Originally Posted By SO758:
Originally Posted By NUcadet07:
Originally Posted By joedirt1977:
I had one of their 3x magnifiers, and it was absolute garbage. HTH.
Can you expand on this a little bit? I've been considering one as a range toy/monocular.
This! Why was it garbage?
I can expand. It was garbage because we had an issue with the factory that built them for us. We contracted with a factory to build the magnifiers for us. The prototypes and first runs met our specs. Then we got a large shipment and found when we tested them that they no longer met our specs. They had dropped the quality on us. Unfortunately, the magnifiers were backordered and as soon as we received them large numbers had been sent out, especially to distributors. The result was that there were hundreds of these things in circulation before we caught the issue. Here are the problems that we found:
Some were not sealed and purged. In fact, we could fill them with water by running them under a faucet.
The lenses fell out of some, or internal lenses turned, sometimes under recoil, sometimes just from shipping.
Magnification was not at all what it should have been. Just comparing them with a quality scope, I could tell that some 5x were more like 3.5x
There was debris in some.
The problem is that many are very good, and some are very bad, and there is no easy way to tell the difference.
We immediately found another manufacturer who would build magnifiers for us an keep to our requirements. Meanwhile, the original factory sold the magnifiers they were making for us to several different companies, and continues to make them.
To make the difference obvious, we added a coloured ring to the new magnifiers - if the magnifier has a coloured ring with our name on it, it is from the new production. If it does not, it is from the old production, and may or may not be good. The current production magnifiers have the correct magnification, are nitrogen purged and waterproof/fogproof, and are very sturdy.
Keep in mind that our intention for these is to be a sporting/competition or range optic. While they hold up well and we know that soldiers are using them in combat, we do not consider this to be a combat optic. In fact, it is one of only a couple of products that we do not consider to be military-grade products.