While in the gun shop this past week I overheard a conversation between a new AR-15 owner and his friend asking about what his main optic should be.
I have been asked this question a lot over the years and I always ask them a few questions before I give them my opinion.
- How often do you plan to shoot this rifle?
- You have just dropped $1000+ on a rifle what is your optic budget? Also what other accessories do you plan to use on this rifle and what is your budget for that?
- What kind of shooting do you intend to do with this rifle? Bench rest (distance), short range (100yds max/ home defense) or a mix of both?
- Do you plan on taking any shooting classes with this rifle?
After hearing their responses I have a better idea as to what kind of shooter they are and what they might want.
What kind of questions do you ask yourself before you make a decision on your optic choice?