Roundup: Five Low Power Variable Optics (LPVOs)

by Braxton Taylor

A Low Power Variable Optic (LPVO) has become a popular tool for shooters looking for versatility and precision in a host of situations. In this roundup, we’ll explore five LPVO options from Leupold, Vortex, Swampfox, Riton and EOTech. Each brings its own set of features, construction quality, range capabilities, ease of use and pricing, catering to different preferences, shooting styles and budgets.

Some optics are very affordable, while others cost the same as the rifle they sit on. While that may seem like an unnecessary expense, the best ones can improve your shooting accuracy so much that you might just forget about how much you shelled out. The good news is you don’t have to forfeit your house down payment to get a decent scope that will work so much better than struggling with ye olde iron sights. Let’s look at these from lowest to highest price.

Leupold VX-Freedom 1.5-4x20mm

The Leupold VX-Freedom 1.5-4x20mm is a compact, lightweight LPVO designed for close-to-mid-range shooting, making it suitable for hunting and tactical applications. It features a 1.5-4X magnification range, providing shooters with versatility for various scenarios. The main features of the Leupold VX-Freedom include a Twilight Light Management System for improved low-light performance, a fast-focus eyepiece for quick target acquisition, and a 20 mm objective lens. The scope offers generous eye relief, making it comfortable even with heavy-recoil firearms. MSRP: $299.

SwampfoxSwampfox Optics Arrowhead LPVO 1-10x24mm

The Swampfox Optics Arrowhead LPVO 1-10×24 is one option in a series of Arrowhead LPVOs that let you pick your reticle style, color, and magnification. With a wide 1-10X magnification range, the 10×24 can easily handle everything from close-quarters engagements to long-range shots. The Arrowhead features premium glass, an illuminated reticle with 10 bright daylight settings, two night-vision compatible settings, and an adjustable parallax for precise focus at different ranges. The scope also comes with toolless zero-reset turrets for quick adjustments. MSRP: $495.

RitonRiton Optics 3 Tactix 1-8x24mm

The Riton Optics 3 Tactix 1-8×24 is a high-performance riflescope designed for precision shooting at closer ranges. Riton also offers longer-range siblings, but this one is for shorter distances, such as hunting and tactical settings. The scope features a choice of 14 mm, 11 mm, and 8 mm height levers, and a flush mount option, for comfortable and sure magnification adjustment on the fly. It also features a first-focal-plane reticle for accurate ranging at any magnification, fully multi-coated lenses for superior image quality, and a durable one-piece aircraft-grade aluminum construction for reliability in rugged conditions. MSRP: $479.

Trijicon AccupointTrijicon AccuPoint 1-4x24mm

Trijicon was one of the “first movers” in LPVO optics, and the Accupoint continues to be a “go-to” option for gun owners across this country. The Accupoint is available with a variety of different reticles and has a fiber optic / tritium illumination system, eliminating the need for batteries. In addition to this, the clarity and rugged construction of this scope make it a first choice for competition shooters, big-budget Hollywood movie stars and anyone interested in a no-compromise optic for their rifle.
MSRP $1,161.

EoTechEOTech Vudu 1-6x24mm

On the high end of our list is the EOTech Vudu, a premium LPVO with a 1-6X magnification range that provides shooters versatility for close-quarters engagements and medium-range precision shooting. The Vudu features high-density glass, an illuminated reticle with BDC (Bullet Drop Compensator) markings, and an ergonomic design for comfortable extended use. The scope also comes with precision turrets for easy zeroing and adjustments. With a 24 mm objective lens, the EOTech Vudu is suitable for dawn and dusk hunting scenarios. The scope is also shockproof and waterproof. MSRP: $1,399.

Parting Shot

Each LPVO option from Leupold, Vortex, Swampfox, Riton, and EOTech brings unique features and capabilities, catering to a wide range of shooters’ needs and preferences. Whether you’re a competitive shooter, hunter, or tactical operator, this roundup has a low-power variable optic to suit your requirements and budget.

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