Rifle Scopes: A Comprehensive Guide

Rifle Scopes: A Comprehensive Guide

May 9, 2022 0 By Jeffrey Bowman

A shooter can personalise a rifle by changing specific parts throughout the weapon. And as far as rifle upgrades go, few have as significant an influence on your shooting by providing an improved sight. So, you’re limiting your accuracy if you’re not using a scope on your rifle right now.

Fixed Scopes

When it comes to rifle scopes, fixed scopes are one of the most common ones. The magnification of a fixed scope is always the same, unlike the variable magnification seen on many other scopes. Fixed scopes also don’t allow you to zoom in or out to gain a better look at your target. That being said, their price is also low.

The Scope Might Be Altered

It is possible to modify the magnification of a variable scope since a fixed scope’s magnification is fixed. Each scope’s name will have an alphabetical list of its components. For instance, 5-20X56 is an excellent case in point. As such, the final number is 56, which merely relates to the diameter of the objective lens. In this case, a millimetre is equal to 56 millimetres.

Magnification levels range from five to twenty times higher than usual. In this instance, the magnification is 5X–20X.

Tactical Scope

The phrase “tactical scope” refers to a particular scope created for a specific shooting technique. Infantry units benefit significantly from the increased engagement range of these scopes, making them an excellent choice for the military.

Tactical scopes often have lower magnification settings because they aren’t suited for long-range shooting. With 4X magnification, simple lines on the reticle make it easy to zero in on things at medium or close range quickly.

Long Ranges

Long-range scopes include several scopes, including competition scopes and sniper scopes. Meanwhile, long-range rifle scopes are ones with a magnification more than or equal to ten times the normal scope’s power. And in contrast to fixed magnification, most long-range scopes offer adjustable magnification. 

Hunter’s Spotting Scope

Because most hunting takes place at close range, hunting scopes often have magnifications of no more than 20 times their standard size. Then there is the fact that they aren’t very adaptive in most cases. Most hunters are on the lookout for a specialised tool that will help them concentrate on their current objective. Meanwhile, hunters use scopes to produce a clear, bright view, no matter the weather.

Competitor Scopes

Competitor scopes often have large magnification settings and short lifespans. These sights have no place in a hunting or tactical arsenal. Unfortunately, their size, fragility, and lack of light transition make them unsuitable for application.

In competitive shooting, hitting small targets at long range is not uncommon. The best scopes to use in this circumstance are the high-powered competition scopes. Several of these scopes have magnifications over 40X. And because of their size and weight, these scopes will increase your handgun’s overall weight and size.

Sniper’s Scope

A sniper’s scope must have a lot of magnification, much like a competitor’s. And to your dismay, you would be mistaken. However, Snipers often use low-powered scopes with huge reticle displays to capture as much of the image as possible. As such, snipers in the military often employ fixed 10x scopes, which are significantly less potent.

A Red-Dot Scope

Most red-dot scopes offer little to no magnification at all. You’ll only notice a red dot in the scope’s optical centre while using a red dot scope, and this is where you want to shoot. Also, because the red dot doesn’t show on your target, it’s not like a laser sight. In the scope, it is solely visible.

Scout Scopes

Scout scopes, similar to tactical scopes in design, are commonly used by the military and hunters in remote areas. Meanwhile, many hunters choose scout scopes for deer hunting, and the most common magnification for these scopes is 7X.