Red or white
I have a question. I have an Air Arms S400F air rifle. I shoot HFT, punch paper and also shoot rabbits after dark. Your comment in March’s Air Gunner article ‘New Kids On The Lamp’ made me wonder whether it really was advisable to use a coloured gun-lamp, as opposed to a white one. When I shine my red lamp on rabbits, most totally ignore it and don’t even look up. Why is that? Is it true they can’t see the colour red, or do they simply ignore it? I would prefer to use a white lamp. Would the beam not show a clearer reticle and perhaps have a further reach, or should I stick with red? Rebecca
Hello Rebecca This is a real old chestnut that’s been argued over again and again. For I’ll offer my experience, remembering that there’s no science behind my opinion, just what I’ve seen. I don’t believe that adding coloured filters prevents rabbits from seeing the light. I base this on the observation that as the lamping season moves through the year, rabbits learn that a light means trouble and run, no matter what colour it is. I’ve tried every colour and even laser light and wary rabbits react to them all. My belief is that filters generally reduce the total amount of light emitted and a dull light is less shocking than a brilliant one, so the animal’s reaction is sometimes less active. For this reason, I use the lowest lamp power I can that allows me to see rabbits clearly enough to make precise shot placements and no more. This is why a variable-intensity lamp is my top choice. Ed.
Above: Do red lamp filters make a difference? I’m not sure ...