Handgun Scope 3-12x32mm

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The 3-12x32mm Burris Handgun Scope is designed for handgun shooters that refuse to accept compromises. It allows shooting handguns at significant distances,  but still maintains the eye-relief and ruggedness that pistols require.

MSRP: $539

Compatible Reticles

Ballistic Plex™
Ballistic Plex | Burris Optics
Simple, highly effective compensating reticle

Available On: Handgun
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Ballistic Plex | Burris Optics


Item Number
Knob Style
Objective Lens Diameter
Clear Objective Lens Diameter
Ocular Lens Diameter
Focal Plane
Main Tube Size
Field of View
Eye Relief
Exit Pupil
Click Value
Elevation Adjustment, Total Capability
Windage Adjustment
Adjustable Parallax
Illumination Control
Illumination Settings
12x magnification
Ballistic Plex™
Matte Black
Capped Hunting
44 mm
32 mm
38 mm
1 in.
14 low - 4 high (ft. @ 100 yds.)
10 - 19 in. at low, 10-12.5 in. at high
11 low - 2.7 high (mm)
1/8 in. @ 100 yds.
28 in. @ 100 yds.
28 in. @ 100 yds.
Objective PA
25 yds. - infinity
10.8 in.
16.0 oz.
Handgun Scopes
  • Features the Ballistic Plex™ reticle, the most simple, effective, and elegant trajectory-compensating reticle for hunting
  • Long-range accuracy in a simple design that’s easy to use
  • Can be matched with any caliber or bullet weight
  • Parallax adjustment for improved accuracy at long distances
  • Designed for handgun hunters who need a robust scope to handle the harshest recoil
  • Compact
  • Long eye relief, ideal when hunting with a powerful handgun
  • High-grade optical glass for excellent brightness and clarity and lasting durability
  • Quality, precision-ground lenses are larger than comparable scopes for better light transmission
  • Index-matched, Hi-Lume® multicoating aids in low-light performance and glare elimination, increasing your success rate
  • Double internal spring-tension system allows the scope to hold zero through shock, recoil, and vibrations
  • Positive steel-on-steel adjustments ensure repeatable accuracy
  • Waterproof
  • Nitrogen-filled scope tubes prevent internal fogging even in cold and rain
  • Durable, stress-free, solid 1-piece outer tube withstands shock and vibrations of even the heaviest-recoiling calibers
  • 1-in. body tube
  • Guaranteed by the Burris Forever Warranty
Handgun Scope Manual
October 29, 2015
New for 2022 | Burris Optics
May 23, 2022
Handgun Scope 3-12x32mm is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 80.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pistol Scope I bought this scope last year. Mounted it on a Ruger Super Redhawk firing 45 Colt/ 454 Casull. This scope has seen well over 500rds in that time and not one malfunction. The sight picture in this scope is very bright and clear. As in all Long Eye Relief Scope there is a limit to the magnification that can be used while holding the Pistol at Arm Length. I normal shoot with it at 2.5 power which I find works well to 50 yards. I recommend this scope for anyone looking for a scope to mount on a large bore revolver. It will stand up to a 454 Casull it should hold up to anything.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Burris Handgun Scope Compared with similar scopes at the same store, the Burris is noticeably brighter and has a wider field. The others were like looking down a tube and eye position was difficult to achieve. The Burris gave an eyepiece-filling view that was much easier to maintain. The quality of image was much better and easily worth the price.
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best revolver scope for big guns I have to be honest, I like Nikon when it comes to scopes. But unfortunately Nikons pistol scopes did not impress me. I did extensive research on all pistol scopes. The Burris 2x-7-32 plex. Was definitely what I wanted mounted on my Ruger Super Redhawk 44mag. The scope can withstand the massive recoil from your bigger caliber guns ad still hold zero. Plus it comes pretty dang close as far as matching the stainless color of your revolvers. Thank you Burris for a great scope for heavy duty revolvers.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am an avid hunter. after being injured in Iraq, I took up handgun hunting as I now only have one arm and I am blind in the opposite eye. I hunt with a T/C Encore chambered in .325 win short mag. The Burris 3x12 scope has worked flawlessly and has helped me take Bison, elk, and deer. It has held up to the substantial recoil. My only wish would be to have more eye relief at higher magnification.I regularly practice with this out to 400 yards, where I can keep an 8 inch group with a pistol. awesome gun, awesome scope!
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought handgun scope for my contender. I can't shoulder a weapon anymore so I am now hunting with a handgun. I needed a scope that can handle the recoil yet be easy to use and this Burris has answered the question. Easy to install and zeroed in quickly. Using the gun to hunt deer, 300 Blackout on Contender frame with a 10 in barrel. Shoots great and look for many more deer to make my season bright.
Date published: 2015-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scout rifle optic Great on Savage Scout 7.76X39. Crystal clear opticall the way to X12. Adjustable objective a bit to stretch to reach as a Scout rifle optic,but scope works very well. 3X12 power perfect! Really like this scope...
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Scope for the Money Since I read various reviews stating that their Burris 2-7X Ballistic Plex Posi-Lock was blurry right out of the box I want to say that I was looking for that as soon as I mounted mine but it’s crystal clear. At 2 power or 7 power, looking at something 20 yards away or 200 yards away (on a cloudy day as it is today) all the lines in the bark of the trees are clear and well defined. I am impressed with the clarity and like it better than my previous Bushnell 2 power scope. I do agree that once the power exceeds 3 it doesn’t have enough eye relief for a handgun. That doesn’t bother me as I had planned on hunting (deer) with it set on 2 power (3 at the most, depending on the terrain) and only using the 7 power to look ‘over yonder’ if I couldn’t make something out that could be a deer or just a stump or a boulder. If you are planning on mounting this on a high powered handgun with the intention of using the higher magnifications for long distance shooting this scope won’t work for you. I have it on my Magnum Research BFR .454 Casull and I don’t want to be pulling the trigger without my arms fully extended, but at the higher magnifications in order to see anything through it you have to hold it much farther back to your face (OK for scouting, not OK for recoil). It didn’t come with lens caps, like my Bushnell did, but I called Customer Service and they sent me a pair. For what it’s worth I used the Burris Signature Zee rings to mount it, and I love the idea of the inserts and will likely use these rings for all my future scope mounts. For the price I love it. Leupold doesn’t have handgun scopes with a ballistic plex reticle so they weren’t an option for me. If they did I may have gone with one of theirs, but since they didn’t I saved $150 or so and I’m very happy with the Burris.
Date published: 2014-10-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mounted on my.460 smith & wesson performance center handgun with Burris signature rings. Bore sighted it at the fifty yard bench. Fired two shots to get it in the bullseye. Evey shot after that. I could not keep it zeroed it was all over the place. Very disappointed especially when deer season was two weeks away. I'll be shipping it back for warranty work. I may get it back in six to eight weeks. I should of spent a couple of hundred more an went with a Leopold, then at least the .460 would have been going to the U.P. of Michigan on this hunting trip.
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great scope I bought the scope 5 years ago, I mounted it on my 460 S&W. Handles the recoil great.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2x pistol scope I bought one for my 500 smith wesson and it works great,so I bought another one for my 44 mag hunter.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought my scope a about a month ago and very pleased with the clarity of the lens.
Date published: 2015-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great customer service Just wanted to say thank you for great customer service. I was able to send my original scope with lock up rings and you quickly check it our and determined a replacement was the best option. Thanks Iove my new scope
Date published: 2014-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NICE GLASS I have been a Burris handgun scope user for over 20 years. They are the only scope I put on my pistols. I have never had an issue with one of these scopes. They are always nice and clear and bright. I have had them on 22's to 44 Mags. Never a failure or problem. I highly recommend these scopes.
Date published: 2014-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Specialty pistols and Burris I bought the 2-7 model and mounted it on my 357max. I have other pistol scopes from big names and nothing holds a candle to the Burris. I also shoot long range specialty pistols and out to 500 yards with the ballistic plex Reticle it makes impacts On steel a breeze.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the Best Hand Gun Scopes out there. I rated it as a 4/5 stars, It is a good scope, probably the best out there but I think there is room for improvement in some areas. The Scope on 12 power you really need to stay still with a very movement because the there is little room for any movement or your site of view is gone, When you drop down it power it is way better, This has improved over earlier models but still not great. The 3X12 is missing the Posi Lock feature which I have never had movement in my scope but it would love the insurance if it did. The Turrets are Ok, they move and click Ok but when you get to the end of the up/down or right/left it gets tight and you need a coin. They had target knobs at one time and I wish they still made them but at the current 1/8 MOA not 1/2" MOA, But overall the scope is good, Best option out there for now with the highest magnification. With some improvement is could be great !
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly rugged and reliable I put this scope on a 20mm rifle I built. This rifle had shaken loose 2 Nikons and a Leupold, but this little handgun scope it still going strong and has maintained zero for 6 months and dozens of range trips later. What really amazed me was when I accidentally knocked over this 75lb rifle. The scope hit a piece of metal when it landed and the zero never shifted.
Date published: 2021-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Old Thompson center contender I just mounted this 3×-12× pistol scope on my 1977 Thompson Center Contender. The fit and size is perfect. I do not plan on shooting past 175 yards and I can see this is a perfect companion for my gun. The scope has lots of adjustment, the glass is crystal clear, quality construction built. Everything one would expect from Burris
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As a scout scope I bought this product a couple of days ago to use a scout scope on my M1A Socom, and I am impressed! Coupled with the AR PEPR mount I get great eye relief, reasonable magnification, super clear glass, and a ballistic reticle. No other optic provides me with all these features, and I will be buying from Burris again!
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surplus Mauser I have mounted this scope on my M24/47 8mm rifle with great result. I am using the Brass Stacker LER mount and this combo really extends the range of my old surplus battle rifle. I am making consistent hits on steel targets at 300 and 400 yards. Great quality glass!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great this the best pistol scope i have ever bought very very very clear and the ao end is great if you a great pistol scope for hunting or shooting you will never be sorry it cost a little more than others but worth the difference i love this scope
Date published: 2015-09-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Burris pistol 2x scope The scope cannot handle heavier recoil. The company states that it can. I put it on a 460 XVL and the scope broke in he first 5 shots. Now when I look through the scope there are internal parts blocking the view.
Date published: 2020-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like the scope Very happy with the scope, except the windage adjustment is stiff. Does not have positive clicks like the elevation adjustment. Will have to return for repair. Poor quality control
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect addition to my Ruger GSR The perfect addition to my Ruger GSR. Just the right eye relief for me, and it looks really great and proportional on the rifle. (Hey, this IS important.) Thanks Burris!
Date published: 2016-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from adjustable objective for long range shooting I just got this scope for my Remington xp-100 in .30 international, very go scope for long range shooting. thanks Michael MCCammon p.s. this is the second one I own.
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mounted on a Ruger .480. Only fired about 20 rounds. Looks great on the Ruger.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Date published: 2015-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great scopes! I’ve used many Burris scopes for years. They have alway performed excellent for me. I own three of the pistol scopes with the Ballistic Plex. One is on a TC Encore pistol in 308 Winchester. Another on a Ruger Super Redhawk 44 magnum. Both of these have done great! My new one is going on TC Encore pistol in 500 S&W. It will be shooting custom cast 600 gr. Bullets. I have no reason to expect less than the excellent performance I’ve gotten from the others I own.
Date published: 2021-05-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed I use Burris scopes on all my handguns .. purchased this scope for my Encore Pro Hunter through Optics Planet .. when I received it I found that there was debris inside the scope tube ! I’ve sent it to Burris for repair or replacement .. still waiting ... I like Burris scopes, the quality of the glass is excellent and they hold up well to recoil... this one missed quality control .. I’ll continue using Burris . All my other Burris scopes get 5 stars !!
Date published: 2019-04-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from had to send it back I bought this handgun scope a couple months ago and had to send it back it's 2x7x32. The power ring is stuck it won't let me fine tune it to zero and when I get close u t does not hold zero. So hopefully they fix it I will update this review when I get the scope back which will be in about 6 weeks.
Date published: 2015-04-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor field of view in Burris 2x-7x handgun scope I am disappointed in magnifications greater than 3 power because of the field of view. Magnification powers of 4 to 7 have little use in hunting situations. While Burris is a good company and makes quality products, I would have been better off with a lower fixed power scope like their 2x scope. Burris should either fix this problem or stop marketing the 2x-7x as a handgun scope.
Date published: 2016-07-27
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Is model 200279 parallax adjustable?

Asked by: cows11
They have parallax fixed at 100 yards.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2021-08-31

How many foot pounds should the rings be torque?

Asked by: burrell75
It depends on the rings, but we typically recommend 18-22 inch pounds.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2021-08-27


Asked by: POPS2
Unfortunately these are not candidates for reticle swaps.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2021-08-23

Do you have a way to mount this scope on a S&W 629, 44 Classic that does have the three holes drilled and tapped into the top strap? Thanks, Dave

Asked by: Anonymous
I would recommend trying a Weigand mount: https://www.jackweigand.com/
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2021-07-30

I am setting up the fixed 2x20 handgun scope.  what is eye relief range?  I assume I can loosen lock nut and turn eyepiece to get focus at comfortable arm's length. 

Asked by: JohnC
There is no adjustment for eye relief, do not loosen and screws or nuts on the optic. Here is the eye relief from the specs: 10 - 24 in.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2021-07-07

Which of your scopes would be best suited for a Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum in Stainless steel? 

Asked by: Duan
I would recommend one of the Handgun scopes for that setup. https://www.burrisoptics.com/scopes/handgun-scopes
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2021-04-30

2x20 scope , to be put on a CVA .50 caliber black powder handgun what rings do you recommend?

Asked by: Anthony P
I would recommend Signature Zee Rings. https://www.burrisoptics.com/signature-rings
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2022-05-21

Do you offer a throw lever for the 3-12x Handgun Scope?

Asked by: Charlie404
We don't have a specific one for the Handgun scopes. There are various generic zip tie type options available on amazon.com however. I would recommend one of those.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2021-03-25

Which one of your handgun scopes have a fixed power and posi lock?

Asked by: Mpoblad
We don't have any with posi lock in fixed power unfortunately. The next one with posi lock is the 2-7.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2021-05-28

I can't find anywhere on your website, or in the catalog that I downloaded from your website, whether your Handgun Scope 3-12X32mm is first or second focal plane. Can you please tell me if it is first or second focal plane?

Asked by: PJKO
All of the Handgun scopes we have will be second/rear focal plane optics.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2021-03-16

What is the small adjustment knob on my Burris 2x7x32 pistol scope elevation , windage,and?

Asked by: Tot7
Hello, If it says "Do Not Remove" it is a posi skirt. If it is knurled with a small screw inside, that is a posi-lock system.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2020-05-22

What are the vertical/horizontal adjustments factory set for. Ex: 1 click at 25 yds = 1/4" adjustment

Asked by: Mike48
Hello, They are 1/4" clicks. Additional specs are available above in the 'specs' tab.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2019-11-06

I use this scope for field pistol competition. Can I get target turrets for this scope?

Asked by: Rusty1
Hello, Unfortunately target turrets are not available for handgun scopes.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2019-11-28

Hello, I was looking to mount the 2x20mm scope on a 44 magnum revolver with a pictanny rail and I need about 1.5in height rings. Would the 420183 xtreme tactical rings work or is there a better option?

Asked by: Mike6305
Hello, Those should be fine as long as it is a true picatinny spec rail.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2020-09-29

I have a 2-7x32 mounted on a Ruger Super Red Hawk 454 Casull. If I turn the mag much over 3 the sight goes dark. Mostly I shoot it at 2.5 power and the scope is great. Is there something I am doing wrong with the set up to change this problem?

Asked by: TMLittle5
Hello, Typically that can be fixed with remounting. We recommend setting your eye relief and reticle focus at max power, as that will be where the eye relief is the worst. That should help fix the problem.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2019-09-19

What is the eye relief distance?

Asked by: Newby
Hello! All specs are listed just above this Q&A section.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2020-11-10

Where are burris scopes made?

Asked by: BradN
Hello, Most Burris scopes are made in the Philippines, with the XTR III being made right here in Colorado.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2019-09-06

will the scout 2x7x32 scope work ok on my cva scout v2 .243 pistol?

Asked by: 6583ford
Hello, Despite saying "Scout" on it you can definitely still use it on a handgun. The eye relief will be the same.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2019-09-06

What is the eye relief on this handgun scope(2-7x32)

Asked by: Scott66
Hello, Eye relief and other specs can be found above, in the specs section. Have a great day!
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2019-11-17

I own multiple Burris handgun scopes and they all have been fantastic. I recently mounted a 3-12x32 item number 200309. Is it possible to get an adjustable elevevation Turret that has MOA numbering?

Asked by: Hmgen3
Hello, Unfortunately there are no turret upgrades available for the Handgun scope.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2019-08-27

I purchased this Burris scope yesterday and have been searching here for a usable Calibration Label for my 1953 M-48A Mauser. That's an 8mm round typically shooting the SP 196 gr, 12, 7 g. Can you suggest or supply the best label? Thanks very much

Asked by: Peter86
Hello! I think you will find what you are looking for on our AWESOME Ballistic Services page! https://ballistics.burrisoptics.com/
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2019-08-21

Is there a sunshade available for the 3 X 12 X 32 scope? I would like about 8 inches, or smaller ones that can be screwed together to make that length.

Asked by: this is silly
There is unfortunately not one available. I would check for alternatives at SunGuard.com
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2019-08-21

I am looking for a silver finished scout scope but I don’t see that the scout scope in 2-7x32 is made in that finish. Will this pistol scope work for a scout scope on a 45-70?

Asked by: N2Rob79
Hello, Yes the pistol scope would be a good stand in for the Scout. The eye relief will be nearly identical.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2019-07-22

Hi, what's the tube diameter of the 2x20 handgun scope?

Asked by: billa
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2019-06-19

T/C .35 Whellen with Weaver rail. Considing your 200299 scope. A ) What rings do you recommend, will the 420083 low rings work? B ) Heavy recoil, need 18" of eye relief, what power can I go up to? Also is there a chart for magnification as to relief?

Asked by: Dan Wipper
Hello, There is not an actual chart that documents the eye relief and magnification but in general, the higher power you go, the worse eye relief gets. To remedy this, when you mount the scope and set eye relief, and reticle focus, do so at the highest available power. That way when you dial down, it will only get more forgiving instead of the opposite. The low rings could work, but I would go with the medium to be safe. There is a chance the low will not offer enough clearance. Additional measurement of your rifle would be very beneficial.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2020-01-23

Will this scope stand up to The Recoil of a 460 Smith & Wesson 14 inch barrel

Asked by: Ron 460
Yes that should not be a problem. All Burris Optics are recoil rated beyond .50BMG in both directions.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2019-03-25

What is the parallax setting and eye relief for the fixed 2x handgun scope?

Asked by: Skookum
We currently do not make a fixed 2X. But here is the information for the 2.75X that we make. https://www.burrisoptics.com/scopes/scout-riflescopes-series/scout-riflescope-2.75x20mm
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2019-03-20

1. I assume from the photo that this scope is adjustable for parallax. If so, how low does it go? 2. What is the outside diameter of the objective end of the body of the scope? (The body, not the lens.)

Asked by: Lyndon
Hello, The parallax is adjustable from 25 yards to infinity. The objective measures 45.6mm, outer diameter.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2019-03-05

what's the eye relief of this handgun scope?

Asked by: mickster
Hello, A complete list of specs is available just above this section.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2019-03-05

Can I get target turrets for the 3-12 handgun scope?

Asked by: Thinds
We currently do not offer target turrets for the handgun scopes.
Answered by: Burris Support
Date published: 2019-02-08
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