Vortex 3x Spitfire Dual-Illumination Riflescope (EBR-556B Reticle)

Vortex 3x Spitfire Dual-Illumination Riflescope (EBR-556B Reticle)

Vortex 3x Spitfire Dual-Illumination Riflescope (EBR-556B Reticle)

B&H # VOS3PS MFR # SPR-1303
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Product Highlights

  • Illuminated EBR-556B Reticle
  • Reticle Etched Directly onto the Prism
  • 1/2 MOA per Click Shot Correction
  • 120 MOA Windage/Elevation Adjustment
  • Nitrogen-Filled, Water and Fogproof
  • Red and Green Illumination Options
  • Five Brightness Levels per Color
  • Fully Multicoated Optics
  • Anodized Aluminum Housing
  • Front and Rear Flip-Up Lens Covers
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Vortex SPITFIRE overview

  • 1Description

The 3x Spitfire Dual-Illumination Riflescope from Vortex Optics is designed for use with the AR platform and its specific ballistic characteristics. It uses a prism-based optical system with anti-reflective fully multicoated optics to provide a reliable sight, without taking up valuable rail space. With its 3x magnification this optic is ideal for medium to long-range use. Dual Picatinny rails, set at 45° on the upper forward half, are perfect for attaching a reflex sight or illuminator. The housing is nitrogen-filled and o-ring sealed for water and fogproof performance in all weather conditions.

The EBR-556B Enhanced Battle Reticle features a ballistic-drop compensation (BDC) configuration designed around the 5.56x45 (.223 Remington) cartridge using a 55 grain round and 16" barrel. The central crosshair is meant to be zeroed at 100 yd and is effective to 200 yd. BDC stadia on the lower vertical axis provide holdover reference points from 300 to 500 yd in one hundred yard increments. The reticle can be illuminated in either red or green, depending on the situation and preference. Each color has five selectable brightness levels, with an 'off' position between each level to quickly return to a preferred brightness without having to cycle through them all.

Optical Performance
  • 3x magnification
  • Anti-reflective fully multicoated optics minimizes light loss, and maximizes contrast and color transmission
  • Reticle is etched on the prism, allowing you to see it whether or not the illumination is engaged
Use and Handling
  • Five red and five green reticle brightness levels with 'off' positions between each level
  • Illuminated EBR-556B Enhanced Battle Reticle features a ballistic-drop compensation (BDC) configuration designed around the 5.56x45 (.223 Remington) cartridge using a 55 grain round and 16" barrel
  • Capped low-profile windage and elevation turrets
  • 1/2 MOA per click impact point correction
  • 120 MOA windage and elevation adjustment range
  • Fast focus eyepiece with a 2.8" (7.1 cm) eye relief
Construction Details
  • Single-piece aluminum housing
  • Nitrogen-filled, water and fogproof
  • Low-glare, scratch and corrosion-resistant matte-black anodized finish
  • Mounted at a 40.4mm lower 1/3 co-witness height from the optic center to base surface. Remove mount riser for 30mm height
  • Two short integrated Picatinny rails for accessories such as a reflex sight or illuminator
  • -22 to 122°F operating temperature range
  • Front and rear flip-up lens covers
UPC: 875874005372
In the Box
Vortex 3x Spitfire Dual-Illumination Riflescope (EBR-556B Reticle)
  • CR2032 Battery
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    Vortex SPITFIRE specs

    Magnification 3x
    Reticle EBR-556B
    Impact Point Correction 1/2 MOA
    Maximum Windage/Elevation Adjustment 120 MOA
    Battery / Runtime Battery:
    1 x CR 2032

    Approximate runtime:
    250 hr at maximum brightness
    3,000 hr at minimum brightness
    Waterproofing Nitrogen-filled, water and fogproof
    Operating Temperature -22 to 122°F (-30 to 50°C)
    Dimensions 5.5" (14 cm)
    Weight 12.2 oz (345.9 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 4.4 x 2.9"

    Vortex SPITFIRE reviews

    3x Spitfire Dual-Illumination Riflescope (EBR-556B Reticle) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 81.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish I could give it 6 stars I don’t think I can rave quite enough about the Spitfire 3x! I put this on my AR and haven’t regretted it for a moment. Aside from how easy it was to get zeroed in and set up, the clarity and quality of the glass is absolutely amazing. On top of all that the warranty is unbeatable. I think I got more for my money and with better quality than most of the other manufacturers out there. I also just added a Vortex Venom 3 MOA red dot on one of the 45 degree picatinny rail that came with the spitfire. If there is any question as to whether or not to buy this optic...just do it. You will not regret it!! I’m officially a vortex for life devotee.
    Date published: 2018-03-26
    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 4 out of 5 by from Illumination Setback The sight is terrific no doubt about it only thing I found was with illumination ,I'm surprised no one else has noticed it .when lighting up the sight the brightness between 3and 4 is the same when you move to 5 it gets very bright .in other words brightness on 3 and 4 is the same doesn't change then 5 is full bright .i wrote to vortex and they are aware of this ,I wouldn't call it a fault but they say all Current models are like this . They are working to resolve the issue and when they Do if I want they will exchange my sight for the improved model ,so what more can you ask .
    Date published: 2015-06-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Glass... The glass is amazing. Super clear, and the reticle focus for my aging eyes is a godsend. This is the first magnified scope I can actually have both eyes open when picking up a target. The reticles are bright, too. The reticle etched into the glass is very clear as well. I also have the 1x version of this sight and am very impressed with it as well. Perfect AR15 addition. The no questions asked VIP warranty offered by Vortex is awesome. Excellent purchase for the $ from B&H Photo. Fast shipping, too. Highly recommend.
    Date published: 2015-11-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accurate scope for S&W AR 15 I took a lot time researching red dots and scopes for my AR because I didn't know what I really wanted in a scope. I know i didn't want a long range scope for a 5.56 but i didn't want 1x either. So I stumbled upon the Spitfire 3x and thought, heck yeah, the best of both worlds, not too far and not too close with tons of options. The first thing I love is that you can go green or red. When you have different lighting situations, sometimes green is easier to see and sometimes red is easier to see, then you have 5 options of bright or dim, that is really awesome. Sighting this in was simple too. Truthfully, from the factory it was perfect, I only had to adjust a few clicks. This thing looks really sick on my rifle. I get a ton of compliments about how fast you can acquire a target and where you can rest your eye compared to the scope. I know i find myself able to acquire targets really quick and field of view is not obstructed either.
    Date published: 2018-03-03
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from First impression was positive; but... Everything looked good. I liked the reticle and the 3x magnification is perfect for my application. The clarity is excellent. My problem with this sight is with the focus ring/ocular lens. After adjusting the focus to my vision a very definite wobble was present in the ocular lens (up/down; left/right). So much so that if you put some pressure on the focus ring while looking through the scope the image will noticeably shift. The point of impact did not appear to be affected but I don't know that for sure as I didn't even bother to try it with live ammo. I own other Vortex products and this isn't what I'd expect from them. It is entirely possible that my sight is defective as opposed to some design flaw. If that's the case I would be very happy with this product.
    Date published: 2016-08-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Deal for an Awesome Optic! First off, I got this optic at a great price with free shipping from B & H (ordered on a Tuesday evening and got it by Friday afternoon!); It came with a pair of smith optics safety glasses and a $50 gift card! This optic is worth every penny; I have put about 300 rnds through my Bushmaster Patrolman with the optic and it has performed flawlessly! I zeroed it at 100 yds and have been able to use the graded reticle to hit targets out to 300 yds but was unable to hit a target at 460 yds firing from a bench without stationary support (couldn't see where the round was impacting to make adjustments) I have also fired it at close range (25 yds); Target acquisition from a low ready position is a breeze and spot on! The optic being a 3x magnification took a little getting used to with both eyes open (just have to force yourself to focus on the reticle). I would recommend this optic to anyone who wants the benefit of a little bit of magnification for medium range shots and the ease of a red dot for close range shooting!
    Date published: 2015-11-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite AR Sight I’ve been using this optic for a year now and I’ve never had a problem with it. It’s accurate, the AR platform doesn’t cause the sight to adjust on it’s own, and I like being able to switch between red, green, and black as the reticle color. It’s easy to adjust the sight and it’s easy to attach my Vortex Venom Red Dot sight to it (canted). Definitely recommend getting it.
    Date published: 2018-03-10
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