18 I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW ...

The editor looks at an in­ter­est­ing scope from Amer­ica

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The editor looks through a new scope with a sim­ple but ef­fec­tive ret­i­cle

Bush­nell’s cat­a­logue is huge, but to be hon­est, only a few of their mod­els are of in­ter­est to air­gun­ners, so I was happy to find the AR Op­tics 3-9 x 40, be­cause its side­wheel, par­al­lax ad­juster di­als down to 10 yards, mak­ing it per­fect for us, and 3-9 x 40 is the most pop­u­lar scope spec’ in the world, of­fer­ing a great choice of mag­ni­fi­ca­tion in a rea­son­ably com­pact pack­age. Weight is kept un­der con­trol by us­ing the good old one-inch body tube, al­though the rest of the build looks pretty chunky and solid, as you’d ex­pect for a scope de­signed for com­bat.

Once mounted on my Daystate Hunts­man, I im­me­di­ately no­ticed how bright and clear the im­age was. I noted that no dis­tor­tion, or any other vis­ual anom­alies, were seen, just a clean, en­joy­able view. The com­pact size and mod­est weight sat nicely on the light­weight, sport­ing ri­fle and I felt the qual­ity of the scope lived up to the gun.

Be­ing a firearm scope, the eye re­lief is long at 3.7” which meant that I had to mount it as far for­ward as it would go, and this had a sec­ondary ben­e­fit; un­der the sad­dle is a bolt that projects down and could in­ter­fere with mag­a­zine re­moval, but be­cause the scope was so far for­ward it cleared with­out any prob­lem. One of the most at­trac­tive fea­tures of this scope, for me, is its ret­i­cle. It’s ac­tu­ally quite sim­ple, ba­si­cally a 30/30 du­plex, but with added mil-dots for hold over al­lowance. This is right up my street. I dis­like overly com­pli­cated ret­i­cles be­cause I feel that in poor light, when un­der pres­sure to make a shot, they can con­fuse the shooter. I’m sure I’ve had some misses in the past be­cause I was us­ing the wrong part of the ret­i­cle. There’s no chance of that with this one.

With a lit­tle ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, it’s easy to see where the ex­tra aim­points match your ri­fle/pel­let com­bi­na­tion’s tra­jec­tory. Once you have this worked out, you can make either a men­tal or writ­ten note and your ac­cu­racy will im­prove im­me­di­ately. The el­e­va­tion and windage ad­justers are large, ex­posed units that can be eas­ily di­alled, even with a gloved hand. They do not fea­ture a lock­ing mech­a­nism, but Bush­nell must have con­fi­dence that they won’t get turned ac­ci­den­tally if they of­fer them on scopes that might be used in life or death en­vi­ron­ments. I liked this scope very much and hope to give it a more long-term test over the win­ter if I can twist Edgar Broth­ers’ arm to let me hang on to it. It may be de­signed for a com­bat AR .223, but I think it might be just what I need on my air­gun.

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