About Me

Hi, I’m Richard Douglas.

I’m the sole writer here on my blog, Scopes Field. I’ll explain why below. Since my blog has been up for a few years, my work has been featured on leading firearm magazines and publications like:

  • Sofrep
  • The Trace
  • 19FortyFive
  • Daily Caller
  • The National Interest
  • The Truth About Guns

And optic/firearm manufacturers like:

  • Bushnell
  • Burris Optics
  • Cheaper Than Dirt
  • And more

I’m not an ‘ex-marine’ or previous law enforcement turned reviewer. I’m just a regular citizen that loves to shoot good quality firearms with good quality optics. Over the years, I’ve wasted so much money on optics that weren’t worth it, which led me to start this site.

What is Scopes Field?

Scopes Field is my personal blog where I hand-test, torture-test, and review every firearm scope on the market to help you pick one based on your needs. Here are my top read reviews:

Speaking of reviews, I purchase every scope I review with my own money.

I steer clear of accepting paid reviews, product placements, or any form of manufacturer ‘contributions’ that could skew my evaluation.

On the rare occasion I accept a product sent by a manufacturer for review, I’ll be upfront about it right from the start. I also make it very clear to the manufacturer that sending me a product doesn’t guarantee a favorable review (as seen in my Pinty 1×20, Pinty Pro, and Ozark Armament review).

I believe in complete transparency and honesty—sharing the full spectrum: the good, the bad, and the downright ugly of each product. I do this because I expect straightforward, unbiased reviews as a customer. Plus, recommending bad scopes would only hurt my credibility.

That’s why all of my reviews takes weeks of research, hand-testing and cross-referencing.

My Scope Testing Process Explained

My current process for testing firearm scopes (as seen on my homepage) is as follows:

  1. First thing I do is give the scope’s packaging a good once-over. Any damage to the box gets noted, and I’ll see about getting a replacement if it looks like it needs one.
  2. Then, I dive into the manual. It’s all about making sure I’m using the scope just right to ensure accurate testing.
  3. Next up, I mount the scope. My go-to tools for this are a gun vise, a torque wrench, a leveling tool, and a dab of Loctite blue to keep everything snug.
  4. After that, it’s time to sight in the scope. I keep track of how many shots it takes to get it zeroed in perfectly.
  5. Once I’ve got it sighted, I start testing it out at various distances—anything from 50 yards up to 500 yards is fair game.
  6. While I’m at it, I give the scope a good shake to make sure it can hold its zero. If it stays true, I’ll put it through a ‘drop test’ to see if it can handle a shock without losing its settings.
  7. And last but not least, I measure the MOA groupings of my shots. This helps me figure out just how accurate the scope is.

That’s pretty much how I test scopes. But why go through the hassle of personally buying and rigorously hand-test firearm optics just to share it with random people online?

Why do I Review Scopes?

Two reasons:

  1. I won’t beat around the bush — I earn money from this. Just to be clear: not from sponsorships, manufacturers bonuses or advertisements. But from my reviews. When you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, I get a small commission, usually between 1-4%. I don’t know what you buy, and it doesn’t change the price you pay. This income helps me buy more optics to review unbiasedly and, quite literally, keeps the lights on at home.
  2. Second, I genuinely love what I do. Shooting has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and being able to share my passion and knowledge with you as my full-time job is an incredible blessing. So, truly, thank you for making that possible.

Reach out if you need any advice related to firearms or scopes — I’d be happy to help 🙂