Optics have become steadily more sophisticated, with features from illumination to laser ranging to reticles that track your bullet’s arc for dead-on holds out yonder. Zoom ranges in riflescopes have grown from 3X to 4X, then 5X, 6X, 8X, even 10X. Glass coatings these days make images sharper and brighter, shed rain and shield lenses from abrasion and selectively pass wavelengths of light. But these improvements increase the prices of optics. Many scopes now far exceed the cost of the rifles they serve! Thankfully, your choices abound. Whether your inheritance leaves you too much to spend responsibly or your children need shoes, you have many options.
For more information about the optics and sights featured in the gallery above, please visit the following sites.
Schmidt & Bender
This article was originally published in “Tactical Weapons” November/December 2017. To order a copy and subscribe, visit outdoorgroupstore.com.