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1x magnification scope

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by JImbothefiveth, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. JImbothefiveth

    JImbothefiveth Well-Known Member

    Do any scopes with 1x magnification exist?
    I know there are red dots, but those are dependant on batteries. (Of course, most aimpoints can be left on for years at a time, so this might be pointless.)
    So, anyone does anyone know of 1x scopes? And would these really be more useful in any way than an aimpoint red dot?
  2. cdrt

    cdrt Well-Known Member

    Gil Hebard Guns has a 1X pistol scope in his current catalog; custom made by Burris. Eye relief is 4" to 24" so it should work on a rifle.
  3. MutinousDoug

    MutinousDoug Well-Known Member

    I have a Tasco 1.5x pistol scope on my Ruger mark II that is in effect a 1x scope. I shot Bullseye in the 1980's with it with both eyes open and found it helpful not having to deal with focus on the front sight as my eyes started to go from 20-20 to who knows what these days. The crosshairs are much finer than any red dot optic but require you to align your head behind the scope to minimize parallax more than red dots require. Probably not the best choice for self defense but better for rabbit/squirrel hunting and paper punching.
  4. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    Many manufacturers make them, usually their marketed as muzzle loader scopes due to restrictions during some states ML seasons.



    IIRC swift makes one as well

    To me the field of view in these things seem really small and in some cases they actually appear to make the image smaller. Myself, I would buy a good set of sights before I used one of these
  5. praharin

    praharin Well-Known Member


    there is this one ^ which was the first to pop into my head. there are also 2 offerings of red dots from trijicon that do not rely solely on batteries to operate.

    in my opinion, none offer anything on an aimpoint. if you change your batteries in once a year you will be prepared, in that sense.

    there are also several offered as pistol or shotgun scopes, and the muzzle loader scopes linked above
  6. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    I have one of those Hebard-Burris 1X pistol scopes on an old High Standard, a very accurate combination. I also have one low range variable Redfield rifle scope that will go down to a true 1X and make a good snapshooting scope.

    When I got them, the red dots were not near what you can buy today and I cannot say the scopes are better, except in the case of the variable job which gives you the option to run it up for longer shots.
  7. Destructo6

    Destructo6 Well-Known Member

    The Belarus-made PK-AS series has a 1x dot. The battery illuminates the reticle in red, but without any power, the dot appears black and is visible.
  8. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    Some Aimpoints have a backup fiber optic setup to provide dot illumination if the battery or electronics fail.
  9. Leadhead

    Leadhead Well-Known Member

  10. JImbothefiveth

    JImbothefiveth Well-Known Member

    Do you know which ones?
  11. NC-Mike

    NC-Mike Well-Known Member

    Millet DMS is 1x to 4x

    Has an etched reticule that will also illuminate but you don't need it.

    The scope is kinda like an red-dot with a built-in magnifier. It really really saved me cause I had an EOTech and 3x magnifier on my rifle but because of the astigmatism in my eyes, red-dots appear pixilated and a one MOA dot looks like a dang peanut with seven little dots... :mad:

    The Millet doesn't do that and it was way cheaper.
  12. Asherdan

    Asherdan Well-Known Member


    I use mine at 1x all the time in the scrubby brush. Both eyes open, real good when things are close and quick.
  13. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

  14. moooose102

    moooose102 Well-Known Member

    maybe i am just old, or maybe it is because i cant see all that well. but i dont see the point of a 1x scope. why bother? what would it have over a good set of open sights?
  15. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    A 1x scope allows you to focus in one plane (the reticle/dot and target appear in the same plane) as opposed to trying to focus on the front sight and letting the rear sight and target go blurry. It makes a very real difference in speed and accuracy.

    I use Aimpoints a lot; I probably have five of them at this point on various rifles. In fact, they even make a 9000-series 2x (of which I have several) that makes a dandy illuminated scout scope.
  16. praharin

    praharin Well-Known Member

    single focal plain, for one thing

    ETA: i was beaten!
  17. HarleyFixer

    HarleyFixer Well-Known Member

    Also from a hunting aspect a scope gathers light giving you 15-20min more shooting time.
  18. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    You can use it in low light. Dot is much easier to see against dark background than irons are. Same focal plane as the target. Much easier to use with both eyes open, for those of us who don't have one eye that is strongly dominant.
  19. jkingrph

    jkingrph Well-Known Member

    I have a 1x simmons shotgun scope set back somewhere.
  20. Brian Dale

    Brian Dale Well-Known Member

    I have an old Weaver K1 right here on my desk.
    Those are reasons to consider using one. The scope puts the target and the crosshairs at the same place a few inches in front of your eye; 1x gives you a wide field of view. This Weaver has fine wires (bad) and a nice black dot at their intersection (good.)

    JImbothefiveth, I'm 49, I wear bifocals (or contact lenses and reading glasses) and I'm planning to put an Aimpoint Micro H-1 without magnification on my deer rifle next year.

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