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SFP and FFP reticle position

 

Only rare rifle scopes have the reticle arrangement, where some parts of the reticle are in the First Focal Plane and other parts of the reticle in the Second Focal Plane. Such arrangement has its advantages in hunting scopes and tactical scopes.

In hunting scopes, such reticles are usually set so the central dot is in the SFP, and the reticle bars are in the FFP. Such design offers a big dot in the center of the field of view, when the scope is set to minimal magnification and best possible rapid target acquisition. When such rifle scopes are set to higher magnification, the central dot covers only a small part of the target, while the reticle bars are thick and can be easily seen in low light situations.

Tactical scopes with SFP & FFP reticle design are usually wide angle rifle scopes, with a very thin reticle in the First Focal Plane and a bright red dot in the second Focal plane. When such scopes are set to 1.0x magnification, reticle is barely noticeable and thin. With a bright illuminated dot in the center and thin reticle that obstructs little of the field of view, such scope can almost be a true red dot sight. On the other spectrum of magnification, the reticle in FFP is easily visible and can be used for holdovers on longer distances.

 

Video presentation of SFP&FFP reticle

 

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