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just got my new optisan mamba. 

i have several 1-4x scopes and so far --dollar for dollar the optisan looks to be very good solution.

comparing it to my PA 1-4x i find its glass is a bit more clear, no distortion at all from 1-4X. it seems to me to have a slightly better eye box than the PA as well. eye relief seems about the same.


 now don't get me wrong i ain't knocking the PA 1-4x 24 as it was sort of the standard for inexpensive 1-4x scopes for a few  years. and some will like the P4 style over the mamba for daylight shooting.

 the PA is illuminated in red only and is too dim for daylight shooting or use as a red dot @1x most of the time.

 first off--the mag ring was very stiff , after a few cycles it is now smooth and easy.

it is rather large and heavy --most of these 1-4x 30mm types are though so it ain't nothing new .

the click adjustments seem a little mushy --though i have seen worse on far more expensive scopes , and i am getting old and heavy handed so it might be a little of the "just me" there.

the illumination on mine is very good , it is not to bright in red or green and adjusts down easy to the low brightness for use in darkness.

build quality overall looks to be very good.

to me this scope is a natural for use as a red-dot with both eyes open @ 1x -- i don't know if it is a true 1x but it must be very close. the doughnut is easy to see and make quick red-dot type shots.

i haven't shot it enough to really tell that much about how it is going to hold up or hold zero. so far i am liking what i am seeing. if the thng holds up it is a heck of a deal.

the bad thing about the optisan mamba  is now i can't make up my mind if i want another one or a 2-7X for my next build!--


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played with it some yesterday. fired about 40 rounds of "junk" ammo  tula 55grain through a del-ton 20" ar-15.



is was pretty easy to zero in a 48 yards --the only thing that was odd was the elevation cap ain't marked. sometimes i would move the elevation the wrong way--LOL

the turrets seem "soft"   i can hear them click but i can't feel the click.

there was a little bit of an "eye-box' issue-- this might be because of my own eyes. i got the mamba mounted as far forward as possible on a offset mount and it still seems a little close.

i may have to play with the adjustment ring and or move it to an a2 stock to get the correct distance.

this may just be a "me' issue cause i am far sighted --and shooting without eye-glasses. the A2 stock will give me another 5/8ths of an inch.

should be about right for me to get a good eyebox--
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set the scope back a little and it seems a little  better.

so far so good.

compared to the PA 1-4x24  the optisan mamba

has a little better glass and much better illumination.  it is also etched. optically it works very well in the low power and in a pinch can do as a red-dot.

the downsides are the eye box is a little "tight' @ 4x though it is a little more open 1-3x, the adjustments are a no feel but audible click.

the PA adjustments feel more solid-- the eyebox is tighter from 1-3X but a little more forgiving than the mamba @4x so there must be some kind of tradeoff there. like the PA was set up to work more as a 4x and the mamba was set up to do lower settings.

both seem to be good scopes , they are bright and clear and seem to hold zero so far anyways. i thin i'll be keeping um--
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