The coolest black rifle on the planet is nothing more than ballast if you can’t hit anything with it.

Where once the state of the art was iron sights that were ramp adjustable for elevation, nowadays the revolution in miniaturized electronics has perched some of the most extraordinary aiming devices atop our firearms — next-gen sights that almost guarantee hits if you do your part.

Today’s reflex and red-dot sights offer fast aiming with holographic reticles, while traditional scopes offer versatile magnification ranges and illuminated reticles with bullet-drop-compensating stadia lines.

Sound overwhelming? Fret not, for we’ll break down each new sight and optic available and explain what it’s good for and why you need it. This guide also covers all the big players in the industry, from Aimpoint and Trijicon to Burris and Leupold

Check out the gallery above for some of the most remarkable next-gen sights and optics being released in the firearms industry in 2015.

For more information on the next-gen sights and optics mentioned in the gallery above, please visit the following websites:

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