Optics for Rifle, Shotgun, & Pistol Ownersin the Lakeland, Plant City, and Winter Haven, FL area

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Shooters From Lakeland, Plant City, and Winter Haven, FL Can Come to Us for Scopes Red Dot Sights, & More

Leupold, Vortex, Aimpoint, and Trijicon are just some of the name brands we carry in optics for rifles, pistols, and shotguns.

High-end scope mounted on the rifle of a staff member from Rapture Guns & Knives in Lakeland, FL

In modern times, it doesn’t matter if you own a rifle, a pistol, or a shotgun, there is some type of optic that you can put on your firearm. At Rapture Guns & Knives, we have optics ranging from scopes for hunting to various red dot displays for extending the tactical range of your sporting rifle.

We carry well-known names in hunting scopes such as Leupold, Vortex, and Nikon. We also carry Aimpoint, Trijicon, and Holosun red dot sights. And, if we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can get it quick, fast, and in a hurry!

Because there are so many hunters in the communities of Lakeland, Plant City, and Winter Haven, Florida, we tend to sell more scopes than we do red dot sights.


Types of Optics & How They Work

Obviously, the whole purpose of firearm optics is to allow you to extend your reach and accuracy beyond standard iron sights. Scopes are the traditional way of doing this, but red dot sights and laser sights offer more modern options and are meant for more close range shooting.

Scopes

View through a scope mounted on a rifle on the private property of a resident in Plant City, FL

Hunting Scope - Because they will experience being in the woods and all the hardship that comes with that, hunting scopes are usually simple designs that don’t tend to offer too many extra features. Aside from needing to be rugged, they also must be easier to use.

Based on the feedback we receive from hunters in the Lakeland, Plant City, and Winter Haven area, and also on our own experience as hunters, scopes with a power of 8 to 10 are often the magnification of choice for hunting.

Competition Scopes - Higher powered scopes are definitely in order when it comes to competition shooting. Anyone familiar with competition shooting knows that you could be called upon to make a shot such as hitting a 1-inch dot at 50 yards or more in a low powered .22 competition.

In a competition scenario, you may very well find yourself in need of a scope with 20x or even 40x magnification.

Tactical Scopes - The purpose of a tactical scope, from the standpoint of the military, is to extend what is considered to be the standard engagement range (300 meters) to about 600 meters. High magnification is not necessary and may start as low as 4x.

Tactical scopes are meant to provide the ability to engage at longer distances, without compromising close range engagement capabilities.

Red Dots

Red dot sights are popular among shooters in Winter Haven, FL

Red dot sights are hugely popular and is a term that is used to describe the wide variety of products that project a red (or sometimes green), dot-shaped reticle that designates where your shot is expected to hit.

Though “red dot” is an all-encompassing term used to describe sights that produce the red dot reticle, the truth is that there are different systems involved with making the sights work.

For the most part, red dot sights in today’s market can be categorized as either reflex (short for “reflector”), prismatic, or holographic.

Reflex - With reflex sights, an LED is used to project the dot on the lens that the shooter uses to look through. Because the lens functions as a mirror, the image dot appears a little darker and gives it a more distinct appearance.

Higher-end reflex sights will use tritium instead of an LED to project the aiming point dot.

Tritium is a form of hydrogen that is radioactive but harmless. The tritium is mixed with a compound that is phosphorus-based to emit a fluorescent light that is used for the aiming point dot.

Prismatic - These sights don’t project the dot reticle like reflex sights do. Rather, the reticle is usually etched onto the glass and is often illuminated. Prismatic sights also use more lenses than reflex sights, which gives them a little more common ground with scopes.

Because prismatic sights can provide magnification, the offer a sight picture that is larger than what is produced by a reflex sight.

Holographic - With holographic sights, a 3D hologram of a reticle is transmitted onto a holographic film by laser. Holographic sights provide shooters with an excellent viewfield, while allowing them to move their heads without changing the aiming point.

Though optics are generally built to take a bit of a beating, it is advisable to always have iron sights as backups in case your scope, red dot, or laser sustains damage or runs out of power if it is battery operated.

Lasers

Laser sights are popular among handgun owners in Lakeland, FL for home defense.

Laser sights create a dot on the surface of your target at the point where the round you fire is intended to land. There are 2 colors for the laser and the resulting dot it produces, that have become the defacto colors...red and green.

Red laser sights are easier to build, take less energy, are less expensive, and can be smaller in size. In contrast, green laser sights are more expensive because they are more difficult to build, use more energy, and are larger devices.

In bright sunlight, green lasers can be seen out to about 100 yards, while red lasers can only be seen at a maximum of about 30 feet.


Call or visit us to find out about scopes, red dot sights, or other firearm optics we supply

Shooters have many choices of optics available to them for their firearms, and we are happy to be able to supply those options to all of our customers throughout the Lakeland, Plant City, and Winter Haven, Florida area.

From red dot sights to holographic sights, or from traditional rifle scopes to laser sights, we can provide you with the optics you need. Give us a call at (863) 858-1218. Or better yet, visit our store and see for yourself the selection we have.