Saturday, December 7, 2013

Burris AR-332 AR15 Optic Review

Burris AR-332 AR15 Optic Review

According to the US Army Laboratory Command. (Small Arms Technology Assessment: Individual Infantryman's Weapon, Volume I, March 1990 - to be specific), 98% of all targets across all terrain are engaged at less than 600 meters, 90% less than 400 meters, and in urban terrain 90% less than 50 meters. With this in mind we need the ability to be able to reach out to targets beyond the 15-25 yard lines but it is unlikely we will ever shoot out beyond 600 meters in a defensive or even hunting situation. 

Adding even a marginally magnified optic enables more precision, faster target acquisition, and will deliver all you need to place hits quickly even way out there when yards adds up.    More than a few serviceman and Designated Marksman know that the 4X Trijicon ACOG transformed hit ratios within all ranges of combat engagement out to the 600 yard line however it also comes with a steep $1400 price tag.  Burris to the rescue with a great $350 option.

BURRIS AR-332 3X PRISMATIC OPTIC
Burris has been famous for building rugged bulletproof optics. The AR-332 is a mil-spec brute of an optic which has stayed compact with a prismatic design. The design is a really nice crossover optic for CQB and scout rifle distances in a durable fixed power optic. Essentially the AR-332 is an ACOG but for 60% less money plus it includes a dual red/green illuminated BDC reticle. According to Burris they have been selling truckloads of these very affordable $350 optics along with their 5X model with the explosion of AR15 sales. Based on my experience this is for good reason.

FIT, FEEL, FINISH & FEATURES
Like all Burris optics, the AR-332 is excellent quality from the construction with fog and weather proof construction through the very clear optics. At first I was wondering what I had committed to with the AR-332, however after a couple range visits I am sold on the design. The donut reticle definitely grows on you and in my opinion is way faster up close and allows more precision than a duplex reticle at varied distances.

There is a significant amount of refinements and extras on this scope. The Burris AR-332 comes ready to mount right out of the box with a picatinny base included ($50-$100 extra on other scopes here), scope caps that flip open all the way out of field of view, and wire retained windage/elevation caps.  If you have an A2 AR15 with a carry handle, the AR-332 will work right out of the box after your unscrew the included picatinny base.  On top of those features, the AR-332 is a very clear optic with an etched reticle visible as a black reticle after the illumination is turned off.  The runtime is expected into the months range, but even when the standard CR2032 battery is dead you still have 100% of the reticle to work with.

FUNCTIONS
The illuminated reticle works and is brilliantly bright that can be seen in direct sunlight. The donut reticle is very fast on target even at distances under 25 yards or even at 2 yards. Dedicated points from 100-500 yards can make this a bit more precise than optics with just a single duplex style reticle or wider dispersed hash marks when the yards add up. Burris also includes picatinny accessory rails around the optic to bolt on things like red dots, lights, lasers and tactical espresso machines. The circle holds marks for 200+ yards work great and allows tiny distant targets to be centered quickly.

The eye relief needs to be a bit more forgiving as it does not have a wide workable range compared to others here. Plan on mounting the AR-332 almost or at the rearmost position. My stock position is always one detent in, however for longer armed shooters, you may have to displace your rear back up sight and mount it farther back.
Burris needs to add a super low night vision setting for the illumination as even the lowest setting is still just a bit too glary after the lights go out. The reticle is still perfect for CQB ranges at night using the CQB Optic but a little annoying for shooting night dwelling critters in the pitch black. For those situations I swapped out to an old half dead CR2032 batteries for dimmer illumination. Critter hunting with the AR-332 is great way to kill off all those old CR2032 batteries.

With a variety of Hornady and Winchester 5.56 Nato and .223 Remington rounds, I found the Burris delivered all shots on 12” steels all the way out to 500 yards, however point of impact did vary based on each round. As with all BDC reticles, the aiming points will get you within a few inches however each round’s ballistics is different.

AN ODD OBSERVATION - We all get older and usually with that comes deteriorating eyesight. I have been incredibly lucky that I still have fairly clear 20/20 vision, however I am starting to do that trombone move to focus in on the small print up close. The point is that magnification and sighting aids help ageing eyes. A few of my buddies clearly need magnification and this is where even just a little 3X magnification can make all the difference between making a shot and frustration at the hunt or at the range. If you are older, I recommend strongly taking a look at what these low power optics can provide you and your AR platform.

CQB OPTIC TIP - For those optics with illuminated reticles, a tip to use them in a CQB environment is to cover or close the front scope cover and shoot with both eyes open like you would with a red dot.  With the scope objective cover in place, your eyes and brain will figure it out and make the illuminated reticle appear as an 1X lit reticle regardless of the magnification even if it is a 32X power scope.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Designed for a 100 yard zero with BDC index points for 100-500 yards. This is a fixed power optic that is actually exceptionally good at CQB work thanks the that glowing donut.  The Burris AR-332 is a great all purpose optic for an AR owner to extend the range of their AR to allow confident placement out to 500 yards. That big glowing dot provides a great aiming point even at room clearing distances. The more I use this optic the more I like it as a combat defensive scout optic covering the US Small Arms study ranges.

SPECS
Burris AR-332
Item # 300208
Reticle  Ballistic CQ
Finish Matte
Features - 1.5" sunshade and a Picatinny rail mounting bracket, integrated lens covers, also mounts on an AR carry handle
Field of View (in feet @ 100 yards) 32
Click Value (in MOA)  .33
Max Adj.(in MOA)  60
Height above rail (in.) to optic centerline  1.65
Length (in.)  5.29
Weight (ounces) 14.2
Magnification     1x-4x
Objective Size     24
Bullet Drop Compensator    No
Length (In)    10.3
Weight (oz)    14.4
Illumination Source    Fiber Optics & Tritium
Reticle Pattern    Germand #4 Crosshair
Day Reticle Color    Amber
Night Reticle Color    Amber
Eye Relief    3.2
Exit Pupil    17.5 to 5.1
Field of View @ 100 yards (ft)    97.5 to 24.2
Adjustment @ 100 yards (clicks/in)    4
Tube Size    30mm
Housing Material    6061-T6 aluminum, hard coat anodized per MIL-A-8625, Type III, Class 2 dull& non reflective
Adjustment Range    ± 45 MOA (± 13.3 mils) minimum
MSRP $349.99

SOURCES
Burris Optics - http://www.burris.com

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