Vortex Strike Eagle: Outstanding Mid-Level AR-15 Optic

Last Updated on January 12, 2021.

If you’re looking for a product with a quality adjustable zoom on the AR platform that won’t break the bank, look no further, you’ve found it. The Strike Eagle is an alterable zoom scope with a bullet drop compensator in the reticle designed especially for the AR-15.

This feature-laden scope can be used for multiple shooting scenarios, from up close to distances of 600 yards or more. It is available in two models, 1-6x zoom and 1-8x zoom.  It stands up to any of the higher end units regarding features, durability, and reliability.

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Is It Worth Your Money?

Is it Worth Your Money?

Vortex Strike Eagle


  • Affordable
  • High quality
  • Illuminated reticle
  • Bullet drop compensator
  • Tactile windage and elevation “clicks”
  • Fast target acquisition in 1x zoom
  • Difficult to maintain perfect eye relief
  • Zoom is almost too tight, difficult to turn

While this product is not cheap, the amount of features you get for the price is terrific. The technology is has packed unlike any other on the market today.

Distance will no longer be an issue as it is accurate out to 1200 yards. It has a built-in laser rangefinder that displays the distance to the target above the crosshair.

It can be programmed to your specific caliber and bullet weight to assist in the most accurate reading possible. It also features Hi-Lume multicoating for a clear sight picture and a double internal spring system to hold zero and protect against recoil and vibrations.

Scope Review and Breakdown

  • specifications
  • ease of use and reliability
  • COST

Vortex has once again set the standard for affordable, quality units with its line of AR scopes. It is an AR optic for any user, at a price everyone can afford.

It features a 1-6x or 1-8x adjustable zoom, a feature that allows you to accurately reach distances of 600 yards or more, as well as be used in close combat with 1:1 zoom. The ability to switch between close combat and distance shooting without changing optics is indispensable.

Pair that with the illuminated reticle with Bullet Drop Compensator (BDC), and it makes any AR-15 a formidable long-range rifle. The reticle features a centered halo for fast target acquisition, as well as listed reticle subtensions for estimating ranges, holdover, and wind drift correction, all crisp and accurate even at the highest magnification

The scope also features fully multicoated lenses which allow maximum light collection, increasing visibility in low light situations. It has also been nitrogen purged to reduce lens fogging over a wide range of temperatures greatly. Included with your purchase are flip-up lens caps to keep your glass safe when not in use.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that it comes with the brand’s unconditional lifetime warranty. No matter what happens, whose fault it is, or how long you’ve owned it, It will fix or replace your unit at no charge.

This benefit is fully transferrable as well. You don’t need to register your product or fill out a warranty card.

NOTE: Per the company website, the warranty does not cover loss, theft, deliberate damage or cosmetic damage that does not affect the function of the item.

Who is this Scope for?

Type of Shooter

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Our Opinion

In our opinion, the 1-6x and 1-8x AR optics are in a league of their own regarding quality and affordability.

You can find cheaper scopes, and you can discover better scopes.

But this model combines a myriad of features that shooters look for, quality design and durability, and a reasonable price.

It will keep up with any high-priced scope concerning accuracy and longevity.

Whether you are just starting shooting, or you have years of experience, you will be impressed with this model.

Other Options Worth Looking At

It is difficult to find a 1-6x or 1-8x adjustable zoom scope for the AR platform, period. When you throw in all of the features that this model offers, at the affordable price it’s listed at, it’s hard to go wrong.

For a similar price, another option is the Primary Arms 1-6x or 1-8x zoom scope with ACSS illuminated reticle. It’s practically identical in design and function to this unit. Another option is the Trijicon RS-27, which is a 1-8x adjustable zoom scope as well.

The significant difference between the scopes is that the Trijicon reticle is on the First Focal Plane (FFP), while the Vortex is a Second Focal Plane (SFP) reticle. FFP reticles appear to increase in size when you zoom, while SFP reticles remain a constant size throughout the zoom. It leads to better accuracy in FFP scopes.

However, the price tag for the Trijicon RS-27 is north of $1,200, and the small increase in efficiency does not justify the quadrupling of the price, in our opinion.

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