Scope Review: C-more Red Dot

If you’re a target shooter, competitive hunter, or simply a rifle enthusiast that likes to make every shot count, a C-More Red Dot might be the optic for you. From the moment we first laid hands on this thing, we knew it was the real deal. But, after catching wind of all the hype we were skeptical at first. In this review, we hope to dispel with some of that skepticism in our readers.

If you have tested multiple red dot sights, you probably understand all too well that most of them are practically the same. Although cosmetic tweaks abound in the optics market, the functionality of the various devices rarely ever changes. However, the C-More Red Dot makes an honest attempt at breaking away from that trend.

Want to find out more about the C-More Red Dot lineup of optics? If so, you have come to the right place. In this article, our veteran shooters got their hands on a pair of C-More Red Dot scopes to throw on their rifles for a week. After extensive use, they put together this review to help you make an informed decision about potentially purchasing this optic for your rifle.

Comparison Table - C-More Red Scope

What Is a C-More Red Do and How Does it Work?

Owned and operated by Vertu Corporation, C-More Systems is a United States-based firearms manufacturer and distributor of firearms and firearm accessories. Founded in Virginia in the early 1990s, C-More Systems has quickly become one of the premier firearm manufacturers in the world, largely due to the success of its various sights and red dot sights.

The C-More Red Dot sight lineup is now one of the most successful in the world. Known for their high-quality materials and excellent build quality, their firearm optics are meant to improve accuracy and shorten preparation time for everyone from novice shooters to veteran hunters.

The term “C-More Red Dot” refers to the red dot sights that C-More Systems manufacturers in the United States. Although no specific model is referenced when someone mentions “C-More Red Dot” optics, the most popular model on the market is the C-More Systems Railway.

Red Dot Sight

When we get asked about C-More Systems Red Dot sights, we often are also asked about the physics of red dot sight systems. Among the gun enthusiast community, as well as the public at large, there is considerable misunderstanding about how red dot optics work.

However, the answer is simpler than you may think. Red dot sights, including the C-More Red Dot sight, use a light-emitting diode (LED) to produce a red Aimpoint through the eyepiece. The Aimpoint appears in the form of a red dot that stays aligned with the center of the sight, no matter where the viewer’s eye is located.

Most red dot configurations involve a tilted spherical mirror within the device. This mirror reflects a red LED onto the sightline from the reflection point below. The light is coated with a dichroic filter so that only the red color spectrum is visible to the viewer. The LED device is usually exceptionally bright at a 650-700 nanometer wavelength.

The LED light that is produced by C-More Red Dot products is powered by a small lithium-ion battery. Since LED lights consume very little battery power, it is highly unlikely that an owner of a red dot sight system will ever have to replace the battery. Lastly, an aperture hole controls the size of the red dot that appears through the sightline.

What Makes C-More Red Dot Unique?

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One of the unique aspects of C-More Red Dot sights is the fact that they are universally applicable to any firearm. Virtually all C-More sights come with a variety of mounts for easy attachment to your firearm. Plus, many C-More sights are compatible with aftermarket mounting attachments, so you are guaranteed a proper fit no matter what gun you own.

Readers should note that, although they are universal sight attachments, C-More Red Dot sights are specifically marketed toward the following three firearms:

Additionally, C-More Railway Series sights are unique for their excellent performance metrics. For example, the Railway mount has a battery life of up to 1,500 hours of continuous use and is more compact than most other holographic sights (i.e., 4.8 inches long, compared to EOTech’s 5.6 inches).

We loved how the reticle on the C-More Red Dot sights can be manually adjusted. With the easy-to-use “Click Switch” setting, shooters can switch between the various dot sizes and intensity levels. This is a great perk to buying a C-More because veteran shooters and novices are unlikely to use the same intensity level.

Lastly, the objective lens inside C-More sights are a bit smaller than most rival brands. For example, EOTech typically relies on 30 x 23 mm lenses. By comparison, C-More uses a 29mm object lens which, in our opinion, provides a crisper and brighter image through the eyepiece.

Pricing

There are several C-More Red Dot products, and each of them is priced differently. Below, we will list the various C-More Red Dot products currently listed on the company’s official website and will include the price of each.

RTS2 Series

C-MORE Systems RTS2 3 MOA Red Dot Sight with Rail Mount, Black
  • Heads Up Display for Fastest Target Acquisition
  • Super Bright 3 MOA Red Dot with 10 Manual Brightness Settings
  • 1 MOA Click Adjustments for Windage and Elevation Featuring a Positive Locking Screw
  • Removable Battery Tray Eliminates Re-Zeroing When Changing Batteries
  • Removable Weaver/Picatinny Mount Included

The RTS2 is one of C-More’s flagship red dot sights. This device uses a CR2032 battery to power the LED sight and a 10-position push button for manual operation of the intensity settings. Plus, its yellow eyepiece makes for an attractive addition to any rifle or pistol. We also found that this device is significantly easier to mount than most other red dot sights.

The starting price for an RTS2 Series red dot sight with a rail mount is $$. This price includes the mount and the red dot sight, and additional mounting kits for Glocks and other firearms start at $ each.

Railway Series

C-MORE Systems Tactical Railway Red Dot Sight with Click Switch
  • Heads Up Display for Fastest Target Acquisition
  • Super Bright Red Dot with Adjustable Intensity and Interchangeable Dot Module
  • Infinite Adjustment for Windage and Elevation Featuring Positive Locking Screws
  • Aluminum Body, Click Intensity Switch (12 Positions = Off, 2 NV, 1 Low Light and 8 Day light)
  • Attaches to AR15 Style Flattop Rail, Iron Sight Co-Witness Capable

The Railway Series is the standard budget-minded red dot sight from C-More. This sight has a rail built into the device for easy installation to any rail mount or receiver. If your gun has a rail mount, this sight is guaranteed to snap on without any hassles (including rifles, handguns, revolvers, paintball guns, and even crossbows).

The standard polymer body Railway Series sight is priced a $$. If you feel like shelling out for an upgrade, you can purchase the aluminum body model for $. Tactical spacer kits of the Railway model cost $ apiece and the most expensive variant of the Railway series, the Tactical Railway Red Dot Sight (Aluminum) costs $$.

STS2 Series

C-MORE Systems STS2 Super Bright 6 MOA Red Dot Sight, Black
  • Heads Up Display for Fastest Target Acquisition
  • Super Bright 6 MOA Red Dot with 10 Manual Brightness Settings
  • 1 MOA Click Adjustments for Windage and Elevation Featuring a Positive Locking Screw
  • Removable Battery Tray Eliminates Re-Zeroing When Changing Batteries
  • Requires a C-MORE Mounting Kit (Sold Separately)

The latest addition to the C-More line up is the STS2 Series of red dot sights. Significantly smaller than the other C-More models, the STS2 is a compact solution for a lightweight, easy-to-use aiming experience. This is a fantastic all-purpose sight that is available in two different dot size modes.

The standard STS2 mini sight costs $$, with most additional mounting kits costing between $ and $ each. Although this option is not the best for budget-minded shoppers, it may prove to be frugal in the long run as the extended warranty on the STS2 Series is superior to many other C-More products.

Slide Ride Series

C-MORE Systems SlideRide Red Dot Sight with Click Switch
  • Heads Up Display for Fastest Target Acquisition
  • Super Bright Red Dot with Adjustable Intensity and Interchangeable Dot Module
  • Infinite Adjustment for Windage and Elevation Featuring Positive Locking Screws
  • Aluminum Body, Click Intensity Switch (12 Positions = Off, 2 NV, 1 Low Light and 8 Day light)
  • Direct Mounting for Custom/After Market Mounts and Glocks (requires C-MORE GAP Mounting Kit for Glocks)

The Slide Ride is one of C-MORE’s original sight products. The fact that it has lasted the test of time should say enough about this excellent sight. It has no mounting base attached to it, which allows for custom mounting configurations with aftermarket mounts. This feature makes the Slide Ride Series arguably the most customizable C-More red dot product.

The SlideRide Red Dot Sight with Polymer Body starts at $, making it one of the best budget-friendly options in the C-More line up. However, the aluminum body variant is priced a bit higher at $. For an additional $, you can receive the “Click Switch” edition for manual operation of intensity.

What Others Think

After scouring the web for hours gathering all the opinions we could find about C-More red dot sights, we concluded that this is a highly respected line of products. Every review we found had generally positive things to say about their products, with only a few questions raised about the durability of their polymer body sights.

Amazon Feedback

If you judge public perception of the C-More Red Dot by its Amazon reviews, you would be convinced that it is the perfect scope. This is because it has a 98% positive review rating on Amazon, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, which is an incredible feat for firearm peripherals. Typically, the best-selling firearm scopes average less than four stars.

Customer Testimonials

On numerous message boards and web forums dedicated to firearms we noticed overwhelmingly positive reviews. Multiple customers raved about how they “highly recommend” the C-MORE Red Dot sights, while others called them “brilliant” and “fantastic pieces of equipment.”

Overall, the impression that we received after reading customer testimonials and countless anecdotes was that the C-MORE Red Dot line of scopes and sights were reliable, easy to use, and well-priced. However, there is a healthy mix of fair criticisms as well. For example, some customers lodged complaints about the plastic editions and their lack of durability.

Although the durability issue was a common thread we noticed across several reviews, there were no scathing reviews anywhere we looked online. Even the harshest critics made sure they mentioned the various positive attributes of the product, such as the value received for the cost, and the pinpoint accuracy of the sightline.

How It Compares

Compared to rival scopes like Aimpoint and EOTech, C-More is regarded as a premium-quality manufacturer. Amazon reviews and other reviews we read online indicated that the C-More Railway and STS2 models are vastly superior to similarly-priced sights such as the EOTech XPS2-0 and EOTech 512 A65 holographic sights.

While EOTech sights are an excellent choice for ranges of 100 yards or less, our personal preference is that higher ranges in the 100-200-yard distances and above are better suited for C-More sights. Simply, C-More is the gold standard for precision at a distance and is more compact, lighter, and built with better materials than any similarly-priced product.

What We Think

Overall, our impression of all the C-More red dot products was positive from the moment we first took them out of their box. If you decide to splurge on the aluminum body models, you will notice right away that these products have been handcrafted with fine craftsmanship and delicate care.

These products won’t break on you after a few seasons of use and have a fantastic warranty and return policy for additional peace of mind. In our view, this makes the C-More line up unique, as most other brands offer less-than-stellar customer service which can be a real pain if you buy polymer-bodied products.

Ultimately, we highly recommend C-More Red Dot products. Not only are they excellent for short and medium distance shooting, but they are often multiple perks that you won’t find anywhere else at the same price point. To be able to manually adjust the MOA size of the red dots with a simple click of the finger is one of the reasons why we love C-More as much as we do.

If you love to shoot with pinpoint accuracy, and don’t like emptying your wallet in the process, we think you will love going with a Railway, Slide Ride, STS2, or RTS2 red dot sight from C-More. We expect to see many more great products created by C-More in the years ahead as they continue to leave their mark on the tactical industry.

Coupons and Deals

At present, there are no coupons or deals available online for C-More Red Dot sight products. However, we will update this page as necessary whenever we come across a sale or coupon code to help you save a few bucks off the checkout price.

Best 4x Scope: List Of Top 10 Picks And Buying Guide

Every long gun enthusiast needs a reliable 4x scope if they want to land the perfect shot. When it comes to shooting, there is nothing more important than accuracy. That is why our rifle experts put together this definitive list of the best 4x scope products on the market today.

Want to discover the best 4x scope for your rifle? In this article, our firearm professionals review the top optical sighting devices for rifles to get the best shot every time. Read on to discover which scopes are a bust, and which will ensure your aiming true when you pull the trigger.

Comparison Table - 4x Scopes

What is a 4x Scope?

Before listing our favorite 4x scope products on the market, it is important first to flesh out exactly what these products are. The 4x scope is a kind of telescopic lens, or scope, that magnifies objects in your gun’s crosshairs by four times. Having increased magnification makes targeting easier for the shooter, which results in greater accuracy.

Scopes are classified according to their optical magnification (i.e., 4x) and their objective lens diameter (i.e., 30 mm, 50 mm, etc.). The latter refers to the diameter of the lens within the scope; broadly, larger objective lenses result in more light entering the scope and thus a brighter image in the eyepiece. Shooters should select their lens diameter according to their individual purposes.

Although scopes once had an objective lens of 20 mm or smaller, it is now common to find much larger lenses on store shelves. Technological upgrades in lens technology have improved the state of scope magnification over the years, which is one of the reasons why target shooting is far more competitive than it once was in the early days of the sport.

How We Choose Our Ratings

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How do we plan on earning your loyalty? By providing the best scope and firearm reviews on the web. To do this, we promise never to accept financial compensation from product manufacturers or affiliate groups. We believe that doing otherwise would compromise our independence and our objectivity. We also believe that this is simply the right thing to do.

To produce the most accurate reviews, we always scrutinize our products from a multitude of angles. For example, we consider a wide variety of factors such as cost, shipping and handling, durability, build quality, materials used, warranty, return policy, and aesthetics. By doing this, we believe we arrive at the most holistic and bias-free content for our readers.

List of Best 4x Scopes

Without further ado, let’s get into the main purpose of today’s article. Below, we have ranked and reviewed our favorite 4x scopes. Each of the scopes enumerated below has been hand-tested by our experts and are among a list of several dozen products that we tested out over the past few weeks.

CVLIFE 4x32 Rifle Scope

CVLIFE 4x32 Compact Rifle Scope Crosshair Optics Hunting Gun Scope with 20mm Free Mounts
  • Magnification:4x;Objective Diameter: 1.26" (32mm); Eye Relief: 3.3" (83.82mm) Length: 7.48"(190mm);
  • With the fully coated optical glass, the rifle scope would give you a bright and high-contrast image.
  • Made of high-strength aluminum alloy and with its one-piece tube construction, the scope is definitely for greater strength and durability.
  • Inert gas purged, fog,shock, water proof, this scope can be used under any weather condition.
  • The length of the whole scope is 7.48" (190mm), which makes this compact scope suitable for quick moving and aiming.

The CVLIFE 4x32 Rifle Scope is among the best in the business on several counts. First, this scope is made of fine optical glass that you can tell is highly durable from the moment you peer through the eyepiece. The field of view is wide and crystal clear for a dead-on shot every time. Ultimately, our first impression of this scope was extremely positive.

Further, we love that this scope is made of aluminum alloy in one-piece tube construction. Too often we find that scopes are made from multiple connected pieces, which tend to come undone when you need them the most. However, this scope comes up big in the right moments thanks to its highly durable build, excellent material quality, and, of course, its unbeatable price.

TASCO Pronghorn 4x32 Reticle Scope

Tasco Pronghorn 3-9x 40mm 30/30 Reticle Riflescope
  • Quality optics with stunning HD clarity
  • 100% quality materials used and tested extensively
  • Beautiful design and durability built to last
  • 30/30 reticle
  • Magenta multi-layered fully coated optics increases light transmission for bright, clear images

The TASCO Pronghorn 4x32 Reticle Scope is one of our favorite budget-friendly rifle scopes. One thing that stood out immediately after taking this product out of the box was its magnificent aesthetics and build design. Compared to most other aluminum scopes, the TASCO Pronghorn is a marvel. However, looks unfortunately do not mean much in the world of shooting.

With a matte finish and a great one-year warranty with no questions asked, the TASCO Pronghorn makes for an excellent scope no matter what kind of shooting experience you have under your belt. However, we feel like the price point is a bit too high for what is an entry-level device and the eyepiece clarity could do with some improvements.

Ade Advanced Optics 4x32 Fixed Scope

Ade Advanced Optics 4x32 Fixed Power Green/blue/red Illuminated Reticle Compact Rifle Scope with Fiber Optic Tactical Sight and Weaver Slots
  • Magnification 4X Fixed , Objective Diameter - 32mm
  • Illuminated Red-Green-Blue Rapid Range Glass Etched Reticle
  • 100% Shock and Recoil Resistant, Nitrogen Filled, Shockproof, Fogproof, and Water Resistant
  • 6061 T6 Aircraft Grade Body
  • Six-inch total length, 30-millimeter tube diameter, 32-millimeter objective lens, and 3.5-inch eye relief

The Ade Advanced Optics 4x32 Fixed Scope is a beautiful tactical sight scope with an assortment of weaver slots for your convenience. This scope features a 3.5-inch relief for your eye and measures six inches in length, making it extremely compact and lightweight. Plus, this thing is built to last as it is made of 6061 T6 aircraft-grade metals.

Unlike most of its competitors, the Ade Advanced Optics scope has a brightly illuminated red-green-blue rapid range glass reticle for easy aiming and a great sightline. Additionally, this scope is 100% shockproof and resistant to water which makes it a fantastic choice for backcountry missions and tactical operations.

CVLIFE 4x32 Tactical Optic Scope

CVLIFE 4x32 Tactical Rifle Scope Red & Green &Blue Illuminated Reticle Scope with Fiber Optic Sight
  • Magnification power: 4x ,Objective lens: 32mm, Field of view(feet/100 yards): 36.6, Length(inches): 5.5
  • High performance optical scope with fiber optic sight for quick and accurate acquisition
  • Crisp image for accurate shooting. With the green multi-layer coated lenses, the tactical compact scope can shoot target fast and precisely with high light transmission and resolution
  • Glass etched reticle with tri-illuminations (green/red/ blue), 3 levels of brightness setting for each color allow shooters to find the perfect brightness needed for lighting and weather different conditions
  • Shock proof, recoil, fog resistance (nitrogen filled); high quality aluminum alloy in durable black matte finish

The CVLIFE 4x32 Tactical Optic Scope is set apart from its non-tactical counterpart for several key reasons. For one, this scope has a far lighter fiber optic build, which makes it fantastic for long hunting trips and backcountry excursions. Its lightweight build also happens to look a lot better and appear more compact than its non-tactical variant.

Ultimately, we were thrilled when we upgraded to the CVLIFE 4x32 tactical edition. This product is suitable for all-weather conditions and is resistant to water and fog which makes it a great choice if your vision might be impaired by natural elements. Once you hold this scope in your hands, you will realize why it is considered one of the best in its class.

Simmons 22 TruPlexReticle 4x32 Scope

Simmons .22 Mag TruPlexReticle Riflescope with Rings (Black Matte, 4x32-mm)
  • Waterproof, fog proof, shockproof and recoil proof
  • One-piece tube construction for lighter handling, greater strength and durability
  • Fully-coated, high-quality optical glass, for bright, sharp images and high contrast
  • Quick target acquisition eyepiece with plenty of eye relief to make acquiring targets a snap
  • Rimfire mounting rings included

Ranking among the finest fixed scopes on the market today, the Simmons 22 Mag TruPlexReticle Scope is a sleek and sharp-looking black matte optical scope appropriate for everyone from novice to veteran hunters. Made with the highest-quality glass, this scope features vivid contrast down the sightline for easy aiming and pinpoint accuracy.

In our experience, we were delighted by the Simmons 22 TruPlexReticle. This is because the scope is super lightweight, made of best-in-class materials, and has convenient rimfire rings that mount directly on top of the scope. For greater strength and a better shot every time, we recommend trusting the experts at Simmons with their latest TruPlexReticle series scope.

Bushnell Optics Drop Zone 223 Reticle Scope

Bushnell AR Optics, Drop Zone Reticle Riflescope with Target Turrets, Matte Black, 1-4x/24mm
  • 30mm tube dia
  • Drop zone reticle. Field of View (feet at 100 yard)- 90feet at 1X to 23ft at 4X
  • Fully multicoated optics
  • Fast-focus Eyepiece
  • Outstanding close-quarters accuracy, with a Drop Zone-223 BDC reticle for mid-range precision

The Bushnell Optics Drop Zone 223 Reticle Scope is a fantastic all-purpose scope with some of the best technical specifications to back it. Featuring Bushnell’s signature Drop Zone-223 ballistic reticle, this scope is calibrated for 55-62 grain and aiming points up to 500 yards away. Plus, the target turrets are adjusted for pinpoint precision up to half a mile in distance.

At 30mm tube diameter, the Bushnell Optics Drop Zone 223 is one of the best in its class. With a fast-focus eyepiece, we found that we were able to quickly lock onto our targets within one or two seconds and fire with perfect accuracy. With little rattle or recoil, this scope aims true with every shot and removes the need for shock absorbers or any added peripherals.

Nikon Buckmasters II 4-12x40 BDC Reticle

Nikon has proven that it is not only a camera lens company with the Buckmasters II 4-12x40 BDC Reticle Scope. This scope is made with the quality you would expect from a brand name like Nikon, featuring some of the best glass you will find in a rifle scope. The reticle in this product is extremely bright and allows for a perfect high-res image even when hunting at night.

Built with Nikon’s patented BDC reticle technology, the Nikon Buckmasters II is one of the best products on the market for advanced hunters and those looking to gain an edge in competition. Whether you are hunting at dusk or dawn, the Buckmasters II is a fine choice of scope at 4x magnification. To boot, it has all the same anti-shock and waterproof features as its rival scopes.

UTG 4-16x44 Scope

UTG 4-16X44 30mm Scope, AO, 36-color Mil-dot, w/ Rings
  • 30mm Tube with Best in Class Emerald Lens Coatings to Achieve Maximum Light Transmission for Best Clarity, Built on True Strength Platform, Completely Sealed and Nitrogen Filled, Shockproof, Fogproof and Rainproof
  • 4X to 16X Power with Quick Power Selector Ring Perfect for Target Acquisition and Zooming In, 1-Click Technology for Quick Access to Your Favorite Color and Brightness in Reticle
  • Field of View @ 100 yards: 24.4 feet - 6.8 feet. Innovative EZ-TAP Illumination Enhancing (IE) System with Red/Green in Dual-Color Mode and 36 Colors in Multi-Color Mode to Accommodate All Weather/Light Conditions
  • Premium Zero Lockable and Zero Resettable Target Turrets with Most Consistent and Precise 1/4 MOA per Click Adjustment, Side Wheel Adjustable Turret (SWAT) for Parallax Adjustment - From 10 Yards to Infinity
  • Mil-dot Range Estimating Reticle with Built-in Integral Sunshade for Most Optimal Aiming and Shooting Performance, Complete with UTG Max Strength Twist Lock Picatinny/Weaver Rings and High Quality Flip-open Lens Caps

The UTG 4-16x44 Scope is easily one of the better 30mm reticle scopes on the market for entry-level and novice shooters. This scope features a magnificent emerald lens and allows for maximum light transmission for a clear, dead-on shot every time you pull the trigger. Plus, the scope is rainproof and shock-proof for a reliable shot regardless of the weather at hand.

Overall, we were happy with our purchase of the UTG 4-16x44 Scope. As one of the best non-fixed optical lenses for rifles, it is a great product for learning how to aim with pinpoint accuracy at varying target distances. Plus, patented 1-Click technology and quick selector rings make readying the gun a breeze compared to similarly priced products on the market.

UUQ Prism 4x32 Reticle Scope

UUQ Prism 4x32 Red/Green/Blue Triple Illuminated Rapid Range Reticle Rifle Scope W/ Top Fiber Optic Sight and Weaver Slots (12 Month Warranty)
  • High performance optical scope with fiber optic sight, Manufactured Multi-coated optics, Illuminated Red-Green-Blue Rapid Range Glass Etched Reticle.
  • Magnification 4X Fixed , Objective Diameter - 32mm, Crystal Clear Fully Coated Prism Lens for Excellent Light Transmission and the Best Clarity.
  • Combat Ready Rapid Target Acquisition Glass Reticle with Range Finding & Ballistic, Precise 1/4 MOA Click Value for Windage and Elevation Adjustment.
  • Fit all 20 mm weaver and 3/8 inch dovetail rails , Durable all Metal Housing, with Dual - Layer Coated Lens.
  • Built on Proven Robust Platform. Completely Sealed and Nitrogen Filled, Shockproof, Fogproof and Rainproof.

The UUQ Prism 4x32 Reticle Scope is a formidable scope with one of the best warranties in the industry. Backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee Warranty over 12 months, the UUQ Prism is a great option for those who want a risk-free investment in a quality scope. Made of premium carbon fiber, this scope is also lightweight and easy to adjust and install.

Despite its great value, we were a little disappointed in the bulkiness of this scope. After installing on our gun, we found that it made our gun look wider and bit more unwieldy. In other words, we found that this scope is a bit ugly compared to similarly priced scopes on the market. Nonetheless, the UUQ Prism is a great option for budget-minded shooters.

UUQ 2.5-10x40 Rifle Scope

UUQ 2.5-10x40 Tactical Rifle Scope Dual Illuminated Mil-dot W/ Red Laser, Rail Mount and 4 Reticle Red/Green Dot Open Reflex Sight (12 Month Warranty)
  • UUQ 2.5-10 Magnification Rifle Scope with Red/Green illuminated Mil-dot Reticle and 40mm object lens.
  • Tubeless design with 33mm reflex lens aperture provides a wide field of view, suitable for normal and rapid-firing shooting of moving targets.
  • Tactical 4 Reticle Red/Green Dot Open Reflex Sight with Weaver-Picatinny Rail Mount for 20 mm Rails.
  • Integrated red laser sight, fully adjustable and independently controlled.
  • Multi-protection: Shockproof, Waterproof and Fogproof.

The UUQ 2.5-10x40 Rifle Scope is a reticle scope for intermediate to advanced shooters and hunters. This product features red and green illuminated mil-dot reticle crosshairs and a whopping 40mm objective lens for great accuracy for every shot. Plus, 20mm rail mounts back it easy to attach to any firearm you might own.

Our overall impression of this scope was overwhelmingly positive from the moment we first held it in our hands. This is a high-quality, durable, lightweight rifle scope that is meant for serious hunters and shooters. A tubeless design, this product will not attach even after years of wear and tends to outlast most other products in its price range.

Buyer's Guide

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A lot goes into buying the perfect 4x scope. There is a wealth of information that goes into sourcing the right brand and model and, honestly, it can become a little overwhelming—even for veteran shooters. To help you make an informed purchase without overloading you with information, we put together this quick point-form list of the top takeaways from today’s article.

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Point 1 

Look for the brand names you can trust, like Nikon, Vortex, Simmons, and CVLIFE

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Point 2 

Rainproof and fog-proof models are a must for backcountry shooters

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Point 3

Fiber optic scopes are superior to aluminum builds on almost all counts

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Point 4

Most rifle scopes have an objective lens diameter between 30 and 42mm

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Point 5

Seek out models with a 12-month warranty if possible

Brand Review: Vector Optics

For over a decade, Vector Optics built an optics business aimed at producing low cost but high-quality optics. Our first thought about cheap but good is skepticism. It's a natural reaction but misplaced in this instance. The manufacturer makes their products with aluminum alloy. They use a good quality glass as well. The mechanics, where applicable, are stable and don't loosen or lose it's zero through regular use.

We’ve looked at scopes and other optics in the past that cost more but performed poorly. The most common problem is low-quality glass. The scope gathers light poorly, and everything viewed through the scope is foggy.

The mechanics in cheaper scopes rarely stay tight or secure very long, even riding a few miles in the truck can jar them loose. Cheap scopes come with other issues, but lousy glass and loose mechanics are the most common.

Comparison Table

Product

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Omega Tactical 8 Reticle Red/Green Dot Sight with QD Mount EO Tech

TAC Vector Optics Omega 1x Tactical Reflex 8 Reticle Red Dot Sight Scope US Design in High End Quality fit for AR15 AK74 Color Black

SCOM-09 Grizzly 3-12x56 E Shooting Rifle Scope

TAC Vector Optics Grizzly 3-12x56 E Shooting Riflescope with Mount & Illuminated Mildot Reticle Color Black

SCRD-24RL Tomcat 1x22x33 Multi Reticles Red & Green Dot Sight with w/ Red Laser

TAC Vector Optics Tomcat 1x22x33 Red/Green Multi-Reticle Reflex Sight

SCRD-27GL Rayman 1x30 Red Dot Sight with Green Laser

product photo of Rayman 1x30 Red Dot Sight with Green Laser

RDSL01 VictOptics 1x18 Red Dot Reflex Sight

VictOptics 1x18 Red Dot Reflex Sight Hunting Scope

What Makes Vector Optics
Standout?

The first thing that jumps out when you look over their website is the warranty. Affordable scope varieties tend to come with very limited warranties. The Vector Optics warranty supports their products for five years. If it fails due to a defect, you get a new one. The warranty is excellent, but the 30-day money back guarantee adds another layer of confidence.

Most of you probably own or owned an economy scope at some point in time. The glass is crystal clear the first month you own it, but they get foggy or milky over time. They rarely hold zero very well, or they fit loosely on the rail.

Vector Optics come with good, clear glass, and they keep their zero well. Those two things are expected from expensive scopes, but we usually accept that an economy scope won't perform as well. That's just not true with Vector Optics; they are made well and made from quality materials.

It’s not exactly a quality that we consider a stand-out feature, but their selection of optics is vast. They have nearly every type of scope and magnification combo. While we mostly focused on scopes or similar optics in this review, there are several products beyond optics available from them, including:

  • Laser Sights
  • Pistol Sights
  • Scope Accessories
  • AR and AK Accessories
  • Grips and Bi-pods
  • Slings
  • Cleaning Accessories


Our Favorite Vector Optics
Products

Like we mentioned above, with so many optics to choose from, picking favorites proved difficult. We looked for optics that are popular but useful. Red and green dot sights plus reflex sights are among our favorite scopes overall.

They have a wide range of uses from home defense to competition shooting. In the end, we chose optics that are popular and got good reviews from customers. We didn't list these scopes in order.

Red and green dot sights improve target acquisition and help with overall grouping. This one built well with good glass and sharp reticles. It comes with eight options for reticles. That is about six more options than most of the red or green dot sights on the market. If you use a dot scope with any reticle other than a classic dot, they are fun, and some improve accuracy.

It uses a CR2032 battery or the rechargeable version of that battery. USB charging is available, but that doesn't seem like an option many of us care about in the end. You either remove the optic from your gun and charge it, or leave the weapon lying around while it recharges. Both methods of USB charging have drawbacks. Keeping extra CR2032 batteries on hand is the best option in this case.

This optic easily made our favorites list based on the information above and the price. Vector Optics offers it on their website or eBay for less than $. That's far less than any similar scope on the market, and you get eight reticles to boot. If you shoot in competitions that allow them, this sight will improve your accuracy and times.

This scope’s name is cool, but that’s the least of the reasons we added it to our favorites list. It sports eleven levels of illumination, and the coated glass is bright. The light transfer with this scope is on the level of scopes that costs four times as much. The glass and light transfer are the main reasons this scope made our favorites list.

It offers more than good glass and illumination. The 4-inch eye relief makes shooting at longer ranges a little more forgiving. The scope is perfect for close and long-range shots. It will perform great at 30 yards or 400 yards making it an excellent scope for hunting. So, at less than $ on their website, it’s a lot of scope for the money.

TAC Vector Optics Tomcat 1x22x33 Red/Green Multi-Reticle Reflex Sight
  • Reflex Sight
  • Mounts on any 20 mm Rail
  • Easy Installation
  • Rifle

This sight is a steal at $ on the Vector Optics website. Its lightweight frame won’t add weight to your gun, and it’s surprisingly durable for a sight that weighs almost nothing. It also comes with four different reticles and a red laser mounted on one side. This sight is a great accessory for a home defense gun or recreational shooting.

TAC Vector Optics Tomcat 1x22x33 Red/Green Multi-Reticle Reflex Sight
  • Reflex Sight
  • Mounts on any 20 mm Rail
  • Easy Installation
  • Rifle

This scope is an excellent scope for the price as well. It's less than $ on the website and comes with a green laser. Other than the price, we like this scope for its clarity and lightweight. Another big plus for us is the built-in lens covers open down instead of up. That's not a trivial feature to anyone that's broken a lens cover off on a tree or accidentally snagged it when moving the weapon.

VictOptics 1x18 Red Dot Reflex Sight Hunting Scope
  • 3MOA Dot Size Red Dot Sight
  • Mini Sight, w/ Weaver Mount, On/Off Switch
  • Design for Real Fire Caliber
  • Super-light & Compact, 6 Dot Intensity Levels, Cover

This great optic is a 3 MOA red dot sight. This sight is lightweight. You can barely feel it in your hand. It has the same good glass as the other scopes along with sturdy mechanical parts. It has the option for a mini sight and multiple illumination settings when needed.

The main reason we included this sight in our favorites list is the price. This sight is a high-quality product you can get for less than $. It's a great example of the affordability of these scopes.

Are They Expensive?

The sights we highlighted in this article are affordable by any definition. Even the more expensive sights are money savers compared to similar sights currently on the market. You get an optic made of aluminum with very few plastic parts or bushings.

The screws are well formed and won't strip if you're using the right tools. The glass is excellent with an excellent light transfer, and the reticles are bright enough for any light conditions you encounter.

Compared to scopes with the same features across the market, very few are as good as these scopes. Almost none of the scopes we found that matched the quality and features of these scopes were affordable. In most cases, scopes with the options we listed here are three to five times the cost of a scope from Vector Optics.

Hunting and recreational shooting sports are expensive for professionals and hobbyists. Optics, in some cases, cost more than the guns you're using. Vector Optic's scopes offer excellent quality and features at economy prices. That saves money you can turn around and spend on other accessories or more scopes at economy prices. It's a win either way in our book.

What do Customers Say

Customer comments about these scopes and other optics are favorable for the most part. Customers are happy with the quality of the materials used to make the scopes. They claim the glass is good the scopes they own hold their zero during regular use. Many customer comments we found praised Vector Optics for producing quality scopes and optics at low prices.

We found a few negative comments in our search, but nothing that screamed don't buy these scopes. We saw two comments complaining about some of the larger, long-range scopes that claimed the scopes weighed more than expected. Long range scopes are almost always a little heavier. They have more material in them and heavier glass.

We found a comment claiming the SCRD-05 Stinger 1x28 Red & Green Dot Scope did not hold its zero during regular use. Most of the remarks on this scope were positive, and the turrets didn't seem to be a widespread issue. It is likely the problem is owner related, or they just got a defective scope.

Defects are not uncommon among all optics manufacturers, but the five-year warranty on Vector Optics is ample warranty time to find any flaws.

hunting riffle scope

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The only other negative comments we found that seemed legitimate was about the lens covers on the SCRD-08 Chimaera 1x30 Green & Red Dot Sight. Two owners of that scope claimed the lens covers broke off a few weeks after they bought the scope.

This scope's lens covers come built-in to the body. Looking at an image of the scope, it seems like breaking them off would take a bit more force than regular use. That said, the scopes in question are probably defective, and the owners should look into the warranty.

Overall the company and its products get good reviews and comments from customers. That goes a long way toward helping you decide to purchase their products. If you look at the negative reviews plus the positive reviews and consider the negative reviews are likely user errors, these products are well made and work as expected.


Are They Better than their Competition?

This question is a hard question to answer. Each optics maker is better or worse on a few things when compared to their competitors. Vector Optics puts a lot of effort into quality while keeping their prices low. At their worst, they are about even with their competition. The glass and mechanical parts of any scope are the essential features.

Most optics makers try to use good glass, and they do a fair job of using mechanical parts that work well. Vector Optics is a little above their competition where glass is concerned and about even on mechanical parts. Vector Optics beats the competition on variety and selection. Their scopes also offer more reticle options than most other scopes and hold their zero better.

Our Opinion

man using a rifle

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We think you should give Vector Optics a try and see what you think. They offer a few reflex sights at prices below $, and a few lower than $. At those prices, you can buy three or four sights and test them yourself. You can take advantage of their 30-day money back guarantee to return any sights you don't want, or just keep them all. You can't have too many gun accessories.

In short, our opinion is favorable, and we think you should try out one the scopes we mentioned above or visit the Vector Optics website and find the scope that fits your needs and circumstances. You will be surprised by the vast selection and the low prices. Take a trip to your local gun shop or sporting goods store and ask them about Vector Optics.  

Conclusion

We spend a lot of money on gun accessories. If you can get a proper, reliable scope for a low price, then that means more money for ammo. That alone is reason enough to shop economy scopes. They make their scopes to last and perform reliably. We can't stress enough how important good glass is to optics along with light transfer, and they use good glass.

If you’re like more hunters or recreational shooters, a large part of your budget goes toward renting land, paying dues, travel, and several other expensive side effects of your lifestyle. Using economy scopes help take some of the weight off your budget. Compared to some Nikon scopes that cost over $$$, buying an economy scope saves enough money to fund a nice hunting trip.

Zooming In On Weapon Scopes And Sights To Help You Achieve A Clear Shot

 a view from a scope

View through the scope of an M-91: Image by Heather S. Gordon

Few things are more powerful than a warrior who knows his equipment inside and out. Knowing your weapon, though, is more than just practicing how to use the gun itself. weapon scopes and sights are essential to getting the perfect shot.

These days, weapon scopes and sights are so ubiquitous that even a halfway decent video game attempts to give players an accurate representation of these essential weapon parts. Yet painfully few weapons enthusiasts actually know in detail how they work.

soldier using scopes and sights

Your weapon itself, and all your training and practice with it, can only get you so far. The human eye limits the range of your weapon more than the weapon itself ever could, and the right weapon scopes and sights are essential to getting the shot you need.

That tiny speck that you can barely make out with your eyes pulls up close to you in perfect clarity through the power of your scope. That guesstimate your eyes make of what your weapon is trained on becomes a certainty in the crosshairs of your sight.

target on sight using scope crosshairs

A target seen through a scout sniper observation telescope as Marines with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Djibouti; Image by Cpl. Michael Petersheim via Flickr

Having the right weapon scopes and sights, the perfect accessories for them, and knowing how to use them, adjust them, and maintain them are essential skills for every warrior, hunter, or weapons enthusiast.

Scopes

bushnell tactical rimfire scope

Bushnell Tactical Rimfire Scope on Ruger 10/22; Image from Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) by Hunting Mark via Flickr

Scopes are mounted to the barrel of a weapon at approximately the midway point. They provide magnification so you can bring a far away target into close focus. They let you see both your gun’s sight and your target in a way that ensures you are lined up for the shot.

Types Of Scopes

There are many types of scopes available, and the right choice will depend on your weapon and your shooting conditions:

  • Variable or adjustable scope: you can change the magnification settings with this type
  • Fixed scope: you cannot change settings with this type of scope
  • Night vision scope: provides infrared illumination for dark conditions

How Do They Work?

parts of a scope

Parts of a scope; Original image adapted from Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic by Steyr Mannlicher via Wikimedia Commons

All weapons scopes use a series of lenses much like those you would find in a telescope or pair of binoculars. In fact, in the field, they make a passable substitute for binoculars when binoculars aren’t available.

These lenses magnify when you see through the scope. Your scope will also provide you some kind of reticle that shows where your shot is likely to go. We say “likely” because long-distance shots are affected by many things other than just your aim.

The reticle may look like crosshairs, various types of dots, a star, or a bullseye. The scope will also have a way for you to adjust the elevation, a mounting rail for putting it on your weapon, and often a cap to protect the adjustment and the end.

reticles vector of scopes

Types of reticles; Image by Jellocube27 via English Wikipedia

The user peers through one end of the scope, resting the reticle on the target. By adjusting the knobs, the user can center their scope on the target and adjust for various factors like wind, distance, and the way the bullet will drop in response to gravity.

A Short History

Scopes for magnifying a shooter’s target came into existence not long after the telescope was invented by Hans Lippershey in 1608.

Prior to this invention, all shooters used iron sights only, and these were so reliable that even a hundred years after the first scopes came out, the famous sniper Simo “White Death” Hayha thought they were inferior to sights.

simo hayha

Simo Hayha; Image from Finland Military Archives via Wikimedia Commons

The first scope, called a “telescopic rifle sight” was made in 1776. Unfortunately, it was an unmitigated failure. The recoil of the rifle shoved the scope back into the user’s eye, and the idea was abandoned for a while. Finally, in the 1830s, Morgan James made the first successful scope.

The First Snipers

Scopes produced a new kind of warrior: the sniper. The first snipers appeared during the Civil War, and their existence was almost based more upon the potential of the scope than actual performance. Everyone could see that the “telescopic sight” could do great things, but it would take a while before the potential became reality.

sharps rifle

United States Sharps rifle Model 1859, .52 caliber; Image by Division of the History of Technology, Armed Forces History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution via Wikimedia Commons

Snipers in the North mostly used Sharps rifle, which gave birth to the term “Sharpshooter.” Southern snipers used the British Whitworth rifle, which, when combined with a scope, was the most accurate rifle in existence and the true first modern sniper rifle.

World Wars

The sniper’s place in modern warfare and the value of the scope were well established by World War I. In that conflict, Germany dominated the sniper war with the finest rifles and scopes.

german sniper

German sniper laying on ground near barbed wire defenses; Image from Library of Congress via Picryl

By World War II, rifle scopes were highly developed and available to regular infantrymen, not just snipers. The two greatest scope improvements came from the United States and Germany. In the US, the Unertl Optical Company provided a scope that every soldier to put on an M40 rifle. It proved excellent 10x magnification.

The Germans, meanwhile, actually invited the world’s first night vision scope: the Zielgerät “Vampir” 1229. They put it on their Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifle, but it made no ultimate difference to their fate in the war.

soldier using vampir night scope

Vampir night scope tested by British soldier; Image from British Army via Wikimedia Commons

Today, modern infantries issue weapon scopes and sights to all their personnel, and many scopes have been upgraded to allow for easy target acquisition, standard night vision options, auto-aiming functions, and laser range-finders. Many of these are available for the weapon enthusiast, as well.

Sights

A weapon’s sights typically sit at the end of the barrel. They are designed to help the user visually align their weapon to the target. Some people consider a scope a type of sight: a telescopic sight. This is a legitimate way of thinking, but modern weapons tend to have both scopes and sights, making it essential to differentiate.

Types Of Sights

There are several types of sights available for weapons, even without considering scopes to be a subset of sights. Here are the most common:

  • Iron sights: can be single or located at both ends of the barrel
  • Peep sights: like iron sights, but the front sight stays fuzzy until perfectly aligned on target
  • Dot sights: project a dot or holograph onto the target
  • Laser sights: project a laser beam onto the target

How Do They Work?

Since there are different types of gun sights, each works slightly differently. To use simple iron sights come from the factory on nearly every weapon made. The simplest kinds feature nothing more than a simple bump or notch at the end, but most have “open sights.”

types of sights

A selection of open sights, and one aperture sight suitable for use with long eye relief, all using a 6'oclock hold: A) U-notch and post, B) Patridge, C) V-notch and post, D) express, E) U-notch and bead, F) V-notch and bead, G) trapezoid, H) en:ghost ring. The gray dot represents the target; Image from Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported by Fluzwup via Wikimedia Commons

Open sights offer an aperture at the back end of the barrel and a notch or bump at the front. The user lines these up to make sure the weapon is aimed correctly. Peep sights work similarly, but they help the shooter get alignment more quickly by keeping things fuzzy until they are.

Dot sights are the most common these days, and they make shooting a breeze. The dot, crosshair, or other aiming point displays across the shooter’s view. There is no need to align the sights, and the image always stays on target.

soldier looking  on scope for pop up target

Staff Sergeant Sally McCabe sights on pop-up targets; Image from U.S. Air Force by Tech. Sgt. Justin D. Pyle

A Short History

The first guns were ridiculously inaccurate. These 14th-century nightmares didn’t need sights because there was no reason for them: aiming the gun made hardly any difference. All you could do was point it in the general direction of your enemy and hope for the best.

Bead Sights

By the mid-15th century, firearm accuracy was finally good enough that the first bead sights were added to the muzzles. By the 16th century, people had realized that adding a rear sight made the whole thing more accurate. They had also learned to bring the front sight in just a bit, as leaving it at the extreme edge of the barrel made it vulnerable to being knocked and jolted.

Innovations

The next step was making these sights adjustable and providing markings on rifle barrels so shooters could adjust them quickly. It was the Turks who invented the peep sight, and they had a fascinating innovation. They drilled several holes on top of one another, each one designed to be used at a different distance.

Their system was so good that it remained in use until the 1800s. In that century, fully adjustable sights were invented, allowing a user to have just one peephole and move notches around to adjust for distance.

Modern Sights

heckler and koch mp5 pdw galaxy with eotech 551

Heckler & Koch MP5 PDW Galaxy w/ Eotech 551; Image from Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International, 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic, and 1.0 Generic by Neevsky via Wikimedia Commons

These came into use during the early 20th century and were used extensively in World War II. These sights use a small reflecting glass to project the aiming point for the shooter. In the late 1990s, holographic sights used the reflective idea and improved upon it by using photography rather than reflection: which did away with any distortion.

Laser sights are highly accurate but are the least-used of all the weapon scopes and sights available. That is because they are really more show than substance. They tend to fool the unwary shooter into assuming aim is true because they can see a dot. Unfortunately, the laser cannot factor in distance, wind changes, or movement by the target.

Terms You Need To Know

An article like this cannot cover every single term related to weapon scopes and sights; however, there are some that every weapons enthusiast should be aware of.

Adjustable Objective

On a scope, this is the dial at the end or knob on the left side. Use it adjust the scope’s parallax to the approximate distance of your target.

Bullet Drop Compensation

Gravity is a thing, and bullet drop compensation is the act of accounting for it. The instant your bullet leaves the barrel, it will begin its inevitable descent towards the ground. The farther away the target is, the more the bullet will drop as it travels. This means an accurate shooter needs to raise their weapon a certain amount to compensate for varying distances. Good weapon scopes and sights help you compensate.

Click

One click refers to one notch of adjustment in a scope’s elevation. Typically, once click will change the scope’s impact point by 100 yards.

Eye Relief

This is the distance your eye needs to be from the end of a scope in order to still see it completely.

Magnification (or Power)

target on sight through the scope

Image by U.S. Marine Corps via Wikimedia Commons

This tells you how powerful your scope is. Magnification is expressed with a number and the letter “x.” A 10x scope shows you things ten times closer than looking with your naked eye.

Parallax

This term refers to the apparent position of your scope’s reticle on the target. Most scopes allow you to adjust this by 100 or 150 yards at a time. If the target and your reticle are not on the same focal plane, the reticle will not fix on the target.

Parallax Compensation

Not necessary for shooting at ranges under about 250 yards, parallax compensation becomes increasingly important the longer distance you shoot. Use the adjustable objective to move the reticle around until the target becomes clear. You’ve adjusted correctly when you can move your eye around, and the reticle does not move off the target.

Twilight Factor

Refers to how accurate a rifle scope is when there is little light. The higher the twilight factor, the more light the scope allows in and the more accurate it will be in low light conditions.

Weapon Scopes And Sights Accessories

There’s almost nothing you can’t get online these days, and that includes an array of accessories to improve your experience with weapon scopes and sights. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the most useful for the average shooter.

Scope Cover

A scope cover is the perfect way to protect your scope from moisture, dirt, or knicks and knocks. The ideal cover goes on and off easily and is made of a stretchy material.

Scope Mounting Kit

If you use more than one scope on your weapon, you will want your own mounting kit to make it easy to take off one scope and put on another. Look for a kit that comes with a leveling tool, a lapping bar handle, a thread lock, gunsmithing screwdriver bits, and a torque screwdriver.

Sight Magnifier

sight scope magnifier

If you have a dot sight, you may want a bit of magnification without the bulk and inconvenience of fitting a whole scope. A sight magnifier gives you around 3x magnification in a small attachment that locks into place quickly and easily.

Lens Pen

This is a handy little tool that allows you to wipe off debris or fingerprints from your scope or lenses without having to fiddle with cleaning compound or worry about scratches. It carries a cleaning compound within it and is shaped like a pen.

Lens Cap

Most scopes will come with a cap on the end to protect it, but if yours doesn’t, or if you’ve lost or damaged the one you have, get another. A lens cap is essential to keep your scope in good working order.

Wind Meter

There are several types of wind meters, and they all do basically the same job. They give you an accurate estimate of the strength of any crosswind so you can shoot more accurately over long distances.

Clip-On Night Vision Adaptor

night vision scope

Night vision; Image from CC BY 3.0 by David Kitson via Wikipedia

If you don’t want to buy a separate night vision scope, you can use a night vision adaptor. These will go on your weapon’s rail and transform your existing scope into one that can see in the dark.

How To Mount Your Scope

Your rifle scope is one of the most expensive items you’ll buy for your weapon. No matter how much money you spend on your scope, it will be useless if it hasn’t been properly mounted. You can get a gunsmith to do this for you, but there’s no reason you can’t learn to do it yourself.

Tools

  • Gunsmithing screwdriver
  • Gunsmithing screw bits
  • Gun cradle
  • Rosin
  • Electrical tape
  • Scope level
  • Gun-safe cleaner
  • Dowel rods

Important Prep

Fortunately, the vast majority of modern rifles are already drilled and tapped to hold scopes, or they come with mountain attachments. This means it’s increasingly possible for the average gun owners to install weapon scopes and sights on their own. It also means it’s crucial to make sure your mounting system fits your rifle.

The next preparatory step is to clean everything carefully. Wipe it all down and make sure it’s dry. Apply a little oil or a rust preventative to the mounting rail.

Where to Mount

Most professionals recommend that you put the scope as low as possible without touching the barrel. Make sure there’s enough clearance at the eyepiece for the bolt to move freely.

The scope bases and rings usually attach with socket heads. Secure just the lower half of the rings for now. As you secure them, make sure your fit is even and stable by tightening the screws alternately.

If the socket system rotates, don’t use the scope to pivot the ring around. Use the dowel rods to do the pivoting. If you want to make sure things never move, you can even add a drop or two of Loctite.

Align Your Reticle

The bottom half of the scope mounting rings should be secured at this point. Put in your scope and then put on the top half of the rings and tighten just enough that you can rotate the scope and move it around.

With your gun cradle holding the scope perfectly level, move the scope around until the reticle is perfectly aligned both horizontally and vertically. Make sure that the scope is far enough forward that your eye is safe, but that you still have good eye relief.

Tighten It Down

marine holding a gun with a scope

Once you’re sure everything is level (use the scope level to double check), tighten down the screws on the top half of the rings. As before, alternate tightening the screws, so everything sits evenly.

Now you’re ready to do some test fires at the range to site-in your rifle.

How To Replace Your Rifle Sights

Replacing iron rifle sights is a bit trickier than mounting a scope. There’s no shame in getting a gunsmith to do this for you if you want to put on different sights. If you’re determined to do it yourself, check out this helpful video to get tips for doing it right.

If you want to add a red dot or reflective sight to your rifle, you’re in luck: these are relatively easy to install. Once again, seeing how to do it is the best way to do it right when it comes to sights.

What To Consider When Buying Scopes

Buying a rifle scope can be a difficult and complicated proposition. There are literally hundreds of choices for nearly any modern rifle, and plenty even for older models. Knowing the terminology and what to look for will help you choose the right scope for your needs.

Scope Number Reading

scope number reading

Scopes come labeled with numbers separated by an “x.” The first number tells you the magnification factor of the scope. If you see two numbers to the left of the “x” separated by a dash, this means you can adjust the magnification.

The number to the right of the “x” tells you the diameter of the scope lens that is farther forward. The measurement is in millimeters.

Choosing Magnification

The magnification of your scope matters. Let’s say you use your rifle for deer hunting in the forest. If you have a scope that gives you 32x magnification, you’re going to find it impossible to see through all the undergrowth and brush to make out anything.

But, let’s say your favorite activity with your rifle is long-distance target shooting. If you’ve only got a 3x rifle, you’re never going to do very well. Scope magnification has to match your intended activity.

looking through the scope with soldier target on sight

Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan (May 21, 2004) - A Special Reaction Team (SRT) member looks through the scope of a sniper rifle to help enlarge targets; Image by Cpl. Ryan Walker via Wikimedia Commons

Basically, scope magnifications between 3x and 9x will make it easy for you to track a moving target and shoot quickly and intuitively. Anything over 16x is going to be large, heavy, and perfect for target shooting. If you want to have options, you can get a variable power scope.

The only problem with variable scopes is that they are significantly more expensive than scopes without this feature. They also tend to be a bit more susceptible to breakage due to the delicate moving parts that allow them to change magnification.

Choosing Scope Diameter

The important thing about the diameter of the scope’s lens boils down to light. The larger the lens, the more light the lens allows in. The scope needs ambient light to transmit the image to your eye, but the scope’s reflective lenses lose some of the light as the image makes the journey.

This means that the image you see through the scope will always be dimmer than it really is. In bright, blazing sunlight this doesn’t matter in the slightest; in fact, in really bright conditions it can be helpful. But at twilight, in the rain, or in other low light conditions, this can seriously compromise your view.

man holding a rifle hunting at sunset

The larger the lens diameter, the brighter and clearer the image will be. In most cases, the more magnification a scope has, the larger the lens diameter will be.

So, do you want to just get the biggest possible lens? Not necessarily. The larger the lens, the heavier it is. The larger the lens diameter, the higher above the barrel it has to be mounted. If the scope is mounted too high, it may make it difficult for you to put your cheek in the right place, compromising your shots.

You can always buy a cheek-riser to compensate, but in many cases, your best bet may be to get a slightly smaller one scope and either add a night vision attachment or switch over to a night vision scope when you know you’ll be shooting in low light.

Choosing a Reticle Pattern

There are a lot of possible reticle patterns to choose from. In most situations, the final choice is just up to your personal preference. However, there are two things worth knowing.

First, mildot reticles have small dots in the center of the crosshairs, and you can use these to tell how far away a target is, so long as you know the target’s size. The dots also make it easier to adjust for wind changes or elevation rises or drops. This is the standard for more snipers.

Second, a BDC reticle is very useful if you need to shoot at targets over a variety of ranges quickly. The “BDC” stands for “bullet drop compensator.” These work well, but once you start shooting over 500 yards, they become less accurate.

Parallax Adjustment

Cheaper scopes usually can’t adjust to compensate for parallax. They are typically designed to offer no parallax at 100 yards. Anything significantly more or less than this and the scope won’t perform very well.

If the scope magnifies at 12x or beyond, you’ll want to make sure it comes with parallax correction.

Focal Plane Positions

Scopes come in either First Focal Plane (FFP) or Second Focal Plane (SFP) designs. Most modern scopes use the SFP reticle arrangement. Basically, this means the reticle you see through the scope will stay the same size no matter how you change the magnification. This is really useful if you will be changing magnification a lot and need the same consistent view no matter what power you’re using.

FFP designs make the reticle scale up and down as you adjust the magnification. The upside of this is that you can be sure your markings are accurate at varying distances. The downside is that the reticle can get a bit hard to see at lower magnifications. FFP designs are best when you know you’ll always be using high magnification.

Scope Prices

Scopes can be very pricey. Budget scopes will cost $200 or less, while the most expensive models can easily run over $3,000. The more money you pay, the more range you get, the more choices you’ll have in terms of reticles, and the better parallax adjustment will be.

price versus value

If you have the chance to test out some scopes on some buddies’ rifles or at your favorite range, go for it. In most cases, and as with most things, you do get what you pay for. However, it’s definitely not necessary to drop thousands of dollars just to get a serviceable, durable, useful scope.

What To Consider When Buying Sights

Iron Sights

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Rear iron sight; Image from Kinkify via Wikimedia Commons

The most common type of sight, iron sights, are the typical factory default for guns. This isn’t a very precise type of sight, especially if you only have one sight at the end of the barrel; but in some cases, they work really well. Shotguns are a great example of a weapon that really doesn’t need a lot of fancy sites.

hand holding a pistol

Pistols also work well with double iron sights, one in the front and one in the rear, though in most cases their effective range is only about 50m. Simple iron and peep sights will also be problematic for you if you have poor eyesight or don’t have time to put in a lot of practice.

Laser Sights

Laser Sights are cool, and they can be very useful for a new gun owner. They can help you get a sense of what you’re doing; however laser sights can actually be bad for experienced users. As mentioned above, it is tempting to rely so much on the laser that you neglect important steps in your development a weapons expert.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that laser sights give away your position when you’re in the dark. This is something to consider if you have a gun for home defense or for hunting.

Reflector Sights

soldier looking through the sights on his m16a4

Lance Corporal Jeromy S. Pilon looks through the sights on his M16A4 in Fallujah, Iraq; Image by Lance Corporal Miguel A. Carrasco Jr. via Wikimedia Commons

Reflector sights are most often used by the military and law enforcement in weapons designed for short range fights. They allow the user to shoot quickly and accurately and can be adjusted for daytime and nighttime use.

You can put reflector sights on a hunting weapon, but in most cases, it won’t be your best tool. Additionally, you need to be aware that moving the sight lever—either on purpose or by accident—means you have to re-sight the weapon.

Maintenance

Weapon scopes and sights require basic cleaning to keep them in good shape. For iron sights, cleaning is a snap. Simply wipe them down with a gun-safe cleaner on occasion.

For scopes, the situation is a bit more complex. Fortunately, modern scopes usually come with coatings that protect the lenses from scratches, but eventually, even the fanciest and most expensively coated lens will need to be cleaned.

What Not to Do

Whatever you do, please don’t use the tail of your shirt, some scratchy old napkin you found in your truck glove compartment, or any kind of ordinary spray cleaner on your scope. Even shirts and cloth that feel very soft to you are going to scratch the coating of your lenses.

As for those spray cleaners, unless they’re purpose-made for the job, they are liable to actually degrade the coating. Never ever use Windex, we’re begging you!

Preventing Problems

The best way to keep your lenses clean is to use lens caps and covers. Whether your gun is being stored or you have it with you but aren’t actively using it, keep the scope protected.

gun cleaners

When you clean the rest of the rifle, keep the cap and cover on your scope: the powerful cleaners that are suitable for the rest of the weapon will destroy your scope lenses over time.

How to Clean Effectively

Here are the steps to properly cleaning your scope:

  1. Get a special lens brush designed for the job
  2. Make sure that lens brush is totally clean
  3. Get a polishing tool: either a lens brush with polish or a polishing microfiber cloth
  4. Get a special liquid scope lens cleaner
  5. With the lens to be cleaned facing down, blow on it to get rid of most of the dust
  6. Lightly brush the lens with the lens brush
  7. For stubborn spots, slightly retract the brush bristles to make them tighter
  8. Polish the lens using a circular motion
  9. Apply lens cleaner if necessary to get rid of stubborn stains

Tips And Tricks

rifle in the field

You want to get the most out of your weapon scopes and sights, so here are some tips to help you make the right choice for your needs.

Match Your Scope to Your Rifle

If you’ve paid a lot of money for your rifle, don’t compromise your ability to use it by saving money on the scope. An amazing rifle demands an amazing and precise aiming device to allow you to get the most out of it.

Use the Right Reticle

A fancy reticle that lest you adjust for elevation and wind could be awesome: but if you don’t really need it you’re just paying money for nothing. If you just want to aim at shorter distances, don’t splash out for a tactical reticle you’ll never get around to using.

Don’t Skimp on the Mount

If you’ve paid a lot of money for a quality scope, the last thing you want to do is mount it to your rifle with a cheap bit of plastic. A strong mount doesn’t have to cost a lot: it just needs to be made of quality material.

fn fal rifle stanag scope mount

FN FAL rifle STANAG scope mount; Image from Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported by WoozleSPB (Sedov K.B.) via Wikimedia Commons

Always Be Level

It is impossible to overstate how important it is that your scope be perfectly level. Even if your reticle is a bit off, that won’t matter terribly if the scope is level. All you have to do is slightly adjust. It’s worth investing in a level device if you do a lot of shooting.

Troubleshooting

When you feel like you should be making your shots but the bullets never hit the target, it’s really frustrating. Here are some troubleshooting tips to consider:

scopes and sights troubleshooting

Bottom Line

In many ways, your rifle is only as good as the sights you use; especially if you’re shooting over distance. A great scope, meanwhile, can improve the accuracy of even an average rifle. Choosing the right weapon scopes and sights means knowing yourself, knowing your weapon, and knowing what your typical shooting conditions will be.

rifles with scopes attached lined up on the ground

Tactical Operations Command, Federal Police Department; Image from Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) by André Gustavo Stumpf via Flickr

If you’re a beginner, however, remember that practice is the most important thing. Even the most expensive scope on the market can’t make up for a lack of skill; and in the end, having a weapon is no good if you don’t know how to use it effectively.

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Redfield Revolution Scopes: Features, Reviews, And Comparisons

Over one hundred years ago John Redfield had the vision to create the best rifle optics around. Today, his vision is still being pursued in Oregon near his hometown.

While the Redfield company has been merged with Leupold & Stevens, Inc., the company still manufactures and produces the Redfield Revolution line of scopes to the exacting standards set forth by Mr. Redfield himself.

While the Redfield name and optics are manufactured and built all over the world, including China, Taiwan, and Mexico, the Revolution scopes are built, by hand, right in Oregon, USA.

What Are Redfield Revolution Scopes and How do They Work?

a woman sitting beside her hunting dog and aiming her rifle by looking through the scope

Redfield is the brand name; Revolution is the line. The rifle scopes are mountable optics for rifles and long barrel guns that increase visibility, sight lines, and aim. With the right scope, the hunter can see his target and take it down with a precise shot.

Revolution scopes come in various sizes and abilities. The entire line is built in the USA and is one of the few that still start and complete production in the United States borders.

Redfield scopes are designed with features and attributes that few other scopes can compare with. The initial design by John Redfield over 100 years ago was meant to give all hunters and riflemen a leg up in the hunting world.

Designed to be affordable for any budget and work under extreme conditions, the Revolution line of scopes was born.

Now, over 100 years later, the Revolution scopes are seen as a benchmark of excellence, craftsmanship, reliability, and durability.

There are four Revolution scopes in the line up:

  • Revolution 2-7x33mm

Redfield Revolution 2-7x33mm Riflescope withAccu-Range Reticle, Matte Black
  • Versatile 2x-7x magnification range has you covered in almost all situations
  • Excellent light transmission due to outstanding lens quality, especially for "colder" colors that dominate the critical time near dusk and dawn
  • Fully waterproof and shockproof for reliable use out in the field
  • 65 MOA of windage and elevation adjustment; 1/4 MOA per click

  • Revolution 3-9x40mm

Redfield Revolution 3-9x40mm Riflescope with Accu-Range Reticle, Matte Black
  • Resettable stainless steel finger-click Accu-Trac adjustments
  • Accu-Range reticle combines long-range precision with ease of target acquisition
  • Waterproof, fog proof and shock proof for a lifetime of field use
  • Rapid Target Acquisition (RTA) eyepiece helps you align your eye with the eyepiece faster
  • Premium lenses with cutting edge vapor-deposition coatings offer best-in-class light transmission in the critical low-light/blue wavelengths most common when game is active

  • Revolution 3-9x50mm

Redfield Revolution 3-9x50mm Riflescope with Accu-Range Reticle, Matte Black
  • Resettable stainless steel finger-click Accu-Trac adjustments
  • Accu-Range reticle combines long-range precision with ease of target acquisition
  • Waterproof, fog proof and shock proof for a lifetime of field use
  • Rapid Target Acquisition (RTA) eyepiece helps you align your eye with the eyepiece faster
  • Premium lenses with cutting edge vapor-deposition coatings offer best-in-class light transmission in the critical low-light/blue wavelengths most common when game is active

  • Revolution 4-12x40mm

Redfield Revolution 4-12x40mm Riflescope with Accu-Range Reticle, Matte Black
  • Magnification: 4-12x, Objective lens: 40mm, Main tube diameter: 1"
  • Accu-Range reticle: Circle-crosshair pattern with secondary aiming point for bullet drop compensation
  • Eye relief: 3.7-4.9", Multicoated Illuminator Lens System
  • 1/4 MOA impact point correction, Accu-Trac finger-adjustable turret, Rapid Target Acquisition eyepiece with lockable setting
  • Weight: 13.1 oz, Nitrogen-filled for fogproof and waterproof performance

Each scope has a distinct purpose and mounts depending on what you are shooting. All the scopes are designed to fit most rifles. Leupold & Stevens, Inc. provides rings and bases for virtually any long barrel, 1-inch main tube diameter mounts and barrels that have a mounting space along the main barrel between 4.8 and 5.6 inches.

The 2 7x33mm scope is designed for hunting in short range areas where the sight may be darker, either through thick brush or dark trees and dense cover.

The 3-9x40mm scope is the general “all-around” scope. It has the best mixture of high-end and low-end magnification and can be used for most short and mid-range shots in any conditions.

The 3-9x50mm scope has the most light-gathering abilities and is designed for and relied upon by hunters who prefer the early morning or dusk hunting times.

The 4 12x40mm has huge magnification and is meant for those that hunt long range in open areas. With this scope, you can zero in on prey up to 600 meters in the distance.

John Redfield had a vision of bringing no-nonsense optics to the public. He did so with the Revolution line, which continues to this day.

What Makes Revolution Scopes Unique?

a rifle with a scope lying on top of a long firearm bag

Redfield Revolution scopes bring together world-class attributes that set them apart from almost every other scope on the market. Let’s take a look at what makes them different.

Construction

Each scope is made from 6061 T-6 aluminum. This gives the scopes a superior light weight and rugged durability. It also makes the scopes easier to zero in and maintain their sighting throughout the most abusive and prolonged use.

Redfield ILS

The Illuminated Lens System (ILS) is a Redfield design to allow the scope lens to absorb the most amount of light possible, making each shot through the lens, clear and crisp.

100 Percent Water and Fog Proof

The scopes main tubes are all vacuum purged with nitrogen. When they are sealed they create a waterproof and fog proof lens tube no matter what conditions you end up shooting in. The lenses will never fog, grow dark, accumulate moisture or be subjected to interior water damage.

Extreme Testing

Every scope is subjected to a series of brutal testing procedures to ensure that when you unbox the scope, it will perform as expected. Shockproof, easy to sight, simple to mount and ready to go virtually out of the box. With a quick zeroing in at the range, you will be ready to hit the trail in no time.

Reticles

a man looking through the rifle scope as he aim his rifle to his target

When you peer through the scope, the reticle should be easily seen and draw your eye to the center of the lens quickly. With Redfield scopes, you have a choice of three reticles. You will have to choose which reticle you want before ordering, as each one is made as needed.

The Accu-Range reticle is the most popular crosshair in the Revolution line. It offers a bold mark just above the center to draw the eye through the lens fast and steady.

The center mark is designed to be sighted at 200 yards for most loads. Following this then the lower marks correspond to 300 yards. The dot below the 300-yard sight represents 400 yards, and the bottom post is for 500 yards.

This will, of course, depend on the weight of your load and the type of shot, but as a general sighting rule, 200 yards center line should be followed for the most accurate and easily sighted optics.

The 4-Plex is another popular choice, which is designed to not have as many distractions in the optics. It offers bold posts that draw your eye to the center and hairline crosshairs for measuring the shot.

Sighting a 4-Plex is a little more difficult than the Accu-Range, but for those hunters that prefer less clutter in their sights, the choice is the 4-Plex view.

The TAC-MOA reticle is only available on the Revolution 3-9x40mm scope. It offers tactical elevation and windage adjustments. Each line represents 2 minutes of angle (MOA) and provides a far more accurate shot when used from 50 to 300 yards or more.

Pricing

When choosing the right scope for you, a budget will come into play at some point. As it stands, the four scope types, with the two reticle choices (or the TAC for the 3-9x40mm) are priced within ten to 20 dollars of each other.

The Accu-Range reticle, with the bullet drop compensation (BDC), is slightly more expensive than the less obtrusive 4-Plex. You should keep this in mind when choosing your reticle before purchase.

You can find the Revolution 2-7x33mm in the price range of $170 to $180 depending on the reticle chosen.

For the Revolution 3-9x40mm, depending on the reticle, you can expect to pay between $185 and $200.

The Revolution 3-9x50mm scope will have a price range of about $200 to $200 while the Revolution 4-12x40mm will run you between $225 and $245.

Public Perception

The Redfield Revolution scopes have received rave reviews from as far back as 1907 when the first one was made. In today’s digital age it is even easier to find reviews, reports, and accolades for the scopes.

What is difficult to find are complaints. Every scope, when researched online or in store, has over a 95 percent satisfaction rating with 90 percent of consumers willing (and eager) to recommend them to friends and family.

What about that 5 percent though? The most common complaint is about mounting. The bases and rings are suitable for most rifles, but not all. If the mounting tube isn’t one-inch in diameter, you may have problems with the mounting.

The second most complained about issue was the lack of end caps for the lenses. If this is going to be a problem for you, you can purchase caps from Leupold directly that will fit snug and secure.

Other than those two issues, there isn’t much more to complain about. The glowing recommendations and reviews from actual users and buyers are astounding. A near perfect scope, with easy mounts, three reticles, and the Redfield ILS, you are sure to be happy with your purchase.

What about the warranty? Leupold has you covered. Since 1907, the Revolution scopes have come with a lifetime warranty, or as they call it “The No-Excuses Full Lifetime Warranty.”

If ever anything goes wrong, it will be replaced, no fuss, no questions, no excuses. The only caveat is that the warranty is non-transferable, meaning if you buy the scope, the warranty is for you and you alone. If you end up selling it to someone else, the warranty is voided.

How It Compares

You will be hard-pressed to find another scope that offers what the Revolution line of scopes offers. With an unsurpassed warranty, 100 percent waterproof and fog proof tube and four options of magnification to choose from, the Revolution is heads above the competition.

For similar style, quality and dependable scopes in the same price range, nothing really compares. Sure you can find a less expensive model with the same magnification power, but it won’t have the Revolution’s ILS, shockproof design or lightweight, and low profile.

What We Think

We try to be as objective as possible, but find it difficult to find a better option for mid-range scopes that are better than the Redfield Revolution.

The four options of magnification and the additional options of reticles, make the line up hard to beat. There are a few very small issues that come up from time to time with the scopes though. Some mountings make it difficult to get the scope properly on your barrel.

There are, however, third parties that have rings and bases that can make it work, you will just have to do a little more research.

You may also find that the lack of end caps to be a bit off-putting. If that is the case, you can shop through Leupold to find caps that fit just fine. When you open the box, you will see you only receive the scope itself and a user’s guide.

The rings and bases will need to be purchased separately, though they are fairly inexpensive and picking the right ones for your rifle are essential to a proper mount.

Coupons and Deals

As of this writing, there are no posted or announced deals through the website or third party vendors.

If you are looking to save a little money, you can try looking for used scopes on sites like eBay or Amazon. You should note, that while the scopes may be in great condition when purchased new, the lifetime warranty does not transfer over to you.

If you purchase a used or second-hand scope, there shouldn’t be any issues unless the scope was mistreated by the original owner. However, should something go wrong after you make the purchase, it won’t be covered.

In Conclusion

a rifle setup with a scope and bipod lying next to a camouflage backpack

If you are looking for a new scope, whether you are a seasoned hunter or heading out for the first time, the Redfield scopes should be at the top of your list.

It doesn’t matter if you hunt elk, moose or squirrels, there is a Revolution scope for you. With four models to choose from, your choices will easily match your needs. If you prefer to hunt long range in the wide-open countryside, the 4-12x40mm would fit you nicely.

If you are unsure what you need, the well-rounded 3-9x40mm is easy to mount, simple to zero and offers a crisp, clear view with as much lighting brought in as possible.

The other two options are great for low light situations such as dawn or dusk hunting and in areas where visibility may be hindered by darker backdrops.

Don’t forget to choose your reticle, either. The Accu-Range offers a BDC that has become the standard for most models on the market today. If you prefer to have less optics clutter in your sights, the 4-Plex offers thin crosshairs and bold posts to draw your eye to the center quickly.

Whatever your needs the Revolution has you covered.

Redfield Revolution 2-7x33mm Riflescope withAccu-Range Reticle, Matte Black
  • Versatile 2x-7x magnification range has you covered in almost all situations
  • Excellent light transmission due to outstanding lens quality, especially for "colder" colors that dominate the critical time near dusk and dawn
  • Fully waterproof and shockproof for reliable use out in the field
  • 65 MOA of windage and elevation adjustment; 1/4 MOA per click
Redfield Revolution 3-9x40mm Riflescope with Accu-Range Reticle, Matte Black
  • Resettable stainless steel finger-click Accu-Trac adjustments
  • Accu-Range reticle combines long-range precision with ease of target acquisition
  • Waterproof, fog proof and shock proof for a lifetime of field use
  • Rapid Target Acquisition (RTA) eyepiece helps you align your eye with the eyepiece faster
  • Premium lenses with cutting edge vapor-deposition coatings offer best-in-class light transmission in the critical low-light/blue wavelengths most common when game is active
Redfield Revolution 3-9x50mm Riflescope with Accu-Range Reticle, Matte Black
  • Resettable stainless steel finger-click Accu-Trac adjustments
  • Accu-Range reticle combines long-range precision with ease of target acquisition
  • Waterproof, fog proof and shock proof for a lifetime of field use
  • Rapid Target Acquisition (RTA) eyepiece helps you align your eye with the eyepiece faster
  • Premium lenses with cutting edge vapor-deposition coatings offer best-in-class light transmission in the critical low-light/blue wavelengths most common when game is active
Redfield Revolution 4-12x40mm Riflescope with Accu-Range Reticle, Matte Black
  • Magnification: 4-12x, Objective lens: 40mm, Main tube diameter: 1"
  • Accu-Range reticle: Circle-crosshair pattern with secondary aiming point for bullet drop compensation
  • Eye relief: 3.7-4.9", Multicoated Illuminator Lens System
  • 1/4 MOA impact point correction, Accu-Trac finger-adjustable turret, Rapid Target Acquisition eyepiece with lockable setting
  • Weight: 13.1 oz, Nitrogen-filled for fogproof and waterproof performance

Sig Sauer Scopes Brand Review: Everything You Need To Know

Did you know that Sig Sauer makes optics and other accessories? The brand offers a diverse selection of hunting and tactical scopes that combine quality optics with technology. Here is everything you need to know about Sig Sauer scopes.

Brand Review: Sig Sauer Scopes

Sig Sauer is a brand that is primarily known for making firearms. However, this brand also has an interesting selection of accessories. If you are in the market for a hunting or tactical scope, Sig Sauer scopes could be an excellent choice due to their high-quality optics and accuracy.

An Overview Of Sig Sauer Scopes

Sig Sauer offers traditional hunting scopes, tactical scopes, and a line of electro-optics products with groundbreaking innovations. You can use an app to enter ballistic information about your ammunition and have your scope automatically adjust.

Not all the scopes are equipped with this feature. The traditional hunting and tactical scopes stand out thanks to the glass quality, accuracy, and precision of the controls.

Here are the different product lines offered by this brand

Hunting Scopes

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Sig Sauer offers two collections of traditional hunting scopes called the Whiskey3 and Whiskey5 scopes. The Sierra3BDX collection features the electro-optics technology.

Each collection features different optics configurations. You can also choose from different reticles to personalize your scope.

Whiskey3 And Whiskey5 Scopes

The Whiskey3 collection is a series of second focal plane hunting scopes. These scopes feature a fast focus eyepiece to help you find your target. The sturdy design is a plus for hunting, and the capped windage and elevation controls are easy to adjust.

The lens coating delivers excellent image quality and will reduce reflection. Some of the scopes are more versatile than others. The 2-7x32mm model is suitable for medium and long-range shooting, while the 4-12x40mm model is a better choice for long-range shooting.

The Whiskey5 collection features a different optics system. This HDX optics system is designed to deliver optimal performance in low-light settings. The coating of the lenses is different, and the scopes have additional features such as reticle illumination.

The reticles used are different from the ones you will find on the Whiskey3 scopes. The reticles are still in the second focal plane, but they are much smaller since the Whiskey5 scopes are designed for long and extended range shooting.

The field of view is wider compared to the Whiskey3 scopes. The most performing Whiskey5 scope is the 5-25x52mm model. If you want a scope designed to lock on your target quickly, we recommend the 1-5x20mm since this scope has an extended field of view.

The Whiskey5 scopes also feature an anti-cant technology to correct the level of your firearm. The Whiskey3 scopes don’t have this feature.

Sierra3BDX Scopes

These scopes feature the Ballistic Data Xchange system that allows you to input a ballistic profile on an app to have your scope automatically adjust to the ammunition you are using. The app will also use data from your environment to determine where the holdover dot should be.

These scopes also feature the anti-cant technology discussed above and stand out thanks to the quality of the lens coating.

They are also equipped with a sensor that tracks kinetic energy from the game you hunt. You can use the app to set up a certain level and have the scope alert you when the kinetic energy of a target drops below a certain level.

The Sierra3BDX scopes are packed with interesting features that bring tech to hunting. There are very affordable options like the 3.5-10x42mm model and more performing scopes like the 6.5-20x52mm model.

The drawback of this collection is that there aren’t many reticles to choose from.

Tactical Scopes

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Sig Sauer scopes are an excellent choice if you want a high-quality tactical scope. The brand offers two lines of products, the Tango4 and Tango6 scopes. These two collections are designed for MSR/AR and bolt action firearms.

The Tango4 and Tango6 scopes are available in several optics configurations. You will also be able to choose from different reticles, including configurations like a horseshoe dots for the Tango6, which isn’t something most brands offer.

The quality of the controls stands out for these tactical scopes. You can make 0.1MRAD adjustments. The tactical turrets deserve a special mention.

The reticle is located in the first focal plane. There are different features that improve visibility in low-light settings, and the illumination feature is motion activated to preserve battery life.

The Tango4 and Tango6 scopes have similar features, but the zoom ratio is different. The Tango4 collection features a 1:4 zoom ratio and is designed for mid and long-range use. The Tango6 has a zoom ratio of 1:6.

There are more reticle options available for the Tango6 scopes, and you will notice that the price is higher.

Spotting Scopes

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Sig Sauer also offers two compact handheld scopes. You can choose from a 6-12x25mm and a 10-20x30mm model.

These handheld scopes are an interesting addition to a riflescope. They are equipped with a stabilizer system so you can get a clear image when you use high magnification power. These scopes are designed to be held and adjusted with one hand rather than mounted on a tripod.

What Makes Sig Sauer Scopes Unique?

Sig Sauer scopes are unique because of the combination of high-quality optics and advanced technology. We should also talk about the rugged and durable designs that make these scopes an excellent investment.

The combination of high-quality optics and technology is interesting because manufacturers will typically choose to focus on one area. The BDX feature is unique and could improve your hunting experiences.

We also like that there is a wide selection of optics configurations and reticles for each model. Finding the right fit for your needs and preferences should be easy.

Sig Sauer offers first and second focal plane scopes. A first focal plane scope is ideal if you are shooting at unknown distances and need precise results with the reticle. The second focal plane scopes made by Sig Sauer is a good option for hunting since there are features that will help you assess the distance of your target.

These scopes are an excellent value because the brand constantly looks for ways to add features that will make the scopes more versatile. You can use Sig Sauer scopes with a wide range of firearms and ammunition, and these scopes are ideal in many different settings.

We also think these scopes are ideal for a wide range of budgets. The Tango4 and Whiskey3 collections have some very affordable scopes. The Sierra3BDX collection also includes some affordable scopes equipped with advanced technology.

Sig Sauer also offers more expensive high-end scopes if you are looking for something with a more impressive performance or want a long-range scope.

Overall, the quality of the optics, lens coating, controls, and image quality make these scopes an excellent value.

Pricing

Pricing varies in function of the scope collection you are interested in. The magnification power will also impact the price of a scope.

Here are the price ranges of the different Sig Sauer collections:

  • Whiskey3 scopes range from $220 to $400.
  • You will have to spend between $950 and $1,500 for a Whiskey5 scope.
  • The Sierra3BDX collection includes prices ranging from $500 to $800. You can get a scope bundled with a laser range finder if you are ready to spend more.
  • The Tango4 collection costs between $700 and $1,200.
  • A Tango6 scope will cost between $1,600 and $3,000.

Public Perception

We found a lot of reviews that were somewhat skeptical of these scopes at first. Sig Sauer is known for making firearms, and most people have doubts regarding whether or not the brand can also make high-quality optics.

Overall, people are pleasantly surprised with these scopes and impressed by the quality of the optics. The quality of the glass, lens coating, and image clarity are often mentioned in reviews.

Most people are also impressed by the knobs and other controls. The markings on the turrets are especially useful since they help people keep track of the current settings that are selected. People love how the turrets safely lock into place and don’t move.

The advanced technology built into these scopes also gets positive responses. People love the anti-cant system and the BDX technology. Some reviews say the BDX technology takes some getting used to, but this feature is interesting to use even though not everyone will need it.

The reticles are another positive point. People say the markings are very easy to understand and the reticles don’t hide targets.

The negative points that are mentioned include the weight and size of the scopes. Packing a scope with features and technology increases the weight. The weight of a scope with high magnification power will also be heavier.

Pay attention to the specs of the scopes you are interested in to get an accurate idea of the size and weight of the product.

How Do Sig Sauer Scopes Compare To Other Products?

We compared Sig Sauer scopes to two other brands.

Vortex Optics

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The Diamondback scopes made by Vortex Optics are worth considering if you are looking for high-quality scopes.

These scopes are available in a wide range of optics and reticle configuration. We think the Diamondback scopes would be an interesting alternative if you are looking for something you can use for medium, long or extended range hunting.

The Diamondback HP scopes are pricier, but these products have additional features that improve image quality in low-light settings. There is an emphasis on image resolution and color fidelity. Sig Sauer products deliver excellent image quality but won’t improve colors as much as the Diamondback HP scopes in low-light settings.

The sturdy construction of the Diamondback scopes is also worth mentioning. These scopes are ideal if you have a firearm with recoil or if you want a sturdy scope that will last for years.

The prices are slightly more affordable than for Sig Sauer products, and the weight and size of these scopes tend to be smaller.

However, you won’t find the same advanced tech features as what Sig Sauer offers, and the reticle selection is much smaller.

ATN Scopes

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We think ATN scopes are worth looking at if you are interested in advanced tech features. This brand focuses on digital features that transform your hunting experience.

Some of the scopes are designed to be used at nighttime and feature thermal sensors. Some of the scopes allow you to record and stream video. The built-in rangefinder and ballistic calculator features are the most interesting use of technology.

The downside of ATN scopes is the limited selection of magnification specs and reticles.

What We Think

Sig Sauer optics are an excellent choice if you want a performing hunting or tactical scope. We like the advanced tech features, but keep in mind that Sig Sauer also offers more traditional scopes if you don’t think you will need these features.

The quality of the optics and image clarity stand out. So does the precision of the controls. We think these scopes are an excellent fit in a wide range of scenarios. These products are a good choice for novice and experienced users since the controls are very intuitive.

Finding a scope in your price range should be easy since Sig Sauer offers several models in each collection. This is a brand we highly recommend, and we think one of these scopes will last for several years. Sig Sauer also offers a comprehensive lifetime warranty on its products, but we don’t think you will ever need it.

Coupons And Deals

Sig Sauer currently offers a free custom turret when you purchase a Whiskey or Tango scope. This is a precision turret that is designed to provide accurate controls for the type of ammunition you use.

You have the possibility to purchase additional custom turrets for your scope. Getting a free turret adds to the value of the scope and will help you get more accurate results.

Sig Sauer is an excellent choice for hunting and tactical scopes. The brand has a very interesting and diverse selection of products, and we like how quality optics are combined with advanced technology to transform your experience.

An In-Depth Brand Review Of Mueller Scopes: Buyer’s Guide

Mueller is a brand that is well-known for making quality scopes. These products stand out because of their accuracy and affordable prices. Mueller presents its products as an alternative to expensive high-end optics. Do these scopes deliver on this promise?

An Overview Of Mueller Scopes

Mueller

Mueller offers some of the best riflescopes in the $200 price range. The brand has an interesting selection of features and optics configuration. Here are the different product lines made by Mueller.

Mueller Target Rifle Scope, Black, 8-32 x 44mm
  • Eye relief of 4
  • Tube size of 30 millimeters. Fast-focus eyepiece
  • Magnification of 8-32x;"Mildot Reticle" (accurate milling based on 10x)
  • 44 millimeter objective. Windage/elevation adjustment range: 40 inches at 100 yards; over-all

​Side Focus Scopes

Hammers Long Range Side Focus Side Parallex Adjustment Rifle Scope 8-32X56B MilDot Reticle with Bubble Level
  • Easy to reach side focus wheel for qucik parallex adjustment
  • Small bubble level right beneath the illuminated MilDot reticle
  • Range finding capability with MilDot reticle at 10x power setting
  • 30mm Tube Size and ample 56mm objective lens
  • A great long range target scope ready for use with included heavy duty rings

These scopes are named after the side focus parallax adjustment feature. Placing this control on the side of the scope is more convenient if you use your rifle in a situation where you would have to adjust the magnification and parallax constantly.

The exposed target turrets make the controls more accessible. These scopes stand out due to the fine crosshair and the 1/8” target dot that won’t cover your target when you use the scope for long-range shooting.

Mueller offers a fixed 40x56 scope as well as a variable 8-32x44 model with the side focus feature.

Eradicator

Predator Tactics Eradicator Predator & Hog Red/Green Light Kit (97414)
  • Solid rifle tripod mounting system - securely attaches to Pica tinny rails and Nat rails
  • Aluminum alloy matte finish - built in rubber & spiked feet - flip lever leg locks - load bearing center column hook
  • 17. 5 inch minimum height, 60 inch max height without center column extended, 70 inch max height with center column extended
  • 26 pound Max Load, 26 inch Folded Length, 360° Rotation
  • Package includes: Deadeye tripod, Deadeye billhead, Deadeye rail adapter, digital camo padded nylon carry case

The Eradicator is a variable scope with a magnification power of 8.5 to 25x. This is the best Mueller scope for long-range shooting with its high magnification and illuminated micro-dot.

The reticle is designed with long-range shooting in mind and the micro-dot, and fine crosshair reticle won’t hide the target. The micro-dot covers less than 1” at 200 yards.

​Speed Shot Scope

Mueller Speed Shot Rifle Scope, Black, 1-4 x 24mm
  • Eye relief of 3.5
  • Tube size of 30 millimeters
  • Magnification of 1-4x
  • 24 millimeter objective

The Speed Shot scope has lower magnification with its 1-4x24 specs, but this scope is designed for versatility. It features ½ MOA adjustments and an illumination system with 11 different settings, so you can quickly adjust the scope and take a series of shots.

The illumination features work in daylight, and the scope also comes with fast focus features so you never miss an opportunity.

​AO Tactical Scopes

Firefield Tactical AO Riflescope
  • Red/green illuminated mil-dot reticle
  • Second focal plane reticle
  • Multi-coated optics

These Mueller scopes come with different magnification powers. They are ideal for low-light conditions thanks to their 11 brightness settings and the mil-dot reticle is designed to give you a very accurate idea of how far the target is, even at long range.

There are three different AO Tactical scopes with specs of 4-16x50, 4.5-14x40, and 8.5-25x44.

​Sport Dot

Mueller AO Sport Dot Rifle Scope, Black, 4-16 x 50mm
  • Eye relief of 3.25
  • Tube size of 1 inch
  • Magnification of 4-16x
  • 50 millimeter objective

These Mueller scopes include a 4-16x50, 3-9x40, and a 3-10x44 model. The Sport Dot scopes are designed for big game hunting.

The sturdy design makes these scopes ideal for handling recoil, and the lenses have a special coating to improve contrast and brightness. The micro-dot reticle allows you to get a precise aim.

The fingerprint turrets are also worth mentioning since they allow you to adjust elevation and windage with precision.

​Multi-Shot Scope

Benjamin BTAP25SX Armada PCP Powered Multi-Shot Bolt Action 25 Cal Hunting Air Rifle with M-LOK Interface & Bipod
  • Modular, versatile design
  • Backwards compatible with Mil-Spec AR-15 grips and stocks
  • Machined receiver featuring 5 inches of Picatinny rail space
  • Delivers up to 16 consistent shots per fill. Barrel Type : Rifled/Shrouded/Choked
  • Bolt action is reversible

The Multi-Shot scope is a very versatile product. Mueller offers a 2-7x32 model that is compatible with any firearm.

This scope stands out because of its multi-purpose reticle. The reticle includes a crosshair as well as an outer circle. The circler will cover 15” at 40 yards if you select the 2x magnification setting.

The outer circle is an interesting feature because you can use it to aim with a dense pattern or use it as a rangefinder and bullet drop compensator.

​Mueller APV Scopes

Mueller APV AO Rifle Scope, Black, 4.5-14 x 40mm
  • Fully multi-coated camera-quality crystal lenses for superior brightness and contrast Large diameter ocular lens for wider field of view
  • All-weather, high-torque power change ring Exit pupil range: 8.8 - 2.8 mm Fast-focus eyebel
  • 1/4-inch windage and elevation adjustments with audible click stops and full target turrets Overall length: 13.75 inches 30mm tube construction with matte black finish to minimize glare
  • Nitrogen-filled, water-proof, fog-proof and shock-proof Minimum Parallax setting 10yds
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

The All-Purpose Variable scopes sold by Mueller are affordable and designed for small caliber rifles. You can choose from a 6-18x44 model, a 4.5-14x40 scope, or a 2-7x32 scope.

These scopes stand out with their wide field of view, the clarity of the optics, and the capped fingertip turrets. The 4.5-14x40 model delivers a field of view that ranges from 27 to 9’ at 100 yards.

The Hybrid scope is probably the best value of the Mueller product line. It is a versatile scope with specs of 3-9x40.

It stands out thanks to the brightness and contrast of the lenses. The lightweight design is another plus. The scope comes with a fine crosshair reticle and low-profile turrets.

The Hybrid scope is interesting because it has more eye relief than other Mueller scopes at 4.25.”

What Makes Mueller Scopes Unique?

Mueller is a brand that stands out due to the quality of its optics. It is difficult to find scopes in the same price range that deliver the same quality and features.

All the scopes mentioned above can be found in the $150 to $250 price range. Mueller offers a wide selection of affordable riflescopes, and a lot of these scopes are designed to be versatile.

Most scopes made by Mueller have different optics configurations to choose from, and a few of the scopes are designed for a specific scenario such as long-range hunting or big game hunting.

The quality of the optics is unmatched in this price range. The lenses are treated with several layers of coating that improve visibility, brightness, and colors.

Most of the scopes are one-piece scopes for durability. Reducing the number of moving parts of the scopes also helps with quality and durability.

The reticles are also worth mentioning. These scopes come with extremely accurate reticles with fine crosshair sights to avoid covering too much of the target. This might not be an issue when shooting at close or mid-range, but the fine crosshairs or small dots are an advantage when shooting at long range.

We should also mention the quality of the controls. The turrets and other controls make it easy to adjust different features and make these scopes very accessible, even for beginners. Most people also say that getting used to the reticles didn’t take them very long.

We like the fact that the brand releases new scopes on a regular basis. There is an effort made to improve the optics and features of the products, and each new generation of scopes includes several improvements.

Overall, Mueller scopes are sturdy, reliable, and affordable. The brand has an excellent reputation and offers a lifetime warranty on its products if you purchase them through the official Mueller website.

Pricing

These scopes are available in the $150 to $250 price range. Here are a few prices to give you an idea of how much these scopes cost:

  • The Mueller 2-7x32 Multi-Shot scope costs around $150.
  • You can get a Mueller 8.5025x44 AO Tactical scope for $170.
  • The Mueller 4-16x50 AO Sport Dot is available for $225.
  • The more expensive Mueller 8.5-25x50 AO Eradicator will cost you $250.

Other retailers offer similar prices for these products.

​Public Perception

These scopes have received excellent reviews. People think Mueller products are a good value for the money. The scopes are very durable, and a majority of shoppers are happy with their purchase.

Reviews talk about the range of magnification being impressive and about the controls being easy to use. People love the performance at long range and think the glass quality is good for the price.

One of the major advantages of these scopes is that the settings hold very well. The controls are intuitive, and these scopes are very versatile. People are using these scopes with a wide range of firearms in many different settings.

A lot of reviews also mention the illumination and clarity of the image and the fine crosshair reticles. Most people found that the scopes handled recoil well.

A few negative points are mentioned in some reviews. The most common drawback mentioned in reviews is that the optics quality wasn’t as good as expected. Mueller delivers high-quality optics for the $200 price range, but these scopes are no match for high-end optics.

It is important to have realistic expectations for these riflescopes. If possible, test different scopes to get an idea of what to expect from a scope in this price range so you won’t be disappointed.

Some people didn’t like the turrets and magnification rings. They felt they were unable to get precise adjustments with these controls or didn’t like the way the controls felt. It would be best to try out one of these scopes to see how the controls feel to you and make sure they won’t impact your experience.

Overall, the reviews are positive, and people feel the scopes are a good value for the money. However, it is important to keep in mind that these scopes don’t deliver the same kind of optics quality as you would get with a scope in the $1,000 price range.

​How Do These Products Compare To Other Scopes?

We compared these scopes to a few other products made by other brands to give you more options to consider.

​Nikon Scopes

Nikon is a well-known optics manufacturer. If you are looking for a reliable and performing scope, the Varmint/Predator, Monarch or the Buckmasters II scopes are worth considering.

The Varmint/Predator scopes are made for hunting and come with a wide range of features. The Buckmasters II scopes are designed for long-range hunting, and the Monarch scopes are a more versatile alternative.

These scopes are interesting because of the high-quality lens coating. If the optics performance of the Mueller scopes doesn’t meet your expectations, a Nikon scope might be a better choice. Note the Nikon offers a wider selection of features and optics configurations compared to Mueller.

The Buckmasters II scopes are similar to Mueller scopes since you get one of these scopes for $150. However, you will have to spend between $300 and $600 for the other scopes mentioned.

Bushnell is another optics brand known for quality and durability. If you are looking for an alternative to Mueller products, the Bushnell Engage scope is worth looking at. You might also be interested in the Trophy and Elite scopes.

The Bushnell Engage comes in nine different optics configurations. The MOA windage and elevation adjustments aren’t as precise as on the scopes made by Mueller, but the quality of the optics makes the Bushnell Engage stand out.

The Bushnell Engage costs around $300, but you can find scopes under $200 in the Trophy line of products.

Leupold is better-known for its line of high-end scopes, but the brand also offers more affordable optics. You can get the VX Freedom 3-9x40 scope in the $250 price range, even though the magnification power doesn’t match what Mueller offers.

Leupold scopes stand out as some of the best optics on the market. You can expect high-quality optics and durability. The brand has an excellent selection of products, but most of these scopes are available in a higher price range.

If you are ready to spend more on a riflescope and want something that is specifically designed for high-end tactical shooting or long-range hunting, Leupold is worth considering.

​What We Think

Mueller is one of the best brands in the $150 to $250 price range. It is difficult to find scopes with better optics in this price range.

We like this brand because there is a good selection of products and most of the scopes are designed to be very versatile, which makes them a good value. You can use any of these scopes for hunting or long-range shooting and get good results.

We also think Mueller offers an interesting selection of magnification ranges. A lot of the scopes are available with different optics configurations so you can find the right product for your needs.

The quality of the optics is mentioned in some negative reviews, but these scopes deliver excellent optics for the price range. The multi-coated lenses improve visibility, colors, and brightness. The precision of the controls and reticles are another advantage of these scopes.

These scopes won’t meet everyone’s expectations. You should try a few different riflescopes to get a better idea of the kind of optics performance you can get in different price range to determine if these products would be a good fit for you.

Mueller is an excellent choice if you are looking for an affordable scope. The brand offers a great selection of scopes with different features and magnification ranges. You can expect excellent optics for the price, accessible controls, and accuracy in a wide range of settings.

7 Best Rifle Scopes for 300 Yards

Finding the best rifle scope for 300 yards isn’t always an easy task. There’s quite a few options out there for long range scopes. But that wealth of options is in itself a large issue. 

Most reviews focus on getting shots with as much distance as possible. This review will examine every criteria to find the best scopes for 300 yards.

Benefits of Using a Rifle Scope

There are several advantages to using a rifle scope. Due to their recent surge in popularity, many rifle users are wondering what benefits come with using a rifle scope. First and foremost, rifle scopes improve the shooting experience by offering range. When shooting with a standard rifle without a scope, users may not be comfortable with shooting from farther distances. This leads many hunters to get dangerously close to their targets. Rifle scopes offer a series of long-range optics and reticles that provide shooters with a better understanding of range.

Improved accuracy is another major advantage to using rifle scopes. Without these devices, rifle users are limited to the accuracy of their naked eye. This is a poor marker when shooting from far away. Rifle scopes help to magnify and focus the target, making it much easier to hit accurately. This increase in accuracy will help to save time, energy and bullets.

Many rifle owners invest in scoreboards or participate in shooting competitions. Rifle scopes are a great way to improve those scoreboards and win competitions. It's important to use every tool to gain an advantage. Rifle scopes are perhaps the most effective add-on to a rifle to improve shooting in a competition or for personal improvement.

Another great advantage that comes with using rifle scopes is the ability to increase shooting distance. Shooting and hunting is more than just about hitting targets. This activity is also about overcoming challenges and self-improvement. User's can greatly improve their shooting capabilities by gradually increasing the distance at which they shoot. A rifle scope makes this gradual improvement possible. One of the more superficial benefits of having a rifle scope is aesthetics. Rifles look more complete and cool with a scope mounted on top. 

How it Works

With their small size and simple function, rifle scopes are quite easy to mount and use properly. A majority of rifles will have a series of ridges on the top to which additional devices can be mounted. Rifle scopes attach to this part of the gun with locking screws and brackets. Once the brackets of the scope are placed over the series of ridges, the screws can be tightened to hold the scope still. The external anatomy of a scope is rather simple. It is a metal tube with pieces of glass on either end. There is a knob on the top of the scope that allows shooters to adjust the view for clarity.

The internal workings of a scope are a bit more complex. There are a series of lenses that help to magnify and focus on the target. An object lens is located in the front of the scope and allows light into the barrel. This provides the necessary illumination for the scope to work. Their is an ocular lens located closer to the shooter that allows the human eye to register the images. In between these two lenses is a device known as the erector tube. This tube helps to concentrate the visuals within the scope and contains the magnifying lens. This lens can be moved closer or farther away from the front lens to change the magnification of the target. This erector tube also houses the cross-hairs, reticles and other visual markers. 

Important Factors to Consider 

When purchasing a rifle scope, there are a few important factors to consider. Before deciding on what kind of rifle scope to buy, shooters must inspect their rifle compatibility. Rifles are only compatible with certain size scopes. These dimensions can be found on the top of most rifles.

The required range is another factor to consider when purchasing a rifle scope. These scopes vary widely in their range ability. Some scopes can see hundreds of yards while others are very limited. Rifle users will differ on their needed range depending on their shooting style and what animals are hunting.

Price is perhaps the most important factor to consider for rifle users. While all quality rifle scopes will be pricey, there is still a variety of different costs. Setting a budget before shopping for a new scope can help narrow down the list of possible choices.

Below is a review of our favorite rifle scopes and what we recommend.