Choosing the best scope for your AR-15 rifle is a lot easier than it sounds. The only thing you need to think about here is application – how you intend to use the rifle and for what purposes. Although price usually plays a key part in deciding which scope you choose for your rifle, below are some of the best ones you should consider.
Burris MTAC Riflescope 1-4x24mm
The MTAC Riflescope 1-4x24mm from Burris was originally designed for close quarters combat but it gradually became a very popular option among hunters as well. The scope comes in Ballistic CQ and Ballistic AR reticles, and the attachment is available in a lot of finishes as well. The matte-black version of MTAC Riflescope features illumination, 1-4x magnification, and eye relief of 3.5 to 4 inches.
Leupold VX-Freedom 1.5-4×20
The VX-Freedom line from Leupold is compatible with a number of options, from hunting rifles to muzzleloader rifles. The 1.5-4×20 scope best suits the AR-15 with its high quality and versatility. Its features include scratch-resistant lenses, a 3:1 zoom ratio, and waterproofing. The second focal plane present in the internals of the VX-Freedom1.5-4×20 is made from 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum material. Overall, the rifle scope is well-made and promises high durability and stability.
Crimson Trace CTL-5108 5 Series Tactical Riflescope 1-8x28mm
The CTL-5108 5 Series Tactical Riflescope 1-8x28mm from Crimson Trace is specifically designed for shorter range tactical applications. It has a first focal plane optic, featuring a custom SR1-MIL reticle for quick target acquisition and better accuracy. The multi-coated ED glass offers the scope exceptional clarity while its adjustable turrets offer precise and defined clicks. The rifle scope also has an illumination range of 11x during the daytime and 3x at night.
Riton RTS MOD 7 1-8×28 IR-T
The RTS MOD 7 1-8×28 IR-T from Riton was originally designed by the company while working with retired Navy SEAL Team Sniper Charlie Melton, who vouches for the top grade rifle scope. The AR optic is made from 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum material and is purged and sealed with dry Argon which makes it highly durable and reliable in any weather condition. It also features capped turrets, a fast-focus eyepiece, and different daylight brightness settings.
Bushnell AR Optics 1-4×24
The AR Optics 1-4×24 from Bushnell is an affordable yet highly reliable AR-15 scope with a very high cost to quality ratio for the price. It comes with precise turret click adjustments and multi-coated glass for crisp and clear sight even in low-light conditions. It also allows smooth zoom operation and has three different reticule choices in both first and second focal plane models. The price of a Bushnell AR Optic 1-4×24 can range from $199 to $399.