Airgun Pistol Scope Recommendations

Joined: September 1st, 2016, 2:30 pm

November 11th, 2017, 11:12 am #1

I just purchased a BSA Scorpion .177 from Matt and I'm looking for scope recommendations for it. I've owned more rifle scopes than I care to remember but an airgun pistol scope is all new to me.

The only thing I do know is that I don't want a Red Dot scope. Any input on this subject will be appreciated Thanks
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Joined: October 17th, 2016, 7:38 pm

November 11th, 2017, 1:14 pm #2

Works fine. Unless you want to hold the pistol at arm's length.
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Joined: March 2nd, 2016, 4:51 pm

November 11th, 2017, 3:28 pm #3

I just purchased a BSA Scorpion .177 from Matt and I'm looking for scope recommendations for it. I've owned more rifle scopes than I care to remember but an airgun pistol scope is all new to me.

The only thing I do know is that I don't want a Red Dot scope. Any input on this subject will be appreciated Thanks
What is the intended uses for the BSA pistol?
10m
Plinking?

I have a 2.5-10X on my 1720T (FT/hunting at 12fpe).
I sometimes put a 2X on the IZH46M (10M/Plinking).

I also use Leopold 2X scopes on my Ruger MKIII and TC .44 Magnum.

I think the BSA is a springer so would put a BSA 2X on the pistol.

Good luck
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Joined: June 15th, 2002, 5:21 pm

November 11th, 2017, 3:28 pm #4

I just purchased a BSA Scorpion .177 from Matt and I'm looking for scope recommendations for it. I've owned more rifle scopes than I care to remember but an airgun pistol scope is all new to me.

The only thing I do know is that I don't want a Red Dot scope. Any input on this subject will be appreciated Thanks
but looking to save some $$, look for a used Japanese scope. You can find older Tasco, RWS, S&W etc.. that were manufactured in Japan and are less than $100
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Joined: September 1st, 2016, 2:30 pm

November 11th, 2017, 4:11 pm #5

What is the intended uses for the BSA pistol?
10m
Plinking?

I have a 2.5-10X on my 1720T (FT/hunting at 12fpe).
I sometimes put a 2X on the IZH46M (10M/Plinking).

I also use Leopold 2X scopes on my Ruger MKIII and TC .44 Magnum.

I think the BSA is a springer so would put a BSA 2X on the pistol.

Good luck
Yes,the Scorpion is a springer. I will be doing 10m plinking and shooting sparrows and starlings.

Thanks for the replies, keep them coming.
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Joined: November 12th, 2016, 1:28 am

November 11th, 2017, 4:42 pm #6

I just purchased a BSA Scorpion .177 from Matt and I'm looking for scope recommendations for it. I've owned more rifle scopes than I care to remember but an airgun pistol scope is all new to me.

The only thing I do know is that I don't want a Red Dot scope. Any input on this subject will be appreciated Thanks
I have a Burris Pistol scope on my air pistol and I think its one of the best out there. They aren't cheap but are high quality.
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Joined: July 4th, 2012, 7:51 pm

November 11th, 2017, 6:02 pm #7

I just purchased a BSA Scorpion .177 from Matt and I'm looking for scope recommendations for it. I've owned more rifle scopes than I care to remember but an airgun pistol scope is all new to me.

The only thing I do know is that I don't want a Red Dot scope. Any input on this subject will be appreciated Thanks
<p>They're built like a tank and have reasonable brightness and clarity (even at higher mag). Tough to find in a less-expensive pistol scope. If you have good eyesight, you may not need to spend as much. You will (most likely) have to re-parallax for 10m shooting...</p><p></p><p>Wyo</p>
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Joined: October 22nd, 2004, 9:20 pm

November 11th, 2017, 11:40 pm #8

I just purchased a BSA Scorpion .177 from Matt and I'm looking for scope recommendations for it. I've owned more rifle scopes than I care to remember but an airgun pistol scope is all new to me.

The only thing I do know is that I don't want a Red Dot scope. Any input on this subject will be appreciated Thanks
I put a BSA Edge 2X pistol scope on a Beeman P1. It lasted less than a month. Point-of-impact with regards to point-of-aim changed with each shot. Groups were smaller with open sights. Noticed that the scope had developed a distinct rattle when shaken gently. In BSA's defense they replaced the scope. I sold the replacement unopened, at a loss.

I also didn't care for the field of view on a Weaver 1-4X that I once owned. On 4X it looked more like 1X and at 1X the target actually seemed smaller, like looking through a scope backwards. Heavy edge distortion as well. I sold that one too (with full disclosure and a money-back offer) and the new owner was completely fine with it. Maybe it was my eyes.

I never did try a Leupold or Burris pistol scope. I'd like to one day. I put a Burris FastFire3 on that Beeman and love it.
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Joined: September 1st, 2016, 2:30 pm

November 12th, 2017, 12:07 am #9

That's exactly what I've been reading. Although many of the scopes I've been looking at are fine for powder burners or PCPs they aren't airgun rated.

I've even looked at the Nikon and Burris and they're not airgun rated.

That's the main reason I made this post is that I was hoping guys that are using the big airgun SPRINGERS could let me know what's working for them.

I also need a scope that will focus down to the closer distances ( 10-15 yards ) because that's what most of my shooting would be.
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Joined: October 22nd, 2004, 9:20 pm

November 12th, 2017, 2:18 am #10

I wish I had more hands-on experience that I could share. We all hear and read a lot and want to share that info but it's really not that useful. You want to hear from guys that actually put scope X on the same gun you have and lived to tell about it. I try to only speak on things I've done. So here is all I can offer:


This is what I KNOW from actual experience:

I killed a BSA Edge 2X pistol scope on a Beeman P1
I killed two "under $40" red-dots on a P1; one panoramic type, one tube type
Weaver 1-4X are not pleasant to look through but I never put it on the P1
I would not put more than a 2X on a pistol, I just can't hold them still enough
The Burris FastFire3 is a rock and I love it on the P1, but you don't want a red-dot, I get this
Burris pistol scopes are kind of expensive (to my budget)
Leupold pistol scopes are VERY expensive (to my budget)


Here is what I strongly suspect:

The Burris and Leupold would likely hold up
If they didn't I suspect their warranties would hold up


Here is what I would do:

Call or email Leupold and Burris and ask; If I put your scope on my gun and it fails will you man up?
If they both said yes I'd probably have to go with the Burris for budget reasons
If one said no I'd go with the other
If both said no I'd get another FastFire3 and deal with the limitations of a red-dot, they are lightning on small game/pests

Hope this helps/
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