5 New Low-Power Variable Optics (LPVOs) for 2019

posted on July 2, 2019

Low-power variable optics (LPVOs) have become increasingly popular options for today's modern sporting rifles like the AR-15, since the construction of these variable riflescopes provide the magnification range needed to cover the effective range of some of the most-popular cartridges used in AR-style rifles, like the 5.56 NATO. LVPOs are generally constructed with a true, 1X magnification at the lower end, and the optics have often been seen in 1-4X configuration. However, in recent years, optics manufacturers have expanded their offerings in an effort to provide more capability to owners of these rifle platforms, rolling out 1-6X or even 1-8X options. Given the advent of cartridges with increased ballistic capability, like the 224 Valkyrie, these higher-magnification optics ensure that there's a do-it-all riflescope that provides the magnification range needed to go from close-quarter engagements to long-range precision shooting with the turn of a power ring. Check out these new LVPOs here:

Burris | RT-8

Available in front-, rear- and dual-focal-plane models, the latest entry to the RT line combines fast target acquisition at close and intermediate ranges with 8X magnification and 600 yards of trajectory compensation. Three illuminated-reticle modes allow shooters to adapt to changing shooting conditions on the fly.

Magnification: 1-8X
Objective Lens Diameter: 24 mm
Reticle: Ballistic AR, Ballistic Circle Dot, Ballistic CQ Mil
Length: 9.8 - 10.3 inches
Weight: 17.4 ounces
MSRP: $399
(888) 440-0244; burrisoptics.com

Bushnell | SMRS II PRO

Using an all-new CQ-BDC reticle, the latest design in the Bushnell LPVO lineup provides an ideal optical pairing for today’s modern sporting rifles, allowing for easy shooting at close and mid ranges. Features include Bushnell’s EXO Barrier protective coating and a ThrowHammer lever.

Magnification: 1-6X
Objective Lens Diameter: 24 mm
Reticle: CQ-BDC
Length: 10.3 inches
Weight: 18 ounces
MSRP: $1,989.95
(800) 423-3537; bushnell.com

EOTech | Vudu 1-8x24 mm SFP

With an illuminated, .5-MOA center red dot and magnification up to 8X, EOTech’s Vudu 1-8x24 mm SFP scope represents the “do-it-all” category pretty well. Close work is covered by the dot, while subtensions provide long-range aiming points.

Magnification: 1-8X
Objective Lens Diameter: 24 mm
Reticle: HC3-SFP
Length: 10.8 inches
Weight: 21.2 ounces
MSRP: $1,399
(888) 368-4656; eotechinc.com

Riton Optics | RT-S Mod 7 1-8x28IR-T

Riton Optics designed the RT-S Mod 7 in conjunction with Navy SEAL sniper Charlie Melton. The scope features a first-focal-plane, illuminated reticle and a true 1X low-end, similar to a red-dot-style sight. It is waterproof, fogproof and shockproof.

Magnification: 1-8X
Objective Lens Diameter: 28 mm
Reticle: Riton Tactical Illuminated
Length: 10.9 inches
Weight: 25 ounces
MSRP: $1,299.99
(855) 397-4866; ritonoptics.com

Schmidt & Bender | 1-8x24 PM II ShortDot Dual CC

Incorporating a first-focal-plane, mil-dot-based reticle for accurate ranging and compensation for hold-offs, hold-under and hold-over, the 1-8x24 PM II ShortDot Dual CC is a technically advanced day scope. Offering adjustable-intensity illumination as well as lockable elevation and windage turrets, the PM II ShortDot is a versatile optic.

Magnification: 1-8X
Objective Lens Diameter: 24 mm
Reticle: MDR-T6
Length: 11.5 inches
Weight: 22.26 ounces
MSRP: $4,390
(770) 934-3384; schmidtundbender.de/en



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