How do first focal plane scopes work?

A first focal plane (FFP) scope is one in which the reticle appears to change size as you adjust the magnification. The reticle appears small when zoomed out and large when zoomed in. Nightforce makes a series of first focal plane scopes like this SHV 4-14×50 F1.

What is the advantage of a first focal plane scope?

First focal plane scopes have an advantage because they always keep the same relationship between the reticule position and the target position, regardless of zooming between magnifications.

Do Snipers use FFP or SFP?

FFP vs SFP for Snipers Aside from competition, military and police snipers also have a use for FFP scopes when there needs to be a rapid and precise follow-up shot. That could mean the shooter is spotting their own miss, or it could mean they are working with a spotter calling a correction.

Is FFP better than SFP?

Which rifle scope type is better for hunting, SFP or FFP? For probably 85% of the general population, the traditional SFP scope is going to offer a better, less expensive scope for hunting. If you are a long range shooter or long range hunter, then the FFP option might be worth looking into.

Is first focal plane better for long range?

First focal plane scopes are best for competitive and long-range precision shooting. The hash marks represent the same value across all magnification levels. It allows you to use and trust those holdovers at any given point in your magnification.

Is first focal plane better for long-range?

Are first focal plane scopes good for hunting?

So at the end of the day, both focal planes will absolutely work wonders for hunting, it just comes down to what your eyes might prefer and your use case. If you have the ability, find a friend who has a different scope than you do and really look at a first focal plane and second focal plane side by side.

Why is FFP more expensive?

First Focal Plane (FFP) Sometimes referred to as ‘front focal plane’, FFP scopes are usually more expensive by virtue of their more complicated construction, where the crosshair is placed in front of the lens group that determines the scope’s magnification.