When you start looking for a scope for your AR-15 if you take that over-stimulating road you will probably be confused. In the world of AR scopes you need to right away decide how far away you are going to be shooting. If you are going 0-200 yards you need to take a minute and read this Vortex Crossfire II 1-4X review, specifically the V-Brite reticle model.
I was in the same seat as many of you trying to decide do I want a scope, red dot, acog for my shooting. Realizing most of my shots will be around 100 yards I decided a variable zoom optic would be best. If you want a simple clean reticle that will go from a true 1x up to 4x the Vortex Crossfire II will be a great option.
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Vortex Crossfire II 1-4X Review: Specifications
The tube itself is 30MM which allows a lot of light through and giving a good field of view. It has a 24MM objective which is common among “AR scopes”. The scope is listed as weighing 16oz.
There is also a non-illuminated model that weighs 14.8 oz. It starts at a power range of 1 and goes up by .5x until 3-4 power making it very adjustable in the lower power ranges to work best for you.
The windage and elevation adjustment is very easy and tactile as you turn the knobs and have caps over the knobs to keep from accidental adjustment. Each click translates to a 1/2” MOA adjustment which allows for quite a bit of adjustment. Both the windage and elevation offer a total of 100 MOA of adjustment.
The crosshair itself is very simple and tradition except for the addition of a dot in the center of the crosshairs which makes it very easy to aim small and precisely. The dot in the center is also illuminated. It has brightness settings from 0(not illuminated)-11. On the highest setting during the day it is very dim and hard to see. Lower light and dusk the illumination is very effective and bright and crisp if set on the correct setting for the light levels.
Vortex Crossfire II 1-4X Review: Field Testing
Now that we covered what the basics of the specifications we will go over field use of the Vortex Crossfire II. I mounted the scope on a Weaver Thumbnut SPR mount and used blue Loctite on all the screws on the mount. I sat up my target at 50 yards for a quick and easy zero.
Right off the bat you will see a very generous eye relief allowing a good range to keep your face on your stock. My very first shot was one inch high and dead center. Two clicks on the elevation and my rounds were touching in the center of the target.
I have taken it varmint hunting since out to 120 yards and it is very accurate. On several outings it has held zero and the scope is very clear and the very small dot makes accurate shots easy and consistent. I have not taken my scope off to check the return to zero but as it is permanent fixture on this gun I will probably not test it.
Out to one hundred yards the groupings stay right around an inch or closer. There are lighter options if you are wanting to put glass on your rifle but keep it lighter weight but if you want illumination this will be right around where you will be.
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Vortex Crossfire II 1-4X Review: Conclusion
Overall this scope is a great option for your AR and will provide good clarity and an affordable price. It is very easy to find scopes similar to this ranging $500+. It offers a great value and a fantastic warranty should anything bad happen to the scope. For a simple scope with a great basic reticle pick one of these up and go out shooting with it. Thanks for reading the Vortex Crossfire II 1-4X Review and check back for more content.