red/Green/Blue Triple Illuminated Rapid Range Reticle Rifle Scope W/Top Fiber Optic Sight and Weaver Slots
  • High performance optical scope with fiber optic sight, Manufactured Multi-coated optics,...
  • Magnification 4X Fixed , Objective Diameter - 32mm, Crystal Clear Fully Coated Prism Lens...
  • Combat Ready Rapid Target Acquisition Glass Reticle with Range Finding & Ballistic,...
  • Fit all 20 mm weaver and 3/8 inch dovetail rails , Durable all Metal Housing, with Dual -...
  • Built on Proven Robust Platform. Completely Sealed and Nitrogen Filled, Shockproof,...

The UUQ Prism 4x32 Reticle Scope is a formidable scope with one of the best warranties in the industry. Backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee Warranty over 12 months, the UUQ Prism is a great option for those who want a risk-free investment in a quality scope. Made of premium carbon fiber, this scope is also lightweight and easy to adjust and install.

Despite its great value, we were a little disappointed in the bulkiness of this scope. After installing on our gun, we found that it made our gun look wider and bit more unwieldy. In other words, we found that this scope is a bit ugly compared to similarly priced scopes on the market. Nonetheless, the UUQ Prism is a great option for budget-minded shooters.

UUQ 2.5-10x40 Rifle Scope

UUQ 2.5-10x40 Tactical Rifle Scope Dual Illuminated Mil-dot W/RED Laser Sight, Rail Mount and 4 Reticle Red/Green Dot Reflex Sight
  • UUQ 2.5-10 Magnification Rifle Scope with Red/Green illuminated Mil-dot Reticle and 40mm...
  • Tubeless design with 33mm reflex lens aperture provides a wide field of view, suitable for...
  • Tactical 4 Reticle Red/Green Dot Open Reflex Sight with Weaver-Picatinny Rail Mount for 20...
  • Integrated red laser sight, fully adjustable and independently controlled.
  • Multi-protection: Shockproof, Waterproof and Fogproof.

The UUQ 2.5-10x40 Rifle Scope is a reticle scope for intermediate to advanced shooters and hunters. This product features red and green illuminated mil-dot reticle crosshairs and a whopping 40mm objective lens for great accuracy for every shot. Plus, 20mm rail mounts back it easy to attach to any firearm you might own.

Our overall impression of this scope was overwhelmingly positive from the moment we first held it in our hands. This is a high-quality, durable, lightweight rifle scope that is meant for serious hunters and shooters. A tubeless design, this product will not attach even after years of wear and tends to outlast most other products in its price range.

Buyer's Guide

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A lot goes into buying the perfect 4x scope. There is a wealth of information that goes into sourcing the right brand and model and, honestly, it can become a little overwhelming—even for veteran shooters. To help you make an informed purchase without overloading you with information, we put together this quick point-form list of the top takeaways from today’s article.

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Look for the brand names you can trust, like Nikon, Vortex, Simmons, and CVLIFE

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Point 2 

Rainproof and fog-proof models are a must for backcountry shooters

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Point 3

Fiber optic scopes are superior to aluminum builds on almost all counts

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Point 4

Most rifle scopes have an objective lens diameter between 30 and 42mm

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Point 5

Seek out models with a 12-month warranty if possible