Question of the Day: What Optic Do You Have on Your Go-To Rifle?


LWRC International kicks off the most significant consumer promotion in its history starting April 15 through August 31 2015, any consumer purchasing a new in-the-box LWRCI commercial rifle from an authorized dealer will receive an Aimpoint Micro T-1 2 MOA red dot sight with pre-mounted 39mm spacer and LRP ($889.00) at NO CHARGE.” Well ain’t that a kick in the pants! That’s a $900 optic. [Suppressor not included. Terms and conditions apply. Ammoland press release after the jump.] The question is, right optic? OK sure, it could be a second or third optic. But what’s your go-to optic on your go-to rifle?  . . .

Cambridge, MD – LWRC International kicks off the most significant consumer promotion in its history starting April 15 through August 31 2015, any consumer purchasing a new in-the-box LWRCI commercial rifle from an authorized dealer will receive an Aimpoint Micro T-1 2 MOA red dot sight with pre-mounted 39mm spacer and LRP ($889.00) at NO CHARGE.

“LWRCI has partnered with Aimpoint to offer what we believe is a true “Step-Up” promotion from anything out there,” said David Ridley, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing.

“This program is designed to deliver ultimate value to the commercial consumer by bringing together two high performance brands with an amazing promotion that will make an impact in the marketplace.”

This promotion will apply to all LWRCI commercial rifle platforms: IC- 5.56 | SIX 8- 6.8 SPC | R.E.P.R. – 7.62 NATO except for Legacy M6 and NFA models. Because of the free optic rifles will be shipped from the factory during the promotion period without BUIS. LWRCI rifles and carbines are built on the patented short stroke piston platform delivering the most advanced, most reliable, durable and best handing high performance firearms in the AR category.

The Aimpoint Micro T-1 is a 2 MOA red dot sight with 39MM spacer and Aimpoint LRP mount. Built to perform reliably in extreme conditions, the Micro T-1 features ACET technology allowing 50,000 hours of constant-on operation with a single battery, Aimpoint’s unique coating on the front lens reflects the dot’s selected frequency of red light at near 100% efficiency, precision adjustments for windage and elevation, 4 night vision compatible settings, 8 daylight settings and easy integral Picatinny-style base are standard on each Micro T-1.

Consumer fulfillment will be handled by LWRCI and will require the authorized dealer/ consumer to supply the following by mail, email or fax.

LWRCI/Aimpoint Rebate Request Form- downloadable online rebate form
Federal Form 4473 – completed with dealer.
Proof of Purchase- copy of original receipt
UPC Sticker – off the retail box

LWRCI will ship the optic to the dealer where purchase or transfer is made. Please allow 4-8 weeks for delivery of promotional optic. All requests for rebate optic must be received and postmarked no later than September 30, 2015 for optic fulfillment.

About LWRC International

Based in Cambridge, Maryland, LWRC International is a designer and manufacturer of high performance firearms. Its mission is to deliver absolute reliability, consistent accuracy and extreme durability in its products. Through innovative design, engineering excellence, cutting edge manufacturing processes, and materials technologies; LWRCI products are built to perform and exceed end users expectations. For more information log on to or call 410-901-1348.


  1. avatar DrVino says:

    NC Star or nuttin’, baby!

    1. avatar Charlie Uniform says:

      +1 Love it!

  2. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    I use iron sights because their failure rate is orders of magnitude lower than optics (which includes batteries in many cases).

    1. avatar Basil Walls says:

      That’s why you cowitness. I keep extra batteries in my grip for my Comp M4, but after a year the ones it came with it still haven’t died.

      1. avatar Roscoe says:

        The batteries last a long time with light to moderate use. Outstanding sights.

        I’ve had my Comp M4’s for over 4 years with original lithium batteries showing no detectable loss of power to the dot. Two different carbines used periodically probably 10 times over that period (lotta’ different guns to exercise, only so much time to hit the ‘range’). I’d be more worried about battery leakage than loss of power because of the extremely low draw of those red dot sites. The lithium batteries will I expect give the 8 years advertised if you don’t forget to turn the unit off.

        I also keep an Aimpoint Quick Swivel mount on the rail just behind each of the sights for a shared Aimpoint 3X Magnifier for making longer range shots or seeking more precision. The 3X mag. provides impressive accuracy but the eye relief suffers; you must be pretty much on top of the Magnifiers eyepiece.

      2. avatar Chicago Steve says:

        I have an aimpoint T1, I keep it on all the time and change out the batteries on Jan 1, along with smoke detectors

    2. avatar ready,fire,aim says:

      roger that…iron sights indeed

      1. avatar Evan says:

        Same here no optics. Just a flashlight on my shotgun. I will soon scope my K31 for 1000 yards because I can.

    3. That’s all I have right now. Diamondhead front and rear iron sights. Very tidy deadly weapon.

    4. avatar Texsylvanian says:

      I felt this way for a long time. I still have a set of fixed iron sights for every rifle just in case. For the rear I use a larue because I can throw it on in a jiffy. I’d kill for Larue to make a fixed iron sight with the same QD ability as their rear but no such luck. So I have a Daniel defense FFUIS with every larue rear.

      However, my hatred of optics has passed. The TA-44s ACOG is absolutely stellar. Light weight, practically fail proof, long eye relief, generous eye box and illumination suffices even with a scout light. Quick close-up shots and just enough magnification to allow me to be more choosy at 300 meters. If you have the money and if the bindon aiming concept works for you, I highly recommend it for a tactical carbine.

      1. avatar Mike says:

        Came in to post about the TA-44. Weighs about the same as front and back iron sights and is infinitely better IMO. I will never sell it.

    5. avatar Tomyironmane says:

      Optics are nice. Iron Sights are MANDATORY. My go-to has the irons still installed, and they’re useable underneath the Leupold 3.5-10x40mm scope.

  3. avatar Basil Walls says:

    Aimpoint Comp M4.

  4. avatar Mike says:

    Irons. Especially if I’ve upgraded them to a peep/aperture.

  5. avatar Shire-man says:

    Had been using an EOTech 552 but the battery life really frustrates me.
    Switched it out for a Mepro Tru-Dot and after going through a few classes, even one pouring freezing rain all day, I’m a fan of it.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Yeah, I think I’m about to pitch my EOTech, it seems to use up battery when turned off, so I have to remove them between uses, pretty frustrating.

  6. avatar notaTTAGreg says:

    EO Tech EXPS3. Asbolute co-witness height on my SCAR 16. I had a Mepro Tru-Dot, but it was defective and it took months for Mako Group to do anything about it.

    1. avatar pwrserge says:

      +1 on the EXPS3. I had a Micro T-1 on there, but it just didn’t look right and the field of view felt more restricted than with the EXPS3. I also love the large diameter ring for close range drills. Don’t need to do anything beyond haloing the target.

      1. avatar notaTTAGreg says:

        I quite like it, but EO Tech’s quality is hit and miss. My EXPS-3 has squishy vertical adjustment (not tactile at all), but my EXPS-2 has very well defined adjustment in both the vertical and horizontal planes. I plan to send the EXPS-3 back for warranty work shortly.

        I have a trend of poor luck with optics. We’ll see if my VCOG works out well.

  7. Low profile dokter with co-witnessed irons just in case

  8. avatar Steve says:

    Aimpoint Comp M4s on one rig, a Burris TRS-25 on another gun and so far I have not been disappointed.

    The new arrival, an OD green Tavor, will get a Hi Lux Max B Dot with riser so we will see how that fairs.

    Never got into eotechs because of battery life and I never really had that ‘oohhh, aaahhh’ feeling with them.

  9. avatar Kevin T says:


    1. avatar Anonymous says:


      I have some super cheap optics on mine. They are dark (especially at dawn and dusk). They are also blurry with a lot of color at the edges and the red dot operation is sporadic. It’s kind of like an old TV that needs a hard kick before the picture clears up. It’s certainly not waterproof or could take much abuse – it was really cheap. To me it’s just like fine China. It even says “china” on it.

  10. eotech 512 with fixed power x3 flip to the side magnifier behind it.

  11. avatar Farmer Tyler says:

    Trijicon ACOG 4×32 on a carbine AR. Keep it in my truck and move it to tractors when needed. Ended up putting a GG&G quick release base so if I wanted to or had to use it in a CQB scenario I can pull it off and use my Troy folding sights

  12. avatar Hasdrubal says:

    Burris XTR 1.5-6 on a PWS mk216. Docter mini red dot on an offset mount for a backup. Only use the dot if i forget to crank the magnification down on the primary. Nice thing about a scope with a reticle, it still works without batteries.

    1. avatar Accur81 says:

      Nice! My XTR 312 is doing very well on my .308.

  13. avatar AllAmerican says:

    Iron sights.

  14. avatar Vhyrus says:

    Primary arms red dots for most. The tavor has a sightmark ultra and the long ar upper has a Bushnell trs 25. No complaints for any of them.

  15. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

    Steve’s Gunz rear ghostring/peep sight on my Rossi 92.

  16. avatar Oh-One says:

    I like the Burris CQB etched reticles – MTAC 1-4×24, AR-332 3×32, AR-1X. Same basic shape on all three plus work with or without batteries.

  17. avatar Shwiggie says:

    Aimpoint PRO. Depending on how well it works on my Scorpion I might try a Primary Arms AMD for weight reduction purposes.

  18. avatar thedonn007 says:

    Trijicon TR-24

  19. avatar Mark says:

    Leopold 1-4 Hog. Less weight and large eyepiece. No one ever got fired for recommending Leopold.

    1. avatar JR_in_NC says:

      They might get fired for recommending Leopold instead of Leupold.


  20. avatar 'liljoe says:

    I shoot off the hip, no sights needed

    1. avatar Marc says:

      I shoot off at the mouth……no filter needed.

    2. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

      That’s how the Rifleman did it.

      1. avatar FoRealz? says:

        That guy didn’t take shit from anyone.

        Think he’d go all in on permits, required CCW classes, Gun Free! Zones, mag limits, and what not?

        Shit no is the answer.

  21. avatar HiddenArmadillo says:

    Aimpoint H-1 2 MOA.

  22. avatar Gabe says:

    SWFA 1-4X with fold down BUIS. On another rifle, have an Aimpoint Comp M2 that has been through hell and just keeps on performing. The Aimpoint is older with the 4 MOA dot and I’ve thought about updating it with a newer one but I just can’t bring myself to let it go. I’m pretty sure one could use it as a hammer, then put it back on and it would hold it’s zero.

  23. avatar Gman says:

    EMP proof only for me. SKS iron.

  24. avatar (Formerly) MN Matt says:

    Meprolight Tru-Dot RDS. Can’t beat the bang for the buck.

  25. avatar Tsn4 says:

    Trijicon TA-33 or Eotech 512 depending on how far away the zombies are.

  26. avatar arsh says:

    Iron on the tantal since finding an optic mount is impossible. The S&W M&P15 Sport I will be getting will be a basic scope with iron sight backup.

  27. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    I’ve got a Redfield Revolution 2-7×33 scope with the ‘accu-range’ reticle on top of my Mini-14. I refuse to pay more for a non magnifying optic than I can for a quality scope. 2x is plenty wide for quick target acquisition. Plus I found it at a local shop for $140 (I think they though it was a Revenge model – should have been more like $200). No batteries. If it fails the Mini has back up irons.

    I’ve been tossing around the idea of mating a lightweight barreled upper on a New Frontier polymer lower for an ultra lightweight (and cheap) AR that I’ll probably keep in iron. I’ve been finding a ton of great deals on uppers with M4 or Socom profiles but that would defeat the whole concept.

  28. avatar JR_in_NC says:


    Three of my rifles presently have scopes mounted: one good, one decent and one under $100 piece of garbage. The under $100 piece of garbage is on my primary hunting rifle and gets shot more than any other rifle I own. It (the rifle+ scope+handload combo) has consistently printed about 1/2 MOA, tested out to 500 yards, for the last 10+ years. Guess I don’t really see a need to put more $$ into better scope for it. (PS: GASP! It has a wood stock, also!)

    The rest have iron sights. A couple of those get shot with regularity as well, sometimes out to 200 and 300 yards. In addition to the above mentioned scoped rifle, I also hunt quite a bit with the 30-30 with iron sights. (All my hog hunting, for example, is with this rifle, at least so far).

    I have a little el-cheapo 4x rimfire scope not included in the above scope list for the 10/22, but it’s not on it these days as I’ve been teaching my children to shoot using iron sights.

    For completeness, also hunt with a Taurus 689 6″ .357 Mag with iron sights. That revolver has been shot at targets (not game!) out to 250 yd with consistently acceptable results.

  29. avatar John Taylor says:

    Iron aperture on both “go-to” rifles. (Iron sights on my hunting rifles as well.)

  30. avatar preston says:

    ironsights, they never fail

  31. avatar Tile floor says:

    Vortex viper pst 1-4×24. Has a battery for the illumination but it is not necessary for function. Really clear glass, especially since I got it for free as a wedding gift.

  32. avatar The un-tactical AK operator says:

    Iorns. I always h use iorns.

  33. avatar Cknarf says:

    Factory irons. They’ll grow hair on your chest.

  34. avatar xer 21 says:

    Something tells me i’m the only person using a PK-AS optic.

  35. avatar Andy says:

    Aim point micro T1 on one, primary arms 4x acss on the other.

  36. avatar -Peter says:

    Elcan Specter DR

  37. avatar TT says:

    If it’s a real life-threatening, grab-a-rifle-and-go situation, the rifle I’ll grab has irons. If it’s a theoretical zombie apocalypse, the rifle has a fixed 4x scope and an offset micro reflex red dot.

  38. avatar Mark N. says:

    Bushnell TRS-25 red dot. But my eyesight being what it is, I may just have to change to a variable power scope.

  39. avatar justin says:

    ACOG for my AR, Vortex Strikefire for my AK, and a Micro T-1 Clone on my VZ58.

    1. avatar Cloud says:

      Acog is next on my list.

      1. avatar justin says:

        My ACOG came as a deal too good to pass up. Between sales price +10% off for fathers day markdown had me only paying $880 for a $1000+ optic.

    2. avatar Matt in Tx says:

      ACOG on my AR-10. Cost more than the rifle. Love it.

  40. avatar valorius says:

    Cheap-o true glow red/green multireticle. $50 bucks and it works great.

    Backed up by a Viridian c5L green laser/strobe light

  41. avatar Cloud says:

    Eotech 512 with a G33 magnifier. Co witnessed irons. People complain about the battery life but I have no complaints especially with the Lithium AA batteries by energizer. I prefer the reticle of the eotech over Aimpoints.

  42. avatar Sian says:

    Right now it’s an ancient Burris 2.5x long eye-relief scope (I think it was meant for a pistol) on my DDM4 v7 Lightweight on account of I don’t have anything better. Looking to swap it out for something lighter. Ideally I think I’d like to stick a 2×20 ACOG on there.

  43. avatar BDub says:

    My optics:
    Trijicon TA-11 ACOG
    Trijicon RX-30 Reflex
    Trijicon Dual-Illum RMR
    Primary Arms 4-14X44 FFP

  44. avatar Merits says:

    Trijicon Accupoint 1-4 on my LWRC SBR.

  45. avatar Desert Ranger says:

    Aimpoint T-1 and Troy Flip-up Iron Sights.

  46. avatar int19h says:

    Aimpoint H-1 on an AK mount (on an AK, obviously).

    The second next gun in the list, which is an AR, has an Aimpoint Pro on it.

  47. avatar ValleyForge77 says:

    Micro T-1 on an ADM QD mount… w/Troy DOA rear and Troy M4 style front site with tritium post (although, I’m not sure I’ll ever actually need to flip them up lol)

  48. avatar Accur81 says:

    Iron sights, Trijicon night sights, Glock night sights, whatever night sights Sig uses, Burris XTR 312, Bushnell ERS 3.5-21,Shotgun Ghost ring, etc.

  49. avatar Jim R says:

    I only have one rifle (my .22) but the scope is some cheap $50 thing I bought at a sporting goods store. It’s a nice enough optic, and it doesn’t make much sense to spend over $250 on a scope for a rifle I bought for around $200.

    1. avatar Gman says:

      Jim – Unless you like castrating squirrels at 100 yards.

  50. avatar dr_elusive says:

    Daniel Defense Iron Sights, Pretty much unbreakable, and never need batteries.

  51. avatar Larry says:

    Aimpoint Comp M4s on my go to rifle. It is on 24/7/365. I replace the AA battery once a year, even though it supposed to last 8 years. My concern is battery leakage from age, not from losing power.

    That rifle used to have a Eotech EXPS 2.0. It was moved to my 15-22 after it turned off once while shooting and has now been back to L3 twice for a dim reticle caused by gas loss. L3 has fantastic customer service but I don’t have a supply depot like the Navy Seals to to hand me a new Eotech every time one goes down.

  52. avatar David says:

    Lucid HD7 with cowitnessed Daniel Defense ironsights.

  53. avatar Rambeast says:

    Vortex 2-7×32 BDC.

  54. avatar Spaceman Brown says:

    Aimpoint PRO.

  55. avatar mike says:

    NFA models excluded. Boooo

  56. avatar LarryinTX says:

    Just finished ordering a couple Primary Arms red dots.

  57. avatar Sixpack70 says:

    Tavor has an Aimpoint PRO, AK74 has a Vortex Strikefire. My favorite AK has a Leatherwood CMR 7.62. My Favorite AR has the Primary Arms 1-6 scope. I would pick any of those up as a go to rifle.

  58. avatar BDub says:

    After reading this collection of comments all I can think is, behind every blade of grass, indeed.

  59. avatar FoRealz? says:

    Weaver 1-5x Tactical (ooohhhh dere is dat word)

    Anyway, works good. Good value FFP scope.

    Let’s my old eyes trick me into thinking I can shoot it good. 🙂

  60. avatar Rich K. says:

    Israeli Trilux S.U.I.T. with a replaced tritium vial. It’s not an ACOG, by any means, but it IS a good, durable, and battle-tested optic.

  61. avatar Gunr says:

    Leupold 3X9 on top of receiver, forward of that I have a twin 45 degree pict. rail mount, with a a very bright tactical light on the left, and a red dot on the right side. The 45 degree mount makes it much easier to bring the red dot into your aim. Also, does not block the scope.
    Also down low in front of the other optics, is a green laser. Just enough room left on the bottom in case I want to put on a bipod. Have folding grip also on the bottom.
    Now if I can just scrounge up a couple C notes for a decent trigger.

  62. avatar Jeff says:

    I typically shoot irons on both my AKs and ARs but my go to rifle is an M92 Krink with PA MD-AS micro. It’s the most accurate AK I own and points more naturally than every other rifle in my safe.

  63. avatar HamChuck says:

    Aimpoint T-1 2MOA on a Daniel Defense high riser. Co-witnesses with the flip up sights on the 16 inch FDE Tavor. Spare batteries in the grip compartment.

  64. avatar Tommy G says:

    Self defense pistols are all iron sights, same with my shotgun. Hunting pistol has a Bushnell red dot, but I am switching to a scope (BSA). Have a Vortex crossfire ii Hog Hunter on a .204 Ruger for varmint hunting (Coyotes). Nikon Monarch on a .308 for big game. NC Star on a .223 which is only used for target and a Nikon Prostaff on a.22lr – also used for target. My eyes are good out to about 30 yards. After that they kind of suck. I need the glass.

  65. avatar notalima says:

    Comp ML3
    Troy BUIS

    Pretty simple.

  66. avatar Eric says:

    Millet 1-4 DMS
    red dot on 1X, but traditional scope re rival in case of battery fail, and 4X is enough for a Ruger mini 14

  67. avatar Ken says:

    Trijicon ACOG 4×32 TA32F BAC on a LaRue Tactical ACOG QD LT 100 mount.

    Batteries not required!!

  68. avatar Slicer87 says:

    I use iron sights as a last ditch back up on my go to which also has a red-dot and a laser. The iron sight’s biggest disadvantage is that you need to close one eye to use it. Red-dots and lasers allow you to keep both eyes open.

    1. Well I must be doing it wrong because I keep both eyes open with my irons.

  69. avatar Silentbrick says:

    My .308 AR has an EOTech 552 w/BDC crosshairs. Had it 3 years, have changed the batteries just once. (They apparently died after I let my brother borrow it a while). I honestly don’t see alot of need to shoot past 200-300 yards with it and since I have shot alot of Service Rifle competitions with iron sights, it works plenty good enough for those ranges. Unless there’s a zombie apocalypse or civil war, my need for long range shooting in an suburban environment is pretty much nil.

  70. avatar Chuck in IL says:

    I don’t use sights. The Force is with me, always.

  71. avatar joe_thousandaire says:

    The question I have is what is a good very inexpensive optic? Looking for something to put on a hi-point carbine.

  72. avatar Out_Fang_Thief says:

    It’s an MSE AQC-1C holographic sight. It’s also a tad hard to find one new, nowadays.

  73. avatar Mikel says:

    Leatherwood/Hi Lux CMR 762(1-4x) on my bullpupped RPK. Scope was actually built for the RPK right down to the ranging reticle.
    Nikko-Sterling Halographic sight on my bullpupped Saiga12.
    Both co-witnessed.
    Tasco 2-7 on my Marlin 795.

  74. avatar Jimmyjames says:

    Eotech with MBUIS. If both of those go down and I’m out of ammo, my SBR becomes a short barreled club.

  75. avatar P.G. says:

    Vortech Crossfire 2, 1-4X. Love it for a cheap optic.

  76. avatar LordGopu says:

    I have a Bushnell TRS 25 on my M1A. It works great.

  77. avatar SpeleoFool says:

    Late to the party, but had to comment. My “go-to” depends on what I’m going-to…

    For CQB/urban the Tavor is wearing a Mepro M-21 (bullseye)
    For mid range the SAM7-SF has a Comp-M4s + magnifier
    For bad news the SCAR 17 has a Leupold Mk8 1.1-8 (Horus)

    I also built a very nice Precision AR that’s wearing a TA31 ACOG w/ green chevron. I really like that setup, but it doesn’t fill any gaps that the above 3 platforms wouldn’t do better.

    Finally, my favorite all-around optic is, without a doubt, the Aimpoint T1. The combination dead-simple dot and near endless battery life make for a killer combo within 200 yards. Plus it’s light. If I only had one go-to then that LWRC / T1 combo looks pretty darn good.

  78. avatar Trae says:

    Primary Arms ACSS with angled iron sights

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