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Very, very shoddy
on August 14, 2012
Let me start off by saying that I really do hate writing negative reviews, but I after being scammed I feel an obligation to warn others about this product.
The product looked good when it first arrived, besides the absurdly awful "instruction manual," which contained no information that could not be gleaned from looking at the scope itself. Getting any mounting information was a huge hassle; contacting Firefield for mounting information brought back an email telling me that the mounting information could not be given out and a link to an unrelated forum. I had mine mounted by a gunsmith specializing in the mosin nagant and had high hopes taking it to the range, but that was a disappointment as well. The mounting screws loosen quickly, leading to an extremely wobbly scope. Besides that the main large thumbscrew that is supposed to hold the scope onto the mount loosens quite quickly as well, exacerbating the problem.
The elevation and windage knobs are also sub-par, when I tried to adjust the reticle I found the elevation knob unresponsive, with grease having gotten in between the threading.
I must also assume there is a great variety in between scopes, as the manual instructed me to be prepared to grind or shim the scope, as it will most likely be off. That didn't bother me until I actually started the shimming process, in the end I've had to put on quite a bit of material to make up for how far the scope is skewed horizontally. The shimming process doesn't even touch how skewed the scope is vertically; I've spent quite some time fiddling with the elevation screws only to have a gun that shoots far from the reticle, even after careful boresighting with a laser.
While some may be tempted by the price (like myself) please be warned that this scope is a very shoddy product and you can expect no support from Firefield. As someone who has had it professionally installed and then tried it out at the range, carefully adjusting it over and over, I can tell you that this scope is extremely bad and is a waste of money. It might look like a real PU scope, but ultimately it just turns out to be a very expensive display piece.