As I understand it, more people seem to be taking a liking lately to the possibility (and reality) of long-range shooting. The best thing about long-rangeshooting is that you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money on a professional and very expensive sniper rifle. If you have a rifle that’s powerful and accurate enough, you can convert it in a pretty decent sniper rifle just by adding the right scope to the mix. Most rifles have modular specs that will allow adding a scope with ease.If you are looking for a good rifle take a look at this list of the best prepper guns. A decent scope will give you some undeniable advantages in the field; not only will you be able to shoot from a distance, without making yourself visible, but you could also scout certain areas and determine the outcome of a certain situation, without placing yourself in harm’s way. If you have your heart set on getting your own scope, let me give you a few basic tips and hints. As far as range goes, not all scopes are the same: you have short-range scopes, medium-range scopes, long-range scopesand scout scopes.It’s up to you to decide, but as a prepper, I find the medium-ranged and long-ranged scopes to be more than enough. If you’ve decided on the range, next you’ll need to consider the type of scope you need:
A fixed scope is the least complicated scope you can find. The magnification on this type of scopes is not adjustable, and these scopes work best for people who only plan to shoot from a more or less fixed position and who are well aware of the specs they need when shooting. There aren’t too many models of fixed scopes available on the market, as there’s not that much demand for them; most people prefer the customizable range versions (the variable scopes).
A variable scopeis by far the public’s favorite of the two; and with good reasons, considering that it’s the better choice overall. It has customizable magnification, meaning you can manually adjust the clarity of the image in order to get the cleanest shot possible. There are many magnification variables available, depending on the distance or prey you’re going after. These scopes are most commonly used on sniper rifles, but work just as well on regular hunting rifles too.
Both types of scopes can come with special night vision lenses. Whether the scope is fixed or variable, this extra option will make it easier for you to aim and fire in low light conditions. The thing about night vision scopes is that they’re quite expensive, so make sure you actually need one before making the investment. Let’s have a look at some of the best scopes on the market.
Nikon Prostaff 3-9×40 riflescope (approximately $155)
This particular model released by Nikon is arguably the best scope on the market. It’s light, compact and yet comes with 3-9X magnification. The favorite color is matte black (although there are other options), and it has a multicolored optical system and eye-relief which makes it practical in pretty much any lighting or weather conditions. If you’ve used one before (and several others so you can make the comparison), you’ve undoubtedly noticed the high brightness level the scope delivers, seeing as the light transmission factor goes as high as 98%. The magnification is more than you’ll need in a survival scenario and the overall quality and durability of the product means it will last next to forever, if you’ll take proper care of it and perform minimum maintenance every now and again.
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UTG 30mm SWAT 3-12×44 Compact IE scope(approximately$115)
This is a very good medium-ranged scope with an objective lens of 44mm and a barrel diameter of 30mm. The magnification factor is 3-12X and its design is pretty compact, which means you can easily use it even with smaller rifles. To make it easy on the eyes when shooting during sunlight, it comes with a simple, yet effective sunlight shade. If you’d have to sum the UTG 30mmSWAT 3-12×44 Compact scope in one word, that’d have to be customizability. You have 3 different adjustment knobs + a parallax corrector for max accuracy. And apart from all that, it also brings and innovative reticle to the table, a color-changing one. This option makes it so that the colors can change automatically for a clearer picture and preventing time loss.
Leupold VX-II 3-9x40Rifle Scope(approximately $300)
This is undoubtedly one of the slickest and most practical scopes that you can get your hands on. Despite its fragile looks, this product is anything but. As far as optics go, this scope is all about sharpness and delivers it from the center to the edge of the lens. Contrast, brightness and clarity are also above the capabilities of most of its competitors. Apart from standard knobs and dials, this comes with very comfortable micro-friction dials, which make elevation and windage settings more accessible and easy to change. You can’t go wrong with the Leupold VX-II 3-9×40, despite its above-average price.
These are just 3 of my personal favorites; in this prepper’s opinion, you can’t go wrong with any of these products. But ultimately it’s a matter of personal choice. So before spending your money on a scope that you ultimately might not enjoy, I suggest you go and try for yourselves as many models as you can and find the right one for you. Who knows, you might even discover a hidden gem.
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