How To Mount a Scope [On Your AR-15]

Rifle scopes have come a long way in the last decade. New materials and ceaseless engineering birthed stronger, more reliable scopes that survive even in the toughest conditions. Even so, every scope, no matter how expensive, shares the same weak point: the mount. For any rifle setup, the most common point of failure for an optic is the mount. If a mount isn’t set up properly, the question isn’t if a scope will slip—it’s when. It could be at the first trip to the range, or it could be in the middle of a crucial 3-gun stage. Either way, a busted scope mount is a critical failure that can quickly end a good day. Mounting your scope doesn’t have to be a painful process. To help, we’ve prepared a guide to cut down on time at the workbenc...[ Read More ]

Primary Arms Optics Best-Seller Spotlight

When Primary Arms began selling red dot sights over a decade ago, our mission was simple: to offer the best quality optics to our customers at the best possible prices and back them up with outstanding customer service. That mission has never wavered. The result of that mission for you, our valued customer, is unmatched value for your dollar. That value has made Primary Arms one of the fastest growing optics manufacturers in the world. We love what we do, but truth be told, we do it all for you. Bringing you the best in quality and value is what drives us, and when we make something you love, we’ve accomplished our mission. We’ve come a long way from those early days selling red dots. In the years since, we’ve added a complete lineup of r...[ Read More ]

Red Dot Hacks: Battle Sight Zero [Maximum Point-Blank Range]

Zeroing A Red Dot: Using a Battle Sight Zero You want to get the most out of your red dot sight. An intentional, well-planned zero can help you achieve this. You’ve read our article on the most important zeroing hack. Your new optic is mounted properly, you remembered to bring a screwdriver to make your adjustments, you’ve brought some quality ammo that will hold a tight group if you do your part, and you’ve got sight-in targets with an inch grid printed on them. Now, at what distance should you place that target to achieve the most versatile performance, and why? Opinions differ on where exactly your rifle’s zero should be located. Some folks advocate measuring the longest possible engagement distance in your residence and zeroing...[ Read More ]

Scope University: Red Dot Sights vs. 1X / 1.5X Prism Scopes

WHAT YOU SEE SHAPES WHAT YOU’LL GET The red dot sight dominates the American rifle market. It is impossible to know how many red dot-equipped carbines ride along in police cars, are carried by soldiers on patrol in faraway lands, and bust clay pigeons and ring steel at shooting ranges every weekend across the USA. Red dots are so popular that it is possible they outnumber all other scope types combined, at least on modern semi-automatic and military rifles. But the red dot isn’t perfect, and it isn’t the best optic for every shooter. The red dot plus magnifier combo battled the low power variable optic in this Scope University article, and now it must defend itself again. A new class of compact, lightweight 1x prism scopes are comin...[ Read More ]

Low Power Variable Optic VS. Red Dot with Magnifier

The Best AR-15 Scope For The Money Might Just Be TWO Scopes The challenge of balancing speed and accuracy is a huge part of what makes shooting a modern sporting rifle so much fun. Whether you are ringing steel at 600 yards from a Daniel Defense .308 or running through a close quarters tactical drill with an AK-47, the ambition is always the same—achieving the hits you need as quickly as possible. The best upgrades and accessories will help you put your sights on target faster, help you hit the target with greater precision, or help achieve both of those goals simultaneously. There are a ton of choices out there, so this battle is focused on two of the most popular configurations for the AR-15 carbine—the low power variable optic ...[ Read More ]