There are several reasons you might need a high-quality optic scope for your AR rifle:
• Property or Home Defense
• Protecting Livestock
• Competition Shooting
• Big Game Hunting
• Small Game for Food
There are so many different brands and models to choose from when looking for the best AR-15 scope, that it is sometimes overwhelming.
These are our 5 choices for what we consider the best AR optics under $1,000:
1. Leupold 113769 VX-R Patrol Rifle Scope
2. Trijicon MRO-C-2200004 2.0 MOA Adjustable Red Dot Sight
3. Nikon P-223 BDC 600 Rifle Scope
4. Aimpoint Carbine Optic ACO Sight
5. Sightmark Ultra Shot M-Spec Reflex Sight
Our best recommendation for choosing an AR-15 rifle scope is take your time and research the different scopes. You need a good match between the rifle scope and how you plan to use it.
This versatile and dependable rifle scope comes from a company that knows its tactical accessories. Fifth-generation American family owned, Leupold & Stevens, Inc. started making precision optical accessories over 100 years ago.
With a design used primarily for AR-type patrol rifles, the 113769 VX-R is popular with law enforcement. You get a nominal 1.25 to 4-power magnification with a DiamondCoat anti-scratch lens coating.
Daylight-capable illumination and the Leupold patented 1-button design trims down the bulk found in many optic scopes. The eight intensity levels of the VX-R Patrol give the shooter great sighting options by pushing a button.
If you’re looking for a great short-range scope, the Leupold Patrol makes a fantastic addition to your tactical gear.
The Miniature Rifle Optic (MRO) maximizes viewing using a tapered light path. Trijicon’s MRO has better situation alertness through eight adjustable brightness settings and mid-position offsetting. The easy to set brightness adjusters to deliver positive-click reticle movement without using specialized tools.
Get amazing clarity, light gathering, and a clear dot reticle without distortion using multi-coated glass lenses.
Rounding out the Trijicon MRO’s high-quality features is a 7075 aircraft-grade aluminum housing. The protective scope construction lets the MRO-C-2200004 2.0 stand up to the toughest conditions.
Fully multicoated lenses with 100 to 600-yard hash marks with open circle aiming to compensate for bullet drop. A second bullet drop compensation comes by using Rapid Action Turrets and dialing in the distances. This dial-in distance covers a range of 100-600 yards making long range shooting quick and easy.
Along with the rugged build, the Aimpoint Carbine has two MOA red dot alongside nine brightness settings. You get all-distance accuracy with top targeting acquisition speed in this cutting-edge sporting scope.
Aimpoint’s exclusive ACET technology provides one full year of battery power from a single DL1/3N. Add the completely waterproof housing of the Carbine, and you have an AR-15 scope that handles all shooting environments.
With the full accessory line and high-quality, rugged build, you have one great AR optic at an entry level price.
Excellent durability comes from the magnesium alloy housing while the 1,000-hour battery keeps you shooting with confidence. The shock-proof framing protects the sight from .50 caliber recoil while the hood shields it from the impact.
Waterproof submerged to 40-feet, the Sightmark Ultra remains dry no matter the environment. A parallax-corrected, dual-pane glass lens keeps the Ultra accurate from 10-yards to infinity.