Handgun Scope AdvantagesHandgun scopes can make your pistol more versatile and effective. Different types of handgun scopes have different aiming points or reticules, allowing you to match the aiming point to the type of shooting you want to do. Illuminated, adjustable dot sights or conventional, magnified crosshairs can increase the precision of your aim or allow you to effectively increase your speed. The big advantage of all these handgun scopes is that they make the target and aiming point appear to be at the same focusing point for your eye. Conventional iron sights make your eye choose what it is going to focus on, the target or the sights. It can’t focus on both at the same time. This is especially true for older shooters whose eyes can no longer focus on the front sight of a conventional handgun. Many older shooters have stopped shooting for this reason. Handgun scopes can give them their sport back and in many cases, they shoot better than they did when they were younger.
Pistol Scope Types and AdvantagesHandgun scopes come in many varieties. The first handgun scopes were the same as conventional rifle scopes with lenses adjusted to work at arm’s length instead of three to four inches as necessary on a rifle. Red dot sights look like a scope, but typically don’t magnify the target. The usually have a LED dot that is adjustable for brightness as the aiming point. Reflex style sights just have a small lens that reflects a LED or other light source dot back to your eye. Reflex sights can be far smaller and lighter than other handgun scopes.
Extended eye relief handgun scopes work just like a regular rifle scope and are excellent when very precise shooting and magnification of the target are needed. The magnification means that the size of the view through the scope is smaller than in a red dot or reflex sight.
Red Dot sights usually have a LED dot that is visible when looking through the tube, at the target. The brightness of the dot is usually adjustable to match the amount of light where you are shooting. The brighter the lighting is, the brighter the dot needs to be. These sights are excellent for fast action shooting because the dot is easy to see and focus on. The only drawback to some of these red dot sights is they can be a bit bulky.
Reflex sights function very similarly to red dot sights. A red dot still appears on the target when you look through the lens. The reflex style handgun scope actually projects the dot image from below the lens to give the appearance of a red dot sight. The reflex sight is excellent for action shooting because it can be so small and light while still giving the bright sight picture of a red dot sight.