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Do You Scope Your AR?

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    I use a 1-4 power scope on one rifle , and RDSon another. The 1-4 seems just a quick to get a sight picture as the RDS.The RDS advantage is odd shooting positions are much easier to still get a sight picture quickly or at all.
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    If I had only one, no. But I have three and all three are naked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    My Armalite AR-10 7.62X51mm has a Burris XTR 3X-12X-50mm. My Armalite M-15 A4 Target has a Burris AR332 which is a fixed 3X scope with a reticle that is black or can be red or green with the battery on. My other three AR-15s have iron sights only.

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    My AR is for self-defense, not long range sniper fire. I do have a 1X red dot.
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    3 ARs and all are scoped.
    2 with 10.5in barrels carry illuminated 1-4s with BUIS.
    And one .308, 18in (soon to be 14.5in) barrel carries a 2.5-10

    If I only had one then definitely I would scope it.
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    If you only have ONE AR, then 50/50 red dot or irons. Red dot if you like them, irons if you do not. But always have BUIS. I have shot some great groups at 200 yards with a red dot on a skinny 16" barreled Colt. My 300BLK carries a Primary ARMS 1-6 Scope that is one of the best types to use on an AR. At one power it acts like a red dot and zoom up you have a BDC reticle, which is great out to 400 to 600 yards.
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    My first AR15 does not have a scope, it has a red dot for home defense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drift View Post
    I have the 1x4 on my lever. I love the circle. Again, I wish I had gotten the illuminated. The one the guy had on his AR was a 2x7. It worked.

    The green is considerably more expensive no? Why green over the red?
    I think the green firedot was the only option available when I bought it 5 or so years ago. I have plenty of other sights with red dots. Also, for reference, over the past decade or so, I have tried the following optics on AR style rifles:

    Aimpoint H-1
    Aimpoint PRO
    Aimpoint Comp M3
    Burris AR-332
    Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 4.5-14x scope
    Bushnell 1-4x AR FFP scope with throw down lever
    Eotech 512
    Leupold Mark AR 1.5-4x with Firedot SPR
    Millett DMS 1-4x scope
    Trijicon ACOG 4x
    Vortex HS LR 2.5-10x scope
    Vortex SPARC
    Vortex Strikefire
    Iron sights of various configurations

    So, it isn't like I don't appreciate other kinds of optics. My HD gun has an aimpoint on it, with fixed lower 1/3 cowitnessed irons. But, if I could only have one AR, I would want it to be able to fill the gap of a 0-500 yard rifle, and my experience has led me to believe a low powered (1-4x or 1-6x) scope is the best way to get that. I also run folding BUIS under the scope, so that option is there in case of catastrophic failure of the scope (its a good idea to use mounts that can be removed without tools too).
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    I have two SPRs with a scope.

    I have a Carbine with a scope.

    I have a 6.5 Grendel with a scope.




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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye .45 View Post
    I think the green firedot was the only option available when I bought it 5 or so years ago.
    So, it isn't like I don't appreciate other kinds of optics. My HD gun has an aimpoint on it, with fixed lower 1/3 cowitnessed irons. But, if I could only have one AR, I would want it to be able to fill the gap of a 0-500 yard rifle, and my experience has led me to believe a low powered (1-4x or 1-6x) scope is the best way to get that. I also run folding BUIS under the scope, so that option is there in case of catastrophic failure of the scope (its a good idea to use mounts that can be removed without tools too).
    Thanks buckeye .45.

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    My primary use for my AR is on-duty Patrol Rifle. Aimpoint T-1. At my age it is all about lightweight.............
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    I put a scope on my AR because I justified to my wife as a hunting rifle and have used it that way. But wouldn't mind having a red dot handy in case my needs for it change.
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    Nope. Reflex and BUIS only.

    My scope is on my .308.
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    I really like mine with the Firedot BDC reticle. Best part is it weighs in at 14oz, which is considerably lighter then some other 1-6X scopes. Here's a pretty good video that gives an idea of the versatility of a low powered zoom on an AR:



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