Gallery: Close Quarters Optics for Defense



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Need proof the EXPS3 is one heck of a sight? How about this: The U.S. Special Operations Command chose it as its primary optic for close-quarters use. You don’t have to be in the military to appreciate all the features, of course. The 7mm raised base allows for iron sight use, and the locking, quick-detach side lever allows for fast attachment and removal. Even better, it’s night vision compatible. The EXPS3 has 20 daylight settings and 10 settings for Gen I through III (and newer) night vision devices. ($679;

There are many great optics choices designed to give you the edge in close-quarters engagements where seconds count.

Sometimes, speed matters. Whether your life is on the line or you simply like finding your target quickly and efficiently, you need a sight that finds the mark in an instant, every time. The good news is that you have lots of options. The bad news? There isn’t any.

Reflex sights and red dots alike are ideal choices for personal protection and competitive shooting, as well as military and law enforcement applications. They range in size and price, but make no mistake: They’ll all do what you ask them to when you need them most.

Editor's Note: This article is an excerpt from the August 2016 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.

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