Black spider optics riflescope on the range.

The author zeroes the Black Spider Optics 1-4×24 riflescope

May 17, 2017  

1705: Install Black Spider Optics 1-4×24 riflescope onto .223 Remington Stoner-based gas piston rifle using the Black Spider Meyers Mount for 30mm optics.

May 18, 2017 

1430:  Arrive Spur Outfitters Rifle Range, Encampment Wyoming, zero BSO riflescope using Black Hills 77g. BTHP .223 ammunition at 100 yards on paper. Proceed to engage steel targets out to 400 yards. West wind gusting 15-18 mph, visibility hampered by light snow flurries.

June 7 2017 

1035: Arrive rifle range with said rifle and optic, re-zero rifle with AAC silencer in place using 68 grain BTHP Match Black Hills ammunition for 100 yards.

1405: approximately 41 23 N 106 59 W, Carbon Co. Wyoming, begin search and destroy operation for Cynomys Rodentia. Engage targets from 50 to 200 yards. Confirmed kills: 6 with Stoner rifle using aforementioned optics and ammunition.

1455: Depart AO, return base of operation, Saratoga, WY.


Shot group with black spider optics riflescope.

One hundred yard shot group with BSO riflescope dialed to full power.

 Summary: Black Spider Optics Riflescope

Installation of the Black Spider Optics 1-4×24 riflescope onto receiver rail of my Stoner-based rifle was simple and straightforward. Total time for installation was less than 30 minutes. The BSO riflescope has a 30mm tube, the elevation and windage knobs are ½ MOA adjustable and lock in place to prevent accidental loss of zero. The reticle is variable brightness red illuminated design with stadia lines for holdover and windage. Included is a 2032 Lithium battery.

The body of the BSO scope is 6065 aircraft aluminum and it is indeed shockproof. The lens’ are fog-proof and coated as you would expect. For those who really feel froggy, the knobs have 120 MOA of adjustment. Black Spider included a scope coat, lens caps, and the appropriate wrenches for installation and adjustment.

Initial Conclusion: 

Many people might shy away from a 1-4x scope for hunting chores, thinking that it does not offer enough magnification. I suppose that might be true if you plan to shoot beyond three hundred yards. I found to my delight that the power and clarity were well up to par when it came to engaging Cynomys Rodentia (prairie dogs) out to 200 yards or so. Keep in mind that these varmints are smaller than an average house cat. A deer or antelope’s vital hit area is about the size of the entire body of the prairie dog. A wild hog, deer, or antelope, should be a chip shot inside 200 yards if you can hit one of these little creatures.

While in the field I took shots while resting on a backpack, from unsupported prone, kneeling and standing. The rifle/optic/ammunition combination ensured that as long as the shooter did his part, anything on the other end was DRT. Looking forward to many more outing with this combination.

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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.

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