At the SHOT Show 2014, Burris introduced their unique AR-1X sight. It’s a compact prism sight with a true 1x magnification. It’s a red-dot alternative for those that have bad astigmatism, such as myself. The MSRP for the new Burris AR-1X prism sight is $299.
The sight is relatively small and the battery compartment is part of the integral 1913 mount. Burris engineers did great job in designing this optic. Unique to the prism sights, the AR-1X will co-witness with iron sights and magnifier, such as Burris’ own AR-Trippler 3x magnifier, can be with it.
The sight height is perfect for the AR-15. While it doesn’t has a true unlimited eye relief like the red-dots, the Burris AR-1X has big enough of an eyebox that will covers the usually head positions and it also has a very flexible eye relief.
The reticle illumination is daylight visible and it’s powered by a single AA battery. The battery life is 5000+ hours when a lithium AA battery is used. The reticle being etched on the prism, it will just turn black when the illumination if off or the battery died.
The Burris AR-1X’s reticle offers BDC to 600 meter for the 5.56mm caliber. It could be also use for some elementary rang-finding. I found it to be very fast at close range with or without illumination.
The Burris AR-1X’s digital control on top. The power button will cycle the reticle illumination between red or green color. Holding it down it will turn on or off the sight. The other two triangle buttons control the illumination levels.