“The Bushnell AR Optics 1x MP Illuminated Reticle scope offers great value for the money and is suitable for everything from 22 caliber rifles through pistol caliber carbines up to intermediate rifle cartridges such as 223 or 7.62×39; the look to the scope screams: Tactical.”
Bushnell has been making quality optics for over 5 decades and is no stranger to the realm of red dot scopes. The company that introduced the world to the Holosight has taken a few stabs at the standard red dot and the AR Optics 1x MP Illuminated reticle is a winner.
This sight has the outward appearance of a Trijicon ACOG and even incorporates a very usable back up sight on the top of the scope. Three gun shooters, target shooters, hunters and even those who are looking for a home defense optic will be pleased with this simple and rugged design.
Bushnell AR Optics 1x MP Illuminated Red/Green T-Dot Reticle Riflescope, 1x32mm
The sight has a matte finish that not only matches the finish on most tactical rifles, but serves to protect it from the rigors of field use. My personal favorite feature is the overall similarity of this sight to the ACOG. It does not pretend to be an ACOG clone at all, but lends a serious look to the sight.
Reticle – T Dot
Bushnell uses a traditional 3 MOA sized dot in either green or red with an adjustable brightness setting. The size of the dot can be adjusted down to 1 MOA or increased to 10 MOA if the shooter desires. There are 2 horizontal lines on either side of the dot and one vertical line positioned at 6 o’ clock. These lines give it the appearance of a “T” but seem to serve no purpose beyond that.
The glass used in the Bushnell AR Optics 1x MP Illuminated Red/Green T-Dot Reticle Riflescope is consistent with the high quality lenses that Bushnell has become known for producing. They are multicoated to reduce glare and protect the lenses.
This scope has no magnification. It is strictly a red dot sight for rapid target acquisition.
The compact size of this scope allows it to be mounted on a wide variety of rifles, carbines, sub machineguns and even certain handguns.
The choice of either color dot is great for the price. The human eye tends to pick up the green color quicker than the red and the green remains more visible in bright outdoor conditions.
The look of the scope is still my favorite feature here. Too many red dot scopes look like simple generic tubes; Bushnell went the extra mile and classed this one up.
For a simple fixed power red dot sight, the Bushnell does the job. The reticle however could be more refined. Graduation lines indicating different ranges could easily replace the “T” lines which may help a novice shooter in aiming, but can be a bit distracting. The backup sights seem more like an afterthought, but a white dot painted in the center of the post or a fiber optic insert might make all the difference here.
This optic exceeded my expectations for the price. It is similar in function to an Aimpoint and is light years ahead of the cheap red dot sights marketed by firearms giant, Sig Sauer.
- Reticle: 3 MOA dot, T-dot
- Finish: Black Matte
- Magnification: 1x
- Objective Diameter: 32mm
- Exit Pupil: 32mm
- Eye Relief: unlimited
- FOV at 100 yards: 44 feet
- Battery: CR2032
- Length: 6.75 inches
- Weight: 15.6 ounces