Gun Scopes

Gun Scopes

Nikon® 2 - 7x32 mm Shotgun Hunter BDC Scope, Black MatteGun Scopes – Nowadays, most firearm enthusiasts use some sort of optical sighting to simplify their target acquisitions whether for hunting or target shooting.  Gun scopes can be fitted on either rifles, shot guns or hand guns.  In lieu of lining up the rear sight with the front sight and the target, gun scopes utilize magnification and cross hairs (reticle) to ensure a more precise shot on the target.  A reticle is the pattern placed in the eyepiece which helps to establish the firearm’s position on the target and you need to make sure that you choose a reticle for that fits to your specific type of shooting.  For example, long range shooting, hunting or competitive shooting, you should consider gun scopes that utilize a reticle without a dot that could potentially obscure your target.  Most gun scopes also have adjustable eyepieces so that people with less than perfect vision can focus the eyepiece for a clear, crisp sight picture.

Simmons® 2 - 6x32 mm ProHunter® Truplex™ Reticle Handgun Scope, Black Matte FinishThe objective (or front) lens size is its diameter measured in millimeters (mm) and generally range in size from 32 to 75 mm.  It is important to understand that the gun scopes function is not for gathering or amplifying light; they only transmit the available light to your eyes.  The larger the objective lens, the brighter, and higher contrast and clarity of the target image.  However, the negative side to a larger objective lens is that the bigger glass elements make the gun scopes heavier in weight.  Even a high performance scope will not be accurate if it is not mounted on a stable platform.  To improve the viewing through gun scopes, an anti reflective coating is deposited on lens surfaces to reduce light reflection off the glass lens and allow more light to pass through the spotting scope to your eyes.

The gun scopes magnification is identified by a range of numbers that are separated by a hyphen.  The most common magnification is a 9X.  Beware of the notion that “the more magnification – the better.”  In reality, the more magnification you have, the less light that gets to your eyepiece while reducing the gun scopes field of view.  Anything greater than 12X will be susceptible to the natural shake that comes with holding a firearm, which tends to blur the magnified image.  Be aware of a common mistake, many shooters purchased expensive gun scopes but then they cuts corners and mount them using cheap or mismatched bases and rings.

Alternatives to the traditional optical gun scope are laser sights, reflex sights and holographic sights which offer quicker close- to middle-range target acquisition capabilities.

Before you can properly determine what type of gun scopes that you will need, you should become familiar with the definitions described in the Gun Scopes Terms posting in order to select the appropriate gun scopes.


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