Though intended for military application by snipers, Springfield’s 3rd Generation Government Model scope, with its light-grabbing 56mm objective lens, would be excellent on a beanfield rifle intended for long-range shooting in low light. Its resolution, low-light performance and tracking are all top-drawer. What’s more, according to Springfield Armory, the scope is ‘.50-caliber shockproof.’ The patented range-finding reticle, though quite elaborate, is beautifully executed and can be illuminated in progressively brighter shades of green. Yet despite its many features (or perhaps because of them), this is primarily a tactical riflescope, which, as our panelists pointed out, is too big, too heavy and too complicated for most hunting purposes. However, Springfield Armory offers an extensive line of scopes, including some that are ideal for all kinds of hunting. Outdoor Life Gear Test 2001