Vortex Optics – Flare Illuminated Bubble Level | SHOT ´17

Vortex are busy at the moment with a lot of new products.

The Flare Illuminated Bubble Level – let’s call that FIBL for short – is their latest release and it’s not an optic.

I would probably call it a premium bubble level, perfect for any long range shooter with some spare Picatinny rail left. It helps if you love gadgets as well, but as you clicked on this link I’m sure you do.



The FIBL is easy to mount and remove on your Picatinny and it’s low-signature. Removing the FIBL won’t change your normal scope at all. It’s ambidextrous, so you can mount the bubble on either side of your rail and still get the illumination towards you.

The FIBL works in the dark as well, with a push button LED with three different brightness levels so you can adjust the intensity. Trying to hit a target in the dusk with too much light going straight into your eyes is probably not a winning idea.


If you’re still interested you’re probably interested in the price as well.

Now, here’s where we run into trouble as Vortex has set a MSRP of no less than 199.99 USD.

Before it’s even been released, it’s already available for 149.99 USD.


That’s quite a lot for some machined aluminum, a lamp, a button and a bubble level. I’m probably ending up buying one anyway, but I would have hoped for a price closer to half.


In Vortex words:

Everything you ever wanted in a level. Low-signature, rear-facing illumination with three intensity levels ensures optimal visibility in all light conditions. The recessed push-button control is easily accessed from a shooting position. The integrated Picatinny rail mount attaches easily and keeps the level low and trim. It can be mounted and removed with the riflescope on or off your rifle.

Here’s a product video to show the fucntions.


Find out more from Vortex: http://www.vortexoptics.com/product/vortex-riflescope-flare-bubble-level

Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • MrBrassporkchop

    Damn, I was hoping 2017 would be the year of the $350 tactical picatinny socket wrench.

    • Keiichi

      Comes complete with quick release, stealth bottle opener, and tactical scissors…

      • josh

        no corkscrew?

  • Edeco

    O.O oh lordy, I want that fancy spirit level.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Oh Vortex… lol at the price. About $60 is what I’d consider paying. I already laugh at the people on SnipersHide paying $100+ for bubbles.

    • Ebby123

      Do you even Sniper, bro?

      • JumpIf NotZero

        My $35 Sinclair levels work really well.

  • Keiichi

    I spent $350 for my bubble level. Lucky for me it came with a Spuhr scope mount attached.

  • Mystick

    I’m all for getting paid for your work, but there comes a point where you’re just being a jerk about it.

    • MrBrassporkchop

      The current tactical rifle climate has the markings of a bubble.

      When the bubble pops we’ll see a dramatic change in firearm buying habits.

      I call this coming change the “Fudocalypse”. Things like wood stocks and blued double action revolvers will make a huge comeback.

    • Ebby123

      Eh… its a niche item, but it’ll be worth it to those high-rollers who have need of such a device.

  • TechnoTriticale

    Makes one wonder why scopes and ‘dots don’t routinely include an internal level, at least as an option.

    • Ebby123

      I’ve thought that myself… It would probably be tricky, but when people are happy to drop $3,000 on a nightforce or leopold optic, I’m sure they could find a way to include it.

    • Eric B

      Some of the Spuhr mounts have the bubble. Check it out, the best mount on the market in my opinion.

  • Wingbert

    Yeah I’ll stick to my $15 B-Square unit.

  • Street price $139

  • iksnilol

    150 for a bubble level?

    Am I the only one here that isn’t high on crack!?

  • Wow!

    Bubble levels and angle finders are extremely expensive. I made my own a decade ago with just a little folding of PVC for a housing, a hardware level, a printed degree label, a ball bearing collar, and some soldering skills for like $5. No need for this kind of high pricing when it isn’t even a precision device like a scope.

  • B Hawk


  • Oldtrader3

    I have several0 of the Vortex $25. bubble levels. They seem to work just fine?

  • rambo jones

    lol i got 3 bubble levels off of fleabay that work fantastic. they mount to standard picatanny rail etc. they were less than $10.00 each