11.5 SBR is a type of law enforcement firearm mainly used for military-related tasks. Private security firms also sometimes license them to use at their disposal. The 11.5 on SBR stands for the barrel length. To be considered as an SBR, the barrel lengths need to be less than 16”.
We are not here to talk about how many 11.5 SBRs are out there. But we are here to talk about the types of optics out there for 11.5 SBR. And find the best optic for 11.5 SBR among those countless choices.
What are we waiting for? Let’s get started.
Best 11.5 SBR Optics [Editor’s Choice]
1. Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 1-6×24 SFP Riflescope
Vortex Strike Eagle is kind of a national scope of America. This optic has been used with so many guns by now, I can’t even keep a count on them.
Strike Eagle is a readily available budget riflescope from Vortex. Made from high-quality aluminum, this features all the necessary high-end features. Such as waterproofing, fogproof, and shockproof housing.
You are getting a fully-fledged riflescope for the price of a sight from many other brands. Don’t get me wrong, the purpose and target of them is completely different. But it’s just an example.
Lenses here are fully multi-coated as well. Proven to be usable under direct sunlight and in low-light conditions as well. Most hunters prefer Strike Eagle. But 11.5 SBR is not a hunting rifle. Yet, Strike Eagle is a good match for the 11.5 SBR.
It’s an optic that will do the job better than reflex sights. It can and will work as a tactical scope. While still giving you the freedom to cover a longer range. That’s the reason why we think it’s a good pairing with 11.5 SBR.
Where is this made?
Like a lot of optics in the current market, this one is also made in China.
Does it come with mounting rings?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with any kind of mounting accessories.
Does it come with a lifetime warranty?
Yes, it does.
2. HOLOSUN – HS510C Reflex Red Dot Sight
Holosun HS510C is a reflex sight from Holosun. They are known for providing some great sights for an affordable price tag. HS510C is an optic made for rifles, DMR, and SMG’s.
Aluminum housing protects this from outside damage. Whether it be shock from the recoil of the scope or water droplets from rain. Are you worried about using it on snow? Don’t. You have nothing to worry about.
The lens of the sight is fully multi-coated as well. Makes them vibrant and much cleaner looking. Color accuracy is super good as well. You won’t have any complaints regarding the lens and the reticle of the sight.
The reticle here is an illuminated one. It gets extremely bright in low-light and dark conditions. The lens is scratch-resistant to some degree as well. While I am not saying it will survive forceful scratches from a knife, it will survive random drops on the hunt.
I think this is an ideal match with an 11.5 SBR. HS510C is more than capable of utilizing the entire potential of 11.5 SBR.
Where is this sight made?
Made in China.
What kind of battery does this scope need?
1 lithium metal battery is needed.
Is this sight discontinued?
No, it isn’t.
3. EOTECH EXPS3 Holographic Weapon Sight
Eotech EXPS3 is a holographic red weapon sight with a 68 MOA ring and 1 MOA reticle. It’s a powerful holographic sight suitable for rifles rated to be military-grade. That means, SBR is a compatible rifle with this sight.
The housing of this durable sight is made from aluminum. It’s lightweight and rugged at the same time. On top of that, it is water and fogproof. To make it compatible with much more powerful AR rifles, it is also shockproof as well. A really good job done by Eotech here.
The lens of the optic is high-quality. From coating to glass choice, everything was nice about this sight. There is a 68 MOA crosshair with a 2 MOA red dot reticle present on this sight. A great part about this reticle is, it’s illuminated. It is also night vision compatible.
Works with all gen 1-3 night vision devices. With the press of side buttons, you can configure this sight. It won’t take much space on the mounting rail either. Making it an ideal choice for 11.5 SBR. The weight of this is quite low as well. Overall, a great 11.5 SBR sight.
Where is this made in?
They are made in the USA.
Is this a good sight for .22?
Yes, it is compatible with .22.
Is the brightness adjustable?
4. Primary Arms SLX 1-6×24 SFP Rifle Scope
SLX is a variable magnification optic from Primary Arms. It features a maximum magnification of 6x and a based magnification of 1x. If you are looking for an optic with a magnification of 11.5 SBR, this can be an excellent option for you.
The housing of this scope is made with a single-piece aluminum tube. Inside of the tube is purged with nitrogen as well. Nitrogen purging is done to make the internal fogproof. To prevent internal from creating moisture, the outside of the scope is sealed well to make it waterproof.
The lens here is fully multi-coated. Turrets are capped and well sturdy. From shocks of recoil, the turrets won’t lose zero. Great thing that the reticle won’t move from dropping. It’s an etched reticle after all! It’s a red-colored reticle. Highlighting your target better throughout the entire day! This reticle is illuminated as well, ensuring a good performance during the dusk and evening!
You can adjust the illumination of the scope with a knob. There are a total of 11 levels of brightness settings present in this scope. Everything considered, this is one of the best scopes for 11.5 SBR.
Where is this made in?
Made in China.
Does this scope come with mounting rings?
No, Primary Arms sells them separately.
Does it work well with AR rifles?
It does wonderful with an AR rifle.
5. Trijicon MRO-C-2200030 Miniature Rifle Optic (MRO) Sight
Trijicon MRO is a flagship red dot sight. It’s like a bar of red dot sights that other sights are constantly trying to reach. If we just consider the price tag alone, it’s on par with a flagship riflescope.
MRO is made out of aircraft-grade aluminum. The most durable material for a riflescope. Trijicon left no traces of anodization error or CNC scuffed marking on this sight. The inside of the optic is fogproof as well. From the outside, it has an O-ring sealing to prevent water from going inside. Recoil won’t do any harm to this sight as it is shockproof.
Both side lenses are fully multi-coated. As it is a reflex sight, eye relief here is unlimited. The reticle on this sight is illuminated. You can control the brightness level depending on what kind of light you are working with. If you are in a dark situation, turning up the brightness to the max is the way to go.
It can pair well with bolt-action rifles even. Depending on what you want from the gun, it is a great sight. We want our 11.5 SBR to perform excellently. For that, Trijicon MRO is a perfect choice.
Things To Consider When Buying 11.5 SBR Optics
Despite SBR having an 11.5” barrel, people don’t put riflescopes on top of it that often. Mostly because it is used in security firms and related fields. There you don’t need magnification always. But you need to keep an eye out for a couple of things.
If the scope is not well made, it won’t last you for a good while. No one wants to change their scope every month. Make sure to take a durable optic.
By now you know I despise plastic lenses. They are horrible and shouldn’t exist. Doesn’t matter how good they are made; plastic lenses will catch scratch marks quite easily. Take a scope with well well-coated glass lens.
Make sure to read the warranty service. See yourself what they are offering a warranty for. If the warranty doesn’t work in your favor, look for other options.
We could easily mention hundreds of other scopes that can work for 11.5 SBR. But we didn’t and we won’t. Why? Cause all of those didn’t reach our passing mark like the ones mentioned here. If they were good enough, surely, they would make it to the list.
Doesn’t matter which optics you go from the list, they are all equally good in their respective field. If you want magnification, take scope. If you want fixed, take sights. Easy choice. Take care. We will meet again.
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