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Airsoft Scope selection
Airsoft Rifle Scopes and Red Dot and Laser Sights
A scope or sight makes playing airsoft even more fun in a number of ways. If you don’t have one
you should get one!
While not as essential as say for air rifle shooting where you often need to hit a 5p size
target at 30 metres an airsoft scope can help in other ways
scopes improve longer distance aimed shot accuracy - Very handy for sniping.
handy for spotting the enemy in cover and ranges way beyond rifle range.
Red dot and
laser sights improve hit rates in fast reflex CQB and mad skirmishes
And of course
they make any airsoft rifle look very cool!
There are 3 types to consider
Type 1 - Telescopic scopes–
As the name suggests you get magnified vision. These are ideal for snipers and general rifle
Come in a wide range of “sizes” For example –
3-9x40 is the most popular general purpose type but what does that mean?
3-9 - Means
the magnification. In this example can be dialed between 3 and 9x (and all the numbers in between) Very
handy for multiple situations and ranges.
40 = lens
size in millimeters. 40mm is a very good size. Good light capture and a wide field of view but not
By contrast a
4x32 would mean 4 x magnification only through a 32mm lens.
Cross hairs –
many different types but for airsoft use you don’t need to worry about this to much except as a fashion
type is pretty standard and is fine (similar to a traditional plain X hair)
others with Mil Dot which is the military standard cross hair. Just the job you may think but they are
more expensive and the mil dot stuff is basically a range finding and distance estimation aid that’s of
little use until distances over a couple of hundred meters are reached. A nice to have but you don’t
Types 2 and 3 Red dot and Laser sights
These are not magnified – what you see is the real size as it is.
Perfect for FIBUA, CQB and close quarter stuff where you need reflex from the hip or fast semi
aimed eye to sight shots (a la SWAT style)
Great for pistols as well.
Type 2 - Red dot sight
Simply projects a red (or green) dot onto the inside of the lens
Only you can see this dot – hopefully on your target.
You fire and you hit
Ideally get one with a 40mm lens as that’s big enough to hold several inches away
from your eye and still get a good vision of the dot on target. Very handy for reflex combat and
Type 3 - Laser sight
Same sort of thing except the dot is visible on the target.
Brilliant for scaring the hell out of the enemy but they can give you away
Best in low light but moist will still give you visible dot even in standard
Various types, some can go on top of a telescopic sight. Others can
be mounted slung under the barrel or pistol grip.
Mounts and base rails - VERY
An important area and one that causes a lot of confusion on ebay! - To fit a scope or sight to a rifle of pistol there must be somewhere to clamp it onto. Makes
sense yes? (not to some people it doesn't!)
Look for dovetail type grooves running along the top of the rifle body - This is
the scope or sight rail or base
To this rail/base you attach the scope or sight by way of scope mounts
To make it extra fun there are different type of mounts as rails/bases
Ok - so you have a base rail of some sort.
Measure the distance between the grooves
Most airsoft models need
weavers. Examples that spring to mind are the TM M4, SR16, SG550-51-52 series, MP5.
Some sniper types have
It’s not a problem if you
measure up first and check that the sight or scope you are getting has the right type
Take extra care with scopes
and sights that have fitted mounts. These cannot be changed so if you get the wrong type they’ll have
to be sent back and swapped for a totally different model.
Nickwake (my) ebay shop fast guide to
airsoft suitable scopes and sights
4x20 – Only come with
fitted Standard mounts. Do not buy or bid for if you have a weaver base.
4x32, 3-9x32, 4x40, 3-9x40,
4-12x42and 8x56 – All come without fitted mounts so you choose mount type.
Can all have scope mounted
laser sights added to give you telescopic AND relex shooting.
Type 1 – “Open eye” with
fitted standard mounts
Type 2 – Tasco BKR – with
fitted weaver mounts (a very cool sight this one)
Type 1 – Scope mounted. A
long term best seller. Buy on its own, in a set with many of my scopes, or add on if you win
Type 2 – Cybergun Laser and
Torch – with various adaptors, can be barrel slung. Also come with a tactical torch. Very cool kit.
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