Everything You Need to Know About Airsoft Gun Scopes, And How To Choose The Best One For Your Needs
To get you started, here's a brief overview of scopes and what they can be used for.
If you're going to buy a scope, you should spend the same amount of money on it as you spent on your firearm.
We're going to disregard that guideline, because we're not hunting tigers, and airsoft weapons aren't very accurate, to be honest. So, if you find that advice in another post on the subject, be aware that it is intended primarily for true steel shooters.
It's best to practice as much as possible using a scope that you can afford, according to our rule of thumb.
Usually, practice makes perfect.
If you're looking for a scope for air soft, you don't have to go through the same process as you would if you were going to use it for hunting, sniping or self-defense. For starters, the range of an air soft gun is far shorter than that of a real firearm, which means that your options and costs will be much reduced!
Look more closely at a few factors that can help you find a scope that fits your needs.
In order to maximize your view of the target, a scope will have a number like 6X, which implies the image is multiplied by 6 times, or 6-24X, meaning means the bottom end of a scope is six times magnification but it can enlarge up to 24 times. This is clearly the purpose of a scope.
Two distinct scopes are compared in terms of magnification.
Even for airsoft enthusiasts, 24X magnification is a little overkill. However, there are numerous of scopes that give a more realistic range of magnifications for our purposes.
A 1-4x scope is all you need if you're shooting at a distance of less than 400 yards. A 3-9X or 2-10X scope may be appropriate for larger targets at longer distances.
If you know how to decipher scope numbers, you can learn a lot about a scope. The first component of a scope number is magnification, but what about the other parts?
Next to the X, you'll find a number in millimeters that represents the size of the objective lens. Your scope's objective lens is located at the end of the scope near the muzzle.
You need to know these names!
When a scope is referred to as "three to nine by forty," it signifies that it has a magnification range of 3x to 9x with a 40mm objective lens.
Perhaps there's an additional digit or two. This implies that the diameter of the scope ring is also specified. However, there are some models that employ 30mm rings instead of 1-inch rings. When you notice a 30 added to the effective focal size, it indicates that the scope requires a 30mm ring to be mounted.
Reticles are the crosshairs you see overlaid over your objective as you look down your scope. They are available in a variety of designs, and some scope makers even allow you to select the type of reticle you want in your scope..
It is more difficult to see targets at greater distances with thinner reticles, but they are better suited for smaller ones. The thicker the reticle, the more difficult it is to see small or faraway targets.
A few reticle types are available.
As long as the battery lasts, certain scopes have LED-illuminated reticles, in which the reticle glows green or red. Keep spare batteries on hand or a technique to use the crosshairs even if it's not lit up.
Reticles are also available with tiny dots, hash lines, or other marks on the vertical line of the reticle. In order to assist you in determining where to hold, these markers are provided. Your crosshairs will show you exactly where to hold for target that are at least 200 yards away, 300 yards away, and so on if your sights are sighted perfectly at 100 yards.
Windage (lateral) and elevation (vertical) adjustments should be available on every scope (up and down). Parallax and focus adjustments should also be visible.
A dial or a knob can be used to modify your reticle's windage and elevation so that your shots land exactly where the reticle tells them to, so you don't miss. Zeroing a firearm is another term for this.
It's like focusing a microscope: the reticle gets sharper as you turn the focus knob Adjust the scope's reticle so it appears clear and sharp against a dark backdrop.
While it isn't as vital for airsofters to know what parallax adjustments do, it is still important to grasp what this adjustment accomplishes.
The effect of parallax, which causes an object's position or direction to appear to alter depending on how it is viewed, will be briefly discussed here.
Make absolutely sure your eye isn't squashed against the scope of your airsoft rifle, even if it doesn't recoil as severely. Why? Is this your first time getting punched? That is why.
During a rifle's recoil, the sight is carried backward and directly into your eye. Scope bite, as it's referred to, may be quite painful, and it can also cause damage to your scope and face.
What is the distance between your scope and your eyeball? Check!
The word "eye relief" refers to the distance between your eye and the scope, which is typically influenced by the scope on its own and your personal preferences.
When it comes to shooting with a scope, it doesn't matter how much eye relief you have if you don't know how to properly shoulder your weapon.
How to Choose a Scope
We will never stop stressing the importance of reliability. While flashy gear may be fun for a few games, durable gear will last your a lifetime of competitive play.
Failing equipment is a bummer. It has the potential to spoil your game, get you shot, cost you a fortune, and just be a pain in the neck.
When shopping for scopes, aim for ones that are not only long-lasting but also capable of holding zero, meaning that its settings will not be affected even if the scope is jolted.
Make certain that your scope can maintain with everything you'll encounter in a game.
Despite their humble beginnings, scopes have come a very long way from their debut, and today's scopes are packed with features and possibilities.
A matte, long-lasting finish is what you're after in the end. You'll want a reticle that looks good and is easy to see, so be picky about the color. If you plan on playing in humid environments, you should invest in a fog-proof scope. If you're going to be playing in all kinds of weather, a waterproof scope is a good idea.
A fog- and weather-proof sight keeps your focus on the target.
A wide range of scopes are available to meet your requirements and expand with you as your expertise increases.
Can You Use Regular Scopes For Your Airsoft Battle?
You can do it, but you should refrain from doing so. So, here's why:
When a genuine gun fires, the projectile and gas that escape the barrel cause the recoil. It is, however, from the piston and springs that airsoft rifles recoil.
This can have a significant impact. With such a large amount of energy, the piston slams into its final resting place in the compression chamber.
Weapons recoil in this manner. When you pull the trigger, the gun recoils against your body. That means there are two simultaneous recoils taking place in opposite directions at the same moment.
What's the connection between this and the scope?
If your scope isn't built to handle these unique demands, it's going to break down under the strain.
More than a few costly scopes have been destroyed when attached to airsoft rifles. That's a tough one to swallow, I know.
Your conventional scope may still not be able to perform the work that you desire when attached to an airsoft scope, even if it doesn't come apart.
If you have a good airsoft scope, you'll be focused down to a distance of 10 meters without any parallax. In contrast, traditional scopes are intended to be parallax-free at a distance of up to 100 meters.
What Should I Look Out For In A Red Dot Scope?
If you want an excellent scope, you should be able to see at least 20 meters away.
As a point of aim, some scopes utilize a green or red dot, while others employ a different shape.
The size, shape, and weight of a scope may be affected by the type of battery it uses.
A large scope is often harder to break than a small one, with tiny scopes being more susceptible to breakage. When you're fighting in the woods, this is not a nice thing to have.
The size of the viewing window varies from scope to scope. Most are 30mm in diameter. The height of scope mounts can also vary, depending on the type of scope. With goggles, a higher scope mount can be useful.
For short-distance shooting, lower scope mounts are more accurate since they are closer to the barrel.