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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 variety 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.
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 settings, as well as minimum deviation technology for precise point-of-impact. Eleven illumination steps are provided along with true color technology.
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 mils of elevation adjustment. It also includes a fast-focus eye bell, target turret 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.
Tract | Toric 34 mm MRAD The latest scope 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 turrets make this a serious shooter’s scope for less than similarly equipped optics.
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.