Best night, infrared and thermal sights

When we talk about night vision scopes or thermal sights, in general, the models that are successful in the market are formidable pieces of engineering with state-of-the-art technologies.

Doing a bit of history, night vision devices are elements that are born for military purposes. The first to use them were the special forces, who used these tactical teams to carry out operations at night.

Today I bring you what I humbly believe are the best night vision scopes for AR-15 available on the market, available to anyone with an Amazon account.

I clarify that all the sights and scopes that you are going to see are for civilian sale , but there are also scopes restricted to military use, with very advanced technology that will not be covered in this article. Let’s go there!

Regulations for night visors Are they legal?

First things first, we must be serious and inform ourselves about the laws that govern night optics, relative to the world of hunting. In this article we will limit ourselves to the regulations of Spain. I clarify that I am not a lawyer, and that it is best that you also inform yourself.

According to what the law establishes, there is a clear difference between what is an aiming element and an observation element:

  • Observation element: Monocular, prismatic or binocular.
  • Aiming element: telescopic sight or hunting scope.

This is important, since, depending on the area where you are, some of these elements will be allowed, all or none.

There are certain exceptions and permits that can be given for the use of night visors while waiting, when, for example, there is a case of damage caused by animals on a property. They must be processed with the regulatory body of each community.

Night vision scopes vs. Thermal visors


Many people confuse these two concepts and let me make it clear: A night vision device is not the same as a thermal visor. They are two different mechanisms for observing in the dark.

  • How night vision works: Night vision devices collect existing ambient light (starlight, moonlight, or infrared light) through the front lens. And they use it to generate an amplified image in green tones of what is being observed.
  • How Thermal Vision Works: All objects, both natural and man-made, emit infrared energy in the form of heat. By detecting very subtle temperature differences in everything you see, infrared (or thermal imaging) technology reveals what would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.

Apart from the conceptual difference, there is a difference in both price and quality. Clearly, and without offending anyone, thermal vision is a much more sophisticated mechanism for seeing in the dark and is therefore much more expensive.

This is not to say that only thermal sights work, but I think it necessary to make this distinction.

What is the best night viewer for waiting?


Night sights have become very popular, especially for wild boar waits, a truly exciting type of hunting. And very often we are asked: What night viewer should I buy? What night visor do they patch for big game? Among many other inquiries we receive of this type.

The truth is that the answer is a great depends. It depends on your budget, if it is legal or not in your community, if you are looking for an aiming element or an observation element, etc. In my experience, these questions are answered in a simpler way, presenting all the alternatives of IR or night vision or thermal elements that are present in the market , so that each one can analyze their characteristics and choose the option that best suits them according to their situation.

Among the observation elements we have:

  • Night vision binoculars or binoculars.
  • Night vision monoculars.

And among the aiming elements we have:

  • Night accessories attachable to day visors
  • Telescopic sights or night sights.

We will proceed to present each type of product and make some recommendations of models that work well for use in waiting and hunting in general.

Night vision binoculars or binoculars

Do n’t be fooled with binoculars Just because the product title says “night vision” does not guarantee that it really is. There are a huge number of cheap models that are useless. There are many Chinese products in this area, and that does not mean that they are bad, there are Chinese brands of very good quality, but there is also a lot of fraud.

To make sure that a binocular or binocular is night vision, look for a digital model. The additional advantage that digital binoculars have is their camera function (they have the possibility of making a recording or taking a photo from the same device ).

You should also bear in mind that a binocular is for viewing at a distance, a cheap binocular that has IR light but has no or very few magnifications will do you no good. Pay attention to the amount of magnification when buying a binocular. Here we leave you some good alternatives taken from Amazon.

Night Vision Monoculars

Monoculars are an excellent alternative , not only widely used in hunting, but also for watching birds and other animals.

One of the interesting features of this optic is its weight. They are really light and, as you surely already know, the lighter we go to the field, the better.

Here we have two alternatives according to its price:

  • Infrared light monoculars: Relatively cheap.
  • Thermal monoculars: Much more expensive.

IR light monoculars

Regarding this type of monoculars, the acceptable ones are in a price range of 100-400 euros. Most are Chinese, but they are of good quality.

Thermal monoculars

Thermal monoculars are much more effective when it comes to night vision, but they are quite a bit more expensive too. Quality models can cost up to 2,000 euros.

Night accessories attachable to day visors

We have been asked a lot about this novel “night sight for telescopic sights or night sight to attach to day sight ” and certainly this has at least attracted our attention.

But what is it? How is it used? Does it really work? Do you recommend buying it? They are questions that they have been asking us (and we have asked ourselves) and for which we had no answer, until now.

We have decided once and for all to buy the most used models on the market and see how they go , to be able to answer all these questions for you and see if they are really worth it.

Choose the one that suits the regulations of your community, your budget and your tastes.

I hope as always I have been helpful.

Good shots!

How to choose an air rifle

Today we bring a query that has been quite recurrent. How to choose a rifle, carbine or air rifle? What factors to take into account when buying? What options are there currently on the market?

It is not surprising that these doubts arise since there are today many new alternatives for this type of platform that did not exist a few years ago. Many people, in fact, are totally unaware of them and it is because they are relatively new.

In this article we are going to reveal all the types of air rifles analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of each one, so that you can better understand what alternatives the market offers today and which of them is the best for you.

Best air rifles, carbines and shotguns 2021

These are the best-selling compressed air rifle models in Spain during 2020-2021 according to Amazon. Some of them are quite  powerful and accurate today In my opinion, among the first three offers we have the best quality-price air rifle of this year:

Keep reading this article to learn which air rifle or shotgun you should choose.

Best air rifles for big game hunting

There is only one platform capable of safely taking down big game trophies and that is PCP rifles or preloaded air rifles.

They are quite expensive rigs, but certainly, they are the only air rifles that I would recommend doing big game hunting with. PCPs come in multiple calibers, some quite heavy like the .357 and .50. This, added to the great speed at which they are able to shoot, results in the ability to shoot down a well-attached wild boar, antelope deer and other large mammals at short distances.

No other air rifle platform is recommended for hunting big game , because the chances of injuring the animal are many. I definitely do not recommend it.

Best airguns for small game hunting

This size of hunting prey allows me to elaborate a little more on the platform of compressed air shotguns itself (springs or nitro piston) which are the ones we all know and surely the ones we have access to more shooters because they are much cheaper than the PCP platform.

What I will do now is to mention those characteristics of the rifles that exist today on the market that I find particularly useful for small game hunting.


The caliber that I recommend for hunting is 5.5 and the logic of this is quite simple. Large prey will be easier to take down with this gauge than with a 4.5 gauge.

You can also choose the 6.35 caliber but I like the 5.5 better because there are more rifles and pellets in the market in that caliber.


Perhaps one of the most important, the power of a compressed air rifle is the speed with which the rifle ejects the ammunition. Normally it is measured in FPS (Feet per second) or feet per second in Spanish, which is a measure of speed that gives us an idea of ​​the power that the rifle has.

The criterion is simple, the more power the better . The higher the power, the more safety to take down larger prey such as hares in even foxes and a greater range of fire as well.

Try to get the most powerful rifle, carbine or shotgun that your pocket allows you to buy.

Telescopic sight

Try to find a model that comes with a telescopic sight . It does not seem, but this is extremely important because the larger small game prey (hare or fox) are hard to shoot down if you do not aim directly at the vital points (head or heart).

To ensure the shot in these areas I use and recommend using a telescopic sight. This does not mean that you cannot do it without a sight, but it will be more difficult.

IMPORTANT: Ideally, the carbine model you choose comes with a built-in sight. This is because these models will surely have mechanisms that reduce the recoil of the rifle so as not to affect the sight that they have mounted too much. You can mount a sight on an airgun that doesn’t have one, but you must be selective, as some sights break after a few shots on very powerful air rifles.


Always look to make the rifle as light as possible. The shooting position you adopt does not matter. That your rifle is light is always an advantage.

It will allow you to take better freehand shots and it will be easier for you to carry it on long hunting walks.


This point is somewhat particular. Personally, I like that the trigger mechanism is as smooth as possible , practically to the hair, especially for those precision shots. There are some models that even bring the possibility of an adjustable trigger.

This feature prevents shot deviations due to misuse of the finger at the time of shooting. It is not essential, but it is desirable.

So far what I consider the most important characteristics that a rifle, carbine or air rifle for hunting should have.

Now I will mention other features that the current carbine models bring that perhaps could be desirable for some of you.


Some rifles come with a capacity of up to 10 shots or even more. This saves us a bit of the shotgun reloading process. However, in my opinion, and in this type of hunting, the first shot should be the last.


More than a silencer what some rifles come with are sound suppressors. This means that they reduce the sound , but do not eliminate it completely.

Following the logic that I raised in the previous point, we should not care too much about the sound after the shot. However, if you need a second shot, this feature may help you a little to prevent prey from fleeing, but this is not certain.

Culata anti recoil

They come models of butts that absorb the recoil of the carbine . In my opinion this is not too important, since the recoil of modern rifles is nothing to write home about. But tastes are tastes.


I particularly like that the rifle comes with a bipod because I like to shoot from the ground. However, this can add additional weight to the weapon and complicate freehand shooting. It depends on each one.


I always prefer Kevlar stock because it is generally lighter than wood, resists water and scratches from the mountain better.


For hunting a camouflage or sand type color is desirable depending on which one blends more with your hunting area , but if you have a black rifle, you can cover it with camouflage bandages and there will be no problem.

Spring or spring air rifles

This type of rifle is characterized by a brittle barrel. They are the ones we all know for sure and it is the oldest platform of all.

They are relatively inexpensive and have acceptable precision. Within the group of spring rifles we have the most basic rifles, as far as mechanism is concerned, but this does not make them a bad option.

To start with the spring rifle you only need to buy the rifle and the pellets or posts. Nothing else is required to start shooting. Very convenient in this regard.

How a spring air rifle works

When the trigger is pressed, the spring is released, which pushes the piston forward, this generates a great air force that makes the pellet or diabolo shoot through the barrel and the piston returns to its place for a new reload.

Avoid firing the weapon if there is no ammunition in the barrel, as empty firing can damage the piston head.

Durability of spring air rifles

The useful life of a spring rifle is estimated at about 7,000 shots.

After years of use, rifles can lose power due to spring wear. Generally and depending on the brand, parts are cheap and replacing the spring is a simple job for any gunsmith.

Spring-Piston air guns last a long time, but springs wear out at some point. However, it is not a reason to worry. A spring piston replacement and a piston seal change are relatively inexpensive and very easy to accomplish for a BB gun, but again we’re talking about years of use and thousands of buckshot.

Spring Air Rifle Gauges

Within spring rifles there is a wide variety of models, prices, brands, powers, and in the case of spring rifles there are only four types of caliber:

  • Calibre 4.5 mm
  • Caliber 5.0 mm (Mostly in the United States)
  • Calibre 5.5 mm
  • Calibre 6.35 mm

The muzzle velocity, on average, will be around:

  • 4.5 mm caliber: 220 meters per second (720 feet per second)
  • 5.5 mm caliber: 180 meters per second (590 feet per second)
  • 6.35 mm caliber: 140 meters per second (460 feet per second)

Average prices for spring air rifles

This aspect will depend on the quality of the materials used by the manufacturer and will generally determine the price of the weapon.

A good spring rifle is between 350 and 450 US dollars , we are talking about a good quality rifle, with good precision.

For rifles with exceptional precision we can opt for German rifles that are around 670 US dollars, they are also very powerful and will be used for precision shooting or small hunting.

Advantages of spring air rifles

  • It is the autonomous platform par excellence, only the rifle is needed.
  • You do not need to spend large sums of money, you can have very good rifles, of very good quality, for around $ 670.
  • The maintenance cost is low, it does not require much maintenance, kits are available to make improvements to the rifle, and spare parts and spare parts are easy to get.
  • Easy to use.
  • Relatively cheap.
  • Accurate, powerful, consistent with every shot.

Disadvantages of spring air rifles

  • Limiting the distance at which you can shoot, these rifles have an accuracy range of 50 to 60 meters maximum.
  • The limitation of the gauges: there are only 4 gauges.
  • The limitation of power, with a 5.5 caliber it will not exceed 30 foot-pounds of power.
  • The recoil, or kick, powerful spring-action rifles can cause the recoil to even break the sight.
  • It takes practice to hammer and shoot properly.
  • It cannot be left cocked as the spring will fatigue and may not work perfectly.
  • It weakens if you shoot for several years, but can be modified for better performance.

Nitro piston air rifles

This platform may be relatively new to some and, to put it simply, it is like the “evolution” of spring rifles , where technology improves the spring mechanism to the nitro piston. In fact, all new brittle rifles made use this technology, and spring technology is considered obsolete.

In 2014 the second generation Nitro Piston was introduced. The design has several improvements that collectively increase speed while continuing to handle noise, recoil, and precision.

All metal-to-metal contact was eliminated and the piston split to accommodate a bushing that acts as a brake at the end of the stroke, greatly reducing vibration. An additional consequence of the design is an impressive reduction in the effort required to aim the rifle.

The nitro piston system is one of the most powerful on the market among brittle rifles. Compared to some PCP or CO2 models, the muzzle velocity values ​​are not much different.

The weight of the piston also determines the power of the weapon and must be carefully calculated by the engineers to balance the expansion of the spring and get the most out of the rifle.

How a Nitro Piston Air Rifle Works

The rifle spring is replaced by a nitro piston. A nitro piston cylinder is basically a structure composed of a shaft, a piston and compressed gas in a cylinder armed in such a way that the shaft moves internally compressing the gas through the piston. Very similar to the shock absorber in a car.

When the rifle is fired, the compressed gas drives a piston forward to compress air in the receiver behind the projectile.

Durability of Nitro Piston Air Rifles

The useful life of a nitro piston rifle is estimated at about 40,000 shots.

Nitro piston rifles have a longer service life than spring rifles. But nitro pistons are known to wear more power-wise with every shot.

Before, when we only had spring rifles, they were already eternal. The only thing that could happen is that every certain amount of time the spring would wear out or break and need to be replaced.

The nitro piston does not break (unless there is a very exceptional situation), in general it does not.

Of course, every so often we will need to do a service to the mechanism so that it recovers the power that it has been losing due to its use. This service will be more frequent than the one that needs a spring rifle. But we can be talking about years. It is not something that you should worry too much about.

Nitro Piston Air Rifle Gauges

As nitro piston rifles are an evolution of springs, we have the same calibers available:

  • Calibre 4.5 mm
  • Caliber 5.0 mm (Mostly in the United States)
  • Calibre 5.5 mm
  • Calibre 6.35 mm

Regarding the power, it will depend on the weight of the nitro piston. There are heavier nitro pistons, which means more power, and lighter ones, which means less power.

The second generation nitro piston system allows the rifle to fire at more than 330 meters per second without producing significant noise or recoil.

In terms of precision, they are more precise than spring rifles since the nitro piston does not produce the vibrations that the spring produces after firing.

Average prices of nitro piston airguns

There is certainly a lot of price variability depending on the characteristics of the rifle. Basically the price of the rifle increases as the materials improve or the fps (feet per second) increase, that is, the power of the rifle.

We can find very good alternatives starting at 450 US dollars.

Advantages of nitro piston rifles

  • Lighter weight, great reduction in noise and vibration.
  • Easy to use.
  • Relatively cheap.
  • Accurate, powerful, consistent on a shot-to-shot basis.
  • Fully autonomous, without the need for CO2 cartridges or pumping equipment.
  • It helps you sharpen your shooting skills as it doesn’t have much recoil.

Disadvantages of nitro piston rifles

  • Stem wears out faster than spring and parts are harder to come by.
  • It weakens if you shoot for several years, but can be modified for better performance.
  • Overall less recoil than spring loaded rifle, but more recoil compared to other platforms.
  • It takes practice to hammer and shoot properly.

Best Nitro Piston Rifles 2021

The following are the best alternatives in nitro piston rifles that you will find in Amazon Spain. Most of the carbines that we see on Amazon are not nitro piston, but spring. You will realize because nitro piston mechanisms are much more expensive than a spring rifle, ask well before buying.

CO2 or carbon dioxide rifles

CO2 or carbon dioxide rifles are not new. The method of loading this platform is the small gas capsules or carafes that feed the mechanism.

Something that I like a lot about this platform is that it is the only one where we can find semi-automatic rifles.

One of the problems that these rifles face is that their performance is conditioned by the weather , since the density of the fluid varies, so on a hot day, the exit velocity of the ammunition will be higher, and vice versa on a cold day. causing possible aiming problems.

On a cold day muzzle velocities will be around 210 m / s at 4.5mm, 190m / s at 5.5mm and 150m / s at 6.35mm and under these conditions the cartridge will last for a few shots. plus.

On a hot day, the speeds increase, reaching 270 m / s at 4.5 mm, 240 m / s at 5.5 mm, and 180 m / s at 6.35 mm.

They are quite noisy, but in optimal temperature conditions they are usually very accurate.

How a CO2 or carbon dioxide rifle works

In these platforms there is an external source of gas (cylinder or capsule) which is what provides our rifle with the necessary energy to expel the diabolo through its barrel.

These gas sources are loaded into our rifle, either by inserting the bottle or cylinder into the rifle’s tank (if it does not have a gas store) or, if the rifle has a co2 store, the store is loaded with a gas bottle. . Same carafes that are used to make soda, for example.

Durability of co2 or carbon dioxide rifles

As the power in these rifles is given by an external source (the co2 tank), we will not have to worry too much about wear. Simply by renewing the tank we will be shooting at the maximum power of the rifle again.

Breaks of other types are rare to see on these rifles as they have no recoil or recoil. In general, they do not break except when they receive strong blows.

Co2 or carbon gas rifle calibers

Same availability of calibers of the previous ones:

  • Calibre 4.5 mm
  • Caliber 5.0 mm (Mostly in the United States)
  • Calibre 5.5 mm
  • Calibre 6.35 mm

In terms of power, it varies a lot depending on the rifle, but on average these rifles have a power of between 150 to 210 meters per second (500 to 700 feet per second).

Average prices of co2 or carbon dioxide rifles

This is undoubtedly one of the great disadvantages of co2 rifles.

To build your CO2 rifle platform you need the rifle, which is around 100 US dollars, if it is a small crossman type carbine, up to 400 or 500 US dollars if we are already talking about something more elaborate of higher quality , power and greater reach.

But this is not the big problem, but in addition to the rifle, you require the CO2 power plant, which are small cylinders that contain carbon dioxide and whose price is between 10 and 12 dollars each. With a container of carbonic gas it will be possible to make from 80 to 100 shots.

At first it doesn’t seem like that much, but if you do the math, over time, the hobby becomes much more expensive when you use CO2 rifles.

Advantages of co2 or carbon dioxide rifles

  • Rifles are cheap and of good quality.
  • High accuracy.
  • No recoil to shoot.
  • Convenient for repeated shooting as it allows semi-automatic shooting (it shoots as fast as you pull the trigger).
  • They use a power plant that you can easily carry one in your hand, even carry several gas cylinders in a small bag.
  • They are quick and quiet to reload and require minimal movement, which can be a major factor in some hunting situations.

Disadvantages of CO2 or carbon dioxide rifles

  • It is an expensive hobby in some countries, since there are several countries in which CO2 cylinders are not so cheap, they are regulated and require certain permits to be able to import them.
  • The limitation of the gauges: there are only 4 gauges.
  • We are limited in power since CO2 is a gas that when expanded gives you only around 1000 or 1100 pounds of pressure.
  • It is subject to temperature, in cold climates CO2 does not expand with the same force as in warmer climates.

PCP air rifles

PCP stands for precharged pneumatic rifle (in English PRE CHARGED PNEUMATIC), which indicates that the rifle has an air tank that is filled with high pressure air. They range from 2,000 pounds, which is what the Discovery, which is the cheapest rifle, carries, to 4,350 pounds, which is the pressure used by some of the more expensive brands.

PCP rifles are the elite of compressed air shooting. They provide the highest output speed and although they can be a bit noisy, they have millimeter precision.

Preloaded tires come in various configurations ranging from competition air rifles for field or general purpose targets to sporting rifles for pest control and hunting. Some of the preloaded airguns are single-shot versions, while others feature multi-shot magazines.

It is the most expensive platform , the most difficult to obtain accessories, the most difficult to repair, but its use is tremendously entertaining.

How a PCP rifle works

PCP rifles have an air tank with a pressure gauge that indicates the level of air pressure that it has inside.

Basically the air that is pre-compressed in a tube, generally under the barrel, is released when the trigger is pressed through a valve, this drives the pellet that blocks the air chamber.

Durability of PCP rifles

In general we are talking about very durable rifles. I admit that if I have seen problems, for example, with air leaks in the tanks of some PCPs, not very often, but it is something that can happen.

And the weak point here is that they are difficult to repair rifles, spare parts are not available and spare parts are expensive.

PCP rifle calibers

Clearly a point in favor for PCP is the number of gauges. Since it shares all the calibers of the previous platforms:

  • Calibre 4.5 mm
  • Caliber 5.0 mm (Mostly in the United States)
  • Calibre 5.5 mm
  • Calibre 6.35 mm

And it also has exclusive gauges of PCP gauges:

  • Calibre 7.62 mm
  • Calibre 9 mm
  • Calibre 11.43 mm
  • Calibre 12.7 mm
  • Calibre 14.5 mm

The velocity of PCP rifles is quite high, with values ​​that can exceed, on average, 340 m / s (1115 fps) in 4.5 mm, 270 m / s (885 fps) in 5.5 mm and around 220 m / s (885 fps) at 6.35mm.

Average prices of PCP rifles

Having a PCP rifle implies, in addition to the rifle, having a device with which to fill it with air, these can be a pump or inflator such as those used to inflate the wheels of a bicycle. This is the cheapest option, around $ 180, but it takes more time and effort to load the rifle with air.

An option to fill a PCP rifle very quickly is with a compressed air tank, however, it is more expensive, a new tank is around $ 670. To fill this tank it must be done with a special compressor which is around $ 1,340.

A cheap PCP rifle is around $ 450.

Advantages of PCP rifles

  • Virtually no recoil.
  • Compact, high power, high precision.
  • Highly effective with large caliber pellets.
  • Very little assembly effort.
  • Most are repeaters that allow you to quickly fire the second round if you miss the first shot.
  • They have a wide variety of calibers: 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.35, 7.62 or .30, .308, .40, .45 and .50 caliber among others.
  • There is a very large range when it comes to power, from 6 foot-pounds to 600 or 700 which can be used for even bigger game hunting.
  • Reloading is fast and essentially silent, only air moves when shooting, and there is no need for a long receiver in which a piston moves.

Disadvantages of PCP rifles

  • You need a lot of loading equipment, so there are more costs for the weapon.
  • The cost is high, the rifles are expensive, and the accessories are also expensive compared to other platforms.
  • Parts can be difficult, as can getting parts.
  • Possible air leaks.

Conclusion and final tips

Remember then the important characteristics :

  • Calibre
  • Power
  • Telescopic sight
  • Weight
  • Trigger

Keep in mind that the trigger is desirable but not essential.

And as additions that you may like , you can look for these other features that I mentioned:

  • Multi-shot
  • Muffler
  • Culata anti recoil
  • Bipod
  • Material
  • Color

Remember also that for hunting large prey the type of ammunition you choose will also be very important. Try to get pellets that are for hunting medium animals.

Choosing the best air rifle is much easier when you know what type of air rifles are available. Each different type has pros and cons, so at the end of the day it all comes down to your preference, purpose of use, and budget.

Good shots!

Top 10 Telescopic Sight Brands

We know how difficult it is for you to choose a telescopic sight that will accompany you on your adventures and above all that is accurate and reliable.

The quality of the weapon is important, but even if you have the most accurate rifle in the world, if it does not have a good scope mounted , it will be totally nullified and you can get tired of missing shots .

This is why we believe that the selection of the correct scope is crucial and even more important than the choice of the rifle .

We want to provide you with a selection of  brands of long-range telescopic sights , manufactured to be mounted on high-powered rifles and for professional use (hunting or combat).

In this article we will focus on presenting you what, in our opinion, are the 10 best brands of telescopic sights on the market.


About the Swarovski brand

Swarovski optic founded in 1949, is an Austrian brand based in Absam in the Tyrol region, specializing in the development and manufacture of long-range and highly accurate optical instruments, which is part of the Premium segment of the market.

Known for its quality and prestige, it is one of the world’s leading providers of long-range optics for hunting, wildlife and bird watching, as well as travel and leisure.

They are characterized by their strength of innovation, the quality and intrinsic value of their products and their functional and aesthetic design. It is represented in 92 countries around the world with direct sales operations in 47.

It must be said that Swarovski optik produces exclusively at its Absam headquarters in Tyrol which gives it even more exclusivity to the brand. As additional data, the turnover in 2017 was 146.3 million euros.

Notable Features of Swarovski Visors

  • The 6x zoom which is personal and provides a great field of view and detail.
  • High Grid technology that provides quality and sharpness to the reticle.
  • Lenses designed with state-of-the-art Austrian technology which makes images clear and with excellent contrast.
  • Their mounts give the unique and guaranteed security and stability that is much needed with the larger gauges.

Our score on Swarovski as a brand

  • Brightness: Very good
  • Sharpness: Excellent
  • Increase: Good

Conclusion on Swarovski

Undoubtedly a highly recommended option for those looking for elegance, reliability, performance and Premium quality.


About the Zeiss brand

Carl Zeiss is a world-leading German optical instrument development and manufacturing brand, founded in 1846 in Jena, Germany. It should be noted that when it comes to telescopic sights Zeiss is divided into three brand lines:

  • Zeiss victory: The premium line of optical-leading Zeiss sights is the best it has to offer. Highest quality coupled with high price guarantees excellent hunting performance.
  • Zeiss Conquest: Products upper middle class . The balanced products in this Zeiss midline provide exceptional performance for all that hunting has to offer.
  • Zeiss terra: the third line in telescopic sights from Zeiss, this is the line in which the brand concentrates only on the essentials , without losing quality and brand properties. Excellent gateway to later explore all the lines of the brand.

Highlights of Zeiss riflescopes

  • They are characterized by an impressive light transmission that exceeds 95%.
  • It offers a wide range of telescopic sights for both hunting and long-range shooting activities.
  • Magnifications ranging from 1.1x wide angle to 24x magnification with a 72mm objective diameter for long-range vision in low light.

Our score on Zeiss as a brand

  • Brightness: Very good
  • Sharpness: Excellent
  • Increase: Good

Conclusion on Zeiss

With all the aforementioned attributes and added to its wide range of products, this German brand becomes one of the best and most reliable in the world of hunting.


About the Leupold brand

Leupold is an American manufacturer of hunting, shooting and military use riflescopes. The company was founded in 1907 by the German immigrant Markus Friedrich Leupold. It has always focused its production and development on meeting the needs of the hunter , covering a wide range of products, from the most economical Rifleman to the highest range of products in what to telescopic sights refers

They were the creators of the design of the famous duplex reticle, so widely used in the world of hunting.

It is the largest supplier of military visors in the United States , we can find its products in the US Army, US Navy, SEALS, Marines and the American Secret Service.

Leupold scopes highlights

  • Leupold telescopic sights are waterproof, fogproof and designed to guarantee lifetime performance.
  • Its long-range scopes have a magnification range of up to 8x to achieve the highest precision at targets that are at long range.
  • The main tubes of its scopes with diameters of up to 35mm offer an unmatched adjustment travel.
  • Leupold has a lifetime warranty which undoubtedly adds a great deal of value to its products and to the brand.

Our score on Leupold as a brand

  • Brightness: Very good
  • Sharpness: Very good
  • Increase: Very good

 Conclusion on Leupold

Leupold has, without a doubt, some of the most durable and reliable telescopic sights in the world.

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About the Nikon brand

Nikon Corporation is a Japanese company founded in 1917 and is currently one of the world leaders in the photographic and optical sector.

When it comes to telescopic sights specifically, Nikon was the first to bring scopes to an unprecedented level of light transmission . Hunters describe Nikon as bright, clear, and accurate.

In fact, they recently launched their Monarch line of telescopic sights that have made a huge impact on the hunting scope market.

Notable features of Nikon viewfinders

  • They reach 95% luminosity, which is the theoretical maximum, and they manage to balance with a very well balanced contribution of colors.
  • They carry a wide selection of hunting optics, with strict quality control to provide premium sports optics with the best money can buy.
  • A wide range of products ranging from the basic, through a medium level to the most advanced and always committed to offering a selection of high quality optics.

Our score on Nikon as a brand

  • Brightness: Excellent
  • Sharpness: Very good
  • Increase: Good

Nikon conclusion

In our opinion, Nikon is an excellent option for those looking for the highest pressure and luminosity with Japanese quality and reliability.


About the brand Meopta

Meopta optika sro is a Czech company founded in 1933 in the city of Přerov and specializes in the development and manufacture of optical instruments.

Meopta creates scopes that exceed the needs of special operations forces and long-range marksmen .

Meopta scopes highlights

  • Its telescopic sights are built to withstand extreme conditions.
  • Meopta scopes feature 100% waterproof scopes and MeoBright lens coatings for maximum transmission.
  • If you are looking for an illuminated reticle, large objective lens, maximum range versatility and more than one telescopic sight Meopta can provide it for you.
  • Pure European quality that also tends to have a cheaper price than other optical manufacturing brands in Europe.

Our score on Meopta as a brand

  • Brightness: Very good
  • Sharpness: Very good
  • Increase: Good

Conclusion on Meopta

Therefore, if you are looking to buy a hunting scope that will accompany you throughout your life, Meopta is definitely an excellent option for you.


About the Bushnell brand

Bushnell Corporation is an American firm specializing in sports optics and outdoor products, founded in 1948 by David Bushnell.

They have packed more than 65 years of innovation into their scopes. Hunting or tactical, Bushnell has a scope that can perform in any condition and environment .

Notable Features of Bushnell Riflescopes

  • Bushnell’s HDOS (High Definition Optical System) features combine its key technologies such as fully coated lenses to deliver an astonishing 95% transmission of light, with 300% more of the visual light spectrum and ED Prime glass for a high contrast and color image.
  • They also feature the Exo Barrier, which ensures that the image remains visible regardless of fog, water, or dirt outside the lenses, so you never miss a single moment of vision.
  • One of the sharpest, clearest and brightest optical products in the world is Bushnell scopes.

Our score on Bushnell as a brand

  • Brightness: Good
  • Sharpness: Very good
  • Increase: Good

Conclusion on Bushnell

Having said all this, it could be said that Bushnell has everything you need and also for very affordable prices.

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About the Vortex brand

Vortex Optics is an American manufacturer of optical equipment for hunting, bird watching, wildlife viewing, outdoor recreational sports and law enforcement, which was founded in 2002.

During these last years, Vortex Optics has managed to occupy an important role in the world of optics and especially of telescopic sights. It has excellent quality control and the clarity of its crystals is exceptional .

Notable Features of Vortex Scopes

  • Your magnification options range from 2x to as high as 60x
  • Vortex telescopic sights use multiple multiplied lenses to minimize light reflection at the air-to-glass boundary, ensuring crystal-clear image quality regardless of lighting conditions.
  • Aircraft grade aluminum is used for the construction of the scope bodies, even the cheapest of which is built around a one-piece main tube, to ensure maximum structural integrity while keeping them lightweight.
  • Its glass has incredible clarity and great image quality at all ranges and magnifications, this is perfect for small and medium game hunters, and competition shooters who need to shoot multiple size targets at various ranges.

Our score on Vortex as a brand

  • Brightness: Good
  • Sharpness: Very good
  • Increase: Excellent

Conclusion on Vortex

Thus, Vortex lenses have come to rival the world’s leading lens manufacturers. In addition, it offers exceptional models at quite reasonable prices.

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About the Nightforce brand

Nightforce Optics Inc is an American manufacturer of high-end telescopic sights and was established in the year 1992.

It is well known worldwide for the quality of its glasses.

Notable Features of NightForce Visors

  • They achieve a sharp and bright image at all magnifications and without any distortion in the image, even without distortion at the edge of the lenses.
  • Focusing is easy in low contrast environments and it is also known for being especially good at detecting targets at long distances.
  • Nightforce riflescopes are specially designed to withstand unforgiving conditions on the toughest terrains and are a guarantee of durability.

Our score on NightForce as a brand

  • Brightness: Very good
  • Sharpness: Very good
  • Increase: Very good

Conclusion on NightForce

To conclude, it could be said that Nightforce achieves a high-performance optics that are fully functional for the user.


About the Steiner brand

Steiner Optik is a firm dedicated to the development and manufacture of optical instruments and was founded in 1947 in Germany by Carl Steiner.

Steiner’s telescopic sights, like all of its optical products, go through an extensive and extremely thorough quality control process that encompasses the stages of production, inspection, testing and approval.

Steiner scopes highlights

  • All air and glass surfaces in Steiner scopes are multi-coated with state-of-the-art formulations of minerals and rare earth compounds that maximize clarity and color and definition.
  • Being a brand that has developed optics specifically for military service, its products have enormous resistance in hostile terrain and conditions.

 Our score on Steiner as a brand

  • Brightness: Very good
  • Sharpness: Very good
  • Increase: Good

Conclusion on Steiner

With the aforementioned attributes and his clear and accurate vision, Steiner becomes one of the main options to consider when choosing a telescopic sight.


About the Vanguard brand

Vanguard is an international company that designs and manufactures tripods, sports optics and accessories founded in 1986 based in Guangdong, China, became a leading company in the industry.

Its telescopic sights are tested for precision and durability and always guaranteeing maximum protection when used in extreme conditions .

Notable Features of Vanguard Scopes

  • They are designed to handle rugged terrain in the toughest conditions.
  • They provide a high level of clarity and accuracy combined with their durability.
  • Its products are protected by one of the best guarantee systems on the market.

Our score on Vanguard as a brand

  • Brightness: Good
  • Sharpness: Very good
  • Increase: Good

 Conclusion on Vanguard

All of the above, added to the great accessibility of its prices, make Vanguard a very good option for those looking for a balance between good quality and a reasonable price.

Overall conclusion on these 10 brands

Anyway, these were the 10 best brands of telescopic sights in our opinion. If you decide on a viewer from any of these 10 brands, any of them, in our opinion, will be an excellent choice . I mean, these are good brands of telescopic sights and none will disappoint you on the shooting range.

Mark Light Sharpness Zoom
Swarovski MB FORMER MB
Leupold MB MB MB
Meopta MB MB BU
Bushnell BU MB BU
Nightforce MB MB MB
Steiner MB MB BU
Vanguard BU MB BU

Remember the evaluation of the variables and the final opinion on each brand is subjective. The best thing is always to test the different viewers and draw your own conclusions .

We hope that the article is as informative as possible and that it clarifies your doubts by helping you make a purchase decision.

Bushnell Engage ™ Reviews

The Bushnell Engage ™ is available in different zoom formats and lens diameters: 3-7x36mm ; 3-9x40mm; 4-12x40mm ; 3-12x42mm; 2.5-10x44mm, 4-16x44mm , 3-9x50mm, 6-18x50mm and 6-24x50mm.

The Engage series is not limited to riflescopes since binoculars and spotting scopes are also available under this name.

You will find at the bottom of the page the advantages and disadvantages of this rifle scope, our opinion on this model as well as the list of all existing Engage glasses models.

To know which specificities to choose according to the intended use (Hunting, sport shooting, long distance shooting) we advise you to read our article on how to choose your rifle scope where we also talk in detail about the Bushnell Engage ™ series. We’re also talking about zoom choices with some sample photos of magnification versus distance.


Bushnell Engage – The Advantages :

√ 30-year warranty
√ Zero-setting mechanism usable without tools
√ Magnum-proof
√ Soft and straightforward turret clicks
√ External and lockable turrets
√ MOA reticle allowing immediate shot correction or calculation of distances
√ Quality report exceptional price

Bushnell Engage – The Disadvantages :

× Only 3-12x42mm, 2.5-10x44mm, 4-16x44mm and 6-24x50mm versions have outer turrets with tool-less zeroing mechanism. The other models are equipped with internal hooded turrets.
× Reticle in the second focal plane (MOA values ​​only usable at a magnification determined by the model).

Our opinion on the Bushnell Engage rifle scope

Our opinion on this rifle scope is very positive.
As usual we are never disappointed with Bushnell riflescopes. The Engage is perfect for beginners and advanced alike, it can last a lifetime. Its ease of use and robustness make it ideal for sport shooting, stalking and approach hunting.

The models with lockable external turrets and a tool-less zeroing mechanism make it a very practical rifle scope for sport shooting . Hunters will be able to turn to the hooded internal turret model with a 50mm objective diameter to take advantage of a good twilight index.

When purchasing, be careful not to confuse Engage models with outer turrets ( 3-12x42mm, 2.5-10x44mm, 4-16x44mm and 6-24x50mm ) and models with hooded inner turrets that do not have a reset mechanism . The version without external turrets is aimed at people who are not interested in this feature and who are primarily looking for value for money. Indeed the versions with internal hooded turrets are much cheaper .