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AR stands for Armalite Rifle. It could just as easily stand for America’s Rifle. As manufacturers ramped-up and stuffed the sales channels for a Clintonian shock, the market is flooded with the platform — leading to some stonking bargains. Arming yet more Americans with the versatile platform. What optic? Again, the world’s your oyster. Bushnell has four new choices.

Here’s their press release:

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – July 14, 2017 Bushnell, an industry leader in high-performance optical solutions for more than 65 years, has extended its popular AR Optics line with four additional sights that are each optimized for the modern sporting rifle.

Bushnell’s line of AR Optics is already the category leader for MSRs. New this year, the AR Optics line has grown with the release of two new purpose-built, caliber-specific riflescopes, the cutting-edge Accelerate 3x prism sight (above) and the ambidextrous Transition 3x Magnifier.

The 6.5 Creedmoor has quickly become a favorite of long-distance shooters and hunters alike. Bushnell’s new AR Optics 4.5-18x 40mm scope with Drop Zone 6.5 Creedmoor reticle is designed to maximize the round’s performance by providing holdover points for shots out to 600 yards.

Tactical-style target turrets allow lightning-fast adjustments, and the side parallax focus allows clear target images at any range. The fully multi-coated optics give a bright, crisp sight picture and are housed in a durable 1-inch aircraft-grade aluminum tube.

Bushnell has also added an optic for shooters favoring MSRs chambered in the popular .300 Blackout.

The new Bushnell AR Optics 1-4x24mm illuminated scope (top image) is equipped with a specially-designed DropZone .300 Blackout Illuminated reticle. The reticle features holdover points calibrated to both subsonic and supersonic .300 Blackout ballistics.

The scope’s first focal plane design performs like a high-performance red dot at low power. When turned up to 4x magnification, it offers holdover points out to 300 yards. Magnification changes are nearly instantaneous with Bushnell’s exclusive ThrowDown PCL (power charge lever).

Gas guns like MSRs are well-suited for compact optics. Yet red dots don’t offer the magnification sometimes needed to reach downrange. The gray area between these two options isn’t so gray with the new Bushnell AR Optics Accelerate 4X Prism Scope (above).

It has the compact stature of a red dot with the 4x magnification of a riflescope. The new, illuminated BTR-3 reticle in the Accelerate offers five brightness settings in both red and green. The center circle and red dot work together for quick acquisition, with drop points for long range shots. The mil-based design works with any caliber firearm.

Rounding out the new additions is the AR Optics Transition 3X Magnifier. Simply mount it behind a red dot optic with the ambidextrous flip mount. Engage the 3X magnifier when you need it, and flip it out of the way when you don’t.

The Transition 3x Magnifier pairs perfectly with Bushnell’s AR Optics TRS-25, but works with any red dot. It’s built with fully multi-coated optics that provide optimal light transmission and is waterproof, fog proof and shock proof.

Bushnell, a Vista Outdoor brand, is one of the most recognizable and trusted names in precision hunting, tactical and recreational optics and accessories. For more information, visit

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  1. Not a sponsored article, but this is straight from the company. Before you settle on Bushnell, Burris, SWFA, or Vortex, take a look at Primary Arms and their offerings. I certainly like their reticle in my 5x prism.

  2. I have had good luck with vortex optics.
    Ive never used Bushnell before but i would like to try out that 1-4.

  3. i would like to try the 3x as i have a few trs-25’s around.
    but i think it’s time to get a little more serious and look at some primary arms offerings.

  4. Pardon, but if AR stands for “Armalite Rifle” then how does one explain the AR-17 shotgun manufactured by Armalite from 1955-1959? Perhaps AR means ARmalite, the manufacturer instead, mm?

  5. Just bought a Primary Arms 1x-6x acss gen3. Mounting it this weekend on a one piece primary arms mount. (first one piece scope mount I’ve ever had, should be interesting)

    The Transition 3x Magnifier in the article looks worth a try for wife’s red dot.

  6. I like optics as a civilian. I bought a $140 gas piston .22 cal. break barrel pellet rifle, it ate two $24 scopes. I bought a $90 scope, claimed to stand up to the beating of a break barrel gas piston pellet rifle. It ate the scope after about a month. “Ate” meaning it quit with zeroing (25 yards). Now I have a very good rifle without sights. $90 being about my limit on buying scopes. I also bought a .177 pump pellet pistol, added a stock, peep sight drilled out a couple of sizes over, it is accurate at 25 yards, cost, about $75 total. Moral, if you are going to buy a pellet pistol/rifle to keep up your sight/trigger skills or just pure fun factor. You just might wind up paying more for a scope than the pellet rifle cost. Keep it simple.

    • Airguns, especially springers, have a different recoil profile than firearms. There are cheap scope that are intended to handle thise forces.

  7. I just checked this scope on their site.

    Warranty is for the lifetime of the scope. They define lifetime. I could not find what they consider lifetime for this.

    Also this is not an AO scope. I did not see how the parallax is set but I imagine 100 yards.

    Just FYI.

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