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Sureshot SFP 2.5-15 x 32

Sureshot SFP 2.5-15 x 32

Sureshot’s success at marketing and supplying optics brands such as the popular, Discovery range has earned them plenty of fans who have come to appreciate the classic combination of features, performance and value for money. Having reviewed a variety of products from Sureshot, I’ve noticed a common theme that runs throughout, namely the company’s ethos - to listen to customer feedback and evolve products to meet those demands.

Evolution

Manoeuvring themselves into a position where they can offer their own branded scopes was an inevitable conclusion. This Sureshot SFP 2.5-15x32 SFIR model sports an objective size of just 32mm and this should prove popular among Hunter Field Target shooters. The idea is that such a small objective should mean the chances of parallax error will be minimized, and that’s a big advantage in this sport, where awkwardly placed targets often force the shooter to adopt a less than ideal shooting position. In this scenario, it’s easy to get sloppy, and a lazy head position or inconsistent mounting of the scope gives the dreaded parallax a look in.

Visuals

First impressions are of a super-compact scope that is quite heavy but feels robust. Currently retailing for a reasonable £259, this Sureshot comes very well appointed, and presented, as everything comes neatly stowed inside a hard plastic case. Push-fit lens caps are here, mounts, sunshade, side-wheel, a rubber lens shroud, battery for the illuminated reticle and even a throw lever for the magnification dial.

The new Sureshot logo really looks the part and is proudly applied to the left side turret. Unscrew this cap, and a CR2032 lithium battery can be inserted.

Assembly

The sunshade is 1.6” long and is a quick easy fit. Just pull off the front flip-up cap and screw the shade into place. Then, just push the front cap back over the sunshade. Next, adjust the rear ocular dioptre until the reticle is in focus. The collar moved just a little too easily on test, but this will probably vary. With that set, the rear flip-up lens cap can be pushed back into place, and here, I have to mention that on test the rear cap was a bit too loose and fell off a few times. The problem is with the dioptre wound out, there isn’t then enough rim of the cap to make solid contact.

Moving to the 2.5” side wheel, there are no markings, and given the low magnifications on offer with this scope, I don’t see the point in its use. Yes, I suppose it makes it easier to physically turn the left parallax dial, but it really isn’t a problem. To fit it, just line up the one raised section on the inner wheel with an indent on the knob, slide it into place, and nip up the Allen key through its small window.

On manoeuvres

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Sureshot supplies ring mounts with this scope, and whilst I did use them for the test, they do feel very cheap, with sticky screws and threads a hindrance to the totally even tightening process. They are adequate and do the job, but all I can say is for the sake of £15 odd, I would invest in some quality Sportsmatch replacements for peace of mind.

As mentioned, there’s also a rubber lens shroud/ enhancer included, and this is to be pulled over the rear lens, with the idea that the sight picture will be enhanced by eliminating backlight. Here, the shroud is best described as ‘flipping tight’, and it’s quite a job to manoeuvre it into position. To be honest, I gave up. It really doesn’t need to be this tight!

Zeroing

The turrets are clearly marked up and are of the tactical push-to-open, pushto- lock style. Click values are 1/10 Mil and movement is audible and positive. Zeroing and tracking on test went smoothly, and the turrets are designed to be set back to ‘0’ when the zeroing process is complete. Just hold the turret to prevent further movement, unscrew the central cap, pull the turret off its spindle and drop down on the ‘0’marker. Replace the caps.

View on the range

Twisting the magnification round to 9 or 10x, we have the perfect HFT specification. The throw lever, incidentally, can be unscrewed and removed if it’s not needed, but it’s a nice inclusion nonetheless. Look to the left turret and the outer dial controls the reticle illumination brightness levels. Come in to the next dial, and this is our parallax range marker. The minimum focus is just 5 yards, moving to 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 500 and infinity. With this dial set to just under 25 yards, targets viewed through the HFT distances, out to 45, were all shootable, with good clarity and definition through the ranges, without making any adjustment, HFT style.

The SFP reticle is a smart design, with thick outer posts and an intricate extended cross offering larger MIL markers, and half Mils in between. Quarter Mil indicators are also set to each side before the outer thick posts. I love the central floating cross, and whilst the main stadia is very fine, which always runs the risk of being lost in darker surroundings, it offers a wealth of precise aim points.

With the gun set on a support, I ran a check to gauge the degree of parallax error, and with the dial set to 25 yards, and a target viewed at 40 yards, movement was minimal when I deliberately adopted an offset head position, moving from side to side.

Verdict

So there we have it. Technically Sureshot’s first own-branded scope, and it’s a very pleasing package indeed, aimed at HFT shooters and hunters with that super practical 32mm spec. All the usual guarantees are here - shockproof, waterproof, fog proof etc, and the features make a lot of sense. Granted there are some niggling points, such as the rear lens cap being too short, the rubber shroud too tight, and those fairly unpleasant mounts, but overall, this is an impressive tool and great value for the RRP.

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features

  • Name: Sureshot SFP 2.5-15x32 SFIR
  • Reticle: ¼ & ½ Mil SFP design
  • Weight: 21.5oz
  • Overall Length: 10.3”
  • Click Adjustment: 1/10 Mil @100yds
  • Field of View: 49.2- 7.5ft @100yds
  • Eye Relief: 3.9”
  • Main Body Tube: 30mm
  • Minimum Focus: 5 yards
  • Clicks per rotation: 60
  • Full Rotations: 11 on Windage & Elevation
  • Price: £259
  • Contact: Sureshot Airguns - www.sureshotoptics.co.uk

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