Riton Optics: A Small American Business

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December 15, 2023  
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The more lessons we learn from the GWOT and the blossoming variety of competitive shooting circuits, the more highly we as a community come to value effective optics. One could argue that good glass today is less of an accessory and more of a necessity. This is true whether we’re talking rifle scope or red dot sight. And that’s why today we’re taking a look at Riton Optics.

For many moons there were only a handful of companies selling optics worth mentioning, but their products often cost significantly more than a mortgage payment. Fortunately, through advances in manufacturing, the market has widened and there are a handful of smaller glass vendors producing good products at very reasonable prices.

One of them is Riton Optics.

Riton Optics offers a variety of rifle scopes, red dot sights, binoculars, spotting scopes, and other glass.

Riton Optics offers a variety of rifle scopes, red dot sights, binoculars, and other glass intended for practical real world applications. They also have a spotting scope option.

Based in southern Arizona, Riton is both veteran and family-owned. Head honcho Brady served in the military and federal law enforcement before breaking out on his own in 2013 to dive into the world of retail glass. Their bread and butter are a stellar line of rifle scopes, but they also have binoculars, spotting scopes, and red dots in the stable for those who need them.

Riton can also square you away with a scope mount, scope rings, and other needs.

Riton can also square you away with a scope mount, scope rings, and other needs. Whether you’re outfitting a bolt action, a lever action, or a semi-auto, a Riton scope is (in our experience) an affordable and reliable option.

All of their products come with an unlimited lifetime warranty. If you need to use that warranty, they don’t repair scopes and they don’t ship factory refurbs. When you tell them you need a new scope, you get a new scope – and their turnaround time on warranty service is currently forty-eight hours. Riton prides itself on exceptional customer service.

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Riton rifle scopes are a cut above their competitors, particularly at this price point. And for those who have a preference, there are both First Focal Plane and Second Focal Plane riflescopes. They should have glass that meets anything but the most niche needs; hunting, precision, self-defense, competition, recreation…or all five of those at once. 

Their products are made exclusively of Japanese glass which, in our opinion, offers a pretty good balance of quality vs price. The samples we played with at during our visit and afterward displayed nice clarity and light transmission, with a fairly true color output.

While the optics are assembled offshore, each one is quality-controlled five separate times by Riton employees, who are all true-blue Americans.

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They offer several lines at several different price points. Their entry-level scopes are right around $200. This includes the 1 Primal Line which fall into either a 3-9×40 and 4-16×44 magnification and size categories. Prices are consummate with features with the 5 Primal and Conquer series of rifle scopes coming with a proud illuminated reticle. Riton also offers a selection of LPVOs (low power variable optic) for your tactical rifle if a red dot is not your thing.

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All their scopes use 30mm tubes made of 6061 aluminum and all powered optics (illuminated reticle scopes and red dots) use CR2023 watch batteries. This was done specifically because of the CR2023’s low cost, lightweight, and wide availability.

Riton offers seven different red dot optics, and you can have your pick between a rifle or handgun dot sight. Their red dots range from the Tactix ARD, which retails for only $99 to the Tactix EED (enclosed emitter dot), which runs at about $350. Both red dots are sub-$300 MSRP with 2MOA dots and get about 15,000 hours of battery life. There are multiple brightness settings, including NV-compatible (night vision) modes, and the adjustment dial has built-in “off” notches between each brightness setting, so you don’t have to dial up and down to get to your preferred level.

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It’s easy to get brand-snotty, looking down your nose at anything made with offshore parts or priced less than two G’s, but when I visited the Riton shop I was pleased to discover a husband and wife using their experience and passion in an earnest attempt to bring affordable optics to the everyday shooter. Their drive for the highest possible quality and ambitious approach to customer service make me want to spend more time with their products and, if you care about supporting good businesses, it should make you feel the same way.

For more information on tactical and sporting glass, check out our reviews on these optics:

 

 

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Freddy Osuna

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  1. Bodhi

    I own a couple of Riton optics and they’re AWESOME. Best glass I’ve ever looked through.

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