As red-dot pistol optics boom and more manufacturers drop traditional handgun scopes from their current production lineups, Burris stays the course. For hunters and shooters in the market for an old-school scope with modern features, the Burris Handgun Scope is a must-see. 
 

Table of Contents

Meet the Burris Handgun Scope
Our Test Optic
Recoil Proof?
The Warranty

Meet the Burris Handgun Scope


The name is certainly plain – Burris Handgun Scope – though the product is anything but. In fact, Burris’ traditional handgun optic family is comprised of multiple SKUs, color finishes, reticle types, and magnifications. All are built on a 1-inch body tube. The optics are waterproof, nitrogen filled, shockproof, and fogproof. 

Shoppers can select from three magnification ratings and optical diameters: a basic straight-power 2x20mm, the mid-range do-all 2-7x32mm, and a 3-12x32mm for longer-distance shooting. The latter is the only one to offer parallax adjustment, a feature seldom found on any handgun scopes. 
 

Burris Handgun Scope on CVA Scout
The handgun scope is readily available in both a black and silver finish. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)


Buyers have the choice of a standard Plex reticle that would be considered a duplex, as well as what Burris calls the “Ballistic Plex” with its clean yet practical compensating reticle. The neat thing? Burris builds these handgun optics in not only black but in a nickel-silver finish as well. Let’s face it – sometimes it’s nice to dress your rig in a matching combo. Retail cost starts at $299. Hunters who’ve been pricing dedicated handgun scopes will quickly recognize this kind of bargain. 
 

Our Test Optic


With several hunting handguns sitting on our shooting bench and begging for optics, we were tickled to snag a Burris from the Guns.com Vault. We opted for the straight-power 2x20mm with a standard Plex reticle but in the silver finish. The finish means it looks sharp with stainless firearms, while the features are all business. 
 

Burris Handgun Scope on CVA Scout
We chose the 2x20 in a silver finish. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)


If we may say so, these optics not only look good but perform well, too. Thus far, we moved it from the Magnum Research BFR in .45-70 Government to a CVA Scout single-shot pistol in .350 Legend, and finally to a second CVA Scout in 6.5 Creedmoor without a single hiccup. The former gave the scope a serious test in withstanding recoil, while the latter proved its finesse with placing more precise shots out to 300 yards. 

Through it all, the scope proved itself a success. It holds zero, tracks well, and looks good to boot. The Burris Handgun Scope is built on a 1-inch tube with an impressive 10 to 24 inches of eye relief. The long eye relief is easy to use and comfortable with almost any firearm type. Handgun balance can easily be thrown off with hefty scopes, but we’re happy to report our test optic weighs a scant 7 ounces. The click value on our test optic is 1/2-inch at 100 yards with a full 80 inches of both elevation and windage adjustment range. 
 

Recoil Proof?


The solid, one-piece outer tube partnered with the double internal spring-tension system is intended to “hold zero through shock, recoil, and vibrations,” according to the company literature. In fact, Burris specifically markets their line of handgun scopes to handle the harshest handgun recoil. 
 

Burris Handgun Scope on CVA Scout
A heavy recoil didn't deter this scope from holding zero. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)


That’s not only a stout claim – which we tested successfully with a .45-70 Gov’t – but one backed up by the company’s impressive warranty. Still, the best test we could offer was a walloping from the BFR. The optic tracked well – just as it should – and held zero after repeated punishment from the big bore Magnum Research BFR.
 

The Warranty

These days, it’s difficult to get behind an optics brand that doesn’t offer a seriously appealing warranty. Names like Leupold and Vortex immediately come to mind with their lifetime protection. But did you know that Burris is actually in the same camp? All Burris optics – except the thermals – are covered by their no-questions-asked “Forever Warranty.” That means Burris will repair or replace your optic, no questions asked. That applies not only to the original purchaser but transfers to future owners as well. 

Still not sold? Burris specifies on its webite that there’s no repair or replacement charge, no warranty card needed, no receipt needed, and no questions asked. That’s hard to beat and puts Burris squarely in the conversation for any major optics purchase. 

At a time when red dots and holographics are all the rage, Burris is one of few major manufacturers to press on with producing a number of practical, affordable, quality options for hunters seeking a standard scope. All we know is this test handgun optic isn’t going anywhere. 

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