Scope choice for AR or maybe AK


October 2, 2005, 11:22 PM
What is a good brand for a 1.5-6X scope for an AR flattop? I was trying to avoid a fixed power scope if I had a choice. Actually, I was thinking of trying it on my VEPR to see what I could do. It would likely end up swapping for the EOTech on my AR.

I was looking at and it looks like the Leopolds in that category are up there in price, and I don't have any idea of what other brands would be dependable. I have heard of the ACOGs but what I have seen of them are very expensive. I don't think my wallet is in that category right now. I notice the basic 3-9X's are cheaper so that is an option I guess. Anyone have any thoughts on a good choice?

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Don't Tread On Me
October 3, 2005, 12:01 AM

October 3, 2005, 12:04 AM
I have a Bushnell Trophey 1.75-4x on my Saiga, was only $99 at Cabela's. Works fine so far! plenty of magnification for most things and low enough power to get a wide picture.

October 3, 2005, 01:21 AM
Benny Hill Special:

Simmons ProDiamond Shotgun Scope

October 3, 2005, 10:03 AM
Thanks for the responses. I'll look at those later on. (sites are blocked at work)

My Dad has used Simmons and thinks they are decent enough. Not sure if I would trust it or not. I would rather look at others first.

October 3, 2005, 10:15 AM
I like the Trijicon Accupoint, got one on my FNC. The eye relief is a bit longer than the ACOG so you will need either a rail handguard or one of those La Rue extended mounts.

Costs only half as much as an ACOG and has variable power.

October 3, 2005, 11:58 AM
I too was skeptical of simmons but this one was recommended by Benny Hill and other 3gunners on the enos forums. I figured it is only $50 and it could be a good back up scope. Cannot tell the difference between the quality of this (construction and lens) to any ~$200-400 scopes I have used. It is my primary optic until the Mueller CQB comes out and then it will be my backup.

October 3, 2005, 10:25 PM
boofus, I appreciate the thought, but that one is way outside my price range right now. If I had that cash, I would probably just buy a RRA AR.

That Simmons may be worth a try to get started. The price is hardly a blip on the radar. The bushnell is not much more.

Bartholomew Roberts
October 3, 2005, 10:50 PM
Leupold makes a 1-4x shotgun scope that you can get into for around $200-300. It also makes a very handy AR scope if you can get it mounted far enough forward to use the long eye-relief.

October 4, 2005, 03:25 AM

This is what I am going with.

I think.

October 4, 2005, 06:50 PM
I have a Leupold 1.5x5 on one of my Armalites. Works great.

October 4, 2005, 10:28 PM
The NXS 1x-4x/24 looks awfully nice - what's an estimated price on that puppy?

October 4, 2005, 11:38 PM
I run the Simmons Pro Diamond on my Clark Gator. It bumped off my Holosight and it won't come off for anything less than the ACOG.

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