Best Optics For M&P 15 Sport 2

When the market is filled with custom and higher-end AR-15 rifles, the M&P 15 Sport 2 offers shooters the classic AR quality and experience. Without spending a ton of money to upgrade your AR, you can have a high-end experience right from the start.

Just like a classic AR, this one doesn’t come with any optics whatsoever. Unless you shoot at 20-30 yards, the ironsight won’t cut out. For anything beyond 50 yards and more, you will absolutely need a scope.

But what’s the best scope for M&P 15 Sport 2? Well, my friend, that’s a very good question. Let’s find out the answer together, shall we?

1. Leupold VX-Freedom 3-9x40mm Riflescope

As the M&P 15 series is not used for long-range adventures, I will try to recommend scopes that are good at close to mid-range. And what better way than starting with one of the budget kings? The VX series from Leupold always had a reputation for being affordable and feature rich.

The VX-Freedom is equipped with a 3 to 9x variable magnification and a massive 40mm objective lens. The objective lens is fully multi-coated. The brightness of the scope in low-light conditions is excellent.

When you see Leupold’s twilight light management system in action, you will understand the hype about it.

The tube of the scope isn’t 30mm. It’s a 1” tube. The tube is filled and purged with nitrogen. Making it immune to internal moisture and fogging. As the lenses are sealed with an O-ring, the scope is also waterproof.

Does this scope come with mounting rings?

No, it doesn’t come with any sort of mounting gears or accessories. That’s up to you to decide what kind of rings and mounting position you want.

Does Leupold offer any warranty with their products?

Yes, they do. Leupold is known for their customer service. They offer a lifetime warranty with all of their optics.

Does it include protective lens covers?

No, it doesn’t. It would have been much better if they did. But I can’t expect everything to always be perfect.

2. Vortex Optics Viper PST 1-6×24 Gen II SFP Riflescope

The Viper lineup of scope from Vortex is available in many different configurations. The scope is available with 1-6×24, 3-15×44, and 5-25×50 models. The scope also has multiple different reticle options. Such as EBR-4 MOA, VMR-2 MOA, and VMR-2 MRAD.

The scope is made out of durable aluminum. The aluminum is lightweight and sturdy. Inside of the tube is purged with nitrogen to make it immune to internal fogging. And the scope is also O-ring sealed. In short, it’s water and fogproof.

If you pair this with a good 30mm mounting ring, your scope won’t move even a single bit.

The lenses are fully multi-coated as well. The brightness and clarity of this optic is phenomenal. It’s made to be versatile and making it compatible with both hunting and tactical shooting.

Will I get rings with the scope?

Sadly, no. You won’t get any kind of mounting equipment with the scope. Don’t fret, Vortex makes rings for all of their scopes.

Does Vortex Viper have a warranty?

Yes, it does. Vortex is known for providing an unconditional lifetime warranty. They do that with the Viper as well.

Where is this scope made?

The Viper PST Gen II is made in the Philippines.

3. Primary Arms SLX Gen III 1-6×24 SFP Rifle Scope

The SLX is part of the budget lineup of Primary Arms. Despite being fairly inexpensive, the SLX packs a lot of features. The SLX has a maximum magnification of 6x which is perfect for a gun like the Sport 2.

The optic is made out of durable aluminum. The aluminum is lightweight and extremely sturdy. Anodization on the optic doesn’t feel cheap or badly done either. SLX has an illuminated CSS reticle. It’s calibrated for 5.56/5.45/.308 calibers. You can guess why it’s one of the best M&P 15 Sport 2 scopes.

The lenses on this optic are fully multi-coated. The chemical coating makes the lens clearer and brighter. It also improves the durability and the ability to resist scratches. While it’s not scratch proof by any means, it can hold against random scratches and drops quite well.

Does this optic come with lens covers?

Yes, it does. You will find protective flip-up lens covers inside the package that was made to be paired with this.

What kind of mounting rings do I need to buy for this?

You will need to buy a pair of 30mm rings. You can get the Vortex Hunter series rings with this. They are affordable and built to last.

Is the reticle etched on the glass?

Yes, it’s laser etched on the glass. In fact, all Primary Arms scopes have laser etched reticles.

4. Vortex Optics Crossfire II 2-7×32 SFP Riflescope

The last scope I want to recommend for the M&P Sport 2 is also from Vortex. The Crossfire II is a great riflescope for close-range combat and hunting. The Crossfire II features a Deadhold BDC reticle and 2-7x variable magnification.

The optic is made out of high-quality aluminum and the housing is anodized. Anodization is flawless and has no visible issues or defects. The inside of the housing is also fogproof and the exterior is shockproof.

The fully multi-coated lenses are also O-ring sealed. The clarity of the scope is insanely good. As the main intended purpose of this scope was hunting, Vortex made sure the magnification process was smooth and distortion free.

Is the reticle of the scope illuminated?

No, it’s not. None of the available reticles are illuminated.

Is the eye relief unlimited?

No, it’s not. But it’s a long eye relief with an ultra forgiving eye box. Basically, you can shoot without putting your eye too close to it.

Does it come with flip-up covers?

No, it doesn’t. You should get a pair of lens caps from Butler Creek. They are the GOATs of the industry when it comes to lens covers.

If you don’t want to get a scope and don’t really care about the long-range performance of the M&P 15, then this section is for you. Let’s talk about short-range sights that will improve the CQB potential of the gun.

1. Eotech XPS2 Holographic Weapon Sight

Eotech Holographic sights are some of the best in the market. They are quite popular and finding them in stock is a hard task. That’s why a lot of Chinese clone scope makers take advantage of this.

You will find a lot of clones of XPS2 in the market. The XPS2 is made out of high-quality aluminum/. It’s durable and also one of the lightest optics on the market. The housing of the optic is submersible.

It can last under 10 ft deep water as well. The scope comes equipped with a weaver mounting adapter. The XPS2 is available with a green 68 MOA ring and 1 MOA dot reticle. There are other options for reticle present while purchasing the optic. The reticle is also illuminated.

You will find 20 levels of daylight brightness adjustments on the optic and 0 levels of night vision. Yeah, it’s not compatible with NVD.

Where is this optic made?

Eotech holographic sights are made in the USA.

Does this optic have any warranty?

Yes, it does. It includes a 10 years prestige warranty from Eotech.

2. Aimpoint Pro Red Dot Reflex Sight

Reflex sights are quite common nowadays. Aimpoint has been in the reflex sight business for a long time now. Their optics are top-notch and this one is no exception. The Pro red dot sight is equipped with a QRP2 mount and spacers.

The optic is made out of durable aluminum. The housing is purged with nitrogen to make it immune to fogging. The lenses on this optic are fully multi-coated. They are bright, vibrant, and color accurate. They don’t suffer from fisheye distortion or disoriented vision with a magnifier.

Is it possible to absolute co-witness it?

Yes, sir. It’s equipped with a spacer that can make it an absolute co-witness with iron sights.

Is the brightness of this optic adjustable?

Yes, it is. You can choose from 10 adjustable brightness levels.

3. HOLOSUN – HS510C Reflex Red Dot Sight

Holosun Red Dots are quite good for the money, the HS510C is a stellar performing red dot optic. The HS510C looks a bit odd and almost looks like a holographic sight. And you can call it a holographic red dot sight as well.

The optic is equipped with a quick release Picatinny mounting adapter.

The optic is waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof as well. HS510C also has a feature Holosun is famous for. The solar failsafe. If your CR2032 battery dies on you on the field and you have no means of changing it on the spot, you don’t need to worry a single bit.

As long as the sun is out, the solar failsafe will gather energy from the sun and make the reticle bright like the battery does.

Where is this made?

Just like all the other Holosun optics. This one is also made in China.

Is the battery rechargeable?

No, it’s not. It uses disposable lithium batteries. You will need to buy new ones after the stock runs out.

4. Vortex Strikefire II Red Dot Sight

Strikefire II is a battle-ready optics made for tactical shooting and weapons like AR. Just like Vortex riflescopes, the red dot is also made with aircraft-grade aluminum. The sight also features fully multi-coated lenses that Vortex is known for.

In terms of clarity, it’s on par with much more expensive optics on the market.

The fast target acquiring reticle is bright and illuminated. You can choose from green or red reticles. The brightness of the sight is adjustable and the dot size is 4 MOA. The optic also features ways to adjust the windage and elevation.

What kind of batteries do this require?

It requires a CR2032 battery. Only one of them. You will find one in the package as well.

Is this optic compatible with AR 15?

Yes, sir. It’s compatible with any weapons you may want to pair this with. The shockproof body can take some heat.

5. Sig Sauer SOR52001 Romeo5 Red Dot Sight

You thought I forgot about it? That’s not possible. The Romeo 5 is one of the most featured optics here for all good reasons. The optic is made by Sig Sauer, a very reliable name in the weapon industry.

The optic features a 2 MOA red dot reticle with adjustable brightness settings.

You will find a total of 10 levels of brightness. Including 2 night vision ones. The optic also features MOTAC. It’s a sensor that activates the red dot when it senses some movement and deactivates it when it doesn’t find any movement for a while.

Does the optic come with a mounting system?

Yes, it does. The stock mounting system is compatible with the Picatinny mounting rail.

What’s the expected battery life of this?

The expected battery life of the optic is around 40k hours. Keep in mind that’s an estimate with the lowest possible brightness setting. If you use it at maximum, then you will probably see half of that.

Should I Buy A M&P 15 Sport 2 Scope Or A Sight?

You can buy both. I won’t stop you if you run a red dot sight as a cantilever while maining the riflescope. It’s a solid combo that a lot of people run. But if you want to choose only one, then I would recommend going with what you want.

For example, if you want long-range vision, then a red dot won’t do. But if you want CQB and fixed magnification, then the red dot is the best choice. If you target practice a lot that involves over 100+ yards of range, then go for one of the scopes I mentioned so far.


And with that, we have reached the end of the journey. Hopefully, you enjoyed the read and found something useful from it. I know there are tons of other M&P 15 scopes that I didn’t mention.

The reason is simple, you and I were after the best scope for M&P 15 Sport 2. Nothing less than the best was accepted on the list. With that said, that’s all for now. Thanks for reading. Hope to see you back again soon. Till then, take care and have fun.

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