Paul Howe: AR Optics and What Is Best for You

On November 5th, 2012, posted in: Paul Howe, Training and Tactics by Comments Off

ZERO MAGNIFICATION

Pros:

Easy and fast to find and put on target.

Cons:

Small objective and subject to fogging in some environments.

Personal Observations:

  • Aimpoint performs the best out of what I have seen come to my classes. A lot of shooters run E.O Techs, but they have the highest failure rate.
  • I believe any of these optics will work, but they should be co-witnessed with your iron sights. This way all your shooting reference points can be used to ensure accuracy.
  • Difficult to discriminate targets at distance.

 

 

SHORT TO INTERMEDIATE RANGE OPTICS

Pros:

  • Can be used for CQB or for distance shooting (800 Yards).
  • Magnification aids in discrimination.
  • ½ minute center dot is great for surgical work at distance.
  • Center “C” can be used at CQB distances and placed on center of target for rapid optic acquisition.
  • Simple reticle, easy to use.

Cons:

Additional weight added to rifle with scope and mount.

Personal Observations:

My optic of choice for the AR/M4 style platform. I have shot this out to 700 with consistent hits on a man sized target. If I could only have one of the three listed in this article for all around use, this is what I would choose.

 

 

LONG RANGE OPTICS

Pros:

Used for reporting, surgical shooting and discrimination.

Cons:

Additional weight added to rifle with scope and mount.

Personal Observations:

My choice for a “Designated Marksman” or Intermediate Sniper weapon. Solid well built with large objective opening. As for Mil Dots, this is what I learned on and still use.

Author:

Paul Howe
Owner/Lead Instructor of CSAT-Combat Shooting and Tactics

www.combatshootingandtactics.com