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The Best 1-4x Scopes

When most people are thinking about scopes, there aren’t a whole lot that think about low-magnification scopes like a 1-4x scope.

the best 1-4x scopes

1-4x scopes can be very useful and in most cases, you’ll be able to keep both eyes open while shooting – making these scopes great for AR-15s and also shotguns.

In this post, we go over some of our favorite 1-4x scopes and show you the best 1-4x scopes for your money.

1. BSA Optics TW1-4X24

If you are looking for a 1-4x scope on a budget, BSA Optics has you covered. This is a quality scope with a generous 4 inches of eye-relief that won’t break your budget.

This reticule is a Mil-Dot crosshair, which makes ranging fast and easy. It comes with scope rings. It’s waterproof, nitrogen purged, and has fully multi-coated glass, allowing maximum light transmission for a brighter image.

The 1x setting on this scope appears to still have some magnification, so it’s not a true 1x. It is sturdy, and will hold zero. The clicks are ½ MOA adjustments, but on a 4x scope that generally isn’t a problem.

2. Monstrum Tactical 1-4×20 Rifle Scope with Rangefinder Reticle

For only slightly more money, the Monstrum Tactical 1-4×20 is a monster of a scope. Monstrum is quickly earning a reputation for quality optics on a budget. The eye relief is nearly 4 inches regardless of the magnification. The scope rings it comes with are offset, so if you are mounting the scope on a rifle where the rail is a bit too close or too far, you can make the adjustment by simply flipping the rings the other way around.

At 20mm on the objective lens, this scope is going to give you a dimmer image as the sun starts to set, but it’s great for daylight shooting. It includes a glass range finder reticle to easily gauge your shot distance, and a nitrogen purged tube. The range finder is illuminated, running on battery power. The brightness adjustment is on the extra scope dial.

3. Bushnell AR Optics Drop Zone-223 Reticle Riflescope

Here’s a simple crosshair reticle scope made with the high quality you expect from Bushnell. It features a BDC reticule tuned for AR15 bullet drop, but you can always ignore them or figure out what ranges they correspond to on your weapon.

Sight adjustment is in 0.1 MOA clicks, so you can zero your rifle precisely at 100 yards. This makes it devastating against small targets, like rodents in your field. It’s solid, and for what you get, this is a high value scope.

4. Bushnell Optics FFP Illuminated BTR-1 BDC Reticle Riflescope

Another great 1-4×24 scope from Bushnell. This one features a lighted reticle that runs off of a nonstandard battery, but luckily, there’s one included in the box. The illuminated reticle makes this scope very usable in low-light conditions, but it isn’t necessary to light it up during the day. The unlit reticle is plenty visible in the daytime.

Optics are fully multi-coated for maximum light transmission, and the bullet drop on the reticule is calibrated for a .223/5.56. 0.1 mil adjustment like the previous Bushnell, and sturdy as a rock. It doesn’t come with mounting hardware, so you will need to use your own 30mm rings. It’s a first rate-scope for a second-rate price.

5. Vortex Optics Crossfire II 1-4x24mm Riflescope w/ V-Brite Reticle

Just the scope, rings not included. This reticule is a clean crosshair-and-dot design to keep you dead on target. The center dot illuminates for use in low-light. Fully multi-coated, which you expect at this price, this is one tough scope.

The crosshair is not reflected accurately on the linked Amazon page. The cross goes all the way through the center, and the lighted dot will appear over the intersection. The center dot is 1.5 MOA, which is very precise, but still large enough for use as a red-dot tube at low magnification. It runs off a CR2032 lithium battery, which can hold up for around 1000 hours on the lowest brightness setting.

It’s also available at a great price right now.