TRUGLO introduced several new optics at SHOT Show this year, including their new Tru-Brite 1-6x24mm tactical rifle scope. Previously TRUGLO had entered the variable magnification rifle optic market with the Tru-Brite 1-4x24mm scope. This new optic is another entry in this increasingly popular rifle optic option.
Variable magnification provides shooters a much greater potential for accuracy at distance. Traditionally, however, scopes with variable magnification have been relegated to precision rifles, and not the AR-15 or other patrol rifle options. This was because most variable magnification scopes began at a low power of 3x. Many shooters of the increasingly popular AR-15 rifle have selected red dot reflex optics. Now, with the introduction of these medium variable power scopes, the AR-15 shooter can have the benefit of both worlds – reflex optic, and longer range magnified scope.
The TRUGLO Impact on Optics
TRUGLO has been more known for illuminated fiber optic pin sights for archery, and iron-sight upgrades for rifles, shotguns, and handguns. In recent years TRUGLO has made a strong push into the optic side of the firearm market. The 30 Series tactical rifle scopes are two of those options.
The first in the series was the Tru-Brite 1-4x24mm tactical rifle scope. This was a comparison scope to the first reflex scopes to come out and offer variable magnification. This new 1-6x24mm tactical rifle scope is the latest version, and looks to compete with other manufacturers that have already introduced 1-6x magnification scopes. Some higher end optics makers have already offered even more powerful 1-8x scopes, so it will be interesting to see if TRUGLO follows the next step.
Personally, I think a 1-4x or 1-6x optic is the ideal choice for an AR-15 optic. If you know your shots are going to be close range, than a standard red dot reflex optic is just fine. However, if there is potential to go a little further out, or you may be called upon to make a near precision shot with your AR-15, than a 1-4x or 1-6x scope is the way to go.
The TRUGLO Tru-Brite tactical rifle scopes come with a Mil-Dot reticle with illuminated Power Ring. Illuminated reticles can be invaluable during lower light scenarios, and the Mil-Dot system allows trained shooters to make long-distance shots and range estimations without even having to adjust the turrets.
Tru-Brite 1-6x24mm Features
- Fully coated lenses for brightness, clarity and contrast
- 30mm tube increases light intake
- Waterproof, fog proof, and nitrogen gas-filled tube
- Pre-calibrated .223 (55 grain) BDC turret
- Pre-calibrated .308 (168 grain) BDC turret
- Targeting out to 800 yards
- Durable leaf-spring elevation and windage click adjustments
- Reversible, offset, monolithic 30mm scope rings
- Rings made of CNC-machined aircraft grade aluminum
- Shock resistant to 1000g
- 24mm objective lens
- Lens Caps: Flip-up
- Quick-zoom lever included
- Duplex Mil-Dot reticle, with Power Ring illumination – black, red, green
- 3.75 inch eye relief
- Limited lifetime warranty.
Tru-Brite 1-6x24mm Specifications
- Power/Objective: 1-6 x 24mm
- Optic lens: 40mm
- Objective lens: 24mm
- Reticle Type: Illuminated Duplex Mil-Dot
- Overall Length: Not listed
- Overall Width: Not listed
- Weight: Not listed
- Finish: Matte Black
- Construction: One-piece aircraft quality/aluminum tube
- Adjustable Brightness: Rheostat controlled
- MSRP: $270.00.
The TRUGLO Tru-Brite 1-6x24mm tactical rifle scope is one option for those who need a combination of reflex optic and magnified scope. TRUGLO is newer to the market for these optics, and I would say their products fit squarely in the mid-level range of quality.
The price of the TRUGLO Tru-Brite 30 Series scopes is nice. Though the MSRP is in the mid $200’s, several major vendors have the Tru-Brite scopes near or even below the $200 mark. The quick-adjust feature of the 1-6x scope is a very nice feature, especially for shooters that will often confront close and then distant shots. The monolithic rail is the perfect selection for these optics and is well-built and designed.
Time will tell if the glass and coating selections of the TRUGLO Tru-Brite scopes will make them serious contenders. The Mil-Dot reticle selection is a very nice option, but the size of the reticle and the Power Ring illuminated dot may be too large and distracting to some who prefer smaller dots for reflex shooting.