How to Mount a Rifle Scope (Video)

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Mounting a scope properly is a vital first step to ensure that you get the most possible accuracy out of your rifle. In this article, we will breakdown a video showing you the proper way to mount a scope.
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Trijicon Red Dot Sights Comparison

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Trijicon makes five different types of red dots; they are the ACOG, the MRO, the RMR, the SRS, and the Reflex. Each of these sights has it’s own unique features and has it’s own ideal POU that it can be used for. This article will help you decide which sight is optimal for you and your philosophy of use (POU). All of these have an aluminum alloy casing that is extremely durable, and have fixed magnification. [Read more…]

Choosing the Best Rifle Scope For You (Video)

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Now that we’ve covered the basics of scope components, it’s time to go into comparing some features on the scope that you will have to decide on, such as whether or not you want variable magnification, and what reticle you want, as well as several other features that can make a difference in your experience of the scope’s purchase and use. This is part two of a two part series about the YouTube video  “Gunsmithing – How to Chooses A Rifle Scope Presented by Larry Potterfield of MidwayUSA.” Part one of the series can be found here.

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Rifle Scope Basics (Video)

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A scope should be the second most expensive part of your firearm purchase, after the rifle itself. In fact, many target shooters recommend you spend at least as much on your scope as you did on your rifle, if not more! As such, it is important that you know the basics about scopes before you make a decision on what scope best fits your rifle and intended philosophy of use (POU). This is why Midway USA goes over the basics parts of a scope and how it works in the first half of their video “Gunsmithing – How to Chooses A Rifle Scope Presented by Larry Potterfield of MidwayUSA.”

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AR Optics: Scope vs Red dot: 5 Big Differences

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When getting a new AR, the biggest accessory purchase to consider is what sight to use on it. While some people continue to use antiquated iron sights, more and more people are using optics. The two main types of optics are red dots and magnified scopes. These are just a few of the things to keep in mind when purchasing an optic. [Read more…]

Rifle Scope – Benefits

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If you think that rifle itself is enough for the shooting purpose then you are absolutely wrong. What is the main thing you consider when you go for buying a rifle? Just buy a rifle according to your work, and even buy it without thinking about the other things which are important to keep along with it. Do you need anything else to make your rifle experience better? The people who think that no they do not need anything else they are the people who suffer a lot in rifling. But if you think that yes you need to have something else then you are at right place. Yes you need to have a rifle scope for making your experience better than ever. For the better performance you have to only buy a rifle scope, because not having it may adversely affect your performance, you even had noticed when you were performing somewhere and could not hit the target because you could not get the target exactly. [Read more…]

Rifle Scope – Tips and Advantages

What do you do when you go out for buying a rifle? Buy a rifle spend much of the money and then go back home. Do you think that something else can be done to make the rifle using experience better? Go and use it? No actually not because a better thing can be done, for making a better use of it. That is get a rifle scope for it. Don’t you think it is important for you when you are going for a professional training or going to perform professionally? Yes it is very important do you want me to tell that how much it is important for you and how does it effects your performance? Yes this write up is specially to make you realize the important of using rifle scope.

Many people think that only buying a rifle is enough for them. But it is nothing like that you need to have a scope for it rifle itself is not having that ability to make the target hit at the right point so now I am going to tell you the main advantages of using the rifle scope so that you can have a positive mind for using a rifle scope and you may hit the target in such a good way that other people should praise you in a best of the manner. Continue Reading

The Basics on Infrared Rifle Scopes

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Infrared Rifle Scopes

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What Is Rifle Scope Parallax and How Do We Adjust It?

Rifle scopes are not perfect and, one or another, they will have some defects and mishaps no matter what brand or how expensive they are.  These defects sometimes affect how shooters do their gun shooting or hunting and most of them wish they are not present in future rifle scopes. One of the defects that shooters don’t want to have is the rifle scope parallax.

What Is Rifle Scope Parallax?

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A rifle scope parallax is a known optical illusion where the target looks out of focus and the focal plane of the target is offset from rifle scope reticle. It is the apparent movement of the reticle when the eyes move off center of the sight picture.  When this happens, it means that the scope is either the target image is no occurring on the same focal plane as the reticle or the scope in out of focus. 

While adjustment in parallax on rifle scopes is not required, there are a lot of target shooters who want this to be present in their scopes for easy targeting and shooting.

Sometimes, the parallax is of concern because shooters want their rifle scopes to be clear and make their shooting accurate most of the time. Almost all brands don’t have the feature of adjusting the parallex but rather have a pre-set to be parallax free at around 100-200 yards, while shotguns are set at 50. When scopes are at 11x or more, they have parallax adjustments because parallax gets worse when the magnifications are high.

Parallax Adjustments

Parallax adjustments is needed so it can get rid of the undesirable optical error that causes the crosshairs to appear in “shift”.  It is a good thing a lot of brands and companies added innovative features in their rifle scopes to adjust parallax so accuracy in shooting can be achieved more.  For instance, Nikon has some rifle scopes that use a side turrent for parallax correction such as the the Leupold VX3 scope series or Bushnell Elite 4200 rifle scopes.

The adjustment on the parallax is where the reticle’s plane is moved at the same location as the image plane—which is mostly in small distances. Your point of bullet impact will most likely shift every time adjustment is made on your scope, so it should be marked plainly at which direction to turn on the turret so you can achieve that correction that you want. So in every distance that you are, you have to adjust the parallax settings and the focus as well.

How Is Parallax Solved?

While parallax is mostly present in rifle scopes, there are solutions to this, and one of them is adjusting. Here are just some of the solutions in lessening rifle scope parallax:

  • When you are using a high-powered scope, parallax can be identified through adjusting your gaze slightly. If reticle changes the position on the object when shifting your gaze, then the parallax is not properly fixed or compensated for that range.
  • If you do parallax adjustment properly, the reticle should look like it is locked in place and is focused solely on the target. So no matter how you shift your gaze, the position and parallax is not changed to the target.
  • It is critical to get a precise parallax setting because it increases with magnification, thus giving you a larger margin of error at higher powers especially when parallax is not precisely correct.
  • The higher the magnification, the more adjustment on parallax you would do.
  • At short distances, the parallax effect does not affect accuracy compared to longer distances so you must be able to adjust well in your shooting.
  • While parallax will be present, it is good to remember that it will not have an effect on your shooting accuracy as long as you are sighting stright through the middle of the scope or close to it.
  • You have to adjust the recommended setting for the parallax through the side turret according to your preferences or the range in which you are shooting from.
  • Also, try experimenting with the adjustment ring until the optical illusion is gone or lessened while your cross hairs are shifting.
  • So as not to experience rifle scope parallax that much so you will not be hassled, make sure to buy a scope that features adjustable buttons or side focus turrets so it can eliminate or lessen the problem. You make your shooting parallax-free at various distances and can be adjusted even to those shooters who do not have perfect vision.
  • You can re-label or keep a list of the parallax adjustments that you made that is partnered with their specific distances. This way, you can set them right without any hassle when you shoot over and over again—especially at repeated distances—in the future.

Final Thoughts

All in all, a rifle scope parallax is not a big problem to hunters and shooters despite being a concern for them. Parallax is one of the fears of hunters and shooters when buying scopes. They do not like the hassle of adjusting every now and then when they use the scopes in various distances. But with some patience and studying, any ordinary hunter and shooter like you can make parallax adjustments with ease.

There will always be rifle scope parallax but at least you can fix them right away without even taking long, thanks to the innovative and new technology of rifle scopes.