Air rifles are used for many applications, including competitions and small critter hunting.

What is great about an air riafle is that it is used to teach youngsters the basics of shooting without the massive recoil of a real rifle or shotgun. They are also perfect companions for someone that just likes to shoot at targets in the privacy of their home.

Top-Rated Air Rifle Scope List:

While air rifles are not considered by many to be accurate weapons, they are in fact lethal at close range with the right scope. Lethal to small animals, such as birds, squirrels, and insects. They can also be used with darts to deliver a sleeping drug for the non-lethal capture of wild animals, and humans.

Air rifles come in all shapes and sizes, from the basic small bore .177 to the professional .22 hunting rifle size. When taking a .22 you also want to have a good scope, and air rifles do have a slight recoil, so you need a scope that can handle recoil as well.

I also added in the factors of ruggedness to withstand the usual rough conditions you can find yourself in and the issues of fogging and rain. So, here is my list of the top 10 air rifle scopes that will deliver perfect shots every time in the hands of an experienced shooter.

Best Air Rifle Scope Reviews:

1. UTG 3-9X32 1" BugBuster Scope, AO, RGB Mil-dot, QD Rings

UTG 3-9X32 1" BugBuster Scope, AO, RGB Mil-dot, QD Rings , Black
  • 1 Inch Tube with Emerald Coating for Maximum Light...
  • Range Estimating Mil-dot Reticle for Optimal Aiming and...
  • Red/Green Dual Illumination for Versatile Applications,...
  • Complete with 2" Sunshade, High Quality Flip-open Lens Caps...
  • Built on True Strength Platform, Completely Sealed and...

The UTG 3-9X32 1" BugBuster Scope is a true strength scope with emerald coated optics that provide 95% light transmission. This is nitrogen filled, waterproof, shockproof, and fog resistant scope that is perfect for small shots, such as insects, birds, and squirrels.

This model weighs in at only 18oz and is perfect for any airgun rifle. It is highly accurate and delivers a clear and crisp image with perfect parallax and crosshair clarity.


  • Magnification: 3-9x
  • AO: 32mm
  • Mil-dot reticle
  • Diameter: 1"
  • Length: 20"
  • Weight: 30 oz.
  • Click Value: ¼” MOA @ 100 yds
  • Parallax Adjustment: 5 yds to infinity
  • Field of View: 35.6 ft to 12 ft
  • Eye relief: 3.9" to 2"
  • Exit Pupil: to 4.5mm

This set comes with flip-open lens caps, 4 hex wrenches, hex screw and 3/8" rings


This is a classic lightweight scope suitable for all airgun applications and is a very efficient value for money product.

2. Hammers 3-9x32AO Air Rifle Scope with One-Piece Mount

Hammers 3-9x32AO Air Rifle Scope with One-Piece Mount,Black
  • Full size scope with adjustable objective
  • Variable 3x-9x
  • Solid one-piece mount with built-in stop pin
  • 3 Clamping screws
  • Great for use on magnum air rifle

The Hammers 3-9x32AO Air Rifle Scope comes with a one-piece mount and is waterproof, fog resistant and shockproof.

This scope comes with a mil-dots reticle suitable for long-range shooting and delivers a variable 3X – 9X power with an adjustable 32mm parallax.

The Hammers has an internally reinforced tube that is extremely shock resistant, and the one-piece mount has 3 clamping screws for a secure and rigid fit. The top pin is built in for extra durability, and this scope will deliver results all the time.

This scope combines both magnification features of 3x-9x with AO features that deliver a crisp and clear image even at a range of only 5 yards.


  • Magnification: 3x-9x
  • AO: 32mm
  • Diameter: 1"
  • Standard mil-dot reticle


This is a very tight and light model that will be hard to compare with cheaper models initially, but don’t be fooled by its innocent looks. This is a very high optically reliable scope and is perfect for the air rifle hunter.

3. BARSKA 3-12x40 AO Airgun, Black Matte, Mil-Dot

BARSKA 3-12x40 AO Airgun, Black Matte, Mil-Dot
  • Precision Aiming: The 3-12x magnification scope features 1/4...
  • Quality Construction: The scope comes with fully-coated...
  • Mil-Dot Reticle: The mil-dot reticle can be used to target...
  • Special Design: The scope is specifically constructed to...
  • Accessories: The scope comes with scope caps and lens cloth.

The Barska 3-12x40 AO Airgun Riflescope is designed for the young user, where slight airgun recoil can be an impact. This scope muffles the recoil, maintaining safe eye contact and giving the young hunter an exceptional experience.

The adjustable objective (AO) will deliver constant accuracy, and when combined with the 30/30 reticle and fully coated optics, you won’t get much better than this for any experience level.

This scope is made of a 1” tube and comes with scope caps for protection when not in use. It is a waterproof, fogproof and shockproof scope.


  • Magnification: 3-12x
  • AO: 40mm
  • Diameter: 1" Tube
  • Adjustable Objective
  • Reverse Recoil Technology


Barska is tough scopes and is more durable than most of the competition. This makes it a perfect scope for hunting and outdoor excursions. 

4. UTG 3-9X40 1" Hunter Scope, AO, 36-color Mil-dot, w/Rings

The UTG 3-9X40 is a true budget-friendly scope. This device is built for airguns and rifles, and delivers quality results every time.,

This is what the industry calls a true strength scope, it comes with nitrogen filled optic chamber that reduces fogging, and the emerald coated optics provide 95% light transmission that delivers a crisp and clear image at all ranges.

The scope is made of UTG property EZ-TAP Illumination Enhancing (IE) technology, which provides RGB in dual-color mode and in multi-color mode will give you 36 colors.

The overall design is shockproof, fog resistant and rainproof.


  • Magnification: 3-9x
  • AO: 40mm
  • Diameter: 1"
  • Length: 60"
  • Weight: 21.1 oz.
  • Click Value: ¼” MOA @ 100 yds
  • Reticle: Mil-dot reticle 36-color illumination-enhancing
  • Parallax Adjust: 5 yds to infinity
  • Field of View: 34.5 ft to 11.5 ft
  • Eye Relief: 3.9" to 3.2"
  • Exit Pupil: 13mm to 4.5mm

This set comes with 1 x CR2032 3V lithium battery, flip-open lens caps, 2 hex wrenches, hex screw and Weaver and Picatinny rings


The Mil-Dot reticle is great for lining up targets, and the dots are a bit on the small side, but with that 9x magnification, you can usually find more than enough functionality from his scope.

5. Winchester by Daisy Outdoor Products 2-7 x 32 AO Winchester Scope (Black, 2-7 x 32)

Daisy Winchester Outdoor Products 2-7 x 32 AO Winchester Scope (Black, 2-7 x 32)
  • 2-7 x 32 with adjustable objective
  • Adjustable for windage and elevation
  • cross-hair reticle
  • fogproof, shockproof and color corrected
  • Daisy quality and reliablility for unmatched accuracy

No honest and true list would be complete without a Winchester product. This is the Daisy® Winchester 2 - 7 x 32 Air Rifle Scope. It is adjustable objective (AO) and is also adjustable for windage and elevation.

The scope is ambidextrous and comes with a very clear crosshair reticle.

This model is fog and shockproof as well as provides color correction and with all the necessary mounting hardware.


  • AO: 32”
  • Length: 13”
  • Field of view: 2 - 4.8 ft.; 7 - 2 ft.
  • Exit pupil: 16mm - 4.57mm
  • Eye relief: 2” – 3”
  • Reticle: Crosshair
  • Weight: 88oz


This is a Winchester, which speaks for itself. The Daisy models are top of the notch models that are perfectly suited for air rifle application.

6. Crossman CPA416AORG2 Centerpoint 4-16x40mm Riflescope

Crosman CPA416AORG2 Centerpoint 4-16x40mm Riflescope
  • Adjustable objective from 4 to 16x power, Dual illuminated...
  • One Piece, 1-inch tube
  • Rated for airgun and firearm use
  • Multi-coated lenses
  • Bonus: Flip-up lens caps and 1-inch picatinny rings

The Crossman CPA416AORG2 is a lightweight and very easy to use a scope. This scope comes with multi-coated lenses together with a dual-illuminated mil-dot reticle.

The body is a 1” solid aluminum tube that comes with 1” Picatinny rings and a flip open lenses cap to secure the scope when not in use.


  • Magnification: 4x - 16x
  • Eye Relief: 70-80mm
  • AO: 40 mm
  • Tube Diameter: 25 mm
  • Click Rate: 1
  • Exit Pupil: 8.0 - 2.4
  • Focal Plane: 2nd
  • Field of View: 12.8-3.6
  • Variable Illumination: 0-5 Steps
  • Reticle Color: Red / Green
  • Reticle: Mil-Dot
  • Windage: +/-25

Comes with 1” Picatinny rings


The AO on this scope is exceptional, and the dual reticles mean that the scope will adjust itself as your target moves, giving you the ultimate performance for any distance. This is a great scope for those fast-moving targets.

7. UTG 4X32 1" Hunter Scope, Mil-dot, Airgun Rings, Adj@35 Yds

UTG 4X32 1" Hunter Scope, Mil-dot, Airgun Rings, Adj@35 Yds , Black
  • Built on True Strength Platform, Completely Sealed and...
  • Premium Finger Adjustable Target Turrets with the Most...
  • Sapphire Coated Lenses to Achieve Maximum Light Transmission...

This is another UTC classic. The UTG 4X32 is under 12” long, and weighs less than 16oz, making this a compact and powerful addition to your air-rifle.

This will fit any air rifles with 3/8 or 11mm rails and dovetails. You need to add Weaver rings to secure this scope.

The optics are sapphire coated in a nitrogen filled tube that is shockproof, waterproof and fog proof.


  • Magnification: 4x
  • AO: 32mm
  • Diameter: 1"
  • Length: 89"
  • Weight: 50 oz.
  • Click Rate: ¼” MOA @ 100 yds
  • Reticle: Mil-dot reticle
  • Parallax Adjust.: 5 yds to infinity parallax adjustment
  • Field of View: 32 ft
  • Eye Relief: 3.4"
  • Exit Pupil: 8.0mm

This set comes with flip-open lens caps, 3 hex wrenches, hex screw and 3/8" rings


This is another great UTG scope that speaks for itself. This one might need Weaver rings, so check your rifle first when buying this kit.

8. Winchester 809 4 X 32 Scope

Winchester 809 4 X 32 Scope
  • 4 X 32 air gun scope
  • Adjustable for windage and elevation
  • Cross-hair reticle
  • Fogproof, shockproof and color corrected
  • Daisy quality and reliablility for unmatched accuracy

This is another great Winchester Daisy® rifle scope. This model integrates a 32” eye relief with a 25’ field of view, and at 100 yards you can catch any movement with ease.

This scope delivers adjustable objective targeting for sharp images and accurate shooting. It is 100% fog proof and works great in wet weather conditions. The Daisy incorporates a shockproof recoil muffler, and the crosshair reticle delivers optimized accuracy shot after shot.

The scope comes with fully adjustable windage and elevation capabilities and comes with a 1-year warranty.


  • AO: 32”
  • Field of view: 25 feet @ 100 yards
  • Exit pupil: 8mm
  • Eye relief: 3”
  • Reticle: Crosshair


A very simple yet accurate rifle scope from the house of Winchester (not the haunted one).

9. Crosman CP392RG CenterPoint 3-9x32mm Riflescope

Crosman CP392RG Centerpoint 3-9x32mm Riflescope
  • 3x-9x Power with Dual illuminated Mil-Dot reticle
  • One Piece, 1-inch tube
  • Rated for airgun and firearm use
  • Multi-coated lenses

The Crossman CP392RG is a great addition to any air rifle application and is also used with .22 rifles. This is a solid and accurate scope that is machined out of one piece of high-grade aircraft aluminum alloy.

The scope comes with the Crossman true hunter dials; there are performance click rate dials that let you center the target with ease, allowing you time to squeeze off that perfect shot.

The dual illuminated reticle comes with Mil-dots, and the scope enables you to judge distances with ease and without having to double check.

The optics are multicoated providing a clear field of vision and are fog proof, waterproof and shockproof.


  • Magnification: 3x-9x
  • Material: Aircraft-grade aluminum alloy
  • Diameter: 1”
  • Length: 8”
  • Field of View: 39-13 ft.
  • AO: 32mm
  • Reticle: Dual illuminated mil-dot.


A very sturdy scope that delivers a standard magnification and is well worth the budget-friendly price.

10. CVLIFE Tactical 3-9x40 Optics R4 Reticle Crosshair Air Sniper Hunting Rifle Scope with Free Mounts

CVLIFE 3-9x40AO Rifle Scope Optics R4 Reticle Crosshair Gun Scope with 20mm Free Mounts
  • Magnification: 3-9x, ultimate clarity and superior eyepiece...
  • Objective Diameter: 1.57" (40mm)
  • Parallax Ajustment: 10yards - ∞
  • Exit pupil: 0.2"-0.67"
  • Complete with Lens Caps and 20mm Free Rings.

When it comes to tactical shooting for fast reactions in a tight situation, this is the scope of choice. The CVLIFE Tactical 3-9x40 delivers a 90% light transmission multicoated lens. This scope provides a 40mm objective diameter and is housed in a solid 1” aluminum tube.

The windage and elevation controls are very easy to adjust while scoping and targeting.  This kit comes with the mounting hardware, so you don’t need to worry about this issue.

A professional scope is always welcome, especially when you have the chance to take it at such an

The optics project a clear and bright target and is extremely accurate even with large magnifications. The lenses are protected by a large cover when not in use.


  • Magnification: 3x-9x
  • Material: Aircraft Aluminum Alloy
  • Diameter: 1”
  • Length: 20”


While the 40mm objective lens is not adjustable, the 9x magnification provides a great and clear image that can be followed with accuracy. This is a waterproof, fog proof and shockproof scope that will work perfectly in any environment.

Final Words

Some air rifle scopes are also suitable for standard rifles. If you want to save on extra expenses, consider buying a rifle scope that suits both conditions. Using the same scope will make targeting easier. I don’t mean transfer the scope from rifle to rifle, which is a budget friendly way for doing things. You should buy the same scope for both weapons, and that way get the benefit of comfort from familiarity.

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About the Author Anton Scharff

Anton is a hunting expert who respects nature. Ask him anything about large game. Lover of the great outdoors.

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