Barska 2*30 AC11324 vs Barska 4*28 AC11322 IR Electro Scopes
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- Last updated: 13/12/2016
Barska scopes still may not be a name you know a lot about, yet they have been on the shooting scene for quite some time and I’ve used them myself for a while now. Although an American company, they have their products made in China, as a lot of firms do now. However, Barska have them made to their own strict specifications. They are indeed a cut above the run of the mill scopes churned out by the manufacturing giant which is China.
Action sights as I know them are ones made for quick reaction short range shooting, such as events like Speed Steels or Mini Rifle using rimfire semi-automatic rifles. I already use two types of Barska action sights to compete and actually win mini rifle and speed pistol shooting events, so I was keen to look at their latest sights brought in by South Yorkshire Shooting Supplies, the sole UK distributor for Barska products. They gave me two of the latest models to access. Both are striking looking, having the current fad for additional Picatinny rails on the bodies of the sights.
Barska 2*30 IR Electro Red Dot Sight AC11324
The first new sight is a pure red dot model, but with a neat twist I have not used before and to be honest I have not seen before on a red dot sight. First a run down on the general layout; the AC11324 looks very compact and well put together, it is a 32mm bodied sight with 53mm long Picatinny rails moulded into the body of the sight on three sides; left, right and of course, the top. This makes it ideal to mount a small light or even a laser to give a rangefinding capability - a green laser would avoid the confusion of having two red dots, one from the laser and one in the sight.
The right hand side rail is only 19mm long due to the positioning of the illumination control. The optics simple windage and elevation adjustment screws are protected under screw on/off dust covers. One click using a coin in the slots moves the dot half an inch at 100 yards. As with most red dots sights it has a centre red coloured illuminated dot with seven illumination settings running off a single CR2032 three volt battery housed within the body of the illumination dial. The red dot appears to be floating in the middle of the sight picture when you look through the sight, which is common to all red dot optical sights. It has a five minute of angle sized red dot, which gives fast target acquisition and sighting.
Now here is the new feature I have not seen or used in the flesh before. The red dot is unmagnified as most red dots are, but this sight is different as it comes with an additional lens with a 36mm objective which when screwed onto the front of the sight increases the magnification from zero to 2X mag. This is a very useful feature to have over the normal unmagnified red dot sights. If you want to shoot out at 50m or more with the sight it allows more precise aiming, as with the old adage, “if you cannot see it, you cannot hit it!”. You can shoot it without the additional lens, just run it as a normal red dot for action shooting if you want to. I am tempted to try this sight on my LP50 air pistol as this has a Weaver rail and the sight has unlimited eye relief, meaning it can be used on a rifle or pistol. It could well find its way onto my GSG-5 as well, decisions, decisions!
Barska 4*28 IR Electro Sight AC11322
The other sight’s main body looks very similar to the red dot but is longer with an extended objective end and an eye bell. Three 53mm long Picatinny rails are again moulded into the sides of the scope’s body, and the integral 67mm long Weaver rail type clamping system is supplied with an Allen key. A lens cloth and lens covers come with it too.
This is a four times magnification scope with a 28mm diameter objective lens. I really liked the look of this scope and it also features an illuminated Mildot type reticle. Being four mag it could not have a true Mildot spaced reticle as it would have appeared much too small in the sight picture to be of any real use. I measured the spacing of the scopes Mildots to be at two and a half milliradian’s. It is still a useful reticle with multiple aim points and is also red and green illuminated if required for low light shooting or to get a better contrast of the reticle on the intended target.
The illumination control sits on top of the scopes eye bell with five brightness settings for each colour or an ‘off’ selection if you just want the Mildot reticle to appear as black. It too uses a three volt CR2032 battery housed inside the illumination dial.
The sight picture is very clear and crisp, and the lenses are multi coated ruby to cut down on glare. The relatively low magnification of four means the sight is ideal for short range and action style shooting. The eye relief is slightly longer than normal as it is set at 4.52 inches (114mm) to suit mounting on M16 style weapons, but it can be mounted without a hitch on GSG-5’s and Ruger 10/22’s. As I said it really looks the business as it were, very practical - or tactical if you like.
At seventy quid for the 2 mag and a fiver less for the 4 mag Mildot these are real value for money optics, and as I have found myself, Barska sights are quite capable of adding pots to your trophy cabinet. The 2*30 is a particularly versatile sight with many uses from hunting to practical or even airgun use. Barska is a name you should get acquainted with, I’m well chuffed I have!
PRICE: £70 / £65