The Burris AR-536 – Your Next Scope For Your AR Platform

Last Updated on January 9, 2021.

Burris AR-536


  •  It has a highly visible reticle, even when the battery dies because it’s etched into the glass of the optic
  •  The illuminated reticle is easily seen in the brightest conditions, including snow, because of the highly adjustable brightness range
  • The optic glass is clear and sharp, so you can see exactly what you are shooting- even the bullet impact on your target
  • Focus is clear, adjustable, and easily focuses out to infinity
  • Durable construction makes this sight waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof. The retainer cable was carefully thought out so you don’t lose the turret caps


  •  A common complaint of this sight is that when installed on the rifle, the reticle is canted to one side. However, Burris has specifically designed this scope to be torqued down to 65in/lbs of torque. If it is hand tightened, it will be canted. You must have an inch/pound torque wrench to correctly install this sigh
  • This is a somewhat heavy optic weighing in at about 19 oz or 1 lb 3oz. If weight is an issue for you, this may not be the sight for you
  • The optic has between 2.5-3.5 inches for the eye relief this isn’t ideal. In order to optimize the field of view, you may need to mount it further back if you can. Often this will cause you to lose your rear iron sight but it is better to get a full field of vision

Tactical and Close Quarter Engagement Has Met Its Match

Close quarter engagement demands quick reflexes if you are going to win in a tactical or competitive shooting situation. Add an optic and your gun becomes a precision tool or a hindrance to you.

When looking for a scope for your AR rifle, you want an optic that will react quickly with close range targets while at the same time be able to engage targets that are further out.

You also want a sight that will work WITH your gun not against it. The AR-536 from Burris is specifically designed to excel in close quarter engagement with an AR platform.

Economical Optic That Performs With Impressive Accuracy

The AR-536 is a high performing optic for ARs that is durable, compact, and allows for nanosecond target acquisition that doesn’t break the bank.

This sight’s design uses a prism for precision and clarity, making it the perfect optic for those who demand a simple, straightforward optic. The glass is clear enough that you can see your bullet impacts at 100 yards. If that’s not clear, I don’t know what is.

The reticle illuminates in red or green at different intensities, depending on the operator’s preference, but can also be switched off. The battery can give you 200 hours at the highest setting, and 500 hours at medium settings. The most notable feature is that that the reticle without illumination, is easy to see in any light.

Burris makes these sights to the highest standards so they are waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof and comes with a no questions asked, forever warranty.

You don’t need to be afraid to use it.

The Full Review

The AR-536 gets its name from its 5x magnification, 36mm diameter objective lens, and of course its use on any AR platform. It firmly mounts to the Picatinny rail system and features its own Picatinny rail on the sight in 3 places.

You can attach a laser, light, and even an additional red dot sight on top for extreme close quarter shooting. Burris makes a Fast Fire II small red dot sight that would work extremely well with this scope.

Here are a few more of the great features that make this scope a must-have for tactical and competition shooters:


Illuminated Reticle

Windage and Elevation Adjustment Turrets

Durable Sight You Can Use Anywhere


Simple To Use, Easy To Forget You Even Have It On


Who Should Buy This?

Those who demand versatility from their optics for BOTH close range and longer range uses. This sight was developed specifically for competition and tactical applications. If you are shooting in either of these fields, this optic WILL WORK exceptionally well for you.

What Is Our Opinion?

A compact and solid optic, the AR-536 will not disappoint those who demand perfection and reliability. There are many options that are available in this field of fixed optics, and this one does not disappoint. It is perfect for close quarter engagement and ringing the steel at 100 yards all day long. It is perfect for daily use and won’t be affected by heavy recoil of larger calibers.

If you want an inexpensive optic that is NOT CHEAPLY made, look no further than the AR-536.

A Few Other Options

The Vortex Spitfire 3x and 1x give you a better ability to use the optic at close range. The eye relief is 3.7 inches and gives you a better field of view than the AR-536. It offers the same illumination options as the AR-536 and has a completely different reticle design. For point blank or home defense applications, the 1x is going to be a better buy for you. It really depends on what you need your scope to do for you.

The Aimpoint Pro is a completely different optic but much better suited for short distances, including point blank situations. It is a red dot scope that has extremely long battery life. You can leave the scope turned on in for immediate readiness and it will last for 3 years! It is also compatible with night vision while the AR-536 is not.

The Trijicon ACOG is a 4x magnification sight that is designed for both eyes to be open while shooting. This is essential in tactical situations where you need to be able to assess the danger around you. It combines fiber optics and a tritium phosphor lamp for peak performance in all light conditions. Of course, it does come at a higher price tag, but technology isn’t cheap.

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