The biggest killer on Earth is the AK-47. However it is not a tactical thermal plastic stocked, thermal sighted, silenced killing machine. It is in most cases, a completely stock ak-47 that hasn’t been cleaned for the last 1000 rounds. Note that not all of the accessories in the world can fix operator error. The most important thing when you put accessories on your weapon is to keep it functional and light. A carbine with a flashlight, suppressor, optic, laser, vertical grip, bi-pod etc won’t do you any good.
The first and perhaps most important area is optics. Optics allow you to see farther distances as well as put rounds down range accurately. There are several different types of optics that draw much controversy in the prepping community. The first type is a reflex sight. A reflex sight is a glass lens with a red or green dot in the center to depict where the round will go when fired. There are reflex sights for 30$ all the way up to 1000$ the difference is the amount of quality. This is the case with most of the optics described in this article.
A reflex sight is low profile and allows a shooter to acquire a target easily as he does not have to look through or into a scope to aim. It is as easy as firing an iron sight fitted rifle except even easier because instead of lining up the sights there is a single red dot that you put on target. Reflex sights are battery powered and the cheaper you get in general the shorter the batter will last. Reflex sights can be mounted and dismounted fairly easily and don’t require much zeroing. Their cost and practicality makes them great for 25-200 yards accurately.
The next optic is a red dot scope. Red dot scopes are a bit more pricey but can pay off. These red dot scopes are much more heavy duty and less opt to breaking. As well as that, they can be magnified several times by using a magnifier from the manufacturer or by getting one after market. These will generally give you more accuracy and the ability to see longer distances. These too are very easy to mount and will cost generally more than reflex sights. For a good red dot scope you will have to pay about 175$. A very recommended red dot scope is the vortex strikefire. It is comparable to an aimpoint, which is used in the military as a standard. If you want the more expensive option you can go with an actual aimpoint which will run about 500-1000$ depending on the model.
Next we have rifle scopes. These scopes have far greater capability at long distances, how ever you have to lean into it and spend time acquiring targets. The rifle scope can be affective anywhere from 100-1500 yards depending on what rifle and caliber you have. On an ar-15 you can expect to have an effective range of about 600 meters if wind is calm and there is a proficient shooter behind the trigger. Any scope that has 6x-12x magnification will work well in this use. Rifle scopes can go anywhere from 50-1000+ dollars so choose what will best suit your purpose before purchasing.
Now that we covered what these optics are lets go into their uses and determine what would best suit your set up. Generally, most engagements occur from about 5-100 meters. In a WROL or Without Rule Of Law scenario especially. If you have a tactical carbine or any type of semi-automatic rifle, your best chance is to go with a reflex or red dot scope. If you live in a more urban area it is suggested that you go with a reflex sight, how ever many enthusiast prefer reflex sights that are holographic sights such as eotechs, which can be magnified to reach out to farther distances.
The tool that makes you combat effective is what you want, go to a store, test out different sights on different guns and determine your preference. Another great choice if you have the money is an ACOG, these scopes are magnified to 3x and are a military standard in many branches. This is better suited to the current war on terrorism as engagements often entail 300 meters+
Having an optic is absolutely necessary aim in the moderately priced margin as those will provide the best usefulness and affordability.