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My Scope Just Fell Off…?!?
I learned most of what I know about a break barrel air rifle with the first Gamo spring piston gun I owned.
I bought it about 10 minutes after I saw what my buddy Ryan’s pellet gun could do.
It’s only a single shot, buy at 1000 feet per second the trade off is fair.
There are some BIG differences between a lever action BB gun and one of these monsters.
One of the biggest differences is the 2 way recoil.
- The 2 Way Recoil -
I see in the ads these days, most of the newer springer air rifles come with scope stops and “spring piston airgun scopes” or at least warnings about not to use a regular scope on a spring action air rifle.
I ruined about 3 pretty nice scopes and missed just about everything I aimed at after about 6 shots before I figured out what was happening.
-2 Way Recoil -
The internal recoil these spring rifles produce is tremendous.
Break barrel air rifles are unique because the recoil goes both ways, and the transferred energy is incredible.
Most rifle scopes, even high quality ones, are only anchored one direction (internally).
They are designed to withstand the one way recoil of a powder driven charge.
Spring action break barrel air rifles have a secondary recoil that transfers through the body of the rifle and will eventually dislodge the internal anchor that holds the scopes lenses in place.
- Another result of this secondary recoil is, your scope mounts will start to walk backward.
With every shot, no matter how tight your scope mount is, that scope will start walking backward off the top of your air rifle.
I was at a pond, missing turtles with a rifle I had just zeroed in, when I finally figured out what was happening.
I had to make the scope stop on my springer out of stuff I had lying around (and a little machining) but stops are pretty easy to come by anymore.
Mine didn’t look anything like this…
Are “Air Rifle Scopes” Actually Special?
I want to put a cheapo $40 large objective scope on my break barrel air rifle. I know apparently air rifles kick forward, but i can’t see any scope being damaged by the virtually non-existent recoil. Just setting it down could be more forward recoil then when firing it. Tell me, what are the chances of breaking it?
Yes, air rifle scopes are different from firearms scopes in several ways. The two main differences are, airgun scopes are designed to withstand the recoil of a spring piston air rifle and they are parallax adjusted or adjustable for use at airgun ranges. If you put a scope on a spring piston air rifle that is not designed to be used on one, you’re just wasting money.
On a ‘springer gun’ the ‘recoil’ is in the wrong direction. It’s not the magnitude, but the direction. Also a standard scope will be parallax set at 100yds. Further than you will be shooting. There are ‘cheapo’ airgun scopes available in your price range. Get the proper scope, You’ll be happier with it.
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