Beating a dead horse with SWFA

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    Drew
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    Quite literally, I could beat a horse to death with the swfa ss 10×42 fixed power scope. I have Leupold and trijicons and a bushnell elite on my powder burners, but on my air rifles, I have a vortex diamondback 4-12, diamondback hp 4-16, Aztec emerald scope, a hawke vantage 4-12. Except for the vortex line, I would never mount an air rifle scope on my pb’s, except now the swfa scope I definitely would.

    I went for the Black Friday swfa deal. I wasn’t expecting much, but it is made In japan, the clarity is what gets me though, it is very clear edge to edge and the light transmission is great. I mounted it on a zbroia, and it makes a good gun really good. If anyone else is thinking of a swfa scope, even the budget fixed power scopes, I say give it a try. Many other people with much more knowledge swear by them and now I know why. Great scope for the money. I wouldn’t be this happy if I spent 400-1000 dollars on a scope, but when I get all the accessories I need and 40 off, it’s a no brainer now at 270.00 shipped with good solid rings, a level and sun shade. 

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    pmg
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    Sure wish they would have had that package deal on the 3-15. I thought I had an extra set of 30mm rings but not, now I’m waiting before I can mount it. Sure seems like seeing japan on a scope these days is getting rare. Just remember what we thought 20 years ago, now we associate it with quality. Joe was right!!

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    Drew
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    Joe is so unabashedly un PC, love it. Mr cyclops, he convinced me to pull the trigger on the swfa. I was really hesitant about getting a 10 fixed power, but not anymore. Yeah, I hear you on Japan, now we have to change our perception of Chinese made products, like the Discovery line or the Aztec line. It just goes to show that the Chinese can produce very high quality products. Right now I’m on a eastern bloc air rifle binge. 

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    Zonk
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    I have three SWFAs. My first one I bought from a forum member sight unseen, it's a 12X. Once I got it I couldn't believe how clear it was. My second one was a straight 10X with side parallax adjustment, that went on my Tony Kidd 10-22. My third SWFA 10X went on my new .25 Vulcan2. You can't beat them!

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    oldsparky
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    Anyone have experience with their variable power scopes like the "SWFA SS 3-15×42 Tactical Rifle Scope" Im still in search of a scope for field target.

     

    thanks, Jim

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    Drew
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    Zonk, I like my swfa fixed so much I am debating getting another one. The 10x is really good, but I wonder about the fixed 6 or 12 power on the Fox dreamline coming out. Any thoughts? How do you like the 12? Obviously you bought 2 10 power scopes so..

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    Hookster
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    Don't expect the same clarity and picture from the fixed 20. If you are not using it during high noon sunlight or your back to the sun the wash out is incredible.  I have killflash filter, sunshade and foam added to scope to make it usable during morning sunlight conditions. There are times all this "Stuff" still doesn't keep the washout away. Disappointed,  love the scope reticle and features but wash out is incredibly horrible.  Buyer beware. 

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    oldspook
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    The SWFA line of scopes was never intended to be for air rifles.  I have two.  They are both on springers and they are as solid as anything I've ever owned.

    These scopes were designed in response to a request by the Navy Seal Teams.  They wanted a rugged scope for obvious purposes.  Among others TASCO answered the RFP and won the contract (or maybe SWFA won the contract and sublet it to TASCO not sure and too lazy to look it up).  The end result was a SEAL team approved scope where design and R&D was paid for by the government.  In the end they decided to keep producing the optic after the contract was fulfilled.

    We are fortunate that we got that opportunity.  I have a fixed 6 and a fixed 10.  If I buy another optic it will be one of those (most likely a fixed 6) for my Model 70 .270.  You just can not beat the price performance ratio on these SWFA optics.  A fixed optic eliminates the focal plane issues, is simple to operate and maintain, and is stronger built.  There is less to break.

     

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    oldsparky

    Anyone have experience with their variable power scopes like the "SWFA SS 3-15×42 Tactical Rifle Scope" Im still in search of a scope for field target.

     

    thanks, Jim

    I have there 3×15 both the ffp & sfp. The ffp is my favourite scope. They have stopped making the sfp and I don’t think that is a great loss. The ffp has better glass and I have total confidence when dialing to a distance it will be correct. Great scope. You’ll love it. 

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    davidsng
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    SWFA is all I buy anymore.  I bought two demos for $220 a piece on Black Friday.  One had serious dents in it from "testing".  The slammed it into something metal, just to make sure it works.  I just tested everything and it work perfect. 

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    Drew
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    Hey davidsng, I think I have seen some of your vids, if that is you stalking squirrels with a leyla 2.0. Great shooting and video. If this isn’t you, Whoops. 

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    davidsng
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    Thats me! Thanks!

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    d3vnull
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    Here is the SWFA story:

     

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    ptthere
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    d3vnull

    Here is the SWFA story:

     

     

     

    Thanks for posting that, it was a very informative video!

    I was talking about SWFA with a friend of mine earlier today. I learned today that he owns more than one and raves about them.

    In our conversation I mentioned that I had a new Discovery Optics scope arriving in the mail later today. He asked me which model, and I told him it was just one of the cheaper ones, the VT-R 4-16×42 AOE. His eyes lit up (we already discussed SWFA). Long story short, he suggested that the 42mm glass (and presumably much of the other glass) in the Discovery brand was the same Japanese glass that SWFA was using.

    I found this very interesting, and a good thing if it is true. If there are any really hardcore SWFA and Discovery snobs out there that can verify this, you have my full attention. 

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    craiger862
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    I have the 3-15×42 FFP on my Wildcat. Very nice scope for what I paid, I believe it was 30% off at Swfa at the time. The only thing that bothers me occasionally is not being able to see the crosshairs clearly on under 6x or so. This is not an issue with this particular scope since it’s the case for any variable FFP, at least with my eyesight, but it’s not as dramatic on a 3-15 as it is on scopes with bigger mag range. I usually keep it at 9 or 10x and use my binoculars for wider field of view. I also have an insanely expensive 4.5-27 Vortex Razor HD genII which I can’t mil with under about 12x  

    i’m really happy with the 3-15 and it reigns terror on the squirrels but I still keep an eye out for the next scope. I have a problem sticking with what works. 

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    Hepotter
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    Why does Drew hate horses so much???  

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    Jasperaguila
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    Saw this video from youtube. Thought you might wanna see.

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    hsnmz
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    I had a 20x fixed but it was difficult to use. Sold and got a 16x and I love it. Now am planning to get one in 12x. It can easily be compred to the scopes 3 time its price, in terms of quality and clarity. Turrets are also spot on.

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    karterguy
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    I just bought my first airgun ( big rimfire guy) I got a wildcat compact and I'm going with a fixed 10 power. I mainly shoot crows and pigeons and I want quick and simple I dont habe time to fiddle with knobs I just wanna do a holdover  and shoot before they fly away . think I'll be happy with this scope. 

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