View Full Version : What do you prefer on top of your AR15?

04-27-2010, 9:10 PM

Lets hear it.

04-27-2010, 9:16 PM
we have an optics section you know.

Aimpoint for me, btw. But it really depends the application. a 20" SS rifle-length will use a different optic than a 14.5" carbine.

04-27-2010, 9:48 PM
Aimpoint M4S for me on top of a Noveske Lo Pro 16" upper. I love how easy it is for me to aim and the fact that it uses a AA battery means its easy to feed. But since the darn thing uses up so little battery power it hardly matters.

HK Dave
04-27-2010, 9:49 PM
Depends on the AR...

I like an EOTech on one...

And a Nightforce NXS 2.5-10 x 32 with a angle mounted aimpoint micro on another...

Suppose ACOGs are nice too. :)

If i could only have one, it would probably be an Aimpoint Micro T-1.

04-27-2010, 10:19 PM
eotech/DMS 1-4x

04-27-2010, 10:25 PM


04-27-2010, 10:33 PM
Mission/application drives the equipment choice.


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04-27-2010, 10:45 PM
I'm gonna have to say Aimpoint T-1/H-1

04-27-2010, 10:48 PM
I'm going with Primary Arms. Too broke for an Aimpoint. And I'm sorta low speed high drag if you catch my drift.

Richie Caketown
04-27-2010, 10:51 PM
16in ARs - Red dots or Acogs

18 - Acogs or Scopes

20 - Scopes

04-27-2010, 10:53 PM
My Acog

04-27-2010, 10:59 PM
Acog with a Docter red dot mounted on top of that.

I'm into layers.

04-27-2010, 11:14 PM
Irons first. Aimpoint second.

04-27-2010, 11:48 PM
currently on my RRA 16" upper - ARMS #40L-P rear buis, ARMS 41B-L front buis, coming soon - Aimpoint T-1 w/ ARMS #31 mount & spacer

04-27-2010, 11:53 PM
ELCAN Specter OS 3.4X or ELCAN Specter DR

04-27-2010, 11:54 PM
Ive played with an aimpoint and an eotech once, but never actually fired a gun with them on. I got a free ACOG so thats what I use and I really like it. Although it was harder shooting a rabbit at like 15-20 yards with it on the first shot. User error perhaps? Or maybe it was the scope height to bore difference?

currently on my RRA 16" upper - ARMS #40L-P rear buis, ARMS 41B-L front buis, coming soon - Aimpoint T-1 w/ ARMS #31 mount & spacer

Dont mean to thread jack but where did you find your ARMS 41 B-L? I need one by TODAY pretty much.

04-27-2010, 11:59 PM
Acog with a Docter red dot mounted on top of that.

I'm into layers.

How does that work out for you? I've heard many say it's impossible to have a cheek weld with a Doc red dot on top of the ACOG.

04-28-2010, 12:00 AM
Acog or cco

04-28-2010, 12:18 AM
It's a tie between Iron sights and ACOG. I love them both.

04-28-2010, 3:27 AM
Eotech XPS3-0 for my carbine

04-28-2010, 6:19 AM
If it has a Front FS, than I would put a 4X or higher like an 4X ACOG or SN-4, if it does not have a Front FS but is Heavy barrel then it will be a scope, lastly, if it is a shorty with no front FS then a Eotech XPS-2

04-28-2010, 7:39 AM
NCStar or Truglo, except nothing else.

04-28-2010, 7:48 AM
I run T1s on my 14.5" and 12.5." An M3 on a 16". And a 1-4 on another 16".

But it depends on what your using the rifle for. The only AR I shoot over 100 yards has the 1-4 on top, everything else never gets shot any farther than that.

04-28-2010, 7:57 AM
Can’t afford “optics” so +1 for “irons”.

04-28-2010, 8:06 AM
T-1 on my 14.5"
M3 on my 16"
NF 2.5-10x32 on my 18" SPR
DMS 1-4 on a 20" plinker

They all work great at their different jobs!:p

04-28-2010, 8:14 AM
you knew this was coming... it's an oldie but a goodie...

why not everything?!


HK Dave
04-28-2010, 8:32 AM
I'm going with Primary Arms. Too broke for an Aimpoint. And I'm sorta low speed high drag if you catch my drift.


I'm gonna have to start using that one... "Low speed high drag"

04-28-2010, 8:36 AM
I currently am running irons only but hope to get a scope soon.

04-28-2010, 9:02 AM
ACOG is not so good for under 100yrds.

As others have said....it's really gonna be determined by your intended use for the rifle. It's impossible to cover all possible uses with one setup. Each will have it's own limitations and drawbacks. You just hafta decide which option covers MOST of your needs and then figger out how to work the down-sides when you encounter them.

Took a class last year with a former Army Ranger with mulitple deployments to Iraq and Afgan. and asked him his preference. He said in Iraq he prefered EoTech/Aimpoint because most fo their engagements were 300m or less. But in Afgan. prefered the ACOG because most of their engagements were 300m +. So it all just depends really.

Prolly the closest to "best of both worlds" would be a red-dot with a flip to side magnifier.

04-28-2010, 9:03 AM
Acog with a Docter red dot mounted on top.

04-28-2010, 9:17 AM
Irons, for now. Don't need more than that to hit the 18-inch plate at 300 yards (farthest distance at the range I go to).

04-28-2010, 9:30 AM
Eotech 512.A65 co-witnessed with Yankee Hill Manufacturing Flip-Up front and back iron sights.

04-28-2010, 9:34 AM
eotech on one, a jeffu clone on another, and a swfa super sniper on the spr

04-28-2010, 9:51 AM
Prolly the closest to "best of both worlds" would be a red-dot with a flip to side magnifier.

This is my thought as well. Also my goal. I just couldn't afford the flip to side magnifier when I bought the rifle, so am waiting just a little bit to get it. Then this rifle will be using Eotech 512 + Magnifier, with BUIS for backup.

04-28-2010, 9:53 AM
peaches and cream

El Gato
04-28-2010, 9:53 AM
aimpoint m4s on a larue mount on my 6940 patrol rifle

04-28-2010, 9:56 AM
Naked with irons only unless we are talking about my 50BMG upper. It has an 8-32 NXS on it 'cause I can't see too well 1000 yards downrange.

04-28-2010, 11:01 AM
ACOG on the 16"er and a 20X Super Sniper on the 20" SPR. Objective does determine the choice.

NCStar or Truglo, except accept nothing else. fixed
Nah, those NCStar scopes are too expensive! Tasco for me when my Super Sniper dies!...

04-28-2010, 11:23 AM
I would like to buy irons but everytime I get close to it something comes up or I buy ammo , but I really do like going with irons but the eyes ain't what they use to be so who knows

04-28-2010, 11:24 AM
Meopta K-dot

04-28-2010, 11:32 AM
Good old iron sights.

04-28-2010, 2:11 PM
Aimpoint and BUIS. :chris:

04-28-2010, 3:26 PM
I wouldn't trade my Elcan Specter for anything, not even close.

04-28-2010, 3:28 PM
T1 for me.

04-28-2010, 4:36 PM

04-28-2010, 4:46 PM
acog on 16 inch+ ar and a aimpoint micro t-1 on an sbr ar.

04-28-2010, 5:38 PM
Mission/application drives the equipment choice.



After determininig your mission/application, its a matter of personal preference (and money). I don't need magnification on my ARs. I use them mostly for 200y or less. I have an Aimpoint on one, and an Eotech on the other. I slightly favor the Aimpoint H1/T1. Try them out. They are all very different.

Whatever you do, be sure to have BUIS.

04-28-2010, 5:50 PM
Variable power scopes. For 16" carbines, something adjustable down to 1.5X at most. For 20" rifles, that's not as important.

I need magnification because my grumpy old eyes don't work as well as they used to.

04-28-2010, 6:25 PM
I'm about to try a TA44 1.5x16 mini ACOG with green circle dot reticle and an ADM mount. These things are just a little heavier than an Aimpoint T1 and I just love the clarity of the glass and reticle. At 1.5 mag it should still be pretty fast for the close targets and that little bit of magnification will be nice for the farther ones. After buying the TA31 4x32 I have to admit I am rather smitten with the ACOGs.

04-28-2010, 8:19 PM
front sight post and a rear site aperture.. the way God intended...


04-28-2010, 8:38 PM
Application determines equipment. This is why people have multiple ARs with different configurations as there isn't a "best"

04-29-2010, 3:28 AM
EOTECH 557 or Aimpoint Comp4

04-29-2010, 4:59 AM
A stripper, straddling the built in A2 iron sites.

04-29-2010, 6:21 AM
For 100 yds or less I like the Aimpiont T1. Not too heavy, tons of brightness settings, outstanding battery life and near indestructible.