For a couple of years now Burris’ AR-332 has been popular and dependable, but not everyone wants or needs a 3X powered optic. To fill in close-quarters as well as long-range gaps, Burris’ 1X AR-132 and 5X AR-536 should do the trick.
Fixed-power optics have a lot going for them. They have fewer lenses and elements and deliver very bright images while having relatively small and lightweight objective lenses. Not only does the mass stay down, so does the overall size, and the simple designs help keep prices down, too.
Burris’ successful AR-332 has demonstrably proven that they can make a fine prismatic sight, without fringing colors or distortion, even at the edges. But for practical shooting and actual close-quarter combat roles, a 3X power optic might not do, which brings us to the AR-132.
This new 1X power optic is your vanilla red/green dot scope with ten brightness settings. It’s designed to be simple, lightweight and rugged, with a simple 4 MOA red dot. The package comes with a Picatinny rail mount and tethered windage and elevation caps, but not lens covers. The AR-132 comes with three extra rails in case you’re a firm believer in the optic-mounted bayonet.
The AR-132 is for anyone who wants an tough, no-frills optical red/green dot without going overboard on their budget; its MSRP is in a sweet spot, $280, and is already in stores for less than $250. The AR-536 bring all the AR-332 features to the table plus extra magnification.
The AR-536 also uses a prismatic lens system to display a fairly busy three-way reticle. It can be used without power as a plain black reticle but also has red and green modes to suit ambient conditions. The reticle is marked in various ways for 100 yards, and has dots in 100-yard increments descending down the reticle to a 600-yard peep. It has five levels of illumination. It has an MSRP of $399 and is available now for about $325 in stores.
The AR-536 can also be mounted to AR sight handles if you take off the Picatinny mount. It, too, has three rails, which can be unmounted, but may come in handy for someone interested in fixing a small non-magnified red dot to it, since a target will pretty easily fill up the whole reticle under 100 yards.
They have about 200-500 hours of battery life, depending on the level of illumination set, and of course, the AR-536 can be used without power. The 1X scope has 2.5 inches of relief and the 5X 2.5-3.5. The AR-132 weighs 11.5 ounces and the AR-536 a fraction under 18. Both are designed to ride happily on ARs (shock) of either 5.56 or 7.62 NATO varieties.
While we have always been impressed with the 3X AR-332, these two new options open up their market pretty wide, from people who shoot rifles at targets at arms’ length to those barely in sight at all.