How to Choose the Best Optics | Special Forces Sniper review | Tactical Rifleman

How to Choose the Best Optics | Special Forces Sniper review | Tactical Rifleman

Alright I get asked all the time Carl what
scope do you recommend I get do you like this brand versus this brand do I need
this magnification do I need this honestly you need to get optics that
match your mission everybody’s particular situation is different if all
you’re doing is home defense very very close in ranges than a simple aim point
or eo-tech like in this case red dot sight just fine zero magnification very
little parallax basically where we put that red dot that’s where you’re going
to hit all right great great capability however it doesn’t have the max ocation
that are needed for some missions now let’s say you have a mission where your
situation says okay I can get by with a red dot but I also need on occasion I
need some magnification that case I would recommend that you would go with a
variable power scope in this case this is a this one’s made by Horus vision I
can dial it from one power so basically I’m looking through the same as that
EOTech or that aimpoint single red dot but I can also dial it all the way up to
seven power magnification right gives me the magnification needed right now you
notice I did not say it goes all the way down to three power or two power for AR
for close in you want to maintain that capability of
being able to go all the way down to a true one power scope one power
magnification it doesn’t do that they’re probably not the right scope for you
somebody trying to set up an AR I recommend that they go straight to a one
power alright then they can come up from there alright
but let’s say you’re running that red dot but once in a great while you need
magnification behind this particular EOtech here this is a 3x magnifier alright
while I can looking through those that red dot
I’m good then for long range shots all I do is I flip that 3x magnifier over
behind it and now I’m looking through this 3x magnifier then through my zeros
optic what this does is even though I’ve added 3x magnification I’ve not changed
the zero as a weapon this weapon is still zeroed I’ve not changed anything
at all where if I taken this off and put another scope on with more magnification
I potentially would have lost a zero good capability however it’s still very
limited it’s either 1x or it’s 3x there’s no
variable in between so I kind of tend to lean towards one that has variable power
1x through either 5 to 7 one of my personal favorites is this particular
one is made by sworsky right it is a true basically 1 to 6
power so magnification wise it’s not as strong as some of the other
ones out there however what I really like about this scope is the illuminated
reticle now a lot of scopes that have an illuminated reticle what I really like
about the svorski is it has a two position now I can set it to to the left
and then change brightness either dimmer or brighter alright go back to Center is
off and then I can go back to the right and I can set brighter or dimmer so it
allows me to save two set things so what does that matter Carl? Where that
matters is I come off the Humvee I’m heading to the building I’m outside it’s
a bright day very very bright outside I need that red dot in this scope to be
very very bright now as I go through that initial breach point on the
building and I’m in a dimly lit building that bright dot would be too bright it
would overwhelm my field of view I wouldn’t be able
see anything through the scope I reach out my finger flip it to the right now
I’ve already had preset it to a very dim setting to where now it works perfect
inside the shootout now there are some drawbacks to this scope it’s a second
focal plane in other words when I change magnification the MIL reticle and it
does not maintain the same new relation to what the target has where the horse
visions our first focal plane and the clusters will maintain same ratio aspect
as the target to the front one drawback but other than I think this is an
awesome scope now high-powered variable scope if you’re running a larger calibre
AR in particular this one here is a JP Enterprise 308 you’ll notice I have a
larger variable power scope on it a great allows you to reach out low in
8lr doesn’t start running out of gas two seven eight hundred meters your scope
allows you to easily reach out to there and identify friend or foe even at those
distances however close in I can’t dial this scope down to through one power
we’re going to have to fall back on the iron sight all right so that’s basically
it you want to pick the optics that matches your mission


  1. Good stuff. I really like using the Elcan Spectre DR. The 1x to 4x throw lever concept was really useful and a neat feature.

  2. I never liked the flip to the side magnifiers because it ends up being a lot of exposed glass to have to see through and every external surface of glass is an opportunity for dirt dust and grime to obscure your view. If any piece of that optic is low quality or has crap on it then the system is a fail.

  3. great job on your youtube acct. in really happy to see this channel, even though there are A LOT of new channels popping up regarding this same topic. I do feel that this differs greatly because this channel brings exactly what people are truly asking for. And that is, what does the military use, regarding loadout, weapons, etc. and why. the majority of the vids I see usually have veterans talking about what they like, than that usually branches off to some new item they're trying to market. I also believe that using current military special force members, and even hiding there face gives a bit of a boost to this channel. more importantly; atleast to me; I really like how you guys go over the verbage, specifically on your sniper vid, and how/why its used. so again, great job! I'm really looking forward to more vids.

  4. I'll be honest this could be a dumb question, yet I would like to know. who are these videos for. I've watched several of these videos and while I enjoy them, I'm left wondering who's these videos pertain too. if anyone would care to give me a serious answer it would be much appreciated.

  5. Whats your guy's opinion of EOTechs after recent events? Are they still good to go? I feel like for a Trijicon MRO I can get more out my sight compared to an EOTech fro the price of a 512.

  6. Hi, I just discovered this channel 2 days ago and it's great with great content, thanks! Just want to let you know that a little bit more light (brightness) would be nice so that we can better see the rifles and stuff. Have a nice day!

  7. fixed magnification scope wasn't mentioned, although it's a good option 3x or 5x fixed…no moving parts inside and thus more durability..and also usually better optical performance compared to variable scopes.

  8. I have cycled through an aimpoint pro, eotech exps 2-0 with 3x magnifiers behind both, and a trijicon acog with a trijicon rmr mounted on top. All great choices, but for a firearm that is as versatile as the AR-15, my preference is 1-6x variable scopes. 1-6x variable scopes gives me the flexibility to do everything i could want with my AR-15s. On my S&W M&P15T, i have a Leupold VX6 1-6 and on my DDM4V11, i have the Trijicon VCOG. IMO, variable scopes are the way to go, but you should make your decision on what serves you the best.

  9. can you tell me what eotech sight you were running with the magnifier and is that the same as the one special operations units use today??

  10. Do you guys have any recommendations on footwear? I imagine the philosophy is similar. Pick footwear that makes sense for your use case scenario. I'm 6'3" with wide feet and high arches, 210 lbs, and have always had trouble finding decent boots that both fit well and can take a beating. I destroy insoles like no other as I tend to dig hard with my toes when I run and hike. Been looking at the Belleville 990s and similar products that seem to be designed for rocky, mountainous terrain. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

  11. Does anyone know the name of the scope with the 1×7 magnification with a lever like that or any scope with that kind of lever to adjust it?

  12. I can't be the only one that thinks this guy is the Christopher Walken of the tactical world…

  13. I am a BIG fan of your videos! In truth, I know nothing. I don't own a gun. I would like to own a gun and have some knowledge and expertise about it. Seeing your videos from a person who obviously REALLY knows what they are talking about is very interesting and maybe even inspiring.

  14. what do you think about the mark 18 rifle? what are your thoughts on it? I've heard good things about it and been thinking about buying one.

  15. On a DMR type rifle where would you run your BUIS on the rifle? Particularly on a 20" barrel equipped rifle. Thanks SGT.

  16. Have a real quick question sir…I know you said that your scope is a horus vision but what model is it? Or is it just the horus vision reticle on a different scope?

  17. My primary mission is Home Defense and my choice of Optics is the EOTech. I can take care of business out to 100+ yards with my EOTech.

  18. What if you are just a little internet ninja who doesn't really have a mission other to pretend he is a operator? Is there a optic recommendation for us?

  19. Is there really a benefit to the First Focal Plane for CQB or is it really only when you are gauging something at distance?

  20. Is there really a benefit to the First Focal Plane for CQB or is it really only when you are gauging something at distance?

  21. Trijicon and Aimpoint are my go too. I've fell in love with the TR24 1-4× that's uses 0 batteries. The PRO and MRO are my go too

  22. Optics that match your mission. Period. I have several AR's that are meant for missions if they arise from night vision to basic iron sights which are good from 0 to 500yds. I wish people would make serious comments on this site because some don't realize that life in America is getting serious. I want to point out that this man has a lot of insight that you should pay attention to. My close friend is a retired Green Beret and he sees that America is in trouble. Instead of being tacticool you should either take his classes or start training with what ever rifle you have and learn how to shoot it. If you are experienced enough to understand ballistics then use a scope, it not educate yourself or stick to iron sights and after you have mastered that learn your scope and ballistics. I have been shooting longrange for 30yrs but this guy has reminded me of the basics for survival with a rifle in the real world which I have neglected. I can hit targets all day long out 800yds with my sniper rifles but this site has motivated to practice my basic ar 15 rifle skills and my pistol skills. Excuse me for being so serious but these are serious times and I want people realize knowing what your doing could save your life. Former Police Officer and Veteran. God Bless.

  23. What scope would you recommend for a guy that don't have the funds to spend on an acog or similar scope? It would be for my go to rifle.

  24. Another way to determine what's best is by optic feature set:

    Range Finding/Bullet Drop Compensating Reticle
    Beginning with the fact that to hit the target the sight or hold must be adjusted from zeroed distance to given target distance, selecting a scope with an MOA or mil graduated range finding/bullet drop compensation reticle can be handy, as it provides a means to estimate distance to target and works as a bullet drop compensator when used with ballistics data for the bullet/velocity associated with the shooter’s cartridge. Another reticle, advertised as a BDC, which means bullet drop compensating reticle, may give the shooter a hint at the proper holdover for a good hit by simply holding on a distance marker as seen on the reticle. Keep in mind though, since this type of reticle is calibrated for the average velocity produced from a family of high velocity cartridges, rather the actual external ballistics of a specific cartridge, accuracy of this aid to good shooting will likely just be approximate.

    Bullet Drop Compensating Elevation Dial
    Most scopes are adjustable for elevation and windage in 1/4 MOA or 10th of a mil increments to create a bullet path which will intersect line of sight at a given distance when the shooter has properly adjusted the scope for the distance and conditions. This standard scope feature may be enhanced with a bullet drop compensation elevation dial indexed for a specific cartridge, which minimizes the need to reference bullet drop from a ballistics chart or memory. To use this feature: just zero to desired distance, set dial to zeroed distance, and then turn dial to its marking for a given target distance to hit target at that distance.

    The benefit of scope magnification is relative to target size/distance. For example, the high magnification required to discern a golf ball at one thousand yards does not mean that hitting the golf ball consistently will now be possible, since that diameter object at one thousand yards would still require about sixth minute of angle marksmanship. Simply put, the ability to make something appear bigger may not translate to the ability to hit something relatively small at extended distance. There are limitations. So, instead of maximum power, consider the power necessary to understand a consistent target/reticle relationship on a target sized to the MOA capability of shooter/equipment at greatest distance the bullet will get to before it begins to fly erratically and tumble. For example, if you can get a bullet to 1000 yards nose-on and you can shoot to that distance under 1 MOA, that means you could hit a 10-inch diameter target at that distance. So, how much power do you need to hit such a target at 1000 yards. Assuming you can clearly see the 10-inch target at 100 yards without magnification, it would appear all you need to engage that target at 1000 yards would be a magnification of 10 power. Of course, this assumes the target’s whereabouts is known; but, the bottom line is only enough magnification to discern a consistent target/reticle relationship is necessary to realize the best results. And, with such a scope, the shooter will have complementary qualities, like a larger field of view, lighter weight, and less cost than an equivalent scope with a greater magnification range.

    Zero Stop
    In addition to selecting an appropriate scope magnification range, reticle type, and adjustment scale (mils or MOA), the shooter may want to consider the benefit of a Zero Stop. Useful for long range target shooting, this feature permits the shooter to reset to a zero without counting clicks, which permits the shooter to quickly re-adjust elevation dial for the next target’s given distance.

    First or Second Focal Plane Reticle
    Another consideration should be for a first or second focal plane reticle, when purchasing a variable power scope which has an MOA or mil scale reticle. With a variable power scope, the first focal plane reticle is magnified commensurate with scope power adjustment. This means a bullet drop and/or range finding reticle will work at any scope power setting. Usually; however, this feature demands the scope be adjusted to a mid-power setting, since at low power it is difficult to distinguish reticle markings; and, at high power, the reticle may not show enough of itself to get a reading of relatively big targets at relatively short distances to formulate distance to target or to get to a holdover point. Of, course, in such a scenario the need to range distance to target is moot, since the shooter can hit that sort of target without need for distance/holdover calculations. The second focal plane reticle, which does not magnify, will permit range finding calculation and bullet drop compensation functions when used at the scope’s highest power setting, which does not present a problem except at a relatively short distance, shooting at a relatively big target; but, in this scenario, where there is no need to range distance to target, the scope’s initial short range zero setting will suffice.

    Elevation/Windage Dial Unit of Measurement
    Today it is fashionable for scope marketers to match reticle with elevation/windage dials as in mil/mil or MOA/MOA configurations, since novice shooters, a big part of the scope buying market, perceive that matching the reticle and dial scales to a common angular unit of measurement will be easier to understand. However, when the shooter expects scenarios with a need for speed over precision or precision over speed, the mil reticle combined with MOA dials may be the most versatile solution.

    Parallax Adjustment
    Finally, many variable power scopes today have a parallax control which will focus the target onto the reticle plane. This feature is a must have for accuracy as it assures a consistent perspective of aim, even when the eyeball to eyepiece relationship is not consistent from shot to shot. Without a parallax control, an inconsistent eyeball to eyepiece relationship will result in angular error which increases with distance.

  25. Does your thumb ever block the ir laser or do you not rest your thumb on top? I like the idea of the ir back on the rail, probably much more balenced.

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