I used to believe that I absolutely must choose a single philosophy for my home defense rifle / optic combinations. Thereafter, I must remain loyal, for all time, to one of the below philosophies:
- The AR-15 was meant to be a light, handy rifle. The 5.56 doesn’t pack enough punch for very long distances. Therefore, if you have to have an optic, the best fit is a simple, small, low-weight red-dot.
- The Trijicon ACOG may provide the perfect combination of simplicity, durability, and magnification. It’s good enough for The Marine Corps, so it’s good enough for me.
- The Low Powered Variable Optic (LPVO) has improved in durability, weight, and technology over the years. The LPVO provides both long-range target identification and close-range speed, all with the twist of a single ring.
As time has passed I have come to realize that the correct answer is: any of the above. In general, I like the red-dot for close range and the LPVO for long range. But I no longer feel eternally bound to any one category.