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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 64.
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Will the low weaver rail mount NT-5106 for the razor red dot work on the spitfire prism, replacing picatinny rail, to allow installation on weaver base. Looking to install on 870 shotgun (rifled barrel with weaver base).

Asked by: sd11
That mount is designed to mount the Razor and is not compatible with the Spitfires. Here is a picatinny rail that would allow you to use the Spitfire 3x on your shotgun: http://www.egwguns.com/scope-mounts-rings/remington-870-shotgun-picatinny-rail-scope-mount-ambidextrous/.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-10-04

Can I get a good red laser sight for the spitfire 3x?

Asked by: Martin175
We do not offer lasers, but there are some great options that would mount on a rail like on the Spitfire 3x.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-09-28

I have a Marlin 336 30-30, Will this scope be a good fit? Will it's mounting platform fit a EGW 1-Piece Picatinny-Style Scope Base Marlin 336 that has a 0 MOA?

Asked by: Anonymous
The Spitfire 3x would work great on your rifle with a picatinny rail from EGW.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-09-21

Any plan to produce a sight like this but with the base shifted farther forward? (Similar to the ACOGs.) I really like your design, but with the necessarily short eye relieve I don't believe it will be very comfortable to use in combo with a rear BUIS.

Asked by: Patrick
With this sight you cannot use iron sights through the optic because it is magnified, therefore you do not need the BUIS behind the optic. I am not aware of any plans to make a different mount for this optic at this time.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-09-19

What is the water proof rating of the 3x Spitfire?

Asked by: BVKH
The Spitfire 3x is rated to 6 meters for 30 minutes.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-09-19

I might have missed it somewhere. Any co witness with the front sight?

Asked by: Steve
It is not possible to co-witness through a magnified optic, however you should not need to co-witness because the reticle is etched and will be black when the illumination is turned off so you will always have the reticle.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-09-05

i have a GDI r-com e-model quick detach mount but it does not seem to match up to this optic. i though the spitfire 3x shared the same mounting platform as the acog and common reflex sights, is that not so?

Asked by: glagnaar
The Spitfires do not share the same mounting platforms as the ACOGs, here is a quick detach mount that will work with the Spitfire 3x: https://www.americandefensemanufacturing.com/view/product/1142/.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-09-05

Is this fixed 3x magnification, or adjustable? Thanks.

Asked by: andy909
This optic is a fixed power 3x magnification  prism scope, not to confused with a red dot sight. Therefore it has a certain distance of eye relief just like a standard scope. This optic allows for a decent ability for fast target acquisition as well as engaging medium range targets.
Answered by: V-Forge
Date published: 2017-08-30
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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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