SPOT-ON (as usual).Personally, I think it depends on the purpose/use for the scope, the situation and the reticle. Also, as you get older and your eyesight degrades, the IR can help in some situations. For pure target work, with a mostly white target almost anything works for me, but if you have a very fine reticle and try to use it in a forest or normal hunting type situation, it can be tough to see the reticle. Having the IR then really helps see the target. For me, a coarser reticle also helps in that situation. If you need to shoot in a darker hours of day, especially in a 'defensive situation', the IR is almost mandatory then. Just my opinion.