Tactical Optics

Whether it is the newest illuminated reticle or good old fashioned iron sights, the right optics are key in shooting accuracy. The reviews, news and videos in Gun Digest’s tactical optics section are certain to help you set your crosshairs on the best optics for your rifle, handgun or shotgun.

A red-dot sight, like this EOTech, can also be teamed up with a magnifying adapter, and thus get you the best of both worlds.

AR-15 Scopes: Magnified Vs. Red Dot

Not taking into account A1 and A2 iron sights, your AR can have one of two types of optics - red-dot sights or magnified scopes. Here's a look at both.

Leupold TS-32X1 Reticle.

A Look at Leupold’s New MOA-based TS-32X1 Reticle

Trying to decode conflicting measurement systems on rifle scopes using MOA- turrets with Mil-based reticles is now a thing of the past on Leupold's line of optics thanks to their new TS-32X1 MOA-based reticle.

FLIR ThermoSight R-Series

SHOT Show 2014: FLIR ThermoSight R-Series

The FLIR ThermoSight R-Series offers something the consumer market has been missing for some time now -- a top-of-the-line thermal scope that, price-wise, falls in line with night vision technology.

Bering Optics Night Probe

SHOT Show 2014: Bering Night Vision Attachment

Instead of dropping several thousand dollars on a night-vision scope, check out Bering Optics’ new Night Probe, an attachment that converts almost any daytime scope into a night-vision scope.

Burris' AR-1X Prism Sight

SHOT Show 2014: New Low-Power Optics

From iron sights to high-powered scopes, anyone paying attention knows optics abound in the firearms world. Here are three new low-powered options unveiled at the 2014 SHOT Show that may be worth scoping in on.

Redfield is offering its Battlezone riflescope in a more powerful 6-18x42mm model.

Redfield Offers More Powerful Option in Battlezone Line

Redfield use to be the acme in hunting scopes. The brand still has a fine selection in this realm, but has made headway in another shooting niche. The Battlefield line has proved popular enough Redfield is offering a new version of the scope.

The TLR-1 lit up this completely dark laundry room so brightly it flushed out the camera picture. No Flash.

Two Critical Accessories in Building a Defensive AR-15

There are endless ways of configuring an AR-15. But, when it comes to home defense there are two accessories that are musts. If you focus on lights and sights, your gun will be decked out with what you need when it matters most.

Accuracy 1st Anti-Cant Scope level is easy to install and mil-spec tough. It's curved vial and ceramic ball bearing allow for smooth adjustment and discrimination down to less than 1 degree of cant.

Best Scope Level for Long-Range Accuracy

One variable you need to keep under control when long-range shooting is rifle and scope level. To compliment the Whiz Wheel, Accuracy 1st has developed the very slick Anti-Cant Scope Level.