The Best Tactical Rifle Scopes

Our Favorite Tactical Rifle Scopes

As a first-time buyer, you may find the process of choosing a quality tactical rifle scope daunting and confusing.

This is because there are many types of scopes in the market which share almost similar features and design specifications not to mention that there are a lot of considerations that go into choosing the right scope.

To help you out in selecting the best tactical rifle scope, we have compiled a detailed buyer’s guide in the post below.

In our guide, we will feature the top 6 TAC rifle scopes we have identified in the market.

We will also provide an in-depth review of the scopes we have selected to help you identify one that will meet your needs, shooting skill level and budget.

Additionally, we will also feature some of the top factors you should consider if you are in the market for a tactical rifle scope.

Ready to know more about the top scopes in the market? If so, you can delve right into our informative reviews below.

vortex stike eagle 1-6X24MM scope

Since they started dabbling in the production of scopes, Vortex has remained true to their reputation of manufacturing affordable yet high-quality and premium scopes.

If you need further proof of this, you just have to look at some of the scopes they have produced such as their line of budget-friendly Crossfire II scopes to their high-end line of Razor HD scopes.

With Vortex, you are sure to find scopes for almost any budget range that will suit your skill level.

If you are in the market for a decently priced scope that has a mid-range variable optic, you should definitely check out the Strike Eagle scope by Vortex.

Despite the fact the optic glass on the scope only has mid-range capability, this scope also comes with other top-of-the-range design features such as:

-Illuminated reticle
-Capped turrets in ½ MOA clicks
-Raised adjustment fin located on the magnification adjustment ring

The two top features that we have come across in this rifle scope are: the illuminated reticle and the BDC markings found on the reticle.

Though it has a fairly simple design, the reticle design allows you different usage options once you mount the scope.

For starters, the rings on the reticle act as a ‘Donut of Death’ which is very useful if your scope is set at 1x magnification and you need to shoot objects that are in close proximity (These types of shots tend to be very common in most competitions).

The inner lines on the reticle can also be very useful if you need to make a more precise shot for mid-range targets.

This scope is designed to be used when shooting within a 100-yard range. This means that if you are using 1x magnification, your ability to shoot will not be impacted.

You may only see minimal distortion at your edges of your scope when using this level of magnification.

If you are looking are working on a budget, Vortex has a wide range of quality scopes with a great example being the Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 1-6X24MM Rifle Scope.

For the AR-15, you may have a lot of options when it comes to selecting a scope but the Strike Eagle will function greatly on this type of rifle. As a novice in shooting competitions, you cannot go wrong with this scope.

Though it does not do everything, we have tested it extensively in the conditions it was meant to be used with great result. We have not come across any issues when using the Strike Eagle and recommend it as a scope for beginners.


  • We love the new and improved reticle and included throw lever
  • The glass quality is well worth the price
  • No issues with it in any weather conditions


  • The glass is not as clear, slightly darker than some competitors
UTG 3-9×32 1″ BugBuster Rifle Scope

This military grade rifle is relatively lightweight compared to other scopes in the market.

It comes fitted with a one-inch tube which is a hallmark of engineering that can observed in most quality TAC scopes in the market.

The UTG 3-9×32 1″ BugBuster scope also comes with different magnification settings meaning that you can adjust your sighting to suit the current conditions.

This scope which works perfectly on the Mini 14 Tactical Rifle comes with a range estimating reticle that can help improve your aiming accuracy and performance in the field.

Additionally, the scope also has an adjustable object ranging capacity that works perfectly from three yards to infinity.

One other great feature of this scope is that it has illumination. This makes this scope extremely versatile as you can get optimal illumination no matter the combat conditions.

 Did we mention that this combat rifle scope is designed to be rainproof while offering the user shockproof performance?

Our only reservation about this scope is that some users have reported seeing blurred images when using the scope. However, these are isolated reports that in no way should be used to judge the efficiency of the scope.

The UTG 3-9×32 1″ BugBuster comes at an affordable retail price and despite the (few) reported blurs in the sighting, it has a solid design, sturdy construction and extra features that make it an ideal acquisition for any serious shooter. 


  • For the price you absolutely can't beat the quality
  • Optics are clear, and more than acceptable for the price point
  • Adjustable objective and magnification settings are very user friendly


  • The one we tested was slightly off by about 2-3 degrees
vortex optics diamondback ffp scope

If you are looking for a highly-rated scope that offers the user both precision and value for money, check out the Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical 6-24×50 FFP Rifle Scope.

Top Features of The Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical 6-24×50 FFP Rifle Scope

One of the biggest features of this scope is the sighting glass that is designed to offer a shooter incredible performance while in combat. The sighting glass on the scope is made of low dispersion glass which means better sight when you are aiming.

This scope also has fully coated multiple lenses which improve your sighting when aiming at a target. It also comes with a first plane reticle that allows you to maintain accurate sub-tensions from the 1x magnification through to the 4x magnification.

For maximum the durability, this scope is also waterproof, fog-proof and it is also designed to offer shockproof performance.

Additionally, the scope has a 30mm tubing – This means that it can be used in even the harshest combat environments. For enhanced performance, it also has an O-ring sealing and nitrogen purging capability.

Our Final Word

The Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical 6-24×50 FFP Rifle Scope is a bit pricey. This means that it may be out of the price range for novice buyers who have not planned on choosing a durable and high-performance tactical scope.

We would strongly recommend that you acquire this scope if you are looking for a tactical scope that has sturdy features and is built to enhance optimal performance in the field. Since this scope is designed to allow quick and easy reticle focusing, it can be used for short, mid-range as well as long-distance shooting.


  • Tracks perfectly and returns to zero, spot on
  • Guaranteed Forever
  • The reticule is extremely crisp and defined


  • Ocular box (eye piece) is a little big
nikon p tactical scope

Apart from being stylish, the Nikon P-Tactical scope comes fitted with a wide range of features to help you improve your shooting skills.

Top Features of The Nikon P-Tactical .308 4-12×40 Matte BDC800 Rifle Scope

One of the top features of the Nikon P-Tactical scope is that it comes with multiple lenses that are fully coated. This improves the sighting offered by the rifle making it ideal for use in even the harshest conditions.

It is also worth noting that the multiple coated lenses on the scope are house in air-craft grade aluminum which increases the durability of the scope.

Another great feature in the scope is the O-ring seal that prevents moisture and water from entering into the scope.

To improve its reliability in the field, it also has nitrogen purging capability which is designed to cater for the thermal shock when you shoot.

Additionally, this scope also has different zoom options which allow you to get a good and clear field of view when aiming at your target.

If you are looking for a quality military grade scope that can function effectively no matter the time of the day or night, you should check out the Nikon P-Tactical .308 4-12×40 Matte BDC800 Rifle Scope.

The Nikon P-Tactical is marvel of engineering that blends top-tier features, durability as well effectiveness. If you buy this tactical rifle scope, you are bound to get value for your money. 


  • Superior Nikon quality
  • Nikon has excellent customer support if you have to use it
  • Perfect for 100-500yds


  • Adjustable mag ring does not have a notch for easily manipulating the magnification
trijicon acog usmc rifle scope for combat

This premium, compact yet lightweight scope works perfectly when mounted on the M1A.

It has many design features as well as a rugged and durable construction design which is perhaps the reason why it is widely chosen by buyers browsing through the combat section.

This scope comes fitted with a dual-illuminated reticle that can offer you great sighting no matter the amount of light available.

Through the premium lenses that are housed in a casing forged from aircraft-grade aluminum that is nearly indestructible (7075-T6 Aircraft Aluminum Alloy), you can get bright aiming options no matter the time of the day or night.

This scope can also be put to versatile uses such as combat situations or sporting activities.

The Trijicon ACOG 4×32 Combat Rifle Scope is also designed in such a way that it can be mounted and used even by novice shooters.

If you are looking to get value for money when purchasing a scope, this is a great option to consider.

Though this machine is designed to function effectively no matter the lighting conditions, some users have reported that they experienced the problem of blurred images when the lighting conditions were poor.

Despite this issue, this scope is highly regarded by many people who use scopes on their tactical rifles such as military personnel, civilian hunters and other shooting enthusiasts all over the world.


  • On the money from 100 to 500 yards
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Performs exactly like the one used in the Corps


  • Often out of stock
leupold mark ar mod scope

To date, this scope refers a choice acquisition for many people browsing through the TAC scope category.

This scope is designed and produced in the U.S.A which means that it has passed through rigorous safety and performance tests.

This scope offers heavy-duty performance because it is made of aluminum alloy and polymer.

This scope also comes with designed with illumination capability which means it can offer optimal functionality no matter the amount of light available.

The lenses also have multiple coating that usually tends to provide bright lighting even when there is almost no light.

When carrying out our research, we came across reports that seem to suggest that this scope is not the most durable among all tactical rifle scopes available in the market.

However, if you are looking for a reliable TAC scope that can work reliably in almost any weather and lighting, we advise that you try out this scope.

The best part is that not only will you get value for money with this scope, you can also use it in a wide range of applications.

For enhanced performance, this scope comes with P5 turrets and it also offers shockproof performance to the user.


  • The glass on the AR mod 1 is excellent for the price
  • Guaranteed Forever
  • Easy is to zero


  • In the dark the firedot allows some light in at the edge of the reticle

Final Thoughts / Conclusion

Having the right scope makes all the difference when you're at the range. You want to pick a scope that is easy for you to use, and helps you become a better shooter.

A good scope makes a huge difference and you don't have to spend a ton of money to get a quality glass.

There are a lot of different options to choose from, the ones we listed here are our favorites.  We think you will like them too.