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{Top 7} Best 1-4x rifle Scopes Reviews and Guides 2021

In most cases, the use of the basic 1-4 power rifle scope is reserved for some three gun special target events, law enforcement weapons systems as used in the urban setting, and general use by sportsmen and ranch /farm shooters alike.

Because the housings that retain this specified power setting scope can be somewhat smaller than many others, and the chopped style for end bell housing is missing from many models, this scope is natural for installation as applied to the short receiver designs found in the AR-15 style rifles.

In most cases here at my tested and development agency I shoot the straight 4X scope when applied to handguns, and the 1-4 can be moved into this class of firearms application as well. Just recently I arrange the use of a scope from Leupold and was offered the straight 4X or a variable in the same basic configuration.

Best 1-4x rifle Scopes reviews 2021
Author Ruger Super Blackhawk 44 Magnum and the Leupold 4X handgun model scope.

Top 7 Best 1-4x rifle Scopes Reviews and Guides 2021

1. Barska 1-4X28 IR Hunting Scope.

Here we have an installed bell design but reduced in size in terms of a 1-4X28 scope design. The scope retains the ½ MOA adjustments at the open turret settings (clicks) and retains a tube size of 30mm, which makes it a bit on the robust main frame sizing.

The scope is illuminated and uses the mil-dot system that is etched into the glass reticle.

Lock windage and elevation as in zero stop is also designed into the turret settings. The illumination feature retains both red and green color options, and the scope is a basic SWAT-style urban combat model with hunting over tones as well.

Barska offers this scope in seven different configurations meaning different reticle designs, power settings, and price ranges. You could say that Barska has a real handle on the 1-4 power scope market. This is a good option to take a hard look at before buying that new low powered glass for your rifle or shotgun.

2. Monstrum, G2 1-4X24 FFP.

Here we have a military style FFP model 1-4 glass sight that is filled with tack on the good stuff. The scope is a complete package in that it retains a full set of Weaver style bases and rings, making an install very fast right out of the box when applied to the AR -15 pattern rifle receiver.

This scope is built using aircraft grade aluminum, offers open turrets for fast accurate elevation or windage changes, and also makes use of the military style FFP reticle install.

Easy to read BDC designed ranging data viewing through the lens, and illuminated for both day night shooting capabilities. Battery type CR2032.

Scope length is 9.6 inches, with a weight of 1.0 lbs. A solid fit for tactical weapons systems, or light hunting rifles working under low power requirements. Buyers are advised that there are six variants of this scope being offered by the manufacture.

3. Mueller Speed Shot 1-4x24mm.

This scope retains a larger 30mm main tube, large target style capped turrets with ½ MOA click graduations, 3.5 inches of eye relief, and a fast focus sys piece.The illuminated 4 MOA dot reticle has no cross hairs attached to it and pulls targets fast with accuracy. The system is designed for up close accurate fire, or the general use 4x variant as to target acquisition.

In terms of the 4x power setting I lived off the land at one point in my life with a straight 4x rifle scope. Did just fine and the pot stayed full largely because of it. In terms of background function information, I can not supply that as I have never owned or used this scope in any function being commercial writing, or industry related.

4. Truglo Omnia Tactical Rifle Scope

This scope is offered in several power settings that include the 1-4x24mm model. The scope is well known to me as I shoot two different variants of the scope on shotguns, crossbows, and centerfire high power rifles. My knowledge goes back to both field testing new industry ammunition to hunting warm targets in the field. The bottom line is that this is a nice scope built by an American company that backs their products.

I have found the scopes easy to zero with the large control surfaces and being illuminated for a pair of aging eyes I have been able to stay right at the top of my game in terms of putting lead or steel on targets.

The large 30mm primary tube holds big tough parts that repeat zero with ease. Work to set a new zero like noting, and with the adjustable brightness settings is a solid choice when working from a tree top stand, or covering a ground blind in almost pre-dawn light.

The sight adjustments work of ½ MOA clicks, and the illuminated circle allows a fast target lock even when shooting a running game in heavy cover. The scope is built around an included one piece Weaver style mount and ring system. This means a one stop buy and mounting on the same day, or in the same hour if necessary.

The scope is tough, totally waterproof and gas filled with O ring protected seals. Want varied power there are those two additional models to select from as well that match this scope save for the different power settings that move into the larger 8x range.

5. Leupold VX- Freedom 1.5-4X20mm

This scope is without question all Leupold development to the core. Built of high grade aircraft aluminum, set glass by hand, and all internals are heavy weight designed and backed to the limit by Leupold.

Designed using the Leupold light management system you’re going to get more gunning time early and late in the day with this scope.

Priced about 30 percent more than most models built along these lines the scope is well worth the extra money. You’re going to get exactly what you’re paying for and this scope returns performance and serviceability. Leupolds move to the low sight range of 1.5 is different, but rest assured it is for a reason. These folks own the designs of the best sniper scopes ever taken into combat by the US Army, being the Mark IV, and be advise that basic pedigree stays right with the other models offered by this all American company. I shoot with a heavy presence of the Leupold brands here at Ballistics Research & Development, I do so because the scopes work and work well under all kinds of nasty conditions.

6. Sig Sauer SOT 41111 TANGO4

Here is a rifle scope that is close to the new Sig glass sights being designed and built for the US Army as a general use rifle sight for basic ground troops. This company has been contracted by the US Government to move into the replacement of the AOG style sights and replace them with the new 1-6x in the chopped bell housing stile that we have been reviewing here previously. Sig also offers the basic chopped bell in the SOT41111 Tango4.  While not cheap at all the scope is designed to meet the needs of tactical units re urban law enforcement needs, and also can be switched to the requirements of the sport shooter or target games enthusiasts.

This illuminated scope is both day and night workable, and always right on the task in low light conditions being hunting or combat.

The power on the illumination elements is activated when the scope is moved. The system will shut down when the scope is at rest. This saves power and returns long battery life in the process.

Weight 2.8 lbs, and built for tactical use as a primary assignment. This scope can be dropped in a full meter of water and not be affected. Being combat rated brings this

stay dry feature into the picture as well, which introduces the general field hardness of the glass sight.

Professional grade to be sure, and at a higher cost worth the price if your life is depending on it.

7. Bushnell AR Optics 1-4×24 Drop Zone.

As I have written many times over for several different agency’s Bushnell is a darn fine scope when your searching for a reasonable priced scope that is going to last you many years regarding its service life. I shoot these scopes in several different types on very heavy recoiling 12 gauge riot style shotguns with outstanding results. Some of my scopes are better than 30 years old and still running tests for me on the range and shooting warm targets in the field.

The Bushnell Drop Zone is the general 1-4 AR style design and uses the open turret for fast elevation correction and windage adjustments. The clicks are positive with a good accurate return to zero when required. This scope uses the Bushnell DZ .223 optic system and that says it is doped for use with the .223 Remington round. However, just by doing your dope adjustments regarding the sub tensions you can adjust for any round desired when using this glass sight.

Offered the the SFF sub tensions the scope is a good choice for both hunters and even law officers in smaller departments that must supply their own special weapons systems. Yes, as a retired officer of 26 years myself I would rely on the Bushnell in the service of a police agency.

While not military grade to be sure this is a tight little glass sight that will not let you down. The view is very sharp with great light control. The power changes are fast with the throw lever installed, the sub tensions are simple and fast acting on moving targets, and the scope is workable on targets up to 600 yards down range depending on target size and lighting conditions.  You will not find a better scope for the money as applied to in this class of glass sight. Entry level or general purpose around the ranch the Bushnell scope system is money well spent.


I have present a few scopes here that have one thing in common. Size and style in 1-4 power setups. The scopes are designed for three gun shooting competitions, general hunting as in heavy cover deer, hogs, or coyote, and considering how well built many of them are they don’t break the household bank account either.

Currently I have been running extensive testing on the new tungsten grade shot types coming out for turkey hunters and predator shooting in the United States.  The Remington 870 mounting a slug barrel, and scope rail has become a standard when running velocity chronograph recordings, pattern work for load performance standards, and other related drills with the new types of ammunition. In this area, I have relyed on Bushnell, Leupold, and TruGlo extensively because they are in my inventory, and also because they tend to work out very well. Now, if a commercial outfit like mine can rely on a product I can assure you the product will do its part for you as well.

As in all of these sights the mounting systems are simple when keeping track of the main tube size on a given scope, the operational systems are easy to use and fast to learn. They are also for the most part trouble-free.

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