Lots of folks just bought new firearms during both the COVID-19 pandemic and recent riotous social unrest. Many of those guns need (or at least should have) an optic mounted. No matter your firearm, budget, intended use or requirements, we’ve got a newly introduced optic for you, including some that don’t need to be mounted on a gun at all.
Aimpoint | CompM5b Like most Aimpoint optics, the CompM5b offers ridiculous battery life (5 years off of one AAA battery), but it also provides the ability to make quick adjustments for ballistic trajectory and wind drift thanks to its customizable, interchangeable turrets.
ATN | TICO LT 320 25 mm The TICO is a thermal clip-on sight that quickly attaches to your gun and works in conjunction with any daytime scope. It’s available to mount on Weaver rails and features a Black/White Hot mode. The lightweight unit’s power consumption is very low, giving you more than 9 hours of continuous run time. There are two additional models in the TICO line.
ATN | X-Sight LTV 3-9X The LTV is a digital riflescope offering superior performance at a desirable price point. It features Day and Night modes, records HD video, offers multiple reticles and includes a 3D gyroscope. The LTV is advanced to the point of simplicity, with easy-to-use controls and the unit allows a one-shot zero. ATN’s Obsidian LT Core technology assures long battery life.
Axeon | Dog Soldier Offering up to 16X magnification at a price most can afford, Axeon’s new Dog Soldier scope is a budget-friendly option, complete with mil-dot reticle for longer-range endeavors.
Magnification: 4-16X Objective Lens Diameter: 50 mm Reticle: .5-Mil Dot with IR Length: 13.5 inches Weight: 22.4 ounces MSRP: $239.99 (479) 646-4210; axeonoptics.com
Axeon | MDSR1 Boasting a 30,000-hour battery life on a single CR2032 battery, auto-shut off and built-in base designed to co-witness with iron sights, the MDSR1 is feature-rich without adding tremendous cost.
Burris | RT-1 Whether for defensive use or competitive shooting, the Burris RT-1 delivers speed and accuracy, thanks to beneficial features such as true 1X magnification, a 2-MOA dot, multi-coated lenses and nine brightness settings—including two ultra-bright and two night-vision compatible options.
Burris | XTR III Featuring new reticle designs and enhanced field-of-view, the Burris XTR III is available in two models, both of which contain 34 mm tubes and 120 MOA of elevation adjustment. Dragon-scale knurling and larger-diameter knobs provide ample purchase for rapid adjustment.
Bushnell | AR Optics 4.5-18x40 Multi-Turret Riflescope An affordable scope that’s optimized for long-range pursuits, the latest offering in the AR Optics line sports target turrets, a “Throw Down” magnification lever for quick and easy power changes, an illuminated reticle with holds for trajectory and windage, and rugged, waterproof construction to stand up to the elements.
Bushnell | Equinox Z2 Night Vision Monocular 4.5x40 mm For those who don’t want to drop the price of a used car on night-vision gear, the hand-held Equinox Z2 provides an affordable alternative. It can record 1080p video day or night, has a built-in IR illuminator to boost ambient light and can stream live to mobile devices.
C-More Systems | RTS2B-V5 The RTS2B-V5 incorporates hardened electronics with a motion-sensing system and auto-off functions. This mini red-dot features a heads-up display for rapid target acquisition and has positive 1-MOA click adjustments for windage and elevation. A removable battery compartment means you don’t have to re-zero after changing batteries.
Crimson Trace | CTL-5108 With a significant 34-mm-diameter main tube, first-focal-plane reticle and zero-reset turrets, Crimson Trace’s new CTL-5108 expands the range of the traditional low-power, variable optic.
Crimson Trace | CTL-5324 With a first-focal-plane reticle, Japanese ED glass, custom-designed LR1-mil reticle and exposed .1-mil turrets, the CTL-5324 is a great choice for long-range, precision-shooting efforts.
EO Tech | Vudu 1-8X Keeping the low-power, variable optic trim, light and useful, EOTech’s new Vudu 1-8X scope offers a daylight-visible dot and ballistic-drop compensating reticle with useful subtensions for a multiplicity of options.
German Precision Optics | Passion 5X 1-5x24i With features like the GPObright lens coating, Passiondrop hydrophobic exterior lens coating and iControl illumination options, this scope promises bright, clear images and easy aiming. A second-focal-plane reticle is a good choice for the lower-magnification Passion 1-5X, which is a solid option for a carbine.
Hi-Lux | TD3 Available in the fourth quarter of 2020, the latest red-dot from Hi-Lux sports a circle-dot reticle, but that’s only the default option. The user will have the ability to cycle through multiple reticles on this ultracompact, affordable MRDS.
Magnification: 1X Objective Lens Dimensions: 28x19 mm Reticle: 34-MOA circle with 3-MOA dot Length: 1.78 inches Weight: 1.5 ounces MSRP: $239 (888) 445-8912; hi-luxoptics.com
Holosun | 510c/HM3X combination Offering a 2-MOA red dot with a 3X magnifier in one package, Holoson’s combo package features a flip-to-the-side magnifier and open-style reflex sight with up to 50,000 hours of run time.
Magnification: 3X Objective Lens Dimensions: 23.1x32 mm Reticle: 2-MOA dot; 65-MOA circle; or 2-MOA dot with 65-MOA circle Length: 3.3 inches (510c); 4.03 inches (HM3X) Weight: 17.6 ounces MSRP: $588.41 (909) 594-2888; holosun.com
Kahles | K18i 1-8x24i 3GR Optimized for IPSC and 3-gun matches, the K18i allows for a wide field-of-view. A Max Light function provides for extreme backlight situations and integrated throw levers can be adjusted in two sizes, giving the ability to operate in all elements.
Leupold | DeltaPoint Pro Night Vision Leupold’s popular DeltaPoint Pro now has fine-tunable brightness settings to work with night-vision gear. The red-dot sight features a rugged, aluminum housing and steel sheath. Precision is assured with click adjustments and an easy-access compartment simplifies battery changes. It’s available in black or FDE and works well with ARs and shotguns, as well as pistols.
Leupold | VX-Freedom 1.5-4x20 AR Part of the VX-Freedom line, the 1.5-4x20 AR is tailored to the AR platform and is extremely affordable for a scope made by Leupold. This rear-focal-plane scope has a 1-inch main tube and .1-mil click adjustments. It incorporates Leupold’s Twilight Light Management System and is water and fogproof.
Lucid | HDx If you’re looking for a do-it-all red dot that’s water- and shock-resistant (rated for use with calibers up to .458 SOCOM), the Lucid HDx is a mid-size, red-dot sight that’s affordable and rugged.
Meopta | Optika5 This new line of six riflescopes includes everything from a rimfire scope to an illuminated 4-20x50 mm RD. The 4-20x50 mm is a second-focal-plane scope featuring rubber-armored capped turrets, rear-facing magnification display and zoom ring with multi-position throw lever. Optika5 scopes include the MeoBright lens coating for optimal clarity.
Meprolight | NYX 211 This highly advanced, uncooled thermal sight can be mounted on a rifle or used as a hand-held device and promises to hold zero when switched between those roles. It can also be used day or night and includes a built-in IR laser to aid in hitting your target in most any conditions.
Minox | 5-25x56 LR MR2S Created for long distances and difficult conditions, the 5-25x56 LR MR2S combines a first-focal-plane, long-range reticle with Tenebraex flip-up lens covers that provide protection. Multi-coating on the optical elements also affords excellent light transmission, contrast and color rendition.
Nightforce | NX8 2.5-20X Thanks to its 8X magnification range, Nightforce’s new NX8 2.5-20X scope is built for an impressively large range of distances in a short, lightweight scope with a 30 mm main tube.
Primary Arms | GLx 2.5-10x44 FFP ACSS Raptor M2 This medium-range optic packs a lot of features into an affordable package. From motion-activated reticle illumination to locking, return-to-zero turrets to its BDC reticle (available optimized for 5.56 NATO, 5.45x39 mm or .308 Win.), the GLx is a great choice for multiple platforms.
Primary Arms | SLx MD-25 Smaller than a standard red-dot, yet offering the same field-of-view, rugged construction and 50,000 hours of battery life, the latest in the SLx series is an ideal carbine optic at an affordable price.
Pulsar | Trail 2 LRF XP50 With thermal detection out to an astounding 2,000 yards, the Trail 2 LRF XP50 offers a full-color display, video and image recording, 3-second startup and much more in a rifle-mounted scope.
Riton Optics | X3 Tactix MPRD Extremely compact and versatile, this 3-MOA red dot features a 12-hour auto shut-off, 10 levels of red illumination, 50,000 hours of battery life and is also night-vision compatible on the first two levels. Waterproof, fog proof and shock proof, it is ideal for a pistol and AR platforms.
Schmidt & Bender | 3-21x50 Exos Made of hard-anodized aluminum, the Exos is made for the harshest extremes. This 7X-magnification-range scope includes reliable turret adjustments and parallax adjustments, as well as minimum deviation technology for precise point-of-impact. Eleven illumination steps are provided along with true color technology.
Shield Sights | RMS2-4MOA An all-new version of the company’s Reflex Mini-Sight, the RMS2 comes in a new robust design. Featuring thicker side walls, the housing is significantly stronger. With a low profile and SiO2 quartz-coated polymer lens, this glass senses target light levels and controls LED output, giving optimum visibility of the dot against the target.
SIG Sauer | Echo3 The latest generation of SIG’s excellent compact thermal reflex sights, the Echo3 features motion-activated power, compatibility with the company’s BDX system for instant reticle adjustments and the ability to record video.
SIG Sauer | RomeoZero Optimized for everyday carry, the tiny, ultra-lightweight RomeoZero fits the same footprint as the Shield RMS-c and JPoint MRDS optics, making it easy to add to a host of pistols on the market, particularly slim-profile models like the SIG Sauer P365XL and Springfield Armory Hellcat.
Magnification: 1X Objective Lens Diameter: 18 mm Reticle: 3-MOA or 6-MOA red dot Length: 1.6 inches Weight: .4 ounces MSRP: $259.99 (603) 610-3000; sigsauer.com
Sightmark | Element Featuring solar power that extends battery life to an astounding 200,000 hours, the Element mini-red-dot sight comes with lens caps and two mounts, one for shotguns and one for carbines.
Sightmark | Volta There’s a lot of cool tech crammed into the Volta red-dot sight, between the automatic brightness-detection system and the ability to use solar power alone or as a backup, all for less than $400.
Sightron | S-TAC3-16X42 ZS Intended for medium-distance engagements where compactness is important, this first-focal-plane scope features an MH-2 illuminated reticle with 11-position brightness control, side-focus knob and 22.9 MRAD of elevation adjustment. It also includes a fast-focus eye bell, target turret with .25-MOA click adjustments and a zoom-ring lever.
Sightron | S-TAC4-20X50 This new first-focal-plane scope is offered with a choice of an illuminated MOA-3 reticle or a MIL/MIL MH-4 reticle. It incorporates a zero stop, tactical knobs and a magnification throw lever integrated into the power ring. Adjustments include 11 brightness settings, and a CR2032 battery can provide up to 300 hours of service.
Steiner | CQT Combining advanced thermal imaging with a red-dot sight for rapid target acquisition, the Steiner CQT is an innovative optic that overlays imagery in a choice of three thermal modes onto the sight window—seamlessly transitioning from daylight to total darkness.
Magnification: 1X Objective Lens Diameter: 32x23 mm Reticle: 2.5-MOA red dot Length: 5.2 inches Weight: 13.7 ounces MSRP: Starting at $12,000 (888) 550-6255; steiner-optics.com
Steiner | M8Xi IFS Combining a variable-power optic with intelligent-firing-solution capability, the Steiner M8Xi IFS provides vital real-time targeting data such as optic cant, wind speed and direction, windage-and-elevation turret settings and target distance on a customizable, heads-up display located in the shooter’s field-of-view.
Sun Optics | Mantis With an illuminated BDC reticle and a magnification range up to 6X, Sun Optics’ Mantis helps you squeeze the most performance from your MSR. Close- and intermediate-range targets become easy pickings. Best off all, at less than $200, you can buy more ammunition.
Sun Optics | R.A.I.D. Pistol Pairing a wide window with a minimalist frame makes target acquisition quick and easy with Sun Optics’ R.A.I.D. Pistol sight. Featuring 10 brightness settings (two of which are night-vison compatible) makes it easy to customize to your needs. It’s also compatible with RMR mounts.
Tract | Toric 34 mm MRAD A ton of scope for the money, the latest in the Toric line sports a 34 mm tube and the company’s illuminated MRAD ELR (Extreme Long Range) reticle. A large eyebox, extra-low dispersion Schott glass and locking, return-to-zero target turrets make this a serious shooter’s scope at a price significantly below that of similarly equipped optics.
Trijicon | Ascent 1-4X24 Created for the AR platform, the Ascent is lightweight, yet offers military-grade ruggedness. Its multi-coated lenses deliver edge-to-edge clarity, quickly achieved with the easy-focus eyepiece. Tactical knurling assures good, reliable purchase on controls. An extra-wide field-of-view and uncluttered reticle aid in fast, efficient scanning of your surroundings.
Trijicon | Tenmile Designed to perform at extreme long range, the Tenmile series of scopes offers six different models to suit your preferences. Tenmile scopes are available as a first- or second-focal-plane scope with a 30 mm or 34 mm main tube and a milling or holdover reticle. There is a very wide adjustment range as well as a user-variable brightness control, and the lenses are multi-coated for light transmission, detail and color.
TruGlo | Omnia 1-8x24 Joining the Omnia line is the second-focal-plane 1-8x24 mm. It features a Quick-Zoom lever for rapid magnification adjustment, a one-piece Picatinny rail mount and is built on a 30 mm main tube of aircraft-grade aluminum. The etched and illuminated All Purpose Tactical Reticle provides multiple aiming options without clutter and bullet-drop compensation out to 600 yards based on 55-grain XM193 ammunition.
Vortex Optics | Razor Gen3 Incorporating a first-focal-plane along with a choice of two reticle options for accurate ranging and compensation for hold-offs, hold-under and hold-over makes Vortex Optics’ Razor Gen3 an ideal option for shooters who require variable-power versatility (in a 10X magnification range) for close- and intermediate-range targets.