When buying a scope for your rifle, as with most other things, the more you pay the more you get and so although a good scope could cost you $1300 or more, do you really need the long range precision, lightweight portability or the versatility of a telescopic scope? You should therefore decide the purpose you will be buying the scope for and then buy one that suits only that purpose and in doing so, will save yourself a lot of money or, at least could do.
The AR 15 is perhaps one of the most popular rifles available today and when you view AR 15 Scopes, you will see that there are many, some of which serve certain purposes whilst others serve a different purpose and the prices could reflect that. As well as serving different purposes, there is also the quality of the optic to consider and whilst of course the more expensive scopes may have better optics, many of the cheaper ones have optics that are of a high enough quality to serve your intended purpose.
The US Army use a scope which costs less than $1000 and it has been used effectively in Afghanistan, Iraq and other world- wide hot spots. This scope is the Aimpoint Comp M4 and whilst proven to be precise, it is also durable, making it an ideal choice for rugged combat use. Also costing less than $1000 is the Leupol VXR Patrol which, due to its versatility in being able to switch from long range use to short range use with the flick of a switch, has proven useful for the police forces. A scope which has been specifically designed for marksmen and yet costs less than $1000 is the TrijiconAccupower.
Not all military and law enforcement agencies around the world spend so much on their scopes as many opt to use the EOTech 512 which costs less than $500. Although less expensive, this is a scope that has proven its worth with over 10 years’ service in various military units around the world. Another popular scope which costs less than $500 is the Aimpoint Pro Patrol which is liked because whilst being able to offer precision, it is still small enough for speedy use. For those that intend to only use a scope in close quarters, the Burris AR-332 has become quite popular and that too costs less than $500.
Although many people think that paying less than $200 for a scope will not provide them with precision, the Vortex Strikefire may prove them wrong whilst the Bushnell TRS 25, also costing less than $200, has many of the additional features found on larger scopes. A scope that has been especially designed for hunters and costs less than $200 is the Simmons ProSport. This scope has a 40 mm objective lens and cross hairs to provide the hunter with the ability to hunt both game and predators alike. One of the more popular scopes which only costs $70, is the BSA Tactical Weapon Scope which is surprisingly good considering its price.