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EBR-556B (MOA) Reticle

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MSRP: $449.99
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Spitfire 3x Prism Scope is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 69.
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Spitfire™ 3x Prism Scope

Designed specifically for the AR platform, the 3x Spitfire™ combines an impressive array of high-performance features into a rugged, ultra-compact package. When fast target acquisition in close- to medium-range shooting applications is a priority, the Spitfire excels. Laced with advanced features, the sophisticated prism-based design allows for a more compact optical system without sacrificing optical quality. The EBR-556B reticle is etched directly on the prism to assure consistent point-of-aim at all times with selectable red/green illumination of five intensity levels to match specific conditions. Prism Scopes are not compatible with the VMX-3T Magnifier.

Dual use for Shooting Tactical / Hunting




VIP Warranty Nitrogen Purged Waterproof

*Weight includes battery and mount.

Magnification3 x
Eye Relief2.8 inches
Field of View31.5 feet/100 yards
Adjustment Graduation1/2 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment120 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment120 MOA
Parallax Setting100 yards
Length5.5 inches
Weight15.4*
Product Manual (PDF)Download
Included in the Box
  • (2) Picatinny Rails
  • T-15 Torx Wrench
  • 2mm Hex Wrench
  • CR2032 battery
  • Flip Caps

Optical Features

Fully Multi-Coated Multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces increase light transmission.
Prism-Based Design Delivers sharp optics and allows for unique reticle designs that are visible with or without illumination.

Construction Features

Single-Piece Chassis Compact and lightweight.
Waterproof O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating for reliable performance in all environments.
Fogproof Nitrogen gas purging delivers fogproof, waterproof performance.
Shockproof Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact.
Hard Anodized Finish Highly durable low-glare matte finish.
Operating Temperature Rated from -22 degrees to +122 degrees Fahrenheit.

Convenience Features

Variable Mount Heights Comes mounted at a lower 1/3 co-witness height of 40.4 mm from the optic center to base surface. Remove the mount riser if a lower 30 mm mounted height is desired.
Adjustable Brightness Provides five levels of brightness intensity with red and green illumination settings.
Red/Green Reticle Option Allows shooters a choice of dot color.
Battery Life Typical battery life is 250 hours at maximum brightness and 3,000 hours at minimum brightness setting.
Magnification3 x
Eye Relief2.8 inches
Field of View31.5 feet/100 yards
Adjustment Graduation1/2 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment120 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment120 MOA
Parallax Setting100 yards
Length5.5 inches
Weight15.4*
Product Manual (PDF)Download

Spitfire 3x Dimensions

Dimensions measured in inches.

*weight includes mount and battery

EBR-556B (MOA) Reticle

The EBR-556B reticle (Enhanced Battle Reticle) is designed around the 5.56 x 45 cartridge to aid in rapid shooting at both near and far ranges—providing holdover and ranging references from 0-500 yards. Etched directly on the prism to assure consistent point-of-aim at all times with selectable red/green illumination of five intensity levels to match specific conditions.

Subtension detail for the Spitfire 3x prism scope with EBR-556B reticle. >

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Read the Spitfire 3x Reticle manual for tips on shooting.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing all around AR optic! I have had my Spitfire 3x Prism Scope for a few years and absolutely love it! I wanted to put an affordable optic on my AR similar to the RCO (ACOG) that was mounted on my USMC M4 without the ACOG price. after receiving the Spitfire I was quite impressed with the craftsmanship and product quality. I think the optics BDC reticle is outstanding and glass quality high. I like the optics compact size and picatinny rail system for mounting reflex sights. Overall I would recommend this product to a friend who is looking for that ACOG style optic without that price! Fantastic product and it looks good too.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for my needs This was the first vortex optic I have purchased. I was torn between it and a traditional scope for my AR. I am very happy that I bought the Spitfire 3x. I had no intention of shooting long distances with this gun, as I plan on using for home defense and maybe a coyote or hog occasionally. It was extremely easy to mount and zero at 100yds, and I've shot it out to 200 with no problem using the hashed reticle. I really liked that the reticle is etched, so that it does not need to be turned on to be able to use it. It's also nice to have the option of using green or red with multiple brightness settings. After shooting with this, and my dad's Aimpoint, I can honestly say that it performs much better than his. I'd definitely recommend buying it!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quallity Product I purchased the Spitfire 3x for an AR that i use primarily for shooting coyotees. I have been more than pleased with this product. Installation was a snap and zeroing was simple enough. Since zeroing I haven't taken it to the range, but I have put it to good use on numerous coyote hunts. The illuminated reticle makes it quick to get on target and stay on target. I find the BDC very intuitive to use. I've used the BDC to drop a coyote at a full trot at 300m with no problems. I'd expect that it'll preform just as well out to the 500m reference. My spitfire has held zero without issue even after several bumps and tumble that occur any time your take a gun for a walk. All in all I am beyond pleased with another one of my Vortex products.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good features, poor turrets The scope locks good, and overall the outside is well built. The glass is clear and the reticle and illumination are excellent. Unfortunately the turrets are garbage. They don't track true at all, they move between 0 to 1 moa per click. adjusting it is more of a guessing game then measuring required movement vs moa adjustments. After moving 78 clicks to move 11 inches at 50 yards the scope had also tracked 6 inches left.. you have to bang a few rounds out to "set" your adjustments and figure out if they are going to stay, sometimes they jump a couple moa after an adjustment. This screams "adjustment screws directly on the internal optics tube" that you normally see on chinese optics.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No co-witness This appears to be a quality piece of equipment. It just needs some fine tuning. Glass is clear and I purchased it due largely for the etched crosshairs. It does not come with a Quick detach mount and Vortex does not offer one. You have to go aftermarket and pay to get one. My biggest complaint is the scope sits to high and above co-witness height with the provided shim, and without it the scope sits to low and hits a lowered flip-up sight so you have to move it farther forward. With the short eye relief, the only option is to use the spacer and have it sit high. The wire holding the adjustment caps needs to be relocated to a location where it doesn't interfere with the top light turret. Over all it nice, just needs to have a little redesigning.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another quality product from Vortex I had originally purchased this sight to put on a shotgun, but after running into a little stag with the mounting I decided to mount it on an AR15. I wanted a sight with high end quality, without the high end price tag and the Vortex spitfire 3X came through with flying colors. I'm a big fan of the EBR (enhanced battle reticle), and the fact the it can be illuminated in green. Also, a big selling point was that the reticle is actually etched on the glass, so if the battery happens to die the firearm will still be useable. The only downfall for me, was that I was not able to mount it on to the cantilever rail system of my shotgun, but has proved to be another great addition to my Vortex collection!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Want to Like It There are 2 faulty issues with this scope but first what I like. Prism, 3 power, optical adjustment. I have sold both of my ACOGs because if you don't have 20/20 vision you are out of luck. I have 20/30 enough to shoot without corrective glasses etc. so I need my scope to accommodate. I don't think my adjusting the "reticle focus" as it is called would effect the field of view BUT I had to place the scope as far rearward as possible and I still have to push my head forward to get a full field of view. Not good. Secondly the reticle is not trued to the perpendicular, it is slanted to the right. I have a newly patented laser product that proves this so don't just assume some yahoo can't line up a reticle. I don't plan on returning, price is good for what you get.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome I bought one of these a while back in the hopes it would be SIMILAR to the ACOGs I used in the army with out the 1200+ dollar price tag. Honestly it was exactly what I hoped for. it holds zero, turns on every time, it has good eye relief and doesn't add a ton of weight. Here are the cons, It isn't as clear as the ACOG, the reticle is a little small and takes some getting used to. All that being said I have to say if you are looking for a great fixed power optic like an ACOG and don't want to blow 1200 or more then the search is over!!!!!
Date published: 2017-06-15
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Is this scope compatible with Trijicon acog mounts like the primary arms prism scopes are?

Asked by: Walker
The Spitfire 3x has a different mounting pattern than the ACOG so it would not work on the same mounts.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-02-16

What close to medium range, red dot optic is suggested for the new Tavor 7 / 7.62 X 51 where the firearm would be used in 3 gun competition shooting?

Asked by: winn parish
All of our red dots or prism scopes would work great on your rifle, I would take a look at our Sparc AR and Crossfire red dots, or our Spitfire AR Prism Scope.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-02-05

Will this unit, Spitfire 3x Prism Scope, mount to the Springfield M1A Scout Squad?

Asked by: DanU
That will not have enough eye relief to be a good choice on that rifle. I would recommend taking a look at the Strike Eagle as a good low power variable optic.
Answered by: Jon S.
Date published: 2018-02-01

Looking to slap a red dot on my AR. I have an antispasm in my eyes and was told prism red dots sometimes help with that. I was recommended the Vortex Spitfire. In my price range. Any suggestions/recommendations? Thanks.

Asked by: MichaelDiggs
If you have an astigmatism, a prism scope would be a great option as it has an etched reticle that will not be affected by your astigmatism. The Spitfire AR would be a great choice for your setup.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-01-22

can this scope be mounted to a mini 14?

Asked by: Donald K
Yes, it would have to be mounted over the receiver and you would want to remove the riser from the mount of the Spitfire 3x.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-02-18

Could I use this with an AR 6.5 Grendel?

Asked by: Dave
You certainly could. I'd recommend jumping onto our LRBC (upper right hand corner of the website) to figure out where the hashmarks would land for yardages with your rounds. Call us on it if you have any questions! 800-426-0048
Answered by: Jon S.
Date published: 2018-01-10

Would having a fixed front iron sight affect the view of the reticle?

Asked by: Warriner824
You will be able to see the top of the front sight in the lower portion of the optic, it does blur out so it shouldn't really affect your shooting.
Answered by: Jon S.
Date published: 2018-01-08

Will the Spitfire 3x reticle work with .308 WIN / 7.62x 51 ?

Asked by: Chris
The reticle will work with any caliber, you can use our LRBC program to find what the drops work out to: http://www.vortexoptics.com/content/lrbc.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-01-05
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing all around AR optic! I have had my Spitfire 3x Prism Scope for a few years and absolutely love it! I wanted to put an affordable optic on my AR similar to the RCO (ACOG) that was mounted on my USMC M4 without the ACOG price. after receiving the Spitfire I was quite impressed with the craftsmanship and product quality. I think the optics BDC reticle is outstanding and glass quality high. I like the optics compact size and picatinny rail system for mounting reflex sights. Overall I would recommend this product to a friend who is looking for that ACOG style optic without that price! Fantastic product and it looks good too.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good features, poor turrets The scope locks good, and overall the outside is well built. The glass is clear and the reticle and illumination are excellent. Unfortunately the turrets are garbage. They don't track true at all, they move between 0 to 1 moa per click. adjusting it is more of a guessing game then measuring required movement vs moa adjustments. After moving 78 clicks to move 11 inches at 50 yards the scope had also tracked 6 inches left.. you have to bang a few rounds out to "set" your adjustments and figure out if they are going to stay, sometimes they jump a couple moa after an adjustment. This screams "adjustment screws directly on the internal optics tube" that you normally see on chinese optics.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Clarity Just purchased the Spitfire 3X Prism Scope for my AR and couldn't be happier with the clarity. I own two other Vortex products, Viper PST FFP & the Venom Red Dot. Both are clear and crisp but I was still amazed nonetheless. It's like putting on a pair of reading glasses for the first time. . . I also love having the option of going from red to green illumination and the 3X really helps reaching out (accurately) to 100 yards and beyond. Solid scope at an affordable price and I never have to worry about the longevity of it with the Vortex VIP Warranty.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for my needs This was the first vortex optic I have purchased. I was torn between it and a traditional scope for my AR. I am very happy that I bought the Spitfire 3x. I had no intention of shooting long distances with this gun, as I plan on using for home defense and maybe a coyote or hog occasionally. It was extremely easy to mount and zero at 100yds, and I've shot it out to 200 with no problem using the hashed reticle. I really liked that the reticle is etched, so that it does not need to be turned on to be able to use it. It's also nice to have the option of using green or red with multiple brightness settings. After shooting with this, and my dad's Aimpoint, I can honestly say that it performs much better than his. I'd definitely recommend buying it!
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome I bought one of these a while back in the hopes it would be SIMILAR to the ACOGs I used in the army with out the 1200+ dollar price tag. Honestly it was exactly what I hoped for. it holds zero, turns on every time, it has good eye relief and doesn't add a ton of weight. Here are the cons, It isn't as clear as the ACOG, the reticle is a little small and takes some getting used to. All that being said I have to say if you are looking for a great fixed power optic like an ACOG and don't want to blow 1200 or more then the search is over!!!!!
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No co-witness This appears to be a quality piece of equipment. It just needs some fine tuning. Glass is clear and I purchased it due largely for the etched crosshairs. It does not come with a Quick detach mount and Vortex does not offer one. You have to go aftermarket and pay to get one. My biggest complaint is the scope sits to high and above co-witness height with the provided shim, and without it the scope sits to low and hits a lowered flip-up sight so you have to move it farther forward. With the short eye relief, the only option is to use the spacer and have it sit high. The wire holding the adjustment caps needs to be relocated to a location where it doesn't interfere with the top light turret. Over all it nice, just needs to have a little redesigning.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another quality product from Vortex I had originally purchased this sight to put on a shotgun, but after running into a little stag with the mounting I decided to mount it on an AR15. I wanted a sight with high end quality, without the high end price tag and the Vortex spitfire 3X came through with flying colors. I'm a big fan of the EBR (enhanced battle reticle), and the fact the it can be illuminated in green. Also, a big selling point was that the reticle is actually etched on the glass, so if the battery happens to die the firearm will still be useable. The only downfall for me, was that I was not able to mount it on to the cantilever rail system of my shotgun, but has proved to be another great addition to my Vortex collection!
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Notch I bought the Spitfire 3x for my AR after reading 50+ reviews. I couldn't find 1 single review that had anything negative to say about this optic. Everyone knows Vortex, everyone knows their warranty policy, customer service and quality is the best in the industry. When I received the optic, I was shocked at how solid this thing was. It's an absolute beast. The clearest glass I've ever owned, by a long shot. It's an absolutely beautiful piece and I would have paid twice what I did. I'm a Vortex lifer and proud of it!
Date published: 2017-06-07
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