A good First Focal Plane scope improves your user experience; whether your intended use is for hunting, or target or long-range shooting, it improves your accuracy by making target acquisition easier and faster. But then, the challenge arises when you get to the market to make your choice as there are diverse options to choose from because you have to realize that selecting a scope based on the FFP reticle can never be enough. The next few features I will share can help you discern what scope will offer what you need.
Maybe seconded to accuracy, magnification is probably the main reason why we choose to make scope purchases. Magnification, generally, refers to the power range of the scope. It basically multiplies the power of an unaided eye. In other words, a scope with 3x magnification will give your eye vision two times its normal capacity.
The first numbers in the scope name represent the magnification of the scope. For instance, a 1-3x32mm means the magnification can deliver between 1 and 3 times of zoom. Hence, 3x is the magnification power of that scope. In most cases, the choice of magnification is preferential, although that depends on the distance of the yard you are working with. For instance, you should look at purchasing anything beyond 3-9x if you’re usually targeting beyond 100 yards.
In choosing a First Focal Plane scope, ensure to pick one that gives a bright and clear image. Your image will be affected by light; entering the lens and the light transmitted by the lenses. Hence, the lens coating feature is an essential consideration because it focuses on the light transmission to ensure you can see a clear and bright image despite the change in external light transmission.
Turrets deal with adjusting the impact position of the bullet fired from the rifle; hence the importance of elevation and windage adjustment. The elevation adjustment assists with the ability to move the point of bullet impact up and down. On the other hand, the windage adjustment helps you with the ability to move bullet impact to the right or left. Note that these adjustments are relative to your reticle. These adjustments are vital for long-range tactical shooters. The readings are graded either in milliradians or minute angle units.
You must consider this feature when purchasing your FFP scope because, then, you have a better chance of purchasing a scope that meets your needs, either for long-range shooting or hunting.
Many times, when weight is considered, you’re thinking of the heaviness with carrying the rifle, much more, to carry it over a long distance. But you almost have never considered the role it plays in a shooting.
In purchasing a scope, you must think about your plan and purpose. For instance, if you plan to shoot at long range, steadiness is essential for your rifle and scope lest you are more susceptible to misfire; in this case, the weightier the scope, the better. A lighter scope is advisable for shooting a short distance range.
Before you purchase your scope, ensure to consider that you have chosen one with the right objective lens. Objective lens refers to the diameter of the lens closest to the rifle’s barrel and farthest from the rifle’s stock.
The size of the scope’s objective lens affects the amount of light your lens is going to transmit. That means that the larger the lens, the greater the amount of light it will transmit, which consequently means it will produce a brighter image; however, it adds to the weight of the scope, making it heavier than a scope with a smaller objective lens.
As earlier opined, neither of the FFP or SFP reticle scope is inherently better than each other. Each reticle has its time and place; it’s not a situation of what sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. So, your purpose of use, either for tactical shooting or hunting, will play a huge role.
Although this feature is an optional one on scopes, and it does not affect the overall reticle quality or accuracy or assembly, it depends on the preference of the user. Reticle illumination also implies a more expensive scope.