There are several things to consider before you open your wallet and invest in that next rifle scope. You’ll have to determine the rifle — and its caliber along with the resulting recoil — as a starting point. A budget, your hunting conditions, and your shooting range to most target species should all be considered. And again, remember recoil.
Bushnell Trophy 1.75-4x 32mm
This iconic manufacturer offers rifle scopes for nearly any pursuit. Hunters could start with the Trophy 1.75-4x32mm rifle scope that is offered with a Realtree AP camo coating on the exterior surface. This scope is promoted as a versatile, all-around, big-game-hunting optic that’s great for slug guns, and lever guns, which means the rifle scope can handle recoil. This scope also features a fast-focus eyepiece, has a Bushnell Circle-X reticle, and delivers 91 percent light transmission through a one-piece tube. The scope is made for the outdoors and is waterproof, fog proof and shockproof.
Nikon Active Target Special 4-12X40mm
Nikon offers hunters, shooters, riflemen and handgunners more than two dozen scopes to help them see the target and make an accurate shot. Among these products is the Active Target Special 4-12×40 riflescope that sports a Realtree MAX-1 exterior coating. This scope features spring-loaded Instant Zero-Reset Turrets, has a BDC Active Target Reticle and will help the user see the target clearly with a quick-focus eyepiece. The scope uses ARD (Anti-Reflective Device) Technology and fully multi-coated optics. The rifle scope is also designed for use with Nikon’s Spot On Ballistic Match Technology — a system that enables users to discover the exact aiming points at various yardages based on the specific ammunition and load. The scope would obviously be great for big game hunting and also for predator pursuits. – realtree.com
The sport of target-shooting requires concentration, self-discipline and great self-control. Being relaxed and focused is key to handling firearms.
Shooting at a mark as a test of skill began with archery circa 1300, long before the advent of firearms. Rifles were first used in warfare and later in hunting, but because of the shadowy early history of firearms, it’s not known when target shooting began. The earliest recorded shooting match – probably using matchlocks – is one held in Eichstäat, Bavaria, in 1477.
According to range officer and chief instructor Geoffrey Coetzee, the heart of the package offerings involves close-quarter and defensive handgun training. “We’re fastidious about the detail, ensuring that participants learn how to use a firearm responsibly and make split-second decisions.
“Visitors either bring their own guns for target-shooting practice, or they can use our guns. It must be said that we have a collection that Tom Clancy would be quite envious of! We offer coaching and instruction for individuals and groups; basic to advanced training – target, clay & amp; scenario; refresher competency training, a firearm self-defence application course, combat and tactical training; a wide range of firearms and ammunition; advice; support; events; and competitions.
“Apart from target-shooting, we cover instant decision-making, legalities, anti-hijacking skills, hand-to-hand combat, advanced handgun skills, home invasions, rape intelligence, situational awareness, surviving a road-side emergency, medical emergencies and attack response.”
Geoffrey emphasised the importance of having respect for firearms and that developing competency in handling firearms was imperative in the South African context. “But apart from specific applications such as hunting, target-shooting is a whole bunch of fun.”