When Morgan James invented a rifle scope back in 1835, it piqued a few people’s interest including that of John Chapman, William Malcolm, and LM Amidon, who were inspired to build scopes, too. Then, the designs, although having met expectations concerning longevity and performance for the sighting device, were quite basic.
Now, it’s way past the beginning of the 21st century. Maybe, looking back at the rifle scope’s advancements throughout the last 20 years will encourage you to appreciate the one-of-a-kind features of those from the new generation.
Early to Late 90s
Since a lot of time has passed after its first ever appearance, the rifle scope’s design (its elevation and windage) has been subjected to changes. No doubt that, from its basic concept back then, it has gone far. However, at this time, its features needed more improvement to produce crisp and clear images for shooting at long-distance ranges.
- Carl Zeiss lenses were introduced, which sparked the trend of preferring high-quality optics for both practical and tactical use.
- Swarovski Optik introduced the LRS series, which was a series of rifle/telescopic sighting devices with integrated laser range finders. After the company’s success on the field, similar groups began to emerge and come up with ways to market products of the caliber.
- Groups that were already known for their distribution of sighting devices conducted further studies on the concepts of magnification, parallax compensation, exit pupil, eye relief, and relative topics needed for improvement of lens quality.
Developments in the 2000s
At the start of a new millennium, the rifle scope industry slowly advanced. The use of rifle scopes became popular in shooting competitions. Due to the reputation it began to earn at this point, suppliers of high optics took the initiative to move up their game.
- Companies around the world began manufacturing lenses that could assist shooters in shooting competitions.
- Rifle scopes, which could last in harsh environments, started to be fancied by those in different hunting events.
- Designs for mounting devices of sorts were improved.
- Ballistic support devices were introduced. These were devices that supported long-range shooting.
- Suppliers of high-quality optics came up with ways to combine Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) and Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) technologies to address the needs of competitive shooters.
Today’s Rifle Scope
Today, shooters are well-aware of the advantages of the best rifle scope on the market. And, rather than settle for just any kind, they stress their appreciation for sighting devices that played a role in letting them fire quick and precise shots. In fact, award-giving bodies, which includes Outdoor Life, were establish to recognize groups that provide the most advanced optics for a given period.
- Exceptional rifle scopes were launched in the market. Since most types of the sighting device now come with a sleek design, multiple spring tensions, glare-resistant lenses, and adjustment settings for illumination control, they are recommended to be used by participants of shooting competitions.
- The existence of rifle scopes (on AR, C4, MTAC, and other shooting platforms) that could allow shooters to aim accurately at targets as far as 3000 yards isn’t rare.