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Scope Guide - Learning Center for Rifle, Spotting, Pistol, Military Scopes & more!

Not sure of how to purchase a particular scope? Our scope buying guide will help you make a educated decision on which scope is best for you. If you have any further questions, please contact one of our scope specialists at 877-743-2269.

Military Scopes

There is some criteria to think about before jumping into the large variety of scopes available today. To be better prepared, check out our guide on How to buy a Rifle Scope. Then decide what the optic will be used for - military, recreation or police work. Make sure you know the distances and ranges you expect to be shooting from including your maximum range. There are some questions about your rifle to think about such as the size, caliber and weight. Take your time and choose the best scope with the features that will work best for you.

Tactical scopes come in both fixed and variable magnifications. The military scopes are usually fixed, this means they are sturdier, have less lenses and cost less than most scopes. The fixed scope is not very flexible but the variable scope is very flexible. Your magnification range will be determined by what you require. The most popular being 3x-9x. Since both magnification and objective lens size work when shooting in lighting that isn't bright, you should consider ambient lighting upon magnification of your variable scope. The objective lens is also important because of the size. The larger the lens, the more likely to reflect light and disclose position. The tube diameters of tactical scopes come in a variety of diameters. The larger ones are more sturdier which allows for more adjustment. It is important to have an easy to find aiming point in the reticle so you can see in the low light. An illuminated style will help this greatly.

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Handgun Scopes

The most important factor when choosing a scope for a handgun or pistol is the extended eye relief. The eye relief is the distance between the eye and the ocular lens when the full field of view is displayed. The extended eye relief changes magnification when using variable scopes. The higher the magnification is the less the eye relief is because the field of view will narrow and become harder to find the target. With a larger field of view, lower magnification is needed when shooting at close range. The range of a pistol or handgun scope is usually 5 to 30 inches from the eye to the scope. If you have bad illumination the extended eye relief will be affected and the shot will be missed. Take your time and choose the best pistol scope for you. Remember that magnification and illumination are all important factors when making your decision.

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Rifle Scopes

There are a wide variety of riflescopes to choose from including top brands such as Nikon, Aimpoint, Carl Zeiss, Leupold and many more! In order to choose the best riflescope there are numerous decisions that need to be made such as magnification power, tube diameter, lens quality and more. To make an educated decision on which riflescope is best for you, visit our guide on How to buy a Rifle Scope.

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RangeFinder Scopes

Rangefinders measure the distance from the observer to the target. When using a rangefinder your able to judge the distance with greater accuracy. Rangefinder scopes have curved lines with numbers next to them and some have straight lines. These lines represent approximately a 6 foot target. The higher the number means the closer the lines are together because a smaller target means a farther target. To choose the best rangefinder, decide what the maximum distance will be for whatever your using it for.

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Spotting Scopes

Spotting scopes can be used for a variety of different things such as hunting, bird watching, whale watching, police work and more. Most popular spotting scopes have objective lens of 50mm to 80mm. The magnification range can be from 15x to 60x. They will have more powerful spotting scopes available with a higher magnification and larger object lens.

When buying a new spotting scope there are a few things to determine in order to make a educated decision. First, consider your visibility. Will there be a sun glare, dust, wind or any heat waves. All of these are factors that will affect your view in your spotting scope. Decide what you will be using it for most of the time. The more magnification used the higher the potential is for distorting your image. Remember, the higher quality your spotting scope is the clearer your image will be when viewing it.

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