Burris AR-536 Review: Is it Worth It? (2019)

by Richard Douglas

This is the last Burris AR-536 review you’ll ever have to read.

In fact:

I’ve bought this scope back in 2018 and since then, I’ve put over 400 rounds through it. In addition, I hand- and tortue-tested everything:

Accuracy, zeroing, glass quality, reticle performance, durability and much more.

By the end of this guide, you’ll know if the Burris AR-536 is for you.

Let’s get started!

Here’s My Burris AR-536 Review

The Burris AR-536 is one of the best prism sights on the market. 

Burris AR 536 Review

It has a lot of the features found in $1,000 ACOGs at ⅓ of the cost. Like what?

Everything, starting with…


When you’re using your rifle, whether hunting or target shooting, the reticle has to be effective. 

The AR-536 has a reticle with serious bonuses. 

Not only can it be easily adjusted to green or red, but if the battery runs out…or you don’t want green and red, the reticle is etched in the glass and is a crisp black color for accurate targeting.  

In addition, when you look at the instruction manual, there is a diagram explaining how the reticle shows the bullet drop and corresponding MOA, with a ⅓ click value, and details on how to size up your target at 100 yards.


The Burris AR-536 is completely waterproof, shock proof, and fog proof.

That means, it can work in nearly ANY climate. Whether it’s raining, snowing or even fogging, the scope will work perfectly. 

The best part? They include a sun shield to screw onto the end of the sight to help with extra bright days (by reducing glare).


The AR-536 is amazing at 100 feet, and can even do well at longer ranges with it’s full focus mechanism and durable fixed 5 optic to spot targets out to 600 yards. Because it is a fixed scope, it’s also more durable due to fewer moving parts. 

The objective lens is a prism lens that allows for a great field of view. It allows the light to pass through directly to your eye with a magnified lens rather than using mirrors, which can distort the image, making it a challenge for someone who has eye issues. 

The 36mm objective increases scope clarity and brightness which helps a lot when you’re in a low light scenario. 

Eye Relief

Although I’ve given the Burris AR-536 review a lot of praise, it could do better in the eye relief department

It isn’t as generous as other red dot sights. However, it’s still in the range of an acceptable distance. Just takes a bit of getting used to. 


The Burris AR-536 prism sight definitely raises the bar with it’s FastFire III Reflex Red Dot Sight (included for free with purchase) for awesome accuracy and the red, green and black illumination with 5 brightness settings.

When you’re out on the range or on the hunt, not having to worry about batteries going out on this reticle is a HUGE bonus. Not to mention, the wide field of view and clear glass for dead-on accuracy. 

Burris does not disappoint with it’s extremely effective, compact prism sight. The AR-536 allows for target acquisition in a heartbeat, even in situations with the lowest light. It’s FastFire III Reflex Red Dot Sight will make you smile when you realize how easy it is to zero and stay at zero as you hear the satisfying “click” into position.

The best part?

If the sight ever breaks on you, you’re 100% covered by Burris Forever Warranty that does not require a receipt, no questions asked and is transferable to each owner covering damaged or defective scopes. That’s how much they believe in their products.

In short:

If you’re doing close quarter shooting (CQB) or intend on shooting out to 500 yards, the Burris AR-536 will get the job done and more.

Give it a try and if you don’t like the Burris AR-536 sight for whatever reason, you could always return it back to Amazon thanks to their 30-day Money Back Guarantee. 

But that’s enough from. Now, I’d like to hear from you:

Have you ever used a Burris AR-536? Or perhaps you’re thinking of buying one? Either way, let me know by leaving a comment down below.

Also, you might be interested in reading my Sig Sauer Romeo 4 and 5 review.

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