I ordered one off of the Sample List this week. ZA5 2-10x40.
First, the optical quality was excellent. Exactly what I expected from Minox and more than I would have expected at that price point.
A note here, the scope was sold to me at $320 for being in Demo-A condition. I honestly could say that there wasn't a single scratch, mark, or discoloration on that. Why it wasn't being sold as NIB, I don't know.
I really liked the shape, feel, and light weight of the Minox. The magnification ring was excellent. Very positive and easy to move with the rubber coverign. The turrets were very tall however, which did not suit my tastes.
I ended up returning the scope, though. Two reasons: The eye relief was way longer than I am used to. It would be great on hard kickers, but it's going on a 7mm/08. Second reason was the eyebox was extremely critical. I "mounted" it to a spare stock I have laying around with styrofoam replacing the action and surgical tubing serving as the rings. It's actually a very good way to test scopes in case you have the inkling you might be sending them back. I had heard the eye relief and eyebox were tricky for some, so I did this to see how I would like it.
I returned it for the Zeiss Conquest, which SWFA had back to me the day after they recieved my order!!! At no extra charge for the quick shipping.
Personally, I like the 3x9 Conquest better. I feel that the reticle is thicker and darker, the eye relief more standard and the eyebox is more forgiving. It is however heavier and the mag ring isn't as nice in my opinion.
If you can handle the eyebox issue and eye relief of the Minox, I think it would be a good scope, especially off of the sample list for $320. Optically, I couldn't tell a difference. I did like the adjustments more, but the turrets were taller. Physically, the Minox was a near clone of the Burris FFII 3-9x40. It seemed very close in dimension and weight to it.