Everybody likes having a new toy to play with, but the coolest toys always tend to be quite expensive. Fortunately one of these new toys, the Firefield 2.5-10x40mm (View on Amazon.com), allows you to try something new without getting heavily invested, which makes it well worth considering. This Firefield optic features an integral laser sight mounted on the left hand side. These days there are plenty of laser sights on the market that can be used in conjunction with a specific optic, but there are very few options if you want the two to be combined. Traditionally styled as an assault rifle model, this particular optic with laser will generally fit best on an AR-15 or an AR-10. While it can fit other firearms, the setup and mounts seem to be best married with any type of assault rifle.
There is plenty to like about this particular model. It is equipped with an integral Weaver mount so that it can be placed on a variety of firearms with very little trouble and is surprisingly compact, even with the laser sight included. The buyer can choose between an illuminated red or green mil dot reticle system that is configured for drop compensation for the .223 Remington cartridge which is popular with AR-15’s out to 500 yards with standard ¼ MOA adjustments. The laser sight, which makes it stand out from the field, is sensibly mounted close to the front bell. This means that the path of the beam is very close to the line your eye travels looking through the lens. This arrangement makes the laser much easier to sight in and makes the point of impact for the beam closer to the point of impact for the rifle, adding substantially to the laser’s utility.
The coolest thing about this model is the price. The idea of having a scope equipped with a laser sight is a notion that might cross your mind from time to time, but it’s probably not the kind of thing you want to pay a bundle for just to experiment with. Fairfield optic allows the buyer to try the overall package without breaking the bank. If you find that having a laser attached to your firearm is something useful then you can upgrade to a more expensive option, or maybe just stick with this model if you really like it. When it comes to adding gizmos to optics it is always hard to say if the new addition will be the sort of thing you really want attached to your rifle. Is the new toy reliable? Does it serve any purpose with the type of shooting you do? Is it more of a pain than an advantage? A reasonably priced unit like this one lets you answer these questions without getting in over your head.
Overall, the Firefield 2.5-10×40 is a fantastic product for the money. It’s hard to come anywhere near the quality of this particular model without going into the upper tiers budget wise. If you can afford to get into the higher priced models, then you obviously should expect to pay a little more for some of the higher quality optics. But in this case, you get the best of both worlds with a reasonably priced optic without the hefty price tag. Check out the video below for some more brief range test of the Firefield 2.5-10×40.