Can You Still Use a Scope That Has Been Shot? VORTEX Knows the Answer!

Hrachya H
by Hrachya H

Vortex Optics has released a video where they test a couple of customer-returned scopes that have been shot! One of the scopes (Viper 4-12×40) has an all the way through hole behind the objective lens. Next one (Viper HST) has a damaged lock ring, the part that holds the objective lens in place. Folks over Vortex mounted these scopes on rifles and tried to shoot at 100, 200, 300 and 400 yard targets. Let’s watch the video and see what results they had.

Although in case of Vortex’s samples they had pretty good results, the answer to the question of whether you can use such scopes or not is uncertain and largely depends on your particular case. At any rate, this experiment is not only cool and fun, but also educational. It allows us better understand the limitations of our gear. Another interesting aspect to note is that even with obstructions in front of and behind the objective, the scope can still be usable.

As mentioned in the video, the seal is obviously broken on these scopes and of course, you should not use such scopes and should replace them as soon as you can. However, in some situations when you have accidentally damaged your scope and your rifle has no iron sight, there is a chance the scope still can do the job even if it looks to be severely damaged. Knowing the limits of your gear can help to save the day.

Have you been in such situations? What stories like this do you know? Share your story in the comments section.

Hrachya H
Hrachya H

Managing Editor Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying the history and design of guns and ammunition. Should you need to contact him, feel free to shoot him a message at

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  • Phil Elliott Phil Elliott on Nov 24, 2017

    Picked up a Red field wide field in a trade with a cracked rear lens, wonder if this could be replaced?

    • Scott Scott on Nov 25, 2017

      @Phil Elliott Buy a $47. 3-9x50AO RGB Illuminated Mil Dot Scope on eBay. They're made in the same factory as 65% of available optics.

  • Aride4ever Aride4ever on Nov 25, 2017

    I had a Nikon p223 that got shot with buckshot. 2 holes trough the tube. We were hunting and although I had BUIS I was able to use the scope the rest of the trip albeit with some condensation on the optics. Nikon even replaced it for free when I explained that a bunch of ninja deer attacked us and tried to take is out. 😁