The AR 15 rifle is air cooled and is capable of being fed by either magazine or belt, yet is lightweight and versatile. Originally designed in 1957 for military use, it has been in service with the military since 1958 but since then, its versatility has made it also popular with hunters and gun enthusiasts. This increased and diversity in popularity has led to many different variants of the rifle being made by several different manufacturers which of course has led to even more popularity. With such a diverse and popular rifle, many scopes have now been developed for use with it and although the best AR 15 Scopes can cost more than $1000, there are also many that cost less and yet have still proven to be effective. Some of the scopes that cost between $500 and $1000 and which are worthy of note are the Trijicon Accupower, Aimpoint Comp M4 and the Leupol VXR Patrol. The Trijicon Accupower is a good scope for use by hunters as it can provide precision and is very rugged. The Aimpoint Comp M4 is often the scope used by the US military and as such has been used in both Afghanistan and Iraq with positive results. The Leupol VXR Patrol has been specifically designed with the versatility needed by law enforcement in mind; it is therefore easily switched from close to long range use. There are also scopes worthy of note in the $200 to $500 range and these are the EOTech 512, Aimpoint Pro Patrol and the Burris AR-332. The EOTech 512 is built to withstand a beating and so is popular with both the military and law enforcement agencies around the world. The Aimpoint Pro Patrol is a professional scope which is large enough for precision shooting whilst still being small enough for quick use. The Burris AR-332 is small enough for use in close quarters and yet offers enough size for longer range use. If you wish to spend less on a scope for your AR 15, there are even scopes that have proven themselves yet cost less than $200 and among these there is the Vortex Strikefire, Bushnell TRS 25 and the Simmons ProSport. The Vortex Strikefire is designed for work in close quarters and when used in that capacity, has an excellent quality for its price. The Bushnell TRS 25 is larger than most miniature scopes but that is because it has many features that are only usually found on larger scopes. The Simmons ProSport was designed with hunters in mind and so has cross hairs sights and is superb for use when hunting deer, varmint or even predators.
The AR 15 is certainly versatile and the range of scopes available for use with it, just adds to its versatility. Having been in continuous use by the military since 1958, its effectiveness has been well proven, justifying it to be perhaps the most popular fire arm of all time and ensuring its popularity well into the future.