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This is my first post in History. I hope this is a good stack for my question, as I see a lot of posts related to military hardware. If not, well, let me know.

Are there any documented cases of lens flares exposing sniper positions? It's a movie trope that snipers are spotted because someone catches a glimpse of a reflection of the scope. It seems to me that this is a serious design flaw. How do I research whether this ever was a historical concern in the (evolution of) design of scopes?

My thought is this: Why is the frontmost (nearest the target) lens/glass so close to the end of the pipe (as in ╞═════╪╡)? Why isn't that piece of glass hidden way inside the pipe (as in ╞═════╪════╡)? That the extra bit of pipe could then block out any light/reflections apart from what is in the view of the shooter. It would also make the scope longer, but that can't be that much of a downside, can it?

If there are such "long scopes", how common are they? Or, put the other way around, given that reflections are undesired, how is this actually dealt with outside of the movies?

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    or maybe this questions is a better fit for the engineering stack? – two sheds Mar 23 '15 at 13:29
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    They are called "anti-reflection devices" (ARDs) and there are several different types. One type has a honeycomb is only about a 1.5" wide. A shade tube will work as well. – Tyler Durden Mar 23 '15 at 14:15
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    @TylerDurden, if you change that comment to an answer, you could get some points soon... – KlaymenDK Mar 23 '15 at 14:22
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    By the way, Olin mentioned that this happened to the famous sniper Carlos Hathcock during his encounter with the enemy sniper "Cobra". Each knew the other was in the area. Hathcock saw a flash of light and fired at it. This turned out to be a reflection from Cobra's scope. The bullet went right thru the scope into Cobra's eye. – KlaymenDK Mar 23 '15 at 14:36
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They are called "anti-reflection devices" (ARDs) and there are several different types. One type has a honeycomb and is only about a 1.5" wide. A shade tube will work as well.

sniper scope ARD

  • I wanna give you this answer before the question gets closed. Thanks! – KlaymenDK Mar 23 '15 at 20:08

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