As a hunter or shooter, selecting the right rifle scope can be a daunting task. The decision to choose between a first focal plane (FFP) and a second focal plane (SFP) scope can be particularly difficult, especially if you’re not sure what these terms mean. Here at ZeroTech Optics, we understand the importance of having the right riflescope for the right job. In this article, we’ll explain the differences between FFP and SFP scopes and help you decide which is right for you.
FFP and SFP refer to the position of the reticle in the scope. In an FFP scope, the reticle and target image will appear to change size (grow and shrink) as you adjust the magnification. Whereas in an SFP scope, the reticle remains the same size regardless of the magnification, only the target image grows and shrinks with magnification changes. The key learning here is, with a FFP scope, the target and the reticle always remain in proportion with each other, regardless of the magnification setting.
FFP scopes are becoming increasingly popular because they allow for accurate ranging and holdovers at any magnification. This is because the reticle’s sub tensions remain true regardless of the magnification, making them a great option for long-range shooting or hunting. With an FFP scope, you can take advantage of the full range of magnification for a clear and accurate shot.
On the other hand, SFP scopes are more common and most likely represent the majority of scopes fitted to hunting rifles. They are typically less expensive than FFP scopes and can be an excellent choice for beginners or hunters who shoot at shorter ranges or always shoot at the magnification setting calibrated to the reticle sub tensions. Because the reticle remains the same size regardless of magnification, the center of the reticle can be easier to acquire when shooting at lower magnification settings.
At ZeroTech Optics, we offer a range of both FFP and SFP scopes, each with unique features and benefits tailored to the backcountry market. Our FFP scopes, like the Trace Advanced, Thrive HD and Vengeance, offer precision and accuracy at any magnification, making them an excellent choice for long-range shooters. Our SFP scopes, like the Trace, Thrive HD, Thrive and Vengeance offer simplicity and affordability without sacrificing quality, making them an excellent choice for hunters who need a reliable scope for short to mid-range shots or where the shooter does not require the reticle sub tensions to remain correct throughout the magnification range.
No matter which type of scope you choose, we stand behind our products with our AAA unconditional lifetime warranty. We’re confident in the quality and performance of our optics and are committed to ensuring that our customers are satisfied with their purchase for life.
In conclusion, whether you choose an FFP or an SFP scope depends on your specific needs and preferences. At ZeroTech Optics, we offer a range of both FFP and SFP scopes to suit any hunting or shooting situation. Whichever scope you choose, you can rest assured that our products are backed by our industry-leading warranty and commitment to quality.
About ZeroTech Optics
ZeroTech International is pioneering new grounds by developing cutting edge optical solutions tailored to the needs of the most demanding users. This new direction is forging our path as one of the world’s leading optical manufacturers dedicated to providing hunters, shooters and outdoors enthusiasts with elite optical performance in all-weather scenarios. ZeroTech Optics prides itself on delivering our promise of unmatched user experience, unbeatable value for money and our dedicated customer centered focus supplying optics that meet and exceed our users’ expectations.
We have stamped ZeroTech’s mark on the world stage, born from a third-generation optical distributor and manufacturing family originating from the USA, specializing in performance optics tailored to the most demanding environments on earth. This experience has seen ZeroTech Optics tested from the vast arid floodplains of Australia and Africa, through to the treacherous snowcapped peaks of the southern fiords in New Zealand and delivering repeatable reliability in the last frontier, Alaska.
Founded in Australia in 2018, ZeroTech International Pty Ltd, a subsidiary company of the largest optical supplier in the southern hemisphere along with our in-house team of optical and engineers whom design, test and deliver products that are built to our highest Australian standards before exporting across the globe.
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