There are a plethora of different optics that you could invest in, depending upon what you need your firearm to do. There are optics for long-range shooting as well as ones designed for close quarters combat. Either way, this short list is designed to help you get started down the path to choosing the right one for your application.
Although these are the most ‘basic’ of sights when it comes to technology, they are by no means less effective. As the name implies, these sights use a bright red (or green) dot that illuminates on your given target. Regardless of the shooter’s eye position, these sights provide a reliable and stable aiming point every time.
Of these ‘genres’ of sights, one of the best, is the Aimpoint Micro TI. It is on the expensive side, as far as red dot sights go. Then again, it is currently one of the most highly rated red dot sights on the market. This is due to the fact that it is extraordinary small and very light, yet does the job of other bulkier more complex sights. This is key as the size and weight of your weapon has great bearing on both your comfort and your shooting success. The Aimpoint has 6 brightness settings as well as 7 daylight settings to help you customize your red dot to get the best use from it.
Slightly more complex than the red dot sight, holographic sight systems project a reticle (or a dot) over the target. When the shooter aligns the weapon with the chosen target, holographic systems automatically superimpose the reticle onto your target making it almost effortless to take the ideal shot.
Even though they’ve come under some heat as of late, EOTech’s system is second to none. Celebrated by many in the shooting world as one of the best, EOTech has created an almost flawless sight that is very user friendly. Not only is it easy to both mount and dismount, but the reticle itself is clear and accurate.
If you’re planning on doing any long-range target practice or hunting, you’ll need a decent optic to mount atop your rifle. In fact, some have said that you usually pay more for your scope, than you do for the gun itself. There are too many long-range optic manufacturers to list, but you really can’t go wrong with something made by NighForce or Leupold.
There are countless optics out there for you to choose from. The most important thing, is that you choose one that suits your needs. And, obviously, you don’t want to buy more optic than you’ll need. So, when you decide to buy, make sure you check out the latest reviews to ensure that you’re getting the best one that your hard-earned money can buy. And, happy shooting.