Burris AR-536 Review (2024): Worth the Money?

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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 1,000 rounds through it. In addition, I hand- and torture-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. 

Burris AR-536 Crosshair

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.  

Burris AR-536 Reticle Green

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.

Burris AR-536 Waterproof

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).

Burris AR-536 Sunshield


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 (just like the Sig Sauer Bravo 5), it’s also more durable due to fewer moving parts. 

Burris AR-536 Field

The objective lens is a prism lens that allows for a decent 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. 

Burris AR-536 Removable Cap

Eye Relief

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

Burris AR-536 Elevation Knob

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 clear glass for dead-on accuracy and great durability. 

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 Burris AR-332? 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.

Written By

Richard Douglas

Hello, I’m Richard Douglas, a Firearms Instructor, Tactical Advisor, National Defense Security Consultant, and the voice behind Scopes Field.

14 thoughts on “Burris AR-536 Review (2024): Worth the Money?”

  1. If you remove the Picatinny adapter from the bottom of this optic, its made to fit directly into a carry handle. Which is what I am doing on my 556. It’s a solid optic and the little fast fire went nicely onto my Ruger mark IV. This is a sweet package for two stellar optics.

  2. I have both the 332 and the 536. Mounted on my AR’s. Only thing I have to say ids these are well worth the money spent. Outstanding optics. Great job Burris!

  3. Just put the AR-536 on somewhat exotic SAR-80 rifle (which could be considered an AR-18 clone). Took about 20 rounds to get it zeroed on 100 meters and then oh boy. A military rifle shooting .66MOA groups at this distance? My jaw dropped. Definitely can reccomend the 536!

  4. Does anyone know if this will work with ACOG Mounts? Considering it’s basically an ACOG-does anyone know what mounts work with it? I’ve had it for over a year, it’s one of the favorite Optics I’ve ever owned, but would prefer a lighter/QD mount.

  5. I bought my Burris 10 years ago it it’s still spot on target. I love it and totally lucked out from a recommendation gove to me from the rep who helped me with my AR purchase. No regrets and it saved me a ton of money. I was stressing about buying a trijicon or eotech. Go this route and you won’t be sorry.

  6. I have 4 3x on AR15 CQ guns, 1 5x on another AR15 & one 5x on a CQ AR10. I am totally a KISS guy & being able to have the black reticle if the batteries die, is a must have! As a matter of fact, that is what I use unless it’s low light. The 3x is perfect for CQC. I consider the 3x CQ to 50yds & the 5x a 100yd site – for Combat purposes. Both will easily shoot accurately at twice those ranges. Installation is as easy as it can possibly be. Sighting in was easy also. The forever warrantee makes this a must have. Just don’t go out & buy any of them – I need a couple more & my boys are getting them for their guns also. lol


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