View Full Version : New to AR - Scope suggestions

June 28, 2011, 02:34 PM
I need a scope for my AR. Most all my shots are 150 yards or less, but I need magnification. I also use this rifle for night varmit hunting. Am using a light, but do I need a lighted reticle?
Would like to keep it in the $200 range. Any suggestions?
Can I use a 3x9x40 standard scope? Rifle is a 5.56.


June 28, 2011, 03:51 PM
A fixed 4-power burris compact or the same burris compact in the 2--7 power variable would be excellent.


June 28, 2011, 05:01 PM
Greetings Petey1987, and welcome aboard.

Yes, of course you can use a 3-9x40 on an AR; however, they are not all created equally. The grey beards will remember the initial Colt AR scopes were very compact fixed power units, typically accompanied by a stock riser. The flat-top uppers and adjustable stocks have changed things. Years ago, when I scoped my carry handle AR, I selected a variable Burris compact (IMHO, the Colt scopes were outrageously priced). There are several Burris scopes available in the $200 neighborhood.

For night work, my old eyes are happier with some internal illumination, YMMV. You mentioned 150-yard shooting. In reality how far will you see at night with lights? Perhaps, you'd be happy with a simple illuminated dot 1x unit. Of course, there's nothing that says you can't have two units: magnified optical during the day and a simple dot at night. Both can be had for under $200.

June 29, 2011, 01:40 PM
Don't overlook something like a Weaver 1-3X ... at 1x, you get the ease of aiming from the scope's reticles, but the ability to shoot with both eyes open for better awareness ... and 3x is pretty good magnification as long as your targets @ 150yds are not golf balls. I believe that they are also in your price range.


June 29, 2011, 10:29 PM
I'd check Mid-South Shooters, Natchez Shooters Supply, Brownells, or Cheaperthandirt.com.

They may have optics/glass for AR models in your budget range.
NOTE: Brownells has a full printed AR parts/gunsmithing catalog.

www.Brownells.com www.Cheaperthandirt.com www.Natchezss.com

June 30, 2011, 12:15 AM
I just bought a Nikon M223 2-8 x 32 that I have not had a chance to take out yet, but I'm very suprised how clear it is.

July 7, 2011, 09:20 PM
Vortex Diamondback 2-7 or 3-9. OpticsPlanet, SWFA, MidwayUSA.

July 8, 2011, 12:23 PM
I have a Nikon 3-12x42 on burris rings, and I LOVE it. Side focus is the shizzle.

July 14, 2011, 03:33 PM
Leupold Mk4 is the only way to go.

Makes all the others look bad and it has a terrific side focus, and a lifetime warranty and they are not going away.

My brother sent in a scope that was 30 years old and they fixed it.