Best LPVOs For SBR & 3 Gun

Looking for an rifle optic that can do both CQB and long range?

In this buyer's guide, let's check out some of the best LPVOs (Low Power Variable Optics) on the market today based on magnification, size, reticle and price.

You can go low cost or expensive, and let us help you understand what each of these scope has to offer

Let's check out what the market has to offer!

Best LPVOs For 3 Gun & SBR

Vortex 1-10X Gen 3 FFP - Best Overall

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Why pick this low power variable optic - The RAZOR HD Gen 3 1-10X low power variable optics bridges the gap between CQB and long range capability into one super versatile scope. It's a great hybrid CQB and long range scope for the DD5.

Now 10X Magnification - Increased to 10X power to bridge the gap between a mid-range LPVO with a long range precision scope without compromising size, clarity or field of view.

Moving Target Hold - Get lead on moving target accurately with dotted moving target holds without any guess work 

Fast 1X Target Acquisition - 3 inward arrows quickly draws the eye to the illuminated center reticle and get on target fast at 1X. 

Range Target Fast - Just superimpose the hashmarked ranging subtension lines for on the target to immediately estimate the target distance as well as holdover and windage corrections.

Best Warranty Policy - You break it, Vortex will replace it at no cost with a lifetime, unconditional warranty.

Features:

  • Magnification: 1-10X
  • Objective Lens: 24mm
  • Focal Plane: First Focal
  • Tube Size: 34mm
  • Reticle Type: EBR 9
  • Turret Type: Capped
  • Length: 10.1 inches
  • Weight: 21.5 oz
  • Low capped Turrets
  • Fixed Parallax to 150 yards

Trijicon AccuPower 1-8X28 - Best LPVO Overall

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Highest rated, Most talked about 1-8X - The Trijicon AccuPower 1-8X28 FFP is one of the highest quality LPVO with an increased objective lens diameter for better light gathering & top notch tactical turrets, which allows the shooter to quickly and accurately adjust the reticle on the go.

Competition shooters and hunters love the Trijicon AccuPower 1-8x28 for its superior optical quality and low light performance and optic clarity.

Great Eye Box on 1X - for scope shadow haters, this scope is your friend to quickly acquire targets at 1X like a red dot with generous eye box, less scope shadows when shifting your head position.


Among other 1 -8x scopes out there, the Trijicon Accupower 34mm size tube is among the very few that can deliver large field of view and generous eye relief for at 8X than 30mm.

In addition, the shooter can adjust the tactical turrets by hand on the go. Simply just pull, adjust and push back down to lock it, which is a great feature for high speed tactical shooters.

Lastly, the first focal plane reticle changes relative to the magnification, to give the shooter the most accurate ranging & holdover capabilities.

Features:

  • 1-8X Magnification
  • Exit Pupils (3.5 - 11.8mm)
  • Eye Relief (4 - 3.9 in)
  • Weighs 27 oz
  • 34mm tube
  • 28mm Objective lens
  • First Focal Plane
  • Segmented Crosshair Reticle
  • Turrets (0.25 MOA / Click)

Steiner M8Xi - Best LPVO for Combat

Why spec ops picked this scope - The Steiner M8Xi is the ultimate military grade purpose built LVPO. If you're looking for the best for your tactical SBR, then this is it.

It's super durable, and its short length design allows more space to mount night vision and thermal devices in front of the objective lens without bunch accessories taking over much space at the front of the rifle.

You don't hear about Steiner scopes lot in the civilian market besides their laser/IR products, and we're happy to show it to you.

Finer adjustment with MIL dot is preferred for precision shooting, and all Steiner optics are based on European mRAD system. Once you take the time to learn how to shoot a mRAD scope, it becomes much more precise than MOA.

Big/Easy to operate tactical turrets is another great feature on the Steiner M8Xi, which the shooter can very positively adjust the elevation and windage turrets, hearing and feeling every click without missing.

After you're done adjusting, just push the turret cap down to lock it in place, turret zero indicators are built in as well.

Also great for 3 gun competition, but there are more affordable options. For anyone, especially for people that are actively using their rifles with thermal and night vision devices, the Steiner M8Xi is the best combat LVPO for serious tactical applications.

Features:

  • 1-8X Magnification
  • Exit Pupils (3.5 - 11.8mm)
  • Eye Relief (4 - 3.9 in)
  • Weighs 28 oz
  • 34mm tube
  • 24mm Objective lens
  • First Focal Plane
  • DMR Reticle (Multi Caliber)
  • Tac Turrets (0.1 MIL / Click)

Primary Arms SFP 1-8X24 - Best LPVO For The Money

Why we picked Primary Arms - the SFP 1-8X24 is a second focal plane low power variable scope that is very affordable for people are just getting into the LVPO game.

The features we like the most from this budget LPVO option is the price point and it's ACSS reticle.

The ACSS reticle gives shooter simple to understand reference point in the crosshair to estimate ranges.

It's a great reticle for new shooters to start using. Another great feature is the added moving target holdover reticle to help shoot moving targets accurately at longer ranges.

However, the ACSS reticle is only true at 8X because it's a second focal point scope.

Features:

  • ACSS (5.56 / 5.45 / .308) illuminated reticle
  • Capped turrets (0.5 MOA/Click)
  • 30mm Tube
  • Weighs (16.9 oz)
  • Second Focal Plane
  • 24mm Objective Lens
  • 1-8X magnification
  • Exit Pupil (9mm @ 1X, 3mm @ 8X)
  • Eye Relief (3.3 - 3.5")

Best known price $399at OpticsPlanet

Vortex Razor HD 1-6X24 Gen 2 - Best LVPO For 3 Gun

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It's the gold standard for LPVOs - the Vortex Razor HD 1-6X24 has been the best 1-6X scope all other scopes compare against.

What we like about the Razor HD is it's glass clarity from edge to edge. At 6X the image remains very crispy without getting blur compared to other scopes.

You can really feel it right when you pick this 21.5 oz scope up and look through it.

At 1X, the Razor 1-6X felt nearly identical to a 1X red dot, but if you keep shifting your head too far away from the center, then the scope shadows will start to creep in.

But if you practice consistent cheekweld and sight acquisition, you can get in that sweet spot every time and the shadow no longer bothers you.

Overall, Out of dozen other options, the only downside to the Razor 1-6X is the weight. It's not the lightest, but its overall top notch qualities make up for it.

Features:

  • 1-6X Magnification
  • Exit Pupils (4 - 24mm)
  • Eye Relief (4 in)
  • Weighs 21.5 oz
  • 30mm tube
  • 24mm Objective lens
  • Second Focal Plane
  • JM-1 BDC & VMR-2MRAD Reticles
  • Capped Turrets (0.25 MOA / Click)

* Be sure to also check out our review of the new Vortex Razor HD 1-10X, which has a wider eye box than Vortex Gen 2 1-6X, and the additional 4X magification makes the scope a hybrid CQB and long range capable LPVO


Common FAQ

Does It Matter ? 6X vs 8X

It doesn't matter which one you pick, but when it comes to distance shooting and dealing with low light, you need to pick the 8X.

A 8X is always better than a 6X as far as target identification during day light, and it's much more expensive.

If you pick the 8X, make sure the glass is clear and the low light performance isn't worse than the 6X you're comparing to side by side. If the 6X performs better, then go with the 6X.

But there are many factors involved on your buying decisions such as:

  • Eye box
  • Field of view
  • Glass quality
  • Price
  • Reticle
  • Looks
  • Weight
  • Tactical turret designs

For people who have access to long distance shooting ranges and get to do cool stuff, you might consider getting the 8X, and it will be a little more expensive than the 6X as the magnification increases.

We highly recommend going to a local store and test it out first in person before making a decision. Optics are those products that you must physically try to get a sense of the quality.

Tube Size Matters For a LPVO?

30mm is the most common scope size in the industry, but a 34mm tube provides several performance advantages including:

  • Much wider field of view and eye box for 1X action with a LPVO
  • Increased light transference and clarity

This is why the push for 34mm tube LPVO is trending, and one of the newest & highly anticipated on the market today is the Vortex Razor HD III 1-10X.

Close Quarter Eye Relief VS Red Dot Eye Relief

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When using a LPVO on a SBR, it's important to go from 1X to 6X and 8X very quickly and we can do that with a scope ring lever so you can quickly adjust the magnification within seconds.

The eye relief at 1X on a LVPO is not the same as a red dot because scope shadow occurs when your head position on the rifle cheek is slightly off center.

In addition, it has eye relief distance where the red dot has unlimited eye relief.

For that reason we want a low power variable optic that has a generous eye box.

Why Low Power Variable Optics On SBRs

LPVOs are the best alternatives for red dot and magnifier combo, for positively identifying targets far away, and provide way better reticle options.

Even though it doesn't look sexy when you have a big scope on a short gun, but the capabilities are there for SBR shooters to explore.

An important fact to reiterate is that a SBR can reach 100 - 200 yards easily just like a regular 16" or 18 " rifle with a slight ballistic performance differences, but it's just with a shorter barrel.

It's always better aiming with a higher magnification like a 8X than a 4X while Engaging a target at 200 yards, all because you can see better and hit more accurately with the reticle.

Reasons Not to have a LPVO

• Shooters who barely shoot long range at all, a red dot is a better option for personal defense and range sessions

• For civilians who don't have access to tactical shooting ranges at all to enjoy their optic's capabilities