Is it legal to own a thermal scope UK?

By Published On: 18 March 2022Categories: Scopes

In England and Wales, there are no restrictions on the use of thermal scopes when using an air gun. The legality of using a thermal scope for night hunting varies depending on the type of animal being hunted. In England and Wales, there are certain restrictions in place regarding whether certain animals can be hunted at night or not’ it can be illegal to hunt deer at night, for example. Therefore, it is important to seek advice from the relevant local authority before attempting night hunting with a thermal scope.

Related FAQs

1) Can I use a thermal scope with an air rifle?

Yes, you can use a thermal scope with an air rifle in England and Wales. However, it is important to note that while there are no legal restrictions on the use of such devices, it may be illegal to hunt some animals with them at night.

2) How much do thermal scopes cost?

The cost of Thermal Scopes varies depending on the brand and model but most models range from £1000 – £5,000.

3) How do thermal scopes work?

Thermal scopes detect heat radiation from objects and convert this into an image that is visible to the user. It projects a black and white visual representation of the environment in which it is used. This allows users to see through darkness or foggy conditions, giving them a better view of their surroundings.

4) Is a night vision device the same thing as a thermal scope?

No, a night vision device and a thermal scope are two different types of technology. A night vision device amplifies existing light in the environment, allowing the user to see further into the darkness. A thermal scope uses infrared radiation from objects to create an image that is visible to the user, giving them a better view of their surroundings.

5) Can I use a thermal scope for hunting?

Yes, and in fact, hunting is the primary use for air rifle thermal scopes. That’s because thermal scopes work by highlighting heat, meaning that they would be useless for something like target shooting at night.

6) Are there any age restrictions on using a thermal scope?

No, there are no age restrictions for using a thermal scope in England and Wales. However, it is important that children are supervised at all times when using an air gun regardless of whether they’re using a thermal scope or not.

7) What accessories should I consider buying with my thermal scope?

It is recommended to buy some additional accessories to enhance your experience when using a thermal scope. These may include night vision goggles, laser range finders, protective cases and cleaning kits. Additionally, you may wish to purchase extra batteries or memory cards as these are often not included with the device itself.

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