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A Complete Guide to Choosing the Best Rifle Scope



A Complete Guide to Choosing the Best Rifle Scope (including Best Riflescope Reviews

You’ve just bought yourself a new rifle, or perhaps you’ve been handed down a classic hunting rifle from your father and now you realize that you need a new scope. The choice of a rifle scope is just as important (if not more important) as the choice of your rifle – but you’ve come to the right place! I have created this guide to help you navigate through all the available options and choose the best rifle scope for your gun. Whether you plan on plinking, punching paper, varmint hunting, or hunting big game, I hope this guide provides you with expert insight and allows you to get the most out of your money.

Rifle Scope Basics

A telescopic sight, also known as a scope, is mounted to a firearm and used to magnify the target for mid to long range shooting applications including hunting and target shooting. Good riflescopes come in a variety of sizes and each optic will have different features depending on its intended use.

Scopes are categorized in terms of optical magnification and objective lens diameter. For example, a 10x30mm would mean that the optic has a 10 times magnification with a 30mm objective lens.

Variable magnification scopes (far more popular nowadays), as opposed to fixed magnification discussed above are shown as: minimum magnification – maximum magnification x objective lens. A classic variable power scope for long rifles of 3-9×40 means that the minimum magnification is 3 times, the maximum magnification is 9 times, and it has a 40mm objective lens.

Advantages of Shooting and Hunting with a Rifle Scope

I get this question all the time, “Should I use iron sights, or buy a scope for my rifle?” Now, before getting carried away and buying a $500 Leupold, make sure you are comfortable using iron sights and shoot confidently at 100 yards.

It would be awfully embarrassing to be out in the bush on a hunt with the guys only to have your scope fail and not be able to make a routine 75 yard shot at the prized target with the ol’ irons. Using iron sights builds confidence and helps a shooter understand the basic mechanics of shooting and lining up your target using angular measurements which will help when you finally do decide to buy a riflescope.

A scope improves accuracy and allows you to see your target with clarity, even at long distances. Technology and improvements in rifle scope design have allowed even entry level scopes to improve accuracy at longer distances possible. With the increased confidence, you will find yourself more productive on hunting trips and having more fun target shooting.

Rifle Scope Components, Design, and Adjustment

Eyepiece and Eye relief

The eyepiece is the end which you look through towards your target. The eye relief is the distance between eye and the eyepiece that the user can see the full viewing angle. Obviously you would want a higher eye relief on a high recoil rifle so you avoid “scoping” yourself. For smaller rifles, including .22s, the eye relief isn’t as important as the recoil on the firearm isn’t enough to damage your eye. The eye relief on most scopes is between 3” and 5”.


There are a number of different reticles that telescopic sights come with, everything from a traditional crosshair to illuminated reticles. The type of reticle that will work best for you is totally personal preference; however I tend to stick with the traditional crosshair for my long range rifle scopes.

Power Ring

On a variable magnification optic, this is the adjustment to increase and decrease the power of the magnification or zoom. See the post “choosing the right magnification” for more information.

Elevation Adjustment

When shooting long distances, this vertical adjustment located on the top of the riflescope is necessary to compensate for the impact that gravity will have on the bullet.

Windage Adjustment

When hunting or target shooting with your rifle in windy conditions, sometimes it is necessary to adjust the scope left or right to improve accuracy. The windage adjustment is located on the side of the scope.

Minute of Angle (MOA)

MOA is an angular measurement. There are 360 degrees in a circle and each degree has 60 minutes. It is not a size at a certain distance, but an angle in the scope that translates to a certain size at a certain distance. To make things easier, think about it as about 1” at 100 yards. The point here is that your elevation adjustment will be key to shooting accurately at a distance.

Objective Lens

The objective lens is the most important aspect of your riflescope and serves to transmit light back to the ocular lens located in the eye piece. The larger the objective lens (ie. 50mm), the more light it allows in which allows the user to shoot in low light conditions but also the more weight it adds. See the post “What Size of Objective Lens is Right for Me?” for more information.

Adjustable Objective

If you are switching between magnification settings and shooting at long distances and require pinpoint accuracy for target shooting or varmint hunting (>200-300 yards), a riflescope with an adjustable objective (AO) may make sense. Parallax error is a phenomenon that makes it seem as though the reticle, in relation to your target, is moving and can impair accuracy.

Scope Rings

These are what attach the optic to the rifle. For big game hunting at long distances with a high calibre rifle, I recommend purchasing higher quality scope rings. The last thing you want is for your scope to loosen and loose its accuracy when you’re out in the field. That being said, check to see if the scope you buy comes with rings or not. See the post “choosing the right scope rings” for more information.

Sighting in your Rifle Scope

Sighting in your rifle scope doesn’t have to be a challenge. I get a lot of viewers asking for tips and tricks for sighting in their rifle scope.

Considerations for Choosing Your Rifle Scope

Determine the Application

Is this your first riflescope and you’re interested in getting into sport target shooting? Are you an avid hunter looking to take down larger game at longer distances? These types of questions help determine where to begin and it’s important to be realistic with yourself! A fixed magnification scope may be just fine for you if you are shooting small varmint or plinking, whereas some of you hunting folks may require some magnification and possibly an adjustable objective.

Determine Rifle Size

Will you be mounting the optic on a .22 or a 7mm – 300 Win Mag? The size of the rifle will impact which scope (and price range) will fit your needs. Low recoil firearms don’t require the same quality of scope as the force of the bullet exiting the barrel doesn’t dislodge or loosen the scope rings. Shooting at shorter distances also doesn’t require the same magnification as shooting at long distances. As you increase magnification, you decrease field of vision. Less is usually more when it comes to riflescopes.

Determine Your Budget

Wifey isn’t going to love it if you come home with a $1,500 Leupold VX6 (or maybe she will, however I know mine won’t).The point is, determine your budget and set your expectations. You can get a good quality scope for $300-$400. And there are manufacturers who produce solid riflescopes for under $200.

Determine the Optic Brand(s) You’d Consider

There are dozens of brands from all over the world producing riflescopes. Most of them create a product that is solid and “you get what you pay for” while some you may want to flat out avoid.

Based on personal preference, there may be brands that you’ll naturally lean towards or immediately rule out. And of course, your application (hunting, plinking, target shooting etc. ) & budget are going to cross a lot of the options off of the list.

A Complete List of the Best Rifle Scope Brands (Including Most Affordable Rifle Scope Brands)

There are dozens of brands, from all over the world producing quality riflescopes. Most of them create a solid product however the ol’ saying holds true with scopes, “You get what you pay for”.

Based on personal preference there may be brands that you’ll naturally lean towards or immediately rule out. And of course, your application & budget is going to cross a lot of the options off of the list.



This company is based out of California and offers a range of sporting optics including riflescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, and telescopes. Barska offers budget rifle scopes and would be suitable for low calibre rifles such as a 17 HMR or a .22LR rifle used for plinking or a day at the range.

The finish and clarity are surprisingly good for a high value scope and they are easy to dial in for accuracy. There is a lot of skepticism for buying a cheap scope however I found this scope held true for small game and target shooting under 100 yards. I tend to agree with Barska rifle scope reviews – they come with poor mounting rings however it’s easy to pick up some aftermarket ones.


The American Optics Authority – an iconic family business founded by 2 brothers in 1907 making surveying equipment by hand starting making high quality rifle scopes in 1947 after lessons learned from World War II. Today the company makes top quality riflescopes, binoculars, waterproof spotting scopes, and even range finders for golf.

I love Leupold because of the wide range of riflescopes that they produce – everything from mid range high quality scopes to superior competition sniper scopes. Their products are excellent on the AR-15, 30-06, 300 Win Mag, and .308. The target comes up quick with the lenient eye relief and crystal clear glass.

Leupold scopes typically start in the mid $200s and the price range goes all the way up the $5000. With riflescopes, you generally get what you pay for – price equates to quality. As a side note, I love their recommended mounting system finder on their website which will tell the user whether or not the scope will fit on their rifle and with what mounting system.


For over 25 years, Simmons (parent company Vista Outdoors) has established itself as high quality and high value producer of riflescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, rangefinders, and trail cameras. Their scopes come in a variety of models with innovative features that are built to last.

I would say that Simmons produces very good entry level scopes for under $200. Their TrueZero windage and elevation adjustment does a great job of holding zero and their QTA (Quick Target Acquisition) eyepiece provides 3.5” of eye relief throughout the entire magnification range. Great value for a scope under $200!


Yet another company under the Vista Outdoors umbrella, Tasco has been an American favorite in sporting optics for over 50 years. Their mission is to design and manufacture quality optics including riflescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, telescopes, and trail cameras that fit every family’s budget.

Very similar to Simmons, Tasco’s riflescopes are of excellent value and perfect for target shooting and varmint hunting on your rimfire or .22 rifle. They even have some “higher-end” scopes that are very suitable for larger game on more powerful rifles.


An industry leader, Bushnell (parent company Vista Outdoors) has been producing high quality and high performance sport optics for the past 65 years. The produce a range of optics including binoculars, riflescopes, spotting scopes, laser rangefinders, and trail cameras. They are unique because they produce riflescopes for all users – from beginner to top notch competition shooters. You can find a Bushnell scope at every price point!

Not only do they produce a high quality riflescope, I have found that they offer great tactical riflescopes at a decent price. Scopes come with all sorts of features such as variable magnification, illuminated reticle, and adjustable objective. Price ranges from $50 to $700.


Another American company, Leapers Inc. has been supplying riflescopes and hunting gear since 1992. One distinction, Leaper has been manufacturing its UTG brand in the U.S. since 2009. The company offers low end products suitable for the average hunter with anything under a 30-06.

They have extremely compact models that are great on an AR-15. .22LR or a .17 HMR. Although it has held zero for the applications we tested, it has been known to lose accuracy with some of the high calibre rifles. I would recommend UTG/Leaper for plinking and target shooting but would avoid it for long distance shooting with the big boys.


Manufactured out of Japan, Nikon has been manufacturing optical instruments since 1917. Best known for digital/film cameras, the company now produces a full range of sporting optics including binoculars, telescopes, and rangefinders.

In my opinion Nikon leads the way for manufacturing reliable, entry level scopes. They’re not particularly fancy but the price is right and they generally hold up well compared to similarly priced scopes. For the price, Nikon optics offers a fantastic product that you can’t go wrong with.


Weaver is owned by Vista Outdoors (same parent company as Bushnell) and provides optics for shooters who’re looking for an entry-level or mid-range riflescope. In addition to optics including riflescopes, binoculars, tactical scopes, dot sights, and handgun scopes, Weaver offers a range of other products such as mounting rings and bases.

Weaver specializes in providing entry level or mid range scopes below $200. The low to medium powered scopes offer a crisp view (not like Leupold), however tend to be heavier than its competition. This is not necessarily a bad thing if the scope is intended to be mounted on a bench/range gun however I would avoid this for avid hunters or those of you that expect to be carrying your rifle in the bush or purchasing it for your little gaffer.

BSA Optics

You can trace BSA’s roots back to the early 1900s however BSA Optics was created in 1996 and builds riflescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, lasers, red dots, and other shooting accessories. BSA is a British company and is known for entry level scopes at very affordable prices.

What I like about BSA is their flagship riflescope introduced in 2004 that was the first riflescope specifically designed for the .17 HMR, the “sweet 17” series. Their scopes range in price from $50 – $250 and they make affordable and durable red dot scopes as well!

Vortex Optics

Located in the heartland of America, Vortex is an American family business built by veterans. Vortex hasn’t been in the optics industry for a long period of time, however, they are quickly making a name for themselves.

Avid marksmen will often tell you that hands down, Vortex offers the best VALUE in the industry.Vortex offers a full range of scopes, so regardless of what you’re shooting at, where you’re shooting or your budget you can get setup.

Schmidt & Bender

One of the leading suppliers of precision scopes in the world, Schmidt & Weston is a family business that has been designing and building high end sporting and hunting scopes for over 50 years. If you are looking for the best of the best, this company has it!

These quality riflescopes come in all variations with all sorts of features. The price ranges (hold your breath) anywhere from $1500 – $10,000 – not for the average hunter or sport shooter.


These guys build the toughest scopes going. Their entire product line stands up to harsh conditions, including being submersed in water, thrown around in dirt, dropped on rocks, and it’s even been said that some models are bullet proof. Nighforce definitely knows how to build scopes for the military however I’ve even started to see them on the range. If you have the budget and you know you’re going to be brutal on your scope, Nighforce could be for you.


Another company under the Vista Outdoors umbrella, Millet began in the 1970’s originally making aerospace equipment and soon became a leader in the metal injection molding process. They began building scopes in the late 1970’s and now use a computerized system to test scopes which simulates actual shooting conditions with a 30-06. They know build high end scopes and long range scopes in addition to tactical equipment used by military and police forces globally.


Started in 1974 by a small group of Swedish entrepreneurs, Aimpoint was built on the premise that shooters should be able to acquire their target fast and to hit moving targets in all weather conditions. Their breakthrough technology (Red Dot Sights) allows you to acquire your target with both eyes open.

Best Rifle Scopes (Including Best Rifle Scope Reviews)

Now that you have a good understanding of scopes, including their construction and features as well as a list of some of the most popular brands, it’s time to review some of the best scopes on the market today.

Leupold VX-I Rifle Scope Review

Leupold is a legend when it comes to building quality scopes that others can’t beat for the price. They have some of the best technology and rugged dependability at an affordable price. Their glass and clarity is consistently better than most scope manufacturers. All of their rifle scopes are oxygen-purged and nitrogen-filled for a long life of waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof performance.

The VX-1 is perfect for hunting rifles including a 30-06 or .308 however it is at such a reasonable price that it is affordable for .22lr set-ups. This scope exceeds all expectations and is a fantastic scope for the money.

This riflescope has clear glass and is easy to set up and sight in over a few rounds at the range. I would suggest that if you are mounting this on anything larger than a .22 long rifle, that you should consider upgrading the scope rings. The VX-1 is likely one of the best hunting scopes for the money.

Leupold VX-I Rifle Scope 3-9x40mm


Magnification: 3-9x
Objective Lens: 50mm
Tube Diameter: 1″

The Nikon P-223 is one of the top selling and highest rated hunting scopes on the market today, and for good reason. Built for an AR platform in mind, it has a generous, consistent eye relief which keeps you safe from getting scoped. Nikon’s BDC 600 Reticle offers shooters and hunters unique open circle aiming points and hash marks from 100 to 600 yards.

The P223 reviewed has Zero-Reset Turrets positive click which gets you zeroed in quickly and allows you to maintain your setting. It is designed for the trajectory of a .223 Rem/5.56 Nato round with a 55 grain polymer tip bullet.

I found it crisp and sharp in low light conditions due to its light gathering ability and it was comparable to the Leupold VX-2 in terms of quality and ability. Nikon makes durable, long lasting riflescopes which makes this scope a top pick!


Magnification: 3-9x
Objective Lens: 40mm
Tube Diameter: 1″

The Nikon ProStaff 4-12x40mm features a multicoated optical system and a versatile magnification range at 4-12x with a 40mm objective lens capable of transmitting 98% of the light, making this the ultimate riflescope for hunting and shooting in low light conditions. At under $200, this scope is good for the price which is why it is one of the most popular and reviewed riflescope on Amazon.

It has all of the same features as Nikon’s Prostaff 3-9x40mm with additional magnification which allows the shooter to feel confident with some of those longer shots over 300 yards. Not all guys need or want 12x magnification but if you do, this riflescope is a great deal and I would consider it one of the best value scopes today.

With a consistent 3.7″ eye relief, I have this scope mounted on one of my 30-06s and punch tacks at 300 yards at the range.


Magnification: 4-12x
Objective Lens: 40mm
Tube Diameter: 1″

Bushnell’s TRS-25 Red Dot allows for fast target acquisition in dim conditions and its Amber-Bright technology allows the shooter to distinguish easily between a brown tree and a brown critter. The TRS-25 is durable and 100% waterproof which makes this optic great on shotguns or on an AR platform.

The scope mounts easily on any Weaver or Picatinny rail and also comes with the CR2032 battery. The TRS utilizes a crisp, sharp red dot reticle and has easy to use features like a control knob to adjust the red dot power setting.

I’d like to point out that the Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight is not an Aimpoint. What I mean by this is that the riflescope doesn’t have all the same features or quality of a $500+ red dot, however for under $100 this is the best selling red dot in 2015. Although the battery life isn’t as good as Aimpoint products, I was presently surprised by its performance and quality.


Magnification: 1x
Objective Lens: 25mm

Simmons, manufactured by Bushnell, produces exceptional scopes for the money and would be consider an entry level brand. They produce great scopes for beginners or people just looking for a decent quality scope for their hunting rifle but don’t have the budget for an expensive optic.

The Simmons 8-point 3-9x50mm is similiar to the 3-9×40 riflescope except with a bigger objective lens which does make it slightly larger and bulkier but does allow for a higher light transmission which will provide a clearer more defined image in low light conditions. It features fully coated optics and is waterproof, fogproof, and recoil proof which makes it a great multipurpose riflescope. This rifle scope is definitely a step up from Simmons 3-9x32mm 22 mag optic.

For the money, Simmons 3-9×50 can’t be beat. For under $50, this scope is a steal! Whether it be for plinking, shooting paper, or hunting, the 3-9x50mm is a great buy and I would recommend this to anyone.


Magnification: 3-9x
Objective Lens: 50mm
Tube Diameter: 1″

Simmons .22 Mag 3-9x32mm TruPlex Reticle Rimfire Riflescope Review

The Simmons 22 Mag 3-9×32 is built for plinking and designed for the .22 lr (long rifle). It is inexpensive and an affordable scope for those beginners or those looking for a cheap scope for their 22 lr. Although some say that they have mounted the scope on larger calibre rifles and it continues to hold zero, I don’t recommend it. If you are looking for a scope for a larger rifle for hunting and don’t want to break the bank, consider the Simmons 3-9×50.

This riflescope is one of the most reviewed scopes on Amazon today for under $50 so there is a reason it continues to get strong reviews. The Simmons .22 Mag 3-9×32 is worth the money on your 10/22 or Marlin 22.


Magnification: 3-9x
Objective Lens: 32mm
Tube Diameter: 1″

The scope has quality optics and I was impressed with how clear and bright the glass was. The scope can be used as a red dot at 1x and if you need to reach up further, simply increase the power of the magnification.


Magnification: 1-4x
Objective Lens: 24mm
Tube Diameter: 30mm

Nikon ProStaff 3-9 x 40 Black Matte Riflescope Review

Are you looking for a great hunting or target shooting riflescope for the money? The Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40mm is currently one of the best value optic on the market. It features a fully multicoated optical system that transmits up to 98% of the light which allows this scope to work well in low light conditions such as dusk and dawn. Being nitrogen filled and O-ring sealed allows it to also be waterproof and fogproof.

Featuring the BDC reticle, the Nikon ProStaff 3-9 is compact and yet it has plenty of magnification for most hunting and shooting applications. It has a generous and consistent eye relief at 3.6″ so there won’t be any rough kickback from heavy recoil cartridges or lightweight rifles.

The ProStaff 3-9x40mm is easy on the budget which is one of the best features of the scope and is suitable for all sorts of different rifles from a .22lr.308, and even on a 7mm Rem Mag. Based on my experience and review of this riflescope, it is a great product for the money and even comes with Nikon’s lifetime warranty.


Magnification: 3-9x
Objective Lens: 40mm
Tube Diameter: 1″

Christmas Gift Ideas For Hunters [what they REALLY want]


Christmas is just around the corner.

If you have a shooter or hunter in your life, it might be hard to know exactly what they want, especially if they already have everything …

So what kind of gifts should you get for your hunter? 

Hunting gifts aren’t easy to figure out, but hopefully we can help.

We’ve found 20 hunting gift ideas that you could get for your hunter this Christmas 2016. Hopefully you find something your hunter REALLY want!

Christmas Gifts for Hunters in 2021

Are these really the best Christmas gifts for hunters? Are these gifts something hunters REALLY want? Well as a hunter myself, I would have to say yes, and all of these gifts are something that any hunter would love to have for Christmas!

I’ve broken the list into 2 categories

  • Hunting Necessities
  • Hunting Wants​

Hunting Necessities

Hunting Necessities Price Rating
Vortex Optics Binoculars $$ 4.8 Check Price
Binocular Harness Strap $ 4.7 Check Price
Celestron Spot​​ting Scope $$ 4.4 Check Price
Laser Range​​finder $$ 4.2 Check Price
Spotting Scope Tripod $$ 4.6 Check Price
Tactical Rifle Bipod $ 4.2 Check Price
Hunting Backpack $$ 4.4 Check Price
Hunting Boots $$ 4.4 Check Price
Hunting Gloves $ 4.3 Check Price
Hunting Game Camera $$ 4.1 Check Price

Hunting Necessities

Below I am only going to review the necessities I listed above that a hunter may need. If you want to know more about the gifts a hunter may want (my second list of ten) just click check price above to learn more!

Let’s review the necessary gifts that hunters really want this Christmas 2016!

1. Binoculars – Vortex Optics 2021 Diamondback 10×42 Roof Prism Binoculars

Vortex makes great products. I’ve reviewed a ton of different Vortex optics rifle scopes and their quality is up there with the best of them.

These Vortex Optics Binoculars are no different.​

Great quality, great look, and great optical system.

These binoculars are perfect in low-light conditions, ​allowing enough light to come in at dusk and dawn, perfect when you’re in a situation where you need to evaluate game, no matter the time of day or condition.

If you know a hunter that is in need of some Binoculars, get these. They are probably the best binoculars out there for hunting.​

2. Binocular Harness Strap – Vortex Optics Binocular Harness Strap​


And of course, you can’t get a great quality pair of binoculars without having an amazing harness strap to accompany it. What’s great about this harness strap is that you can use it for your rangefinder and hunting camera as well. 

Having a strap is truly the most comfortable way to carry binoculars for hours. It spreads the weight across the hunter’s shoulder for more relaxed viewing.

What’s great about the strap is it keeps the items from moving and jostling around as you walk, and also frees up your hands, keeping your binoculars close to your chest and out of the way.

This is definitely a must have for any hunter if you carry around binoculars, rangefinders, hunting cameras, or anything else.​

​3. Spotting Scope – Celestron Ultima Straight Spotting Scope

Spotting scopes are great for well, spotting things. Whether you use it to locate game, or just viewing nature and even sporting activities, the Celestron Spotting Scope is a ​great gift for hunters.

This scope is designed to give you a great performance under a wide range of viewing situations.​

Every hunter needs a spotting scope as it makes it easier to relocate an area if you lose your position.​

4. Laser Rangefinder – Bushnell 4x21mm Laser Rangefinder Camo

Rangefinders are a great thing for a hunter’s arsenal of necessary things to have.​ Sometimes it’s hard to gauge how far a target is, even with a high quality rifle scope or spotting scope.

The benefit of a range finder is that it​ can figure out exactly how far away the target is.

The Bushnell laser rangefinder includes an in-view LCD display that provides the exact distance to your target from 10 to 600 yards away.

This is crucial i hitting your target. If you know what your rifle scope is sighted in at, a laser rangefinder makes it easy to adjust the scope to hit your target fast, which could make the difference between walking home with nothing or bringing home the trophy.

I highly recommend getting a laser rangefinder as it is one of the best gifts for a hunter this Christmas!

5. Spotting Scope Tripod – Vanguard Alta Pro Aluminum Tripod Kit

And of course you can’t get a spotting scope without a durable spotting scope tripod. 

Whatever you do, don’t go cheap on getting a spotting scope tripod. These tripods need to be able to withstand harsh weather conditions and terrain. 

The Vanguard Alta Pro is a great tripod as it as great flexibility, stability and great angle possibilities. It’s probably one of the most flexible tripods I’ve ever used.

Other features include advanced camera vibration, shock control, aluminum allow legs, quick-flip leg locks, hexagon shaped central column for extra stability, non slip spiked rubber feet and a removable hook for hanging camera accessories.

6. Rifle Bipod – Ohuhu 6 inch to 9 inch Adjustable Hand Spring Return Tactical Rifle Bipod

Rifle bipods are great for hunters who use a rifle and need that extra stability to hit any target, especially at long distances.

With the Ohuhu hunting bipod, you can adjust your rifle to your desired height. it is built to be heavy duty and very durable, made with strong steel and aluminum.

It’s very lightweight and compact to be portable so you can walk around with it still attached on your rifle. It also has adjustable legs with return springs, foldable arms and a quick retraction button for easy operation.

This rifle bipod is a must have for hunters who are perched on the ground for an extended period of time waiting for game.

7. Hunting Backpack – ALPS Out​​doorZ Commander Freighter Frame and Pack Bag

With the ALSP OutdoorZ, you are getting a frame PLUS a 5250 cubic inch Pack bag. It’s great for getting all your gear to your base camp, which is extremely important on a long hunting trip.

The backpack includes a front pockets, spotting scope pocket, rifle holder, and two side accessory hinge pockets, in addition to the main compartment.

Once you empty out your bag, it can be easily detached so the Commander can be used as a Freighter Frame also.

The frame allows you to haul meat from one place to the next​ and it comes with a unique lashing system to secure your meat.

With as much weight as you’ll be carrying, the backpack comes with a padded waist belt and shoulder straps to help with carrying and distributing the weight.

There are also pockets for a flash light and knife and a holder for a rifle bipod​ on the lashing straps.

This is a must have for a hunter and one of the best gifts for a hunter you can get this Christmas.​

8. Hunting Boots – Irish Setter Men’s 2870 Vaprtrek Waterproof 8″ Hunting Boot

Every hunter needs a good pair of hunting boots. But not just any ordinary hunting boots.

These boots from Irish Setter are a game changer. They feature RPM technology, a composite sole material that significantly reduces the weight of the boot.

This makes it 40% lighter that traditional big game hunting boots.​

It also features ScentBan, various materials from leathers to linens to footbeds, killing bacteria that causes odors. Yup, no smelly feet.

Did I also mention that its waterproof? The boot is constructed in such a way that it combines a moisture management lining with waterproof components for dry, long-lasting comfort and performance.

These boots are a necessity for the avid hunter. Definitely add this to your list of best gifts for a hunter.​

9. Hunting Gloves – Primos Stretch Fit Gloves With Sure Grip and Extended Cuff

Every hunter needs a pair of gloves to keep their hands warm and protected of harsh environments.

Primos gloves are made of quality material and designed to withstand the toughest environments.

The gloves come with SureGrip inch-dots that help with gripping, an extended cuff for further protection, and ​a call pocket on the back of the hand of the glove.

Whether you are a professional, recreational hunter, or even a casual hunter​, Primos hunting gloves is a perfect fit for all types of hunters.

These are a needed item for any hunter and a great gift and something a hunter will really want and use.

10. Hunting Game Camera​ – Browning Strike Force Sub Micro 10MP Game Camera

Hunting game cameras are definitely something that a hunter will want this holiday season. 

Why would a hunter need one, you ask? Hunters sometimes want to capture great photos of the wildlife in the area. 

Or maybe you want it to catch someone or something lurking in your backyard, while not being seen.

For hunters they are great for capturing wildlife and taking photos of game that is in the hunter’s hunting location.

The Browning Strike Force camera is one of the smallest high performance cameras in the hunting industry and has the same elite features found in the rest of the Browning trail camera line.

It features a 10MP picture quality, HD video clips with sound and Zero Blur Night IR photos.

If you are looking for fast .67 second trigger speeds and night time Infrared flash ranges of 100 feet, this is definitely the camera for you.

A hunting camera is a great gift for any hunter this christmas and he/she will be happy you got one.

Final Thoughts

Getting the perfect gift for your hunter could be tough. Hopefully this list will help you find the best Christmas gift for hunters. Good luck and happy holidays!


Best Scope For 308 in 2021 You Can Buy!


In order for the .308 rifle to get near perfect results, there’s a rifle accessory that you just can’t do without: The correct and best 308 rifle scope… especially if shooting long range.

Unfortunately, finding that best scope for a 308 isn’t easy to do.

That is why I have created this list for you to find the Best Scope for a 308 Hunting Rifle.

Top 5 Best Scope for 308 Rifles

  1. Vortex Diamondback HP 4-16x42mm
  2. Leupold VX-2 3-9x40mm
  3. Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9x40mm
  4. Vortex Crossfire II AO 6-18-44mm
  5. Nikon M-308

I’ve spent a lot of time researching and testing a lot of different optics for a .308 carbine and have been able to narrow down the list to the top 5 best 308 scopes which you can buy right now.

nikon buckmasters II

  • Nikon Lifetime Warranty
  • Durable structure
  • Inexpensive

Vortex Diamondback 

  • Super High Quality
  • Vortex Lifetime Warranty
  • Very Clear Glass

nikon M-308

  • Nikon Lifetime Warranty
  • Durable materials
  • Perfect for long range

Best Rifle Scopes for 308 in 2018 – Top 5

These scopes may not be for everyone as some of them carry a higher price tag.

With that said, these rifle scopes are good enough to make our list of the Top 4 best rifle scopes for a .308 to buy in 2018, and for good reason. Below are my .308 scope recommendations:

Best 308 Rifle Scopes Review
Vortex Diamondback HP 4-16×42

(Editor’s Choice)​

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Leupold VX-2 3-9x40mm

(Editor’s Choice)​

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Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9x40mm Check Price
Vortex Crossfire II AO 6-18x44mm Check Price
Nikon M-308 Rifle Scope

(High End Pick)

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Why didn’t I include other Popular 308 rifle scopes on my top 5 list?

Lots of people are wondering why I didn’t include some of the other .308 rifle scopes like the Trijicon ACOG 3×32 on my Top 4 list? After reviewing them, the answer is simple.

  •  These 308 optics are very expensive.
  •  Honestly, they don’t really deliver any better experience compared to the less expensive .308 optics on the market.
  •  There are some extra features added on that aren’t necessary unless you’re in the military (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 .308 rifle 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 scopes are definitely high quality.

.308 Rifle Quick Overview

The .308 Winchester has always been a popular choice for shooters and hunters because it is relatively economical, manageable recoil, and its ability to hunt medium to large sized game.

That being said, it doesn’t offer the same performance as larger calibre rifle such as the .300 Win Mag or 7mm Rem Mag, so your choice of scope is that much more important. The .308 replaced the 30-06 rifle for military use in the 1980s

A 308 cartridge is great all round hunting rifle for medium to large sized animals, depending on what grain ammunition you are loading, your accuracy, and distance.

I personally don’t like shooting large game at long distances with a 308 for ethical reasons but it sure does take down deer or hogs at almost any distance.

In terms of deciding which scope you should mount on your .308 hunting rifle, I recommend spending about half as much as you spent on the rifle.

Technology has improved far enough that you can definitely get away with a $200 scope if you choose – it just may not be quite as accurate or last quite as long.

Considerations for the Best 308 Rifle Scope

Before buying a 308 rifle scope, talk to your hunting and shooting buddies to get their advice. There is no substitute for doing your homework!

Decide how far you plan on shooting. What is your ideal or most likely shot?

For me, I want a scope that can provide the accuracy for at least a 300 yard shot. I find that is at the high end for most of the hunting I do and to be honest, if you are worrying about making a 600 yard shot, you probably aren’t giving yourself the best chance for hunting success.

If you are looking for the best rifle scope for a .308, consider buying a good quality spotting scope.

These will allow you to see greater distances to spot wildlife and are often used on the shooting range so you can see exactly where your bullet is hitting the target. This way you can really fine tune your scope! 

Price range is important when deciding what scope will work on your rifle. Although you don’t need to buy a $1500 Schmidt & Bender I do recommend spending between $150 and $500.

If that isn’t in your price range today, do yourself a favor and save some more money before “pulling the trigger” on buying a new scope.

There are a lot of brands out there making quality and affordable scopes for a 308. See “A Complete List of the Best Rifle Scope Brands (Including Most Affordable Rifle Scope Brands)” for a listing of the most popular brands.

For a quality scope in this category, I trust Leupold, Nikon, and Vortex.

Best Rifle Scopes for a 308 Reviewed

1. Vortex Optics Diamondback HP – Best Scope for 308 Rifle To Buy in 2021



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  • Objective Lens: 42mm 
  • FOV: 23.8-6.1 feet  @ 100 yards
  • Dual use for Shooting Tactical/Hunting
  • Dead-Hold BDC

The Vortex Diamondback High Performance offers clear glass throughout the magnification range in front of its durable and rugged design.

The scope has the side parallax adjustment which is a bonus at the price range.

It comes with a healthy 4” eye relief which is very comfortable and relatively easy to sight in.

Vortex is known for building quality scopes at various price ranges and this is no exception. This is really the best vortex scope for a 308.

Another bonus with buying a Vortex optic is that it comes with one of the best warranties included.

  • Unlimited Lifetime Warranty
  • Fully Transferable
  • No warranty card to fill out
  • No receipt needed to hang on to

While reviewing this scope I looked  to see if it would let me shoot at a long distance and would not break the bank so I mounted this scope on my .308, went out to the range to test the scope there and then headed out on a 4 day hunting excursion in the back country with a buddy.

Happy to report that between all the rounds I put through it at the range before hand and during the hunt, it held perfectly zero. I also noticed that the scope never fogged up at all, which has been the case for me sometimes with other more expensive brands.

I shot about 60 rounds at the range and was really happy as it was very clear and lets in a lot of light, something that I always look for in my scopes. even in the shade it did a great job.

I also really liked the side AO and zooming from 4 to 16 was very very smooth.

A draw back to this scope is that it is pretty heavy (2 lbs) when compared to other rifle scopes for mobility. It’s not something I would ever want to mount for a tactical use.

It also isn’t the best scope to take in the brush, sometimes it would have a hard time focusing.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this scope. It comes with  BDC reticle, something that is a must for me when hunting because I don’t have time to mess with the elevation adjustments in the field.

And I especially like this scope’s BDC reticle because I like the hash marks instead of circles that sometimes come on other BDC reticles (such as with Nikon). 

The glass was my favorite feature and a rifle is only as good as the piece of glass it’s wearing (referring to its rifle scope).

This Vortex is currently selling with a sunshade and lens cover, however it doesn’t come with scope rings. Make sure you don’t cheap out – buy quality scope rings.

In short, the Vortex Diamondback HP is the perfect and good scope for 308 rifle scope for the money. It is a clear high quality scope that is worth every penny when you only get one shot.


  • Unconditional Lifetime Warranty
  • Super high quality for the price
  • Very clear glass and sometimes more clear than other scopes from quality brands


  • Be aware of heavy weight
  • Hard time focusing in certain environments, such as the brush

2. Leupold VX-2 3-9×40 – Best Scope for 308 Long Range


  • Magnification: 3-9x
  • Objective Lens: 40mm 
  • FOV: 34.6 – 14.6′ @ 100 yd
  • Built: Protective Lens Coating for higher light transmission
  • LR Duplex reticle

One of my favorite rifle scopes built by one of the industry’s most trusted brands is Leupold’s VX-2 Scope.

If you want a quality scope and one of the best .308 scopes that will withstand all the abuse that you can throw at it while maintaining zero, this is my recommendation.

With solid reviews from hunters and shooters alike, Leupold continues to impress with this product.

The VX-2 is light, exceptionally clear, and does not fog up easily. It comes with finger click adjustable turrets which are convenient. 

You can’t beat Leupold for the price. With this scope and after sighting it in using the proper techniques, I was consistently shooting sub-MOA out to 300 yards and MOA at 400 yards. Although I typically don’t shoot above 400 yards (my average deer shot is 200-250 yards), it sure is nice knowing that this scope allows me to have that extra reach. 

It has a sleek design and low profile and the clarity is really really great.

At the range, sighting in the scope was pretty easy and took me only a few round to get a 1″ grouping.

I always love using these scope reviews to get me out there to hunt, and so of course, that’s what I did. 

I found an 8 point buck at around 150 yards at dusk, 10 min to sundown and the picture was still very bright. Needless to say, I got him. For the money, it did the job.

When comparing this to the Vortex Diamondback HP, this Leupold almost won. There were a few things that almost made me choose the Leupold over the Vortex as the best .308 rifle scope:

  • Weight is much lighter than the Diamondback HP, weighing in at a little under 1 lb!
  • Seemed to be a little more crisp around the edges
  • Eye relief felt a little more forgiving than the Vortex Diamondback HP

The only downside is that the adjustments may not hold up to continued use. Many shooters like to dial-in adjustments for varying reasons instead of holding over or under.

​Overall the Leupold is a great optic and is particularly a great rifle scope for a .308 if you are a hunter. 

It was close on my list to take the top spot​, but in the end, the Vortex Diamondback HP took the lead as I felt the glass was just slightly better (barely) and Ifavor the Vortex BDC reticles.

Regardless, the Leupold is one of the best .308 scopes for a hunting rifle and really one of the best Leupold scopes for a 308.

In short, the Leupold VX-2 is the perfect and best .308 rifle scope for hunters. You will hit your target at most long ranges and the glass is extremely clear. Your investment in this scope will stand the test of time as its durability is one of its top features..


  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Clear picture & high quality glass
  • Considered the standard in hunting and for good reason


  • Adjustment won’t be able to handle continued use over a long period of time

3. Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9x40mm – Best 308 Scope for the money on a Budget


  • Magnification: 3-9x
  • Objective Lens: 40mm 
  • FOV: 33.8-11.3 ft @ 100 yards
  • Built: Waterproof and Fog proof
  • BDC Reticle

Nikon is a great brand in the rifle scope world, and the Buckmasters II lives up to the Nikon name. 

The Nikon Buckmasters II rifle scope is a super affordable 308 scope. When you see a scope that’s so affordable, you might wonder if its made to cheap, or low quality, or something. Like, what’s the catch?

But the Buckmasters II has withstood the criticisms of a skeptical market, and it’s withstood the test of time.

It’s an affordable high quality scope made for the masses and is perfect for a .308 rifle.

It has a BDC reticle with see-through ballistic circles for long-range hunters and when its used with Nikon’s Spot On Ballistic Match Technology, you can maintain accurate shots for various distances for your ammunition and load.

It’s fully waterproof, fog-proof, and shockproof to withstand a lot of abusive. It’s factory-set at 100 yards and the fully multi-coated optics has optimum light transmission for very clear image quality.

If you’re on a budget or looking for the best 308 scope for the money, then you’ll want the high quality simplicity of the Nikon Buckmaster II. 

Some advanced hunters consider it a little basic, because it has no illumination and it has a pretty tight eye relief but for the price, you shouldn’t expect it to be perfect. If you’re on a budget, the Nikon Buckmasters II Riflescope 39x40mm is the best thing that you could purchase.


  • Very affordable
  • Nikon Lifetime Warranty
  • Fully weatherproof


  • Image quality is poor
  • Not as durable over the long term

4. Vortex Crossfire II AO 6-18x44mm – Best 308 Scope for Hunters


  • Magnification: 6-18x
  • Objective Lens: 44mm 
  • FOV: 6x-15.2, 18x-5.3 feet/100 yards.
  • Built: Aircraft aluminum grade

Success of hunting depends immensely on the vision of the shooter. But our natural vision is limited and this is where the Vortex Crossfire II 6-18mm AO comes in. It helps to eliminate handicaps of low vision and the inability for sustained visual attention. It currently comes in three variations: Dead-Hold BDC, V-Brite and V-Plex.

What’s cool about the Crossfire II is that it’s made from aircraft-grade aluminum with sealed O-rings for strength.

It also has fully multicoated lenses that provide maximum light transmission and optimal brightness and an illuminated reticle that offers great performance in low-light conditions. 

It’s a super durable rifle scope that is perfect for the long range needs of a 308 rifle.

The Vortex Crossfire II riflescope is ideal for the myriads of hunting or shooting enthusiasts out there with all of its features and its range. This scope will not only help the hunter to reduce wasting ammo but will also make the experience quite memorable.

And for the price, it’s a great high quality rifle scope with a tone of features.


  • High durability made of aircraft-grade aluminum
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Affordable Price


  • Very specific eye relief

5. Nikon M-308 Rifle Scope – Best High End Scope for 308 AR & for Long Range


  • Magnification: 4-16x
  • Objective Lens: 42mm 
  • FOV: 6.3 – 25.2 ft @ 100yds
  • Built: Waterproof and Fog proof
  • BDC 800 Reticle

With the Nikon M-308, you’ll have a high end scope in a different category from the other 308 scopes on this list. Not only is this a Nikon, a well known brand in the rifle optics world, but it was specifically developed to be used with high-caliber rifles that can shoot long-range, such as the .308 Winchester.

Even at the highest magnification, you get an amazing field of view on the 42mm lens. It’s built tough and durable so expect a long life, and better be long at this price. You’ll find it excellent for hunting big game.

The scope has a waterproof/fog-proof scope that can be used in lots of different weather conditions and it works great at any light level. Adjusting is easy as well.

One thing I noticed about the M-308 was that I never experience any eye fatigue! When you’re hunting and tracking and getting ready for a long range shot, you’ll find is ideal for the big game and even for long-distance target shooting.

This scope is one of the best scope for 308 AR Centerfire Long Range AR and shooters will find it accurate in the 600 to 800 range, since it provides good compensation for bullet drop. 


  • Nikon Lifetime Warranty
  • Extremely durable and long lasting
  • Perfect for .308 RIfles and Centerfire Long Range ARs  


  • Expensive

Final Thoughts on 308 Scopes

When trying to figure out what the a good 308 scope is to buy, you need to look at your budget. You should definitely buy the best scope you can afford, but you need to also see the value in the types of features a scope has to offer, especially if it will benefit you. 

Remember to keep this things in mind when looking at rifle scopes for your 308 : distance, clarity, solid construction. When you invest in a good 308 rifle scope, you want it to last. 

Hopefully this has narrowed down your search in finding the best scope for 308.

Stay safe and happy shooting!


Best Rifle Bipod in 2021 – Top 5 Rifle Bipods [REVEALED]


Finding the right rifle bipod can be challenging.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of factors​ to consider when looking for the best rifle bipod 

It’s our job to narrow it down, so that’s what we’ve done with this article about the best rifle bipod reviews. 

Top 5 Best Rifle Bipods

  1. Harris S-BRM 6″ to 9″ Bipod
  2. UTG Tactical OP 6″ to 9″ Bipod
  3. Ohuhu 6″ to 9″ Bipod
  4. UTG SWAT/Combat Bipod
  5. Primos Gen 2 24″ to 61″ Bipod​

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Best Rifle Bipods in 2021

We’ve narrowed down the best bipods to own for your rifle down to the top 5 bipods. Yes, there are plenty of other rifle bipods that would do the job just fine, but in our testing and rifle bipod reviews, we found these to be the top bipods in 2017.

Best Rifle Bipods Price Rating
Harris S-BRM 6″ to 9″ Bipod

(Editor’s Choice)​

$ 4.7 Check Price
UTG Tactical P 6″ to 9″ Bipod

(Editor’s Choice)​

$ 4.5 Check Price
Ohuhu 6″ to 9″ Bipod $ 4.3 Check Price
UTG SWAT/Combat Bipod $ 4.3 Check Price
Primos Gen 2 24″ to 61″ Bipod $ 4.2 Check Price

Rifle Bipods Quick Overview

Rifle bipods, sometimes called shooting sticks, are commonly used by precision shooters and hunters to provide stability and increase accuracy when shooting at long distances.

Often considered a tactical accessory, bipods were historically only used by military and law enforcement personnel to steady their firearm, preventing fatigue and increasing accuracy.

Bipods have become very popular with target shooters and hunters and it is not uncommon to see the likes of a .22lr or a .308 mounted on one.

Shooting sticks allow the shooter to easily rest their firearm on uneven surfaces such as the ground or a large rock which prevents the user from getting tired and increases the ability to shoot accurately, especially at long distances.

Most guys at the range will use a bipod for practicing shooting from the prone position or even to provide stability when sitting if the range is set up with proper benches. 

The purpose of this post is to provide you with an overview of bipods and their uses as well as information for mounting your bipod to your rifle. I will follow with a review of the best rifle bipods to allow you to make the decision on which one to buy. 

Rifle Bipod Uses

Obviously there is a military and tactical use for rifle bipods however that is outside the scope of this post. I want to provide the average hunter or shooter with some of the most common uses for bipods. 

I encourage the use of a bipod when sighting in your rifle because it will provide the absolute best stability and will prevent human error when zeroing your scope. It will help you fine tune the windage and elevation on your scope so that you can be more confident when shooting at a distance. A more confident and accurate shot will help you bring home meat for your family! 

Hunting requires precision and the ability to repeat the same shot over and over. Whether you get the opportunity to shoot from a prone position when hunting or need to rest your rifle on a fallen tree, a bipod can be your friend during a successful hunt.

Something that I will caution you on is the additional weight that your standard bipod will add to your rifle setup.

Most guys will already have a scope mounted on the rifle and by adding shooting sticks you are adding to the overall weight which can be an issue especially if you are hiking long distances when hunting. That added weight may not be great. 

One way to have more fun at the shooting range is with a bipod. The bipod will prevent you from getting tired and will allow you to group your 30-06, for example, a heck of a lot tighter than without one.

It doesn’t matter what kind of rifle you have, whether it be a centerfire or rimfire, a bipod can easily be mounted to your firearm.

Long range or tactical shooters will use a bipod when shooting at long distances such as 1000 yards and during competitive shooting. 

Installing Rifle Bipods

Mounting your bipod to your rifle is a very easy process. Depending on which bipod you purchase and what rifle you have, the process should take just a few minutes.

Some bipods simply mount to the sling stud that most rifles already have however if you don’t have a stud, you can get a gunsmith to put one in for very little money without the risk of damaging your rifle by doing it yourself.

If you are worried that by mounting a bipod to the existing sling stud will prevent you from using your sling, don’t worry. Most bipods will allow you to attach your sling directly to the shooting stick. 

Other bipods require a small piece of rail to be attached to your stock for mounting. Rail mounting allows you to quickly attach and detach the bipod from the stock whereas if it is mounted using a sling stud it will require you to manually unscrew it before you can detach it.

Best Rifle Bipod Reviews

Amazon is a great place to purchase rifle bipods because they are typically at least 20-30% cheaper than your traditional Bass Pro of Cabela’s. Do your research! Check Amazon and compare it to other stores so that you can find the best deal. 

Harris Engineering S-BRM Hinged Base 6 – 9 Inch BiPod Review

If you have done any research on the best rifle bipods, you will have come across products from Harris. Harris provides some of the best bipods for the money and and are quick detachable and clamp to the sling swivel stud already installed on most rifle stocks. If you don’t have a sling stud, you have a few options. You can take your rifle to a gunsmith and have them install it, you can install the stud yourself, or you can purchase a special adapter to mount your bipod. These adapters come in different shapes and sizes depending on which rifle you are mounting it to. 

Harris is known for building high quality and reliable professional grade bipods at a great price point. Sure, you can spend $250 or more on a bipod however you don’t have to. This Harris bipod is adjustable from 6″ to 9″ giving you added versatility under different shooting conditions. It also comes in a 9″ to 13″ model if you are looking for higher profile shooting sticks. 

The Harris bipod also has the swivel action which allows the shooter to tilt the rifle 45 degrees each side to compensate for uneven ground. The “BRM” stands for Bench Rest Model and the “S” stands for swivel. 


-Adjustable from 6″ to 9″

-Sling swivel mount

-Swivel action

UTG Tactical OP Bipod Review

UTG (Leapers Inc.) builds inexpensive but relatively decent quality bipods that will make your tactical rifle look great. Made out of durable aluminum construction with a steel top platform, the UTG Tactical Bipod includes both the Picatinny style mount as well as the swivel stud mounts. It has foldable and extendable spring loaded legs with 2 different locking systems. Great for your AR 15 setup! 

This is a good bipod however it won’t be as durable as a Harris or Atlas bipod. If you are a light user and want to purchase a decent bipod at a great price to make your rifle look good while adding accuracy, the UTG bipod is for you. If you are using the bipod a lot and it needs to withstand harsh conditions and abuse, the UTG Tactical OP bipod probably won’t last you as long as you want. 


-Adjustable from 6″ to 9″

-Both Picatinny and swivel stud mount

Ohuhu 6-Inch to 9-Inch Adjustable Tactical Rifle Bipod Review

You probably haven’t heard the name, but the Ohuhu bipod is heavy duty and made out of hardened steel and aluminum with 5 adjustable leg settings with return springs. It is adjustable with leg height from 6″ to 9″ and the legs can be folded either forwards or backwards. Why is this bipod so cheap? It is fixed so it doesn’t have either the ability to swivel and doesn’t tilt side to side so the construction is quite simple. 

If all you are looking for is stability when shooting and you don’t have a large budget, the Ohuhu 6″ to 9″ bipod is a good choice. It is solid and durable for those of you that plan on having this guy ride around in the back of your pickup. 

The UTG Swat/Combat shooting sticks are easily mounted to any picatinny style or swivel style rifle for added convenience and versatility.


-Lightweight and compact

-Adjustable legs up to 6.7″

Primos Gen 2 Bipod Trigger Stick 24-61-Inch Review

These shooting sticks are different from the other bipods reviewed because these are meant for standing while shooting and adjustable from 24″ to 61″. The Primos Trigger Stick bipod is adjustable with one hand so that you can easily adjust the height to fit your needs. Note that the top of the trigger stick is shaped like a V so it can be fitted to virtually any rifle. This does not require a picattiny or a swivel stud mount and your rifle will just rest on the shooting sticks. 


-Adjustable from 24″ to 61″

-V shaped, does not mound to rifle

Final Thoughts – Best Rifle Bipods

Siting though dozens of bipods to find the best rifle bipod can be overwhelming. Hopefully you found our research and bipod reviews of the top rifle bipods for the money to be beneficial.

Rifle scope bipods are a great rifle accessory that can be inexpensive but produce great results. They prevent you from getting tired holding your rifle and add to your ability to shoot accurately at long distances.  

Hands down, the best rifle bipod is the Harris S-BRM hinged bipod. Its swivel action and adjust-ability is best in class and for the money this bipod is a good purchase. 

Stay safe and happy shooting! You need to check out the best gun safe reviews here!


How To Build AR-15 – Best Parts For Ar-15 Build [NEW 2021 LIST]


We’ve seen a lot of interest from people who want to know how to build an Ar-15 and what the best parts for an AR-15 build are.

So we created a complete list of everything you need to build an AR-15 rifle! Our recommendations are based on what experts have used in the past on their own AR-15 builds.

After saying that, there are so many different ways to build an Ar-15 and there are also really good AR-15 build kits that you can buy. In the end, do your research and figure out what you want based on your budget. 

And each Ar-15 build is going to be different, depending on your reasons for building a rifle. Hopefully, this guide will narrow this down for you and lead you in the right direction!

Let’s get started!

Does building your own AR-15 have its benefits?

Yes, there are lots of benefits to building your own AR-15 over buying a completed factory AR-15. Some benefits include:

  • Cost – It can cost a lot less to build your own Ar-15 rifle when comparing part for part.
  • Knowledge – You know every single thing that your gun is made out of and understand how it functions.
  • Pride – You built it yourself, pretty awesome.
  • Satisfaction – Every part is exactly what you wanted. 

How long will it take?

Once you have all of the parts and some step-by-step instructions, you could build your AR-15 in just 3 hours.

We highly recommend that you find some quality step-by-step instructions. Follow some people on YouTube, or get some instructions from a manufacturer. There is tons of information out there about how to build an AR-15.

The only problem is that you’ll spend lots of time trying to figure out what is good or bad practice, especially if you’re new at building a custom AR-15.

Sure, you can find free info, but it will take some time to figure out who is telling you how to build the AR-15 correctly or not.

Our Recommendation To Build Your AR-15 Correctly

Our recommendation is to buy this instructional DVD.

It spends a lot of time teaching How and Why to build an AR-15 correctly.

It’s a very well made video and you’ll have your AR-15 built within 3 hours.


Design Your Dream AR-15 

If you are a visual person and would like to see what all of the different parts would look like when assembled together, you can design it at Brownell’s ar15builder.com

With the design builder you can:

  1. Build a NEW gun from scratch using the drop down menus
  2. Build a replica of an existing AR-15 and see how upgrades will look
  3. Select a premade gun from a list of complete receivers
  4. Browse guns you’ve created and saved to update or compare.

Design Your AR-15 Here


AR-15 Parts List – 2021

Ok, now onto our AR-15 build parts list.

There are so many places where you can go to buy your own Ar-15 parts.

We choose Brownells.com. They have access to all of the best parts for an AR-15 build.

They also have over 90,000 other gun parts, tools, and supplies so it’s easy to find exactly what we need and all in one place.

1. Lower Receiver

To start, you need a lower receiver. You can get either a stripped lower receiver or an 80% lower receiver. We’ve tried to narrow down the best lower receivers by category below:

Stripped Lower Reciever

The stripped lower receiver is the lower receiver with a serial number on it completed by the manufacturer. It’s basically what makes your AR-15 a gun and legal.

The AR-15 stripped lower receivers must ship to an Federal Firearms License (FFL) dealer and you have to pass a background check before you can actually have it.

Best Stripped Lower Receiver Parts:

80% Lower Reciever

An 80% lower receiver is approximately 80% finished in the overall milling process.

80% lower receivers do not require a copy of a FFL to purchase, but do require the purchaser to “drill and mill” the lower in order to install the trigger control group.

Best 80% Lower Receiver Parts:

2. Lower Parts Kit

In order to assemble the AR-15 lower receiver, you’re going to need all of the parts to assemble it. 31 parts to be exact.

These parts include the trigger, bolt catch, springs, pivot and takedown down pins, selector switch and hammer.

The most convenient way to get all of these parts is by purchasing an AR-15 lower parts kit.

Most of these kits have all 31 parts necessary, and also include a pistol grip and trigger.

Some of the parts in the kit you may want to get rid and purchase higher quality parts, like the pistol grip and the trigger.

Best Lower Parts Kits:

3. Ar-15 Pistol Grip

Upgrading to a more comfortable pistol grip for your AR-15 can make you more of an accurate shooter. 

Pistol grips are meant to aid the shooter to steady the rifle for more control.

A basic pistol grip is included in the best lower parts kits, but we recommend upgrading to something for comfortable and made a little better.

Best Ar-15 Pistol Grips​:

4. Trigger (Fire Control Group)

The fire control group (basically the trigger) is the part on an AR-15 responsible for the motion of the trigger.

It stops the trigger pull if the safety is on and aids in the eventual release of the hammer or striker. 

The fire control group consists of:

  • Hammer and hammer spring
  • Trigger and trigger spring
  • Disconnector and disconnector spring
  • Two fire control pins

We recommend replacing the trigger group included in the lower parts kit with a better one. You can usually find much higher quality trigger groups outside of a lower parts kit.

Best Ar-15 Triggers:

5. Selector

The selector is the safety switch on the Ar-15.

It’s also included in the best AR-15 lower parts kits, but in case you want a different selector, like one that is ambidextrous or left-handed, you have to get it separately.

Best Ar-15 Selectors:

6. Bolt Catch

When the Ar-15 magazine is empty, the bolt catch is meant to stop the bolt from traveling forward. 

​These are also normally included in a lower parts kits. But if you want a different style, consider buying it separately.

Best AR-15 Bolt Catch:

7. Magazine Release

This part is exactly as it sounds. It’s meant to release the magazine from the AR-15

The magazine release can also be found in an AR-15 lower parts kit.

​If you want to get a better AR-15 magazine release, consider buying one separately.

Best AR-15 Magazine Releases:

8. Bolt Carrier Group

The bolt carrier group is what holes the bolt and moves the bolt. It resets the hammer as well.

It bolt carrier group includes:

  • Bolt carrier
  • Complete bolt
  • Firing pin
  • Carrier pin
  • Gas key

When the AR-15 is fired, the bolt carrier group holds most of the gas pressure. Without this, your AR-15 wouldn’t function.

The bolt carrier group is usually an overlooked piece, but an essential part to your AR-15 build.

Best AR-15 Bolt Carrier Groups:

9. Buffer​

The buffer is what slows the bolt down on the AR-15. It also reduces the recoil and wear on the AR-15.

They come in two different sizes:

  • Rifle
  • Carbine

They also come in four different weights from the lightest to the heaviest.

For an AR-15 chambered in .223 / 5.56mm, use the heaviest buffer (called an H3 buffer). This will allow your AR-15 to consistently lock the rifle’s bolt back.

Really the size of your buffer will be determined by the size of your stock.

For an A1/A2 stock, get a rifle buffer.

For a collapsible or adjustable stock, get a carbine buffer.

If you are building the AR in 9mm, buy a specific 9mm buffer assembly.

10. Buffer Tube

The buffer tube holds the buffer.

Buffer tubes come​ in three sizes and you need to chose the right tube for your stock:

  • Rifle
  • MIL-SPEC carbine
  • Commercial carbine

Best AR-15 Buffer Tubes:

11. Buffer Spring

The buffer spring is what brings the bolt of the rifle forward. Buffer springs allow your rifle to fire follow-up shots.

Best AR-15 Buffer Springs​

12. Barrel

One of the biggest differences in a cheap AR-15 vs a high0end AR-15 is the quality of its barrel.​

There are so many different types of barrels to choose from all dependent on a user’s preference.

Most AR-15 barrels fall into one of two categories:

  • made of chrome molly steel with a chrome-lined bore and chamber,
  • made of stainless steel, which typically does not have chrome lining in the bore or chamber.

The type of barrel you get will have an effect on your AR-15 performance.

Typically, chrome-lined barrels handle extensive shooting and adverse weather much better.

Stainless steel barrels are more accurate making it perfect for long range target shooters​.

Best AR-15 Barrels

13. Barrel nut​

The barrel nut is what holds the barrel to the receiver.

Best AR-15 Barrel Nuts​

14. Gas Block

The gas block directs the gases from the barrel to the gas tube and then back into the AR-15’s receiver.

This allows it to complete the cycling process so another round will fire.

Best AR-15 Gas Blocks​

15. Upper Receiver

The upper receiver consists of:

  • the forward assist
  • spring and pin
  • the ejection port cover
  • the charging handle
  • barrel
  • and bolt carrier group. 

There are a few different ways to get your upper receiver.

One way is that you can purchase a complete upper receiver assembly that includes the barrel.

Or you can even buy an upper receiver that has no barrel, but includes the ejection port cover and forward assist.

Or you can buy a stripped upper receiver that is just the metal housing for all the parts.

Best AR-15 Upper Receivers:​

16. Upper Receiver Parts Kit

The upper receiver parts kit includes:

  • ejection port door
  • spring
  • forward assist parts
  • sometimes the charging handle
  • It typically does not include the bolt or carrier

Best AR-15 Upper Receiver Parts Kits​

17. Charging Handle

The charging handle moves the bolt carrier that is inside the upper receiver.

What the charge handles does is it pulls the bolt carrier back. It also can aid in clearing a malfunction.

Best AR-15 Charge Handles

18. Gas Tube

Gas tubes vary in length, coming in rifle, mid-length, carbine and pistol lengths.

The gases are directed from the gas block to the bolt carrier via the gas tube.

Best AR-15 Gas Tubes​

19. Stock

There are a couple of different stock styles that you can buy:

  • Adjustable
  • or fixed

Depending on where you live, an adjustable or collapsible stock is illegal.

The AR-15 stock goes on the back of the rifle, allowing you to shoulder it.

Best AR-15 Stocks​

20. Handguards

The handguards go around the barrel of the AR-15.

Handguards are also referred to as the forend, foregrip or forearm.

The purpose is that they are meant to protect your hands from burning on a hot barrel.

Handguards come in different sizes:

  • rifle
  • mid-length
  • and carbine and pistol length

When picking out the parts for your rifle, the gas tube will also come in rifle, mid-length, carbine or pistol lengths.

Make sure you buy the same size handguard as the gas tube.

There are free float and standard handguards.

Standard handguards will touch the rifle’s barrel, while free-floating handguards will not.

Handguards serve a valid function, however, many people buy them purely on their aesthetic value

Best AR-15 Handguards

21. Delta Ring Assembly

The delta ring assembly includes:

  • the delta ring
  • weld spring
  • and snap ring.

If you choose to get a free float handguard, you will not need a delta ring assembly.

Best AR-15 Delta Ring Assembly

22. Front Sights

Since upper receivers come in two different types, A2 or A3 (flat top), you’ll need to get different types of sights based on the type of upper receiver you get.

Its fixed carry handle with integrated iron sights characterizes the A2 upper receiver.

The A3 flat top upper has no carry handle, but does have a Picatinny rail installed.

The A3 flat top upper allows you to add sights and optics, while the A2 (carry handle upper) does not.

Best AR-15 Front Sights

23. Handguard Cap​

The handguard cap secures the front of standard handguards. You don’t need one for free-float handguards.

Best AR-15 Handguard Cap

24. Muzzle Device

There are two types of muzzle devices:

  • muzzle brake (sometimes called a compensator)
  • or flash suppressor/flash hider

The muzzle brake helps reduce recoil and muzzle rise.

The flash hider suppresses the visible flash from the barrel when the rifle is fired.

Some states restrict flash suppressors, but may allow muzzle brakes. 

Best AR-15 Muzzle Devices

25. Magazines

AR-15 magazine capacity ranges from 5 to 100 rounds.

Some states restrict magazine capacity. 

Best AR-15 Magazines

26. Optics

There are a lot of different types of AR-15 optics that you can get for you AR-15. Styles include:

  • variable optics with magnification
  • Fixed optics
  • red dot sights
  • holographic sights, like EOTech scopes
  • and non-electronic illuminated sights that offer no magnification.

27. Extras

There’s a lot of other things you can get for your AR-15. Some of these ‘extras’ include things like:

  • Sling mounts and attachments​
  • tools to make the build easier
  • etc.

You can visit any gun store or online gun website like Brownells to see what they have to offer with any AR-15 extras.

Final Thoughts – How to Build an AR-15 – Best Parts For AR-15 Build

Building an AR-15 can seem overwhelming at first. But​ knowing the right parts to get and a good guide to help you through the build process can make it much easier!

Hopefully our recommendations will help you to fin

Good luck! Stay safe and happy shooting!​


Best Holographic Sights in 2021 – Top 5 Holographic Sights [REVEALED]


Shooters and hunters alike are looking for better scopes to help them be more efficient and have a faster target acquisition.

And that’s where holographic sights come in …

Finding the best holographic sight can be hard, just like trying to filter out any type of optic to find the best one for you.

And like all other optic reviews, we are dedicated to finding the best holographic sights for the money so that you can have the best value combined with the highest quality possible.

Top 5 Best Holographic Sights

  1. EO Tech 512
  2. EO Tech XPS2-0
  3. EO Tech G33 Magnifier
  4. EO Tech HHS 2 EXPS2-2
  5. EO Tech XPS3-0 night vision

If you noticed, the best holographic sights are dominated by EO Tech. We will get into the reason why a little later, but the point is that if you really want the best holographic sights, you shouldn’t move away from EO Tech.

With that being said, that are a lot of other really good red dot sights out there made by other companies. Depending on what you like, red dot sights may be better for you as a shooter.

But if you are looking for the best holographic sight, we’ve narrowed the list down to the top 5. These are the best EOTech holographic sights you can find on the market today.​

Best Holographic Sights in 2021 – Top 5 

You may not think these are the best EOTech holographic sights out there. But not only were we looking for quality, we were also looking for the best holographic sights for the money. There are some other more expensive holographic sights out there, but we wanted to make sure that we review the optics that have the most value.

Best Holographic Sights Price Rating
EOTech 512

(Editor’s Choice)

$$$ 4.7 / 5 Check Price
EOTech XPS2-0

(Editor’s Choice)​

$$$ 4.4 / 5 Check Price
EOTech G33 Magnifier

(Best Magnifier for Holographic Sight)​

$$$$ 4.7 / 5 Check Price
EOTech HHS 2 EXPS2-2  $$$$$ 4.5 / 5 Check Price
EOTech XPS3-0 Night Vision $$$$ 4.4 / 5 Check Price

Don’t Be Fooled!

There are other sights on the market today that are labeled as “red dot sights” and “reflex sights”, and they’re not the same thing as holographic sights. 

Yes, holographic sights are considered red dot sights, but red dot sights aren’t considered holographic sights.

Let’s explain the difference between these different sights:

  • Holographic sights: The reticle typically has a ring or circle around a small red dot for more efficient targeting projected on the glass by lasers. Holographic sights are dominated by EOTech who makes the holographic sights with a rectangular shaped heads up style sight. This is for a wider field of view when looking through the sight. When zooming in, the aiming dot in the center remains the same size while the reticle enlarges, providing greater precision in aiming. In most cases, there is also no parallax effect, so that the reticle is always on the target.
  • Red dot sights: Typically just a red dot in the center that is illuminated and that is all. However, you can find some red dots that have different shapes. The dot is usually a little larger than the dots in a holographic sight. Red dot sights are typically made using the tubular style scope, but you can find red dots with a rectangular heads up style as well. When magnifying, the red dot also increases and can sometimes get too big and cover up the area of the target you need to be focusing on.
  • Reflex sights: Reflex sights are similar to holographic sights, but LEDs are used instead of lasers. However, it uses the typical tube shape that is similar to most scopes, meaning that they take up more space on the mounting rail.

Where Did The Holographic Sight Come From?

The first company to introduce holographic sights into the market technically was Bushnell, who created the Holosight.

Then a company called EOTech acquired the rights to the holosights and spearheaded the holographic sights, making them much higher quality so that shooters and hunters could have access to a sight that could provide even faster target acquisition. 

It was inspired by the red dot sight, which was created to provide shooters the capability of keeping both eyes open while aiming.​ This eliminated tunnel vision for the most part so a shooter could see and scan additional objects and targets while aiming.

EOTech also improved the design, creating a quick release mount that allowed the holographic sights to be fully compatible with the Picatinny rail system found on most rifles. ​EOTech is the top manufacturer of holographic sights and makes some of the best holographic sights on the market.

Military and law enforcement use these sights a lot because of the reliability and high quality that the sights bring.

Now, most AR shooters equip EOTech sights on their AR rifles as holographic sights are some of the best sights you can put on your AR rifle.

A lot of younger generations are even aware of EOTech holographic sights because of their common existence in videos games like Call of Duty.​

Considerations to Find the Best Holographic Sights

Finding the sight isn’t as simple as just choosing an EOTech holographic sight. Though you won’t go wrong choosing a sight by just looking at EOTech, there are also some factors to consider when trying to find the best holographic sight for the money.

What are you using the sight for?​

Make sure you get a holographic sight for the right function. Holographic sights are usually meant for tactical usage and target shooting.

Using a holographic sight would not be a good idea if you are primarily a hunter. Hunters need options for different magnification power. This is called a variable scope, and a holographic sight is a fixed scope.

However, you can attach a magnifier in front of a holographic scope to add longer distance shooting capabilities. The reticle works great when accompanied with magnifier. A great magnifier to use is the EOTech G33. I’ll review the G33 later below.

If you hope to use the sight in low light conditions, like night shooting or for home defense, you will want to find a holographic sight that has night vision capabilities.

The holographic sight reticle can be seen at night, since it is a laser light hologram projected onto the glass, but it could make ​seeing the target difficult. Sometimes without night vision capabilities, illuminated reticles create a halo affect if the reticle is too bright, making it even more difficult to see the target.

Look For Quality

You won’t have a problem in this area when buying an EOTech, but if you can’t afford an EOTech, make sure that you look for a holographic sight that is the most accurate and the hardest to break.

You want a very strong sight because the laser mechanisms inside the sight are pretty fragile. But if you have a durable and strong sight, you will be fine and the optic will last a long time.

Find a holographic sight that is resistant to corrosion and harsh weather conditions as well. Shock-proof and temperature proof are some additional features that you can find, but aren’t necessary if looking for the best holographic sight for the money, but they will bring longevity to the life of the optic.

Looking through the sight

Your holographic sight should be able to eliminate blind spots and shouldn’t hinder your peripheral vision.

It should give you a wide field of view so that you can see a lot of ground through the sight to maximize your chances of spotting a target and aim at it fast to fire.

Battery Life

The battery life is something that you will want to consider if you want to buy a holographic sight. Lasers suck up a lot of battery juice, so holographic sights typically don’t have very long battery life when compared to other red dot sights.

Because of this, look for holographic sights that use AA batteries, as these are simple to install, easy to carry around, and they are very affordable., but if you are worried about optic size, a lithium battery will work.

Lithium batteries last a little longer than AA batteries as well, but are much harder to get and are more expensive than AA batteries.


Finding the best holographic sight for the money can be a chore. The good ones aren’t cheap and the ones that profess that they are cheap probably aren’t even holographic sights, but just simple red dot sights.

It pays to do a little extra research on finding the best all around holographic sight that gives you great quality, but also doesn’t break the bank. 

It’s typical to find a holographic sight in the $300 – $1000+ range. The highest quality holographic sights that we recommend are the sights in the $400 – $600 price range.

In this price range you will likely find a holographic sight that is high quality and will last a long time and do what you need it to do.

Best Holographic Sight Reviews

Here we are at the holographic sight reviews. Hopefully you find them worthwhile. We might as well have called this post the best EOTech holographic sight reviews, cause honestly, we believe EOTech has made the best holographic sights on the market today.

1. EOTech 512 Review – Best Holographic Sight in 2021

​We’ve covered the EOTech 512 extensively in other articles and the EOTech 512 even has its own full optic review. Check out our EOTech 512 review for more info.

But if you just want to scan our thoughts on the EOTech 512, here we go.

We believe the 512 is the best holographic sight for a few reasons:

  • High quality scope that has stood the test of time
  • One of the lowest priced scopes by EOTech (best holographic sight for the money)
  • Simple to use and easy to install

It uses an A65 reticle, like most EOTechs, meaning that the reticle consists of an outer circle at 65 MOA and a red dot in the center at 1 MOA.

The red dot in the center also doesn’t magnify when you try to adjust the size of the reticle.

Overall, the EOTech 512 is an amazing scope and the best holographic sight that you can find on the market today. 

​2. EOTech XPS2-0 Review – Best Holographic Sight for Mobility

The EOTech XPS2-0 is one of the best holographic sights if you are looking for a sight that is lightweight and compact. This is perfect for mobility whether you are using the sight for tactical use or even hunting.

Due to its smaller size, it requires a single 123 lithium battery. Typically I like holographic sights that use AA batteries because of how fast holographic sights tend to run out of juice, but with the lithium battery, it provides a longer battery life. 

Reducing the battery size was important to shrink the size of the sight. It allows for more rail space on the top of the gun so that you can add more rifle accessories or a magnifier if you want to.

It also has a o-ring seal covering the battery that keeps the sight lasting a lot longer​.

It has 3 reticle options which is nice to be able to choose for personal preference when shooting.​

One drawback is that it does not come with night vision. And even though the lithium battery replaced the AA batteries, the battery life is still low. Lithium batteries are also more expensive to replace.

Taking the sight out to the range for the review was fun. My first impression was how small it was compared to to other EOTech sights.

It was super easy to mount. I mounted it as far forward as I could on my AR-15 which gave me the widest field of view.​

The best use I had was shooting targets that were around 10 to 15 yards away. This is usually the case with all red dot sights and holographic sights. Close range is where these sights have the advantage.

But I still sighted it in easily at 50 yards and was hitting targets as far as 100 yards away. I put a few hundred rounds through it and it held zero as expected.

The reticle was easy to see with both eyes open, something I expected with a quality holographic sight helping me to maintain a larger field of view. 

It’s also parallax free, a feature that EOTech tries to implement in all of their holographic sights so that the firearm is always on target.

Overall, an amazing holographic sight. It’s not the cheapest scope out there, but you are still getting the best holographic sight for its size and for the price out there on the market.


  • EOTech high quality
  • Very small and lightweight. Perfect for mobility
  • Longer battery life with lithium battery
  • Easy to mount.


  • Lithium battery is more expensive than AA batteries
  • No night vision options.

3. EOTech G33 Magnifier Review – Best Magnifier for a Holographic Sight

It may seem odd to include a magnifier in the realm of best holographic sights, but we did. And technically, it is supposed to work with EOTech holographic sights and make them better, so we had to include the G33.

If you are searching for the best holographic sight with magnifier, well the magnifier to choose is the EOTech G33​

​The EOTech G33 offers a lot of nice features for being so small. If you aren’t sure what it’s designed to do, it’s to magnify the target and is supposed to be used with a holographic sight making the whole experience even better. 

The G33 gives the shooter more versatility. They aren’t stuck at a fixed magnification power at a fixed range. With the G33, a shooter can zoom on on a target and be able to shoot at even longer distances!

It’s very possible to be able to shoot a moving target at 200 yards away using the G33 with your holographic sight. Geez, you could probably even do it at 300 yards.

More added benefits of the EOTech G33 is the ability for even faster target acquisition. Without any magnification power, you may find it difficult to search and assess a target with just a 1x holographic sight. 

The EOTech G33 3x magnifier can magnify 3 times more than the normal eye. This can come in handy at longer distances.

My first impression of the ​EOTech G33 was very positive. 

It was super easy to mount. It has a quick detach lever which is awesome, and what’s nice is if you need to push the magnifier out of the way for any reason, all you need to do is apply some pressure to the side of the optic and it will swing out of the way.​

The G33 felt very strong and sturdy. It’s obviously made very well since it’s an EOTech, but worth the mention.​

​As far as the product goes, there was nothing negative that I found in my EOTech G33 magnifier review. BUT, I have to mention the cost here. It’s a little pricey and something that you’ll have to take into consideration if you’re going to use this to accompany a nice high quality holographic sight.

When testing it out, I used the EOTech 512. I had to ​re-zero the 512 to so that the both would work properly together. I didn’t have to adjust too much, if anything I just confirmed the zero.

Once zeroed, I had to adjust the magnifier using the vertical and horizontal adjustments to adjust the reticle back to the center of the magnifier.

The first thing I noticed when shooting the targets was how much more quickly I was able to aim and fire at the targets I was shooting.

At 50 yards, aiming was super easy. At 100 yards, it was still not bad at all. At 200 yards it got a little more difficult, but still was possible with the magnifier.​

What I loved was the fact that I could see the targets very easily at long distances. Something that would be nearly impossible without the holographic sight magnifier.

​At 20 yards and under I found the EOTech G33 to be pointless. With both eyes open, the target was just too big, so I pushed it to the side and used the 512 exclusively at the closer ranges.

​In short, if you want more versatility with your holographic sight, you need a magnifier. The EOTech G33 magnifier is one of the best on the market. As a matter of fact, I loved it so much, I ended up purchasing it.


  • EOTech high quality
  • 3x magnification for longer distances
  • Makes the reticle appear in HD
  • Can be moved to the side if no needed


  • Cost. It’s an expensive magnifier, though the quality is definitely there.

4. EOTech HHS 2 EXPS2-2 with G33.STS Review – Best Hybrid Holographic Sight 

If you are planning on buying an EOTech AND the G33 magnifier, EOTech has made it easier to purchase both at the same time.

They’ve equipped an EXPS2-2 and the G33.STS ​together to create a hybrid HHS 2.

The HHS 2 helps to ensure accurate shooting from 0 to 300 yards by being able to use the G33 quick switch to side magnifier mount. 

The operating buttons are on the side of the ESPS2-2 making it easy to use in conjunction with other rail accessories.​

Overall, the EXPS2-2 holographic sight itself is exactly like the XPS2-0 with one small differences:

  • In the EXPS2-2 , the -2 part describes the different type of reticle. it means that there is a second red dot placed just below the center red dot in the reticle. This allows for much longer distances (300+ yards).
  • The -0 in the XPS2-0 simply means that there is only 1 center red dot in the reticle.

​Basically, if you want to bundle the purchase of an XPS2 with the G33 magnifier, EOTech has allowed shooters to do so. It’s a little cheaper if you buy them both together.

5. EOTech XPS3-0 – Best Holographic Sight for Night Vision Capabilities

The EOTech XPS3-0 is exactly the same as the XPS2-0 except for one main feature:

The XPS3-0 offers night vision mode, something that no other EOTech holographic sight offers.

With the night vision options, you get 10 additional settings to help adjust to the brightness level that you like for low light conditions.

I found myself not seeing a huge difference in the XPS3 compared to an XPS2 in brightness levels and I’m sure you could find a brightness level in the XPS2 that will work well at night.

But if you want to make sure you have all of the brightness levels available to you, ​the XPS3-0 is a great option.

Final Thoughts – Best Holographic Sights Reviews

Holographic sights are pretty awesome optics. As you can see, they are definitely worth using depending on your use.

In our opinion, EOTech makes the best holographic sights in 2017 and nobody really comes close.

If you can handle the higher price tag of EOTech, I would definitely consider buying the EOTech 512.​ It’s the best holographic sight for the money, and one of the best EOTech holographic sights in general.

If you’re finding that these are too expensive for your budget, consider looking into a good red dot sight, as they are very similar to holographic sights, but you can find some that are much cheaper.​

​We hope you found this article helpful. 

Stay safe and happy shooting.​


Best Rimfire Scope for the Money 2021 – Best Scope For Rimfire Rifle


Rimfire rifles are extremely popular, and for good reason. They are a must have addition to any gun collection.

But even though it’s a great rifle, how do know what the best rimfire scope is?

We went looking for the best scopes for a rimfaire rifle that are available on the market today and we’ve come up with 5 amazing options specifically for rimfire rifles, which will complement your gun and save you money!

There area lot of opinions on what the best scope for rimfire rifles are so once again, I’ve narrowed down the list for you and want to reveal out top picks right away!

Best Rimfire Rifle Scopes – Top Picks

budget option

simmons truplex

  • 1-piece Tube Construction
  • Quick Target Acquisition
  • Inexpensive

BEST CHOICE for .22lr

nikon bdc 150

  • Perfect for .22LR
  • Nikon Lifetime Warranty
  • BDC 150 Reticle


bsa sweet 17

  • Under $200
  • Made for .17HMR
  • 4″ Eye Relief

Best Scope for Rimfire Rifle in 2021 – Top 5

It wasn’t easy narrowing down the list to 5, but we did it. We tested and reviewed dozens of different rimfire scopes and brands to try and find the best rimfire scope for the money. I think we did it.

The main factors that we looked for when narrowing down the list to the top 5 optics for rimfire rifles included quality, durability, price​, clarity, and magnification power.

These scopes may not be for everyone, but these scopes made our top 5 for a reason. Check them out and read our review.

Rifle Scope Model
Nikon Prostaff BDC 150

Check latest price

Nikon P-Rimfire 2-7×32

Check latest price

BSA Sweet 17

Check latest price

Bushness Banner Dusk & Dawn 4-12×40

Check latest price

Simmons Truplex .22

Check latest price

Rimfire Rifles Quick Overview 

Rimfire rifles are the most popular rifles in the United States and were developed well over 100 years ago and the technology has remained relatively the same.

Have you ever wondered why they are called rimfire cartridges?

Rimfire is the method of ignition and it is called that because the firing pin on your rifle strikes and crushes the base’s rim to ignite the primer.

The result is a clean and fast burn which has led to many of your favorite rifles including the .22lr and the 17 hmr.

The rimfire cartridge needs to be be very light to be ignited so one of the best things about rimfire rifles are that they are light and quite inexpensive. 

The rimfire differs from the centerfire method in which the firing pin actually strikes the primer cap at the center of the base of the cartridge. Take a look at say your average .22 long rifle cartridge and compare it to the cartridge that your 30-06 loads.

Rimfire rifle cartridges are usually very cheap which is great for us hunters and target shooters! You can pick up a box of 1000 rimfire cartridges for under $50 depending on where you shop.

Rimfires are great because they can be used for plinking, varmint hunting, and target shooting practice. 

Other reasons we love rimfire weapons:

Did you know that rimfire bullets were actually the first cartridge ammunition to be invented? Even after the invention of centerfire bullets, they remain a popular choice.

A couple reasons is they’re cheap to make:

  • Less powder (due to small powder chamber)
  • Less brass in the shell (due to thin walls to be crushed and fired)

Their economic advantage makes rimfire rifles a great choice and since the guns and cartridges are lighter, they’re easier to carry as well!

Considerations for the Best Rimfire Scopes

What is also great about rimfire rifles is the price of the scope that should be mounted on one.

Because the cartridge needs to be light and the base thin in order to be ignited, the distance that you can shoot at accurately with your rimfire rifle is limited to 200 yards or so.

Yes, you can definitely shoot a .22 rimfire or a 17 hmr further in the right conditions, but they are typically used for distances less than that. With only a 200 yard shot, the quality of the rifle scope doesn’t have to be the same as some of your long range rifles.

Lower quality and fewer requirements of your rimfire scope mean that you can pick up a great rimfire scope under $200.

Scopes with large objective lenses, huge magnification, or adjustable objectives typically found on rifle scopes under $200 or $500 aren’t required for rimfire rifles. 

Shopping Tips for the Best Scope For Rimfire

The scope should suit your rimfire caliber:

Since rimfire cartridges fire .22 and .17 caliber bullets, they’re both suitable for target practice, short range hunting, and small caliber guns. 

Consider your budget:

Rimfire rifles produce less kickback than central-fire models, so because of that, they tend to be shot more often. And since you’re likely paying less per round, you’re probably going to use it a lot more at the shooting range or for fun. 

So, durability is very important in the rifle scope you get. It’ll be hard for you to find a best rimfire scope under 100, for example, as they are usually too unreliable and delicate. Make sure you apply the same standards of quality to a rimfire scope as you would to a centerfire rifle scope.

Luckily, scopes made for rimfire rifles are usually lower in price, between $100-$500. 

You don’t need a lot of magnification:

Rimfire bullets are small, so they don’t have the power or range for long-distance shooting. Don’t bother spending money on something with a lot of magnification power since you won’t need it for long range.

Find a scope with a moderate range, starting around 1-4X. A standard 3-9X range is a good choice for both rimfire and centerfire cartridges. Scopes starting at 4-6X isn’t really a good option.

Fixed or adjustable scopes?:

Fixed magnification scopes are actually ideal for rimfire weapons since you won’t be shooting at long range anyways. And since most gun owners have at least one .22 or other rimfire caliber gun, a fixed piece is well-worth consideration. 

Still, if you’re going to be using a rimfire rifle at mixed ranges and at longer distances and doing some tough target shooting, then definitely get an adjustable scope. You’ll pay more for them, but they’ll be more versatile for your needs.

Best Rimfire Rifle Scopes Reviews

1. Nikon ProStaff Rimfire II 3-9 x 40 Black Matte Riflescope (BDC 150) – Overall Best Scope for Rimfire Rifles

Quick Summary

  • Magnification: 3-9x
  • Objective Lens: 40mm 
  • FOV: 4.4 ft 11.3-33.8 @ 100yds
  • Built: Fully multi-coated optics
  • BDC 150 Reticle


The Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40mm is an extremely popular rifle scope for all sorts of calibre rifles but this model is specifically designed for a rimfire rifle! Featuring fully multicoated optics with up to 98% light transmission, nitrogen filled and 0-ring sealed for durability and waterproofing, and quick zero reset turrets specifically designed for the .22 lr. 

Nikon also has a solid lifetime warranty which gives additional confidence behind purchasing any of their products. What more can you ask from a manufacturer to stand behind the quality of their rifle scopes! This scope is clear and it has limited bells and whistles which means the quality of the core function of this rifle scope is noticeable. You will definitely notice the difference between the quality of the Nikon versus something like the Simmons or a cheaper alternative. 

The ProStaff Rimfire 3-9×40 has good eye relief and field of view and the BDC reticle is outstanding. It is easy to sight in and it holds zero with all rimfire rifles. With a Ruger 10/22 or similiar rifle, you should be grouping nicely at 150 yards with this riflescope. 

If you are looking for a quality rifle scope for your 10/22 or .22 lr, consider the Nikon ProStaff Rimfire 3-9x40mm. If you like the Nikon ProStaff and want a 2-7x magnification, see the review below on the P-Rimfire BDC 150. 

Regadless, this is the best rimfire scope under 200 you can buy and the overall best scope for rimfire .22LR rifle.

2. Simmons .22 Mag TruPlex Reticle 3-9x32mm – Best Budget Rimfire Scope 2021

Quick Summary

  • Magnification: 3-12x
  • Objective Lens: 40mm 
  • FOV (at 100 yards): 31.4 / 10.5
  • Built: Fully multi-coated optics
  • Truplex Reticle

Simmons is a well known brand and builds best in category rifle scopes for the money. What I mean by “best in category” is that these rifle scopes are characterized as entry level and affordable rifle scopes. By no means are you buying the Nikon ProStaff or even getting close to the quality of Leupold, however these rifle scopes have their purpose. They are a great alternative for an affordable rimfire rifle scope. Most people own a rimfire rifle that they want to purchase a cheap scope for. Whether it be for varmint hunting, target shooting, or you want to build a decent combination for your son or daughter, the Simmons .22 Mag riflescope is one you may want to consider for the price. 

For the price, it is hard to beat the Simmons .22 Mag Rimfire riflescope. It performs well on a rimfire rifle for shots under 150 yards which, after all, is about the range of most rimfires. It is one of Amazon’s top selling riflecopes with a ton of positive feedback. 

The Simmons 22 Mag has decent optics which produce a fairly clear and crisp view under the entire magnification range. You may notice that at 9x, close targets may appear a bit blurry however I would say this should be expected for a rifle scope under $50. That price includes mounting rings too!

3. Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn 4-12x40mm Multi-X Reticle Adjustable Objective – Best Rimfire Scope for low light conditions.

Quick Summary

  • Magnification: 4-12x
  • Objective Lens: 40mm 
  • FOV: 11ft – 29ft @ 100 Yards
  • Built: Fully multi-coated optics
  • Multi-X Reticle

​OK, I know I said that you probably don’t need anything with more than 9x magnification on a rimfire rifle, but I just had to add the Bushnell Banner 4-12x40mm to the list of the best rimfire rifle scopes! It is a great scope for the money because it can be used on say your .22 lr or 17 hmr however it can easily dual as your “go to” rifle scope on your larger calibre hunting rifles

The Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn riflescope is built for low light shooting or hunting conditions. It has a constant 3.3″ of eye relief behind the 100% waterproof and fogproof tube construction with a fast-focus eyepiece. The Bushnell 4-12x40mm offers a crisp and clear view and has a much better magnification than say the Simmons, however you would expect that for the price. This rifle scope will compare to others at 2 or 3 times the price. 

As I said, the Bushnell Banner is a fantastic scope for the price and will work very well on anything from a .22 lr to much larger calibre rifles. It performs exceptionally in low light conditions, hence the name dusk & dawn! Makes a great Christmas present!

4. BSA 3-12×40 Sweet 17 – Best 17 Rimfire Scope

Quick Summary

  • Magnification: 3-12x
  • Objective Lens: 40mm 
  • FOV (at 100 yards): 31.4 / 10.5
  • Built: Fully multi-coated optics
  • 4″ eye relief

One of the best and most popular rimfire riflescopes, specifically designed for the 17/.17 HMR rifle, is the BSA Sweet 17 3-12x40mm. Great for target shooters and varmint hunters alike, the BSA Sweet 17 has a quick change turret system specifically calibrated for the 17hmr and offers an exceptionally clear view for the price. This scope is easy to sight in and the magnification is smooth and consistent. 

The Sweet 17 is one of the best rimfire scopes for the money and I get comments all the time that any hunter or shooter needs at least one of these scopes. Mounting this scope on a decent rimfire makes a great combo for target shooting or getting rid of those pesky gophers. 

5. Nikon P-RIMFIRE BDC 150 2-7×32 Rifle Scope Review – Best 22 Rimfire Scope

Quick Summary

  • Magnification: 2-7x
  • Objective Lens: 32mm 
  • FOV: 6.4 – 22.3 ft @ 100 yds
  • Built: Fully multi-coated optics
  • NikoPlex Reticle
  • Another quality Nikon scope, the P-Rimfire BDC 150 offers quality optics and precise 1/4″ at 50 yard target style hand turn adjustments. It utilizes the BDC 150 which offers open circle aiming points at 50 and 150 yards, right in the sweet spot of any rimfire rifle.

This scope is specifically designed for the AR rimfire platform and the .22 lr. This rifle scope is compact and durable, making it a great choice for those of you that tend to be hard on your scopes. 

The Nikon P-Rimfire BDC is bright, clear, has a great eye relief, and it is repeatable on your rimfire. It is easy to sight in and Nikon also offers a cool ballistics app for your smartphone which you should check out. It is called Spot On. 

 A fantastic rifle scope for your .22lr or AR rimfire, the Nikon 2-7x32mm is a great scope for the price and has some solid reviews from users on Amazon. 

Final Thoughts – Best Scope For Rimfire Rifles

Rimfire rifles are an absolute blast and I’m fairly certain that you probably own a few of these rifles. Whether it is a .22 lr or a 17/.17 hmr, rimfire rifles are the most economic gun in the United States.

Ammunition is next to free, and you don’t need to spend a whole lot to get yourself a great rifle and scope combo. Are you looking for a great varmint gun, or perhaps a solid target shooting rifle? Get yourself a rimfire!

Not only are the rifle and ammunition very affordable, you can get yourself a good rimfire scope from Amazon for under $200. 

Now, time for a decision….the best scope for rimfire goes to Nikon. Both the Prostaff 3-9×40 and the P-Rimfire are good rimfire scopes for the money and you won’t be unhappy when yours arrives.

If you are trying to decide between the two, ask yourself what rifle you will be mounting it on and the purpose. If you want a slightly larger scope with more powerful magnification, then choose the Buckmasters.

If you want a the best rimfire scope for your .22 lr or an AR and don’t need the reach of the larger magnification, then choose the P-Rimfire BDC 150. It will be more compact, however, both will provide optical clarity built within a solid and durable tube. 

Stay safe, and happy shooting!


Nikon Buckmaster vs Pro Staff – [WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?]


There is a lot debate going on about the difference between Nikon Buckmaster vs Nikon ProStaff.

So what is the difference between the different Nikon optic lines?

Nikon builds high quality rifle scopes within 3 main product lines; Buckmasters II, Prostaff, and Monarch. I will provide you with information and reviews about the main differences between the product lines so that you can choose the best rifle scope for your needs. 

First Off, Why Nikon Optics?

Nikon builds high quality optics and precision rifle scopes and offers these products through a range of product lines at different price ranges.

Nikon is a leading provider of sporting optics and imaging products headquartered in Japan.  

The group of companies that combine to form Nikon can be traced all the way back to the early 1900s and some of their products include rifle scopes, cameras and lenses, binoculars, and spotting scopes.

Nikon consistently researches and develops technology to improve optical performance and measurement systems in order to deliver high quality products to its customers around the world. 

They offer entry level scopes for budget shooters all the way to superior precision scopes for series hunters and shooters.

Nikon’s biggest and best selling product line is their ProStaff line however they also produce high quality scopes under the Buckmasters II and Monarch lines.

Within each of Nikon’s series, they build rifle scopes with different features and magnifications including their popular BDC reticle. For example, the Nikon ProStaff 3-9×40 is likely one of their top selling scopes. 

When you purchase a Nikon optic it also comes with a Nikon’s lifetime warranty. This lifetime warranty is amazing. If you have any defects or anything wrong with your Nikon, you can send it it to get fixed and sometimes fully replaced.

Nikon Rifle Scopes Price Rating
Nikon Buckmaster II 3-9×40 $ Check Price
Nikon ProStaff 3-9×40 $$ Check Price
Nikon Monarch 4-16x42mm $$$ Check Price

Nikon ProStaff vs Buckmaster – The Differences

OK, so what is the difference between Nikon Buckmaster and ProStaff?

I have heard this question asked a lot. A lot of it has to do with price and which scope within each product line you are talking about.

So now I want to provide insight into the biggest differences between these scope series to help you make better and more informed decisions when buying a rifle scope.

Let’s start with the Nikon Buckmaster.

Nikon Buckmasters II

Nikon built their all new Buckmasters II series in recent years to enhance their product offering and upgrade the optics targeting serious hunters and shooters.

There are a few other older Nikon Buckmaster scopes, but​ today we are going to talk about the Buckmasters II.

The Buckmaster II is considered Nikon’s entry level optic behind the Prostaff.

All scopes in this line are under $200.

It’s optimized for those who are passionate about hunting deer. 

The Buckmaster II is Nikon’s most recent and well respected scope within the series and has an extremely bright field of view with a consistent eye relief, featuring 98% light transmission. 

The Buckmaster is waterproof, featuring Nikon’s BDC reticle, and comes with a lifetime manufacturers warranty. 

It has a consistent and comfortable 3.6″ of eye relief. 3.6″ of eye relief should be plenty and will give you great field of view (FOV) throughout the entire magnification range.

You should be able to zero this scope in less than 12 rounds using the right techniques and using a bore sight. Expect to hit the same target whether you are using 3x or 9x. 

With the right techniques and using a bore sight, you should be able to zero this scope in using less than 12 rounds and expect to hit the same target whether you are using 3x power or 9x. This scope is a good buy for the money and will compete with others that are double the price. 

The Buck masters II line only features two different scopes:

  • Nikon Buck masters II 3-9x40mm – built for short to mid range
  • Nikon Buck masters II 4-12x40mm​ – built for longer range

Nikon Pro staff

The Nikon Pro Staff series used to be the company’s budget line, and probably still is in some cases when comparing the bottom scope products in the Prostaff line.

There is a big variety of prices in this line ranging from $100 to $600.

Most are typically under $300 however there are certainly models that exceed this price range depending on the size of objective lens and magnification range all the way up to $600.

These scopes are more than enough for most hunters and shooters because of Nikon’s multicoated optics which helps with light transmission and clarity. 

You will probably not notice the difference when in Cabela’s or BassPro however a more serious shooter will be able to tell the difference when actually using the rifle scope.

There are three different series in the Prostaff product line with a variety of different scopes and price ranges in each series:

Series # of Scopes Price Range
Prostaff 14 $100-$230
Prostaff 5 23 $200-$600
Prostaff 7 10 $250-$500

The Prostaff I’m featuring today to compare the Buckmasters II with is the Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40mm

Key Differences Between Buckmaster vs Prostaff

  1. In low light conditions, the Prostaff is superior to the Buckmaster because you are looking through higher quality lenses with 98% light transmission versus 92% which enhances the clarity and brightness.
  2. Some also notice that they both perform equally at close distances such as under 150 yards and at the low end of the magnification range however if you compare the Buckmaster and the Prostaff at longer distances at the highest magnification range, you will get more clarity with the Prostaff.

For the price, the added clarity and light transmission that will give you and advantage in darkthirty might be worth the additional investment. 

  1. In the past, most people probably started out with the Prostaff series and will find that the scope is good for the price and suitable in most hunting conditions. But now with the Buckmaster II (priced under $100 on Amazon), people are now beginning to start out with the Buckmasters II.

If you find yourself at the range or out hunting with a friend who has mounted a Buckmaster, give it a try. Personal preference will be a contributing factor in determining which rifle scope is best for you.

The other thing I will recommend is looking for rifle scope sales. Often, Cabela’s and BassPro have competing sales in order to move their inventory.

Amazon does a great job in competing with these brick and mortar stores and I have consistently found better deals online.

Currently, Amazon is actually offering the Nikon Buckmaster II for cheaper than the Nikon ProStaff. Don’t ask me why. 

Comparing The Nikon Optic Lines

Nikon stands apart from its competition by focusing on the development of lens multicoating to enhance optical clarity and light transmission.

The company has, for instance, developed the technology to produce rifle scopes with up to 98% light transmission which allows the shooter or hunter to have superior clarity and ability to distinguish between different colors in low light conditions. On a side note, their ballistic match technology is a great tool. 

Nikon Buckmaster

The Nikon Buck masters II was developed from the Pro Staff however Nikon upgraded some of the core features and technologies to produce a slightly higher quality product for a fraction of the cost that is designed for serious hunters and shooters looking for the added optical precision and light transmission. 

Nikon Pro Staff

The Nikon Pro Staff series is suitable for most hunters and shooters looking for a good scope on a budget. Ranging from as low as $100 to as high as $600, these riflescopes offer fully multicoated optics with up to 98% light transmission with precise adjustment and will fit into anyone’s budget. They come with varying objective lenses, magnification, and with multiple reticle options. 

Nikon Monarch

Nikon Monarch series is the company’s premium product line that features their Ultra Clear Coat optical system and different Eye Box Technology which works to provide additional eye relief without sacrificing field of view. These rifle scopes are noticeably superior to the ProStaff models however you will pay a premium for the Monarch. 

Comparison Table

Nikon Buckmasters II Nikon Prostaff Nikon Monarch
Magnification 3-9x 3-9x 4-16x
Objective Lens 40mm 40mm 42mm
Exit Pupil 4.4-13.3mm 4.4-13.3mm 2.6-10.5mm
FOV 11.3-33.8 ft @ 100 yds 11.3-33.8 ft @ 100 yds 6.3-25.3 ft @ 100 yds
Tube Diameter 1 in 1 in 1 in
Eye Relief 3.6 in 3.6 in 4 in
Weight 13.1 oz 13.7 oz 19 oz
Length 12.3 in 12.3 in 13.5 in
MOA 80 80 40
Parallax 100 yds 100 yds 50 – infinity yds
Reticle BDC BDC Mildot
Light Transmission up to 92% up to 98% up to 95%
Price Range $100 – $150 $100 – $600 $250 – $1000

Conclusion Nikon ProStaff vs Buckmaster

Though the Prostaff and Buckmaster are nearly the same in every category, the biggest difference between the Nikon ProStaff vs Buckmaster is the additional light transmission (98% vs 92%) which is more desirable if you are shooting in low light conditions and want the advantage of optical clarity and brightness that it provides. They have also used higher quality lenses that lead to its superiority over the ProStaff. 

Whether you are looking for a good hunting rifle scope or one for the range, both the Buckmaster and the ProStaff will be sufficient. These scopes are both solid and worth the money as you are getting a better product when comparing it to competitors at the same price range. They are both suitable on a range of calibers including the .22 lr, 30-06, and .308. I even recommend these scopes on an AR 15 setup. 

Stay safe and happy shooting!


Best Budget Red Dot Sight For The Money – Top 5 Budget Red Dot Sights in 2021


It’s time to find the best budget red dot sights, but more specifically, the best red dots sights for the money.

There are always lots of options, but we’ve narrowed it down to the top budget red dot scopes on the market today that will give you the best bang for your buck

Some people are on a strict budget, but still want the advantage of having a red dot sight equipped on their favorite firearm.

Top 5 Budget Red Dot Sights For The Money

  • Bushnell Trophy TRS-25
  • Dagger Defense DDHB 
  • UTG 3.8″ ITA Red/Green
  • Field Sport Red and Green Reflex Sight
  • Ohuhu Red and Green Reflex Sight

We tested and reviewed several different budget red dot sights specifically for our AR rifles and we found these to be the best red dot sights for the money.

They maintained some quality, and were all under $100. Read our reviews of each budget red dot sight below!​

Best Budget Red Dot Sights For The Money in 2021- Top 5

​In no way are these red dots the best red dot sights out there, but what they provide are some of the best value. These are budget AR red dot sights and are some of the best red dot sights that money can by.

Best Budget Red Dot Sights Price Rating
Bushnell Trophy TRS-25

(Editor’s Choice)​

$ 4.3 / 5 Check Price
​Dagger Defense DDHB

(Editor’s Choice​)

$ 4.3 / 5 Check Price
UTG 3.8″ ITA Red/Green $ 4.2 / 5 Check Price
Field Sport Red and Green Reflex Sight $ 4.0 / 5 Check Price
Ohuhu Red and Green Reflex Sight $ 4.2 / 5 Check Price

About Red Dot Sights

Red dot sights are non-magnifying reflector (reflex) sights for firearms and any other devices which require aiming.

They offer extremely fast target acquisition and are very practical for hunting and target shooting as they allow the user to maintain field of view.

Note that you won’t be able to shoot as accurately as you would be able to with a high magnification rifle scope however you will be able to shoot much faster.

Everyone has seen red dots on military applications such as the M16 however they are becoming very popular with hunters and target shooters alike as they are affordable!

One of my greatest pastimes is using my rimfire AR with my nephew cleaning up gophers in the back 40.

Benefits of Using a Red Dot

  • No magnification – so you don’t have to worry about parallax or eye relief
  • Fast target acquisition – shooter is able to focus on field of view
  • Affordable – you can pick up a great quality red dot under $200, and can even find some good budget red dot sights for under $100
  • Tactical – these optics were built for the military and look great on ARs
  • Wide range of applications – red dots can be used on anything from pistols, shotguns, and rifles (ARs)

Drawbacks of Using a Red Dot

  • Battery powered – however some offer a very long life
  • Distance – you won’t be able to shoot 500 yards due to lack of magnification power.

Why Pick a Budget Red Dot Sight?

Red dot sights are great, but sometimes our budgets restrict our options.

And let’s be honest, a strict budget usually means that you aren’t able to get high quality products, especially when it comes to finding the best red dot scopes.

But nowadays it’s really common to find quality scopes for under $100. Even under $50 at times, depending on the scope.

Now, if you can afford more, I would recommend spending at least $200 on a red dot sight. The reason why is because it will last longer. A red dot scope up to $200 is made better and will last longer, especially with constant use on a rifle like an AR.

But if you truly can’t afford more than $100, there are some great deals out there and hopefully our list of the best low budget red dot sights will help make your decision.

Best Budget Red Dot Sights Reviews

1. Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 – Best Budget Red Dot Sight For The Money

Bushnell makes some of the highest quality entry level red dot sights on the market today and the TRS-25 is one of the best selling ones out there.

It mounts easily to any Weaver or Picatinny rail and the multi-coated optics will allow the shooter to see their target in low light conditions.

This guy is tough. It is 100 percent waterproof / shockproof / fogproof and the CR2032 battery is included and offers a long life if you remember to turn it off after use!

My first experience with the TRS 25 was when I was turkey hunting with my 12 year old son. I bought him a 20 gauge shotgun and added the red dot to create a better experience. It worked – the little guy is hooked!

Remember that this isn’t a $500 Aimpoint but this Bushnell TRS-25 is definitely worth the money.

This guy is tough. It is 100 percent waterproof / shockproof / fogproof and the CR2032 battery is included and offers a long life if you remember to turn it off after use!

My first experience with the TRS 25 was when I was turkey hunting with my 12 year old son. I bought him a 20 gauge shotgun and added the red dot to create a better experience. It worked – the little guy is hooked!

Remember that this isn’t a $500 Aimpoint but this Bushnell TRS-25 is definitely worth the money.

It’s high quality and is very durable. What’s nice is that it’s so tiny, I could put it on any of mr firearms, including a pistol.

In my opinion it is the best budget red dot sight that you can find for the money. For under $100, it’s a great buy.

2. Dagger Defense DDHB – Best AR Red Dot Sight For the Money Under $50

The Dagger Defense is another great budget red dot scope. For under $50, it’s a great deal to add to your AR, or any rifle for that matter.

It’s also one of Amazon’s best sellers when it comes to budget red dot sights. It’s advertised as a great red dot for an AR-15, AK47 or an M4, but honestly can be used for any rifle you need it for.

If you are on a strict budget, but still want an inexpensive red dot sight​, the DDHB is a good red dot for the money.

I tested the Dagger out on my AR-10. Out of the box it looked great. The sight looked like it was made of high quality, and felt durable. It felt much more expensive than its price tag.

The reticle was very bright with a great range and the brightness responded immediately when I would adjust the settings, a great sign in a budget red dot sight.

Once I sighted in the scope, the red dot stay center at 25 yards throughout the entire review. Holding zero is ALWAYS important and something you have to test when buying a budget red dot sight.

Also to note, I spent around 5 hours testing other sights, and accidentally left the  the Dagger on the whole time! To my surprise, the scope stayed bright and never faded that entire time on its battery.

Also something to mention, the customer support is great. I had a small issue with the crosshair shaped reticle after about 10 days or so​ 9of course, for all I know it could have been an issue the entire time as I hadn’t used the crosshair reticle yet). I was really happy because they sent me a new one and didn’t require me to send the other one back!

Overall, the Dagger is a great budget red dot sight, and for the money, it’s worth every penny.​

3. UTG 3.8″ ITA Red/Green Red Dot Sight – Best Budget Red Dot Sight Under $30

The UTG ITA is a great entry level red dot scope and a great choice for your first optic on an AR.

It detaches quickly to any Picatinny or Weaver style rail and comes with a riser adapter and a CR1620 battery.

I tested this UTG on one of my AR-15s and it has stood up to the test, surprisingly.

For under $30 this sight has done all that I can ask and continues to perform every time.

One main issue with some of the entry level red dots is battery life – remember to turn it off! With that being said, the UTG has a great battery life and will last you a while.

I put around 300 rounds through the AR throughout the test and it held zero. Even after I removed it and remounted it several times and even dropped it on the ground, it still held zero perfectly.

This is a very durable scope for its price. I always expect cheap cheap products and low quality with something under $30, but this passed all of my tests!

Truly one of the best budget red dot sights you can find.

4. Field Sport Red and Green Reflex Sight – Best Budget Red Dot Sight For The Money For a Rimfire

This is another best seller on Amazon. There are also thousands of reviews and still holds around a 4 star rating. That’s always a great sign, especially for a budget red dot scope.

The Field Sport was a great red dot sight to test out.​ It has 4 different reticle shapes and each shape can be displayed in either green or red.

Out of the box it seemed heavy duty and throughout the test it stayed that way. A very well made budget red dot sight.

The glass is high quality and the sight itself has really good eye relief.

I was very satisfied with how well it withstood my abuse.

I also have to mention how well it held zero. After a few hundred rounds, it still performed great and that’s all I can ask for.

The battery life is amazing. After all, it doesn’t take much juice to keep the dot glowing, but alway make sure you have a spare battery, just in case.​

I tested the Field Sport Reflex Sight on my .22LR. 

If you are looking for an inexpensive red dot with value, the Field Sport is a great option. 

5. Ohuhu Red and Green Reflex Sight – Best Budget Red Dot Sight Under $20

Any scope under $100 raises red flags, but when we get into the $20 dollar range, it should usually be avoided.

To my surprise, this isn’t the case for the Ohuhu red dot dot scope.​

I’ve used a lot of different inexpensive red dot sights, and this is one of the best budget red dots under $50. What’s crazy is it’s under $20, which makes this a great buy.

Right out of the box it felt like it was made with good quality for the price. 

The first thing I noticed was how bright it is. Even at mid range, the red dot illuminated nicely. 

There are four different red dot shapes and it is easy to switch from one shape to another. What I like is that you aren’t forced to use the ‘red’ dot. There is a green color dot as well, which can be easier on the eyes depending on the situation.

The adjustments were surprisingly responsive and easy to use as well.

Target acquisition is of course easy (as is the case with most red dot sights). My 12 yr old even did great. The glass is clean and clear and the reticle (all 4) were sharp didn’t distract from the target.

The Ohuhu Reflex Sight is a great scope if you are on a tight budget. Seriously, any scope under $20 is a steal, especially if it’s a good one, which this one is.

Final Thoughts – Best Budget Red Dot Sights

Red dot sights are becoming more and more popular. Technology has come so far that it has allowed even amateur hunters and shooters to purchase an AR Red Dot. They were originally built for the army and other tactical uses but are now available to everyday hunters! 

If you have the budget (or willing to save up for it), then buy the Aimpoint PRO Patrol Optic. This is one of the best AR 15 optics on the market. With an insane battery life and built to last construction, this red dot may actually outlast the shooter. This scope is still a fantastic purchase for the money. 

However not all of us have the budget for the Aimpoint. In that case, any of the bidget red dot scopes above are great choices for you and your AR. But if I had to choose one, the Bushnell TRS-25 is probably the best budget red dot scope for the money. 

Make sure to check out my post on how to sight in your rifle scope here. 

Stay safe and happy shooting.


How to shoot an AR 15 – Tips The Pros Use


The AR-15 is one of the most popular rifles in the gun world today, and for good reason.

And all people, from beginners to pro shooters, are buying or building their own AR-15’s every day.

But do you actually know how to shoot an AR-15?

When it comes to shooting different types of guns, there is some sense of consistency.

If you know how to shoot one gun, you could argue you can shoot a different gun more easily.

That being said, just because you can shoot one gun does not make you an expert at other guns instantly.

For instance, an AR 15 is going to shoot A LOT differently than a revolver.

A lot of the principals and safety rules are the same, this is true. However, many of the tips and techniques for shooting well will be VASTLY different.

How to handle the gun, and just the feel when a shot goes off is going to be different.

How To Shoot An AR-15

Learning how to shoot an AR 15 is going to be different than a basic handgun and different than shooting other rifles.

An AR 15 is a very fun rifle to shoot, and when you get good at shooting one, it is even more fun.

The bulk of this article is going to discuss different tips on how to shoot an AR 15.

Before we get to that though, let us discuss some of the facts and basic information about an AR 15.

Quick Info about the AR-15

Knowing the basics about any gun can help you better prepare and anticipate how it will shoot. It will also help you determine changes in your own shooting style you may need to make before shooting.

Overall, any knowledge you have before shooting a gun is going to help you on the range.

AR 15 rifles are a semi-automatic gun used often by police and military world wide.

They are lightweight, loud rifles that use magazines for holding bullets.

AR 15’s can be configured in many different ways, with many different attachments.

AR 15 stands for ArmaLite Rifle and are also considered “modern sporting rifles”.

AR 15’s are often used for various types of hunting and target shooting .

How to Shoot An AR 15 – Tips From The Pros

Knowing how to shoot an AR 15 like the pros will definitely help make you a more skilled and accurate AR shooter.

Here are 7 great tips to help you learn how to shoot an AR 15 rifle.

Tip #1: Use the Same Rifle

If you want to become really good at shooting a rifle you will want to shoot the same rifle every time you go out to the range or hunting.

If you can’t shoot the same gun every time, try to at least shoot the same one MOST of the time.

Getting to know your rifle, backwards and forwards will help you shoot better. Many great shooters have their FAVORITE gun that they shoot the best with, because it is super familiar to them.

The more familiar the rifle is, the easier it is going to be to shoot.

Note: The same can be said with the type of ammo you use in your rifle: use the same type of ammo every time you shoot.

Different ammo, shoots differently. While it is good to be well versed in various types of ammo, if you really want to become a good shot, using the same ammo will help you.

Tip #2: Have a Consistent, Proper Stance

Champion shooter Jerry Miculek says a consistent, proper stance is key for success.

He breaks holding an AR rifle down to four basic, important parts:

  1. Lead with the opposite foot of your main hand. (If you are right handed, lead with your left foot. If you are left handed, lead with your right.) Make sure the toe is pointed AT the target.
  2. When the AR 15 is raised in your hands, in shooting position, you should be holding it about a hand widths away from the opposite shoulder of your trigger hand. If you were to point the gun straight down at this it should be pointing at your lead foot.
  3. Make sure your weight is forward. Having your weight forward on that front foot, makes it so the force of the AR does not push you around when you are shooting. You also want to make sure that you knees are slightly bent. Jerry points out that bending your knees helps with managing the recoil of the gun and helps with a smoother shot.
  4. When you shoot, you want to bring the gin to you, not you to the gun. When you do down to the gun to shoot, you are compromising your shooting stance. This is especially true when you are moving and shooting.

Jerry explains that they key to shooting well is a consistent, strong shooting position. He believes you should practice your position over and over.

If you are having a bad shooting day, go back to your shooting stance and see what you are doing wrong. Often times making small adjustments can fix your bad day.

The position, mentioned above, is one he believes you use 95% of the time.

Tip #3: Have A Strong Rifle Hold

When learning the proper way to shoot an AR 15, having a strong V grip is important.

You want to make sure you are gripping the pistol grip high up. You also want to make sure your grip is centered at the point where your thumb and index finger meet.

Make sure your supporting hand is gripping the handguards of the AR 15 about half way down the rifle.

Note: You want to make sure to have a strong hold on the rifle, but not too strong. If you are white knuckling your gun it could cause you to shake, which could impede your accuracy when shooting.

A good, healthy grip though can aid in accuracy if you do not go overboard.

Tip #4: Choose a Proper Trigger

One of the great things about an AR 15 is that you can upgrade many of the stock parts that come on it.

One of these parts is the trigger.

Many amateurs, or inexperienced shooters will just stick with the trigger that comes on their gun when they buy it.

Some shooters do not even know you can replace their trigger with a new one.

Having a good, reliable trigger can be critical when shooting.

Make sure to do your research and choose a trigger that is highly recommended, and that you feel is best for you.

Having the proper trigger will make your trigger pull much smoother, which is very important when shooting an AR rifle.

Tip #5: Follow through with your shot

Learning how to shoot an AR 15 will be a lot easier if you follow through with your shot.

This means that when you shoot the rifle, you do not move, you do not flinch. You pull the trigger, let the bullet hit the target, and THEN you can move from your stance or go on to shoot another bullet.

Moving before the bullet hits the target or makes it down range, is NOT following through.

The more focused you are on your shot, the less movement you make, and the pause you take between shots makes a big difference in how well you will shoot.

For many following through seems like a basic and simple principle, but many do not actually practice it.

Even experienced shooters need to take the time to follow through.

It WILL make a difference.

Final Thoughts – How To Shoot An Ar-15

Shooting an AR 15 can be a lot of fun. It can be exhilarating. There is a reason it is an extremely popular gun among shooters.

Remember, the more you work at something, the better you will become.

By following and practicing these tips at the range you will learn how to shoot an AR 15 like the pros.

Stay safe and happy shooting!