Many Varieties of Targeting Aids
There are many kinds of scopes and sights available for handguns. A red dot sight makes it very easy to place a pistol on its intended target but does not offer the degree of accuracy a scope provides. Open reflex sights also can make it possible to acquire the target sooner and improve accuracy, but a handgun scope is the most accurate option for shooting from further distances. If the target is less than 20 yards or so, many optional sights can work well. But when the distance is greater, a scope is the best choice for shooters who want the greatest possible accuracy.
Balanced Scopes Are Better Tools
When using a scope on a handgun for completion, it needs to be balanced and not affect the natural weight distribution of the firearm. If the scope is mounted in such a way that it makes the firearm too heavy at the barrel it could cause the rounds to strike too low on the target. Likewise, having the weight placed too far to the rear could cause the rounds to strike high, particularly when shooting large-caliber rounds, such as the .45 ACP, that has a strong kick. But when the scope is balanced and does not impact the natural weight distribution of the pistol, shooting it much more intuitive and results in a greater degree of accuracy. A good scope also will help acquire the bullseye more quickly and put rounds into it for improved scoring.