Choosing a Scope: Tips For New Shooters
Scope eye protection is significant. When handling a potentially lethal weapon, your eyes can be seriously damaged by recoil energy. When quickly aiming at an enemy, poor eye placement can mean a hit that just misses or can even result in death. Let me explain how recoil energy can damage your eyesight.
Scope eye protection is an accessory designed to correct and prevent scope bites when shooting firearms. Scope bite occurs when you need to hunch over to get a good line of sight for your shot, only to hunch back upright again as the recoil hits you in the temple. In other words: If you always need to keep looking down the barrel of your gun, get some scope eye relief. This article will explain what happens when you suffer from this problem and what to do about it.
When looking through a scope, you are facing away from the target most of the time. Your face is slightly elevated, and the distance between you and the target is tiny. As a result, there is not much room for your head to turn sideways and have a clear shot. When your head turns sideways, it means that there is a lot of potentials for scope eye relief to occur.
There are two different kinds of scopes in use today. There are entirely windup scopes, which require an additional pull to increase eye relief, and there are non-windup scopes, which work with a manual wind mechanism. I generally prefer the non-windup scopes, but they do have their advantages. Here are some of them:
Windup rifles scopes use an external knob to cause the slide to rotate, thus providing eye relief. The primary benefit to this is that you can increase the magnification without holding down on the trigger. With the windup mechanism, you can increase the magnification without re-chop your shot and reset the rifle scope to zero the sight. That's why I tend to favor the windup mechanism. Also, these mechanisms generally provide a more secure hold on the rifle than do the non-windup designs. On the other hand, you cannot increase the magnification with the non-windup models.
Scope Eye Relief on scope bites is another consideration. Some manufacturers design their own "loops" on the top of the scope, that can accommodate any kind of recoil, and can even move up and down during a shooting cycle. This, however, can increase the potential for scope eye fatigue, especially if you're frequently adjusting your elevation and windage regularly. Look for a model that provides an entire field of view with no visible lines of correction.
Another aspect to consider is whether or not the scope offers eye relief for windups. The more windup steel rings used, the more prone the shooter is to getting shot in the temple. If windup rings are being used, take note that some shooters will go to great lengths to minimize the amount of wind noise from the rifle. A good rule of thumb is always to assume that at least half the ring is in line with the target's crosshairs. Even though the shooter may sometimes get hit on the temple, wind noise will still decrease crosshairs movement and make shots easier to handle. To maximize windup benefits and minimize wear and tear on the scope, shoot with multiple ammunition groups at different distances from the target and change rings periodically.
Find a scope that fits your gun once you've decided which features are most important to you. Rings and lenses size is relative to how much additional light you need. For instance, a.22 pistol scope is only as good as its user. The best way to go about this is to compare models side-by-side. Look at each gun's weight, barrel length, mounting structure, and optic type. Hopefully, this quick guide will help you make the best choice when it comes to choosing a scope.