Optics are everything but standard-issue these days. A decade or two ago, scopes were strongly associated with bolt guns and seldom veered to other platforms. Today, scopes are a primary piece of furniture on ARs, shotguns and many pistols used for competition and home defense. Whether this shift in aiming preference was prompted by aging eyes, advances in optical coatings or simply the latest fad to hit the shooting world, there’s no denying shooters are clamoring for new ways to throw some glass on their guns.
Aimpoint Micro H-1
A Sight for All Seasons
This full-featured compact sight is equally at home on top of your centerfire rifle, shotgun, blackpowder rifle, handgun or bow. A variety of mounts are available to adapt the Micro H-1 to nearly anything you hunt with. Small enough to be used anywhere that you could put iron sights, these sights can be used on any type of firearm or archery equipment. A lightweight rifle with a Micro H-1 mounted on it remains a lightweight rifle. A hunting revolver with a Micro H-1 installed remains as easy to carry as with iron sights and is much quicker to aim. On a bow, the parallax-free Micro H-1 eliminates the need for a peep, allowing you to shoot accurately in lower light. MSRP $700.
Bushnell Elite Tactical
The tactical SMRS 1-8.5x24mm scope combines close-quarter precision with outstanding mid-range capability. With true one-power magnification, this scope delivers instant target acquisition at close range combined with the ability to acquire targets at extended ranges by taking advantage of the versatile magnification range. The scope is built with a 34 mm tube to allow room to dial at extended ranges, and features sturdy T-Lok locking target turrets with .1-mil click values and 10 mils per revolution. The riflescope features the versatile Ignition illuminated BTR-2 reticle with 11 brightness settings (an off position between each setting) for quick adjustments in any light condition. The Ignition reticle increases overall brightness at any setting, with improved concentration of light on the illuminated portion of the reticle. The mil-hash BTR-2 reticle is designed to allow marksmen to quickly make range, holdover and windage adjustments. The reticle has chromium backing on the muzzle side to eliminate the possibility of light emitting from the front of the scope. MSRP $2,149.
Ready When You Are
The Leupold UltimateSlam Shotgun/Muzzleloader scope is now available with the FireDot SA.B.R. (SAbot Ballistics Reticle), providing precise and distinct holdover points for 50, 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 yards. A built-in range estimation feature helps determine if a deer-sized target is nearer or farther than 200 yards. Leupold’s FireDot illumination system leads the eye naturally to the center aiming point and makes target acquisition quick, precise and simple. It features a one-button, low-profile design that offers a choice of six different reticle brightness settings. Proprietary Motion Sensor Technology (MST) automatically deactivates illumination after five minutes of inactivity, but reactivates immediately when any movement is detected. MSRP $340.
Tasco ProPoint 1x26mm
Loaded With Features
Flip-up objective and ocular caps and an easy-to-mount single-ring design are certainly attention getters, but other standard features that make Tasco’s ProPoint worth your hard-earned greenbacks include a fixed 1x magnification, Rubicon multi-layered, fully coated lenses, 32 mm objective, Illuminated 5 M.O.A. Red Dot, unlimited eye relief and fixed focus. The ProPoint easily mounts to any Weaver or Picatinny-style bases and is powered by a single CR3032 battery. MSRP $195.
Simmons .22 Mag
Ready for Rimfire
How do you improve America’s most popular rimfire scope? By adding some of the innovative features that distinguish Simmons from all the rest. These include Simmons’ QTA (Quick Target Acquisition) eyepiece with plenty of eye relief to make acquiring targets a snap, and Simmons’ SureGrip turrets for easy adjustment — even while wearing gloves. Add Simmons’ fully coated optics and a complete set of mounting rings, and you’ve got one of the finest, most reliable rimfire riflescopes available anywhere — at any price. For big-game optics in a rimfire riflescope, Simmons .22 Mag is in a class all its own. Simmons .22 Mag riflescope has the features to make it great, with options including a matte or silver finish, adjustable objective lens, side parallax adjustment, sunshade and target turrets. MSRP $60.
Trijicon HD Night Sights
Perfection Rides New Models
Trijicon’s HD Night Sights are designed to excel under the most demanding conditions by placing primary emphasis on faster front sight acquisition. This new design incorporates enhanced front sight visibility with a de-emphasized rear sight. Up front, a tritium lamp lies within an extra-large, brightly colored (yellow or orange) dot area that provides a distinctive sighting picture. In addition, special photoluminescent (glow-in-the-dark) powder in the paint aids in faster front sight acquisition during transitional lighting operations. Although originally launched in 2011, Trijicon continues to build upon its comprehensive line of HD Night Sights by making HD Night Sight available for the popular Ruger SR9 and Beretta Px4, 90-TWO and 92/96A1 model pistols. MSRP $175.
Take the Advantage
The robust M-RAD reflex sight is engineered to withstand the rigors of real-world combat. Teamed with a wide range of firearms — from shotguns to rifles — the M-RAD greatly increases shooter accuracy and speed in military, L/E and competitive shooting scenarios. The M-RAD can be used as a stand-alone sight or mounted to a primary riflescope for situations that require a rapid change from distant targets to eyes-wide-open engagement of close-quarter threats. The M-RAD comes with the option of 3 MOA or 5 MOA dot sizes. The innovative dual-mode brightness adjustment offers eight levels of daylight and eight levels of nighttime adjustment, allowing shooters to fine-tune their aiming point intensity for any lighting condition. MSRP $479.
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