Don't know what optics to put on my ar15?
I currently have a 6-24x50 scope on it right now and I want to keep it. But I also want to use the rifle for close range. So I'm thinking about getting angled/offset sights for it. But I don't know if I want to get iron sights or get a offset rail mount and slap a holo on it. Maybe both but I feel like that would make the gun too heavy. I need suggestions for what would be the better choice and a good explanation on why it's better.
I know there are pros and cons to both so I want to know.
- USAFisnumber1Lv 71 year ago
You got too much scope for that gun. You need to down size to 1.5-6 x ... That way you have something that is realistic for the accuracy of the gun. Put the monster scope on a long range bolt action rifle.
- Mark JackLv 71 year ago
I would go with a LPVO, either a 1-6 or 1-8 and an offset RMR. That would be a good close to mid range set up which is where the AR platform shines.
- GlacierwolfLv 71 year ago
They do not make one gun that does it all .
You have a long distance/long range scope on an AR-15. Sounds like an outdoor rifle to me. Installing a co-witness holo like the $59 light weight Tru-Glo would be fine...… but any quality reflex or holo sight is going to be too much weight. I think that rifle, as is, with the big @ss scope is too heavy for home defense.
Me? I think you need to pony up and buy an AR carbine for home defense. Or for allot less $$ get a 12ga pump shotgun for home defense.
I have two go to guns in my safe. First One is a 12ga Mossberg 500 pump. The backup is an AR-15 SBR with collapsible stock and 10.2" barrel. When I toss on the suppressor the overall length is about the same as a 16" carbine. The AR is not my first choice because I have actually fired one indoors...… it makes pictures fall off the wall, nick knacks jump off of shelves, Lots of dust from all over jumps into the air - especially if the room has a suspended ceiling and then ceiling tiles fall down too. The suppressor tames that, but, only if you have access to subsonic ammo also.
- curmudgeon55Lv 71 year ago
try a simple 2.5 or 3 power, fixed 4 power scope or the wide view 1.5-4 power variable. .223 good for 500 meters , better to consider it 400 meter and optics chosen for the effective range- not some 'Max' range for fire suppression. A few states allow .223 for deer hunting- Wisconsin for one. Many other states class .223 as a 'small game/varmit cartridge and restrict use- SO, coyotes at maybe 300 meter with a possible 500 meter shot at sitting chicken thief target.
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- 1 year ago
I completely understand your dilemma. I think what you want is something like this:
- Mr.357Lv 71 year ago
I would go with a 3-9x or so and call it good. I am running a 3.5-10x on mine. You could save some weight.
- Russ in NOVALv 71 year ago
Putting a 1000+ yard scope on a ~600 yard rifle doesn't make a lot of sense and it adds unnecessary weight.
Angled/offset sights (whether iron or red dot) are kind of awkward since they don't put the rifle in the optimum shooting position. They are useful for competition or combat when there is no choice, but for plinking and target shooting you would be as accurate or comfortable.
I don't recommend angled iron sights because with the awkward position, they are just that much harder to line up.
If you want an alternate sight close quarter sight, I would recommend getting a micro red dot (Fastfire III, Viper, etc.). Small, lightweight and relatively easy to get target acquisition. Holographic sights like Eotech and the Vortex Razor AMG, are much too heavy and stand off their base too much and cost more. I am not even sure you find a angled mounting solution that would even allow you to "slap" a holographic sight on.
The best alternative is to get a decent quick release mount for your scope and just swap the optics, depending on the distance you are shooting. And I bet if you get a 1-6x or 1-8x scope as an alternate, that will stay on the rifle more than your 6-24x.
- Anonymous1 year ago
Guns are not safe at all.Source(s): Security suites are the best for home safety. The loud thunder JUST set our glass breaker off. Within 15 seconds they called and asked if we needed police.
- MattLv 61 year ago
In my opinion, your current optic is overkill unless ypur rifle has a barrel over 22 inches with the right parts to reach as far as your scope. An LPVO is probably more up your alley as far as practicality. An LPVO (low power variable optic) can come in 1-8x or 1-6x usually, they function as a decent scope for longer ranges and can be dialed down to function as a red dot would making them quite versatile. Most come with an adjustable illuminated BDC reticle to help make longer shots.
Vortex, Leupold, Trijicon, and many other reputable optic manufacturers make them. I personally have a Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8 on my coyote rifle, works like a charm. Prices for them can range drastically, get the highest quality you can afford and that makes sense. Do your research and good luck.
Side note, the less clutter on your rifle the better, less weight and less stuff to snag on something,
- donnieLv 61 year ago
Maybe take it into the shop.