Spitfire 3x Prism Scope

Spitfire
3x Prism Scope

SKU
SPR-1303
Spitfire 3x Prism Scope is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 156.
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MSRP $449.99

Overview

Fixed-power prism scopes have been topping ARs for decades thanks to their simple, compact and reliable design, but few have come close to the combination of value and performance of the Spitfire 3x. A custom BDC reticle, designed to subtend with most popular 5.56 cartridges, takes all the guesswork out of the equation on shots from 0-500 yards. Meanwhile, the glass-etched reticle can be used with either the red or green illumination, or without any power at all like a traditional riflescope, making for an inherently reliable, “Always ready” platform.

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 3x Prism Scope Dimensions (in inches)

Dual use for Shooting Tactical / Hunting
Included in the Box
  • (2) Picatinny rails
  • T-20 Torx wrench
  • 2mm hex wrench
  • CR 2032 battery
  • Flip caps

Center of the riflescope tube from the top surface of the mount base.

Mount Type Multi-Height
Magnification 3x
Dot Color Red/Green
Eye Relief 2.8 inches
Field of View 31.5 feet/100 yards
Adjustment Graduation 1/2 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment 120 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment 120 MOA
Parallax Setting 100 yards
Length 5.5 inches
Weight 15.4 oz
Product Manual (PDF) Download
Dual use for Shooting Tactical / Hunting
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Features

OPTICAL FEATURES

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 five levels of brightness intensity with red and green illumination settings.

CONSTRUCTION FEATURES

Single-Piece Chassis Compact and lightweight.
Waterproof O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating the binocular for reliable performance in all environments.
Fogproof Nitrogen gas purging prevents internal fogging over a wide range of temperatures.
Shockproof Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact.
Hard Anodized Finish Highly durable hard-coat anodization provides a low-glare matte surface and helps camouflage the shooter's position.
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Reticle

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 MOA reticle.

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Reviews

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 $79 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 Accurate scope for S&W AR 15 I took a lot time researching red dots and scopes for my AR because I didn't know what I really wanted in a scope. I know i didn't want a long range scope for a 5.56 but i didn't want 1x either. So I stumbled upon the Spitfire 3x and thought, heck yeah, the best of both worlds, not too far and not too close with tons of options. The first thing I love is that you can go green or red. When you have different lighting situations, sometimes green is easier to see and sometimes red is easier to see, then you have 5 options of bright or dim, that is really awesome. Sighting this in was simple too. Truthfully, from the factory it was perfect, I only had to adjust a few clicks. This thing looks really sick on my rifle. I get a ton of compliments about how fast you can acquire a target and where you can rest your eye compared to the scope. I know i find myself able to acquire targets really quick and field of view is not obstructed either.
Date published: 2018-03-03
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic product I purchased this product around 12 months ago and it has been everything it was advertised. The lenses are crystal clear with great contrast between the red and green site. The adjustable brightness power makes it ideal in variable lighting. It is backed by the best warranty on the market. The spitfire is a top tier optic at an affordable price. I have absolutely recommended vortex optics to friends and colleagues and will continue to buy their products.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Scope I bought this about a year ago for my Ruger SR556 Takedown. I am not shooting at long distances yet but my eyes aren't what they used to be so I wanted something magnified. It was really easy to zero. I love the etched reticle. If the battery fails, it isn't an issue because the reticle is still there. I couldn't ask for better performance. Ryan at customer service is fantastic and patient. He answered all my questions and helped me choose the right optic for my needs. Just ordered another one (SPARC AR) for a 9mm build. You just can't go wrong with Vortex.
Date published: 2017-12-04
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: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite AR Sight I’ve been using this optic for a year now and I’ve never had a problem with it. It’s accurate, the AR platform doesn’t cause the sight to adjust on it’s own, and I like being able to switch between red, green, and black as the reticle color. It’s easy to adjust the sight and it’s easy to attach my Vortex Venom Red Dot sight to it (canted). Definitely recommend getting it.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Optic I bought this optic a few days ago. The eye relief is great on this optic. I mounted this on my AR-15. I had it zeroed at 100 yards center mass within 5 rounds on a 4in. diameter steel target. No complaints at all. The crosshairs are etched into the optic so if your battery dies no worries you can still have very accurate fire. Amazing Optic.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the concept! I love my Spitfire 3x on my DDM4V7! I love the idea of the etched reticle and choosing between green and red and the intensities of the reticle. The only down side is the poor eye relief it offers. I have to mount it further back on the receiver and shorten the stock up to get a clear field of view. Other than that I really enjoy this optic.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy adjustments and great glass I bought this scope for my sig rm400. I needed something more then a 1x. Without going to high in magnification. This scope fit the bill without issue. I have found that this scope and 45° offset irons. Is by far the best set up for me. Offering both close and mid to mid long range quick target acquisition. I would buy this scope again if I had the choice. With both vortex VIP Warranty and a name that carries weight. I trust in the fact that a company doesn't become synonymous with quality. Without the work and products to back it up. And the scope stood true to that fact. P.S. I even lost an end cap. Which vortex replaced without question. Within a few days the replacement was in my mail box.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks great with the H&K MR 556 I really enjoy shooting the H&K with the Spitfire on there. It's crystal clear easy to see the green and red colors. The Spitfire so accurate that sghting in the rifle was so easy and didn't take much adjusting. As mentioned in the review for the crossfire II we have Vortex products on many of our rifles. Thank you for the amazing products and warranty and no hassle free lifetime guarantees. I recommend Vortex to all my shooting and hunting buddies.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great scope, badly designed mount Having the mount's bolts protruding from the right (ejection) side was an odd choice. You cannot rotate the mount because of the way the scope attaches. Rather than pay for AMD's branded Spitfire QR mount, I really wish it were an option via Vortex. For now I will be butchering my stock mount in order to have the bolts on the left. Other than that it so far a great option for folks who cannot use a traditional dot and cannot afford an ACOG.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Battle ready optic This is one of those must buy optics. No battery no problem. It’s not light, it’s bulky and with the additional 45 degree rails looks like it has its own armor. But it’s crystal clear, handles round after round after round and with the hold overs, coffee cans at any distance are achievable (within reason folks). Pros: everything. Cons: light turret does not find center with markings. Not big, but something.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECT! I did a lot of due diligence on AR optics before choosing the Spitfire. Couldn't find a negative review anywhere! Main concern was vision issues at age 60. My last optic was an Eotech. Fired one of these bad boys up at my dealer and was sold on it immediately! Absolutely amazed at brightnss and clarity of reticle. Lifetime warranty a big plus also. When I build my AR-10, it will sport a Vortex scope as well!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect scope for almost anything. I bought this for my 1st ever AR. I wanted something that I could use at both under 50yds and still have some magnification to stretch out at 150yards and boy did this deliver. I can see the target at 25 yards clear as day and then when I want to challenge myself I can hit a target at 150 and have even reached out to 300yards on a good day to constantly hit a 8in steel target. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a little bit of everything. The scope looks and handles nice. I've had it for more than a year now and it holds zero perfect.
Date published: 2019-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good product I mounted the Spitfire 3x Prisim Scope on my new AR, I haven't had the opportunity to take it or the AR to the rage yet. However looking through the scope I like the way it is setup. The optics are very clear and the EBR is clear when you view it in the scope. I have other Vortex products that are great and that is why I purchased this product after looking a many other scopes. You cant beat the warranty and the no questions asked return policy. Haven't shot the scope so can't really rate the accuracy or performance of it that's why the 4*.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent optic for the money!! I purchased this as an economical alternative to an ACOG (TA31RCO), and I have to say I'm loving this optic. Having used an ACOG many times before, the Spitfire is very comparable as far as features, reliability, and durability. I've beat the H**L outta this thing, and it's maintained zero through it all. The reticle is super easy to use, and again is very comparable to the ACOG as far as utility. While the ACOG does have the fiber optic illumination option, which is nice, it really is more of a gimmick in most field applications.
Date published: 2019-05-29
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: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great options for an ar Had this about 6 months. I like the red or green option, I also like that the reticle is etched on the glass so the illumination isn't needed to use the sight. The adjustment caps remain attached to the sight to prevent loss. Overall the quality and milling is superior. Vortex will be the only sights I use
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible scope with an amazing reticle. Mounted this on my AR15 to replace the Spitfire 1x I had on it. I loved the but felt that with my eyes I needed slightly more magnification. I contacted Vortex customer service about a multiplier and they directed me to this gem. I received it and it "looked" cool, I mounted it and it "looked" even better. The real measuring was to be done at the range. It took about 10 round to have it zeroed at 100 yards. Immediately I turned down range to the 200yd target and it was spot on. The EBR-5546B reticle had made taking this weapon out to 300 yards very easy. I have not taken it further but not because of the scope but due not having a range where I can shoot that far. I hope to taking it to a 500yard range soon. Thanks Vortex for a great product and for having world class customer service.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid optic I've had the spitfir 3x for 3 years now, and I have been very impressed with it. The glass is clear and the reticle stands out. The large field of view allows you to spot your hits pretty easily and using the cross marks allows you to judge distance pretty quickly once you figure out how to use them. My only complaint is the eye relief is much shorter than that of the scopes I'm used to so that took some getting used to. Overall however, this is a solid optic and I am very pleased with it.
Date published: 2019-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spitfire on a crossbow For those who don't know this, but a Spitfire 3 sits nicely on top of a crossbow. The glass is fantastic and let's plenty of light in for those precious first or last full minutes. 6 different lighted reticle settings in red or green. On my my crossbow the crosshair is set at 30 yds and the bottom dash is dead on at 40yds. Reticle is etched in the glass so it can't get bumped off of zero. The base tightens down super tight. Trust me, it stays dead on. Great set up for that serious hunter!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect match for my AR5.7 I bought this red dot from a recommendations from Vortex guru Ken. I couldn't be happier with this choice. Whether I am shooting at 50, 100, or 200 yards, I am shooting 1" groups. The 3x is just enough magnification to see a the target at 200 yards. Also, I can't forget about the illumination. Being able to choose between green and red is great, also being able to choose the brightness. Since purchasing this Ken has directed me on 2 more vortex optic purchases that I am very happy with.
Date published: 2019-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Want Another One Just Like It After much thought and reading, I decided on this model Vortex. After mounting it and looking through it at home, I wondered if I'd made the right decision. A friend and I went to the range, as we both had new scopes to zero. The first thing I noticed was how easy it was to stay steady on the target. Couldn't explain it, still can't, but it was easier to hold on target. At 100yd it was just as steady. I didn't mention it to my friend and he wanted to shoot my new rifle, but he said the same thing. He ordered one the next day. Everything is solid and has a good quality feel to it. The adjustments for the lighted reticle is perfect. The green seems easier to see in dayligjt, however all my shooting was done without the reticle being lit. I can't wait to shoot again. They have it together on this one.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding quality for the price! I can't say enough about how awesome the Spitfire 3x Prism scope is. I've currently got it mounted currently on my AR and must admit this sight is extremely accurate to 200yards. I haven't been able to test it beyond that but for what I use my AR for I don't really need to. I'm using it for predictor control on our hunting land. The Spitfire optic is crystal clear and on par with the Leapold rifle scopes that I've purchases in the past for my hunting rifles. The red/green settings are bright and are easily seen on the brightest of days against just about any backdrop. The sights build quality is stellar too. All in all I would definitely recommend this optic to anyone who needs one. I've been nothing but impressed and will definitely consider Vortex optics again when I need to purchase any other optics.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed! Was looking into different sights/ scopes for my first build and didn't think there was an option that was "small" (not a full rifle style scope) that had fixed zoom. Then I stumbled on this and fell in love with it right away. Watched torture test on YouTube and Vortex warrentee/ customer service is known to be the best... Bottom line this is perfect for my build, just enough zoom to be accurate when needed but not to much where you can't get on target and quick shoot
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed I have had this optic for several months now and no issues.
Date published: 2018-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much better than any red dot/magnifier combo! I owned this optic a few years ago and wish I had never sold it! This reticle on this scope is amazing! The eye relief is perfect for an AR. Great for those with an astigmatism that want to shoot an illuminated optic. When I had it, this optic was used on an AR-10 for hunting and plinking. I carried it through the woods many times, dropped it, bounced it off trees, and it did not lose zero one time. Wanting a low power magnified optic? Get this one!
Date published: 2019-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic scope for the money, on par with Elcan. Used an Elcan 3.4x with the military, but the clarity and reticle on the spitfire blow the elcan out of the water, even though the elcan costs 3x as much. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a robust, fixed magnification, low power optic. Been using it on an AR10 and has held up well after a few days at the range. Only wish is that it came in a .308 reticle. Will be moving this over to a 5.56 Tavor soon, but definitely a keeper.
Date published: 2019-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No stress. I bought to put on a newly built AR that I had not shot yet. I was expecting to spend some time getting it sighted in due to the fact the rifle and the scope was both new to me. I thew it on and 9 rounds later I was zeroed and good to go, it was by far one of the easiest I've zeroed on. On top of that all 3 of my son's ages ranging from 4 to 8 shot with it and was for the most part on paper, so definitely not a difficult optic to use.
Date published: 2018-03-29
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