A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing Optics for Airguns

June 13, 2023 by Beth Ingram

When it comes to achieving accuracy and precision with your airgun, selecting the right optics is paramount. Optics play a crucial role in enhancing your aim, target acquisition, and overall shooting experience. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the key considerations for choosing the best optics for airguns, including factors like magnification, reticle type, parallax, airgun recoil, and construction.

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Let’s Talk Magnifications, Lens, and Reticles

Magnification is a critical factor in selecting optics for your airgun. Higher magnification allows for precise target identification, but it may limit your field of view and hinder tracking moving targets. A good balance for a magnification range is a 3-9x or 4-12x, these magnification ranges suit most airgun applications.

The objective lens size is equally important. A larger objective lens diameter aids in more light  entering the scope, resulting in a brighter image. For airgun optics, a 40-44mm objective lens allows for ample light gathering for most airgun scenarios. 

The reticle is also something to consider when choosing an optic for an airgun. We recommend two styles of reticles that fit most applications for hunting and competition shooting.

A simple crosshair with minimal hash marks is a popular choice, this type of reticle features thicker outer lines and thinner inner lines, providing a clear aiming point without obstructing the view of the target. It offers versatility for various shooting scenarios. But is most commonly used for hunting. 

Parallax Adjustment Makes a Difference

Parallax adjustment is also something that should be considered when choosing an optic for your airgun. Parallax is an optical situation where the reticle and target are not on the same focal plane. Adjusting the parallax knob rights this problem. This allows you to focus the reticle and target, eliminating parallax, resulting in improved accuracy and consistency.

While parallax is commonly associated with long-range shooting, it is worth noting that close distance parallax can also be a factor. At short distances, even a small misalignment between the target and the reticle can affect accuracy. Considering airgun competitions often have close distance shots, you wouldn’t want your shot to be off because of something that is easily fixable as parallax. 

Consider the Recoil

Airguns generate recoil forces that differ from traditional firearms. While firearm recoil is typically characterized by a strong backward jolt, airgun recoil is often a forward and backward double recoil motion due to the forward movement of the piston or gas ram. This unique recoil type can damage optics that are not rated for such recoil and make your shots inaccurate. Riton scopes are designed in a way to handle this kind of recoil. 

Shoot Right on Target with Riton

Choosing the best optics for your airgun requires careful consideration of various factors. By understanding your shooting needs, choosing appropriate magnification and objective lens size, selecting the right reticle type, considering parallax adjustment, and ensuring the construction is suitable for airgun use, you’ll be shooting Riton target. If you have any questions about airgun optics make sure to reach out as we will do our best to answer your questions. Or take a look at the Riton 2023 line of optics filled with scopes built to meet the airgun users need and handle the recoil of the gun. 

Using your Riton Optic on an airgun will NOT void your limited Lifetime Warranty. Riton Optics takes pride in standing behind the quality and durability of their products, and this commitment extends to airgun enthusiasts. When you invest in a Riton Optic, you can use it with peace of mind, knowing that it is backed by one of the industry’s top warranties.