1-4X AR15 Scopes Compared

Bushnell AR Optics 1-4

I was recently researching 1-4 scopes to get on a competition/fun range gun, and found that availability and models have really exploded, and that there were few articles showing what was available. So, I decided to take a crack at listing which 1-4 AR scopes were out there and where you can get them in the US or Canada. I’ve left out the higher end 1-6 and 1-8 scopes just to keep things focused.

Special features on 1-4x scopes for AR-15’s

  • 30mm tubes (24mm objectives) are used on more expensive scopes, and gather a bit more light/have more adjustment range than the 1″ tubes that have 20mm objectives.
  • Most of these scopes offer some sort of drop calculated reticle that makes engaging targets at 100-500 yards easier. (unless they’re FFP, these marks usually only work at 4X)
  • FFP (First Focal Plane) to zoom the reticle and maintain the drop is offered on some. It’s a much higher cost feature, so it’s not typically available on more inexpensive scopes.
  • Some of these scopes offer illuminated reticles that make them operate similar to a red dot at 1X: great for CQB or close in shooting.
  • Easily turnable target turrets come on most of these scopes, making it easy to dial in for further yardage.

Millet DMS 1-4

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: Donut-Dot
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: Yes and no depending on model
  • Turrets: Yes
  • Where to buy in US: Brownells
  • Where to buy in Canada: Wholesale Sports
  • Price range: $230-300

Leatherwood Hi-lux cmr 1-4

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: CMR
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: Yes
  • Turrets: Yes
  • Where to buy in US: Brownells
  • Where to buy in Canada: Wolverine Supplies
  • Price range: $340-400

Bushnell Trophy XLT 1-4

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: Illuminated
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: Yes
  • Turrets: Covered
  • Where to buy in US: Optics Planet
  • Where to buy in Canada: Lebaron
  • Price range: $230-250

AR with Bushnell 1-4

Bushnell AR Optics 1-4

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: BDC
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: No
  • Turrets: Yes
  • Where to buy in US: Brownells
  • Where to buy in Canada: Frontier Firearms
  • Price range: $175-220

Bushnell AR Optics 1-4 Throw Down PCL

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: BTR
  • FFP: Yes
  • Illuminated: Yes
  • Turrets: Yes
  • Where to buy in US: Brownells
  • Where to buy in Canada: Frontier Firearms
  • Price range: $250-300

Bushnell Elite 1.25-4

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: 4A
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: Yes
  • Turrets: Covered
  • Where to buy in US: Brownells
  • Where to buy in Canada:
  • Price range: $500

Nikon M223 1-4

  • 1″ tube (20mm objective)
  • Reticle: BDC
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: No
  • Turrets: Yes
  • Where to buy in US: Brownells
  • Where to buy in Canada: Wolverine Supplies
  • Price range: $240-260

Nikon Monarch 3 1-4

  • 1″ tube (20mm objective)
  • Reticle: BDC
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: No
  • Turrets: Covered
  • Where to buy in US: Brownells
  • Where to buy in Canada:
  • Price range: $250

Vortex Crossfire II 1-4

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: V-Plex/V-Brite
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: Yes and No (depending on model)
  • Turrets: Covered
  • Where to buy in US: Brownells
  • Where to buy in Canada: One Shot Tactical
  • Price range: $250-300

Vortex Viper PST 1-4

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: TMCQ
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: Yes
  • Turrets: Covered or non
  • Where to buy in US: Optics Planet
  • Where to buy in Canada: Grouse River
  • Price range: $500-580

Burris MTAC 1-4

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: Ballistic CQ
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: Yes
  • Turrets: Yes
  • Where to buy in US: Brownells
  • Where to buy in Canada:
  • Price range: $400-450

Burris TAC30 1-4

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: Ballistic CQ
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: Yes
  • Turrets: Covered
  • Where to buy in US: Brownells
  • Where to buy in Canada: iRunGuns
  • Price range: $300-500

Nightforce NXS Compact 1-4

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: FC-3G, IHR, FC-2
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: Yes
  • Turrets: Yes
  • Where to buy in US: Brownells
  • Where to buy in Canada: Alberta Tactical Rifle Supply, Bashaw, P&D, Prophet River, The Shooting Edge
  • Price range: $1300

Leupold MK AR Mod 1 1.5.-4

  • 1″ tube (20mm objective)
  • Reticle: Duplex or Firedot
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: Depends on model
  • Turrets: Yes
  • Where to buy in US: Brownells
  • Where to buy in Canada: Wolverine Supplies
  • Price range: $300-500

Leupold VX-R Patrol 1.25-4

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: Firedot/BDC
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: Yes
  • Turrets: Yes
  • Where to buy in US: Brownells
  • Where to buy in Canada: P&D
  • Price range: $580-800

Trijicon Accupoint 1-4

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: Triangle post or crosshair
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: Yes, Fibre optic
  • Turrets: Covered
  • Where to buy in US: Brownells
  • Where to buy in Canada: Cabelas
  • Price range: $1000

US Optics SR-4C 1-4

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: Mil scale
  • FFP: Yes
  • Illuminated: Yes
  • Turrets: Covered
  • Where to buy in US:
  • Where to buy in Canada: One Shot Tactical
  • Price range: $2200

Meoptra Meo Tac 1-4

  • 30mm tube (22mm objective)
  • Reticle: RD Illuminated
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: Yes
  • Turrets: Covered
  • Where to buy in US:
  • Where to buy in Canada: One Shot Tactical
  • Price range: $1000

Primary Arms 1-4 PA14X

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: Red Dot Illuminated
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: Yes
  • Turrets: Covered
  • Where to buy in US: Primary Arms
  • Where to buy in Canada: ?
  • Price range: $120

SWFA SS HD 1-4x24mm

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: Illuminated Donut AND unilluminated circle + mil)
  • FFP: Yes
  • Illuminated:
  • Turrets: Covered .1MRAD
  • Where to buy in US: Direct from SWFA
  • Where to buy in Canada:
  • Price range: $800

Weaver Kaspa 1-4×24

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: Dual-X
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: Old: no. New: Yes
  • Turrets: Old model: covered, new: exposed
  • Where to buy in US: Gander Mountain
  • Where to buy in Canada:
  • Price range: $180-$300 (old and new versions exist)

Mueller Speed Shot 1-4×24

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: Dot
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: Yes
  • Turrets: Covered
  • Where to buy in US: Direct from Mueller, Optics Planet
  • Where to buy in Canada:
  • Price range: $250

Konus Konuspro M-30 1-4×24

  • 30mm tube (24mm objective)
  • Reticle: 30/30 reticle
  • FFP: No
  • Illuminated: Yes
  • Turrets: Big honking
  • Where to buy in US: Optics Planet
  • Where to buy in Canada:
  • Price range: $230

Did I miss a really popular 1-4 scope that’d be perfect on an AR-15 or other Modern Sporting Rifle? Let me know in the comments!

Is your MSR an AK style rifle? Mayor Fuglycool recommends this optic:

NPZ PSO 1.5-4.5×16

  • Your choice for an AK, Vepr, Saiga or other side mount red army rifle.
  • 16mm objective
  • Reticle: Russian Military Style Rangefinding reticle
  • FFP: Da
  • Illuminated: Da
  • Turrets: Da
  • Where to buy in US: Kalinka Optics
  • Where to buy in Canada: ?
  • Price range: $360
  • Spoxxter

    Primary Arms 1-4x24mmnSWFA SS HD 1-4x24mmnSightron SIH 1.75-4x32mm nWeaver Kaspa 1-4x24mmnMueller Speed Shot 1-4x24mmnKonus Konuspro M-30 1-4x24mm

  • Thanks, I added all except the Sightron. It would be the only optic in the list to have a larger objective, and there were more than a few similar scopes I’d have to add if I increased the scope of this list to include those.

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