Having never owned an optic (except for the scope that was included with my Crosman Powermaster 66 when I was a kid), I’m in the research and analysis stage of my search for an optic for my New Mexican Colt LE6920.
A friend who is involved in competitive shooting suggested I take a look at the Burris RT6, a newer 1-6x24 scope that was introduced at SHOT this year and marketed to 3-gun competitors:
I’ve been reading up on scope parts, terms, technology, etc, and I like the fact that this seems to get pretty close to a “do-it-all” scope. True 1x for close-in engagements, and the capability to go long-range as well (reticle is trajectory-compensated out to 600 yards).
And it’s backed by a “Forever Warranty” - fully-transferable, no questions asked. Sounds pretty good.
Competing scopes around this price point are the Vortex Strike Eagle:
The Primary Arms scope site says it has a lifetime warranty on manufacturing defects and even wear & tear, as well. A lot of guys also seem to really like that reticle; I understand Trijicon has started building the ACOG with that same reticle.
So what do you guys think? Any of y’all have one of these? What do you use?
We cant help you until you tell us what you are trying to accomplish with the rifle. Do you want a home defense gun that sits next to the bed? Do you want a range plinker? Do you plan on competing in 3 gun competitions? Are you a prepper getting your SHTF rifle and supplies ready?
For MY use, which was as a law enforcement patrol rifle, and now as a home defense gun, and perhaps as a SHTF rifle if society collapses, then I have found nothing better than a non-magnified quality red dot by Aimpoint. EoTech and Trijicon MRO are also excellent choices for non-magnified optics in this category. Red dots are FAST and accurate, and all that I will ever need in any scenario that I can come up with. I can shoot 10 people in the head at 250 yards 10 times out of 10 with nothing more than a red dot, so I dont see the need, or want, for magnification.
If I want or need magnification, I would set up a DMR style rifle or good bolt gun, with the 6920 is not.
Also, for home defense and FAST target acquisition at CQB ranges, a red dot is superior to a 1-6x variable scope.
The 1-6X or 1-8X power scopes will do it all. If they are a true 1X power get one with an illuminated reticle and you can shoot from zero to farther than a 5.56 is effective. Trijicons are great but fixed power and if you're older like me they don't work without wearing readers as they have no focus adjustment. Red dots are good but I find they cost me light when in dim/dark conditions and I can see much more detail through a low powered variable. In optics you generally get what you pay for. Burris, Leupold, Nikon, Vortex and several others offer quality scopes that are durable and come with lifetime warranties at reasonable prices.
A scope I have really come to like after using it, is this Leatherwood 2.5-10X, 44 MM, ART M-1000. This scope was very popular during the Vietnam War. It uses a mechanical camming system so you can hold dead on at very long ranges. (Up to 1,000 Meters). The scope is very clear and bright. And the best part is it comes ready to mount. The scope is delivered set in the rings. All you have to do is position it on the rail where you want it, and tighten both thumb screws, just like you do on a carry handle. The scope can be quickly and easily removed if you want to use the iron sights. And it comes with flip up type scope covers. You don't have to buy a thing extra.
Then when you remount it, the scope will return to zero. The video shows how you set the cam to the load you're shooting. Then all you do is set the range, and hold dead on. It's amazingly accurate. Leatherwood has been making these scopes for a long time. And they work today just as well as they did in the 60's. This is the scope mounted on my Colt 6940 Monolith.