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Barska SWAT 3.5-10x40 Rifle Scope

I originally planned to review this scope as a part of my "inexpensive scope" comparison that included Vortex Diamondback, Burris Fulfield II, Redfield Revolution, etc.

The other scopes in the comparison are inexpensive, but very competent for the money.  Very quickly it turned out that the only thing the Barska has in common with those scopes is the price. In every other way possible, this is a truly sorry excuse for a rifle scope.


Leatherwood Professional 2.5-10x44Hawke Frontier 2.5-10x44Barska SWAT 3.5-10x40Mueller Tac II 3-10x40Nikon Monarch 2.5-10x42
Length, in13.212.514.512.612.6
Weight, oz18.114.424.1615.515.7
Main Tube30mm1 inch30mm1 inch1 inch
Field of View, ft@100 yards                                   47.2 - 11.935.3 - 9.229.2 - 9.436 - 11.440.3 - 10.1
Eye Relief, in35 - 3.73.33.44 - 3.8
Click Value, MOA1/41/41/41/41/4
Adjustment Range, MOA>12055>909070
Street Price$240$130$165$270$400

Now, if you simply look at the specs and the pictures you might get an impression that this is high quality product.  Sure, the Field of View is pretty narrow, but otherwise it certainly has a lot of features: 30mm tube, illuminated MilDot reticle, exposed finger-adjustable knobs, etc.  Don't let any of that fool you.

Honestly, there is no need to go into a whole lot of details.  I'll start with the good part: once zeroed, (and if you do not touch any controls) it remained mostly zeroed.  Enough so to shoot some decent groups at the range.  That is pretty much it for the good parts.

Now, onto the not so good parts: 

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I take it that this is a good example for choosing quality over quantity.

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Good to have an honest review by an optics expert.


These "low cost" scopes get so many who want the features and think more money doesn't equal more scope.

Thanx ILya!
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Great write up ILya, Thanks.  Hope people read this before they buy one.
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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

Barska SWAT 3.5-10x40 Rifle Scope

I originally planned to review this scope as a part of my "inexpensive scope" comparison that included Vortex Diamondback, Burris Fulfield II, Redfield Revolution, etc.

The other scopes in the comparison are inexpensive, but very competent for the money.  Very quickly it turned out that the only thing the Barska has in common with those scopes is the price. In every other way possible, this is a truly sorry excuse for a rifle scope.
 
And probably too light to serve as a good hammer...
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pound and a half paper weight maybeBucky
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: February/01/2010 at 10:55
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

pound and a half paper weight maybeBucky
its not worthy of sitting on the desk
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maybe in china?
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If you look through that scope VERY closely, you can China from your house...
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

If you look through that scope VERY closely, you can China from your house...

i think your slightly confused dan, i can maybe see canada.
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If you look through it closely in low light you will likely see the Aurora Borealis, but not much else.

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Thanks, Koshkin.
Pretty much went as I thought it would.
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