Vortex Spitfire AR 1X Prism Scope Delivers Crystal Clear Field of View

Sure, red dots are all the rage. However, until you have peered through a prismatic red dot or optic, you haven’t enjoyed the in-focus crystal clear huge field of view that prism optics deliver. Let me share a few reasons to consider the Vortex® Spitfire™ AR 1X prism scope.

3 Reasons to Own a Prism Optic

  • Your Eyes Will Thank You
    A huge benefit is that as eyes age, the more you will appreciate how an adjustable ocular will tune up that old eyesight, delivering a crisp in-focus image downrange. Many people benefit from the ocular tuning focus of standard scopes making the target and reticle look nice and sharp. That feature also extends to unmagnified prismatic optics such as the Vortex Spitfire AR 1X prism scope. The downside is that you cannot use a magnifier with prismatic optics… well you can, but it is a nightmare.
  • Etched Reticle
    One huge benefit to this design is the etched reticle directly on the prism so even if the illumination is off or batteries run dead, the shooter still has a black reticle to use. Because of the etching, the reticle no longer has that splashy red dot effect. Instead a sharp and crisp well-lit reticle—regardless of illumination setting—greets the shooter. The Vortex Spitfire AR 1X prism scope has a dot and double circle for very fast target acquisition. In the case of this scope, the shooter has the choice of an unilluminated black reticle or red or green illuminated reticle.
  • Enhanced Reticle Beyond a Dot
    Though red dots are all the rage, experienced shooters will quickly admit that highly visible and visually larger reticles will put shots on target faster. The circle-donut and dot reticle has become known as one of the faster reticles since the human eye picks it up faster. Vortex expanded this popular reticle design with a double-donut reticle and dot design, calling it the DRT (Dual Ring Tactical) reticle. I am not sure this reticle is a lot faster than a single donut, but the Vortex Spitfire AR 1X prism scope reticle does seem faster to me—it sure is easy to pick up with the eye. In this case, extra donuts can make you faster.

Vortex Spitfire AR 1X Prism Optic

Extra Features of The Vortex Spitfire Gen 2

Vortex still offers the first generation 2032 wafer battery powered model in 1X and 3X for the moment. Just like the first model, on this model shooters can select from black or illuminated red or green reticles with just the push of a button and the same awesome double donut dot reticle is still there. All the windage and elevation knobs feature waterproof caps and you can adjust the ocular/focus. The optic includes an integrated high-quality picatinny AR sight height base.

The Vortex Spitfire AR 1X prism scope improves the features of the previous Vortex prism models, including:

  • Better field of view
  • More eye relief
  • Slightly smaller size
  • Forward mounted controls instead of a rotary switch
  • ½ MOA instead of 1 MOA adjustments
  • Single AAA battery power

There is also an extra 55gr 5.56 round BDC turret included that you can swap with the MOA elevation turret to provide fast precision longer range shots out to 700-yards. The Vortex Spitfire AR 1X prism scope also has a $349 MSRP—$50 less than the previous model. The only potential downside is that this prism scope is fixed at a lower ⅓ co-witness height, versus the older model which allowed for a riser to be removed for an absolute co-witness mount.

Final Thoughts

I mounted and test the Vortex Spitfire AR 1X prism scope on both an IWI X95 5.56 rifle and AR-15 pistol. Notably, this optic performed outstanding. Now that I am [cough] of a certain age, my eyes appreciate being able to tweak the focus just a tad for a crystal-clear image. This feature alone would drive me to replace every red dot I own. The additional features also add up to a more useable red dot such as readily available AAA-battery power, a reticle that doesn’t even need power, the fast DRT reticle design, increased field of view, and the included BDC turret, create a super nice package that is tough to beat for the price. From my perspective, prism-based optics are THE way to go with red dots.



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.


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.


  • Comes mounted at a lower 1/3 co-witness height of 40.4 mm from the optic center to base surface.
  • Provides five levels of brightness intensity with red and green illumination settings.
  • Red/Green Reticle option allows shooters a choice of dot color.
  • 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.


Magnification | 1 x

Objective Lens Diameter | 25 mm

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 ounces

Have you used the Vortex spitfire AR 1X prism scope or similar optic? Share your experiences with us in the comment section.

6 Comments On This Article

  1. I have the original, p.n. SPR-1301, Spitfire, (don’t think they are still available from Vortex). It’s a nice optic and the price was sure right when they were closing them out but the reticle isn’t quite bright enough for use on a sunny day. True, you don’t absolutely need the illumination but it would be nice if it was brighter.