2021 New Optics Guide

posted on September 9, 2021
2021 New Optics Guide

While the hot-as-magma market for guns and ammunition has dominated the news, optics are also selling at a record pace. Fortunately, optics manufacturers have been able to develop and introduce a dizzying array of new products, including line enhancements, feature-rich budget options and technological marvels that were once unaffordable to anyone not named Bezos, but are now approaching price points where many shooters can make use of them. Whatever your needs or budget, we’ve got info on the latest tactical, long-range, self-defense and concealed-carry optics in our annual guide.

Aimpoint | Acro P-2Aimpoint | Acro P-2
An improvement upon a game-changing micro red-dot, the new Acro P-2 is submersible to 115 feet, sports a brighter dot and has a ridiculously long battery life of five years—continuous use—at the 6 (of 10) brightness setting.

Magnification: 1X
Viewing Window Dimensions: 16 mm
Reticle: 3.5-MOA red dot
Length: 1.9 inches
Weight: 2.1 ounces
MSRP: $599
(703) 263-9795; aimpoint.com

ATN | ThOR LT 320 3-6X Thermal Weapon SightATN | ThOR LT 320 3-6X Thermal Weapon Sight
ATN’s ThOR LT 320 series incorporates the new 320x240 12um resolution sensor for superior image quality. Though powerful and compact, the ThOR LT 320 is the lightest thermal scope in the ThOR line. Its internal lithium-ion battery provides more than 10 hours of run time.

Magnification: 3-6X
Objective Lens Diameter: 25 mm
Reticle: Multiple options
Length: 11.5 inches
Weight: 22.4 ounces
MSRP: $1,899.77
(800) 910-2862; atncorp.com

Axeon Optics | RGYAxeon Optics | RGY
Looking for a red—or green, or yellow—dot on a budget? Axeon’s RGY offers three dot color choices in an optic that costs less than a Grant. The sight comes with an integral mount and uses a single CR2032 battery with a claimed 100-hour run time.

Magnification: 1X
Objective Lens Diameter: 30 mm
Reticle: 5-MOA red/green/yellow dot
Length: 3.87 inches
Weight: 8 ounces
MSRP: $49.99
(479) 646-4210; axeonoptics.com

Burris | Thermal Riflescope (BTS50)Burris | Thermal Riflescope (BTS50)
Packed with practical features to help you own the night, the Burris Thermal Riflescope features a choice of 10 reticles, four-power zoom, hot track, stadiametric ranging and five unique color palettes, it will quickly detect objects of interest in ultra-low visibility. Intuitive one-hand operation and adjustable brightness/contrast promotes hassle-free use.

Magnification: 3.3-13.2X
Objective Lens Diameter:  50 mm
Reticle: 10 options
Length: 9.8 inches
Weight: 9.4 ounces
MSRP: $4,199
(888) 440-0244; burrisoptics.com

Bushnell | Elite Tactical DMR3Bushnell | Elite Tactical DMR3
With a user-friendly G4P reticle designed by G.A. Precision and a new, low-profile, removable magnification throw lever, the DMR3 is ideal for long-range shooters and those who need a rugged optic for a variety of pursuits.

Magnification: 3.5-21X
Objective Lens Diameter: 50 mm
Reticle: G4P - Precision
Length: 13.2 inches
Weight: 35.5 ounces
MSRP: $1,499.99
(800) 423-3537; bushnell.com

Bushnell | Elite Tactical LMSS2 Spotting ScopeBushnell | Elite Tactical LMSS2 Spotting Scope
If you need to spot shots at long range, this feature-laden spotting scope is an excellent option. With a Picatinny rail section for accessories, ED Prime glass for clarity and brightness, a choice of reticles to help match your riflescope and a rugged aluminum chassis for durability, it is a must have for serious shooters.

Magnification: 8-40X
Objective Lens Diameter: 60 mm
Reticle: H322 or TREMOR4
Length: 12.8 inches
Weight: 40.7 ounces
MSRP: $1,749.99
(800) 423-3537; bushnell.com

Bushnell | Fusion X Ranging BinocularsBushnell | Fusion X Ranging Binoculars
This laser-rangefinder binocular allows you to instantly determine range to target out to 1 mile (depending on target size). A ballistics mode helps ensure proper data for your shot, and the display automatically changes color based on light conditions.

Magnification: 10X
Objective Lens Diameter: 42 mm
Reticle: ACTIVSYNC Display
Length: 7 inches
Weight: 35 ounces
MSRP: $699.99
(800) 423-3537; bushnell.com

Crimson Trace | Rad Max ProCrimson Trace | Rad Max Pro
Part of Crimson Trace’s comprehensive optics-line overhaul, the Rad line of red-dot sights gets a reworking to include 40,000 hours of battery life, two Picatinny mounts, an ambient light sensor, shake-to-wake capability and shock-, impact-, fog- and vibration-resistant design.

Magnification: 1X
Viewing Window Dimensions: 21.4 x30 mm
Reticle: 3-MOA red dot
Length: 2.1 inches
Weight: 2.9 ounces
MSRP: $449.99
(800) 442-2406; crimsontrace.com

EoTech | Vudu 5-25x50 FFPEoTech | Vudu 5-25x50 FFP
Designed to maximize top-rail real estate for long-range options, the new Vudu 5-25x50 FFP scope features first-focal-plane ranging, locking turrets, return-to-zero and two reticle options. With its space-saving design, there’s plenty of room for night-vision or thermal optics on the top rail.

Magnification: 5-25X
Objective Lens Diameter: 50 mm
Reticle: Horus H59, MD3
Length: 11.2 inches
Weight: 29.5 ounces
MSRP: $2,099
(888) 368-4656; eotechinc.com

German Precision Optics | RangeGuide 8x50German Precision Optics | RangeGuide 8x50
Boasting edge-to-edge clarity from crystal-clear glass, the RangeGuide 8x50 offers shooters precise ranging on reflective targets out to 1.75 miles and animals out to 766 yards. Featuring an orange OLED display and GPOBright lens coatings, this rangefinding bino delivers premium optical performance.

Magnification: 8X
Objective Lens Diameter: 50 mm
Reticle: OLED Display
Length: 6.3 inches
Weight: 35.2 ounces
MSRP: $1,649.99
(844) 692-4667; gpo-usa.com

Hawke | Sidewinder FFPHawke | Sidewinder FFP
This feature-laden riflescope includes an exposed, locking elevation-adjustment turret that has a window so you can see how many rotations have been completed. It also has a locking side-parallax adjustment, a magnification throw lever and a locking fast-focus eyepiece.

Magnification: 4-16X
Objective Lens Diameter: 50 mm
Reticle: MOA FFP
Length: 13.3 inches
Weight: 25.6 ounces
MSRP: $799
(877) 429-5347; hawkeoptics.com

Hex | WaspHex | Wasp
With features like rugged 6061 T6 hardcoat anodized-aluminum construction, a scratch-resistant lens and a built-in auto-dimming sensor, the latest in Springfield Armory’s optics line is built to last with always-on operation and IPX7 waterproofing.

Magnification: 1X
Viewing Window Dimensions: 15x21 mm
Reticle: 3.5-MOA red dot
Length: 1.6 inches
Weight: .7 ounce
MSRP: $299
(800) 680-6866; hexoptics.com

Hi-Lux | PR5 5-25x56 FFPHi-Lux | PR5 5-25x56 FFP
The PR5 utilizes an APO objective with ED lens coatings for impressive clarity in all light conditions. The PR5 main tube is 34 mm, allowing for an impressive range of elevation and windage adjustments ideal for long-range shooting.

Magnification: 5-25X
Objective Lens Diameter: 56 mm
Reticle: TRACR Mil Grid
Length: 16 inches
Weight: 40 ounces
MSRP: $999
(310) 257-8142; hi-luxoptics.com

Holosun | HE407C-GR X2Holosun | HE407C-GR X2
Now available with a 2-MOA green dot, Holosun’s HE407C-GR X2 mini-red-dot sight offers the company’s proprietary Solar Failsafe backup system, Shake Awake technology and up to 50,000 hours of battery life using a single CR1632 battery.

Magnification: 1X
Viewing Window Dimensions: 16x23.1 mm
Reticle: 2-MOA green dot
Length: 1.78 inches
Weight: 1.5 ounces
MSRP: $299.99
(909) 594-2888; holosun.com

InfiRay Outdoor | Mini Series ML19InfiRay Outdoor | Mini Series ML19
Whether operated as a handheld monocular or a helmet-mounted, hands-free unit, the ML19 won’t weigh you down. Features include a manual focus lens, video out, HD display, stadiametric rangefinder and Bluetooth picture in-picture.

Magnification: 1X
Objective Lens Diameter: 19 mm
Reticle: N/A
Length: 4.6 inches
Weight: 7.9 ounces
MSRP: $2,999
(800) 769-7125; irayusa.com

Kahles | K525i DLRKahles | K525i DLR
This new long-range workhorse from Kahles features Dynamic Long Range (DLR) capabilities, including precise click adjustments, 10 mils of adjustment per rotation, and an SKMR4 first focal plane reticle. The scope also comes with the option for left or right side windage turret and features premium glass for optimal clarity and light transmission.

Magnification: 5-25X
Objective Lens Diameter: 56 mm
Reticle: SKMR4
Length: 14.8 inches
Weight: 35.09 ounces
MSRP: $2,211
(800) 426-3089; kahles.at/us/

Leupold | DeltaPoint MicroLeupold | DeltaPoint Micro
The compact, lightweight DeltaPoint Micro presents a unique method of mounting an MRDS, one requiring no slide cutting or mounting plates. The fully-enclosed, low-profile unit fits in the rear-sight dovetail (Glock and Smith & Wesson M&P, with other models soon to follow).

Magnification: 1X
Viewing Window Diameter: 9 mm
Reticle: 3-MOA dot
Length: 2.25 inches
Weight: 1.1 ounces
MSRP: $399.99 
(800) 538-7653; leupold.com

Leupold | DeltaPoint Pro 6MOALeupold | DeltaPoint Pro 6MOA
Built with a rugged, aluminum frame and scratch-resistant lenses, the DeltaPoint Pro 6 MOA is designed for professionals. It works with night-vision gear and modern, white phosphorus equipment, and micro-adjustments allow it to be fine-tuned for best performance.

Magnification: 1X
Viewing Window Dimensions: 19x27 mm
Reticle: 6-MOA dot
Length: 1.8 inches
Weight: 2 ounces
MSRP: $399.99
(800) 538-7653; leupold.com

Leupold | Mark 3HD 1.5-4x20Leupold | Mark 3HD 1.5-4x20
Just one part of Leupold’s Mark 3HD tactical line, the 1.5-4x20 mm features a selector ring for fast adjustment. It also incorporates the Elite Optical System, effectively transmitting maximum brightness in the low light of dawn and dusk while preventing glare in bright conditions. It also features MIL-based adjustments, HD lenses and an exposed elevation-adjustment dial.

Magnification: 1.5-4X
Objective Lens Diameter: 20 mm
Reticle: AR-Ballistic
Length: 9.5 inches
Weight: 12 ounces
MSRP: $499.99
(800) 538-7653; leupold.com

Liemke | Keiler 35 Pro Thermal MonocularLiemke | Keiler 35 Pro Thermal Monocular
Blaser’s Liemke brand has introduced the Keiler Thermal Monocular. The powerful 35 Pro is capable of heat detection up to 1,350 yards away. It incorporates a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.  A 50 Hz frame rate and rapid refresh rate assure outstanding image quality.

Magnification: 2-4X
Objective Lens Diameter: 35 mm
Reticle: N/A
Length: 7.48 inches
Weight: 14.81 ounces
MSRP: $3,332
(210) 377-2527; blaser-group.com

Meopta | Optika6 5-30x56Meopta | Optika6 5-30x56
These eagerly anticipated Optika6 scopes with first-focal-plane, MRAD reticles should be arriving as you read this. The 34 mm-tube Optika6 5-30x56 mm model features ED glass to eliminate chromatic aberration at high magnification and rubber-armored target turrets.

Magnification: 5-30X
Objective Lens Diameter: 56 mm
Reticle: FFP Illuminated MRAD
Length: 15.44 inches
Weight: 36.7 ounces
MSRP: $949.99
(800) 828-8928; meoptasportoptics.com

Nightforce | ATACR 4-20x50 F1Nightforce | ATACR 4-20x50 F1
Offering mid-range magnification, four reticle options and a shorter, lighter footprint than the 5-25X ATACR, Nightforce’s newest addition to the ATACR family features a ZeroStop turret, power throw lever, Digillum illumination and ED lenses. Flip-up lens covers and a sunshade are also included.

Magnification: 4-20X
Objective Lens Diameter: 50 mm
Length: 13.9 inches
Weight: 35.2 ounces
MSRP: $3,000
(208) 476-9814; nightforceoptics.com

Pulsar | Thermion2 XP50Pulsar | Thermion2 XP50
Offering 10 reticle options (three scalable, seven fixed), eight color palettes, picture-in-picture, a claimed 2,000-yard detection range and separate zero-profiles for different applications, Pulsar’s new Thermion2 XP50 thermal scope packs a lot of tech.

Magnification: 2-16X (digital)
Objective Lens Diameter: 50 mm
Reticle: 10 options
Length: 16.22 inches
Weight: 31.74 ounces
MSRP: $5,499.99
(817) 225-0310; pulsarnv.com

SAI Optics | SAI 6 SeriesSAI Optics | SAI 6 Series
Brought to you by parent company Armament Technology—the same company that makes the vaunted Elcan Spectre—SAI Optics new SAI 6 series is a variable magnification scope with an LED-illuminated, first-focal-plane reticle. Moreover, SAI 6 series accommodates enhancements such as anti-reflection devices, laser filters, polarizers and flip covers.

Magnification: 1-6X
Objective Lens Diameter: 28 mm
Reticle: RAF (Rapid Aiming Feature)
Length: 10.07 inches
Weight: 18 ounces
MSRP: $1,199
(902) 377-3393; armament.com/sai-optics/

Schmidt & Bender | 3-21x50 STII-B ExosSchmidt & Bender | 3-21x50 STII-B Exos
Boasting a 34 mm main tube and plenty of magnification for long-range precision shooting, this new riflescope features extremely reliable Zero Tolerance click adjustments in either MOA or mil. The scope utilizes 11 illumination settings with automatic shutoff after six hours.

Magnification: 3-21X
Objective Lens Diameter: 50 mm
Reticle: D7 or LRH-MOA
Length: 13.4 inches
Weight: 32 ounces
MSRP: $3,299
(540) 450-8132; schmidtundbender.de/en/

SIG Sauer | Romeo2SIG Sauer | Romeo2
Open optic, or fully enclosed? Why not both. The latest addition to SIG Sauer Electro-Optics line features a open to closed modular shroud system, which allows users the freedom to select between the two.

Magnification: 1X
Viewing Window Dimensions: 30 mm
Reticle: 3- or 6-MOA Red Dot
Length: 1.84 inches
Weight: 2.1 ounces
MSRP: $599
(603) 610-3000; sigsauer.com

Sightmark | Mini Shot A Spec M3Sightmark | Mini Shot A Spec M3
With micro-pistols with optic mounts red-hot and getting hotter, Sightmark’s new Mini Shot A Spec M3 is a smart addition for 2021. Using the common Shield RMSc footprint, the A Spec also comes with a Picatinny rail mount for use as a carbine or back-up option.

Magnification: 1X
Viewing Window Dimensions: 20x16 mm
Reticle: 3-MOA red dot
Length: 1.4 inches
Weight: .7 ounce
MSRP: $186.96
(817) 225-1070; sightmark.com

Sightron | 6-24x50 SIII PLR RiflescopeSightron | 6-24x50 SIII PLR Riflescope
Loaded with features, this riflescope features an internal zero-stop mechanism and second focal plane with 11 illuminated settings. Zact-7 Revcoat Plus multicoating on the lenses delivers superior light transmission, giving shooters the perfect option for covering serious distances at the range.

Magnification: 6-24X
Objective Lens Diameter: 50 mm
Reticle: MH-5 IR
Length: 15.4 inches
Weight: 28.2 ounces
MSRP: $1,325
(919) 562-3000; sightron.com

SiOnyx | Aurora ProSiOnyx | Aurora Pro
The full-color night vision Aurora Pro is a feature-laden, HD camera that can be hand held or mounted on a 5.56 NATO rifle. It includes recoil-activated image capture, a built-in GPS and a compass. A Picatinny rail mount is available for an additional $49.

Magnification: 1-3X (digital)
Objective Lens Diameter: 15.4 mm
Reticle: N/A
Length: 4.7 inches
Weight: 9.8 ounces
MSRP: $999

Swampfox | KrakenSwampfox | Kraken
A growing trend in pistol-mounted red-dot sights is the closer-emitter sight, where the entire unit is covered by the housing, rather than just the lens. The new Kraken sight joins this emerging array of enclosed optics with features including automatic on/off.

Magnification: 1X
Viewing Window Dimensions: 16 mm
Reticle: 3-MOA red dot
Length: 1.86 inches
Weight: 2.4 ounces
MSRP: $349
(720) 389-6719; swampfoxoptics.com

Tasco | ProPoint Red Dot SightTasco | ProPoint Red Dot Sight
Thanks to a mount that is compatible with 3⁄8-inch tip-off and 5⁄8-inch Weaver-style bases, the Tasco ProPoint 1x30 mm red-dot sight adaptable and economic sighting solution that with fit most rifles, not to mention your budget.

Magnification: 1X
Objective Lens Diameter: 30 mm
Reticle: 3-MOA red dot
Length: 3.7 inches
Weight: 6.7 ounces
MSRP: $79.99
(800) 423-3537; tasco.com

Tract | Toric UHD 22x80 Angled Spotting Scope with MRAD PRS ReticleTract | Toric UHD 22x80 Angled Spotting Scope with MRAD PRS Reticle
Ideal for spotting during long-range shooting, the Toric UHD spotting scopes include an MRAD reticle to help make quick corrections to your aiming solution. Superior clarity and brightness are provided by Schott HT glass, making it easy to pick out impacts or holes at great distances.

Magnification: 22X
Objective Lens Diameter: 80 mm
Reticle: MRAD PRS
Length: 15.5 inches
Weight: 67 ounces
MSRP: $1,394
(631) 662-7354; tractoptics.com

Trijicon | RMRccTrijicon | RMRcc
Trijicon’s latest addition to the RMR line is designed to interface with eight of today’s popular ultra-compact pistols. Snag-free and waterproof to 66 feet, the true-color, multi-coated lens features a 3.25- or 6.5-MOA dot, along with eight brightness settings.

Magnification: 1X
Viewing Window Dimensions: 18.7x12.8 mm
Reticle: 3.25- or 6.5-MOA Red Dot
Length: 1.8 inches
Weight: 1.2 ounces
MSRP: $699
(800) 338-0563; trijicon.com

TruGlo | XR21TruGlo | XR21
The new XR Series red-dot sights from TruGlo is comprised of three models, including the XR21, XR24 and XR29. The XR21 features a multicoated objective lens and a footprint matching the Shield RMSc. The red dot features a 3-MOA dot and 10 brightness settings.

Magnification: 1X
Viewing Window Dimensions: 21x16 mm
Reticle: 3-MOA red dot
Length: 1.6 inches
Weight: .72 ounce
MSRP: $216.99
(877) 269-8490; truglo.com

US Optics | FDN-17XUS Optics | FDN-17X
Boasting a 50 mm objective, a wide magnification range with a rapid adjustable 180-degree throw lever, an integrated illumination and parallax knob and a choice of 10 reticle options all in the first focal plane, the FDN-17X makes taking precision shots beyond 1,000 yards easier than you might think.

Magnification: 3.2-17X
Objective Lens Diameter: 50 mm
Reticle: JVCR
Length: 15.02 inches
Weight: 29.6 ounces
MSRP: $2,899
(828 )874-2242; usoptics.com

Zeiss | DTI 3/35Zeiss | DTI 3/35
Designed with an intuitive shape to foster ease of use in diminished-lighting conditions, Zeiss’ first thermal-imaging camera is ideal for spotting threats at night. Controls can be identified and actuated quickly in the dark, even while wearing gloves.

Magnification: 2.5X
Objective Lens Diameter: 35 mm
Reticle: N/A
Length: 7.6 inches
Weight: 15.9 ounces
MSRP: $2,999
(800) 441-3005; zeiss.com


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