I have often been asked this question about how to go about buying a cheap night vision scope for an AR15 in the market and this comprehensive article will answer that.
Some people think that cheap would mean low quality, but what the scopes listed here have good quality and performance along with a friendly budget range.
Here is my selection of scopes based on price, range, IR illumination, and overall performance.
Firefield FF16001 NVRS 3x 42mm Gen 1
|Firefield FF16001 NVRS 3x 42mm Gen 1||Yukon NVRS Titanium 1.5 x 42||Armasight Orion 5x Gen 1|
|Dimensions (in)||9 x 3.2 x 3.4||8.6 x 3.1 x 3.3||12.7 x 4.6 x 4.1|
|Battery||2 AA Batteries||2 AA Batteries||CR123 A Battery|
|Price (USD$)||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
With a 3x magnification, you can buy this awesome scope from here.
The well-earned reputation of this scope owes itself to the amazing magnification, high resolution image quality, and the built in IR illuminator. The scope is ideal for almost all kinds of situations such as hunting, training, and tactical purposes.
The Firefield FF16001 NVRS is one of the finest Night Vision Rifle Scopes around. The scope is widely lauded for its excellent design, strong build, superb performance, and its friendly budget range. Making mostly from Titanium, the scope not only lightweight, but also extremely strong and durable. Perfectly suited for rough terrains!
The only flaws are that the scope’s mount is not stable enough and difficulty with adjusting the scope’s lever. The mount however, can be easily adjusted and you can tighten the mount a bit to fit your preferences. The lever can cause a little bit of problem for new users but users should get used to it after a while.
I would rate this scope 4.5/10 for its ergonomic design, enhanced illumination, perfect resolution, and its affordable price.
Click here for reviews of Firefield FF16001 NVRS 3x 42mm Gen 1 on Amazon
The Yukon NVRS Titanium is a lightweight, customizable, and versatile Night Vision Scope, offering a 1.5x magnification. Check out the price here.
The Yukon NVRS Titanium features a Pulse Technology IR illumination which greatly aids you in your varmint hunting endeavors. It also improves the battery life and service life of the scope. The scope comes with a remote control that you can use to turn it on/off if it is placed at a distance.
The scope uses a red reticle over a green field view, which you can customize according to your preferences or can even turn it completely off. This helps a lot if you want to use the scope alone to scan the area first.
The scope has a rail system (standard weaver mount) that makes it easy to fit it on a wide array of firearms. The scope allows you to use it with a digital camera, provided you bought the required camera accessories.
Cons of this scope are its limited magnification (1.5), and its short field view (20 degrees). The shortness of the field view can be problematic for aiming in some instances, especially if there isn’t enough ambient light.
To sum up, the scope does contain a few minor flaws but those can be disregarded if weighed against pros. My rating for the Yukon NVRS Titanium is 4/5.
Click here for reviews of Yukon NVRS Titanium 1.5 x 42 on Amazon
This scope offers a stunning 5x magnification, making it well worth the price.
The Armasight Orion features a powerful IR illuminator that can be detached as and when needed. The IR illuminator offers intense visualization and grants you high levels of precision even in areas where there is little to no ambient light. This illuminator, combined with the variable reticle brightness (which you can set in accordance with the amount of ambience light you receive), offers you unmatchable levels of precision and accuracy even from distance beyond a 100 yards.
The powerful optics of this scope provide high quality resolution and combined with its startling 5x magnification, makes this scope the best pick for nighttime hunting over long distances.
This Shock resistant and water resistant night vision scope is perfectly suited for avid varmint hunters. The core material of the scope is rubberized aluminum, equipped with shock resistant optics, contributing towards the high durability of this scope.
The scope has standard rail system which makes it easy to install on most kinds of rifles and firearms. The controls are user friendly and you can easily adjust settings such as elevation and reticle brightness according to your preferences.
The major and perhaps the only downside of this scope is its weight. This scope weighs a whopping 1.7 kg making it difficult to handle at time. However its highly efficient and feature-rich scope can compensate for its heavy weight. A minor number of users has also reported screen flickering during usage.
Based on a thorough judgment of its pros, cons, and price, my rating for this scope is 4.5/5
Click here for reviews of Armasight Orion 5x Gen 1 on Amazon
The scopes listed above each have their own pros and cons. Nonetheless, based on its price, durability, functionality, and accuracy, I would absolutely recommend the Firefield FF16001 both for new and seasoned varmint hunters alike.
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