Scope Reviews You Can Trust

Every scope I review is hand-tested, torture-tested, and paid for with my own money.

Hi, I’m Richard Douglas.

I write all of the content here on this site. My work’s been featured on:

I’m not an ‘ex-marine’ turned reviewer or anything like that. I’m just a regular guy that shoots with scopes. 

Over the years, I’ve wasted thousands of dollars on scopes. Some were good while most were straight-up garbage, which led me to start this site.

Why Is Scopes Field Different?

I pay for each (and every) scope I review.

I never accept paid reviews, product placements, or manufacturer ‘contributions’. These contributions make the review biased.

In the case I ever accept a reviewer product (which is rare), I will disclose it in the beginning. And even so, I make it very clear to manufacturers that I don’t promise positive reviews

Why is that? 

I believe in telling all: the good, the bad, and the ugly with each product so that you can make a better-informed decision. 

I do this for two reasons: 

  1. It’s what I’d expect as a scope customer (honest, unbiased reviews)
  2. It’s better for long-term business (as recommending bad scopes will backfire on me)

Speaking of long-term business…

How Is This Site Funded?

Through affiliate links.

Here’s how it work: 

  1. You read my comprehensive reviews completely free
  2. If you found it helpful, you can click on my Amazon affiliate link to say ‘thank you’
  3. When you make a purchase, I get a small ‘thank you’ commission (between 1-5% on average) at no extra cost to you

In turn, I use this ‘thank you’ commission keep this site running. It helps me put food on my table, keep annoying ads off the site, and keeps the honest reviews coming.

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So that’s how I make money. But you might also be wondering…

How do I Test Scopes?

Note: This process is a work-in-progress. It may change in the future. 

  1. First, I check the packaging of the scope. If the packaging is damaged, I note it and try to get it replaced (if needed). 
  2. Next, I read the scope manual to ensure optimal usage of the scope. 
  3. Then, I mount the scope according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. To do this, I usually use a gun vise, torque wrench, leveling tool, and Loctite blue
  4. Afterward, I sight in the scope and record how many bullets it takes to zero. 
  5. Once it’s sighted in, I shoot the scope from a variety of distances (usually between 50 yards – 500 yards).
  6. While I’m at it, I move the scope around to ensure it holds zero. If it holds zero, I then proceed to a ‘drop test’ of the scope, making sure the scope holds zero in cases of extreme shock. 
  7. Finally, I measure shot MOA groupings. The groupings help me gauge the accuracy of the scope.

And that’s all there is to my testing. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me.

To get started, feel free to check out my Scope Reviews section. Thanks for visiting!