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Can anyone give me some info on Barska SWAT scopes? Are they any good ? They
seem pretty affordable, and what country of origin?
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Never owned one and dont really plan to.  Save your money.. 
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Originally posted by springer01 springer01 wrote:

Never owned one and dont really plan to.  Save your money.. 
 
Amen!!
 
 
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If these guys never owned this scope then their replies are not very reliable. Go with what you can afford and you will not have so much money invested that if it was a mistake that maybe in the future you could upgrade. I'm on a budget and do benchrest shooting with guys that are using nightforce scopes and at a 1000 yards it is still anyones game. Don't be influenced by some single gun snobs opinion. If I have a $239 scope fall apart I won't cry near as much as when my $1700 nightforce fails. I'd have enough money left to buy another new Barska and still have money for ammo.

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Originally posted by stuv stuv wrote:

If these guys never owned this scope then their replies are not very reliable. Go with what you can afford and you will not have so much money invested that if it was a mistake that maybe in the future you could upgrade. I'm on a budget and do benchrest shooting with guys that are using nightforce scopes and at a 1000 yards it is still anyones game. Don't be influenced by some single gun snobs opinion. If I have a $239 scope fall apart I won't cry near as much as when my $1700 nightforce fails. I'd have enough money left to buy another new Barska and still have money for ammo.
 
Welcome to OT!!
 
I said that I never owned one, but I have looked through a couple and read some bad reviews on them. OK??
(I never have had the clap either, but I don't care for any.)
 
Not much snobbery on this forum, friend. We call a spade a spade though.
 
If you want to promote your favorite flavor of optics here, that's fine by me.
But by the same token, please don't start off with the "Optics Snob" crap because we don't rush over to buy the supposed latest, greatest "Super Duper Sniper Scope" available at your local drug store, located between the Mad Dog 20/20 and the gift card section.
 
Fair enough??  
 
"Single gun snobs".....Player please!!   


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I dont really think you have to own a scope to critique one.  You can easily look through a scope and determine if the glass is of any quality.  I did say I had never owned one, but I have looked through one and I wouold spend my money elsewhere.
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If you buy that Barska let me know when you're ready to upgrade vehicles.

I can get you a great deal on a Yugo!

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Long time lurker(check out my register date!)  I hang at AR15.com much more......

 

Anyway, it depends on what you want your rifle to do.  The Barska may look cool (is it 30mm..think so...) on your rifle and may shoot fine.  Do lives depend on your shooting?  Are you going into the field with your rifle....ie. hunting?  Do you want the look and an occassional trip to the range to put holes in paper?  I all depends on what you want.

 

NOTHING wrong with inexpensive optics.  They will deliver generally what you pay for....if you don't need uber robustness as a given (any scope can fail...just the good expensive ones do it less frequently...) or repeatable zero, I say thry it out.

 

Cheers!

 

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Originally posted by snipercop snipercop wrote:

NOTHING wrong with inexpensive optics.  They will deliver generally what you pay for....if you don't need uber robustness as a given (any scope can fail...just the good expensive ones do it less frequently...) or repeatable zero, I say thry it out.

 

Well, we'll have to agree to disagree here, my friend.

 

The SWAT version of the Barska scope runs about the same price as a Super Sniper.

(Yes, the Barska's a variable, the SS a fixed.)  

Want a variable??

How about a Nikon Buckmaster?? Virtually the same price, mil dot to boot.

 

There are lots of inexpensive alternatives out there without blowing your coin on junk.

 

Log on to Sniper's Hide and ask about Barska scopes.

You'll probably get a response similar to mine, from folks that know a ton more about optics than me.

 

Again welcome aboard, Sir. 

 

 

 

 

   

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No offense taken.  I think the look of the Barska is what attracts many....I mean, go back and look at it.  It looks COOL!  It looks like the Mark 4, SuperSniper uber tactical kind of scope we all desire but not all of us can afford nor want to sink that kind of $ into optics.  Shortsighted?  Probably..

 

Now, should the appearance of a scope be a determining factor?  Well, probably not, but you gotta admit most of us wouldn't put a pink scope on our tactical rifles even if it was a good scope.  The Barska, on top of your heavy barrel bolt gun or AR-style heavy barrel looks cool.  The reason they sell those in quantity is they look the part.  We can agree they may not be a good value when compared to other brands (quality, resale, warranty, etc..) but who wants to put the low adjustment knobed, simple cross haired, glossy finished hunting scope on their version of the sniper rifle....I'm just sayin'

 

 

Cheers!



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Just as I suspected a little controversy over cheap optics and expensive optics brought out some real usefull pros and cons and when someone needs good information before they invest in optics this is what they are hoping we will do. Snipercop the comment about what a person will use it for is great and Cheaptrick you surprised me with actually having some reasonable alternatives.   

 

          Thanks for the honest replies and I'll check back again soon.

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