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Sightron SIH 3.5-10x50mm Rifle Scope

15 Nov 2017
@ 01:13 am (GMT)

Paul Leverman

The price on this scope seems unbelievably low. What am I missing here?


15 Nov 2017
@ 08:59 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Sightron SIH 3.5-10x50mm Rifle Scope
Hi Paul, that is a Philippine S1 (lowest end scope market). The original S1 was made and assembled in Japan but not anymore, the parts are now made in Japan and assembled in the Philippines.

The key with these is to be able to eyeball them in the store, take them outside and check them properly. If they appear clear (take as much time as you can and check for parallax issues / eye strain) then you are good to go. I would not buy this optic via mail order.

I have passed on my thoughts to the manufacturer and had my words presented at a board meeting. I would personally prefer to see Sightron avoid the lowest end of the entry level market altogether but this is a major source of income for them.

The quality of modern entry level scopes really comes down to the quality of Phillipine assembly companies. This country is trying to make a name for itself in the manufacturing and IT sectors. This is a recent 'big push'. Their govt has for example been utterly brutal against e-crime from within their country as they are trying to build confidence for foreign markets. When it comes to manufacturing, QC checks are critical. Error reporting is also important, constantly putting flaws back on the manufacturers so that they are penalized, not the end user. The designer must also ensure that the design itself is somewhat bullet proof regarding assembly methods. For example, the Nikko scopes are a copy of the Leupold (internally). The turret spring design of the Leupold is quite poor but it works well most of the time due to good internal tension. The system really only falls apart on the heavy magnums. But in copying this, the Nikko has a weak spring system and poorly designed and calibrated turrets, the result being that the turrets can lose tracking. Internal resin quality is also an issue. Older Nikko scopes could last for years, modern ones might only last weeks. Entry level lens selection is also a (the) major issue.

Burris are also in this same Phillipine manufacture boat (doing quite well), as are Bushnell and Vortex (also going well). QC inspections are the key for all of these makers. As an example of what can be achieved under high QC control, the S-TAC scope is a higher end budget optic, the parts are made in Japan but then assembled in the Philippines. The selection of parts and lenses has been outstanding while assembly has been top notch, resulting in a lower priced alternative to the Japanese SIII.

None of this is straight forwards. One cannot make blanket statements about Philippine manufacturing when there are so many factors such as design elements, how lenses are sorted and budget constraints for each model of scope. But generally speaking, it is a case of getting what you pay for.

Hope that helps.

15 Nov 2017
@ 04:14 pm (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: Sightron SIH 3.5-10x50mm Rifle Scope
That certainly puts some light on the subject. Thank you, Nathan, very informative. If it's too good to be true.....

I'd blame Warwick for this, he's the one that made me google Sightron.
15 Nov 2017
@ 08:34 pm (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: Sightron SIH 3.5-10x50mm Rifle Scope
Thanks Paul. Trouble is my second name . Have a look at this site for the scope
16 Nov 2017
@ 02:11 am (GMT)

Bryan Webster

Re: Sightron SIH 3.5-10x50mm Rifle Scope
Paul, here is a Vancouver Sightron dealer link


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