While many in the tactical community have been learning that magnification does not increase your effectiveness is close quarters combat, it can actually hinder you, some are finding out that using a rifle scope to monitor movement, whether it’s for hunting, military or law enforcement purposes is not really a good idea. Field of view is very important for tracking movement because a 50mm objective on a rifle scope stands out like a sore thumb, weighs a lot and might actually be set at too high of a magnification that you will most likely miss any potential threat. It’s really almost like watching the stars at night with only one eye open and trying to spot shooting stars.
If you are not looking to break the bank and are just a target shooter or hunter, you can get a good set of binoculars for under $100 that will give you a very wide field of view. Check out our website for some good deals on Bushnell binoculars. I would suggest you consider keep a pair in your shooting range bags or active shooter bag. Bushnell has a an extra wide binocular that gives you an oustanding field of view of up to 900ft. That’s pretty good and not something you’re going to get from a combat optic like an ACOG or Leupold CQT. If you are on a team, you may want to consider having a designated observer.