Whether you’re looking at scopes for a handgun, shotgun, crossbow, or long range rifle, there are a few brands of which you should be aware. Not all manufacturers are created equal, and so we’ve decided to take a closer look at some of the best scope brands in the market. Here’s some important information on several brands to consider before making your future scope purchases.
Best Scope Brands for Handguns
Packing incredible reliability and dashing good looks, a Weaver scope promises to deliver in both the endurance and aethetics department. Part of the Vista Outdoor global manufacturer, the Weaver brand has proven that it helps users make the “Tough shots” in “Rough places.”
We have previously reviewed the Weaver Classic Silver Handgun Scope, which impressed us with its rugged good looks and durability. However, Weaver optical supplies are not limited to handguns, as they also produce shotgun, rifle, and tactical scopes, as well as dot sights. While Weaver made the handgun category, their other product lines are still noteworthy.
For more information and products of the Weaver brand, you can view their site at WeaverOptics.com.
Another Vista Outdoor brand, Bushnell offers a selection of rifle, shotgun, and spotting scopes of superior quality. They boast leading market share in all of the sports optics categories, and their product lines include (but are not limited to) hunting scopes, laser rangefinders, binoculars, and GPS devices.
We’ve previously looked at their Trophy XLT series shotgun and handgun scopes, having noted their impressive 91% light transmission optics and extreme recoil resistance. Industry-leading Bushnell Quality Craftsmanship has thoroughly impressed us so far.
For more information or product details, you can visit Bushnell’s site at Bushnell.com.
Leupold & Stevens Inc. has been in the business of optics for more than a century, ever improving on and creating new designs for pricision optical instruments. Their seniority in the optics business serves as evidence of this company’s capabilities. The firm’s founder was quoted as saying “We solemnly promise never to let down on quality, the customer is entitled to a square deal.”
From what we’ve seen, such as in our review of the Leupold FX-II hangun scope, the company has delivered on that promise.
For more information about Leupold and their product lines, or if you want to view the “Leupold Custom Shop” to design your own scope, feel free to visit Leupold.com.
Best Scope Brands for Shotguns
Nikon has been manufacturing premium optical products for over and amazing 90 years. Utilizing the highest-quality materials, they have driven riflescope light transmission up to the theoretical 95% maximum, and are always striving to achieve the most razor-sharp image quality.
While our previous reviews have touched on the ProStaff Shotgun Hunter riflescope, they also have a selection of impressive binoculars, rangefinders, and fieldscopes if you are in the market for any.
Additional information about Nikon’s sports optics equipment can be found at NikonSportOptics.com.
Also a Vista Outdoor brand, Simmons has been establish as a high-quality, high-value riflescope producer for over 25 years. With durability on par with other Vista Outdoor brands, Simmons optical devices promise to be loyal companions for innumerable hunting or shooting trips.
We simply had to mention the ProDiamond Shotgun Scope when we viewed the top three shotgun scopes due to its elements-proof design and great value.
If you wish for additional information of the Simmons product lines, you can check out their site at SimmonsOptics.com.
Best Scope Brands for Crossbows
TRUGLO Inc has many branches outside of firearm optics. After 20 years in the shooting sports industry, they have grown to offer a broad selection of archery products, including crossbow scopes and adapters. TRUGLO promises to be there “When Brightness Counts!”
We reviewed the TRUGLO Crossbow Scope 4X32 and were pleased with its affordablity and impressive light balancing lens.
For more on their products lines, you can check out TRUGLO’s site at Truglo.com.
This sport optics company offers some awesome riflescopes and tactical combos. Barska has branched their product lines out for the past 20 years, and they now manufacture safes, cases, lasers, and metal detectors, as well as their impressive optic devices.
We touched on their product quality in our review of their Red Dot Riflescope for Crossbows, which sports wide field of view, reasonable size, and modest price tag.
Those curious about Barska and their other product lines are encouraged to check out their site at BARSKA.com.
Best Scope Brands for Long Range
Sightmark is a relatively new player to the scope game, having been introduced in 2007. However, their goal of providing state-of-the-art optics and accessories for modern rifles, shotguns, and pistols is admirable. Their best-selling product lines include red dot sights and riflescopes, so we can’t help but keep an eye on this company and its innovations.
Their Photon XT Digital Night Vision riflescope, which we recently reviewed, is evidence of their dedication to excellence. The lightweight design and adaptability are just a couple features that caught our eye with respect to this scope, and in turn, the company.
Those interested in Sightmark and what they have to offer can view their site at SightMark.com.
Yet another of the 30 well-recognized Vista Outdoor brands, Millett’s optics took off in 1981 with a pistol sight system. They eventually grew to a scope and red dot supplier, and now offer long range, tactical, and marksman scopes.
Including the LRS-1 Illuminated Side Focus Tactical riflescope we reviewed, Millett products often come highly-rated and of top-notch quality.
You can view more about Millett and their products at their site, MillettSights.com.