Are Expensive Rifle Scopes Worth It?

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A quality rifle scope can make a normal rifle into a powerful and precise shooting tool. Buying expensive rifle scopes will give you the shooting performance boost if you want to see further, retain zero better, or have better reticles.

So are expensive rifle scopes worth it? 

The short answer is: YES! you get what you pay for.

For anyone doing serious long range or tactical shooting, its important to get the right gears including scopes.

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Who Shouldn’t Buy Expensive Rifle Scopes?

I have three expensive rifle scopes, the ELCAN, ACOG and Vortex Razor HD. I don’t own any fancy thermal scope or night vision gadgets yet.

I understand why some people love them, and they use them to expand their shooting styles, however, for ordinary gun people, owning those high-end shooting scopes are a waste of money.

Don’t be these four types of gun owners as far as their purchase behaviors

  • Buy everything, and don’t even use them seriously.
  • Financially broke and want the expensive gun gadgets
  • Get stuff that they don’t know how to use
  • Buy what they see in the military, movies, and social media

When Is Buying Expensive Rifle Scopes Bad?

The buying decision for high-end scopes varies from one person to another. There are two sides of the coin. One is the financial aspect, and the other is practical use.

If you’re financially broke, then it’s stupid to buy a $3000 rifle scope. You might think you need it, but dropping $3000 on gun hobby should not be your number 1 priority.

Pay your bill first!

• Buy an expensive rifle scope without understanding how to use them at all
• Buying to show off at the range
• The scope exceeds the performance of the rifle 

Is Buying An Expensive Rifle Scope Right For You?

  • You’re financially ok, and you actually use those gadgets seriously.
  • You go out to the range to use them FREQUENTLY to perfect your skills.
  • You respect the science behind long-distance marksmanship.
  • You miss that ACOG while you were in the military.
  • You take training classes and do a lot of tactical shooting.

What Makes A Rifle Scope Significantly More Expensive Than Others?

Expensive rifle scopes are generally made with high quality Japanese made glass and durable external body. Besides that there are other factors that contribute to a higher priced product with similar features:

  • Highly reputable brands can charge more because the power of branding.
  • Additional quality control checks requires more manpower
  • Shipping logistics
  • Manufacturers contracts (Business related)
  • Packaging

Is Expensive Rifle Scope A Need OR Want?

Let’s talk your gun gadget appetite. Do you really need it? Do you seriously want it now? Do you seriously believe it’s better? Do you want it because you’re under the heavy influence of the marketing and branding?

A need is something you cannot live without. In this case, firearms can protect your life in the situation, and you can’t do it without it. As far as crazy expensive gun gadgets go, at a certain point, everything is just a want. Your life can still go on without having a $3000 rifle scope. Wants are goods or services that are NOT necessary but that we desire or wish for.

What Makes People Buy Expensive Rifle Scopes

You need a firearm that can shoot. You do need a sighting system, and you do need ammo to train. Don’t be the guy that has all the cool gadgets, but never buy bullets to shoot, then you’re stupid and wasteful.

Reason being, you’re not shooting your gun, then those gadgets are just sitting there collecting dust, and NOT doing what they’re made to do, can’t protect you if you have no ammo, and they’re not producing you any money either.

Awesome gun gadgets are expanding every single month on the shelf and online; it’s hard to tell yourself what you need and what you don’t need. Amazing photos of those gun gadgets on your Instagram feed definitely influence your buying decisions. There is no end to it, so you must have some discipline.

How to Prioritize Need Vs. Want that actually work

Here is how to assess yourself, and ask yourself the following questions:
Am I buying this because the latest Hollywood movie featured those gadgets?
If you have a lot of fun money left over, then do whatever you want. Wait for a few days and think about it. This feeling is definitely a WANT.

Do I have the money right now?

If you answer NO, then just go with something that’s decent enough such as the Vortex Viper that’s in the $500-600 price range. Wishing for a $3000 rifle scope is definitely a WANT when you don’t have the money to spend.

Will You still be thinking about this two weeks from now?

You see some badass operators showing off their setup on social media, and you immediately thought about yourself doing the same thing with the same gadget, then you need to chill out and rethink about if this is a WANT or a NEED?

Stuff like this is all over the internet, and there is no sign of it ever slowing down at all. So you will always get influenced by those social media things.

Based on personal experience, they are a WANT. Just wait two weeks, and see if you still want it or not. If you still thinking about it, then buy get it only if you have money to spend.

Are You Paying For The Brand OR Quality?

If you’re seasoned rich shooting veterans, and you want what you want, then treat yourself well with a $3000 rifle scope. At that point, it doesn’t even matter.

Most of the rifle scopes out there have brand power behind it, and that drives up the cost of the scope.

If you’re paying for the brand, make sure to compare with another similar scope for the specifications. If they have a similar spec and one is cheaper, then you know you’re overpaying for the brand.

As far as night vision and thermal optic system go, you’re just paying for the expensive technology. Also, you need other complementary night vision laser devices to go with it. Not a lot of people have it, so the demand is low. I personally don’t use them, so I can’t give people any suggestions.

For those whose gun gadget collections exceed their personal shooting ability. Be careful here guys.

This is a gateway drug into financial debt. Whether you have tons of gun hobby money or not.

Please do yourself a favor by actually learn to shoot, and quit collecting stuff you don’t use.

Do You Max Out The Performance Of Expensive Scope?

If you purchased a high-end NightForce long range scope or a night vision setup that are solely designed for military operations. Ask yourself if you would ever use it on a regular basis? If not, then don’t buy it at all.

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If you’re involved in a community where people seriously use these fancy equipment for training, then get the right gear. Notice I said the right gear, not the stupid expensive or cool gears.

Check your ego and please check your bank account. Don’t get into a pissing contest with the gun guys on the range comparing gears. There are always people who have bigger and better stuff than you, and it’s a loser’s game to play.

How Often Do I Shoot With My Night Vision Scope

The night vision community does a lot of badass things in the dark. Depend on where you live or what shooting range you go to. Usually, it’s hard to find places to shoot in the dark.

If you have access to night shooting opportunities, then definitely invest some big money on night vision gadgets, because it’s a whole different game, and it’s a lot of fun.

However, if you don’t have access to night shooting locations, then buying a $4000 night vision setup for your AR15 is probably not the best thing to do. Click here to learn more about how to rent night vision here.

Do You Impulse Buy, And Get Bored Quickly?

Firearm gets expensive, and gun gadgets get expensive. Whether if you have money to fuel your hobby or not, this is not a good spending habit to have. Buy a rifle scope that you need to hit the target at distances, don’t do it to show off.