Spitfire AR Prism Scope

Spitfire AR
Prism Scope

Spitfire AR Prism Scope is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 93.
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MSRP $349.99


When shooters demand the quick-handling characteristics of a red dot, but suffer starburst effects in red dots from common astigmatism, the Spitfire AR is the perfect choice. The glass-etched DRT (Dual Ring Tactical) reticle can be used with or without the red/green illumination like a traditional riflescope, and makes target and reticle acquisition in close-quarters a snap. Unique to the Spitfire AR, an included 5.56 BDC turret allows shooters to dial popular AR-15 configurations to 700 yards—perfect for limited division 3-Gun competitors or range-goers who wish to engage targets from point blank to extended range.

Battery Life: Up to 250 hours on highest setting. Up to 3,000 hours on lowest setting.

Prism Scopes are not compatible with the VMX-3T Magnifier.

Spitfire AR Prism Dimensions (in inches)

Spitfire AR Prism Dimensions

Dual use for Shooting Tactical / Hunting
Included in the Box
  • T-10 Torx wrench
  • 556 BDC turret cap
  • AAA battery
  • Flip caps
Mount Type Lower 1/3 Co-Witness
Magnification 1x
Objective Lens Diameter 25 mm
Dot Color Red/Green
Eye Relief 3.8 inches
Field of View 79 feet/100 yards
Adjustment Graduation 1/2 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment 120 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment 120 MOA
Parallax Setting Parallax Free
Length 4.3 inches
Weight 11.2 oz
Product Manual (PDF) Download
Parts Diagram Download (PDF)
Dual use for Shooting Tactical / Hunting




Fully Multi-Coated Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Prism-Based Design Delivers sharp optics and allows for unique reticle designs that are visible with or without illumination.
Brightness Settings Provides 12 variable illumination settings - adjusts for use in very dim to very bright lighting conditions.
Parallax Free All red dot and holographic sights will exhibit some small amount of parallax. Matching current industry practice, this small amount would be considered "parallax free" and will make a negligible difference in performance.


Single-Piece Chassis Compact and lightweight.
Waterproof O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating for reliable performance in all environments.
Shockproof Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact.
Matte Anodized Finish Corrosion and wear resistant anodization provides low-glare matte surface and helps camouflage the shooter's position.



The DRT (Dual Ring Tactical) reticle is designed for rapid shooting at close distances. The dual ring design pulls the eye into instant alignment with the reticle center and target. 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 1x prism scope with DRT MOA reticle.


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Product Picture on box isn't product in box. Not happy that the Spitfare AR Prism sight I bought shows a pictures on the front of the box of the base being removable (as does the manual), yet I got one of the updated (aka downgraded) models that you cannot remove the base. Why keep the same UPC with the large of a change to the product?
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best 1x Optic on the Market! I have been running the original Spitfire 1x for a long time and have 2 of them. One on an SBR and one on a factory division 3 gun rifle. The reticle is very quick to acquire and get on target fast. The upgrades from the original to this model are awesome. The housing has a great finish to it, I love the addition of the buttons from the knob, and the AAA battery is awesome!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome for MP15-22 I put the spitfire on my smith and Wesson MP15-22 and it has been flawless. Looks great, dead on accurate, and tons of compliments.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Luv it!! Have Astigmatism and red dots have not worked for me until now. Great sight, solid construction, user friendly and amazing price.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Will not fit American Defense AD-T1-L I purchased the Spritfire AR1x Prism Scope from American Defense a couple of weeks ago under a promotional package where I was to receive an AD-T1-L base to be coupled with the Spitfire AR 1x Prism Scope. When it arrived it was discovered that Vortex had changed the scope so that it now has a base which is not removable. Hence the scope cannot be used with the AD-T1-L base. When I contacted American Defense, they requested a photo of the scope and offered to return the purchase price, and stated they were not notified that Vortex had changed the base structure of the scope. American Defense advised me they have since pulled the promotion. I think this stinks! The AD-T1-L, when coupled with the old Spitfire scope, was a very good scope/mount combination. Now I have to use the hex tool rather than the AD T1-L base with its easy-removable attachment to use the new scope . Come on Vortex, you can do better than this. Yes it probably saves you some manufacturing cost, but it lessens the scope's usability and appeal.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highest Value Red Dot On Market Because of it's price point, this is thr best value for your money, hands down. Sure it has a couple of quirks, but you could easily pay significantly more for no improvement in performance or function in my opinion. The eye relief is the only thing I would tell somebody to pay attention to. Everything else is pretty much perfect. Because of the 3.8" eye relief, you are going to want this optic mounted as far back (close to your eye) as possible. Shooters with really long LOP's may struggle with this a little. I'm average height and have it mounted right in front of my rear MBUS, without affecting the ability of the MBUS to flip up if needed, and it's perfect there. I initially mounted it closer to flush with the ejection port and it was too far forward (I was getting a slight edge in the sight picture) because of the eye relief but it still would have been functional there. It's very rugged, love the two colour option. The dual ring is hands down the fastest close range target acquisition system. I have professional training on an AR that used an Aimpoint red dot, which is also excellent, but noticeably not as fast as this reticle. If inside of 50m is what you're setting up for, like I was, this is the way to go hands down.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best thing going. I just received this Spitfire AR today and replaced another brand on my truck gun. It`s an AR -15 with nothing else but a light. I`m 64 and have cataracts that are nearly ripe and this red dot with the etched reticle is outstanding. I have dozens of scopes and red dots, some very expensive optics, and I have to say that I wasted money on the other stuff. Live and Learn! The manual didn`t say how much torque to apply to the crossbolts, but I found the answer in the Q&A section, 15 to 20 inch pounds + blue Loctite. I can see getting more of these to replace my other red dots and some scopes. It`s great to have that etched reticle and not have to worry about dead batteries, plus where can you not find AAA batteries?
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE 1x optic for 3-gun. There's a reason the guys winning in Limited division in 3-gun are using this optic. I picked up one to play with and considered throwing my name into that division again, and loved the optic enough to by 3-4 more. The price point versus features is hard to beat, so I have these on a .22 SBR upper, 300BLK SBR suppressed upper, 13.5" AR, 18" 3-Gun AR, and more. I don't even bother using the illumination most of the time, as the etched reticle works great on it's own.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favorite for the AR Just recieved this optic. It has definitely met all of my exectations, especially in this price range. I own several other optics by vortex, every one of them is as crisp and clear as the next.Thank you for putting out a quality product at an affordable price.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Functions under any situation.... The fact that this will work under any circumstances is key. If your batteries run out it works, if glass cracks it works, if your eyes aren't what they used to be it works. This is a great investment for a weapon that you know will never let you down.
Date published: 2019-05-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as good as everyone says. I bought this scope a month ago from my local sporting goods store. I was really amped up to get it mounted and hit the range. That’s where I started to lose confidence in the scope. I immediately had issues with the little torx head screws loosening up after just a few rounds. So, I stopped shooting and went home to get the blue loc tite out. I torqued the screws back down and went back out. Well no change with the scope staying mounted. But, this time I was able to shoot around 25 rounds before it loosened up. Overall not impressed whatsoever.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prepare for 3-gun domination... If you like the old "DOUGHNUT OF DEATH" that sat atop the Steyr AUG; you will love this sight. Etched reticle means it works even if your battery is dead. Covered by Vortex's awesome guarantee. Works great on my AR-57. 'Nuff said?
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Received Just received my Spitfire AR and have to say I am very impressed with the build quality. Functionality is straight forward and optics and bright and clear. Will mount and take to the range shortly and provide further review.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overall a bad experience I love the idea of this scope because I have astigmatism and red dots just don’t work for me but I have had some bad experiences with this model. First was the mount wasn’t secured correctly to the scope and my first shot with it mounted caused the scope to fly off and hit me in the face. Vortex did fix this issue and sent me different screws but I decided to go with a ADM mount instead. It has held up fine since then but now my main issue in the negative magnification. Looking through the scope objects are actually further away that the naked eye. For shooting at distance this is a problem. I expected 1x but I would have even been happy if it was slightly magnified but negative magnification is not worth it. I’d rather shoot with iron sights. I love my Vortex scopes but I think this model really missed the mark.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for astigmatism! Great for astigmatism! The dot and circles stayed clear. No star bursts or fuzziness. Sucks to have astigmatism, but at least there are products like the spitfire prism that help. Great for under 100 yards.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid upgrade from the original Spitfire I ran the original Spitfire 1x for several years on my limited division rifle in 3-gun. Eventually it had an issue with an internal lense and I sent it in for service. I received the new version, the Spitfire AR, and it is awesome. I love the fact that it takes AAA batteries which are all over the place. It has proven to be durable in the limited use its received. The etched reticle is extremely precise and I've consistently shot it out to 600 yards while using iStrelok to determine the correct holds (.223). The only thing that would make it better is if the illumination was brighter. I typically run it without illumination unless it's low light since the reticle works as well without it. All in all, it's a solid optic for the task.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Surprise in a Small Package Had an Eotech XPS3, I returned it because of the buy back problem. I loved the Eotech, but lost my confidence in the Eotech company. I searched all the usual web sites, blogs, etc.. So I set my eyes on an Aimpoint, I gave it some serious thought, to the expense, where it was made, etc. Vortex caught my eye at my local gun dealer. It was there I was able to physically compare to the Aimpoint comp and others. Once I had the Vortex Spitfire in my hand, it was a no brainer. It had all the features of the higher priced optic out there, and even a better warranty. I'm not gonna lie, it is a heavier optic, but once you dial it in, the weight of it is a non issue. I will say this, you can spend a boatload of money on optics out there, But why?
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Non-removable base I agree with the other reviewers here. I purchased this after reading and seeing pictures online that the base was removable and compatible with low T1 QD mounts. I just purchased a new one and it is now a solid one piece base. I don't understand why they did this and it is disappointing. The scope itself is optically the best 1x prism scope on the market, and as such I will swallow the bitter pill and keep using it. The controls and brightness are spot on and the BDC dial is well thought out. I appreciate that it uses a 100 yard zero instead of 50. I honestly don't know how many stars to rate, because even though it's a fantastic optic I feel let down by the new DOWNGRADED mount. I guess one star removed, 5 stars if you get the older mount. Since the other reviews are 3 years old at this point I'm guessing Vortex has no intention of making this right and it just is what it is.
Date published: 2020-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where has this been all my life I struggle with true reddot optics. I have a astigmatism that makes typical reddot's look like clover leafs and makes good accurate shooting a challenge at times. I saw this thing on a video from SHOT show 2016 and knew I had to have it and I put one on pre-order. Fast forward to July (still didn't have my pre-order) and I got to shoot with one of Vortex's pro-staffers at a match in texas. He was rocking the Spitfire AR on a 16" JP rifle and was having no issues ringing steel at 500 yards. I was super impressed and had to have one like..right then. I finally found one in stock and picked it up. This is a super well thought out product. The etched reticle gives me the freedom to make shots with the reticle on or off. With enough daylight, off especially gives me a little bit crisper sight picture to work with. I would really love to see this optic with some stadia line in the reticle to enhance it's long range capability in addition to the really cool BDC elevation turret (which you can have custom made to your rounds spec's too). I could continue to go on about this thing, but needless to say I'm a fan, and this is a winner from Vortex. Thanks again for another great product!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clear and clean optics. Great look on target. Great scope. I shoot steel targets at 150 yards and the Spitfire makes me a better shooter.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have purchased several of these Best scope for the money hands down. Solid. Works perfectly.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Sight I bought this right about 6 months ago and have yet to find fault in it. It has been dropped into a barrel multiple times a match, has been left on over and over again, has been muddy and sandy in the same day, and still looks good and functions great. I love having the etched reticle in case of battery failure, and it consistently hits where I point it over and over again. 10/10 would recommend on any gun being used on any rifle that is used for a speed competition. Long and short range transitions are a breeze with it.
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect AR sight I've had this on my 300blk for over a year now. It is the perfect ar sight and I plan on getting another. I really like the fact that if the battery dies, you are still able to use the sight reticle. I have put this sight through a lot of accidental torture and it has stood up to the test for every shot. Great product!
Date published: 2019-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice red dot, but..... I bought this red dot through optic planet unfortunately after putting the battery in the red dot flickered on and off for about 10 seconds and the shut off. It would not come back on after trouble shooting I contacted the VIP warranty and was advised I would need to send it in for warranty work... 10 minutes from taking it out of the box!! I sent it off and received a brand new one about 2-3 weeks later. The red dot is nice and easy to adjust how ever the best thing so far with this product is the VIP warranty.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rock solid. Holds zero. I've had min for over a year with no complaints. I run it on my 8.5" 300 pistol which travels frequently getting knocked around a lot. I don't baby my AR's and the Spitfire holds up. And who the heck needs qd mounts? Build another upper and bolt on a new optic. 5 stars for what it is designed to do.
Date published: 2020-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I purchased this red dot after ordering a Vortex Sparc AR. I loved the Sparc it was lightweight fantastic both eyes open sight. But I have an astigmatism and the dot wasn’t well defined. Research on Vortex site and found out the prism scopes/red dots would seem clearer to me. The prism Spitfire AR is awesome. I love the crispness of reticle, etched reticle for use without batteries, the 1 moa dot for presicion shooting, and the use of aaa batteries. Well made and an awesome optic.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great red dot on a budget This has been on my go-to AR for 3 years now. It's been beat up, wet, dirty, and still works like the day I bought it. The etched reticle adds reassurance, in case the battery goes dead, that I'll still have a reticle to use. 2 different reticle colors give me options for day/night and user preference. I wish the reticle wasnt 2 rings and a dot. I would have preferred just 1 ring and the dot. It gets a little busy when you are trying to do quick or responsive shooting out past 40 yds.
Date published: 2019-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Purchased this on Amazon. ARRIVED in 36 hours. I initially had difficulty zeroing but it was "operator headspace" Great piece of equipment.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but not great Bought this to put on a 300 blackout pistol build. Like all my other Vortex glass it’s crystal clear. The included high rise mount is perfect for my set up. I’m not a huge fan of red dots. But shooting with both eyes open and fast target acquisition this crossfire does well. Pros: price/clarity/ build Cons: bikini covers stink/no off between settings/included mount is only single screw mount.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally This prism scope is exactly what I have been searching for. I had accumulated 7 different optics for my AR over the years. Then my brother introduced me to HIS new Spitfire at the range and I knew I had found what I was looking for.... The glass is clear, the reticle is super easy to see with my aging and slighty impaired vision. The etched reticle is great insurance against a failed battery scenario. I love that it is an AAA battery (vs a button battery). It is very easy to sight-in, and the included manual is super clear and well-written (as in, not translated from Chinese...) I have swapped this back and forth between a 5.56 and a .300 blk carbine with no ill effects to the optic. Slight variation of zeroes, but I keep a dope sheet handy to account for that. Over a month and a few hundred rounds, and no issues at all with my new optical bestie!!
Date published: 2018-03-01
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