Why do people bother with fixed power scopes when there are variable magnification scopes that are just as good as these fixed ones because they can switch to their magnification power and other ranges freely? The answer might surprise you.
There’s a huge demand for the best of the best fixed power scope offerings around because variable power scopes seem to have problems when it comes to maintaining the integrity, consistency, and clarity of their lower range settings. In fact, high magnification variable scopes tend to have two issues you have to deal with, which are the parallax issues and the instability of the lowest magnification ranges.
The Top Eight Best Fixed Power Scopes Around
Whether you want a fixed high magnification or low magnification scope, you can always depend on these scopes in terms of their simplicity and lack of a need to shift from range to range just to get a proper shot.
As with the case of the ever-dependable Bushnell Elite 3200 10x40mm Tactical Rifle Scope, the lack of options make shooting easier in a sense. You simply have to always adjust for the 10x magnification on the forged-aluminum-titanium-alloy-constructed Bushnell Elite 3200 by your eye, allowing for quicker at-a-glance shots with ensured accuracy thanks to the mil-dot reticle as well as windage and elevation adjustment turrets.
This is a scouting rifle range of riflescope from the innovators of the fogproof, O-ring-sealed nitrogen-filled scope tubes that keep the moisture away at all times.
Leupold proves it’s a master of scope innovation by offering a popular fixed scope with scout rifle applications, particularly in terms of long eye relief since it’s mounted forward on the barrel than the receiver.
This makes you open both eyes when firing at the target instead of closing one eye to get a better view of a scope that’s in your face.
- Trijicon ACOG TA31 RCO BAC Rifle Scope 4x32mm M4 Military Version Dual-Illuminated Red Chevron 223 Remington Reticle with TA51 Flattop Mount Matte
The great thing about an ACOG or an Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight is that it’s reliably military-grade in its specs and presentation, thus even for their fixed magnification variants, you still get scouting rifle action with a bit of CQB or Closed Quarter Battle engagements in one 4x power, 32-millimeter objective size, dual-illuminated, and Chevron 223 Remington reticle telescopic sights scope with a flattop mount matte for the TA51 version of it.
It can also be used in low light or at night thanks to its tritium illuminated reticle.
Here’s another ACOG classic with basically the same as the one above. Its specs are identical in terms of its fixed magnification and its fiber and tritium illumination, but several things are different, like its 1.5 inch eye relief and a field of view of 37 feet at 100 yards.
There’s also its use of a Red Donut reticle and its lack of a flattop mount matte. With a horseshoe reticle, you’re less pinpoint accurate in your shot but you’re getting bigger leeway on the wide area you can get your target with, which is inside the horseshoe shape.
As for this ACOG iteration, you’ll get a donut reticle style of scope colored red that has a mount that’s carry handle only, a 2.4 inch eye relief, 29 feet field of view at 100 yards, and the option to add an RMR sight.
With this fixed magnification within the scouting range of 3.5x, you’ll get the perfect tactical and scouting scope for low-range magnification operations where the focus is more on close-range accuracy and detecting foliage from game than long-range sniper precision. It’s not as large as the 4x32ACOGs but close enough.
The Weaver T-Series Side Focus Riflescope is a long, black, and sexy beast of a scope with a fixed high-power magnification of 36x.
What this means is that it’s a sniper’s long-ranger type of scope that never goes down to mid-range or close-range as well as pointblank range unless you take your eyes of it and just shoot your target right in front of you without any scope assistance.
It has the requisite multicoated lenses for maximum light transmission and argon purging for internal fogging elimination as well (usually, nitrogen is used).
This is the adjustable objective version of the Weaver T-Series scope with the same specs in terms of its fixed 36x magnification and its 40-millimeter objective size.
Its special feature essentially enables you to adjust your scope to ensure there’s no parallax at such a high magnification without moving the point of impact.
You can also get to enjoy with this Weaver product ⅛ MOA elevation and windage adjustments through its propriety Micro-Trac Dual Spring technology and two bearing-contact design that enables marksmen to have more independent movement when adjusting windage and elevation.
- ATN Night Arrow 6-CGT Generation Night Vision Rifle Scope 6x Illuminated Red Duplex Reticle with Integral Weaver-Style Mount Matte
Last but not least is theATN Night Arrow 6-CGT Generation Night Vision Rifle Scope.
Its fixed power or magnification range is at 6x or mid-range, past what you’d use for scouting rifles but under the common magnification used for long-distance sniping.
Somewhere in between those two extremes. It’s also a rugged night vision sort of sight that allows you to aim accurately, acquire you target immediately, and observe a moving target to estimate the best time to shoot, among other things.
The Bottom Line
While fixed power scopes do have their drawbacks and lack the versatility of a 3x to 9x scope that can do everything from double as a CQB (Closed-Quarter Battle) or ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight) as well as a scout riflescope and sniper scope (since you don’t actually need anything more than 9x if you’re a plenty decent marksman already), the best ones of the bunch could specialize or master a particular type of scope.
Instead of being a Jack of all trades, you get to become a specializing master of one trade, especially when you don’t necessarily need the Swiss Army Knife of riflescopes.