Top 10 AR Scopes Under $750
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As I’ve said before, the question we get the very most is, “What scope should I buy for my AR15″. I decided to do a “Top 10″ list of AR15 scopes under $750. I’m doing the list in terms of price, starting from lowest to highest. I’m also trying to show the best scopes across the price range up to $750. Like I say a lot, “Not everyone has $1200 to spend on a scope” so what are the best buys out there? Above $750, anything you buy is going to be a great scope so you don’t really need to worry about it! Also, this list is only for “scopes”, not holographic or red dot sights. Comparing holographics like EOTech to magnifying scopes is apples and oranges… two different applications.
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Obviously a lot of things have changed since we originally published this post… And we realized it’s time for a serious update!
Top 10 AR Scopes Under $750
Too many people automatically assume that if you’re putting a scope on an AR15 that it must be a Trijicon or Leupold… or some combat grade scope. But the reality is that 97% of the AR15’s sold in America are for recreational use. ….. and most people don’t have, or don’t want to spend, a thousand dollars or more on an AR15 scope. So at the low price end of our list, we include the 3-9×42 Ultimate AR-15 Scope. We’ve sold thousands of these scopes over the last 5-6 years they’ve been on the market and they are a great choice for target shooting, plinking and hunting. This is the newer, Second Generation version and they improved some of the problems that they had with the earlier version.
It comes with everything you see here: 3-9×42 scope with mini red dot sight mounted on top. The integrated quick release mount makes it easy to attach to your rifle. You can pick up this scope for less than $200!
Now here’s the deal… you can’t get a totally awesome scope for less than $200 bucks… I don’t care who makes it. But this is a really good scope. There’s nothing out there that gives you the features and quality found in this little scope for the same price.
Additionally, it has a Lifetime Warranty on it.
Buy Now: $139.99
If you can’t spend more than $200 on a AR15 scope, then buy this Burris 2-7×35. It doesn’t have all the “Bells & Whistles” as the scope above, but I think it’s better quality and better optical glass. For the money, you just can’t beat this scope. I picked this scope because it covers just about all the bases for AR15 shooters. 2x is plenty fast for self-defense, tactical type shooting and then you can zoom up to 7x for longer range target shooting, plinking or hunting. I love the E1 Ballistic Plex Reticle. It provides hold-over points out to 500 yards along with cascading windage dots.
The eye relief, at 3 – 4 inches, is excellent for comfortable shooting and fast target acquisition. All Burris Scopes are covered by their “No Questions Asked – Forever Warranty”. Easy on the wallet, yet a top performer on your AR. The Burris Fullfield E1 2-7x is the best AR15 scope you can get for under $350 bucks!
Buy Now: $199.99
A lot of people are surprised to find out they can get into a Leupold scope without spending a ton of money. Leupold has been around for over 100 years and makes some of the best scopes available.
This Mark AR 1.5-4x is a great buy at only $299.99 for the Duplex reticle version. You can spend a bit more and get it with the illuminated FireDot-G SPR reticle – which I prefer.
The optical glass in this Leupold is better than the Burris shown above. Additionally, the P5 turret is calibrated to the 5.56/223 bullet making longer range shots easier. So for an extra $100 bucks you get better clarity and the bullet drop compensating turret.
You simply can’t beat this scope. Nikon offers their M223 scope, which is similar, but not as good as this Leupold. In this price range, this is the best choice of anything out there.
Buy Now: $299.99
The Burris AR-332 is one of my all-time favorite AR-15 scopes. It’s been called the “Poor Mans ACOG” and that’s probably a fitting title. It’s a fixed 3x magnification scope with a ballistic reticle for shots out to 600 yards. The reticle illuminates in red or green, but is visible (black) when not illuminated or you lose battery power – which means you aren’t dependent on batteries.
The Burris AR-332 has a few bad reviews based on the reticle being canted. I’ve sold thousands of these scopes and only had a few that had the canted reticle. Burris immediately replaced them. It also seemed to be more of a problem in 2010-2011 than it is now.
Target acquisition is super fast. It’s rugged, compact, and comes ready to mount directly on your AR-15 without any additional hardware. Gotta love that. If you want something giving you a little bit of magnification, but still keeping fast action CQB capability, the AR-332 should be a serious option. The Burris AR-332 is one of the best options for your AR15!
Buy Now: $319.00
First, the extra magnification. The difference between 4x and 6x is significant while the difference between 1x and 1.5x is barely noticeable. Second, the much larger objective lens makes this a lot brighter scope than the 1-4×24. 40mm objective lens compared to 24mm is quite a bit of additional light gathering.
The CQ reticle can illuminate in Red or Green – but is still visible without illumination. The cool thing about this reticle is that it’s calibrated to 5.56mm and 7.62mm – so it’s a great scope on your .308 or .223 – doesn’t matter. It gives you aiming points out to 600 yards so you can easily take the math or guess work out of longer range shots.
Buy Now: $399.99
Leupold’s Mark AR series feature Bullet Drop Compensation for .223/5.56 rounds and legendary quality and reliability. It comes with a MilDot or Duplex reticle, but it’s also available Leupold’s FireDot reticle for a little more money.
The Mark AR scopes are proof that you don’t need to spend a $1000 bucks for an AR15 scope. Leupold is known around the world for quality optics and you can put one of these on your gun for under $400 bucks. Lifetime Warranty, Superior Glass and Performance… you just can’t beat it.
Buy Now: $349.99
The English Longbow was a “Game Changer” of medieval warfare as it allowed the user to engage targets at long distance. In fact, the Longbow was the deciding factor in the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 by allowing the English to rain down arrows upon the French from up to 400 yards away. In modern times, the AH-64 Apache Longbow is the most advanced combat helicopter in the world because of it’s optics and targeting system. It’s a powerful machine, with awesome firepower, but without the optics and targeting systems, it’s effectiveness would be severely limited.
Your tactical rifle is much the same… it has a lot of potential, but it takes the right optics package to realize the full potential of your rifle. Our Longbow Tactical Targeting Systems are designed to dominate targets out to the maximum range of your rifle by combining a Mini Reflex Sight on top of a Magnified Scope. From short range to long range, and anything in-between, you will have superior targeting capability and therefore, the tactical advantage of any situation!
Buy Now From: $499.99
I’m a big fan of the Leupold VX-R scopes. I think they are the best scopes available in the $500 – $800 price range. You just won’t get better quality glass and performance – for the price – from anything else. Like I said earlier, I think the 2-7x magnification range is perfect for most AR shooters. This version of the VX-R 2-7x has the Long Range FireDot Reticle.
The Leupold VX-R scopes look great on your AR with their sleek, low profile lines. But there’s a lot more than just good looks. The premium glass and Index Matched Lens provide razor sharp images under any lighting condition.
I love the reticle and the motion sensing illumination (same on all VX-R scopes) is a cool feature… basically the reticle illuminates when you pick up the gun and turns off when you put it down. Pretty cool!
Buy Now: $519.99
Now I take the next step up in the short 1-4x type scopes for the AR15. I love the Leupold VX-R line of scopes. I think they are some of the best scopes – if not THE best scopes – in the $500 to $800 price range. Leupold’s VX-R Patrol series includes a 1.25-4×20 and a 3-9×40 model.
I’m showing the 1-4x model here, but if you want more magnification, the 3-9×40 is an awesome choice. You can do the same thing with it as we did with the Longbow package and mount a mini red dot on top. The 3-9x model features Leupold’s TMR reticle – which we’re big fans of.
The VX-R Patrol Scopes have a more “tactical” look than the regular VX-R scopes, but the quality between the two is the same. This 1.25-4x scope features the FireDot SPR reticle which provides fast targeting at any magnification setting. As its name implies, the 1.25-4x is a great choice for a law enforcement patrol rifle.
Buy Now: $599.99
I really liked Burris’ XTR line, but I’m even a bigger fan of the XTR II series…. Even Better Quality and More Magnification. It seems like scope magnification has been pretty well set for the last decade. And it’s radically changing ever year now. We’re seeing wider and wider magnification ranges – and getting away from the need of putting a red dot on top. We’re at the point now where one scope will just about do anything you need.
This XTR II ups the magnification to 5x and features Ballistic 5.56 reticle which is probably one of my favorites. The reticle is a Horse-shoe dot with holdover points out to 1000 yards. It’s very fast, very usable, but very clean at the same time. The XTR’s have exceptional glass and you almost forget you’re even looking through a scope. This XTR II is about $100 more than the Leupold VX-R Patrol, but I feel like it’s well worth it because of the true 1x capability and the extra magnification (5x).
Buy Now: $749.99
Conclusion:I hope this gives you more insight into the murky topic of AR15 scopes. It’s really hard, if not impossible, to define what is the BEST scope for the AR15. There’s some great scopes out there for less than $200. As I always say, you don’t have to spend $1200 to get a great scope. If your life depends on a scope, $1200 is cheap! But most people’s lives don’t depend on their tactical scope so I’ve tried to include other options as well. Please comment and give your opinions of my list. I’d like to get your feedback. Check out the AR Scopes page on our website!
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