The Best AR Optics in 2022: A Buyer’s Guide

Finding the right scope for your rifle can be one of the hardest decisions to make. After all, there are thousands of options out there. So, how can you choose which optic is right for your rifle?

If you’re asking yourself this question like most other firearm owners are, then you’ve come to the right place. This article will tell you everything you need to know before you purchase your scope. Read on to discover the four best AR optics of 2022.


Vortex Razor HD Gen II-E

Vortex Razor HD Gen II-E 1-6×24

This scope has been around for several years and is still the best. The optical clarity and light transmission are fantastic. However, what a user first notices when looking through the scope is the huge eye box and unobstructed view. The outer perimeter of the scope body seems to disappear better than any other scope. The illumination is also amazingly bright, especially when compared to most of the competition. There are other scopes that can do certain things better, and there are other scopes that do almost as much as the Razor, but for less money. However, The Vortex Razor HD Gen II-E is the sweet spot of cost and performance in the world of LPVOs.

  1. BEST Red Dot

Aimpoint Micro T-2 w/ American Defense ⅓ Q.D. Mount

The Aimpoint Micro T-2

This red dot is an improvement on the Aimpoint Micro T-1, which was introduced in 2007. The Aimpoint Micro was a huge development because it showed that a small optic does not mean a small view for the shooter because the shooter has his eyes on the target, and the red dot is just superimposed into view. In addition to the small footprint, the Aimpoint Micro is also amazingly durable. The prices on Aimpoint have crept up, through the years. But, if you had to go to war, it would be hard to argue that the Aimpoint Micro T-2 isn’t the best red dot.

  1. Best Prism Scope

Trijicon ACOG 4x32 Green LED TA02

The Trijicon ACOG 4×32 LED TA02

The ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight) was introduced in 1987. The optical clarity for such a simple, durable optic is still fantastic, even to this day. The TA31 four-power ACOG served our military very well, which is about the best endorsement an optic can attain. The durability has reached legendary status, which may be somewhat exaggerated, but is impressive nonetheless. One of the complaints is that if the optic is in a dark place (where there isn’t enough light to utilize the fiber optic capability on the ACOG), and the target is in a brightly lit space (where illumination is needed to aim the ACOG), the aiming point can be really tough to see. However, the introduction of a lighted LED version of the ACOG has solved that problem. This improvement has really cemented the place of the ACOG as the best Prism sight.

  1. Best Variable Power Scope

Too many options from which to choose. Literally.

Unlike the other categories of, “Best AR Optics,” this category is by far the broadest. Therefore, we won’t be choosing a winner. The uses are so varied that we would need a lot more information about the use of AR to choose the best variable power scope that is not an LPVO. However, we are willing to go out on a limb and choose the best manufacturer, based on durability, quality, and variety of products.

Nightforce Optics

Nightforce NXS 5.5-22x56 C507

This is an American company with American-made optics. They offer everything from LPVOs to Precision Benchrest scopes. Some scopes are known for being small and light (Nightforce NX8 1-8), while another is literally called a “BEAST.” The durability and performance are consistently considered to be among the best. The prices are not cheap, but not nearly as high as some of the competition.

Where Can I Buy One of The Best AR Optics?

If you’re wondering where you can find the best AR optics on the market, look no further than RKB Armory. Here, you can both buy and sell used AR-15 optics and attachments kept in great condition. Some of the products available, like the Vortex Spitfire HD Gen II 3X Prism Scope have never even been out of the original wrapping.

What are you waiting for? Head on over to RKB Armory today and pick up either a used or brand-new AR-15 scope.

You won’t be disappointed!


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