Having tested and selected the best gun, your next step is to outfit it with optics, and here the challenge is primarily one of scrounging, for although the .50 caliber has a dovetail for a mount, the military doesn't provide the mating mount and rings. My best advice is to befriend a depot-level machinist, then guard his handiwork as if it were gold.
Despite mirage problems, you should use a 20x or larger scope so you can select targets at 1,000+ yards. Since you'll be firing free recoil—without your eye to the scope at the instant of firing—you won't actually need extended eye relief.
Unless your scope has a BDC with considerable elevation, you'll normally compensate
The author's 15x50mm Canon stabilized clarity that they basically replaced both while eliminating the need for a tripod.
binoculars (left) offer such target his spotting scope and binoculars
Anchor binoculars to your eyebrows for steadiest hold and clearest focus. (Photo credit: Roger Kennedy)
weight. The only downside here, it appears, is thac they aren't military-rugged, but I'm sure Canon could develop a version with heavier seals and a stronger body.
The U.S. Army already has a stabilized binocular, the 14x M25, so it's at least in the system, and it's possible for a sniper team to scrounge a pair.
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