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MSRP: $349.99
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Spitfire AR 1x Prism Scope is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 60.
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Spitfire™ AR Prism Scope

Built from the ground up specifically to maximize the quick-handling performance of AR-platform rifles, Vortex’s new Spitfire™ AR 1X prism scope delivers incredible optical quality and ultra-fast functionality in a lightweight, streamlined package. The generous, parallax-free, sight picture and forgiving eyebox gets shooters on target effortlessly—even in high-stress scenarios.

Rear facing power and illumination intensity controls are easy to access, simple to operate, stay visually present from the shooting position and are protected from incidental contact. Twelve intensity levels let you adjust to perfectly match ambient light conditions. Runs off a single, common, AAA battery. The DRT (Dual Ring Tactical) reticle is etched directly on the prism to assure consistent point-of-aim at all times— regardless of whether or not the illumination is engaged. An additional yardage-marked turret cap (ballistic-matched to the 5.56 cartridge) allows the shooter to swap out the factory-installed cap for rapid dialing of known-distance shots out to 700 yards.

At 11.2 ounces, the lightweight Spitfire AR excels in close to medium range shooting applications where speed is of the essence, making it the ideal choice for AR shooters who needs to get on target fast. Prism Scopes are not compatible with the VMX-3T Magnifier.

Dual use for Shooting Tactical / Hunting


VIP Warranty Nitrogen Purged Waterproof

*weight includes mount and battery

Magnification1 x
Objective Lens Diameter25 mm
Eye Relief3.8 inches
Field of View79 feet/100 yards
Adjustment Graduation1/2 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment120 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment120 MOA
Parallax SettingParallax Free
Length4.3 inches
Weight11.2 ounces
Product Manual (PDF)Download
Included in the Box
  • T-10 torx wrench
  • 556 BDC Turret Cap
  • AAA 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.
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 the Spitfire ARs performance.

Construction Features

Single-Piece Chassis Compact and lightweight.
Nitrogen Gas Nitrogen gas purging with o-rings-seals delivers fogproof, waterproof performance.
Waterproof O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating for reliable performance in all environments.
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

Mount Height Comes mounted at a lower 1/3 co-witness height of 40.4 mm from the optic center to base surface.
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 14-hour auto-shutdown feature maximizes battery life. Typical battery life is 250 hours at maximum brightness and 3,000 hours at minimum brightness setting.
Magnification1 x
Objective Lens Diameter25 mm
Eye Relief3.8 inches
Field of View79 feet/100 yards
Adjustment Graduation1/2 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment120 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment120 MOA
Parallax SettingParallax Free
Length4.3 inches
Weight11.2 ounces
Product Manual (PDF)Download

DRT (MOA) Reticle

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 reticle. >

Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is it baby! I bought the Vortex Spitfire AR to replace, well everything else I have had in a red dot. My Eotech, Meprolight, Aimpoint and Leupold Firedot, all flared up in my vision. As I got older the red dots got less defined and at 100 yards are larger than my target. The Spitfire AR is sharp, quick to acquire and has all the features I've been looking for. The only thing that could make it better is a motion on activator. As for tactical use, the reticle can be seen from both ends of the optic. But unless I plan to do battle, this is not an issue for me. The Spitfire AR has also been a hit at my gun club. Thanks guys for making a dot us older shooters can enjoy.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't be more satisfied. So for starters, the lens is ridiculously clear. You accidentally bump your rifle or drop it? Your zero is staying exactly where it was. It's definitely durable. Love how if the battery dies(should last you a long time), you'll still have a black reticle because it's etched in the glass. It won't fog up on you like those cheap brands. Really easy to zero. You get exactly what you pay for when you buy a Vortex optic... quality and durability yet very reasonably priced. Stop wasting your money on those expensive name brands when you can pay less and get the same quality. Thinking about buying one? Pull the trigger already. You won't regret it one bit.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbeatable value for the price and performance! Had a SPARC II but I have astigmatism and issues focusing on red dot. It also had way too much parallax. Returned that red dot scope and tried this one. Works perfectly, the reticle draws immediate attention for fast acquisition and my eyes can focus on it without a problem. Absolutely no parallax and it only took 8 shots to get the scope zeroed in with my rifle. Regarding the rifle, I have a Ruger AR556 with a fixed A2 front sight post. This scope is 40mm high so it makes the A2 sight as lower 1/3 co-witness. You lose focus of that and the entire A2 sight is blurred out. So that is not a concern at all. I actually picked this over the EOTech 512 for CQB self defense situations. .
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Pleased Just recieved my Spitfire AR today. I've had the Sparc II since they came out and would not trade it for a Gold Monkey. I love it. However, over time the dot would look like a starburst or comet tail to these old eyes. The Spitfire AR solved this problem for me. As quick as the Sparc II is to get on target, for me the Spitfire AR is quicker. Once focused, rectical is very clear and crisp with red or green as well when turned off. The etched rectical is clear as a bell. The Spitfire AR cannot be beat at this price point. Another great product from the people at Vortex.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just WOW! Decided to quick stop by the range on my way into work and sight in my new Spitfire Prism AR on my .223 JP Rifle. Got there to realize I forgot to bring the ammo can along, so I just had a full 20-round magazine that I pre-loaded with Federal American Eagle 55-grain ammo. After spending about 12 rounds to dial it in at 100 yards, I dialed in the 200 yard mark on the turret cap and was immediately on target with a 4-inch steel plate. Having only 5 rounds left, I decided to dial it up to the 400 yard mark and try it at the 400 yard steel targets. All 5 rounds made a hit on the 400 yard 14-inch steel plate. I was so impressed that I called in late for work and ran back home to get more ammo. I hope the boss doesn't see this post.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality at it's finest When I went to visit my local shop that's a Vortex dealer, I was in the market for a sight to put on my 9mm AR carbine. I have mainly Vortex optics in my collection of optics, and I'll have to say this one is high quality. everything about it seems that it will be able to withstand what ever you try throwing at it. my favorite part about this is the reticles are engraved in the glass so if your batteries were to die you can still acquire your targets. That shouldn't be a problem though because the Spitfire uses a single AAA battery instead of one of them expensive short lasting 3V batteries. Great sight for any AR build. Buy it and you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick target acquisition and holdover I have purchased three of these: two for close-quarters AR and PCC and one as a gift for a special somebody. Easy to zero, and I can use the outer circle as a hold-over guide. The red/green color option rocks as does the etched reticle. Works for stigmatism or when I accidentally put a used battery in it, I still have a crisp reticle -oh and I accidentally dumped a bottle of Lucas Oil on it while oiling my gun on a stage. I got the oil off and shot a star off-handed. The top was loose. I have witnesses
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy this product and do recommend it to friends. Something that stood out about this optic to me was I once dropped it of the side of a cliff/mountain trail in the North Cascades and I recovered it. Re applied it. And it shot perfect. Held zero great. By the way it came dead on out of the box shooting 2-3 MOA with no adjustments made at all. I love that it's NOT DEPENDENT ON BATTERIES. It's tough. It's easy to use. It performs with high quality. I attached a picture of the mountain it fell down. (There was no snow when I dropped it.)
Date published: 2017-06-15
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How effective is the return to zero of the mount? I am looking to be able to swap back and forth with a magnified optic.

Asked by: StoneHendge
If it is put back in the exact same spot and mounted in the exact same spot using the same torque etc. it should be very close.
Answered by: Josh at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-06-04

Cannot get this optic to power off. Hold the brightness up and down buttons at the same time for 3 seconds and just cannot get it to work. Am I missing something here?

Asked by: slider00200
Give us a call at 800-426-0048 ext. 5 and we can help you out.
Answered by: Graham at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-05-31

Will the spitfire ar fit on a beretta cx4 Storm 

Asked by: Norseman
The Spitfire AR will fit on your set up.
Answered by: Graham at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-05-07

Will the Spitfire AR work well on a Ruger PC carbine?

Asked by: JBR67
The Spitfire AR is going to sit high on there. You would likely need a cheek riser if you choose that optic.
Answered by: Josh at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-08-27

With respect to the review done by Mustang8650, has Vortex changed the UPC for the Vortex Spitfire? Since Vortex has changed the base structure, will Vortex be able to warranty the older removable-base version?

Asked by: John McCracken
I am not aware of any plans to change the sku number at this time. We will always cover our products for life, if possible we will fix the optic if we cannot fix it we would replace it with the new version.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-04-09

Are the DRT rings graduated to account for bullet drop?

Asked by: Jared
Here are the subtensions of the reticle in the Spitfire AR: http://www.vortexoptics.com/uploads/sub_spf_1x_drt_moa-t.jpg.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-04-21

Is it advised to use threadlocking compound on the two screws for the base? I have torqued the screws down to 35 lbs, but they keep working loose on my AR10. Is this optic not rated for the recoil of 308?

Asked by: Mallic
You can use blue Loctite on the base screws, but I would only tighten them to about 15-20 inch pounds.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-12-06

What is the differences between the older Spitfire and the new AR Spitfire?

Asked by: jon321
The Spitfire AR has the riser mount integrated into the optic which allowed us to put the electronics into the mount as well as gave enough room to use a AAA battery instead of the CR2032.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-03-05

Does the Spitfire AR have an adjustable focus?

Asked by: JAS310
The Spitfire AR has a diopter adjustment on the eyepiece to get the optic set up for your eye but it does not have any other focus.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-04-21

Will this fit/work on a Vepr 12 shotgun with a picatinny rail on top, will the height be to high ?

Asked by: john
The Spitfire AR would be pretty high for use on your shotgun.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-02-21

Would this work as a shotgun sight 

Asked by: Frank
The Spitfire AR has an integrated mount that sets it very high for use on a shotgun, it would also be difficult to get the eye relief correct.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-02-19

I need replacement flip covers, where can I find these and what size?

Asked by: justaguy
You can give us a call at 800-426-0048 and we'll get you taken care of!
Answered by: Jon S.
Date published: 2018-01-30

Is there enough eye relief to run a magpul rear folding BUIS with this optic? Just my opinion but all rifles need those no matter what kind of optic is riding on your rifle. Thanks for your time in any reply.

Asked by: Gregc
This optic has a 3.8" eye relief, so if you run your stock collapsed there should be enough room. I will warn you that you will not be able to use your iron sights through the Spitfire AR however because it works like a magnified optic which will distort your iron sights.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-03-09

Hi - I am wondering if there is a QD mount you recommend for the Spitfire 1x AR Prism Scope.....Thanks

Asked by: Trav
Our new Spitfire AR prism scopes have the mount integrated and the bottom cannot be removed. If you have an older version of the Spitfire AR you can get a QD mount from www.americandefensemanufacturing.com.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-11-26

I have parallax after 100-150 yards. Scope is great 0-100. Why am I experiencing parallax? I do not want this product. Yes, I know what I'm doing and have some of your other products. I want to exchange this scope.

Asked by: Sourmash
Give us a call at 800-426-0048 ext 5 to discuss this.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-11-27

The center of the reticle appears to have filled in. The inside ring is more than half covered. This happened in storage. I am confused as to how this could happen to etched glass?

Asked by: John59
Give us a call at 800-426-0048 ext 6 to get this taken care of.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-11-03

Where are the Vortex Spitfire AR's made / manufactured?

Asked by: Stephen
The Spitfire AR's are manufactured in China.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-03-13

Does this have a H1/T1 style mounting system?

Asked by: Mnmmarcas
The Spitfire AR has a mount that cannot be removed, it is integrated into the optic.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-11-26

what are the differences between spitfire AR vs spitfire x1 ?

Asked by: summit425
The Spitfire AR has the riser and mount integrated into the optic which allowed us to put the electronics in the riser so the controls are below the ocular lens and it takes a AAA battery instead of a CR2032 battery.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-03-06

I was hoping this may work for both eyes open as 1x. After mounting and adjusting the focus, it looks like the image is 1:1 or close, however, the entire image is shifted up slightly. Is this normal or potential issue?

Asked by: tedb
This is most likely because the optic is not zeroed. If you are still seeing this issue after zeroing the optic give us a call at 800-426-0048 ext 5 and we can discuss further.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-09-05

For the new style of Spitfire AR-1x without the removable base, are there any plans to implement a QD mount with the existing base?

Asked by: bravo_actual86
I am not aware of any plans to make a quick release mount at this time.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-11-26

Hello, can You help me with zeroing of Spitfire AR? According to manual this scope can be zeroed after final sight in. But i can't lift the turret cap straight up and off of the turret body, and then re-install the cap, turning so the “0” mark. Thanks!

Asked by: Vadim
Give us a call at 800-426-0048 ext 5, we can help you with this process.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-10-05

Will this work well with the Colt M4 carbine? Does it cowitness with iron sights? What is the difference between this and the spr1301 1x?

Asked by: Jakev12
The Spitfire AR would work great on your Colt M4 carbine, however you will not be able to co-witness your iron sights through it because it is considered a magnified optic. The AR version has the mount integrated so it made enough space for a AAA battery and to put the electronics in the mount which makes the optic more streamlined with less around the outside.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-12-29

Hi, I own a flat top AR with an A2 style gas block and front sight. Due to aging eyes I have a hard time with red dots and would like to know if the etched reticle of the spitfire ar will completely clear my front sight without obstruction? 

Asked by: Ptoffire
The front sight on your AR will block the lower portion of the outer circle, but the center of the reticle will be clear of the front sight.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-11-08

Are you going to make a killflash (ARD) for this scope?  If not in the near future, is there an aftermarket one that will fit?  What is the outside diameter of the objective tube and the inside diameter of the objective tube?

Asked by: Biglulul
We do not make an ARD that will fit the Spitfire AR and I am not aware of any plans to do so, nor am I aware of any aftermarket ARD's that will fit.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-04-13

Has anyone tested a rechargeable AAA battery with the sight? I realize the battery life won't be as good - my main concern is if the sight will work with the lower voltage from a NiMH AAA (typically 1.2-1.3v).

Asked by: Cardnyl
Yes, it will work with a rechargeable AAA battery.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-07-17

Will this scope mount to your Vortex Mount Riser - QR?
Asked by: Aim Small
It will not, that optic has a tall built in base which is not compatible. You can use a low Aimpoint T-1 mount from Midwest Industries if you want to have a quick release option.
Answered by: Jon from Sales
Date published: 2018-11-26

Do you recommend mounting this forward like a red dot or more to the rear like normal optics?
Asked by: John97031
The Spitfire AR has an eye relief requirement of 3.8 inches so you need to mount it that far from your eye.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-06-15

What is the warranty like, if any, on this product?
Asked by: Josh
Our VIP Warranty is an unconditional lifetime warranty: http://www.vortexoptics.com/content/vip_warranty.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-06-15

I have the spitfire 1x optic, with the etched reticle and red/green settings. Just bought the bmx-3t 3x magnifier with flip button, now realizing that this combo clearly does not work (should have read through here first, lesson learned). Do you make a magnifier that will work with this optic?
Asked by: Jimmy
We do not because each of the optics require a diopter and thus require you to focus each individually. Each of them also require a certain eye relief. Any tactical advantage of having a magnifier is completely eliminated because of this when you try to use them in conjunction.
Answered by: Jon from Sales
Date published: 2017-06-15
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