The Micro T-2 red-dot sight features a new housing that allows for the use of flip covers and features beefed-up turret protection and internal electronic components. The reticle is a 2-MOA red dot with a variety of illumination settings: four settings for night vision and eight daylight settings. At only 3.7 ounces, it is super lightweight. It is also compatible with night-vision and magnifying devices.
The Q14 TIMM 336 from Armasight is a compact, long-wave infrared multifunctional thermal imaging monocular (LIMTIM). The unit uses digital contrast correction to optimize the image even where a variety of contrast levels occur, depending on scene temperature. The Q14 TIMM 336 is compatible with both visible and IR laser pointers and can be mounted to a weapon or helmet as needed.
Developed for short- to mid-range shooting, the AR6 1-6x24mm rifle scope features a 30mm tube design and fully coated optics. This provides high light transmission and a bright, crisp image. Barska’s 30/30 duplex-style reticle rounds out the package and illuminates in either red or green. It is powered by one CR2032 battery, and flip-up lens caps and a cantilever mount are included.
Burris is offering AR Tactical Kits that include a quality prism sight and either a secondary red-dot sight or an AR Tripler, plus mounts, all packaged in a rugged carry case. The AR-332 Tactical Kit features a Burris AR-332 featuring 3x magnification and the Ballistic CQ reticle. An Anti-Reflection Device reduces reflection and glare. The included FastFire II red dot reflex sight provides a 4-MOA dot with an automatic brightness sensor that adjusts to any lighting condition. It can be positioned on top of the AR-332 for fast target acquisition and close-range engagement.
Designed to allow proper eye alignement with an AR, the TRS-25 HiRise from Bushnell comes with a riser block that positions the TRS-25 at the optimal height when mounted on an AR-15 flattop rifle. It features a 3-MOA red dot with 11 brightness settings and multi-coated optics to enhance light transmission. It is waterproof, fogproof and shockproof, and an included one-piece rubber cover protects both lenses.
Featuring a 5-MOA dot reticle with an automatic brightness adjustment that adjusts illumination based on variable light conditions, the Bushnell First Strike HiRise reflex sight delivers when it counts. An included riser block elevates the sight to proper eye level when mounted on a flattop AR carbine or rifle. The integrated base allows the optic to be quickly mounted on a Weaver-style base or Picatinny rail. Included is a protective hood that covers the sight.
Made of 6061-T6 aluminum with a hardcoat anodized finish, the Micro Mount gives users a rock-solid mount at the correct height for their Aimpoint Micro sights. Two mounting options allow users to set up this mount for an absolute co-witness (1.5 ounces) or include the magnesium spacer (1.8 ounces) for a lower-third co-witness with iron sights. Daniel Defense machines all the sharp edges on the mount so it’s totally snag-free.
The 1.5-6x32mm Widow Maker scope from Dead Ringer features a second-focal-plane, glass-etched reticle, a fast-focus ocular and fully multi-coated lenses. The 8.9-inch-long scope has lockable turrets that offer 0.5-MOA click adjustments. Finally, the reticle is illuminated for superior sighting in a variety of lighting conditions.
The SpecterTR is very unique in the world of rifle optics, as it offers three field-of-view options in one sight, making it effective in close-range situations, mid-range scenarios and for long-range shooting. A switch on the side of the SpecterTR unit allows an operator to go from any of the three fields of view instantly.
The 518 Holographic Weapon Sight (HWS) features a quick-release base, side-button functionality and is powered by commonly found AA batteries. The unit is compatible with the EOTech’s magnifier and the company’s proprietary laser battery caps. The 518 weighs 13.3 ounces and is 5.5 inches in length.
Use the 558 Holographic Weapon Sight (HWS) if you intend to use night-vision devices. The 558 is compatible with Gen I thru Gen III night-vision devices and features a quick-locking mount. The side-mounted buttons allow for easy operation of the sight, with 20 daylight settings and 10 additional settings for night-vision devices.
The K16i is a fast-targeting 1-6x24mm compact scope with a huge field of view. At 1x power, the field of view is 127 feet, and at 100 yards and 6x power the field of view is 20.1 feet. The K16i uses a second-focal-plane reticle, so it does enlarge as the power is turned up. Four reticle styles are available. The SI 1 and SM 1 reticles offer unobstructed views above the horizontal strata, and they are equipped with an illuminated donut and dot for close-up work. The vertical strata has graduated tick marks for more precise elevated aiming marks.
The unique 6x20mm D-EVO (Dual-Enhanced View Optic) is Z-shaped to allow the unit to be paired and mounted behind a reflex, holographic or red-dot sight without obstructing the view. In the field, shooters can quickly shift their focus from the 1x view of the red-dot sight to the 6x precision optic of the D-EVO.
The P7 combat sight offers fixed 4x magnification with a wide field of view and a glass-etched P7 reticle for fast close- to mid-range aiming and compatible with night vision. Constructed of cast aluminum with a rubber armor coat, the P7 runs on one AA battery. The built-in mount is designed for correct eye alignment when mounting on an AR platform.
This unit combines the DCH Gen 2 Carry Handle with a dot sight. The rear of the carry handle has a short Picatinny rail for mounting other accessories like lights or lasers. Weighing 9.1 ounces, the 6.9-inch handle attaches to any flattop receiver via quick-release levers.
The 4-16x42mm F1 ATACR (Advanced Tactical Riflescope) offers extreme optical quality, clarity and performance in a compact package that is just 12.6 inches long. The first-focal-plane reticle uses Digillum illumination, and four reticle options are offered: Horus H59, Horus TReMor3, MIL-R F1 and MOAR F1. The scope’s eyepiece uses an integrated Power Throw Lever for super-fast magnification changes.
The Viper is a short-range night-vision system designed to be affordable and reliable. The Viper uses an integral 3.4-inch LCD screen and infrared illumination differently than traditional light amplification technologies to deliver crisp, ultra-clear night vision, regardless of ambient light conditions. It allows target identification up to 110 yards away while a video jack enables recording.
The Pinnacle 1-6x24mm AAC first-focal-plane riflescope features a red/green illuminated CDC-300 reticle calibrated for 300 BLK ammunition. The rugged Pinnacle can take 800 Gs of recoil force, so you know it is one tough customer. The unit’s one CR2032 battery will run the scope’s reticle for 30 to 1,000 hours depending on the illumination setting.
The ISMS (Ideal Scope Mounting System) design provides a rock-solid Picatinny-style mounting platform for accessories and clear visibility of the turrets. This mount features a 10-degree leveling wedge, four numbered and indexed Torx-head screws, a built-in level to indicate any cant and seven to eight mounting surfaces for accessories. It is constructed from a single piece of solid billet 7075-T651 aluminum.
The aluminum Trijicon RMR (Rugged Minature Reflex) LED sight is now available with a 1-MOA dot reticle with eight brightness settings. The sight can automatically adjust to light conditions or it can also be manually adjusted via side buttons. The Trijicon RMR is powered by one CR2032 battery.
Have the need for a scope to play multiple range roles? The UTG 1-8x28mm CQB/MRC scope offers 1x power for close encounters and up to 8x magnification for distance. Built on a 30mm tube, the scope is compact and lightweight. The illuminated, glass-etched, circle-dot reticle offers 36 different color choices and adjustable brightness settings.
Rugged and tough, the KASPA 1.5-6x32mm scope features a one-piece tube, 0.25-MOA click value adjustments at 100 yards and a fully multi-coated lens. Located in the second focal plane is the illuminated Tactical Ballistic-X (TBX) glass-etched reticle that is powered by one CR2032 battery.
A generation ago, an optic on a battle rifle was uncommon.
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As optic technology evolved to produce rugged, dependable and consistent glass, the AR platform has benefited tremendously. This has helped make an AR in either a carbine or rifle configuration more effective up close though the use of red dots and reflex sights.
With compact, low-power scopes, close- to mid-range shooting is fast and accurate. At distance, optics can help squeeze out all of your AR’s performance potential.
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For more information on the optics and mounts featured in the gallery above, please see visit the following websites:
- Aimpoint Micro T-2: aimpoint.com; 877-246-7646
- Armasight Q14 TIMM 336 (60Hz): armasight.com; 888-959-2259
- Barska AR6 1-6x24mm: barska.com; 888-666-6769
- Burris AR-332 Tactical Kit: burrisoptics.com; 970-356-1670
- Bushnell TRS-25 HiRise: bushnell.com; 800-423-3537
- Bushnell First Strike HiRise: bushnell.com; 800-423-3537
- Daniel Defense Aimpoint Micro Mount: danieldefense.com; 866-554-4867
- Dead Ringer Widow Maker: deadringerhunting.com; 585-355-4685)
- ELCAN SpecterTR 1-3-9x 3FOV: elcan.com
- EOTech Model 518: eotech-inc.com; 888-368-4656
- EOTech Model 558: eotech-inc.com; 888-368-4656
- Kahles K16i: kahles.at; 866-606-8779
- Leupold D-EVO: leupold.com; 800-563-7653
- LUCID P7: mylucidgear.com; 307-840-2160
- NCStar DCH Gen 2 Carry Handle & Dot Sight: ncstar.com; 866-627-8278
- Nightforce Optics 4-16x42mm F1 ATACR: nightforceoptics.com; 208-476-9814
- NiteSite Viper: nitesite.com
- Sightmark Pinnacle 1-6x24mm AAC: sightmark.com; 817-225-0310
- Spuhr ISMS Scope Mount: spuhr.biz
- Trijicon RMR RM09 Reflex: trijicon.com; 800-338-0563
- UTG 1-8x28mm CQB/MRC Scope: leapers.com; 734-542-1500
- Weaver KASPA Tactical 1.5-6x32mm: weaveroptics.com; 800-379-1732
Combining a classic 5.56mm design with cutting-edge performance!
by Richard Johnson / Sep 14, 2015