Adding a scope or another optic system to a gun enables the user to shoot much more accurately. Over the years, many airsoft users have considered attaching a rifle scope to their weapons. But does it work, and is it worth it? Let’s take a look.
Why Use An AR-15 Optic?
Installing optics onto your weapon enables you to aim more accurately, especially over longer distances. Experienced and talented shooters will be able to shoot accurately without a scope, only using the weapon’s iron sights. However, many scopes are designed for specific situations, such as night vision scopes designed for darker environments and magnifying scopes designed to magnify distant targets.
More important than the additional accuracy is the additional speed with which optics enable you to aim your weapon. In the hectic environment of an airsoft tournament, being able to aim your weapon quickly and proficiently is a huge advantage. Having a high-quality scope on your weapon will no doubt help you fire much more accurately and reliably.
A scope designed for a full-fledged AR-15 will generally be of a higher-quality than an airsoft scope. There is a lot of interchangeability amongst airsoft and real guns and scopes. You will need to check your weapon and scope specs, but many AR-15 scopes can be fitted to an airsoft gun to improve the shooter’s performance.
You can find a full review of the best AR-15 optics available on the Hunting Mark website. Most of these scopes should fit onto an airsoft gun without any issues. However, you should always check the specifications of the scope and gun before ordering to be sure.
Types Of AR-15 Optics
There are several different types of firearm optics for you to choose from.
Magnified optics are generally used for hunting as they enable the shooter to target distant targets more easily. The utility of magnifying scopes in airsoft games is limited.
Variable and Fixed-Power
Variable and fixed-power scopes are among the most common scopes used with AR-15 rifles. Soldiers, hunters, and competition shooters all utilize variable-powered optics with multiple magnification options.
Fixed-power scopes are cheaper but don’t provide variable magnification. Generally, fixed-power scopes are used for shorter range shooting.
Picking The Best Scope
The best scope for you will depend on what you want to achieve. If you are looking for a scope to see you through Airsoft tournaments, it helps to know the environment you will be competing in. For most Airsoft setups, a relatively short-range and low power scope is the most appropriate choice. However, if there are opportunities for long distance shooting, you might want to consider a high magnification high power scope instead. It is up to you to decide what type of scope you need.
Many AR-15 scopes can be attached to an airsoft gun without any issues. Using AR-15 scopes on airsoft weapons is a great way of securing a higher-quality optic than you can usually buy for airsoft guns. Make sure you choose the right type of optic for your airsoft setup for best results.