Gun Scope Reviews – The Complete List

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“Tactical” has become something of a buzzword recently, but gun scopes are one of the areas in which this term actually means something. If you are after a scope for hunting, and want to achieve the maximum possible accuracy and reliability, what you want is a tactical scope. Originally designed for military use, these scopes offer high-precision optics and all the other latest features.

  • BSA tactical scope – BSA have been around for quite a while now, and continue to impress with their range of tactical scopes. In this review, we take a look at the best BSA scopes on the market today, and help you choose one for your needs.
  • Z Pro tactical scope – Z Pro are quickly making a name for themselves, and their scopes offer a good level of performance at a reasonable price. Fans praise them for their reliability, and in this review we put a few different scopes through their paces in order to choose a winner.
  • Zerotac tactical scope – Zerotac are newcomers to making tactical scopes, but we have been impressed with their products so far. In this review, we have a look at whether their tactical scope can compete with more established brands.
  • Long range rifle scopes – If you are simply after a tactical scope that offers huge accuracy at long ranges, this is the review for you. Though everybody will tell you that accuracy is more based on practice than the weapon you are using, having an amazing scope sure helps.
  • Trijicon MRO – Trijicon is fairly new to the red dot sight market, but they have a great track record with their ACOGs (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight) which are the standard optic issued to the US Marine Corps. These are known for their durability, ruggedness and reliability.

what are the best overall night vision rifle scopes in 2017Night Vision Scopes used to be very expensive, and this meant that only serious hunters or military professionals used them. Nowadays, advances in active and passive infra-red technology mean that night-vision is affordable for most gun owners. If you are looking to improve your hunting performance, and to be able to stay out shooting late into the night, a night-vision scope could be just what you are after.

  • Night vision scope – There are so many night-vision scope available now that choosing the correct one can be difficult. We’ve tried and tested many of these scopes over the past few years, and in this review we’ll show you what to look for in a night-vision scope, and show you our favorites.
  • Night vision gun scopes – Having a scope that incorporates both an aiming reticle and night-vision means you can hunt late into the night, and hit game even in the poorest light conditions. In this review, we’ll take a look at the best night-vision gun scopes available today, from the most advanced right through to some budget offerings.
  • Night Vision Rifle Scope Reviews – A good rifle paired with a night-vision scope is a formidable weapon, and one that any serious hunter cannot afford to be without. Whether you are looking for maximum illumination or deadly accuracy, check out our review to see the best night-vision scopes available for your rifle at the moment.
  • Cheap Night Vision Scope – Advances in night-vision technology means that it is now possible to talk of budget night-vision scopes. Those these scopes won’t give you the performance of more expensive items, they could give you an extra edge that will make all the difference to your hunting performance.
  • Starlight Scope – What could be more fun than hunting by starlight? These scopes rely on passive night-vision technology to allow you to see and shoot in very poor light conditions, without disturbing your prey. Generally more rugged than active IR scopes, these optics are prized by serious hunters for whom stealth is key.

Rangefinders are essentially scopes that allow you to measure the distance to your target. They are especially valuable for advanced shooters who work at extreme ranges, because they allow you to estimate bullet drop. Though it is possible to do this manually, and though we would always recommend you learn this skill, rangefinding scopes allow you to quickly and accurately place your shot at long distance.

  • Rangefinder Scope – There are many factors to consider when choosing a rangefinder scope, from the light transmission it offers to how well it stands up to difficult environments. In this review, we’ll take a look at some of the best rangefinder scopes around at the moment, and pick our favorite.
  • Rifle Scope With Rangefinder – The classic pairing for a rangefinder scope is with a powerful, long-distance rifle. However, not all combinations of scope and rifle perform equally well. In this review, we’ll take you through some of our favorite rangefinder rifle scopes, and show you how to achieve extreme range with your hunting rifle.
  • Long Range Scope – Long-range shooting practice makes you more patient and helps with focus. If you’re a hunter, improving your accuracy is an important part of ethical hunting. You need to be comfortable in your ability to fire a kill shot to avoid any unnecessary suffering on the animal’s part.

Long eye relief scopes are unique in that they can be used on handguns and pistols. Further, they can be scout mounted, and often save your neck – you won’t be craning your neck all that much with long eye relief scopes, when compared to traditional rifle scopes. They therefore offer a more comfortable hunting experience, and will allow you to be out in the field for longer.

  • Long Eye Relief Scope – Long eye relief scopes are suitable for a variety of guns, and in this review we’ll look at some of the best. Whether you want to improve your pistol shooting for that coming competition, or simply to get the most out of you hunting rifle, this is a great place to start.
  • Long Eye Relief Rifle Scope – Long eye relief scopes have become very popular with rifle shooters, not least because they can improve the speed with which you draw and aim your rifle. In this review, we’ll look at some great long eye relief scopes that are suitable for most modern rifles.

best gun scopes by brand in 2017 - gnd list and reviews

Here at GND, we know that many people are very loyal to their chosen brand. If you’ve got used to shooting with a particular brand of rifle scope, it’s often a good idea to stick with what works.

So if you’re looking for a particular brand of gun scope, or a specific model, we’ve got you covered!

Check out the list below to find our review of nearly every leading gun scope on the market today:












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Gun Scopes by Gun Type/Caliber

Varmint Rifle

  • Varmint Rifle Scope – Sometimes, you just need a basic scope for getting rid of critters. With this kind of scope, you should look for a wide field of view, and good short-range accuracy. In this review, we’ll show you our favorite scopes for pest control.

Brass Rifle

  • Brass Rifle Scope – Brass rifle scopes are still very popular among vintage gun enthusiasts, and still look great when paired with a classic rifle. Though these scopes do not incorporate the high-tech features of modern scopes, there is still a lot to choose between them. In this review, we’ll explain why we like some more than others.


  • Pistol Scope – Pistol scopes are no longer a niche item, and even many amateur shooters find that using a scope on their handgun makes it easier to use. If you want to get the maximum range from your 9mm, getting a good scope is a great place to start, and in this review we’ll take you through some of the best available.
  • Handgun Scope – Though some old-timers claim that fitting a scope to a handgun is not necessary, the extreme ranges achievable by modern handguns mean that scopes have become all but necessary to get the most out of your pistol. In this review, we’ll show you some of our favorite handgun scopes.


  • Shotgun Scope – If you hunt with your shotgun, and are still relying on the iron sights for aiming, you really need to check out these scopes. Nowadays, a good scope for your shotgun need not set you back a lot of money, and will greatly improve your accuracy at range. In this review, we’ll show you the best available at the moment.

.22 Rifle

  • 22 Rifle Scope – If you are using your .22 for pest control, hunting, or simply for having fun in the back yard, adding a scope can take your shooting to the next level. If you’ve got a good .22 rifle, in fact, a scope is almost a necessity to get the maximum range and accuracy out of your weapon.

308 Rifle

  • 308 Rifle Scope – The humble .308 sometimes gets forgotten about when people are talking about rifles, but to our mind it is still a great caliber weapon with a lot to offer. In this review, we’ll show you how to get the most out of your .308 by fitting a scope that will notably increase your accuracy.

3006 Rifle

  • 3006 Scope – As with any other type of powerful rifle, a .30-06 is best enjoyed when used at long range. In order to achieve extreme ranges, you are going to need an advanced scope. In this review, we’ll show you what to look for in a .30-06 scope, and let you into a few secrets to get the most from your optical system.

17 HMR

  • 17 HMR Scope – The 17 HMR is a rimfire rifle cartridge that was invented in 2002, but is already quite popular among those hunting small game. As with any hunting rifle, a good scope is a necessity to achieve the best hunting performance, and in this review we’ll show you the best options available at the moment.


  • Muzzleloader Scope – Yes, some people still use muzzleloaders! Though fitting a high-tech scope to an old weapon is never going to make the most of either, there are some classic scopes still available which pair very neatly with muzzleloading weapons, and look great. Check out our review to see which ones.

AR 10

  • AR10 scope – The AR-10 remains more obscure than the AR-15, but is still a great assault-style rifle. Fitting a scope to a rifle like this is a great way to get more accuracy from it, and can make all the difference in dangerous situations. In this review, we’ll show you what to look for in an AR-10 scope.

AR 223

  • AR 223 Scope – The AR-223 is a great gun, and even better when fitted with an advanced optical system. The accuracy of this rifle demands that it be paired with a quality scope, and in this review we’ll give you some recommendations as to the best scopes around at the moment.


  • Rimfire Scope – This scope is one of the top sellers and that is no surprise given the company’s solid reputation of crafting scopes that have precise adjustment knobs, high quality glass and optics.


  • Rifle Scope – With so many scopes available, and with everyone looking for something different from a scope, it’s pretty hard to come up with an overall guide for choosing one.

best gun scopes for the money under 100 200 300 and 500 dollarsBudget Gun Scopes

Getting a “budget gun scope” used to be impossible, because the fine tolerances used in good optical systems were notoriously hard to make on the cheap. Nowadays, though, as more and more people are using scopes for hunting and competition, it is possible to get a relatively good optical system for not very much money. Even with a tiny budget, you should be able to get a decent scope that will really improve your accuracy at range.

  • Best rifle scopes under $200 – Even $200 should be able to get you a pretty good rifle scope. If you find yourself shooting and hunting more and more, and think that a bit more accuracy at range is required, pairing your rifle with a budget scope, like those we talk about in this review, is a great way to achieve this.
  • Best rifle scopes under $100 – In fact, even $100 will get you a scope. It might not offer all the advanced features of a “tactical” scope, but you will sure be able to hit critters with it. If you are teaching your son to shoot, and the time has come to introduce him to the joys of long-range marksmanship, inexpensive scopes like those covered in this review are the place to start.

Gun Scopes by Gun Brand

Of course, a lot of people are not just after the best scope, but the best scope for their favorite gun. Even the greatest optical systems do not work equally well on every possible gun, and some combinations are downright unusable.

If you are looking for the best scope for a particular weapon, take a look at the reviews below. In each, we’ll show you our favorite scope for each popular model of gun:


Sig Sauer



AK 47

Other Scopes by Function

If you’ve scrolled all the way down here without seeing what you need, I’ll bet you have some pretty specific requirements when it comes to scopes for your weapons. Fear not – here at GND, we’ve also had a look at some of the more unusual scopes available at the moment, and in the following reviews we’ll show you our favorite in each category:

  • Variable Rifle Scope – A variable rifle scope is essentially just one that allows you to vary the level of magnification on the go. This is really useful for hunters, and means you only need one scope for almost all situations. Take a look at our review to find the best variable rifle scopes available at the moment.
  • Mil Dot Rifle Scope – A Mil-Dot scope, for those of you new to the term, is a scope with a reticle that allows you to estimate target range and bullet drop. Military snipers use this kind of scope, and in the right hands it can be deadly. Though still quite niche among civilian shooters, if you need a mil-dot scope this review is the absolute best place to start.
  • Fiber Optic Rifle Scope – Fiber Optic rifle scopes are for those people who crave the newest technology. Though we were skeptical at first, as more fiber-optic scopes have become available we’ve become converts. This review will show you the best fiber-optic rifle scopes available at the moment.
  • Thermal Scope reviews – Thermal scopes allow hunters to see in very poor light conditions, and can help to highlight prey by letting you see the heat given off by animals. These scopes remain pretty rare, but if you are looking for one check out our review for our favorites.
  • 1-8 Scope – 1-8 magnification scopes are one of the most popular types of scopes at the moment, offering a good compromise between a wide field of view and high magnification. If you’re thinking of taking a leap to a 1-8 scope, our review will show you where to start.
  • Compact Rifle Scope – Sometimes, what you need in a scope is a compact design. This is especially true if you often hunt in thick cover, though there are many other situations where the enhanced maneuverability of a small scope can confer advantages. Check out our review for the best small scopes around right now.
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