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Dual scopes on AR-15?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by MovedWest, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. MovedWest

    MovedWest Well-Known Member

    I've seen several AR-15 builds with two scopes configured in tandem. I appears as though they are used in conjunction with one another based on how they're set up. Usually one looks like a telescopic scope while the other appears to be a red dot. Am I crazy or does someone else have this setup? If so, could you please explain the benefits?

  2. sarduy

    sarduy Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Jul 6, 2009
  3. Ragnar Danneskjold

    Ragnar Danneskjold Well-Known Member

    I've never seen that ACOG/Red Dot setup before. Does the ACOG have a place for the Red Dot on it already? Or is that a special adapter that joins the two?
  4. sarduy

    sarduy Well-Known Member

    yes, it an adapter that holds on the back of the acog
  5. lipadj46

    lipadj46 Well-Known Member

    Are you talking about a red dot attached to a scope or a swing away magnifier in front of a red dot/reflex sight?
  6. AgentAdam

    AgentAdam Well-Known Member

    Burris sells a set of rings that have a pictanny rail on top and will allow you to mount a mini reflex sight like the Trijicon Doctor or Burris FastFire on top of a scope.

  7. Guys he's talking about an ESD (dot sight) with a swing out magnifier. It allows a 1x CCB optic with the ESD and magnifier swung out of the way, and also allows for a slight magnification (3x) when the magnifier is swung back into place, for the occasional longer shot.
  8. cameron.personal

    cameron.personal Well-Known Member

    Or he could be talking about a combination of a magnified optic like an ACOG or 3-9 scope and the addition of an off set red dot, usually mounted at 45 degrees.

    Scope and red dot

    Scope and irons

    Scope and AimPoint





  9. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Well-Known Member

    Hey, cameronpersonal, what kind of tan upper is that?

    Thanks :)
  10. praharin

    praharin Well-Known Member

    Judging by the mark on the deflector, I'd say it's a painted one ;)
  11. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Well-Known Member

    I thought about that, it lools really cool!! :)
  12. MovedWest

    MovedWest Well-Known Member

    OK, this makes more sense now! What I'd seen in the past appeared to be both optics used together. But now I see it's an either/or thing. The red dot is for tactical close range and the scope is for long range. Is that close to being in the ballpark or is there an option where you use both together like what lipadj46 is asking about in post #5?

    Nice rifles BTW! :)

  13. montess85

    montess85 Well-Known Member

    who makes that 45 offset mount
  14. Acera

    Acera Well-Known Member

  15. MrCleanOK

    MrCleanOK Well-Known Member


    What I think you're describing is a red dot / magnifier combination, as noted by Dr. THW. This puts a 1x optic out front (Aimpoint, EOTech, etc.), with a magnifer in line behind it. The magnifier is usually in the range of 3x to 4x, and sits in a flip-to-side mount or a quick-detach fixed mount. There is no reticle in the magnifer, it just magnifies what you see through the red dot.

    This gives you a mix of close- and mid-range capability with your rifle. Similar to the concept of the 1-4x variable power optics out there. Just another way of going about it.
  16. 3pairs12

    3pairs12 Well-Known Member

    You probably saw a magnifier and an aimpoint being used together.
  17. montess85

    montess85 Well-Known Member

  18. Acera

    Acera Well-Known Member

    Now the OP may be interested in this set up, it allows the user to choose a red dot sight for close up work, but add the benefits of a magnified scope for distance shooting. The magnification part flips out of the way when not needed. It's common in Iraq (at least my cousin used one).

    From the EOTech website;

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