Best Prism Optics – Scopes and Red Dot Sight Included

Prism scopes are the latest in shooting technology. Their compact design, fast target acquisition, and improves optics have caused many shooters to choose this design over the popular Red Dot. If you are thinking about adding a prism scope to your shooting tool bag we have compiled 10 of the best available for your review.

SIG SAUER Bravo 3 Prismatic Optic

Best Prism Scopes

  1   Sig Sauer Bravo 3 Battle Sight

This is a scope built to provide the best in-field performance. Built on a trusted platform and enhanced with the latest in features, the Bravo 3 will allow you to meet any challenge head-on.

The Bravo 3 is the world’s first wide view battle sight, offer a 42% wider field of view than competitors. A combination of Low Dispersion glass and aspherical lenses provide a flat, distortion-free image. IPX-8 waterproof and fog-proof performance for dependability in all field conditions. The magnesium housing is lightweight, durable, and included both a removable Picatinny rail & protective features on potential snag points.

Sig Sauer is an American company, and all products are covered by the Infinite Guarantee and 5-year warranty.

The Bravo 3 is designed for tactical and hunting applications. The wide field of view allows the users to see approaching threats and the 1.535″ optical center allows for use with night vision.

Mounting

The Bravo 3 does not require rings for mounting. The M1913 Picatinny rail with dual ½” hex cross bolts is recommended, although it may also fit similar aftermarket mounts.


  2   Monstrum S330P

If you are looking for a compact, budget-friendly prism scope, but do not want to sacrifice durability, the S330P will be hard to beat. Monstrum has disproven the adage “you get what you pay for”, in this case, you get far more.

Despite its compact design and budget-friendly price tag, the Bravo 3 is big on features. The 3x magnification and 30mm objective lens provides the view necessary to engage close to mid-range targets while seeing the next threat approach. The etched reticle with red/green illumination provides excellent sight accusation in any light. The 0.5 MOA per click adjustments permits you to fine-tune your point of aim out to 500 yards.

The durable case, anti-reflective & fog-resistant lenses, thick mounting screws, and large, easy-to-grip knobs are built for field use and the abuse it presents.

This scope is well suited for multiple applications and can be mounted on almost any firearm equipped with a Picatinny rail. It excels on the AR platform but is unlikely to withstand the intense recoil of a shotgun. Although well suited for the range or hunting it is not as durable as tactical scopes.

Mounting

As with many scopes of this kind, it is designed to mount to a Picatinny rail system, so not rings are required. Monstrum recommends pairing it with their own Lockdown Series adjustable height Picatinny Riser mount with quick release. It will also mount securely to most standard Picatinny systems.


  3   Vortex Spitfire HD Gen II

There is no doubt the 5.56mm/.223 caliber AR platforms are one of the most popular firearms on the market. Having a reliable scope not only increases your AR’s abilities but also increases the fun. Many scopes will do the job but why not choose one that was specifically designed for the AR? That scope is the Vortex Spitfire HD Gen II.

The Spitfire HD offers a redesigned optical system that not only improves performance but also cuts ounces and inches off. It features the AR-BDC 4 reticle for rapid target accusation and known holdovers out to 650 yards. When paired with superior lens quality you enjoy exceptional resolution, reduced chromatic aberration, and edge-to-edge sharpness. With 12 levels of brightness, you will find this scope suitable for use in all conditions. You have your choice of 3x or 5x models.

This scope is intended specifically for use with 5.56/.223 AR platforms.

Mounting

The Spitfire HD Gen II is designed for use with a Picatinny rail; therefore, rings are not needed. It can be mounted into manners – “low” and “lower”. It is shipped with the 1/3 co-witness mount, necessary for “lower” mounting installed. Hardware needed for “low” mount, as well as instructions for installation, are also included.


  4   Trijicon ACOG 3.5×35

Since the U.S. Navy SEALs chose the ACOG for testing in 1991 it has remained the favorite among law enforcement, special operations, competitive shooters, and civilian shooters worldwide. With a resume like that it should also be one you consider for your use.

The ACOG 3.5×35 is one of the most versatile scopes of its kind on the market. It is available with your choice of 6 of the most popular reticle styles including Chevron, Circle Chevron, Crosshair. Donut, Horseshoe Dot, and Triangle. This allows you the shooter to find a scope that fits your needs and shooting style rather than adapting to fit a scope’s limitations.

While many scopes perform adequately on a host of platforms most are designed to peak when paired with a specific caliber. Although the ACOG is not different what is different is the fact that Trijicon offers an ACOG that fits each of the most popular calibers. Whether shooting a .223/5.56, .308/7.62, 300 BLK. M193 or M249 platform the ACOG will excel with every shot.

The ACOG 3.5×35 is designed for those seeking a scope that will outlast and outperform under the toughest conditions. Although originally designed for military and law enforcement tactical operations it is also well suited for range, self-defense, or hunting applications.

Mounting

This scope mounts to any standard Picatinny rail system with either a thumbscrew or quick-release mounting system. For those with an old-school AR, there is also an optional carry handle base mount available.


  5   Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic (PRO) Red Dot Reflex Sight

The Aimpoint PRO was designed to withstand the challenges faced by law enforcement after being tested by our country’s military. Whether you are looking for a scope that will protect you when on duty or your family when at home the PRO is one you need to consider.

The housing is constructed from hard-anodized, high-strength aluminum to protect against any abuse you may encounter. It is shock-resistant and waterproof, capable of submersion to 150 feet. Power is supplied by a single DL1/3N battery which can power the unit for over 3 years of constant use depending on the setting.

The red dot sights are parallax-free, allowing the dot to remain parallel to the bore regardless of what angle your eye is in relationship to the sight. When the dot is on the target so is your shot. This allows you to shoot with two eyes open which increases visibility and situational awareness. The 2 MOA dot also increases target acquisition speed for faster follow-up shots.

The Aimpoint PRO is designed for tactical applications by either law enforcement or military shooters. However, the same features that make it attractive to these professionals also translate to excellent performance in the field, on the range, or when protecting your family.

Mounting

The PRO comes equipped with a spacer and QRP-2 mount for use with the MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail system.


  6   Primary Arms SLX Compact 1×20 Prism Scope-ACSS -Cyclops

If you are a shooter with eyesight issues, including astigmatism, finding a suitable prism scope can be a challenge. Many times, even a high-quality scope will not allow you to focus quickly and achieve accurate shots on target.  Primary Arms compact 1x Prism Scope can help.

With a large exit pupil and generous eye relief this scope more easily adjusts to your specific shooting style. Whether you shoot with both eyes open, one eye open, or using the non-dominate eye the diopter will quickly adjust to focus on the target.

Even shooters without vision problems will find this scope is well suited for times when transitioning from targets at different ranges is necessary. With the ACSS reticle estimating range will also be quick, almost second nature, with a little practice.

Other features include a 6061 aluminum body, anodized finish, red LED illumination, 3000 hr. battery life, and resistance to fog, water & shock.

This is a multi-purpose scope well suited for a wide range of firearms including 5.56/.223, .308/7.62, and 300 BLK. Although it has a maximum range of 400 yards (with .308) it is intended for close to mid-range targets.

Mounting

This scope can be mounted with the included Picatinny rail mount or any standard T1 mount.


  7   Sightmark Wolfhound Prismatic Sight

The Wolfhound sights offer a reasonably priced, military-inspired means of achieving flawless short-to medium-range accuracy on any AR platform. Whether you are looking to upgrade your rifle for 3-gun competition, hunting, or even self-defense this is a scope you need to consider.

The compact, yet easy to operate construction includes a built-in Picatinny mount, rubber armor finish, and single-piece nitrogen purged 6061 aluminum body. This allows the unit to function in extreme temperatures and provides water, fog, and shock protection.

The Prismatic Optical System includes a red/green illumination, etched reticle, fully coated optics, and a horseshoe dot reticle ballistically matched to 55 and 62 grain .223 ammunition. Each sight also includes a rubber lens cover, honeycomb filter, and CR2032 battery.

The Wolfhound sight is specifically designed for use with the AR platform. Although it can be adjusted for use with additional calibers, it is ballistically matched with .223 55 or 62-grain ammunition.

Mounting

No rings are needed for mounting this sight. It can be matched with any industry-standard T1 rail system.


  8   CCOP Outdoor Products Tactical Prism Scope

Are you looking for a scope that is equally at home on the range, on your next hunt, or protecting the homestead? If so, you have set the bar high, but CCOP is up to the challenge.

The Tactical Prism Scope offers superior operation in low light conditions, rapid target acquisition, the ability to transition from different ranges quickly, and a wide field of view.  The red & green CQB reticle and 2.5x magnification increase both accuracy and range.

A good scope starts with a solid foundation and the Tactical Prism is not different. The single-piece 32mm tube is constructed from Aircraft Grade Aluminum Alloy. Not only is it lightweight, but it is also extremely durable. The multi-coated lenses provide superior clarity, and the 1-piece construction side focus knob includes the illumination controls as well. Both the windage and elevation knobs are well placed, easy to operate when wet or if the shooter is wearing gloves, and both incorporate Zero locking & relocking features.

This is a multi-purpose scope that can be mounted on a variety of platforms and used for many purposes. Whether hunting, protecting or recreating this Tactical Prism Scope is one you need to consider.

Mounting

This is a Picatinny Rail scope and will mount to any standard T1 rail system.


  9   Athlon Optics Midas TSP 4

Athlon Optics may not be one of the best-known suppliers of prism scopes, but this does not make their products any less impressive. The Midas TSP 4 is not only their top-of-the-line scope but also comparable to many of their competitors’ best offerings.

The Midas TSP 4 offers everything you need in a prism scope. The compact, lightweight design can be easily mounted to a variety of platforms. With 4x magnification and a 3.5″ eye relief, you can easily engage targets near and far. The nitrogen-filled aluminum body is waterproof, fog-proof, and shock-resistant for reliable use in harsh conditions. Plus, the etched reticle with red or green illumination is visible in all light conditions. When the battery is replaced the last used illumination, settings are automatically restored during the next use.

This multi-purpose scope can be mounted on a variety of platforms. It is suitable for engaging targets out to mid-range on the range, while hunting, or in self-defense scenarios.

Mounting

No rings are needed for mounting this scope. It can accommodate all standard Picatinny rail systems.


  10   Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot 1x20mm

Bushnell is a leader in supplying quality scopes at an affordable price, something every shooter can afford. Now they offer a prism red dot manufactured to the same high standards while retaining one of the lowest prices available.

The TRS-25 is a precision-engineered scope that is tough enough to tackle any range or field conditions. The nitrogen purged, the O-ring sealed body is waterproof, shockproof, and fog-proof for protection from the elements. Eleven illumination settings allow for use in multiple light conditions and are powered by a 5000+ hours CR2032 battery. The windage & elevation controls are easy to use, and the extra-large illumination controls can be used even when wet. Finally, the unlimited eye relief allows for superior target acquisition and shooting with both eyes open.

This scope is best suited for those looking for an entry-level prism scope for hunting or target shooting.

Mounting

Bushnell utilizes a Weaver-style mount, making it easy to match to target or hunting rifles, including older models that pre-date Picatinny rails.

Conclusion

Although prism scopes will never totally replace traditional or red dot scopes, they have a place in your gun locker. When engaging targets out to medium ranges it is hard to outperform these scopes on the range, in the field, or when defending your home & family.

Loyal Brezny

L.P Brezny has been writing and reviewing product as well as how to projects for the past 50 years. He has authored four books on shooting with three on long range, and one covering shotgunning. With 26 years on a metro police department as a street officer and the rank of SGT / training L.P. has covered all the bases regarding weapons and street survival.

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