Gallery: Close Quarters Optics for Defense


Vortex Venom

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At just 1.1 ounces, you won’t even know the Vortex Venom is mounted on your AR, shotgun or handgun. That is, until you need it. The super-bright, fully multi-coated lens ensures rapid target acquisition and a 3 MOA red dot helps you make accurate shots every time. It’s built with a machined aluminum housing for durability in the field or on the range, and the lens is coated with ArmorTek to prevent scratches, smudges and dirt from building up. Even better, it’s backed by Vortex’s unconditional, unlimited, lifetime warranty. ($329;

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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