The reason you have landed on this page is that you have bought your AR 15 and now you are confused as to which optic is best for your rifle. Well, you are not alone as AR 15 is the most popular rifle of the United States and almost all the optics are built keeping in mind the design of AR 15. And instead of probing you to go for a brand, the information here is generic and is truly dedicated to educating you as to which optic is the best for your AR 15. Now, the thing is that AR 15 is used for multiple purposes and one scope cannot possibly fulfill all the needs. But, if you are using your rifle for home defense or hunting or target practice, then below are the elegance and precision features that the best AR 15 scopes must display:
Elegance and precision features that the best AR 15 scopes must display: Before we actually go into the details, I want to break the myth when it comes to everyone’s mind, which is the bigger the scope, the better! Well, if you know your rifle well, you must know that AR 15 contains 556 mm ammo and it is designed to shoot within the 500 yards distance. If you shoot farther, the impact is reduced. Hence, to shoot in that range, 1-4 X scope is enough. The bigger scope is good for precision but it also adds weight and is expensive.
So, for precision and elegance, here are the best features to look for in AR 15 scopes:
- Multi-Coated/ thick layered scopes: Most of the modern scopes are
thicklayers with a coating to protect your scope from glare and light emission. If your scope is glared or is exposed to too much light, the image projected from the scope will be dark and blurry, hence it is essential that your scope is either fully multi-coated or at least multicoated. The AR 15 scopes are thickly layered from air to glass surfaces when you choose a fully multi-coated scope. And in multi-coated scope, at least one side of the lens is thick layered.
- Waterproof, shockproof and fog proof Scope: When you purchase a scope, make sure that it is waterproof, shockproof and fog proof. The reason to it is when you are using AR 15 for hunting or home defense, it is essential that your scope is not blurred with the dew or water droplets or fog. The other thing that needs to be checked is that you need to make certain that the scope can sustain normal shocks and bumps of the rifle and it does not fall off after 100 rounds or so.
- Magnification, battery life, and warranty: It is better to choose a 1-6 X variable magnification scope to take an elegant and precise shot with your AR 15.1 X is useful for home defense and close combat encounters while 4-6 X can be used to get better precision in long-distance targets of hunting or target practice. Most of the scopes nowadays come with a warranty but the smartness is in checking what the warranty covers. Also, make sure that scope has better battery life. Some of the best scopes have an AA battery that lasts up to 8 years. So, instead of getting lured into traps, make sure that no matter which brand optic you choose, they have these features or at least the most of it to get the most elegant and precise scope for your AR 15.