KONUSPRO M-30 ON GUNS MAGAZINE
The big three European binocular and Spotting scope manufacturers are
Zeiss, Leica and Swarovski. These manufacturers and Schmidt & Bender sell some of the most expensive riflescopes as well. When I read
hunting magazines, I see some of these expensive optics being used by
the authors. I now often see them being used by the average hunter as
well and certainly almost every birder. The first group is probably
given such great glass, the second is either wealthy or willing to push
their creadit card to the limit. While these offer superb lglass, and I
too wish I had them, can the rest of us find good glass for a lot less
money? The answer is a resounding: YES.
So far in this "budget-minded optics" series I have concentrated on binos offering some great value
for low dollars. For example, Bushnell's new Legend Ultra-hd BINOCUALRS
OFFERS GREAT GLASS WITH ed LENSESFOR ONLY $300, part of the subject of
my last article. The same value holds true for some spotting scopes and riflescopes. Why? Because many are now being manufactured in China to
the company's specs. I remember the days when "made in Japan" meant low
quality to the point of being almost a joke. today, however, some of the highest quality products in the world come from Japan. And now, higher
quality is beginning to emerge from china. In the realm of optics, the
Chinese are getting their proverbial stuff in order.
for an American, the name conjures up images of the Renaissance, art,
music or maybe even the romance depicted in the old films of my yourth.
It is the birthplace of Mario Capecchi (who now teaches at my alma mater ere in the states), Nobel Prize winner for medicien; Paolo Bellasio
composer of the Renaissance, and the setting of the story Romeo and
Juliet. it is famous for its Roman amphiteater and the Arean. I was
surprised to learn it is als othe home of Konus Optics.
best as an optics writer to keep up with the myriad forms of sporting
optics in today's market, I thought I ought to take a look at this
up-and-coming company. They send me two samles, their KONUSPRO M30
8.5-32X52MM AND TEHIR RED-DOT SIGHT CALLED HTHE SIGHTPRO-ATOMIC. The
first held my interst because I am intersted in ultra long-range
shooting. The second because I am also into close quarter battle
training and competition.
For less than $400 at various online stores, the M30 8.5-32x52mm riflescope has a lot to offer:
- Flip-up covers included
- Locking fast focus ocular
- True 30mm tube throughout
- Locking tactical turret switch
- Mid-sized parallax wheel (down to 10 yards)
- Precision 1/8 MOA adjustments
- Includes 4" sunshade
- Waterproof and fog proof
- Fully multi-coated optics
- 45 degree offset reticle illuminator switch
- Reticle placed in the second focal plane
- Built-in anti canting bubble system
Very innovative. Like many of today's optics companies, they are adding what some might consider gimicks to attract customers and beat out the
competition. But do they work, are theyreliable, rugged adn dependable,
and is the glass any good?
I found only one minor gripe. It concerns
the last revolution of each complete turn of the elevation or
windageddial. The last MOA, in this case 7, has only 1/2 MOA to reach
zero on each revolution. Thus, when you get to 7 and go past zero, the
number I1 for one MOA on the next revolution is 9 but 8.5. Not a big
problem, but it frustates me. The elebation dial would only give me
about 40 MOA elevation specs say 50. In most cases that will give a
shooter about all he can handle.
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