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.

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Price

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.

Top 7 Best Shotgun Scopes

Accessories designed for shotguns are a relatively small market. However, more hunters are starting to see the advantages of equipping their shotgun with a scope, and more brands are now offering scopes designed for these firearms. Here is what you need to know about shotgun scopes.

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How We Chose Our Ratings

We looked for the best optics accessories made for shotguns and assigned ratings according to these different criteria:

  • Optics quality: We looked at the quality of the glass, the sharpness of the image, and at the lens coating to assess optics quality.
  • Brand: We selected scopes from well-known brands that make sturdy scopes with quality optics and comprehensive warranties.
  • Versatility: We think a versatile scope is a better value. We looked at the magnification range and other features to determine which scopes are the best value.
  • Other features: We looked at other features that will impact your experience when using a scope, such as brightness, controls, or the reticle.

Top Seven Best Shotgun Scopes

These are the seven shotgun scopes we recommend.

​Tasco World Class Bantam
Shotgun Scope 1.5-4.5x32mm 
Pro-Shot Reticle Matte

Tasco World Class 1.5-4.5x32mm, Matte PS Reticle Riflescope
  • Quality optics with stunning HD clarity
  • 100% quality materials used and tested extensively
  • Beautiful design and durability built to last
  • Compact scope designed for rifle, shotgun and black powder hunting in thick brush or heavy timber
  • 1.5-4.5x magnification and 32mm objective lens

We recommend this scope because of the affordable price range. This is a $ shotgun scope with a sturdy design and a lifetime warranty.

The scope is an excellent investment since you can use it on any shotgun thanks to the 4” eye relief. You can also use the scope on a rifle. This is a resistant product designed to handle shocks and recoil.

The 1.4 MOA adjustments should give you all the precision you need for a shotgun, and the lens coating delivers excellent image quality for the price range.

The 1.5 to 4.5x magnification is ideal for most hunting scenarios. The Pro-Shot reticle should also be mentioned. The reticle is located in the second focal plane and features a circle and a fine crosshair. The field of view ranges from 58 to 17’ at 100 yards.

The only downside of this scope is that there are no zero stops on the turrets.


Nikon ProStaff Shotgun Hunter 2-7x32 Matte
BDC 200

Nikon Prostaff P3 Shotgun 2-7X32 BDC 200 Riflescope
  • Fully Multicoated Optical System
  • BDC 200 Reticle
  • Hand-turn 1/4 MOA Adjustments and Spring-Loaded Instant Zero-Reset Turrets
  • Rugged One-inch Aircraft Grade Aluminum Main Tube
  • Aluminum Quick Focus Eyepiece and Generous, Consistent Eye Relief

Nikon is one of the best manufacturers for firearms optics. This shotgun scope is no exception.

This is a more expensive shotgun scope, but the additional features make this scope an excellent choice if you are looking for image quality and precision.

The optical system is designed to improve light transmission and brightness, even in low-light settings. The turrets feature ¼ MOA adjustments as well as a zero reset feature.

The reticle is one of the most interesting features of this scope since it is designed to correct the trajectory of your shot. There are different ballistic circles on the reticle to give you different aiming points to choose from. This reticle will make a real difference if you are shooting from a distance.

This scope also features a parallax adjustment control and a quick focus eyepiece. The 2-7x magnification range makes this scope extremely versatile.

Truglo 4x32mm
Compact Rimfire
And Shotgun Scope

TRUGLO 4x32mm Compact Rimfire and Shotgun Scope Series
  • Fully-coated lenses provide maximum brightness, clarity, and contrast
  • Rubber eye guard; durable, scratch-resistant, non-reflective matte finish
  • Model 8504BR includes 3/8" rings for rimfire and air rifles
  • Models TG8504BD/CD include weaver-style rings
  • Diamond reticle is specially designed for shotgun hunting and is perfect for turkey and deer

This affordable scope is an excellent choice if you are looking for a fixed shotgun scope. You can choose between two different reticles. We recommend the Diamond reticle for turkey and deer hunting.

The lenses are designed to improve contrast, which can give an advantage for brush hunting.

The design is very sturdy, and the windage and elevation controls are protected by caps. This scope doesn’t have as many features as other products but is an excellent choice if you are looking for a rugged scope with few controls and don’t need magnification adjustments.

Konus 7249 Shotgun Black
Powder Riflescope 1.5-5x32mm

KONUS 7249 Shotgun Black Powder Riflescope 1.5x-5x32mm
  • 1.5-5x32 Aim-Pro Engraved Reticle
  • Field of View at 100m/yds:
  • Length-mm/in:
  • Eye Relief mm/in:
  • Click Value in@100yds: 1/4 MOA mm@100m:7.25mm

We like this shotgun scope because of its Aim-Pro reticle that is etched on glass. This is a feature you would typically find in a tactical scope. The glass-etched reticle also works as a rangefinder.

The light transmission and image quality are excellent for the price since this scope costs under $. We also like the controls of this scope. The low turrets are more convenient and help keep the weight and bulk of the scope down. The ¼ MOA controls are very easy to adjust.

The 1.5 to 5x magnification range is ideal for hunting turkey and small game. The only downside of this scope is the somewhat limited field of view that ranges from 60 to 20’ at 100 yards.

Bushnell Trophy
Shotgun Scope 1.75-4x32mm
Circle-X Shotgun
Slug Reticle

Bushnell Trophy Shotgun Scope with Circle-X Reticle, 1.75-4 x 32mm, Matte Black
  • Fully multi-coated optics and rain guard HD offer 91% light transmission in any weather
  • 100% waterproof, Fog proof and shockproof 1 inch one-piece tube construction with integrated saddle
  • 1.75-4X magnification with circle-x reticle and 3.5 inch eye relief
  • Fast-focus eyepiece and 1/4 MOA fingertip windage and elevation adjustments
  • Backed by Bushnell no Questions Asked Lifetime Warranty

This is one of the best shotgun scopes we found when it comes to optics performance. This scope is more expensive than the other products we selected, but it is an excellent value if you are looking for image quality.

The 91 percent light transmission makes this scope ideal for shooting at dusk and in other low-light settings. The Circle-X reticle will help you get a precise shot.

We also liked the fast focus eyepiece. This feature can make a difference when you need to quickly lock on a target.

This scope is designed to withstand extreme weather conditions. The ¼ MOA adjustments give you all the precision you need. We like the low capped turrets but wish this scope had a zero stop feature. The 3.5” eye relief means you won’t be able to use this scope on a firearm with significant recoil.

Simmons ProDiamond Shotgun
Scope 1.5-5x32mm ProDiamond
Reticle Matte

Simmons Prohunter Prodiamond Shotgun Riflescope (1.5-5X32, Matte)
  • Quality optics with stunning HD clarity
  • 100% quality materials used and tested extensively
  • Beautiful design and durability built to last
  • Shotgun riflescope with 5x magnification and 32mm objective lens
  • Multi-coated optics and high-quality optical glass produce sharp, clear images

We like this shotgun scope because of the easy controls. If you are looking for a scope that you can adjust quickly, this is the right product for you.

Other scopes will be more accurate with their ¼ MOA adjustments, but the ½ MOA controls will help you save time. The medium turrets make the controls more accessible without making the scope too heavy.

We like the precision of the Diamond reticle and the rugged design of this scope. This is the perfect scope for turkey hunting or a slug gun if you don’t need ¼ MOA controls.

Mueller Multi-Shot Shotgun Scope 2-7x32mm Illuminated Circle Dot Reticle Matte

Mueller Multi Shot Rifle Scope, Black, 2-7 x 32mm
  • Eye relief of 3.5
  • Tube size of 1 inch
  • Magnification of 2-7 x
  • 32 millimeter objective

This is a more versatile shotgun scope that you can use for turkey as well as big game hunting. The illuminated dot makes a difference when shooting at a longer range.

The magnification power of this scope ranges from 2 to 7x, which makes the scope more versatile. Mueller is known for making high-quality optics. The image quality delivered by this scope stands out.

If you are looking for precision, contrast, and brightness, this is the right scope for you. This scope features ¼ MOA capped turrets with a low profile.

The main downside is the dot reticle. This design is ideal for big game hunting when combined with the illumination feature, but you might prefer a circle reticle.

Buyer’s Guide

Even though shotgun accessories tend to be more affordable than rifle scopes, you should still do some research to find the best scope for your needs. Here is everything you need to know about shotgun scopes.

Look For A Durable Design

The most important thing to look at when choosing a scope for a shotgun or a slug gun is the sturdiness of the design. Shotguns have more recoil than other firearms, and a poorly designed scope won’t last long.

You need to use a one-piece tube scope. You should make sure the scope is properly sealed to keep humidity and dirt out. The lenses should be coated with multiple layers to repel humidity and dirt.

The scope you choose should also be designed to perform well in foggy and overcast settings since this is an accessory you will probably use during hunting trips.

The quality of the mount is also important. Choose a scope that is compatible with standards mounts so you can easily find a sturdy accessory that won’t cause any sighting issues.

Optics Quality

The image quality and sharpness are very important when choosing a shotgun scope. You typically get what you pay for when it comes to firearms optics.

If possible, test different scopes to get a better idea of the kind of quality you can expect in different price ranges. Scopes designed for shotguns tend to be more affordable than riflescopes, but there is a difference in optics quality between a $ scope and a $ accessory.

There is no need to spend several hundreds of dollars to invest in a high-end shotgun scope, but don’t hesitate to spend a little more to get good image quality and color contrast.

Remember that you will probably use the scope to spot an animal against a brown or green background. You might also have to lock on a target that is moving. Image sharpness and color contrast can make a difference.

Illumination and light transmission are other important things to look at if you often hunt in low-light settings. These features aren't as important as they would be on a riflescope since you won’t use high magnification on a shotgun, but they can still improve your experience.

Optics quality is also important because a sharp image means you will get more eye relief. The amount of eye relief you need depends on the firearm you are using, but you should try to find a scope with at least 4” of eye relief just to be safe.

The ideal magnification power depends on what you use your shotgun for. A scope with a magnification range of 1 to 4x is perfect for brush hunting. This low magnification power keeps the price and weight of the scope down and provides you with the optics performance you need for brush hunting.

A scope with a magnification range of 3 to 9x is best for big game hunting. Pay attention to the quality of the reticle if you want to shop for a high magnification shotgun scope since the size, design, and markings of the reticle can have a real impact on your experience and accuracy.

There is no need to spend more to get a scope with high magnification power if you won’t use it. A fixed scope can be a great way to save money if you only need a 4x magnification setting.

Other Features To Look At

rifle scope

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There are a few other features you should look at when comparing scopes. The importance of these feature varies in function of how you use your firearm.

The weight and size of the scope can be important if your firearm is already heavy or if you need to carry it over long distances. A scope with higher magnification power and more moving parts will typically be heavier and bulkier.

Brightness and illumination settings are going to be important if you often hunt in low-light settings. Any scope with quality optics will provide sufficient light transmission in broad daylight. Brightness and illumination aren’t as important as they would be with a scope that features high magnification power.

We talked about eye relief earlier. This feature is very important if you use a 10 to 16 gauge shotgun. You will need at least 4” eye relief to be safe. If you use a firearm with a smaller gauge, eye relief won’t be a crucial feature.

You should also look for a scope with a matte finish. This will prevent light from being reflected and catching the eye of an animal.

If you aren’t sure which scope is right for you, look for a durable and versatile product. You will get more use out of a scope that you can use in a wide range of settings.

You should have a better idea of which scope is right for you. The seven products we recommended are a good fit for most hunters, but you should take a look at other scopes in case there are specific features that would improve your hunting experience.

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

rear iron sight

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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Reflex Sight vs Red Dot: The Ultimate Buying Guide

When it comes time to purchase a scope for your rifle, you’re likely to find dozens, if not hundreds, of different models. When narrowing your choices, one of the first things you should focus on is the type of scope you’d like to purchase. For many gun owners, this decision comes down to reflex sight vs. red dot scopes. Below, you’ll find more information about both with tips on how to choose one.

Distinguishing Between Reflex and Red Dot Sights

One of the most significant misconceptions about reflex sight vs. red dot scopes is how they are categorized. When it comes to rifles, a red dot sight is not necessarily a specific type of sight category. Instead, the industry commonly refers to red dot sights as any weapons optic that relies upon a red dot as its primary aiming mechanism.

Similarly, although red dot sight is the terminology used to describe these devices, they often utilize other types of aiming mechanisms. For example, you may see optics that have a crosshair, a green dot, or other similar electronic images as their main aiming point. More so, gun users will often see red dot sights broken down into three different categories:

vector of holographic sight

HOLOGRAPHIC

SIGHTS

illustration representing prism sight

PRISM

SIGHTS

vector representing reflex sight

REFLEX

SIGHTS

So, when comparing reflex sight vs. red dot sight, it’s critical that users understand that reflex sights are a type of red dot sight. However, reflex sights feature noticeably different characteristics than holographic sights and prism sights. As we analyze the differences between reflex sights vs. red dot sights, know that we’re mostly comparing reflex and holographic or prism sights.

What is a Reflex Sight?

illustration representing the reflex sight

A reflex sight is a weapons optic that relies on a lens system that operates similarly to a mirror. The aiming point on the scope projects forward onto a lens. The lens then reflects toward you, allowing you to view the red dot or other aiming mechanism in the center of the screen. The aiming device is only visible to you, and it does not project outward onto your target as a laser sight would.

Additionally, reflex sights can come in two different shapes. The first, which is arguably the most common, has a small, square window. The window is clear except for the red dot, which serves as the aiming mechanism. This dot is only visible within the window of the scope. The second is tubular shaped and looks more like a traditional scope.

Tubular reflex sights are a bit more complicated than standard reflex sights because they contain two different lenses. The aiming point projects onto the forward lens from the rear glass. Furthermore, tubular reflex sights often include a beam of light within the cylinder, making it easy to see your target when looking through the long scope.

Gun enthusiasts may find reflex sights more advantageous than traditional scopes because they provide eye relief. Instead of having to look through a sight with one eye, shooters can position their head anywhere and keep both eyes open. This makes it easy to acquire targets, especially in fast-paced settings. Reflex sights work best for home defense and tactical environments.

Many reflex sights do not need batteries to operate since they merely reflect light off a series of mirrors. A fundamental disadvantage of reflex sights is that users cannot adjust the magnification. The sight is fixed, which means users cannot zoom in or zoom out when looking through the viewpoint. For the average user, however, this should not be much of a problem.

What About Other Red Dot Sights?

As mentioned previously, there are two other main types of red dot sights – prism and holographic sights. Although they are similar to reflex sights, in that they rely on a stationary aiming mechanism, they are different in a few ways. Below we’ll break down prism and holographic sights, allowing you to make an informed buying decision when purchasing your next optics device.


Prism Sights

illustration showing how a prism sight appears

Whereas reflex sights typically give the user a square viewpoint, prism sights utilize a small optic that is very tube-like. Instead of using a series of mirrors and lenses, this sight instead relies upon a prism inside the scope. The result is a high-powered rifle scope that is much smaller than traditional scopes. Prism sights provide magnification, an added benefit that reflex sights do not offer.

However, whereas reflex sights provide significant eye relief, prism sights do not provide much eye relief at all. Your eye must be closer to the optic if you want to pick up the proper sight picture. Because of this, it makes sense to use prism sights if you're shooting at long distance targets. A prism sight’s eye relief makes it more difficult to relocate your target after taking a shot.

The focus and magnification that prism sights offer make them more accurate than reflex sights. As a result, prism sights are more expensive than reflex sights. Although the prices have declined in recent years, prism sights are still a bit pricier than the average gun enthusiast may be willing to pay. We recommend prism sights for those with a bit of experience shooting.

Holographic Sights

illustration showing how Holographic Sights appear

A third option for reflex sights, although not as popular as reflex and prism sights, is holographic sights. Holographic sights place a picture of a reticle between two layers of glass. Like reflex sights, they have a small, rectangular viewing window that allows users to shoot with both eyes open, instead of having to focus on the target with one eye. It’s also easy to reacquire targets when using a holographic sight.

Even though they are similar to reflex sights, many users find that holographic sights are much more accurate than reflex sights. However, this is something for which gun enthusiasts will undoubtedly pay. Holographic sights are considerably more expensive than reflex sights, costing up to ten times as much. For many, the differences between the sights are not enough to justify the price.

EOTech is the only manufacturer of holographic sights. The United States military relies upon these sights, which goes to show how accurate they are. For the average gun enthusiast, however, it may be too much. We only recommend these sights to those who are competitive shooters or those who are in search of a significant tactical advantage.

Simplicity

focused on a simple sight scope attached to a firearm

One of the most significant advantages offered by red dot sights and reflex sights is that they are practical and straightforward. They are incredibly easy to shoot with, making them ideal for beginners who are learning to use their guns for the first time. It’s much easier to maneuver a red dot sight than it is an iron sight. The red dot will always appear to rest on your target.

Because the red dot appears to rest on your target, you won’t have to worry about factors such as front sight and rear sight. Instead, you merely need to aim your weapon and manage the trigger properly to hit your target. Those learning to shoot should look for an affordable reflex sight. Prism and holographic sights are beneficial but may be too technical or advanced for beginners.

This brings us to another point, in that reflex sights help teach the basics of shooting. Too often, beginners will attach a magnified scope to their rifle. When doing so, they tend to over-magnify their optics. Many beginners believe that the more magnification, the better. But unless your goal is to hit a penny from three football fields away, there’s no need for such powerful magnification.

what appears when looking through a red dot sight optic

Red dot sights stress the importance of taking careful aim and appreciating your surroundings. When using one of these sights, users have a maximum field of vision down range. That means that unless there is interference from the walls of your red dot sight, you’ll be able to see everything down range. This not only includes your target but what is next to your target as well.

This helps stress to new users the importance of not relying on magnification but instead relying on shooting basics, such as focus and proper breathing techniques. Once users gain experience using a reflex sight, they will be readier to graduate to a powerful scope with intense magnification. But until then, reflex scopes have a simple-enough design that they should do the trick.

Who Can Use Red Dot Sights?

red dot sight optic

Many beginner gun enthusiasts believe that they can only use a reflex or red dot sight with a rifle, but this is not the case. Today’s gun manufacturers produce sights for nearly every weapon. For example, as this NRA post highlights, manufacturers make reflex red dot sights for pistols. You can improve the accuracy of even the smallest of handguns with by adding a sight optic.

It should be easy to find a reflex sight that is relatively affordable. For example, Feyachi makes a reflex sight that features a four-star rating on Amazon with nearly 550 customer reviews. The product costs less than $17, is an excellent option for those looking to add a sights optic on their weapon for the first time. If nothing else, it’s worth the price of purchase to see how well it may improve your shot!

Trophy 1×25 Red Dot Scope: Bushnell TRS-25 Review

If you’re a gun enthusiast looking for a red dot riflescope for your weapon, you’ll likely find that there are numerous options available. One of the products you’re likely to come across is the Bushnell TRS-25. Bushnell is a trusted name when it comes to weapons optics. But could this product be right for you? Find out more by reading our Bushnell TRS-25 review below.

What is the Bushnell TRS-25 and How Does It Work?

The Bushnell TRS-25 is an optics device that could potentially lock in on your next shot and improve the accuracy of your rifle. The product features a 1 x 25 MM configuration and a 3 MOA Dot reticle. The reticle is red, which is why the product classifies as a “red dot sight.” When looking through the optics device, a red dot will appear in the middle of the lens after you turn the device on.

Although the red dot may seem as though it carries on forever, this is not the case. The red dot in the Bushnell TRS-25 does not project outwardly. It’s only visible to the user looking through the scope. Using this product could help produce a more accurate shot, allowing shooters to lock in and secure their target before firing their shot.

The product is lightweight, weight about four ounces. It is approximately 2.5” long. Even though it features a tubular design, Bushnell states that the product allows for unlimited eye relief. This means that you can mount the scope as far forward on your firearm as you’d like. This also means that you’ll be able to move quickly from one target to another, making the weapon ideal for tactical situations.

The exit pupil of the device is one inch, and the click value is one MOA. Additionally, the adjustment range is 70+ MOA. The scope features 40 MOA per rev. MOA, otherwise known as a minute of angle, represents an angular measurement. One MOA is equal to 1/60th of a degree. The device features a Weaver mount system, making it easy to attach to your rifle.

What Makes the Bushnell TRS-25 Unique?

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope, 1x25mm, Black
  • Matte black featuring a 3 MOA Dot reticle with 11 brightness settings. Mounts easily on most picatinny rails and is compatible with pistols, shotguns, rifles and muzzleloaders
  • Waterproof Construction - O-ring sealed optics stay dry inside, even when totally immersed in water
  • Shockproof construction - Built to withstand bumps, bangs, drops and the rough-and-tumble environment of the field
  • Nitrogen Purged Fog-Proofing - Nitrogen inside the scope ensures interior optical surfaces won't fog due to humidity or rapid temperature change

First and foremost, one of the things that we liked most about this product was the Bushnell brand. Bushnell has long been a leader in the outdoorsman industry, first making binoculars in 1948. Since them, Bushnell expanded to begin making rifle scopes, spotting scopes, and outer outdoor equipment. The brand is one that you can trust, immediately lending credibility to this product.

One of the most prominent features that you’ll see during out Bushnell TRS-25 review is the fact that the device features 11 brightness settings. This ensures that no matter if you’re hunting in the heat of the summer or the middle of the night, you’ll be able to adjust the brightness settings to help you get a clear look at your target. Additionally, the product is incredibly durable, utilizing the best:

Waterproof

Construction

Shock-Proof

Construction

Fog-Proof

Construction

The device’s O-ring is sealed so that the inner components of the unit stay dry. The product is waterproof even when submerged fully, meaning it will surely withstand rain, sweat, and other elements. The product also features the latest in shockproof construction. Bushnell designed the product very well and reduced its vulnerability of breaking when dropped.

As the company describes, this means that the product can withstand the “rough and tumble” environment of the field. Finally, the device features a nitrogen-purged fog-proofing system. Before sealing the scope, Bushnell inserts nitrogen. Doing so prevents lens fogging from rapid temperature changes or humidity, ensuring you’ll have a clear, visible shot no matter the conditions.

The Bushnell TRS-25 also features an extended battery life. When shooting, it’s annoying to have to carry backup batteries for your scope out of fear that your device will lose power at any time. Knowing that your optics device comes with extended battery life could give many gun enthusiasts peace of mind, as they won’t have to worry about their equipment failing them in a critical situation.

One of the things that the device does not feature, however, is rain guard. Some optics devices come with a rain guard that prevent streaking on the lens. Although the Bushnell TRS-25 is waterproof, this merely means that the unit will not become waterlogged when exposed to high volumes of water. If you try to use this device in the rain, droplets will appear on your lens. For many, this is not a problem.

Pricing

product photo of a Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope, 1x25mm, Black

When conducting our Bushnell TR-25 review, we discovered that the price of the product varied significantly. Bushnell’s website lists the product at a little more than $. It’s worth noting that this is the most up-to-date version of the product. If you prefer not to purchase the product through Bushnell, you can look to acquire it from one of their numerous retail partners.  

One of Bushnell’s partners is Amazon. When buying on Amazon, you can purchase the product for about $. So, the ultimate conclusion that we can draw from this is that the price of the product varies significantly based on the version you wish to purchase. We recommend browsing online to secure the best deal on the device.

This is particularly important if this is one of the first red dot sights you are purchasing. Red dot sights are incredibly beneficial for beginners. If you fall into this category, you don’t need to break the bank to buy a red dot sight. Instead, perhaps look for an older version of the equipment to use with your firearm for the first time. Once you know you like the product, you can purchase an updated model.  

Public Perception

a hunter looking through the rifle scope attached to the firearm he is holding

When browsing online reviews from other customers, we found that many were very impressed with the product. For example, multiple users on Amazon said that this was the best red dot sight they had ever purchased for this price. Many noted that the device featured a sturdy design and that it was easy to mount to their firearm.

The product has a four-star rating on Amazon with more than 3,600 customer reviews. Furthermore, when looking at other websites online, we found that the Bushnell TRS-25 was rated favorably there as well. One of the things that stood out to most users was the fact that they could use this with a variety of weapons, from a bolt-action hunting rifle to a pistol.  

Users indicated that the sight was easy to operate. They said that the brightness dial was easy to work and appreciated the fact that a tactical click accompanied each turn of the dial. They also remarked that the sight was incredibly bright. Some were worried that the sight’s glass would carry a blue tint, but this turned out not to be the case.

a soldier firing a firearm with attached scope

The one problem that we did across when reviewing this product was that the brightness setting could be particularly sensitive. If the illumination setting is too high for ambient light conditions, the red dot will appear distorted. Customers remarked that the dot was precise when used at low brightness settings. Others noted that with time, they eventually became comfortable adjusting the brightness.  

The other minor complaint that others mentioned was the fact that they needed a riser when attaching the sight to their weapon. This was a minor inconvenience, as a riser should not cost more than a few dollars. But, it may be worth purchasing the riser when you buy the Bushnell TRS-25. Otherwise, the sight may sit too low on your weapon, and you may not be able to use the sight out of the box.

How it Compares

When it comes to the Bushnell TRS-25, the most similar products are the Aimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Optic and the Vortex Optics Sparc Red Dot Scope. The Aimpoint product has a 4.8-star rating on Amazon with more than 500 customer reviews, while the Vortex Optics product has a 4.5-star rating with more than 430 customer reviews.

Aimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Optic

product photo of Aimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Optic

The Aimpoint is a sophisticated tool for experienced marksman. It provides users with two minutes of an angled red dot, allowing for accurate target engagements at all distances. Users found that the viewing window for this sight was clear. They also appreciated the fact that the battery life on this product was incredibly durable, as a single battery lasts up for three years.

Vortex Optics Sparc Red Dot Scope

product photo of Vortex Optics Sparc II Red Dot Sight - 2 MOA Dot Scope

Manufacturers designed the Vortex Optics sight explicitly for use in the daylight, where its display is highly visible. The sight features air-to-glass surfaces that help increase the transmission of sunlight. The equipment also features multiple anti-reflective coatings and air-to-glass surfaces. Flip caps protect the optics covers on this device.

If you’re a marksman looking for a particular feature, you may find that one of these two products are more worth your while than the Bushnell TRS-25. However, what you won’t discover to be more worth your while is the price tag of these two products. The Aimpoint product costs more than $$$ on Amazon, while the Vortex Optics sight costs $$.

Both of these prices are considerably more expensive than the cost of the Bushnell TRS-25, which you can find for less than $. When it comes to tubular red dot sights, the Bushnell is comparable to more expensive models, for a mere fraction of the price. Gun enthusiasts should consider the Bushnell TRS-25 as a viable alternative to top-line red dot sights.  

What We Think

a soldier lying on the ground and looking through the scope installed on the firearm

If you’re a beginner marksman looking for a versatile red dot sight to add to your arsenal, we believe that you can’t go wrong with the Bushnell TRS-25. Those without much experience using a red dot sight will find this to be an excellent introductory product that they can end up using for years. That’s not only because of how durable the product is, but how well it performs as well.

The Bushnell TRES-25 is comparable to top-of-the-line red dot sights, for a fraction of the cost. Users will likely be impressed with its slim design and the fact that it offers unlimited eye relief. You’ll probably find that it’s easy to move from target to target downrange without having to take significant time to refocus through the sight. Because of this, the sight could also be beneficial for home defense situations.

We also appreciated the fact did not offer magnification. Too often, beginners rely on magnification when learning to shoot. The Bushnell is simplistic and does not provide magnification. Although experienced marksman may be searching for a sight that offers these capabilities, beginners should focus on learning proper aiming techniques. Again, the Bushnell is an excellent option to do so.

Another standout feature of the Bushnell TRS-25 is the fact that users could transport it from one weapon to another quickly. This versatility stands out. If you were to take a day at the range, you need to purchase just one Bushnell red dot sight for all of your different weapons. Again, for beginners, this could prove to be the perfect option.

two rifles with scopes vertically leaning on a tree trunk

Another aspect of versatility that stood out to us was the fact that this red dot sight came with 11 different brightness settings. Although it took some time to get used to, we found that we were eventually able to see the ideal settings, no matter what situation we found ourselves. We really can’t say it enough – the simplicity and versatility of this product help set it apart from others.

Lastly, we were remarkably impressed with this product’s design. It is slim and does not add to the bulkiness of a rifle. We also liked the fact that it was shockproof, waterproof, and fog proof. We wish that the product came with rain guard as well, but this was a minor deficiency that we’re willing to overlook.

In summary, this is a high-quality and affordable red dot sight. Although experienced marksman would likely be able to use the product, it's arguably best suited for beginners. Regardless, we’re confident that those utilizing the optics equipment will be satisfied with the results. Trust in the Bushnell name and pick up their TRS-25 today.  

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.

Nightforce-Actar Best Scopes Product Review And Quick Guide Navigation

Nightforce is a high-end optics manufacturer. The ATACR product line features several reliable scopes with different optics configurations. These scopes would be an excellent choice if you are looking for high-quality, reliable, and performing optics.

What Is The Nightforce ATACR?

The ATACR product line is based on a previous line known as the NXS scopes. These scopes are designed to withstand extreme conditions and still retain their optics settings and performance. The scopes are carefully sealed to keep moisture and dirt out, and the lenses are coated to repel water and dirt. Fog won’t impact performance.

These scopes will last you for years thanks to their rugged and reliable design. They are designed for long-range shooting and will deliver unmatched precision at this range. Some of the scopes are more versatile than others due to their magnification range.

The multi-coated lenses are what stand out the most about these scopes. These lenses will improve light transmission, color contrast, and brightness.

We like this product line because there are different configurations to choose from. Here are the different options regarding magnification power, reticles, and first or second focal plane designs.

​ATACR 1-8x24 F1 Scope

NightForce ATACR 1-8X24 F1 - .1 Mil - Capped - PTL FC-DM
  • MPN: C597
  • Model: ATACR 1-8x24
  • Reticle Position: First Focal Plane
  • Reticle: Daylight-visible illuminated FC-DM reticle with "Off" settings between brightness settings
  • Scope Turret Adjustment: .1 mrad

This is a variable scope with a low magnification power. We like the power throw lever that allows you to easily adjust the magnification setting and the compact design of the scope.

This scope is a versatile product thanks to its illumination feature and large field of view. The intelligent reticle will automatically adapt to your target, and the compact design makes this scope suitable for a wide range of firearms.

The reticle is located in the first focal plane, which makes adjustments easier. The low profile turrets with caps allow you to adjust different settings with a .1 Mil-Radian precision.

​ATACR 4-16x42 F1 Scope

Nightforce Optics 4-16x42 ATACR Series Riflescope, Matte Black with DigIllum Illuminated First Focal Plane MOAR Reticle, 34mm Tube, Side Parallax Adjust, .250 MOA
  • Internal Adjustments: Elev- 120MOA/34.9 MIL, Wind-80MOA/ 23.7MIL
  • Tube Diameter: 34mm
  • Eye Relief: 3.54"
  • Mounting Length (inches/mm): 5.9/150
  • Weight (ounce/gram): 37.6/1066

This is another scope with an F1 reticle located in the first focal plane. It allows for extremely precise adjustments, and the controls are what stands out the most about this scope.

There are two versions of this scope available. You can choose from a model with .1 Mil-Rad adjustments and a model with .25 MOA adjustments depending on what you like best.

The 4-16x magnification setting makes this scope from versatile than the previous model.

​ATACR 5-25x56 F1 Scope

Nightforce Optics 5-25x56 ATACR ZeroStop Riflescope, Matte Black with F1 DigIllum Illuminated MOAR Reticle, 34mm Tube Diameter, Power Throw Lever & Side Parallax Adjust.
  • Internal Adjustments: Elev- 89MOA/26 MIL, Wind-60MOA/ 18MIL
  • Tube Diameter: 34mm
  • Eye Relief: 3.54 inch
  • Mounting Length (inches/mm): 6.3/160
  • Weight (ounce/gram): 30/850

This scope has similar specs and features, but the magnification power is much higher. The 5-25x magnification is ideal for long-range shooting and hunting.

​ATACR 5-25x56 F1 Scope

ATACR - 7-35x56mm F1 - ZeroStop - .250 MOA - DigIllum - PTL - MOAR C569
  • 56mm objective lens
  • 1st focal plane
  • Tactical MOA turrets
  • Waterproof and fogproof
  • Illuminated reticle

This Nightforce ATACR scope is the most powerful one when it comes to magnification power. It also comes with improved parallax adjustment, which is a necessity with this level of magnification.

This is a high-end scope with an impressive field of view. The precision of this scope is unmatched, and this is something you could use in a competition.

​ATACR 4-16x50 Scope

Nightforce ATACR 4-16x50 F2 ZeroStop .1mrad DigIllum Mil-R C543
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This scope is slightly different from the other models since it doesn’t feature the F1 reticle. Instead, the reticle is located in the second focal plane.

This is a scope designed for precision. The resolution and clarity stand out. This scope also features an illuminated reticle and a feature that allows you to easily adjust diopters as needed.

You can choose from a model with .250 MOA adjustments or opt for a scope with .1 Mil-Radian adjustments.

This is the best Nightforce scope if you want something that will help you correct your aim at long range.

This enhanced version of the Nightforce scope features a few improvements when it comes to the controls. The controls are designed so you can adjust the magnification and diopters faster.

The field of view is also improved. You can get a field of view of almost 18’ when the 5x magnification setting is selected.

What Makes Nightforce ATACR Scopes Unique?

The Nightforce ATACR line of products is unique because of the precision you can achieve with these scopes, the quality of the image delivered by the high-end optics, and the accessibility of the controls.

These scopes are perfect if you shoot with heavy ammunition. Heavier ammunition has a high ballistic coefficient, which means you will have to anticipate and correct your aim accordingly. This coefficient is emphasized on the long range.

This is where a scope from the ATACR line can make a difference. These scopes are equipped with high-quality reticles that will help you make up for the high ballistic coefficient of your ammunition. You can get predictable results every time.

Even though these scopes are ideal for big game hunting and long-range target practice, they are versatile. You can use these scopes for competitions and many other settings.

We like this product line because of the many optics configuration you can choose from. There are different magnification ranges, different reticles, and first and second focal plane designs. You can expect to get the same high-quality optics performance with every scope but have several options to choose from depending on what your needs and preferences are.

The quality of the lens coating makes a difference regarding the quality of the image. This is crucial when using scopes with high magnification. You are going to love the image clarity, colors, and brightness of these scopes.

We should also mention the compact and rugged design. You can use this scope in any environment and won’t encounter any sighting issue. The price tag of these scopes is fully justified since they will last for many years.

We like the controls of the ATACR line of products. Most of these scopes have a ZeroHold feature to prevent sighting issues, and the parallax controls come with markings that tell you what each adjustment corresponds to.

In the end, we think the quality of these scopes is difficult to match in this price range!

Pricing

Expect to spend between $2,500 and $3,000 for a Nightforce ATACR scope. The features and optics configuration you are interested in will impact the price.

Here are a few prices to give you a better idea of how much these scopes cost:

  • The ATACR 4-16x42 F1 scope costs around $2,500.
  • The more compact ATACR 1-8x24 F1 costs a little over $2,700.
  • You can get the Nightforce Enhanced ATACR 5-25x56 with a MOAR reticle for $2,600.
  • The ATACR 5-25x56 F1 sells for around $3,000.
  • The most expensive scope is the ATACR 7-35x56 F1 at almost $3,500.

Public Perception

A majority of shoppers are extremely satisfied with the ATACR scopes. People have very high expectations due to the price range of these scopes, and these expectations are met and exceeded.

A lot of reviews talk about how clear the glass is and about the precision of the image. In fact, this seems to be the first impression these scopes make. People also love the impressive magnification power and the field of view.

The reviews that mention the controls of these scopes talk about these adjustments in a positive manner. The overall impression is that the controls are very precise and easy to use.

The reticle is another positive point mentioned in most reviews. People also love how well these scopes handle recoil.

The only downsides we were able to find while looking at reviews are the price and weight. A few people said the design of the scopes was too compact.

The size and weight of the scope depend on the model you choose. Keep in mind that scopes with a high magnification power and additional features will have more lenses and moving parts, which adds to the weight of the scope. If you want a compact and lightweight scope, opt for the 1-8x24 F1 scope.

It is true that these scopes can seem costly. However, you need to approach this purchase an investment you are making in the long-term. If these scopes aren’t a good match for your price range, there are other options to consider.

How Do The Nightforce ATACR Scopes Compare To Other Products?

We found three other scopes designed for long-range shooting. These are scopes you should consider if the ATACR products don’t seem like a good match for you.

Vortex Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27x56 FFP

Vortex Optics Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27x56 FFP Riflescope EBR-2C MRAD
  • The Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27x56 riflescope is feature rich and deadly accurate; perfect for advanced precision shooting and tactical operations. The glass-etched EBR-2C MRAD reticle has 11 illumination intensities and ensures subtensions stay accurate.
  • Built for dialing in long-range, precision shots, the L-TEC Turret System features a locking mechanism that prevents accidental elevation adjustments. A visual rotation indicator allows shooters to easily keep track of revolutions on the turret.
  • A 6x zoom range offers magnification versatility while the fast focus eyepiece adjusts the reticle into sharp focus. Side parallax adjustment and illumination controls have been integrated into one knob for easy access and streamlined performance.
  • The APO optical system delivers stunning image quality through premium, high density, extra-low dispersion glass. All lenses are fully multi-coated with XR plus anti-reflective coatings to increase light transmission for amazing brightness.
  • O-ring sealed and argon purged, the Razor delivers waterproof and fogproof performance while the single-piece, aircraft-grade aluminum construction gives shooters a durable platform. Armortek coatings protect the lenses from scratches, oil, and dirt.

The Vortex Razor HD Gen II costs around $2,500, which makes this scope an alternative to the more affordable ATACR scopes. This is a high-quality scope designed with long-range precision in mind.

This scope stands out thanks to the quality of the optics and features simple controls. You can, for instance, control parallax and illumination with the same knob.

The rugged and reliable design is similar to the quality you will get with Nightforce products. You will always get a clear and crisp image, even at a long range.

The Vortex Razor HD Gen II is an interesting option to consider if you don’t think the reticles used in the ATACR scopes are a good fit for you. You can find three variations of the Vortex Razor HD Gen II with three different reticle configurations.

Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS II

Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS II 4.5-30 x 50mm 34mm Main Tube G3 Reticle Black Riflescope
  • Throw hammer Throw Lever - Removable lever enables quick magnification changes
  • Precise - 10 Mils per Revolution on elevation, windage turrets for exact Adjustments
  • ED prime glass - delivers colorful, high-contrast images in any light

The Bushnell Elite Tactical scope costs around $2,250 and delivers optics similar to what you can expect from a Nightforce scope. This model is the best scope Bushnell offers.

We think this scope is an interesting option to consider because the optics configuration isn’t covered by the ATACR line of products. The specs are 4.5-30x50, which puts this scope somewhere between the ATACR 5-25x56 and the ATACR 7-35x65 models when it comes to performance.

There are a few differences worth mentioning. You can remove the throw lever that allows you to adjust magnification, the reticle isn’t illuminated, and the turrets are slightly higher than on the ATACR scopes.

Overall, the Bushnell Elite Tactical scope is a great alternative if you are looking for high-quality optics but want an optics configuration that is different from what the ATACR line offers.

Leupold Mark 8 3.5-25x56 M5B2

Leupold Mark 8 3.5-25x56mm 35mm M5B2 Matte Illuminated F/F H-58 Scope
  • Leupold 115062 Mrk8 3.5-25x56mm 35mm
  • M5B2 Matte Illume F/F H-58 Scope
  • Leupold is dedicated to the hunter and outdoor enthusiast in providing products with the quality or high performance they expect

This scope is worth considering if you are ready to invest in high-quality optics and want something that is more performing than the Nightforce ATACR.

The Leupold Mark 8 scope costs around $5,000 and can be more expensive if you choose some customization options. However, this is probably the best long-range scope you will ever find.

The lens coating stands out. This scope delivers unmatched brightness and contrast. It is designed to improve brightness in low-light settings, which isn’t something the ATACR scopes do.

We also think the controls are interesting. They will automatically lock and unlock when you touch them. Some customization features seem unnecessary, but you can get the scope equipped with customized dials that match the type of ammunition you use.

What We Think

You can’t go wrong with a scope from the Nightforce ATACR line if you are looking for high-quality optics in the $2,500 to $3,000 price range. We think this brand offers an excellent selection of products, and you should easily find the features and optics configuration that is right for you.

If you are looking for a versatile and affordable option, we highly recommend the compact ATACR 1-8x24 F1 scope. If you are looking for long-range performance and high magnification power, the 5-25x56 F1 and 7-35x65 F1 scopes are going to deliver the best value.

We highly recommend that you try out a few riflescopes if you are new to using optics. Get a feel for the kind of optics and quality you can expect in different price ranges to determine if you can justify spending more than $2,000 on a scope.

If you are experienced when it comes to rifle optics and need a reliable scope for long-range hunting, target practice, or competitions, we think these scopes are a great fit for you.

Nightforce is an excellent choice if you want to upgrade a firearm with a scope. The ATACR line of products is designed with long-range in mind, but these scopes are extremely versatile thanks to the high-quality of the lenses and the accessible controls. Any scope from this line is an excellent choice!

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