Features and Function of a Laser Range Scoped Weapon
A laser scope is a device integral or attached to a gun to help target acquisition for the hunter. Unlike conventional iron and optical sights where the hunter looks through the sight to aim at the desired target, laser scopes project a bright beam on the target which gives a highly accurate visual reference point for the hunter. In other words, it can be compared to an LED light on the outdoors. But unlike a LED light, which only shows colors, laser sights can display infinite colors making them more attractive than either LED lights or iron sights.
Laser scopes utilize light to create a permanent magnetic field within the objective lens of the gun. The objective lens contains a metal lens that is coated or magnetized. This creates a field that is very similar to that of a laser. This allows for a high level of precision when aiming at moving targets. Because of the high degree of control and accuracy provided by the scope, it is often used in conjunction with a laser rangefinder to increase the effective range of the weapon.
When purchasing a laser scope, it is important to understand how the reticle on the scope works. There are two primary reticles that can be found on a scope; a parallax reticle, which is linear in nature, and a crosshair reticle. With a parallax scope, the crosshairs point to the center of the aiming angle for the rifle. With a crosshair scope, the reticles point off to either the right or left side of the bore of the rifle.
There are several advantages to using a laser scope. For one, they offer a much clearer picture of the targets because of the increased range of the lasers. Scopes also offer a more secure firing solution because of the locking mechanism that holds the laser sight steady when in use. Lasers offer an effective means of temporarily disabling an opponent because of the blinding light produced by the lasers. Finally, lasers offer a cost efficient way to provide long distance accuracy with a relatively small cost over conventional firearms.
To fire a laser shot, the user must align their crosshairs along the vertical axis of the laser scope. The objective lens of the gun must also be lined up along the vertical axis. Once these steps are complete, the user activates the laser gun's power source and flips down the laser sight. Once the laser sight has been properly set up, a laser beam shoots out from the objective lens and travels down the barrel to the crosshairs on the front side of the scope.
Next, the crosshairs and the red dot of the laser scope are aligned with the crosshairs on the right and the left side of the bore of the rifle. The objective lens is then placed behind the red dot. Next, the power is activated and the laser diode fires the diode energy down the barrel until it hits the edge of the objective lens at the base of the gun. This energy is transformed into visible light and then reaches the lens end, creating a bright red dot on the target. The gun is then aimed at the center of the target.
The major components of a laser rangefinder are its adjustment range, optical axis, power supply and the main features. The adjustment range allows the users to adjust the scope to different ranges, starting from the smallest setting called the zero adjustment. This way, the users can compensate for both peak power and minimum distances. The next major feature is the optical axis of the scope which is found between its two objectives. This allows the users to focus on the pinpoint accuracy of the main features of the laser scope.
Other important features of laser scopes are its durability and reliability, while allowing the users to easily adjust its height so as to allow sighting in or out during hunting. The most important thing is that it should be easy for the users to use and maintain, without having to deal with too much difficulty in using it. For this reason, hunters are advised to choose only those laser sights that meet their needs perfectly.