Handgun scopes differ from rifle scopes in that they must make use of a handgun's smaller size for mounting, and are typically used at arm's length instead of near one's eye.
Only available in multiplayer, the Scope (3X) is a sidearm exclusive optic available only on the .44 Magnum and the M1911. It is unlocked for all players by default on the M1911, while the Veteran Battlepack unlocks it for the .44 Magnum.
The scope has a 3x magnification, similar to the 3.4x scopes on primary weapons, but the scope takes up the entire screen, like Sniper Rifle scopes.
Due to the loss of peripheral vision, it's advisable to fire from the hip while in close quarters and to only use the scope when fighting an enemy at a distance. The .44 Magnum arguably benefits more from the scope, due to its much higher bullet velocity and slower rate of fire making accurate shots over range easier to pull off compared to the M1911.
The Muzzle Brake complements the scope well, as the reduced vertical recoil helps ease the climb the of the scope. The increased recoil from the Heavy Barrel will make the vertical climb of the scope much higher at the cost of increased accuracy, and may be an option for players who are able to control the recoil of the weapon. A Suppressor is not a good choice alongside the scope, due to the reduced bullet velocity and increased drop reducing overall effectiveness at range.
- The .44 SCOPED in Battlefield 3 comes equipped with a 3.4x scope.
- In Battlefield 4, the Scope (3x) was originally exclusive to employees of DICE for use on the M1911. Due to issues with the game, all players were eventually given the scope for use.
- The scope shares its icon with the Rifle Scope, and the model itself appears to be a smaller version of the rifle scope.