Originally the scopes were marketed by tasco sports optics to the U.S. Navy. Tasco never offered these for sale to the public and has since been bought out by Bushnell Performance Optics, Inc. SWFA, Inc. now has the exclusive world wide rights to the Super Sniper scopes and the Super Sniper name. The success of these scopes has spawned copies and a lot of misinformation. If you have any questions as to the authenticity of a Super Sniper scope call or e-mail us. If you see anyone selling scopes claiming to be Super Sniper scopes that don't look like the ones at SuperSniper.com e-mail us with the companies name and as much information as you can provide.
There is only one original true Super Sniper scope. Don't be fooled by fraudulent dealers passing Hakko MP scopes as Super Snipers. Hakko would respond to customer e-mails confirming that they have nothing to do with the SS scopes.
The SS scopes have always been made by the same factory in Japan. The only difference is we now have world wide exclusive rights and control of the production and distribution. A few years back when tasco was sinking they still had control and a bad batch did reach market. The problems were all related to improper assembly and easily rectified once they were identified. It had to do with an internal lens tolerance being to large. The focus lens would bind if the user over torqued Badger or Mark 4 style rings. When we took over we sent examples of every complaint we had seen to the factory with detailed instructions about the problems. They identified every single issue and we were able to rectify them all by simply having the factory assemblers properly trained on how to assemble these scopes. Being mil spec the tolerances are much tighter than a normal scope and certain parts have to be assembled in a specific order.
The "mushy knob" syndrome....man, that doesn't sound too good, does it. Anyway, the not so tactile and audible windage and elevation adjustments were corrected three years ago. The SS scopes use a special grease that is salt water friendly and the assemblers were using too much of it and sometimes in the wrong place. This would cause the mushy feel. Replacing or removing the O rings and wiping as much grease off as you could access would often improve the feel. Proper training and improved quality control has eliminated the issue altogether since we have taken over.
More recently we have upgraded the Super Snipers at the request of the U.S. Army and only after approval by the Department of Defense. Basically we brought the scopes up to date by using the latest technologies that did not exist when the SS scopes were originally made. The current SWFA Super Sniper scopes are even stronger than their predecessors with most of the internals being completely new and redesigned. Some of the highlights include steel ball bearing, increased spring tension and a state of the art universal joint added to the end of the erector tube.
The real SS scopes are built to the same NATO specs required by a U.S. Navy contract. I am not aware of any problems the Navy had. Before tasco went under they had the contract information along with paid invoices for hundreds of scopes. This contract was later replaced with a new contract.
We take these scopes very seriously and realize that U.S. troops lives depend on these scopes daily. This year we have shipped a record amount of Super Sniper scopes to various bases all over the U.S. for sniper platoons deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. Anything and everything we learn from these guys is considered in production. Ask the guys up in New York at Ft. Drum with the 10th Mountain Division what they think about the latest SWFA Super Sniper scopes.