The MAKO Group and Meprolight Release of the MX3 Flip Magnifier

Meprolight, manufacturers of various sighting systems including the innovative Bullseye handgun sighting system, have announced the release of their own flip-to-side magnifier for red-dot and similar 1x optics. The new MX3-F includes a flip to side mount with the magnifier that includes a Q/D rail interface for quick donning and doffing of the magnifier when not in use.

Similar to other magnifiers, the MX3-F is fully adjustable to center the reticle within the magnified window using the included external windage and elevation knobs. Adjustment is 40 MOA and an included diopter allows for shooters with +2 to -2 vision with a 2.2″ eye relief box. Field of view is rated as 7.5 degrees off the 1″ objective lens.

Unlike other magnifiers, the MX3-F is svelte, clocking in at only 6.1 ounces. Adding the mount brings the package to 11.8 ounces. Length is compact at 4 inches.

It looks like the MX-3 is only available with a single height flip-to-side mount which based on the photos shown is set up for lower 1/3 co-witness height optics. The flip mount keeps the optic locked at the stowed or in-line positions until the shooter physically changes the targeting.

The new MX 3x fixed power reflex sight magnifier is available now directly through Meprolight and their dealer network. Colors include Black, OD Green, and Flat Dark Earth. Retail pricing is set at $598.25.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • JumpIf NotZero

    And only a few years after flip magnifiers have come and gone.

    • Minuteman

      Yet still have merit.

    • PersonCommenting

      Why ya say that? I still see them frequently. Not everyone has jumped on the prism train yet. I give it a few more years once some guys can justify their red dots and magnifiers have gotten a good amount of use and want to upgrade to prism scopes.

      My beef with prism scopes is none of them are simple. They all have a bunch of crap in them. All I want is a cross hair and maybe a few dots for different distances. Nope they need a dot within a circle with a giant line through it. It is tooo busy!

      • Minuteman

        On top of that I’d like to add that Aimpoint runs 8 years on a single AA battery. No scope comes close to matching that. There’s a reason an M4S and a 3/3,5x magnifier is king. You get the best of both worlds. There’s no need to throw scopes that are capable of doing more on an AR-15, because, like the 7.62×39, the 5.56 round is a <300m [=realistic combat engegament range] projectile anyway. Scopes are only worth the investment if you can afford 77gr ammo. For the 62-75gr stuff a red dot and magnifier will perfectly suffice. 55gr is irons because it won't get past 150m anyway. I have zero use for ACOGs etc. The only rifle that needs a good scope is a hunting rifle, because you need to be able to make that clean brain shot for immediate incapacitation in order to prevent needless suffering.

        • iksnilol

          But a prism optic doesn’t use battieres at all (except for illumination).

          • Minuteman

            Well, there you go, that’s where Aimpoint comes in. I never bothered with prism optics. I always use Aimpoint and see no reason to move away from them.

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, but prism optic with no batteries works. Aimpoint with no batteries does not work.

          • Minuteman

            True. An Elcan Specter or VCOG will still be useful in good day light conditions because of the cross hairs on the lens. Hmmm, I might get a VCOG after all.

    • Treyh007

      I’ll have to disagree with your statement my friend, magnifies are still very popular. I will say the variable optics have hit the scene hot and heavy but the magnifiers still strive on, and rightfully so!

  • Minuteman

    I’m perfectly happy with my Samson 3.5x. How much is this thing gonna cost? 570? Everything from Israel is overpriced and not at all better than other brands. The only good, game changing sight from Israel is the MH1. Now THAT is something worth the money!

  • Andrew

    lol $598 for a 3x magnifier. The one Vortex sells for $199 (even cheaper if it’s on sale or you have a coupon code or qualify for their 40% off LE/Mil discount) looks almost identical. Actually, the Vortex one looks even better and comes with a solid warranty and excellent customer support, neither of which you’ll get from Mako.

    • Vhyrus

      The primary arms ones are under 100 and I can find nothing at all wrong with mine.

      • int19h

        Their most recent one (compact) is awesome with micro dots. Seems to be about the same size & weight as this.

  • Research1

    Mako group? Lol. Better do some checks on them.

  • Steven Calvaresi

    This looks nearly identical to the Burris AR Tripler. The only visible difference is the larger adjustment knobs on the meprolight magnifier. The Burris comes in at about $200 though…..

  • Suppressed

    I also can’t understand why magnifiers cost so much. Many of these 3x magnifiers cost more than a variable power scope with more moving parts.

    Several years ago I bought a 5x sightmark for $85 to zero my EoKek (in my experience higher power magnifiers really seem to help out with dialing in the precision of RDS/holo sights) and I started really liking having it. Now I’d like to upgrade it because I don’t want anything sightmark on my stuff, but I can’t seem to come to terms with spending $500+ on an EoTech/Aimpoint that’s gonna lose 2x power. Aimpoint has that 6x, but its over a $G with mount. Plus I don’t have any friends with namebrand magnifiers I can play with to see what >$400 extra dollars gets me.

    The Lucid 2x-5x magnifier can be had for $229. I NEVER hear people talk about them, likely because they aren’t aware of them, and I’ve never even seen one in a store or anywhere else so I could fondle it. I may have to take a chance on it since it seems to offer things the other magnifiers don’t at a very reasonable price. And maybe I’m wrong, but I perceive Lucid as being pretty decent quality.

    • Minuteman

      Because demand for magnifiers is high. Supply vs demand. Your market economics at work, gentlemen.

      • Suppressed

        Yeah, I took microeconomics and macroeconomics more than once (2 degrees at 2 different colleges) and understand S vs. D. I was commenting more along the lines that aside from a brand name, I’m ignorant as to what a $500-$1200 magnifier brings to the table that a $100-$250 one doesn’t, if the former ones also bring 5x the value along with them, and the important features and performance separating the lot of them. Based on his helpful response, I believe erwos was picking up what I was putting down.

        I wish TFB, Recoil, and/or another trusted and independent party would do a comparison of the most popular ones. Everything from the cheap P.A. and Sightmark to the mid-level Vortex and Lucid (Atibal too) and the top-tier Aimpoint, EoTech, and now I guess Mako too. Oh, and that Leupold one too! Although I seem to remember something about it not being suitable for lefties like myself.

        • Minuteman

          Doesn’t LaRue have something to remedy that?

          • Suppressed

            I honestly don’t know. I just kinda stopped consuming and retaining any info on the Leupold after learning of lefty-issues, to the point where I can’t even remember why it’s not good for us, maybe something about needing to view it from the left side of the weapon?

            Post up the LaRue fix if you can find it though, I’d love to check it out!

          • Minuteman

            What is it that you exactly need? If you use an M4(S) or T-2 for instance, you could just get a LaRue 755 and mount it to pivot to the side of your own preference.

    • The Lucid 2-5x has clarity problems at 5x. That’s why you never hear about them. The concept is good, but the execution has problems. It also doesn’t come with a mount, and quality flip mounts are not cheap.

      You can buy a PA 3x for $100-$150, Vortex VMX-3T for $180, and you can step it up to an Aimpoint 3X-C in a LaRue mount for $380. IMHO, those three options pretty much cover the lower end of the market. The Mako/Meprolight magnifier is actually quite good (mil-spec with top-end glass), but it’s competing with the other military-grade magnifiers from L3 and Aimpoint.

      • Suppressed

        Very good info, thanks man!

    • iksnilol

      What’s wrong with the Sightmark if it works for you?

      • Suppressed

        Like 4 years ago I was ignorant to anything beyond pistols and plinking, so I bought some of their stuff and learned it wasn’t up to snuff. I haven’t gotten to molest any other magnifiers besides a G23/G33 at a gun store that wasn’t even on a rifle, so I assume if given the opportunity to actually use one, I would become much more aware of the Sightmark’s shortcomings.

        But to honestly answer your question, nothing is really wrong with it that I’m aware of. If I were ever to need to use my raifu for anything beyond murdering paper or having to briefly defend me or mines, then I believe I would be justified in being concerned that it wouldn’t hold up to abuse like the .mil proven ones. I would also bet 2 tacos that part of it is me being way too concerned with aesthetics and also being a label-wh0re.

        Being as you’re a car guy, I can help explain it by telling you that during this summer I bought upgraded wheels for my car and in doing so, looked past much cheaper setups because I had to put 2-piece forged wheels in a staggered aggressive offset fitment…on a Lexus LS430 that I drive around in like your grandpa 99.3% of the time.

        • iksnilol

          I can understand that. I imagine a magnifier is a much simpler product than an RDS or scope.

          Hey, gotta splurge on wheels (says the guy who is ordering Nexen tires, but they’re the premium line 😛 )they’re keeping your butt afloat… Yeah, no. I am “cheaping” out there by choosing what gets the best ratings at a decent price.