What is a good rifle scope for an air rifle?

What is a good air rifle scope AR 15As most seasoned hunters would readily know it is unfeasible to use a usual rifle scope on an air rifle. To begin, the gas, spring or piston operation of these firearms create plenty of recoil. Which is by no means the normal unidirectional recoil of conventional firearms, but rather a double recoil. That starts when the big spring mass is uncoiled, which sends the rifle backwards, and is followed by the recoil that occurs when the piston arrives at its full length. That sends the rifle in the backward position. This double recoil that characterizes all airguns can wreck havoc on the lenses and fragile internal components of an ordinary rifle scope.

As would be expected there are diverse kinds of air rifle scopes currently in the market that offer varying features. This makes it somewhat challenging to determine just which is ideal for your distinct requirements and inclinations. To this end, this article is specifically designed to review just what features to look for in a good rifle scope meant for air rifles.

1. Fixed / Variable magnification

There are two options to choose from when it comes to the magnification power of these products. On one hand, you can opt for one that features a fixed magnification, which in essence is preset at a specific magnification that can’t be altered. Such a scope offers low magnification and a larger field of vision. This makes it suitable for hunting smaller game at close range and even sighting in moving targets in a fast manner.

A variable magnification air rifle scope on the other hand, permits images to magnified, and basically offers the best of both worlds. That is a low magnification and bigger field of vision for close range shooting, and higher magnification for much longer distances. On the flipside such a rifle scope necessitates constant adjustments due to the many complex components found within it. Ideally, scopes with a magnification of 3X-9X and 4X-12X are ideal for virtually any kind of shooting application.

2. Objective size

The bigger the objective lens of an AR 15 scope comes with , the much stronger its magnification will be. A big objective permits more light to get into the rifle scope , which facilitates for brighter, crisp and sharper sighting of targets. Such a product can be ideal when you are hunting in poor lighting conditions like those that characterize dawn and dusk. Despite this, the larger the objective the more bulky and heavy the rifle scope will tend to be.

3. Air rifle reticles

When choosing a good rifle scope for an airgun, the reticle it features is also a critical factor to reflect on. The most common varieties of reticles that these products integrate are the fine crosshair, duplex crosshair ad mil-dot reticles. The first happens to be the most simple configuration, and it features 2 thin lines at the center. One downside of this reticle is that it can easily get lost when shooting against dark backgrounds. Most especially when you are hunting around heavy vegetation cover or dimly lit areas. This makes this reticle suited for only shooting against fixed and high-contrast background, where fast sighting isn’t issue.

The Duplex crosshair reticle comes with thick lines located along the edges of the field of view. Essentially the thick lines and thin center counter against losing the crosshair when shooting around dense vegetation cover or dark backgrounds. The Mil-dot reticle is an instance of the Duplex crosshair , and features diminutive dots along the fine lines on the center of the crosshair. These dots can offer varying aiming points as well as been utilized for effective range finding. This reticle configuration in an air rifle scope permits for excellent sighting while shooting against dark backgrounds.

4. Air rifle mounting hardware

There are several air rifle mounts you can opt for, but it is recommended that you settle for the one-piece variety. Which wrap around the scope and can be tightened on the rails of airgun. These mounts are particularly good for high-power air rifles that present a lot of recoil. Some of the common kinds of mounts you can select from include the high mounts, that work best with large scopes as they enable them to sit higher on the rifle. This give the objective lens sufficient clearance from the latter’s stock and barrel. Medium mounts on their part are slightly diminutive than the first alternative, and are ideal for scopes with 44mm or lower objectives.


As you can see there are many factors you ought to take into consideration when it comes to choose a good rifle scope for an airgun. This includes the magnification type, the size of the objective lens and even the mounting hardware. By following this simple guide you can put yourself in an excellent position to pinpoint the right scope for your intended application.


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3 Responses to What is a good rifle scope for an air rifle?

  1. Marcus Hanzheim July 12, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    So far i understood this, there is not some perfect rifle that costs much, it depends what you need it for and to make decisions and compromises when choosing it, am i right?

  2. Hank Greenfiels July 12, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

    I always get 2 one for the most extreme situation in the field and another one casual and that I’m comfortable with. But if you can’t afford 2 the decisions you gotta make to get a nice one. Well simple to say it, there must be few days thoughts put in there 🙂

  3. AMIR KHAN August 10, 2016 at 1:01 am #

    Things I liked: I purchased the Gen Marauder 22 with wood stock. First PCP purchase as a package with Benjamin 3 stage pump and extra magazine. I have a 4-12 x 40 Bushnell banner on the rifle WITH BKL standard rings. These rings should accomadate 44 and possibly 50mm objective scopes. Great deal during 20th anniversary sale plus bundled discount. All items came to under $530 with free shipping. THANKS PA! My rifle is extremely accurate out of the box with CP 14.3 great RN pellets. I got lucky with the tune and the barrel, I guess. Sighted in at 25 yds. I can group 30+ shots at 40 yards within 1/2 to 3/4 inch. Drop at 40 yds is approximately 3/8 inch. Pressure for the shot string is from 2900 to 2000 psi. Have not chrony’d the velocity, but they smack my metal target with more than enough accuracy and power for my use. Lightened the trigger it was very good out of the box and excellent now. The gun deserves a better scope with mil dot reticle. Will test groups at 50 and 75 yards. Gun is up to it.

    Things I would have changed: I shoot the gun sitting from shooting sticks and it is on the heavy side. Much heavier than my R7 and even my HW50S. I may purchase the synthetic stock $55 to reduce weight by one pound.

    What others should know: The Benjamin 3 stage pump works fine for filling the reservoir to 2900 psi. I pump slow and deliberate as shown in videos on the PA site. I’m in reasonable shape and weight 180 lbs. I rarely take more than 30 shots per critter shooting outing. One fill can last 2 or 3 outings for me. I use the two spring guns for target in the yard. The Mrod is not a casual target or plinking gun but it excels at smacking the critters.

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