The Leapers compact 3-12x44 is the best inexpensive optic you can put on an AR or AK platform. I mounted my first two about 6 years ago (before the EZ-Tap illumination), then another a year later. Since then, Ive mounted at least 5 more for friends, family, and self. The scope is clear, bright, and has repeatable controls. The newest versions with the locking w/e turrets, rings, and EZ-tap illumination add nice features. The ring height is perfect (for me) to directly mount to a flat top AR receiver; no risers needed.
I have 4 16 & 18 carbines in 3 different calibers all wearing the Leapers 3-12x44, mounted in exactly the same slots with exactly the same eye relief. No matter which rifle I pick up, the controls and optics are the same.
Okay it isnt a $1,000 Leupold or even a $800 Weaver Tactical, but for busting coyotes out to 200 yards around the ranch, they are hard to beat.
One note of caution, my friend mounted one on his AR carbine and over-tightened the Leapers supplied rings which caused an internal lens to fracture. This isnt a fault of the scope, but points out that the rings CAN be over-tightened to the point of damage.
Pros: VALUE, 30mm tube, bright, short, strudy enough
Cons: Edge clarity isn't up to $500 scope quality
This review was written in the old system and had content requirements that are different than reviews written today.