Air Rifle Scopes

Choosing an air rifle scope can be an intimidating taks. This is because there are literally dozens of models which all have various features to choose from. A good place to begin when considering air rifle scopes is to understand the basics of the operation of a scope. Basically, a rifle scope magnifies an object and puts the shooter on the same visual plane as the object. This is done by a series of lenses inside the scope, which bends the light so that it magnifies the image.

Air rifle scopes are special because they can withstand the unique recoil and vibrations of the air rifle. Shooters should never install a rifle scope on an air rifle. For whatever reason shooters select a scope, it can help them have pinpoint accuracy.

Fixed air rifle scopes have a set – one magnification that cannot be adjusted. The power number is usually printed in this fashion: 4X32 or 4X15. The “4X” denotes that the object in the viewfinder of the air rifle scope is magnified four times more than can be seen with the naked eye. The advantage of fixed scopes is that once they are sighted in, they will require little adjustment. Of course, the disadvantage is that the scope cannot magnify an image any more than the set magnification. These scopes are well suited for pursuing small rodents like rats or mice or any rodent that can be hunted at closer ranges.

Variable power air rifle scopes usually magnify between 3-15 power. This is usually described similar to this: 3-9X32. This means that the scope can magnify 3-9 times and the 32 refers to a 32mm objective lens. These scopes are well suited to hunting larger game at longer distances. The potential disadvantage to this kind of scope is there are more moving parts that can be damaged than in a variable power air rifle scope.