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Battlefield 3 features a total of 12 weapon scopes and sights which can be unlocked and used on many weapons. The scopes and sights are split between the US and Russian factions, 5 for the US, 5 for Russia and two sights that are available to both sides (infrared and Ballistic scope). The sights and scopes vary from holographic sights, to infrared ones, to powerful, 12X ballistic scopes. Here’s the full list of scopes and sights in Battlefield 3:


Battlefield 3 ACOG
The ACOG is the first scope to be unlocked on many of the US assault and sniper rifles. It has a modest 4X zoom.


Battlefield 3 PSO-1
The PSO-1 is the Russian counterpart to the ACOG and offers similar 4X zoom.

Rifle Scope

Battlefield 3 Rifle Scope
The Rifle Scope is the standard scope on US sniper rifles.


Battlefield 3 PKS-07
The PKS-07 is the standard scope on all Russian sniper rifles.


Battlefield 3 M145
The M145 is a 3.4X magnification scope unlocked and used on US rifles and light machine guns.


Battlefield 3 PK-A
The PK-A is the Russian counterpart to the M145 and is used on Russian weapons.


Battlefield 3 PK-A
The EOtech is a holographic sight used on US weapons in Battlefield 3.


Battlefield 3 PK-AS
The PK-AS is a holographic sight used on Russian weapons in Battlefield 3.


Battlefield 3 RX01
The RX01 is a red dot sight in Battlefield 3 that can be unlocked for US weapons.


Battlefield 3 Kobra
The Kobra is a red dot sight and is the Russian counterpart for the US RX01 sight.

Infrared sight

Battlefield 3 Infrared Sight
The infrared sight makes it easier to spot enemies behind cover or in the dark.

Ballistic scope

Battlefield 3 Ballistic Scope
The Ballistic scope is the most powerful scope in Battlefield 3, and offers 12X magnification.


  1. xbox gamer
    October 23rd, 2011 at 2:16 am

    I love how much DICE has gone into realism, to the point where instead of having “acog” on an AK47 >coughCoDCoughcough< they have the national version of that side. I love it.

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    • Rollindub_bf3
      October 24th, 2011 at 2:37 am

      Call of duty did not invent acog, acog was there before cod. To say that bf3 stole acog from cod would be an ignorant remark. Im just glad bf3 wont have a lot of cod kidies that think thier weapon experts.

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      • Jim SMith
        October 24th, 2011 at 5:45 am

        He wasn’t arguing that BF3 stole the ACOG. He was saying that he is glad Dice is being realistic, UNLIKE CoD, and using the national version of said ACOG. CoD had the regular ACOG, which pretty much any foreign AK-47 users wouldn’t have access to.

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        • murphy
          October 27th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

          or a means to attach it without custom rails.

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        • jim
          April 27th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

          no no no bullshit the us military had the original acog us here at infinity ward just thought it would be more realistic if we put it in the game but the ceo’s thought it would be great to fire the original call of duty creators and put in some new people, well they fucked it up

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      • Jackson
        November 20th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

        Call of Duty and BF didnt invent the acog, the us military did….

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        • Mang0
          February 11th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

          actually trijcon did.

          i think…

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    • Jordan
      October 29th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      HO HO HO HO! Do NOT get me started on the rest of CoD’s faults but I’ll do it anyways cuz im so nice. CLASS IS IN SESSION!!!

      1.) The Relin FAMAS in MW2 does NOT have burst fire as a setting in real warfare
      2.) The original M16/M16A1 in BO does NOT have burst fire either as a setting
      3.) “Tactical Nukes” are illegal and was made in an agreement with America and Russia not to use them, nice try Infinity Ward
      4.) Seldom there is undermounted grenade launchers in the 1970′s (BO)
      5.) Its just so realistic to be hot dropped right in front of an enemies face right? Isnt death by spawn camper AMAZING?!
      6.) What fucking general kills his squad, and tells other people, No no its okay, just kill those guys? ….. Im pretty sure America isnt part of the dictorial Middle East
      7.) Lets not forget the piece de resistance, the everlasting repackaging of the lone wolf, one man saves the world shit that was included in the past 3 installments and i have no skepticallity that it will be different for MW2.5

      Haters, its time to know that your wasting $59.00 and all the time you have when you come back from middle school.

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      • Jordan
        October 29th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

        CoD fanboys, don’t try to come to my house and write U SUX on the garage. We all know how illiterate it is… cuz im bound to see someone rage because they dont want facts. Hardly do you see someone in advanced american history play games so easily manipulating the prepubescent population

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      • FDSDH 011i
        November 13th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

        also COD hates the original iron sights of each weapon in MW2 they completely removed the FAMAS and LSW (for example) default iron sights and replaced with weird looking M4 ones for FAMAS and just funny little ones for the LSW, this was especially noticeable as the LSW has carry handle.
        COD hates anything that isn’t an AR15 or AK type gun

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      • IRQ
        November 17th, 2011 at 7:26 am

        Can you please be more respectful and not mention the middle east in every sentence about murder, betrayal and oppression?? thank you.

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      • Flyingmantis
        January 10th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

        Not hating on BF, nor am I praising CoD, but you you bash CoD for lack of realism? You mentioned spawning in the middle of battle, then wtf do you do when you spawn right on top of your squadmate in the heat of it?
        Tactical Nukes, everyone knows they’re illegal, but it’s a fucking game, get over it.
        “What general kills his squad” Again, it’s a game, you want pure realism? Join the army, have fun doing years of paperwork and never ACTUALLY doing anything

        Stop bitching about realism in video games, stop LOOKING for reasons to hate CoD.

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      • dafuq
        July 15th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

        Dude its just a game, it doesn’t need to be realistic…

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      • David
        October 14th, 2012 at 4:07 am

        The M203 was actually around in Vietnam. I’m not supporting Call of Duty I’m just saying.

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    • George
      March 11th, 2012 at 12:52 am

      Yeh. So raelistic when you knife a fence it explodes. Bf3 gamers cant have a damn ak 47 with a damn acog, you need one for russia and us. No one gives a shit>

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  2. maks
    October 23rd, 2011 at 2:30 am

    SV-98+Ballistic scope= across the map headshots. cheers from spawn point B :)

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  3. The MAN!!
    October 23rd, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Whats the difference between holographic,red dot and reflex?

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    • Gundam288
      October 23rd, 2011 at 3:22 am

      if I remember right from the beta, the red dot was just that a red dot in the middle. while the holographic had a dot and a circle around the dot.

      The beta kinda “blur’d” together for me looking back on it =P

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    • daniel
      October 31st, 2011 at 10:00 am

      In game wise, there isn’t really any difference that matters, just the reticule itself. But in real life, the red dot, you have to aim down straight to shoot at your target and hit it. With the Holographic/eotech sight, you can look through it in any direction as long as you can see the dot itself, your gun will be aiming at the target. even if you’re aiming and ur head isn’t straight looking down the barrel, you’ll still hit your target. So any angle you look through it, its a hit.

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      • outlive
        December 31st, 2011 at 11:40 am

        incorrect, you can shoot a red dot sight the same as a holo sight, angle does NOT matter

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      • CMD-94
        June 11th, 2012 at 8:59 am

        from what i’ve been told..

        the reflex sight, is a x1 magnification. so basically its just the red dot and the person will look the same distance away from you regard less of looking into the sight..

        on the other hand, i believe that the Holographic sight, is a x2 magnification..

        but thats just based off of what i’ve heard.

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    • Flyingmantis
      January 10th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Holographic looks like it PROJECTS the red dot with a circle around it on to your target, sort of like a laser but you can only see it through the sight.

      Red Dot is just that, a red dot on glass/plastic.

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    • George
      March 11th, 2012 at 12:53 am

      Figure it out einstein

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    • logan
      June 15th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      the difference is in the actual sight itself, they all are the same, other than the size and the retical, like the rds, is smaller and you can see on either side of it, but the holo is alot larger which takes up more of your screen…etc. with the reflex

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  4. Gundam288
    October 23rd, 2011 at 3:26 am

    I still think the 4x and 3.4x scopes are where it’s at. no scope glint + I was able to pick people off with a m416 at almost any range in the beta.

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    • Civalias
      October 23rd, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Honestly in the beta the sweet spot for me was an sv98 + 7x zoom scope; I don’t believe the 7x scopes have lens glint either.

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  5. QPAPA
    October 28th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    can we use M145 on m4a1???

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    • Jordan
      October 29th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      I dont think so man, only some assault rifles and the majority of the lmgs. Ironically the PKA can be found on the AKS-74U though

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  6. Blackstar Dude!
    November 20th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Btf3 owns the balls of cod
    1: Better graphics
    2:more vehicles
    3:better guns(more of em)
    4:the game is just awsome.

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    • George
      March 11th, 2012 at 12:56 am

      Some campain.

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    • CMD-94
      June 11th, 2012 at 9:00 am

      there are no vehicle in COD.

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  7. LEO
    November 24th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    this is madness damn DICE how can they patch everything and i have to download a pach every damn week i should of thought of buying mw3 why do they listen to what stupid players complain about other people like me liked to use the infrared scope.and every multiplayer game that EA makes You have to sign in and put your email and stuff WTF.

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    • George
      March 11th, 2012 at 12:56 am

      Hell yeah

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  8. Matt
    November 27th, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Um stop Talking about what game is better we all know the answer…….

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    • George
      March 11th, 2012 at 12:56 am


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  9. KernowBysVyken
    December 5th, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Plenty of COD haters on here, but for a straight up shoot em up, COD4 is the best I’ve ever played. Ok, there is a lack of realism, but all games have that. Black Ops was okay too, but you’re right about the rest of them, they suck. MW2 is possibly the worst game ever made. MW3 looks no better, but I won’t buy to try it as BF3 is so damn good. I’ve had every BF game and this is the best by far. BF2 and 2142 were good, but BF3 is on a whole new level of gaming, nothing comes close.

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    • Matt 2
      December 13th, 2011 at 2:05 am

      I totaly agree, for example i think that BF is way better than COD as it way more realistic in terms of guns and maps but COD zombies is the complete oppisite of realistic but still its so F#@king fun to play with three of your friends.

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  10. Karl
    December 21st, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Battlefield 3 owns MW3 som F***ing much. I think that infinity ward just added POINTSTREAKS to try to be better then BF3. Sure some CoD games mey ne fun, BUT NOT MW3! I enjoyed the Custom game editor in BO when I borrowed it. MW3 can come an kiss my ass!!!!

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  11. Matt Paris
    December 21st, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I will say i have always played cod because it was the first FPS i every got. I played the BF3 beta and loved it but i spent my money COD (bad decision). It has gotten so one dimensional to the point that if you dont have a rapid fire gun, you will die in an CQB situation. Pretty stupid. So in conclusion BF3 is the tits and I cant wait to get it for Christmas and play it errday. So much more can be done in BF3 than CoD. CoD sucks.

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    • Apokolypto
      February 18th, 2012 at 8:57 am


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  12. tommy
    December 24th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    i was a COD fan but the more i hear about BF the more its changing me to a BF fan. I should have bought BF instead of MW3.

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    • DGOfDCentury
      December 25th, 2011 at 11:18 am

      i thought the same thing but i bought bf3 and instantly started missing mw3 (gameplay is so slow, at times i do not see an enemy for like 4mins mostly because they r hard to identify lol no UAV and the matches can last up to 30min+ and i do not get nearly as many kills as i get on mw3, i also get tired of the mw3 gameplay because there is not alot of teamwork there and enemies spawn too rapidly), that is y i am glad i own them both

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    • Austin
      June 20th, 2012 at 9:29 am

      i wasted my money on mw3(fucking bad decision) and this kid was like ill but it form you for $80 idk why but i said fuck yeah bro,then i got BF3 with it and it changed my perspective bout every fucking cod game

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      • Tom
        January 2nd, 2013 at 3:42 am

        COD is a type of fish,

        I HATE FISH!

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  13. mike s
    December 24th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Yo, BF3 and all BF games have been awesome, but you cant hate on cod so much, cod has a superb hardcore mode were other games people are super human. 1 bullet pretty much anywhere means that soldier is out of battle…. so when i have to shoot someone 10 times to kill them Cough *bfbc2* cough, even on hardcore mode! there’s a problem. im no cod fanboy but i love the older cods and when you want some run and gun gameplay cod delivers it the best… and dont get me started on bfbc2′s flaws with thier guns… black ops at least knows how to make a spas-12 shoot……. so quit hating on cod series. its good too.

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    • DGOfDCentury
      December 25th, 2011 at 11:07 am

      that is what i am saying, both games r incredible, i will admit that cod games have flaws (do not get me started on black ops lol)…but they r only there to create a better sale for the next cod…same goes for bf (especially bf2)

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  14. DGOfDCentury
    December 25th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    i look at these comments and all i see is cod is better than bf3 and bf3 is better than cod…when the reality of it is that cod and bf3 CAN NOT be compared…they are two totally different concepts of war…it is like comparing cod to socom, bottom line both games are a incredible portrayal of their concept, if anyone who commented here actually owns both games you should know this…when you want to run around shooting and blowing up noobs you play cod but when you want a more subtle gameplay and teamwork based you play bf3…this illiterate comparison is getting old!

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  15. james midgley
    December 26th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I think that try should release a higher zoom scope for battlefield 3 such as a 15 or 20 x zoom scope not to mention that a 4x zoom infrared shouldn’t be too hard to incorporate in to the game.

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    • MC_KING123
      March 17th, 2012 at 3:55 am


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  16. Allan
    December 28th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Where is the rail to mount a ballistic scope on my SMAW?

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    • Engi
      February 28th, 2012 at 1:50 am

      I’m glad someone else misses the scopes on launchers.

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    • noso56
      March 19th, 2012 at 7:36 am

      you dont need scopes on rocket launchers its not exactually realistic a scope on a rpg in operation metero would mean rpg snipers and that would be insane

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  17. MC_KING123
    March 17th, 2012 at 3:48 am


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    • Trip
      May 6th, 2012 at 9:17 am

      MW is fun and extremely fast paced, black ops was fun and even faster paced. Battlefield is also fun, deathmatch can be fast, cq can be strategic. I was hoping for more strategic gameplay online. But multiplayer is only as fun as the idiots on your team. There is no killcam, but on cq you can watch your opponent for a couple seconds before respawn. COD is a GAME…BF is a GAME. They have played off of eachother back and forth for a few years. And just like Forza and Gran Turismo, neither one would be as good as it is without the others competition…oh and in a year noone will give a wet #uck which one was better

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  18. Lib
    April 8th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    You all forgot the 16x scope that only employeys of EA can get!!!!

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  19. Lib
    April 8th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    You all forgot the 16x scope that only employeys of EA can get!!!!

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  20. asdf321
    May 18th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    could somebody explain me what this diagram of the pks-07 is for? thx

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  21. sniper dude
    June 4th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    the snipers on battlefeild 3 are awsome i love sniping its in my blood

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  22. Meeeee
    August 16th, 2012 at 3:15 am

    No one has mention Black Ops 2 I mean its very futuristic and more people will probably play BO2. Vote for BO2 by giving my a thumbs up or vote for BF3 by giving me a thumbs down.

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  23. punisa caran
    November 12th, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Can someone tell me how if at all you can not use a scope during online play like in the second game it gave the option of having a scope attached,I hate scopes never used them i find it to slow for the game style I play.

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  24. punisa caran
    November 12th, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Can someone tell me how if at all you can not use a scope during online play like in the second game it gave the option of having a scope attached,I hate scopes never used them i find it to slow for the game style I play.

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  25. Tom
    January 2nd, 2013 at 3:41 am

    COD is a type of fish, I don’t like fish.

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