ARP 053 - Talking Glass | AR-15 Optics

Reed and Tony discuss Optics for your AR-15

Welcome to Episode #053 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Reed Snyder and with us is my co-host Tony Imburgia. This is the podcast about your favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

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Winner: Eric C:  Reloading the 223 podcast...First and foremost love this podcast... I'm new to the AR 15/Black Rifle... They are like a incurable disease, I'm working on building my first but have plans/dreams for at least two more... As far as a dream build, I don't have one currently...

As far as the reloading podcast, you mentioned single stage presses and a slight mention to progressive presses but left out the turret presses... For the speed and ease the progressive press is the way to go but there are many fine adjustments to get it to run smoothly... The turret press offers ease and some what faster reloading without the adjustments... I use the Lee turret press which works great... I went with the turret because it was only a few more dollars they the single stage... Just food for thought for people looking to hand loading...

Keep up the great work....

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Thank you,

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Main Topic: Glass Optics for your AR-15


  • First Focal Plane vs. Second Focal Plane
  • Parallax
  • Focus
  • Eye relief
  • Field of View
  • Diameter
  • Fillings
  • Coatings
  • Turrets vs. Dials
  • Fixed vs. Variable


  • Duplex
  • German #4
  • Boone & Crockett
  • Target Dot
  • Mil Dot
  • BDC (Bullet Drop Compensator)
  • TRM (Tactical Milling Reticle)
  • Horus Reticle System


Listener Feedback:

Greg P:  Thanks so much for your Podcast. I wanted to show off the progress of my first time build. It is not complete, but the hard parts are done. I am waiting for the buffer components and front end components. So far, it is going very well.  I am amazed just how simple these things are under the hood.

Alex - St. Louis:  I was listening to one of the podcasts where the RCBS entry-level scale was called "junk."  I have to disagree.  Sure I would like a nicer one but to called this junk is not accurate.  This one has served me well for years.  Are there better ones?  sure but to call this one junk is simply not accurate.  In fact your attitude towards the scale was downright snobby.  Otherwise I love the show and I would love it if you would do more on reloading.

Merry Christmas!

Louie:  Please work on pronouncing these 3 words:

1) Corps...the p is silent. Only Obama says it like you 2) is like CARBEEN 3) Leupold...It is like LOOPOLD.


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