Best AR 15 Scopes in 2018 – Top 10 Best AR 15 Optics [REVEALED]

Finding the best AR 15 scope in 2018 can be a challenge.

With so many AR optics on the market, how do you choose ...

With rigorous testing and actual field study of hundreds of scopes, we have narrowed down the list for those of you looking to get the best AR15 scope for the money!

Narrowing the list wasn't easy, as there is a big range of the best ar scopes to choose from, but we were able to come up with a great Top 10 list.

Most Affordable

CVLIFE Reflex Sight 

CVLIFE Reflex Sight
  • 4 different types of reticle
  • Durable structure
  • Inexpensive

Our Rating

BEST CHOICE

nikon p-223

Nikon  P-223 Matte BDC Carbine
  • Great field of view
  • Nikon Lifetime Warranty
  • Great light transmission

Our Rating

HIGH-END PICK

Firefield NVRS 

Firefield NVRS Riflescope
  • Great night vision
  • Durable materials
  • Long-lasting battery pack

Our Rating

Top 10 Best AR15 Scopes & Optics

  1. Nikon P-223 3x32 BDC Carbine
  2. Aimpoint Pro 30mm
  3. Burris Fastfire III 3 MOA
  4. Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 2 1-6x24
  5. Trijicon 1x25 MRO 2.0
  6. EOTech 512-A65 Tactical
  7. Barska 1-4x28 IR
  8. Bushnell Optics Drop Zone-223
  9. Bushnell Trophy TRS25 1x25
  10. Firefield NVRS

Ok, How Much Are AR Scopes & Optics?

Technology has brought the cost of AR15 optics down substantially so you no longer have to buy an extreme tactical military AR 15 scope which would set you back thousands of dollars.

In fact, you can now find the best AR15 optics under $400 or $200 and even under $100 now.  Sometimes even less. The idea though is that you find the best AR15 scope for the money. Where can you find the best bang for your buck?

For a couple hundred dollars you can get one of the best scopes for AR15  which not only looks great on your AR but it will help your shooting performance.

We have put this post together so that you can find the best AR 15 optics without having to break the bank but have also included some nice optics as well in case you want some high end choices.

Best AR-15 Optics in 2018 - Top 10

These scopes won't be for everyone and there are others that didn't make the list, but very well could have. With so many different types of AR optics, from reflex / red dot sights, to holographic sights, to heads up and tube styles, it was difficult to narrow it down when reaching into each category.

The AR optics below we feel are some of the best that you can get today. In the future we will narrow down the Top AR optics in each category, but for now enjoy our what we think are some of the best AR-15 Optics!

Best AR15 Scopes

Model

Nikon P-223 Matte BDC Carbine

Nikon P-223 3x32 BDC Carbine

(Editor's Choice)

aimpoint pro ar 15 optic

Aimpoint Pro 30mm

(Editor's Choice)

burris fastfirst III

Burris Fastfire III 3 MOA

(Editor's Choice)

vortex optics sstrike eagle

Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 2 1-6x24

(Editor's Choice)

trijicon MRO-C optic

Trijicon 1x25 MRO 2.0

eotech-512-scope

EOTech 512-A65 Tactical

Barska 1-4x28 IR Riflescope

Barska 1-4x28 IR

bushnell optics ar 223 under 200

Bushnell Optics Drop Zone-223

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 1x25

Firefield NVRS Riflescope

Firefield NVRS

Why didn't I include the Trijicon ACOG 4x32, or the Leupold Mark 5 HAMR in my Top 10 list of best AR 15 rifle scopes?


I’ve had some people ask me why these two AR otpics didn’t get on the list for best AR15 optics. After reviewing them, here’s why.

  • These AR15 optics are very expensive.
  • Honestly, they don’t really deliver any better experience compared to the less expensive AR15 scopes on the market.
  • There are some extra features added on that aren’t necessary unless you’re in the military or heavy tactical usage (ie. military grade materials).

So, in simple words, you are paying for unnecessary features that drive up the price. Some of you may not mind the extra features and don’t mind the higher price tag, but for most, we want to find the best AR15 scope for the money.

For now, these rifle optics are a little expensive, especially if you are just looking for something to get the job done or are on a budget.

However, we believe that these rifle scopes are ok if you are the type of person who is not on a budget and wants the extra features as these scopes and other high tier AR scopes are definitely high quality.


Quick Overview About the AR-15

The AR 15 has become one of America's favorite rifles - and for good reason!

The AR 15 was first designed for military and tactical applications however now there are models built for sport shooting, hunting, and plinking.

This is the reason that the best AR15 optics need to be matched to its intended use.

For example, you wouldn't use the BSA Sweet 17 for competition sport shooting. The AR 15 scope has become mainstream with a ton of different quality optics offering different features depending on what you are looking for. Some of our favorite brands of the best scopes for AR15 are Vortex, Nikon, Bushnell, Aimpoint and EOTech. 

For example, you wouldn't use the BSA Sweet 17 for competition sport shooting. The AR 15 scope has become mainstream with a ton of different quality optics offering different features depending on what you are looking for. Some of our favorite brands of AR 15 scopes are Vortex, Nikon, Bushnell, Aimpoint and EOTech.  

Many people don't know that AR-15 was originally developed by Armalite, so it stands for Armalite Rifle. However Armalite ran into financial issues and sold its design to Colt and after making its own modifications, Colt started selling the rifle as the M-16, then later the Colt AR-15.

The AR-15 is sold under many different names and under various manufactures. The AR-15 is used by military, law enforcement, and civilians because of the accuracy, affordability, and modular design of the rifle.

There are some differences between what you as a civilian can get compared to what the military or law enforcement used. Most notably, the semi-automatic AR-15 that you can buy compared to the full automatic M-16, will have different trigger mechanisms, slightly different design, and some internal modifications so that the civilian model cannot be converted into a full automatic weapon. 


Considerations to Choosing the Best AR15 Scope

Choosing the best AR-15 scope requires you to be honest with yourself. You need to decide what the purpose of the AR optic is?

  • Will you be shooting varmint at 50 yards?
  • Will you be sport shooting and need to reach out to 200 yards? 500 yards?
  • Are you taking your AR-15 out hiking for 5 days in the bush?
  • Question Circle
    Are you trying to find the best AR15 scope for coyote hunting?

AR optics specs may say that it is good for all of the above but that is rarely the case.

AR 15 scopes are built for different purposes so make sure do check out the best AR 15 tactical scopes reviews and do some research! 

A general rule of thumb for purchasing AR 15 sights is that the more expensive it is, typically the better the optic you will get. This is not unlike basically everything else in life.

With that being said, there are definitely solid brands and models of AR 15 scopes that provide better value. As with other rifle scopes, the larger the objective lens the more light the scope will allow in and provide you with a clearer image especially in low light conditions.

Keep in mind that the physical size and weight of the AR rifle scope also goes up so it is a constant trade-off. If you are looking for a variable magnification AR 15 scope, the lower the bottom end of the magnification range means the bigger field of view you will get and the easier it will be to acquire your target. 

Buying the best AR15 optic also requires you to decide if you want a standard variable or fixed magnification scope or whether you want a budget AR red dot sight. 

Both have their pros and cons and in fact many people will choose to own at least one of each. A red dot sight (sometimes called green dot) are built for short and medium range shooting as they are generally not magnified or are only magnified slightly.

These AR rifle scopes are easy to set up and allow for fast target acquisition as the dot appears on the intended target. 

Generally speaking, if you are looking for the best AR15 scope for the money and want variable magnification, we would recommend something on the lower end of the magnification scale.

In fact, you can get a good AR15 scope that features a 1-4x or 1-6x magnification range. This provides versatility as you will get good target acquisition at close range while still being able to shoot out to 500+ yards. 

Must Have Features for AR 15 Sights

When you are looking for the best AR 15 sights, there are certain features you need to look for:

  • Choose an AR sight produced by a well known brand
  • Choose an AR optic that is durable, compact and lightweight
  • Choose a AR red dot optic or a holographic sight for your AR15 scope

Best Brands for AR 15 optics

When it comes to rifle scope manufacturers and brands, there are a lot to sift through. For your AR-15 optic, regardless of whether you choose a reflex sight, a red dot scope, or a holographic sight, it should be made from high quality materials and feature quality construction.

Not all of the best AR scopes brands are created equal. It is best to choose an optic produced by a well know brand with a good and established reputation for producing the best scope for AR15.

Stick with proven brands such as:

  • Nikon
  • Bushnell
  • Leupold
  • Burris
  • Hawke
  • Vortex
  • Redfield
  • Aimpoint
  • EOTech
  • Trijicon

These brands are proven brands that make great AR 15 optics. I'm sure there are some others that I failed to mention, but the brands above you cannot go wrong when choosing your next AR-15 scope.

Have you heard the saying, "you get what you pay for?" This applies to AR15 scopes as well and only the best brands will be able to provide this kind of high quality.

However, this does not mean that you have to spend $500 or even $1,000 in order to obtain a high quality AR 15 rifle scope, especially if you are looking for the best AR 15 optics for the money! 

It simply means that you need to determine what level of performance you will require out of your scope depending on the use that you intend to put it. Then you choose the appropriate price range depending on those requirements.

Choose AR 15 Optics That Are Durable, Compact and Lightweight

AR-15 rifles are specifically designed to be compact and lightweight. Because of this, it only makes sense to choose an optic that is also compact and lightweight as well.

But durability is also something that you need to make sure that your AR rifle scope has. The best scopes for AR 15 are designed for defensive/tactical use and must be both rugged and durable so that they can withstand not only minor impacts, but the major impacts of use as well.

The recoil is also something to consider that is generated by rapid and/or repeated firing of the AR-15 and still and still maintain its zero. This is the main reason why the scope needs to be made of high quality materials and feature high quality construction.

The Right Type of AR 15 Scope or Optic

When choosing an AR 15 rifle scope for defensive/tactical or for close range hunting, the ability to acquire the target quickly is extremely important. 

Because of this, both red dot sights and holographic sights are often the optic of choice for the AR-15.

However, when shooting at longer ranges, finding your target quickly isn't as important so AR 15 optics with minimal to moderate magnification are often the best choice here.

In either case, you want to be able to see your target clearly at various distances and in varying light and atmospheric conditions so the looking at optic specifications such as the magnification power, the size of the objective lens, the size of the exit pupil, the size of the tube diameter, the amount of eye relief the type and number of coatings on the lenses, and the type of reticle all affect the quality of the sight picture.

In the end, whichever AR 15 scope sight you decide to choose, if you intend to use it in bad weather, be sure that it is also both waterproof and fog proof.

The only negative thing with getting an electronic sight is that is will always require some sort of power source, so the life of the power source (usually a battery) is a concern here.


Various Types of AR 15 Optics

I want to breakdown the various different types of sights you can get for an AR-15. As mentioned above some of the various types of AR-15 optics we recommend are:

  • Reflex Sights (Red Dot Sights)
  • Holographic Sights

Reflex / Red-Dot Sights Breakdown

So what is a reflex sight or red dot sight? First of all, it should be noted that red dot sights does not employ a laser. What this means is that there is no significant amount of light that is emitted forward of the shooter.

Most red dot sights fall into this category die to the fact that they consist of an objective lens with a partial mirror coating which is used to project the reticle from a point behind the objective lens which is then reflected off the back of the objective lends toward the shooter's eye.

Also, some AR red dot sights make use of the ambient light which is gathered by a fiber-optic system, while others are supplemented by a tritium beta lamp unit for use in low light conditions.

So what it comes down to is the red dot sight requires a wider bandwidth of light in order to project the reticle onto the objective lens. This alters the color of light passing through the lens coating a but more than those that employ an LED to generate the reticle (known as illuminated scopes).

Red dot sights are generally available in a couple different styles:

  • 1. Heads Up style - incorporates only one lens mounted in a bezel with the source of the reticle contained in a small box positioned behind and below the lens resulting in different appearances from the tube-type reflex sights. The heads up style sight can usually be mounted lower on the firearm than tube-type reflex sights.
  • 2. Tube-Body style - This style of red dot sight incorporates a tube with a lens positioned at each end so it looks like a normal rifle scope.

Heads Up Style

heads-up-red-dot-sight

Tube-Body Style

tube-body-reflex-sight

Many shooters prefer the heads up style red dot sights for AR because they are more compact and lightweight than the tube-body style. Heads up red dot sights also usually have a wider field of view than tube-body red dot scopes.

Another benefit to red dot sights for your AR is that they offer extremely fast target acquisition and are very practical for hunting and target shooting. The reasons why is because they allow the shooter to maintain field of view (FOV).

Note: You won't be able to shoot as accurately as you would be able to with a high power magnification AR rifle scope, but you will be able to shoot much faster, so it's a give and take.

Best Red Dot Sights for AR 15

Scope

Model

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope

trijicon-mro-2-0

Trijicon MRO 2.0

vortex-optics-strikeforce

Vortex Optics StrikeFire 2

vortex-razor-red-dot-sight


Vortex Razor Red Dot Sight

Holographic Sights Breakdown

The only manufacturer with a holographic weapon sight (HWS) is a company called Electric-Optic Technologies or EOTech. The sometimes are marketed under the Bushnell brand as well.

Holographic sights have a reticle that is superimposed on the target using a laser which illuminates a hologram that is contained within the objective lens (not projected onto it).

Due to this, there is no need for a reflective coating on the objective lens. Instead, a photograph of the reticle is taken which is then sandwiched between two layers of optical glass and illuminated by a laser mounted behind the objective lens. 

Then the picture is projected forward away from the shooter which creates a reticle image that is meant to appear at a virtual 50 yards in front of the shooter.

All holographic sights use the heads up style which many shooter prefer anyways due to is compact size and light weight.

In addition, because the reticle is a virtual hologram, it can be any size or shape. ​EOTech has incorporated a 1 MOA dot (smallest in the industry) combined with a 68 MOA circle which not only provides extremely quick target acquisition, but it also provides greater precision at longer ranges that the 2 MOA or 4 MOA dotes used on reflex sights.

What this means is at 200 yards the 1 MOA dot only occludes 2 inches of the target whereas, the 2 MOA and 4 MOA dots occlude 4 to 8 inches of the target respectively.

When holographic sights are combined with a special 3x magnifier, only the target is enlarged while the dot remains the same size. But when a magnifier is added to a reflex sight, both the target and the dot are enlarged.

Best Holographic Sights For AR 15

Scope

Model

eotech-512-scope

EOTech 512

eotech-hhs-2

EOTech HHS 2

Best AR15 Scopes Reviews 2018

Quick Summary

Nikon  P-223 Matte BDC Carbine
  • Magnification: 3x
  • Objective Lens: 32mm 
  • Plus Hexagon
    WaterProof and Fogproof

Our Rating

Nikon, another top manufacturer of quality optics including high quality AR-15 scopes, has out done themselves with the P-223 3x32 BDC Carbine.

Now some of you may be wondering why you would want to purchase a fixed magnification scope.

It is actually one of the rare times that I would suggest the average user may actually benefit from a fixed magnification AR 15 scope.

If you compare 2 scopes side by side; fixed magnification and a variable magnification at the same price.

The fixed magnification scope will almost always be higher quality that its variable counterpart. The reason is that it takes more moving parts, more technology, and more effort to build a variable mag scope.

Now if you are looking for a long range hunting scope then of course you should get one with high powered magnification. However if you are just looking to shoot a few hundred yards (up to 500 yards) then a fixed 3x scope will be just fine. 

The Nikon P-223 BDC Carbine AR 15 scope has a generous eye relief and tactical style zero-reset targets that get you zeroed in quickly. Make sure to get some high quality scope rings, especially if you are using high powered and heavy recoil cartridges.

The P-223 is built specifically for the AR platform and the .223 cartridge which means that you are getting a custom made rifle scope for your AR. All things considered, one of the best AR15 optics on the market. 

Testing this optic out on my AR 15 was awesome! I went to a small local range and sighted it in at 25 yards within a couple rounds. And once I did that I was able to hit targets pretty accurately up to 300 yards!

I would recommend sighting the scope in at 100 yards as this is what it's designed for. It really shines between 50 to 100 yards, but can still do the job at 20 yards or 250 yards.

I actually found it easier than I thought it would be for quick target acquisition (usually slower when using a rifle scope versus AR red dot sights). I was able to shoot with both eyes open and spot the next target pretty quickly.

I put a couple hundred rounds through it over a weekend and was really happy as it held zero as it should!

One of the first things I noticed was its clarity. You will see a difference when shooting with the P-223 compared to cheaper AR 15 scopes.

The P-223 Ar-15 scope is slightly on the large side. It’s about 2/3s of a hunting scope, so keep that in mind when mounting to your Ar-15.

Overall, one of the best ar scopes on the market. So great that it made #1 on this list i my opinion for the fact that you can shoot very accurately at close range or long range! The versatility of the scope is great and it is extremely easy to sight in and holds zero as it should.

It is ​also a very durable and strong scope which is a must for tactical use on your AR-15.

In short, the price just can’t be beat. The P-223 AR scope is truly the best Ar-15 optic for the money. I highly recommend purchasing this and it’s one of the best scopes for AR15.

PROS

  • Nikon Lifetime Warranty
  • Great light transmission
  • Very clear glass with great clarity. No distortion near the edges
  • Check Circle
    Great field of view

CONS

  • A little large for tactical use

Bushnell AR Optics Drop Zone-223 Reticle AR 15 Scope Review

Quick Summary

Alright we've all heard about Bushnell right? If not, you probably have not done enough research about finding the best AR 15 sight because they are an industry leader across the entire scope industry.

If you aren't familiar with the brand don't worry. Bushnell is a great brand and an even better manufacturer of high quality hunting and shooting gear. They produce top riflescopes that will fit your budget and your shooting requirements.

The Bushnell AR Optics Drop Zone-223 is a solid optic that has outstanding close quarters accuracy with the drop zone 223 BDC reticle for mid to long range accuracy.

What the optic allows is very accurate shooting within 50 yards with the ability to step out to 500+ yards.

Quite outstanding for an AR 15 optic at this price. This Bushnell AR 15 scope has fully multi coated optics for brightness and durability.

The scope features a 1-4x magnification range and a 24mm objective lens which is perfect for an ar 15 as it allows you the flexibility with being able to magnify your target but isn't bulky and heavy.  

The Bushnell AR Drop Zone-223 features target turrets for precise adjustments combined with a fast focus eyepiece for maximum accuracy and reliability. The ar 15 scope is durable as it is built out of aluminum alloy, anodize-finished and sealed to protect the inside from abuse and the elements. This model has great eye relief so you won't be concerned with scoping yourself! 


Barska 1-4x28 IR AR 15 Riflescope Review

Quick Summary

I know what you are thinking. Why purchase a Barska when you can get the Nikon P-223 or the Bushnell AR Drop Zone-223 for a few dollars more?

In some cases, I agree, but this little illuminated reticle (green, red, black) is actually a great option for your AR platform.

Featuring a 1-4x zoom and a 28mm objective lens, the Barska 1-4x28 IR rifle optic is one of the best tactical AR 15 scopes.

What the illuminated reticle is great for is when you are shooting in low light, or even dark, conditions looking to maintain accuracy. All you need is a little 3v battery and you are good to go! 

The Barska Illuminated Reticle AR 15 scope mounts easily on a picatanny rail and you should have no trouble zeroing it in (see here). This is by no means a high-end AR scope and at just over $100, it is a bargain. A solid AR 15 optic for the money


Bushnell AR 93940 AR Optics 3 - 9 x 40mm AR-15 Optic Review

Quick Summary

Bushnell makes some of the best AR 15 sights and within their AR 15 scope category there are 6 different configurations to equip any AR platform, from a .22 rimfire to long-range 223/5.56 firearms.

They each have fully, multi-coated optics for excellent brightness and their Drop Zone-223 ballistic reticle has aiming points out to 500 yards.

Bushnell AR15 scopes are built for max accuracy and reliability for every tactical scenario.

The particular AR sight that we are talking about here is the Bushnell AR Scope 3-9x40mm which is slightly larger than the Bushnell 1-4x24mm AR reviewed above but it gives you the added flexibility for longer range shooting and ultimate accuracy.

Remember however, the larger the scope the heavier and bulkier it will be. We are not saying that the AR 3-9x40mm is "bulky" however relatively speaking it is larger than its counterpart. If you are looking for extreme accuracy and long range capabilities and don't mind the added weight, this Bushnell AR scope is for you.

I would recommend this scope to anyone that is shooting off benches or anyone that isn't planning on packing this thing through the bush. 


Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 1-6x24 Rifle Scope AR-BDC Reticle - AR 15 Scope Review

Quick Summary

Wow! Vortex is hands down (in my opinion) the top optic manufacturer out there.

In fact, Vortex makes the best AR15 scopes for the money. I'm not saying it's cheap, but it's worth every damn penny they charge for it!

The Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6x24mm rifle optic is built for those of you that are experienced and wanting to purchase a top of the line scope for your AR platform. The magnification range is precise.

The 1x is built for speed and versatility and is perfect for those of you that need to focus on targets at point blank all the way to those extended ranges that 6x magnification can offer. Whether you are using Strike Eagle 1-6x24mm for target shooting at the range or perhaps varmint hunting, this scope will not let you down. 

The Vortex optics are fully multi-coated which increases light transmission, excellent for those of you planning on shooting at dusk or dawn.

Another great aspect of the Strike Eagle is that it is illuminated, providing precise accuracy and aiming under those low-light conditions.

Don't worry though, the Strike Eagle Rifle Scope AR-BDC Reticle will perform just fine without illumination. Tube size in this guy is a 30mm diameter and it is built out of aircraft grade aluminum for a rugged and durable AR scope.

This Vortex optic is shockproof, fogproof, waterproof, and basically any other 'proof that you want to throw at it. It has a fast focus eyepiece which allows for quick and easy reticle focusing. 


UTG 3-9X32 1" BugBuster Scope AO - AR-15 Scope Review

Quick Summary

Yes, I know UTG isn't a brand that you would consider to make the "Best AR15 Optic" and.....it's not.

With that being said, for the price, the UTG 3-9x32mm BugBuster is actually a pretty good scope for the money.

At under $100, it is almost hard to go wrong with this scope for your AR 15 if you are under a tight budget.

If you have the money, or the time to save, I would recommend getting (or saving up for) something better like the other scopes above or some of the Red Dot optics or Holographic scopes.


DD Dagger Defense Red Dot Reflex Sight

Quick Summary

DD Dagger Defense is run by a combat veteran. This is pretty interesting since combat veterans know the factors that could help you improve your shooting skills. And because of this, it’s quite easy for many consumers to trust the brand.

Apparently, this is one of the many aspects why I included the DD Dagger Defense Reflex Sight on the list.

Moreover, it is also one of the most inexpensive AR 15 optics of today. For a price that falls below the $50-mark, you could already have a reliable scope for your AR 15.

The main material used in the construction of this Reflex Sight is an aircraft-grade aluminum that comes in a matte black finish. Also, it is made to provide an ergonomic design to complement fully your AR 15 rifle.

It is very compact and lightweight. In fact, the overall weight of this sight is measured at .16 pounds. This is a very good point for the DD Dagger Defense Reflex Sight.

Another great factor to point out why this scope is great is that almost all aspects of the sight are highly adjustable. You can freely adjust your windage and elevation which are essential when hitting a target. However, keep in mind that you should know how to adjust them properly as it may cause damage to the sight itself.

In addition to the adjustable settings, this sight is equipped with a Rotary Dial function that will allow you to adjust the brightness intensity and the colors of the reticles.

The aperture is rated at 33 millimeters. As for the Field of View, you can expect to have a linear vision of 15.8 meters at a 100-meter distance.

PROS

  • Very inexpensive
  • Highly adjustable settings
  • Reliable customer service

CONS

  • Not advisable for people who have astigmatism
  • Not quite durable
  • Not fog proof and waterproof

UTG CQB Bug Buster Outdoor Sunshine Scope

Quick Summary

The UTG CQB Bug Buster Outdoor Sunshine Scope is designed for heavy-duty purposes. In fact, many serious airsoft assault rifle users would recommend this. And this is mainly the reason why it is considered to be one of the best AR15 sights of today.

Along with its fame and popularity, the CQB Bug Buster features a sturdy structure and ergonomic design. it is designed to withstand rain, shock, and fog. So, you could expect for it to last. However, it is not as lightweight as some of the other best scopes for AR15 since it has an overall weight of 13.9 ounces.

The magnification of the CQB Bug Buster varies from 3x up to 9x. As for the objective lens, it is measured at 32mm. Accordingly, the objective is adjustable from 3 yards up to infinity. Also, it features a 1-inch tube that comes with an emerald coating. And because of the coating, it can transmit light efficiently.

Essentially, the UTG CQB Bug Buster Outdoor Sunshine Scope is a red dot type. And it can actually switch from red to green with the light lighting.

But, I should warn you with the reticle because some of the CQB Bug Busters have misaligned reticle which most users are currently experiencing. And this is the biggest drawback that I could find with the UTG CQB Bug Buster.

PROS

  • Durable
  • Affordable
  • Great features

CONS

  • Misaligned reticle
  • Heavy
  • No specific warranty terms

Pinty AOEG Illuminated Rifle Scope

Quick Summary

If you are looking for an inexpensive optic set for your AR 15 rifle, the Pinty AOEG Illuminated Rifle Scope might be the one for you.

Currently, you can purchase this set for a price that falls under $50. And with this figure, this is already quite a steal, especially if it includes great and quality features.

The overall finish is in black matte. It is coated with Nitrogen fillings and sealed with an O-ring which are factors that make the AOEG Rifle Scope fog proof and waterproof. Also, the body is made out of a solid aluminum alloy which is a pretty decent material.

Now, what makes the Pinty AOEG Illuminated Rifle Scope one of the best AR15 scopes in the recent times is the red laser that it features. With the red laser sight, it can be much easier for you to obtain acquisition for close range targets.

The magnification varies from 2.5x all the way to 10x. The objective lens is rated at 40mm. Also, the lens is quite different from the usual scope as it features a green coating which is responsible for the better lighting transmission.

However, it is quite heavy that may not complement very well with your AR 15 rifle. The total weight of this scope is around 20.5 ounces.

PROS

  • Great light transmission
  • Inexpensive
  • Durable

CONS

  • Heavy
  • Quite difficult to adjust
  • Not very comfortable to use

Firefield NVRS Riflescope

Quick Summary

Firefield NVRS Riflescope is basically one of the best AR 15 scopes because of its effective night vision functions. The IR illuminator that comes in the package is the part that is largely responsible for this feature.

And for a price that falls under $300, you can already have a fun and exciting shooting activity in the dark.

But while it may seem a little expensive than most average rifle scopes on the market today, it already comes with the needed battery for it to work.

The body of the NVRS Riflescope is made out of a light titanium material.

However, the total weight of this optic is measured around 28.8 ounces. And this is quite a heavy optic for an AR 15 rifle.

Nevertheless, you could still use this for basic and fun shooting sessions. The magnification is fixed at 3x. As for its objective lens, it measures around 42mm. And the eye relief is rated at 45 mm.

With these figures, it is safe to say that the NVRS Riflescope is largely designed for basic and entry-level usage.

PROS

  • Has a night vision function
  • Quality lens
  • Durable

CONS

  • Too heavy for an AR 15 rifle
  • Expensive considering the basicity of the features
  • Not designed for serious shooting activities

CVLIFE Tactical Rifle Scope

Quick Summary

CVLIFE Tactical Rifle Scope is a fully-featured optic set that is quite fitting for an AR 15 rifle. Apparently, it’s very affordable too.

With a price that falls under $50, you may say that this scope is very excellent. And this is one of the reasons why it is included in the list of the best AR-15 scope.

One of the great features of the CVLIFE Tactical Rifle Scope is that it comes with an effective red laser that can help you shoot your target precisely up to 100 yards.

Also, the red and green reticles can provide intense levels of brightness.

The main material that is used in the construction of the body is a high grade of aircraft aluminum which is responsible for its durability.

As for the lens, it features a green coating that can provide up to 90% of light transmission. The magnification varies from 2.5x up to 10x. As for the objective lens, the rating is 40mm. The eye relief is measure at 101.6mm for the 2.5x and 76.2mm for the 10x.

Furthermore, the package comes with 2 mounts for 20mm and 11mm rails.

PROS

  • Inexpensive
  • The quality of the lens is excellent
  • All-inclusive package

CONS

  • Not very lightweight
  • Gets loose on the rail at times
  • Short eye relief

Tacticon Armament Predator V1 Red Dot Sight

Quick Summary

One of the things I look for when choosing a great scope is the warranty terms. Apparently, Tacticon Armament is one of the brands that have great warranty policies.

When you are not satisfied with the quality, you can return the item and refund the cost. Also, the scopes come with a lifetime warranty. And for these reasons, I included the Predator V1 Red Dot Sight in the list of the best AR15 sights.

Apparently, this scope from Tacticon Armament is the most inexpensive of all among the others on this list. For a price that is below $30, it is worth a shot for the Predator V1.

The body of the Predator V1 is sealed with O-rings. Also, the internal parts are nitrogen purged. And these factors are mainly the basis why this scope is quite durable. It is fog proof, waterproof, and dustproof inside out.

It is pretty convenient to use too. You won’t need any parts or tools to install and set up the whole scope set. Moreover, the sight stays at zero even after reaching 1000 shots and fires.

The elevation and windage are easy to adjust as well. And the same thing applies to the reticles and the brightness levels for each reticle color. Each color can provide 5 levels of brightness that you can use even on dark areas.

And with all of these features, it is pretty safe to say that Tacticon Armament Predator V1 exceeds the usual impressions of the many.

PROS

  • Very inexpensive
  • Great quality 
  • Excellent warranty terms

CONS

  • The lens gets blurry at times
  • The dot is too small
  • Not recommended to be used on live firearms

CVLIFE Reflex Sight with Red and Green Reticles

Quick Summary

CVLIFE has been producing a wide variety of rifle scopes. And one of their bestselling items is the Reflex Sight with Red and Green Reticles.

The main material used in the body of the Reflex Sight is an aluminum alloy. Also, it comes with a rubber coating to complement the matte black finish of the sight. These elements are largely the reasons why it has become a very durable scope.

But, the main things that make the Reflex Sight one of the best AR15 sights are its features and functions.

Aside from the adjustable elevation and windage features, you are also free to choose from the 4 types of reticle which are the Circle Dot, Cross, 10 MOA, and 3 MOA.

Moreover, it also features a 3-position rheostat illumination which is very useful when aiming at a target.

Now, you can purchase this for a price that falls under $50. But, it can get much lower if you are to purchase the scope alone. But while it is inexpensive, you can expect decent results as you use it.

PROS

  • Inexpensive
  • Durable
  • It features 4 different types of reticle

CONS

  • Not recommended for professionals
  • The lens is not too clear
  • You can get blurred visions

AT3 Tactical RD-50 Micro Reflex Red Dot Sight

Quick Summary

Lastly, but definitely not the least, is the RD-50 Micro Reflex Red Dot Sight from AT3 Tactical.

This is considered as one of the best AR15 scopes of today due to its simplicity and efficiency.

By and large, the overall weight of this scope is rated around 3.6 ounces. And this is a great figure for an AR scope as it complements well the overall structure and built of an AR 15 rifle.

The specification of the lens is rated at 1x25mm for its power and objective lens. As for the type of the reticle, it features the 2 MOA red dot. So, it is pretty easy to use.

Accordingly, you could say that it is largely designed for entry-level users and basic shooting activities.


In terms of its housing and body, the AT3 Tactical RD-50 Micro Reflex Red Dot Sight is waterproof, dustproof, fog proof, and scratch-resistant. Hence, users can really depend on this scope, especially when planning a few outdoor shooting activities. Moreover, it has a lifetime warranty.

You can purchase this RD-50 Micro Reflex Red Dot Sight at a price that is below $100. And if you are looking for an inclusive package, you will just need to add a few more tens so you can then fully utilize the whole scope.

PROS

  • Quality lens
  • Very lightweight
  • Complements very well with AR 15 rifle

CONS

  • Designed mainly for entry-level users
  • Some parts are not very durable
  • The battery has insufficient power

Final Thoughts - The Best AR 15 Optics

Finding the best AR-15 scope is a bit of a process. You have to understand and research different AR 15 optics to understand their construction and what their intended use is.

The AR platform is one of the most popular in the United States and isn't just available to military and the police anymore. 

In our opinion, the best AR 15 optic is either the Nikon P-223 or the Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6x24mm AR rifle scope. Its durability and construction lead it to be one of the most rugged AR-15 scopes in 2017 and it does not sacrifice precision and versatility. 

Thanks for looking at the best AR 15 scopes with us! You really can't go wrong with any of the AR scopes listed in this post.

Stay safe and happy shooting!