Super Sniper Review by Sniper's Paradise

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The SWFA Super Sniper

A bargain basement optic that can hold its own against a top shelf scope.

by SP Staff
copyright 2004 Sniper's Paradise

 

Over the years I can't tell you how many times we at Snipers Paradise have been approached by individuals who have a strong interest in building a tactical rifle, but soon abandon the idea after seeing just how expensive putting together a stick can be. While most people are prepared to invest the necessary cash into a rifle, the realization that a scope can cost more than the rifle can be a splash of cold water in the face. Then We assume that you're going to want to mount the scope on top that rifle, meaning you'll need rings and a scope base, then a sling for position shooting, a swivel bipod with a KMW pod lock for stabilizing when prone, a Tank knob, a tactical stock upgrade, a trigger upgrade, and oh yeah.. peripheral equipment, laser range finder, binoculars, spotting scope, tripod for the spotting scope, lens pen, SAF correction card, dope book then lets not forget that you need a ruck ( preferably with a hydration system ) to carry this all around with you.. It all starts to add up fast; well beyond most budgets that are already pressing the spouse to make you sleep on the couch issue.

So, is there a way for a novice to have his cake and eat it too? - WITHOUT having to sleep out on the couch? Up until recently, not really. But it looks like SWFA http://www.riflescopes.com/may have a solution.

I won't dwell too deep into the long distant past when Tasco introduced the Super Sniper line of scopes and impressed so many people, that even the US Navy provided them with a contract. Then, there was a crash in the quality, bringing the recurrent conversation of They used to be good, but ... While initially skeptical of SWFA's proposal for the Snipers Paradise staff to review the SWFA Super Sniper scope, we never pass up an opportunity for a first hand hands on. We at SP live for this stuff; the good, the bad and the ugly.

Super 
                        
 Sniper

When the Super Sniper 10x42 (model ss10x42) arrived, my first impression after I dug it out of the canyon of packing peanuts was its agreeable size and weight. Considering all the gear you pack on a competition or a call out, smaller and lighter is most definitely preferable. Further observations revealed a bead blasted mat black finish, a built in sunshade, approximant 1 inch deep, and well defined numbering on the turrets, that while visible, are a bit cluttered. Interestingly, instead of a single turret cap set screw like on most scopes, the Super Sniper has three on each turret.

Ok, enough gawking at it for now. It's been here for 15 minutes Time to mount it and get it back to the range. Down to the workshop we go with scope

in hand where I mounted it into a set of D.D. Ross Heavy Tactical Rings. Overkill for this application to be sure, but if I were to run into any unexplained difficulties or failures, I did not want to have to suspect anything but what I was here to test. That done, I selected Big Bertha from the arms vault, a 308 Winchester caliber Remington 700 short action upgraded to M40-A3 specs by the D. D. Ross company sporting a 10x Leupold Mark 4 M1 and headed to the back yard with my non scope partial daughters in tow. Since it is this type of scope that the Super Sniper will naturally be pitted against in all arguments and evaluations, I thought it to be an ideal test medium despite its price tag of $1289.99

Test phase one would be a Snellen eye chart downloaded and printed off the web, then set up against a target stand some 140 yards distant. With the sun well behind and to the right of the eye chart, I have my non discriminating evaluation crew assume the bipod and rear bag supported prone position and read off the chart with Big Bertha still wearing the Leupold MK4, with myself include in this mle. We then changed scopes over to the Super Sniper and repeated the test. (M1913 Picatinney rails are a great thing! ) The results were, to say the least, rather surprising:

Leupold MK4

Super Sniper

Emily

77%

83%

Julie

83%

100%

Evil Dad ( aka Big John )

72%

72%

Average:

77.3%

85%

So, here we have an average of a 7.7% increase in scores in favor of the Super Sniper! That's a $300 scope versus a $1300 dollar scope. Humnmm….

But before we all sell of our oils stocks, I should point out that this was not a truly scientific evaluation. But it does show that the Super Sniper is capable of great clarity in sunny clear skies. And those younger eyes are much sharper than Dads.

Already surprised, I head back to the 100 yard range for a live fire evaluation. After a simple bore sighting and establishing the zero, I zeroed the windage and elevation knobs which sports three cap screws over the Leupold's one and reset them to the zero. With a few rounds down range to verify the zero, I began to verify the increments of the of the elevation turret. Often referred to as a box test, I adjusted the elevation knob up five MOA with each shot. Now, we all know that 1 Minute of Angle (MOA) subtends to 1.047 inches at 100 yards. With 5 minutes up dialed in elevation knob, should mean that I should find that all bullet impact holes 5.235 above the zero strike, with an allowance of inch for the 175 gr bthp's trajectory, I was quite pleased to see that all impacts were within specification all the way up and again back down the ladder of the 45 MOA of elevation I opted to try, thus proving that the Super Sniper does have 1000 yard capability. This is a test that historically has proven many scopes, costing well over eight times the retail price of this scope, impotent. When the same was test was done with the left and right windage, all was found to still hold true to form. However, it was during this test that I encountered a deficiency that I did not expect. The protrusion of the ring base; where the ring cap screws down into place, blocked the view of the windage knob while in the shooter ready position with my cheek atop the stocks comb. Making it so in order to view where the windage dial was set, I had to remove my head from the stock to confirm its setting. Personally, I'm from the school of thought that all adjustments are made from the shooter ready position, and the added length of the Leupold's turret facilitates this, where the Super Sniper does not. But all one has to do to see it is move his head off the stock. So I'll let you decide if I'm being over finicky.

Super 
                        Sniper

With that done, I ran both knobs back and forth through their full range of movement and returned to zero. Loaded one round and fired. It cut the hole made by the first shot.

Not Bad, Not bad at all.

The Super Sniper afforded 152 MOA extreme range of travel available of elevation and 147.25 MOA total travel of windage, with the zeros comfortably away from the ends of the range of travel, which should protect against compression of the internal moving parts over a period of time, keeping them in a more central, even pressure position. For when a scopes turret is compacted in an extreme end for any given time, the effects of time and pressure win out against the regulating mechanism. Just like in the Grand Canyon .

By this time, evening was fast approaching and I decided to grab this opportunity to examine the Super Snipers twilight performance. Throwing all the gear into a well worn F250 4x4, I truck up to my local Appalachian hilltops to watch the surrounds as the sun goes down through a Super Sniper and a Leupold Mark 4. The weather seemed to desire to facilitate a variety of conditions perfect for putting these scopes through their paces a muggy late summer evening with pockets of mist forming in the valley lowlands between the hills. It was in these tests that the reasons for the $1000.00 price difference began to emerge. While the Super Sniper did not lose the targeted image in the scope, the same item was much clearer through the MK 4 in the on setting mist. When turned westward into the setting sun, the Super Sniper was prone to sun glare that the MK 4 seemed almost magically to filter out. And when turned horizontally southward into a non-mist affected, deciduous, hardwoods tree line in the waning light, the fine details of the forest lost their sharpness in contrast with the surrounds when compared with the Leupold. The reticle, despite its being thinner than that on the Mark 4, stayed clear and was easily seen until darkness and a waiting dinner demanded a conclusion to the tests.

The following day when I compared the Super Sniper side by side to the Leupold MK 4 with some informal shooting, ringing the steel gongs 300 and 400 yards distant, a few other observations caught my notice. The turrets clicks are somewhat mushy and not as positive as on the Leupold. That coupled with the lack of checkering on the knob makes it so that the shooter has to pay close attention to making these adjustments, a problem compounded by the - - MOA hash marks being thick and all of the same length producing a cluttered appearance. But I did like very much the 15 MOA Stadia lines on the inner portion of the tower indicating one full revolution of the turret, this would at a glance display if the zero setting sown on the dial is correctly set for the 100 yard zero or 15 or 30 ( etcetera ) above zero. Lastly, my final nit pick would be that the rear parallax and fine tune focus features; while capable of providing great clarity, takes time to fine tune in correctly.

But overall, while the cheap Big Lots Skeeter dope ( insect repellant ) didn't work during the test, the affordable Super Sniper preformed phenomenally well for a scope with a bargain basement price tag of $299.95 Many times we have warned people against inexpensive scopes, and with first hand good experiences as to why! But with the Super Sniper, I feel we now have a cost effective scope that can perform up to the expectations necessary in an accuracy rifle system.

While I'd have to admit that the Super Sniper is not going to knock the MK4 off its rightful place on the top shelf of the scope world, it does offer a viable alternative to newcomers or those who just can not afford the big ticket items.

Specifications:

Available trajectory adjustments:

Elevation - 152 MOA Extreme range of travel available, bottom to top.

After mounted on 30 MOA tapered base, the Scope still had 90 MOA available above zero.

Windage - 147.25 MOA total travel of windage

After zeroed on 30 MOA tapered base; 72.25 MOA Available for adjustment Right. 75.0 MOA Available for adjustment Left

$299.99




The New Super Sniper from SWFA

by Snipers Paradise Staff
copyright 2004 Sniper's Paradise

 

This is our first attempt at a new process, as staff at Snipers Paradise, for evaluating scopes as well as other equipment. The idea here is to provide more of an objective test and review process that does more in the way of providing information than opinion. As with all of these, there is a certain degree of subjectivity, but as it is spread amongst a number of staff members it should prove to be more about the product and less about the author(s). That is not to say that we will not also provide what is the more typical review, its just that this is more of a fact finding. In this format the readier can take what facts are gathered by the SP Team and come to their own conclusions. As we progress through this process and use this testing format it should get better and better. So please bare with us as we try to make this more of a review and less of an opinion piece.

Super Sniper Specifications
Model: SS10X42 SS10X42M

Power: Fixed 10X Fixed 10X

Objective: 42mm 42mm

FOV 13 feet 13 feet

Eye Relief 4 inches 4 inches

Scope Length 13 7/8 inches 13 7/8 inches

Scope Weight 21 ounces 21 ounces

Turrets: Elevation Target 1/4 moa - Windadge Target 1/4 moa

Parallax Rear Focus Side Focus

Price $299.95 $399.95

Overall Evaluation
For the purpose of this evaluation we focused on six different characteristics. The overall evaluation of each topic will be summarized first. We will cover each characteristic separately with comments from each evaluator. At the end of the review there will be a table with an individual score for each characteristic, and a total score. Once again, this is just a guide and it is based on the experiences of those who evaluated these particular scopes. For this review I will describe what each category is, and what they were evaluated for. We had both the side focus, and the rear focus scopes to evaluate, and they are otherwise the same. For that reason the only point at which I will delineate between the two is where the parallax is concerned.

Categories
Clarity
For the purposes of this article clarity is defined as the ability to define items viewed through the scope at various ranges. This includes how clear the glass is from the center to the edges, and how well the users of the scope are able to define objects of various sizes at various ranges.


Light Gathering
This is the scopes ability to operate in a failing and low light condition. It is generally expressed as a darkening or graying as the light tends to dissipate. It also includes the ability to see the cross hairs as the user moves into darkness.


Turrets
This will includes what type they are and what measurements are used. It also includes how they feel (tactile) and how they sound (audible) when they are used. This is important in a tactical scope as it may be used by individuals who have gloves on or they might be operating in darkness where they cannot see the markings.

Repeatability
This is the scopes ability to track and the accuracy of the displayed adjustments. It also covers the ability of the scope to return to zero when the knobs are turned with any consistency. This is generally tested with “box drills” and or similar methods.

Ruggedness
Does the scope feel solid? Does it look solid, does it hold up, and does it maintain its repeatability and accuracy with what is normal wear and tear and use?

Parallax Adjustment
The ability of the adjustment to remove parallax as needed, how it operates, how it feels, and does it work or is it cosmetic.

Affordability
Do you get what you pay for? Is it the price range fairly priced for what it is? Is it over priced or is it a good value for what you get?

Clarity
This scope faired pretty well in this category, especially for a scope at this price range. It was compared to a couple of Leupolds and a Nightforce in this tested category and the reviews were a bit mixed. Testing the $300 SS against a $1,200 Nightforce or a $800 Leupold isn't exactly fair, but under the circumstances it was tested and it came out much closer then we ever guessed. I found there to be little difference between the SS and the Leupold Mark 4 I was using. Thomas found “no aberrations through the edges of the glass and the image was clear from edge to edge.” Thomas felt the colors were not as bright as the Leupold, while I could not tell any appreciable difference. Harry used the Nightforce for comparison and he believed that they were not comparable, but he stated the clarity was “acceptable.” Allen found the glass to be “without flaws, and very clear at night as well as during the day. “ The overall consensus was that the glass was very clear and none of us found any obvious flaws or aberrations. Each tester was able to clearly identify objects and persons at various ranges, in the full range of lighting, and in various other conditions.

Light Gathering
In this category there was also a bit of mixed reviews of the scope and its ability. I tested my SS side by side with a brand new Premier Gen II 4-14 50mm tactical scope. They were tested side by side with me firing every 15 minutes from low to failing light and then into night conditions. For me, they both lost the target at the same time. Leaving the variable Leupold on the 10X setting I could not tell a difference. Harry said that he found that the scope “darkened much faster then the Nightforce”. Thomas noticed that the colors were “muted” in the SS and that “at sunset the SS lost light faster than the Leupold”. Allen found that the SS “gathered light well and allowed the targets to be seen clearly”. The overall opinion here seems to be that it gathers light well, but it tends to mute some of the colors, and has a bit of a mixed review when it comes to low and failing light conditions. BUT again, this is when it was put up against scopes that cost 3x or 4x the Super Sniper's cost!

Turrets
Since I was the first to receive these scopes for testing I will discuss this a little longer. The scope with the side focus had clearly been used and it had already been “broken in,” so to speak. The rear focus scope was fresh out of the box and it was brand-new. I must express my appreciation to Chris at SWFA at this point for his prompt delivery. We talked about getting these scopes for testing and the next day they were on my door step. In any case, as was described clearly by Chris, the turrets were packed in the type of grease as per the specification and they are pretty stiff right out of the box. However, with some work that stiffness seems to go away. I found the knobs to be both tactile and audible. I could easily feel the clicks and I could hear them clearly as well. The turrets were positive and they felt very solid. The knobs were large and easy to grab with gloved hands and cold fingers. The military design aspect is pretty clear in this category. Thomas felt that the knobs were, “Very nice! The size and feel of these turrets is better then the Leupold I normally shoot with. The clicks are very positive and a major plus for this scope.” Harry found the knobs to be “much better than the original.” He also feels that the adjustment clicks feel very positive and clearly audible.” Allen was the evaluator that received the newest scope and he had a hard time with the knobs since they were not broken in yet. Allen found the turrets to be very hard to turn and said that "they had a bit of play after clicking into place”. This particular situation was explained by Chris, the brains behind SWFA, as being a byproduct of the grease on the threads. Chris tells us that it can be removed but it is not advised since after a little use the grease will be spread out and the stiffness a thing of the past. This is an important thing to know when you get your new Super Sniper and start playing with it fresh out of the box. The knobs will be a little bit stiff but the stiffness works out with a little use. Overall the testing team feels that the Turrets are one of the strongest points on this scope and it is an important one as well. This category was rated highly by most of the testing team and most preferred them over the scopes with larger price tags they were tested against

Repeatability

This is a standard Box Drill. What takes place is the rifle is shot at 100 yards on the bottom left diamond. This diamond is the aiming point for every shot. Simply by turning the elevation and windage knobs the bullet strike is moved a given amount of moa. The pattern below is repeated several times, while always keeping the starting point as the one and only aim point.

By reading the target, you can see that the bullets are placed into the same location each time the scope is adjusted. The knobs move the bullet strike the correct distance and repeat it each and every time.

  • Use the bottom left diamond as your aiming point for every shot. Fire shot number one.
  • The elevation knob is then turned (up) 10 moa and a round fired.
  • The windage is then turned (right) 10 moa and a shot fired.
  • The elevation is turned (down) 10 moa and a shot fired.
  • Windage is turned (left) 10 moa. The bullet strike should now be back at the starting point.
  • Repeat the above pattern several times then note if the turrets are constant and correct.
    • Does the bullet strike move the correct distance with each set of movements?
    • Does the bullet strike come back to correct zero after one trip around the target? Howe about 2 or 3 times around the target?

These scopes seemed to shine in this particular category. I performed a few box drills, and many return to zero drills. I found the adjustments to be consistent, and accurate. This scope always returned to zero. Thomas did the most work here and he found that the turrets track “correctly and accurately and each click does represent its actual measurement”. Thomas was able to get first round hits on a 12” diamon shaped steel plate out to 600 yards, and second round hits on the same type of target steel at 700 and 800 yards. Overall this scope is repeatable, returns to zero, and the adjustments are accurate. This is another very strong aspect on this scope.

Ruggedness
We found the super sniper to have a bit of a heft to it and it was pretty rugged. The body coating seems to be adequate and none of us got it to flake off. I transported this scope back and forth to the range in my shooting bag which was bouncing around in the back of my truck. In the back of the truck it definitely took a beating but it still never seemed to adversely affect its durability or ruggedness. This is important for the Law Enforcement community that might use this scope on a duty rifle since their long guns generally ride around in the patrol car's truck and would see similar daily beatings. The Super Sniper scope does not have that “cheap fell” we generally get with $300-400 scopes. Harry noted that he found some glue or residue around the objective lens lock ring but none of the rest of us saw that. The bottom line in this category is that not one of us experienced any changes in Point of Aim/Point of Impact (POA/POI) nor did it fail to hold or return to zero throughout the extended testing by multiple testers. Again, especially for the price, it was a well built and solid feeling scope.

Parallax Adjustment
There were two versions of the Super Sniper scopes that we tested. Both had different controls for parallax adjustment. One SS had a side focus and the other scope had the more common parallax adjustment ring. I am not a big fan of side focus knobs because their adjustments are very course and its harder to fine tune them. I prefer that parallax be removed at the objective since it has a much finer thread and it is more precise. On a fixed 10x scope the side focus is just another dial to turn to me and not a real factor. Don't get me wrong here, the side focus knob worked fine and it did remove parallax as well as brining the scope into focus. A good friend of mine prefers this particular side focus model because he can adjust parallax while not moving from his position in a hide. Me? Well I prefer the standard parallax adjustment on my scopes.

llen received the SS with the rear adjustment and thought that was very “easy to use”. With both versions they seemed to work fine. Plus, Thomas's ability to get first round hits out to 600 yards is a strong indication of that fact. I am not certain the side focus is worth the extra $100.00 just for a knob on the side, but that is a personal choice for the individual user since we all have different needs and different wants. In this category you get a choice and you can't go wrong with either one.

Affordability
This seems to be the strongest point regardless of which version you buy. These two SWFA Super Sniper scopes were tested and compared to scopes that cost as much as five times the price for the Super Sniper and it came out of the fight with its head held high.

Is the SWFA better than the $1200-$1500 scopes it was tested against? The consensus is no. But, it is not supposed to be better and those scopes are not direct competitors. Harry considered this scope “one to seriously consider when looking at an entry level scope”. Allen was pretty pleased with the unit he tested and he indicated that “I will without question be buying a Super Sniper riflescope for my next rifle”. I consider it to be one of the best buys on the market for an entry level tactical scope, for a secondary rifle, and even for some serious hunting. The SWFA Super Snipers are extremely well priced for the features and quality that you get! Harry and I are both strong believers in the variable powered scope for Law Enforcement needs, but for all other applications this is very on my list for scopes to pick from. These scopes are holding their value and they are a great buy for the money. If this is the price range you fall into, then don't think twice about picking one up, you won't be disappointed.

 

Clarity

Light
Gathering

Turrets

Repeatability

Ruggedness

Parallax

Affordability

Thomas

3

3

4

4

3

3

5

John

4

4.5

3

4

not tested

1

5

Harry

3.5

3

3

4

3

2

2.5

Allen

3

3.5

1.5

untested

2

2

4

Dave

3

3

4

4

3

3

5

Totals
(25 pts possible)

16.5

17

15.5

16
out of 20

11
out of 20

11

21.5

Overall Score (average)

3.3

3.4

3.1

4

2.75

2.2

4.3

*Scale: 0-5

0 Not Liked | 1 Liked a little | 2 Not bad | 3 Favorable | 4 Liked | 5 Highly Liked

 

 




Super Sniper Technical Information

by Chris from SWFA
copyright 2004 Sniper's Paradise

 

would like to thank Snipers Paradise for providing SWFA the opportunity to send our Super Sniper scopes for evaluation. We appreciate the time spent in both testing and writing the reviews as well as posting the results on snipersparadise.com.

The hardest thing most reviewers face is forgetting the fact that the scope only cost $299., putting aside any predetermined prejudice, and forgetting that the scope they use cost over $1000. I think Snipers Paradise did a good job in all of these aspects.

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 valuable reviews is considered in production.

I would like to add some technical information from the manufacturer's perspective that should aid readers in comprehending some of the results.


Light Gathering and Clarity
The Super Sniper scopes compare so well in the clarity department because they use high end fully multi-coated optics that must fall into a certain spec range mandated by the military contract.

Exit pupil and twilight performance are indicators of how well you will see an image at night combined with the glass and coatings.

Exit Pupil - The size of the column of light that leaves the eyepiece of a scope (usually measured in millimeters). The larger the exit pupil, the brighter the image, with 6-7mm considered to be prime for the average user. To determine the size of the exit pupil, divide the objective lens diameter by the power of the scope. IE; a 10x42 scope would have a 4.2mm exit pupil. 42/10=4.2. If you are determining the exit pupil of a variable scope you must go about the formula a little differently. IE; 4.5-14x50 will emit a different size exit pupil on every power (11.11mm - 3.5mm). Simply determine what size exit pupil you want and divide that number into the objective lens and the answer is what power you need to set it on to achieve that exit pupil. To compare a 4.5-14x50 to a 10x42 you would need to put the 4.5-14x50 on 11.9x (50/4.2=11.9).

Your eye gathers more or less light as conditions change. The pupil is controlled by the iris which allows it to change in size from 2mm - 8mm depending on the light. As we grow older the maximum diameter that our pupil will dilate decreases. Most eyes dilate to about 7mm or 8mm at age 20, but only to about 5mm at age 50. Since the light gathering ability of a variable riflescope is changeable and the light gathering ability of a fixed power scope is fixed, it is important to compare them while they are emitting the same size exit pupil. A 56mm NightForce set on 10x will produce a 5.6mm exit pupil, a 4.5-14x50 Leupold will produce a 5mm exit pupil on 10x and the Super Sniper 10x42 emits a 4.2mm exit pupil. 6-7mm is optimum for low light performance. A difference of .5mm is substantial. Comparing a 42mm, 50mm and 56mm scope all set on 10x will benefit the scope with the largest objective lens. Another major factor in low light performance is determined by the scope's twilight performance.


Twilight Performance - During daylight hours the magnification will be the principal factor in image resolution. At night, when your pupil is dilated, objective size is the controlling factor. In twilight conditions both of these factors affect resolution. The twilight performance compares scope performance under these conditions. A higher twilight performance indicates that the scope will resolve images better under dim light conditions.

Calculate the twilight performance of a scope this way:

1) Multiply the magnification by the aperture
2) Find the square root of this product

According to this indicator, a Leupold 4.5-14x50 set on 10x which would be a 10x50 (twilight performance of 22.4) would resolve better than a 10x42 Super Sniper (twilight performance of 20.5). Remember, however, that the twilight performance will primarily indicate performance at dawn or dusk without consideration of the light transmittance or glass quality of the scope.

Super Sniper 10x42
10x42 = 420
20.493901531919196 x 20.493901531919196 = 420
Twilight Performance of 20.5
Exit Pupil of 4.2mm

Leupold 4.5-14x50 set on 10x
10x50 = 500
22.360679774997898 x 22.360679774997898 = 500
Twilight Performance of 22.4
Exit Pupil of 5mm

Here is where it gets tricky. You can resolve better in low light with a 3.5-10x40 set on 10x than you can with a 3.5-10x50 set on 6x even though the 3.5-10x50 set on 6x has a twice the exit pupil of the 3.5-10x40 set on 10x (8.3mm vs. 4.0mm). This is also why deer hunters prefer a 10x42 to a 7x50. Exit pupil is not the only determining factor in low light performance.

Leupold 3.5-10x40 set on 10x
10x40 = 400
20 x 20 = 400
Twilight Performance of 20
Exit Pupil of 4mm

Leupold 3.5-10x50 set on 6
6x50 = 300
17.320508075688774 x 17.320508075688774 = 300
Twilight Performance of 17.3
Exit Pupil of 8.3mm

In other words it is difficult to compare scopes with different size objective lenses fairly in a low light test.


Turrets
The Super Sniper Turrets have a concentrated amount of special salt water resistant grease that can make the knobs difficult to turn when new. We recommend “lapping” the adjustments by turning each knob until it stops in both directions for a minimum of 50 times prior to mounting. This does two things; spreads the grease out evenly and breaks in the adjustments by removing any sharp or high points. Same procedure is often required for Leupold's M1 style turrets (a by-product of being built to mil-spec).

It is actually nice to hear Allen complain about the turrets being hard to turn as it was not too long ago when people complained about them being too easy to turn. Corrections in production tolerances now have them more tactile and audible than they have ever been.


Repeatability and Ruggedness
The mil-spec requirements make the Super Sniper scopes almost bullet proof. They are built to with stand continuous heavy recoil in the most harsh conditions (-50 degrees to +130 degrees Fahrenheit, and altitudes of 30,000 feet to depths of 15 feet in salt water), in other words they are soldier proof.


Parallax Adjustment
There are three ways to adjust the effects of parallax in a riflescope, each has it pros and cons. The Super Sniper 10x42 is offered in either Side or Rear.

1. Front - This method moves the objective lens in and out hence the term "adjustable objective". Its the first way manufacturers figured out how to adjust parallax and it is probably still the best way to do it. The scope maker can display more yardage markings because of the increased circumference of the adjustment and they can use slow or fast pitched threads.

2. Side - This method is a side mounted third knob on the center saddle section of a scope. Easily viewed and adjusted (for right hand shooters).
This method uses very fast threads to achieve major adjustments in a short movement because of the limited circumference, making it difficult to fine tune. This method also adds to the cost of the scope because it is very expensive to manufacturer. Susceptible to damage because it is the farthest protruding object on the left side of the rifle.

3. Rear - Located directly in front of the eye piece where you would normally change the power on a variable scope. Not widely used because it can only be implemented on a fixed power scope. Easy to access and read for right or left hand shooters. Quite a bit less expensive to make when compared to front or side. This method is the most durable.


Affordability
By far the best and worst thing about the Super Sniper. Its low retail price often hinders its ability to be taken seriously. Original contract price was pushing $1,000.00. when we bought a large number from the original contract over run at a close-out price. When we decided to have the Super Sniper scopes made exclusively for us we had already established a market value and knew that we would have to be able to buy them at the same close out price in order to offer them to the public at the same close out price from the original deal. This was only possible for the following reasons; cost of production was greatly reduced because of the number of units made, scopes are not sold from factory to designer to distributor to dealer to public, and we did not have the overhead associated with designing and building this scope (Taco did).

You would be surprised if you knew what a $1000.00 Leupold cost once you stripped away the over head, four levels of mark up, reps commission, catalog/advertising, r&d, etc. Basically that is why the Super Sniper scopes are so affordable and compare favorably to $1000. scopes because they really are $1000. scopes in disguise.

Thanks again to Snipers Paradise for an excellent review,
CF
SWFA, Inc.