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So you are considering LPVO options? I’m sure you want the best LPVO for your buck and you don’t know where to start. Well, that’s why we spent the time trying to help you make an informed LPVO purchase.

We will start with the basics and cover some of the best LPVO’s on the market today.

What is LPVO?

LPVO stands for Low Power Variable Optic and typically has a very distinct look with a larger ocular lens and eyepiece and a narrow objective lens.

This unique look doesn’t truly explain what makes them different so let us dive in a bit more.


Typically LPVOs have magnification between 1-8x with 4x,6, and 8x being the most common.

The purpose of the LPVO magnification would be to achieve a greater, more accurate, shooting distance.

Many companies making LPVO’s didn’t focus on making the magnification super powerful but rather found the balance between good magnification and solid eye relief.

Eye Relief

Eye relief is a big deal on LPVO’s and the reason is the LPVO’s were created to be the go-between of a red dot sight and a full-blown scope.

The LPVO is meant to give you good eye relief and fast target acquisition of a red dot sight while giving you the magnification of a full-blown scope.

The eye relief is really what puts the LPVOs in their own little niche.


Most LPVO’s don’t come with a mounting solution and while some do you may want to upgrade it down the road to get more advanced features from your mount like QD and side-mounted optics.

I have done a complete similar article on the best LPVO mounts available.


Why should you pick an LPVO over any other regular optic including a red dot sight?

The answer is simple: you need magnification and fast target acquisition.

A lot of 3-gun competitors have gone to the LPVO world and haven’t turned back. The slight magnification gives them more reach and the eye relief is only slightly worse than some red dot sight options on the market today.

An LPVO is a great option for sub-500 yard hunting as well. I personally plan to put an LPVO on my Sig Tread .308 rifle.

The LPVO is also great for close quarters and fast-moving targets, making it great for nearly any application. It is a scope that really adds versatility to your carbines and AR-15 rifles.

Best Budget LPVO

If you’re on a budget that doesn’t mean the LPVO game isn’t for you! There are some really great LPVO options out there for you even if you don’t have a ton of money to drop on your optic.

I will always say we will never recommend any product based on price alone it will have to hold its own for it to get a recommendation here on Lynx Defense.

Time to take a look at two of the best budget LPVO options. The budget LPVO will range from $100-$300.

Primary Arms SLx 1-6x24mm Gen IV

Primary Arms SLx 1

Primary Arms LPVO’s have made a splash in recent years due to their high-quality construction, solid price, and reputable company.

Primary Arms is an online retailer that in recent years has made its own branded optics and has really done a bang-up job. We have reviewed a number of the Primary Arms red dot sights, like the Primary Arms SLx 1X MicroPrism, and while we haven’t gotten to an individual review of the LPVO’s we will very soon!

This LPVO has a solid aluminum body construction and has all the bells and whistles of a red dot sight.

With an illuminated BDS reticle, you can’t go wrong. The ACSS 5.56/5.45/.308 reticle is one of my favorites reticles in an LPVO and looks like this:

PA SLX 1 6X24S NOVA Reticle

At just under $300 this LPVO is extremely affordable and is likely to be the best budget LPVO for the money. You can also check out the Primary Arms Classic Series 1-6x24mm or the Primary Arms PLx 1-8×24 which is their premium scope series.

If you are looking for a bit more magnification you could go for the Primary Arms SLx 1-10×28.


  • Price
  • Primary Arms Reticle
  • Solid Construction


  • Eye Relief
Primary Arms SLx 1

Primary Arms SLx 1-6x24mm

• Magnification: 1X – 6X
• ACSS NOVA Reticle
Tube Diameter: 30mm
• Weight: 17.9 oz.
Price Check: Amazon | Optics Planet

Monstrum G3 1-6×24 LPVO

monstrum tactical scope stock photo

The Monstrum brand is quickly becoming one of my favorites as they continue to release new and innovative optics.

Recently, Brad took a dive into the Monstrum 1-3 LPVO and he did a full writeup on his experience with it.

While our verdict is in on the 1-3 we definitely think Monstrum is a contender and their 1-8x powered optics are much more likely to fit the bill.

Monstrum LVPO Budget

As you can see they are excellently crafted optics and should definitely be considered in your decision-making process.

The best way to decide is to get your hands on one and decide for yourself.

The reticle is what Monstrum calls the Type-C reticle, which is an interesting design and one I’m not crazy about.

monstrum type c reticle

The Monstrum 1-6×24 LPVO comes in at just $149 as of this writing and is extremely budget-friendly. This LPVO comes in lower than some mid-range red dot sights.


  • Price
  • Included Mount
  • Construction


  • Eye Relief
  • Unknown Company
  • Small Reticle
monstrum tactical scope stock photo

Monstrum G3 1-6×24 LPVO

• Magnification: 1X – 6X
• Tube Diameter: 30mm
• Battery Type: CR2032 
• Weight: 1lb 1oz
Price Check: Amazon | Monstrum Tactical

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Amazon | Monstrum Tactical

Best Midrange LPVO

The midrange category is one that’s a bit of an odd duck. I like these optics the best because it’s where most people will want to be.

Not top-of-the-line but not the bottom of the barrel either. You’ll notice some familiar company names in this section and you can expect the midrange prices to be between $300-$500.

Primary Arms SLx 1-8x24FFP

PA SLX 1 8X24

Primary Arms is at it again! With their Primary Arms SLx 1-8 you get the impeccable quality you are used to from Primary Arms optics and 2x more power than the 1-6.

Now keep in mind the price does jump up from the 1-6 to the 1-8 power but if magnification was your goal the clear answer is to step up to the 1-8x.

Once again the ACSS reticle is a huge plus and is a fantastic reticle for quick target acquisition and ranging.


Personally, I don’t think you can go wrong with a PA LPVO. It’s one of the best in the mid-range options and probably one of the best bang for your bucks as of this writing.

One of the only real structural differences in the 1-8x is that it does weigh 10 oz more than the 1-6x.


  • Price
  • 8x Magnification
  • Quality Construction


  • Battery Powered Illumination
Primary Arms LPVO 1-8

Primary Arms SLx 1-8x24mm

• Magnification: 1X – 8X
• Tube Diameter: 30mm
• Battery Type: CR2032 
• Weight: 17.9 Oz

Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6×24

Strike Eagle

The Vortex Strike Eagle is one of the most well-known LPVOs on the market today.

I have owned almost every generation of the Strike Eagle and each one has been better than the other but I’ve loved each of them.

There are a number of different reticle options but they are the BDC3 and BDC4.

With a fantastic price point of $399 and an amazing lifetime transferable warranty, these optics are one of the best midrange optics on the market.

While the eye relief isn’t nearly as good as the Vortex Razor the price is 3x less.

We did a complete review of the Vortex Strike Eagle and it faired extremely well!


  • Good Eye Relief
  • 1-6x Magnification
  • Price/Value


  • Weight
Strike Eagle

Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6×24

• Magnification: 1X – 6X
• Tube Diameter: 30mm
• Length: 10.5″
• Weight: 18.5 Oz

Best Highend LPVO

There is no doubt that everyone who is buying anything would prefer the high-end option and LPVO’s are no different.

The high-end LPVO’s offer better eye relief and typically more magnification. These optics typically have all the bells and whistles and feature maximum clarity under magnification.

Primary Arms PLx 1-8×24

primary arms plx 1 8x24 first impression

One of my new favorite LPVOs is the Primary Arms PLx 1-8×24. It has a higher-than-normal price point putting it more in the highend region of scope.

The Raptor M8 reticle is fantastic and I really love the Second Focal Plane nature of this optic.

If you have about $1,500 to throw down this Japanese glass by Primary Arms is where it’s at.

Primary Arms Compact PLxC 1-8x24

PLx 1-8×24

• Magnification: 1-8×24
• Reticle: ACSS Raptor M8
• Weight: 16.95 oz

Vortex Razor HD Gen 3

vortex razor

The Vortex Razor has long held the creme of the crop rating of the LPVO world and is currently being challenged for that position.

The Razor has two different reticle options including the EBR-9 (MRAD) Reticle and the EBR-9 (MOA) Reticle.

The biggest difference between the razor and other high-end options is the fact that it’s a 1-10x optic.

That’s an incredible feature for such a small package and one that cannot be overlooked.

The eye relief on the Razor series is fantastic and is often the gold standard of eye relief and it looks amazing.


  • Good Eye Relief
  • 1-10x Magnification


  • Price
  • Weight
vortex razor

Vortex Razor 1-10×24

• Magnification: 1X – 10X
• Tube Diameter: 34mm
• Length: 10.1″
• Weight: 21.5 Oz

EOTECH Vudu 1-10x24mm

EOTech Vudu Stock Photo

The EOTech Vudu is one of the newer offers from EOTech and one of their first dips in the magnified optic waters (as long as you don’t count red dot magnifiers).

If you are into Podcasts I highly recommend the Q Podcast with Aaron Hampton with EOTech talks a lot about the Vudu series of optics.

I’m a pretty big fan of the EOTech holographic weapon sights so naturally, I want to give Vudu some love.

The Vudu is an extremely impressive low-power variable optics and the reason is the price for performance is incredible.

In The Vudu lineup, they offer everything from 1-6x all the way to the 1-10x and keep the MSRP under $2,000!

That’s right… a 1-10x LPVO for under $2,000! That’s incredible by itself not to mention it comes from a top-tier company like EOTech.


  • Price/Value
  • Good Eye Relief
  • 1-10x Magnification


  • Weight
EOTech Vudu Stock Photo

EOTech Vudu 1-10x24mm

• Magnification: 1X – 10X
• Tube Diameter: 34mm
• Length: 10.63″
• Weight: 20.1 Oz

Nightforce ATACR 1-8X24

Nightforce ATACR

Nightforce is known as one of the top-tier optic manufacturers of optics in the world. They are famously Made in the USA and carry a famously hefty price tag.

These are quality optics and because of that should command a high price point.

If you are reading this you’re not likely not going to buy the ATACR low power variable optic because I said it was the best. But if you are, you’re the bomb and that’s awesome.

The reason I say if you are buying the ATACR you likely aren’t buying it because of this article is it’s nearly $3,000 and most people who are buying a $3,000 LPVO already know it’s the best.

The Nightforce ATACR is a fantastic optic with some of the best combinations of magnification and eye relief on the market.


  • Price/Value
  • Rugged
  • 1-8x Magnification


  • Weight
Nightforce ATACR

Nightforce ATACR 1-8X24

• Magnification: 1X – 8X
• Tube Diameter: 34mm
• Length: 10.63″
• Weight: 20.1 Oz

Best LPVO for the Money

The best is used often, even in this article, but it’s an extremely subject term. But best with a qualifier, like best for the money, is a much easier bar to measure.

Sig Sauer Tango MSR 1-6x24mm

Sig Saur MSR LPVO 1-6 Optic

The best LPVO for the money, as of this writing, is the Sig Sauer Tango MSR LPVO 1-6x24mm.

This low-power variable optic is such a bang for your buck because it comes with a mount included. A lot of these options don’t include a mount which makes them even more expensive as mounts are between $40-400.

The reticle on this Tango MSR is the DBC6 reticle pictured below.

sig tango msr reticle 1

While the magnification one the Tango MSR isn’t as good as some of the other options above the sub-$300 price point it comes in at makes it the best bang for your buck in the low power variable optic space.

tango msr 1 6x24 1

Sig Sauer Tango MSR 1-6x24mm

• Magnification: 1X – 6X
• Tube Diameter: 30mm
• Focal Plane: Second
• Weight: 18.5 Oz

What does LPVO stand for?

LPVO stands for Low Power Variable Optic. They usually magnify between 1-10X and have better eye relief than regular scopes.

How durable is an LPVO?

Durability depends on a number of factors. Manly the construction of the LPVO and the material that is used.

Most LPVOs are as durable as regular traditional scopes, but some are more durable depending on the application.

How far do you use your LPVO?

Personally, I stick to sub-500 yards with an LPVO but they are great for anything sub-1000 yards.

While yardage is subject and your mileage may vary depending on your magnification it’s safe to say if you are going beyond 1000 yards it’s time to look for a solid scope.

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  1. Good list, but no mention of Swampfox? Seriously love their lpvo lineup. Definitely worth a shot if you get the chance. Cheers!

  2. Would you consider the mid range PA solution to be better than say their MD25 red dot and one of their 6x swing away multipliers? Trying to understand pros an cons for a Home Defence AR15 in a country type neighborhood

  3. Good morning I respectively have to disagree with you regarding the mid range offerings. I consider mid range the Vortx PST Gen 2 for example. You can find them on sale anywhere between 499 and 599 he completely out do
    The above mentioned.

  4. I have the Vortex Razor HD Gen 3 and would like to edit your data. It has a 34mm tube not a 30mm tube. Also after checking the Nightforce ATACR 1-8X24 it to has a 34mm tube. Didn’t check any of the other LPVO’s but after these two I think you should.

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