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Best Air Rifle Scope For UK Preppers

Best Air Rifle Scope For UK Preppers

Best Air Rifle Scope Review

Admittedly, it's been awhile since the air rifle has been viewed as a state of the art military weapon, firearm, or even handy for big game hunting.

But it's still a reliable piece for purposes such as competitive target shooting, pest control, recreational "plinkng", and even bagging small game.

In the UK where owning a firearm is difficult due to strict gun laws, an air rifle is a good alternative.

Remember, if your in doubt, just ask a good air gun specialist - I use The AirGun Centre shown here :

While it does not have much firepower, and thus not the ideal self-defence weapon, you can still use it to hunt small game. So from a preppers perspective, an air rifle is an important tool in your food gathering efforts.

For more information on what the best air rifle is, have a look at the UK Preppers Guide to the Best Air Rifle. That article also goes into a lot of detail about what to keep in mind when you are looking to buy an air rifle in the UK.

The Top Rated Air Rifles

An air rifle is made even more useful with the right accessories.

Whether it is target shooting or zeroing in on varmints, there's no question that an air rifle scope can be very helpful in terms of target magnification and increasing accuracy.

As a result, there a number of models on the market, with differences ranging in everything from price to meeting the specific needs of the shooter.

This is the AirArms Galahad fitted with a
HawkeOptics Sidewinder and Huggetti silencer.
supplied by: AirGun Center.

So What's The Best Air Rifle Scope For You?

UMsky 4-12x50 Air Rifle Scopes Red&Green Mil-Dot Illuminated Hunting Scope Sight for Tactical Hunting Rifle Scopes Optics

If you're looking for a good field scope for your air rifle, you might as well go all in and prepare for all situations by acquiring as many bells and whistles as possible.

UMsky has beaten you to it with its hunting scope that offers "holographic" optics and vision fields that offer superior service when tracking moving prey.

This best air rifle scope candidate is also suitable for use with AR10,15, AK47, and M4 models. (for those with a FAC)
UMsky recently upgraded this product's hand control and adjustment is much easier than with previous models of this scope.

The scope's lens is reliably both moisture (fog) resistant and shock-proof, making it a good camping companion in addition to day excursions.
This scope comes with a quick aim reflex illuminated dot sight, with red and green buttons and several sighting options that provides plenty of light and is easy to use.

Accessories include a gun-stock cover, lens cleaning cloths, and a tactical rail for attaching one's own accessories such as a flashlight. The scope also includes an integrated mount for attaching 20mm rails. Batteries for both the scope and reflex sight are included.

This scope’s full retail price is £129.00, but can be found online here for as low as £70.00. The only reported drawback about this product is that retail shipping on it is restricted in some areas, such as the United States.


Excelvan 3-9x40mm Red and Green Illuminated Hunting Scope Sights, 12.5 Inch Anti Vibration, Fog-proof and Shock Resistant Air Rifle Scope

This best air rifle scope nominee is a sturdy and inexpensive model from Excelvan.

Its resistance to moisture and handling damage make it a good candidate for outdoor events and camping and hunting, as well as a good scope for a new user's first firearm.

More experienced users will find this scope useful as well. It conveniently fits on a variety of air, AirSoft, and hunting rifles, working best with 11mm mounts. The scope has a good, clear, vision field, and the zoom tracking feature comes with a cross-hairs that can have colour and intensity adjusted, making this a good scope for both day and night-time use.

This scope requires both elevation and windage adjustments, but these are easily made by hand.

Accessories include lens covers, scope mounts, a wrench, one 1 x CR2032 3V battery, a lens cleaning cloth, and an instruction manual.

This scope is currently available for £23 here:.  The only real reported issues with it include a “blurry” zoom and inadequate cross-hair features.


CVLIFE 6-24x50 AOE Optics Air Rifle Gun Hunting Scope Sight

This best air rifle scope candidate is a high-end offering from cvlife that offers users a wide and bright range of vision with high contrast.

The scope fits a range of air and hunting rifles, and requires 20mm rails.
Illumination can be intensified or reduced by five levels, and this best air rifle scope nominee is threaded to allow for the installation of a sunshade.

This cvlife's aluminium alloy construction makes it one of the sturdier scopes here, and its accessories are scanty, only including a pair of 20mm rails, and lens covers.

The scope normally retails for £90.00, but can be found online for £40 here:.  User complaints about this scope include the aimpoint malfunctioning after a few months, and limited focusing range (under 25 yards) for the zoom.


BSA Essential-3-9 Rifle Scope

As our best air rifle scope competition draws to a close, let's take a look at what is part of what manufacturer BSA Optics includes as part of its "Essential" air rifle hunting line-accessories that BSA claims are well, essential if one is to win competitions, vanquish pests, or bag hunting game.

But is it really?

After all, this scope isn't exactly overflowing with extras. It doesn't' even provide mounts!
But what it does offer is a fast finger focus bell, adjustable turrets, and a range of reticules, including focusing mildots.
This scope is also constructed of a sturdy aluminium alloy, offering great protection for outdoor competitive events, or extreme varmint stalking.

This scope is fairly light and easily adjustable by hand, and quite reasonably priced at £40 here:.  No real complaints from its users here, just some surprise that mounts aren’t included. 

Just remember to “go tall” and you’ll be in good stead.


And Our Best Air Rifle Scope Winner Is......

As always when conducting firearm accessory reviews, we look at four things-quality/reliability, features, accessories, and price.
With the products here, all deliver good quality for their respective prices. So the question becomes:
How much experience do you have with scopes, and how much work do you want to put into one?

If you are a "grab and go" user, then UMsky's scope is for you. It is the priciest of our contenders, but on the other hand it does everything but focus and fire for you. A good scope for novices or those who aren't enamoured with the miniscule of scope use.

For more experienced users and those who enjoy both scope maintenance and a personally customized scope, BSA's scope provides a good combination of both. Remember that all scopes work best when practiced with before any practical use.
Look at it this way - you've just been given a legitimate excuse to go out and play with your air rifle's new toy.

Steve Hart UK Prepper

I hope this article has been of interest to you and explains some of the intricacies of rifle scopes - It wasn't written by myself, but I have added this as a guest article, from Joe at Smoking BarrelUSA.com.
Joe is a gun enthusiast that started his blog, not only to learn more himself, but also to share what he has learned with others in the prepping and survival community.

Thank for sending over the article Joe, much appreciated.​

What Do You Think?

What do you think is the best air rifle scope?
Have you used any of the scopes we discussed above?
What did you think about it?

If you have some thoughts that you would like to share with the rest of us, please leave a comment for us in the comments section below.

We would love to hear from you!

Happy Prepping Folks, Steve​

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1 comment

  1. Eric John

    I bought BSA Essential Rifle Scope. So rad. Looks great, feels really sturdy. Mine’s mounted on a .308, and it’s held 0 very well over a few trips to the range. The illuminated reticles are bright and sharp, and zoom is clear. Can’t believe these are as cheap as they are for what you get. Were I a military sniper, would I get one of these? No. But if you’re a once-a-month range visitor, who shoots at pigs every now and again, you can’t go wrong.

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