The AR 15 is a lightweight rifle which has attained great popularity with both the military and others. First developed in 1957, the AR 15 has proven to be the ideal military rifle as it is versatile, rugged and precise. The versatility of the weapon has caused it to become popular with law enforcement agencies as well as hunters and its precision has made it popular with gun enthusiasts. As with other rifles, there are a variety of different scopes that have either been specifically designed for use with the AR 15 or have been adapted to be used with it, leaving an AR 15 owner many choices when deciding which one to buy.Best Scope for a AR 15 is perhaps something that depends on what use you have for your weapon as, a scope that is rugged and easily portable is perhaps best for military use but may not provide the long range accuracy required by a hunter at times. Some scopes are designed for short range use whilst others for long range and some are capable and effective for both. Obviously the better or more uses that a scope is or has, the more expensive the scope but you may not need all the qualities that some of the more expensive scopes may have. For that reason when buying a scope, you should first decide what uses you will put it to and then look for the best scope for that particular task or tasks.
Some of the best scopes can cost over $1000, like the Trijicon ACOG which certainly is a good scope but costs $1300 but there are other good scopes that cost less. The US Army uses Aimpoint Comp M4 which has proven effective in both Iraq and Afghanistan, yet they cost less than $1000 as does the Leupol VXR Patrol which Police have found very useful because of its ability to change from short range use to long range use with just the flick of a switch. For marksmen, the TrijiconAccupower offers precision and it too costs less than $1000.
Although the US Army uses the Aimpoint Comp M4, many militaries and law enforcement agencies around the world, opt to use the EOTech 512 which costs less than 4500, yet has proved effective for more than 10 years now. The Aimpoint Pro Patrol also costs less than $500 and that is popular because it is large enough to provide precision, yet small enough to be used in a hurry.
There are also a number of scopes that cost less than $200 and of these, the Vortex Strikefire provides good precision considering its price and the Bushnell TRS 25 has many features which are usually only seen on larger scopes. The BSA Tactical Weapon Scope is also popular but only costs $70. This less expensive scope provides consistent accuracy and claims to be both shock proof and water proof, a claim which some of the more expensive scopes cannot make.