Handgun Scopes Are Different than Rifle Scopes
While many gun enthusiasts have experience with rifle scopes, pistol scopes function a bit differently. A rifle scope has a relatively short eye relief, which means the eye used for sighting the target through the scope typically must be about 3 inches or so from the rifle scope to acquire the target picture. But that short of a distance won’t work with a pistol scope. A pistol needs to be held at a longer distance than a rifle when using even the iron sights. So a scope mounted to a pistol will need to have a long eye relief of 12 inches or more so the firearm can be held at a normal, comfortable distance to enable accurate shooting. Pistols just aren’t meant to be held close to the face and might even pose a safety hazard if held in such a manner while also being much less accurate. A pistol scope will allow the firearm to be held at a normal distance while enabling the shooter to acquire the picture sight through the lens and shoot much more accurately at 50 yards or more, depending on the pistol and its barrel length.
Better Accuracy at Greater Distances
Because the scope allows shooters to zero in on a target from a much greater distance, it is possible to shoot much tighter groupings at distances of between 50 and 100 yards. The crosshairs may or may not have built in range aids to allow for adjusting the shooting angle to allow for bullet drop, wind conditions and targeting moving objects, such as a strolling deer. No matter what the target might be, tighter groupers are much easier with a scope.
Makes Hunting With Handguns More Viable
Long-barreled revolvers capable of shooting magnum rounds are ideal hunting pistols and a good handgun scope will help make the truly humane hunting tools that can take down prey with a single shot. UM tactical manufactures a U.S.-made universal mount for a handgun scope that assembles with no tools in 30 seconds or less. Videos, photos, and ordering information are available at www.umtactical.com or call us for more information at 866-979-4GUN (4486).