The truth is, there are many, many different factors to look into when researching what scope to buy. And some of these factors are more important than others, all depending on your needs.
However, here are a few to know about next time you go shopping for that perfect scope…
Things Your Scope Needs To Be Effective In The Field
There are generally two types of magnification – variable and fixed. Variable lets you zoom in and out on the target. Fixed scopes, on the other hand, are “fixed” (or locked) on a specific magnification.
Variable lets you zoom in as far as you want to line that shot up perfectly. This helps you shoot equally well at both short and far distances. However, fixed scopes are usually great at a specific distance.
Fixed scopes aren’t nearly all bad, though. They’re often sturdier, since they don’t have as many moving parts. You can also pull it out and use it without adjusting first, which is nice.
However, when it comes down to it, SHTF situations demand the ability to change your magnification. And this is why the variable scope is often ideal for crises.
Magnification settings are typically listed in this general format: 3-9x40mm. This means that the magnification setting is between 3 and 9 times, and that the size of the lens is 40mm. This is typically the standard for variable scopes.
Adjustments You’ll Need
There are a great variety of adjustments out there. However, the ones most preppers will need in an SHTF event are ones for elevation, windage, and eyepiece focus.
You can buy scopes with more adjustments, but these typically are much more expensive. The basic ones above will most likely cover you in an emergency.
This is the front end of the scope, where light enters in and reflects toward the eye. The size of the lens helps determine the field of view (FOV) shown in your scope. The FOV is basically the total area you can see when using the scope. So, a higher FOV allows you to see more area than a lower FOV.
A good, solid lens is generally going to be about 30mm or 40mm in size. Any bigger, and the size difference may not benefit you as much (at least, enough to justify the price). Not to mention, larger lenses will be more difficult to carry without damaging it. And, considering the abuse much of your gear will take in an emergency, large lenses often aren’t worth it.
Style Of Optic
There are two main styles of optic: the holographic and the tube body.
However, if you’re planning on being in an SHTF event, preppers typically find that tube body styles work better. This is because they’re often better in quality, and are great for just general use. Plus, they offer variable magnification settings, which far outweigh the benefits of fixed magnification optics.
Here’s a video to help you learn how to choose a rifle scope of your very own. Enjoy!