August 31th, 2020
Evelyn: Stephen! Stephen! I happen to have a question to ask you, are you free now?
Stephen: Yes. It's my pleasure.
Evelyn: When I choose scopes, I saw some 1x optical scopes. Is this kind of scopes necessary for shooting?
Stephen: Oh, a good question. Actually 1x optical scope is much more useful in shooting than you thought. Many less experienced shooters like you tend to buy more magnification than they need, in fact, for most practical purposes, a low power scope is adequate.
Evelyn: Really? Can you tell me more about it?
Stephen: Yeah. A true 1x scope is popular in fast shooting. Cause using a high magnification scope will make you difficult to find the target in a close range. A 1x power scope is a good choice in this situation. Using a 1x scope in close range shooting, once you find the target, you can shoot as fast as you can, you don’t need to spend extra time on finding target or to aim at it.In addition, it is possible to shoot with both eyes open like a red dot. You can share both eyes image, to make aim easier.
Evelyn: I still don't understand, why don't we just use the iron sight?
Stephen: Just like I said, the biggest advantage of 1x scope is quick search and quick aim. Use the iron sight you need to keep one of your eyes, the iron sight and the target in one line, use the scope you just need to aim through center of the cross hair which will save much more time.
Evelyn: That's true.
Stephen: What's more, the image we see through the scope is much clearer than we see through our naked eyes just like Picture 1, have you ever notice that?
Evelyn: Wow, I haven’t ever notice that! It’s so clear just like the HD camera photo! Do you have any suggestion on choosing 1x scope?
Stephen: There are so many different kinds of 1x scopes as picture 2 shown like 1-4, 1-5, 1-6, 1-8. The higher magnification, the harder for production and more distortion may happen. What’s certain is that, don't take magnification as the only standard, choose depend on your actual situation.
Evelyn: I see! Anything else?
Stephen: Yes! Many so-called 1x scopes we can find on the market is not exactly 1x. Most of them are 1.1x or higher magnification although they are marked as 1x scopes. A good 1x optical scope should be: Little distortion at 1x power; edge to edge image; long eye relief ＞4"(100mm) at 1x power; excellent contrast; great light transmission and so on.
Evelyn: OK! I see!
Stephen: Another thing need to speak of is when you use an excellent 1x optical scope both eyes open, the image you see through the scope with one of your eyes and the image you see through your naked eye must be coincident ; on the contrast, a poor 1x scope can't do that, which will make you feel uncomfortable or even dizzy like Picture 3 shows.
Evelyn: It seems that we need to pay more attention on selection. So what kind of gun is suitable for 1x optical scope?
Stephen: Cause 1x scope is always shorter than high magnification scope. It is quite suitable for AR Carbine & compact Rifle. Size and weight are other good features for 1x optical scopes. Light weight and compact size can make you easier during a long time shooting.
Evelyn: Not bad! Thank you for your explanation, it's quite useful!
Stephen: You are welcome~