Low-Power Variable Optics (or LPVOs) are compact riflescopes that offer a 1x or 1.5x minimum magnification, suitable for close-quarters engagements. For further engagements, these scopes can be turned up to their maximum magnification, which may range from 4x to 10x. Offering maximum flexibility, LPVOs promise a both-eyes-open “red dot” type of sight picture that is agile at close range, plus the ability to increase magnification for confident target identification and accurate shooting out to greater distances.
If you’re looking for the most versatile carbine scope possible, Low-Power Variable Optics are tough to beat. Without a doubt, LPVOs are the most flexible scopes when engaging targets at both close range and distance. At 1x they are faster to use than 2.5x-5x fixed magnification prism scopes, yet they also offer additional magnification for easier use at further distance.
Of course, there is a trade-off with LPVOs as well. Compared to a red dot or prism scope, LVPOs are larger and heavier than any other carbine or short-range optic. You will also have to purchase an additional mount to match the optic diameter, which can make LPVOs more costly than other optic options.