Burris MTAC – The Ultimate Scope For The Toughest Job

Last Updated on January 9, 2021.

A Tough Scope Ready To Get The Job Done

When you are in the field, looking for a dangerous game, or in a tactical situation, the last thing you need is a scope that gets in the way and doesn’t help you acquire your target quickly. The same goes for 3 gun competitions where fast target acquisition and clear sight picture is essential.

The MTAC was primarily designed for the tactical Close Quarter Battle market.

The tough, rigorous conditions of CQB demand an optic that can stand up to whatever you throw at it and more.

This is the kind of scope you can use for CQB and then go out and shoot coyotes when you’re done.

Is It Worth Your Money?

Burris MTAC


  • This is a combat optic, perfect for law enforcement, military, or tactical competition shooters. The generous eye relief coupled with the 1x power allows you to be aware of your surroundings by keeping both eyes open
  • The illuminated reticle is larger than the ordinary crosshair. The design causes your eye to focus directly on the center dot immediately after you pull it up to take your shot
  • The Tactical Kit is a tremendous value and makes this scope even more effective at short distances and Close Quarter Combat situations. It comes with a FastFire III sight and an AR P.E.P.R mount for your AR


  • The turrets DO NOT have an audible sound so you might be disappointed in how they feel if you are used to an audible sound. It does have a tactile click feel that is noticeable but not the sound to accompany it
  • The 1-4x24mm, while capable, is not really a long range scope. If you are an incredible marksman, you might be able to make it function as advertised. But if you are a typical shooter, the marks are difficult to make out. 1.5-6x42mm is better suited for long-range marksmanship and that is where the Ballistic AR reticle comes in handy
  • The adjustability is ½ MOA, this may not be enough for some shooters who want more adjustability than this offers at longer range. While this isn’t a problem for those who want this as a 1x power scope, for those who want the flexibility of using it for long-range shots as well, it could be a deal breaker

The durability of this scope, coupled with its compact and lightweight (14 oz) stature make this scope THE optic if you demand quality but want affordability. This is especially true if you want to get into 3 gun shooting competitions.

The MTAC will not add a lot of weight to your rifle but will add precision accuracy matched with split-second target acquisition. For an even more versatile setup, Burris offers a combo tactical pack that pairs the MTAC with the 3-MOA FastFire 3 red dot sight.

The Full Review

When you pick up the MTAC, your first reaction will probably be, “WOW!”

This 1x power optic has BRIGHT picture quality with a BRIGHT red illuminated dot and ring that pops up in your sight picture. You can increase the magnification to a whopping 4 power (or 6 power depending on which model you purchase) which doesn’t make this a sniper scope, but an effective optic for combat.

aim target image

The etched reticle illuminates at 10 different settings and can still be seen when switched off or the battery dies. Underneath the center dot is the 200, 300, 400, and 500-yard holdover marks. Several T marks go out from the center as well, read more about this below. Some people complain about the busy reticle until they try it.

There is a big thick ring around the large center dot. WHY?

The answer is speed. The large center ring is easily placed on your target quickly.

Part of the MTAC’s speed is the CLEAR glass, another is the eyebox. The eyebox is the field of view area behind the scope, where your eye can move around while still being able to see through the optic. The MTAC has one of the nicest eyeboxes out there that is large and forgiving, especially in a scope of this price range.


Illuminated Combat Ready Reticle

Ultra Clear Glass

Generous Eye Relief


Achieve Precision With Ease


Who Is This Scope Ideal For?

If you want a long range plinker scope that you can hit the paper all day long with, THIS IS NOT the scope for you. The center dot on the reticle measures 2.3 MOA, that’s 2.3 inches at 100 yards. What the MTAC does extremely well allows you to get that nice big ring on your target faster than the other guy in combat or competition.

What Do We Think?

This is THE best scope for close quarter combat and competition that we have come across!

The fact that the eye relief is so generous, the reticle easy to see and focus on, and its lightweight, make this a great buy for an optic.

The glass is coated with Burris’ MultiLume so it is anti-glare but also works extremely well in low light.

The illuminated reticle is great, but when the batteries die on you, the etched reticle is still EASILY SEEN.

If you happen to see one in a gun store, pick it up and look through it, you will be pleasantly surprised.

The Competition

The VXR from Leupold uses a powered fiber optic to make the Firedot or center dot of the reticle work.

It uses motion-sensing technology to power down the illumination after 5 minutes of inactivity but reactivates it when it sees motion.

A little more than the MTAC and the lowest power magnification Leupold offers is 1.25-4x20mm.

The Viper PST offers a 1-6×24 scope that also has great brightness, just like the Burris MTAC.

It is slightly more expensive but not by much, and offers exposed turrets to adjust elevation and windage.

It is more versatile as a long range scope for those who want to use their scope for Close Quarter Combat or long range precision marksmanship.

The Trijicon ACOG is designed as an Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight and as such, is fixed power. The ACOG is for combat and comes with a higher price tag.

It operates extremely well in bright, low, and no light conditions and its single purpose is to enable you to have an increased hit potential in all light conditions.

The ACOG uses a tritium/ fiber optic to illuminate the reticle and adjusts the reticle’s brightness based on the available light.

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