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    Swfa optics

    Seem to be quite popular in the USA for a basic long range scope
    And very popular in prs style rimfire shoots due to the ability to focus at 25 yards
    I have just finished building a 10/22 target rifle and looking for a scope
    Between 15-20 (max Magnification) that can focus at 25 for not way to much money within reason

    Ive seen a few swfas here in nz I Geuss guys import them? Or is there an nz retail
    How much are you guys landing them for??

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    SWFA will ship them to NZ, just email them for shipping costs.

    Other options worth looking at for 25yard parallax are Athlon and Vortex, both have options in all price brackets.
    Ive not used one, but the Athlon Midas Tactical seems a popular well priced 22 scope. The Athlon Ares BTR 4.5-27x50 was on a super sale for the last few months, seems to also get good reviews.

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    international@swfa.com

    email addy for the expoert scopes, they can only do swfa scopes for export IIRC
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    And you will need to get an import permit from police.

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    I have one which craigc has on his 300RUM. They are great bomb proof 'scopes. Dial really well. The company is very easy to deal with. Most of their scopes are FFP.

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    While they are probably decent scopes for the price, I personally don't like their marketing in particular their desire to affiliate their current scopes with the military, grasping onto the fact that one of them has, or at one point had, an almost meaningless "NSN" number.

    If you read their "history" they focus on the fact that one of their scopes was given an NSN (nato stock number).
    All this means is it was given a part number in the NATO system, so if a [purchasing person orders part number (insert NSN) then they can be sure they will get an item that meets the specifications set out in the NSN.
    All manor of stuff have NSN's, glow sticks, nuts & bolts, shackles, pulleys, even shower curtains with dolphins on them..it means nothing other than a defense purchasing person codified an item in the system at some point in time for ease of ordering.

    When the code is created a whole lot of detailed specifications need to be entered against it.
    eg NSN xxxxxx might be a socket head cap screw, that's grade 10.8, m14x1 thread, 55mm long, and black in colour.
    NSN xxxxx might be a shower curtain, 200cm high x 150wide, made of nylon, with 10 eyelets, with dolphin imagery on them.
    In order to supply parts under that NSN to defense, it needs to match the specification that are loaded against that NSN, otherwise you need permission to supply it under that NSN as it does not meet the specifications of the part#.

    In order to supply an item under a given NSN number is needs to meet the specifications that are put against the NSN. They do not need to ask permission to make any changes to their product, however they could not supply it under the given NSN number if the specifications had changed, eg the NSN says the scope is 200mm long, 40mm objective, 10x zoom, waterproof to 10m etc etc. If a revision of the scope made it only 195mm long it no longer meets the specs of the NSN so could not be supplied under that NSN, as the specifications don't match.
    Just because an item has an NSN does not mean its in any kind of widespread use, or use at all.
    Im not saying its not in use anywhere - just that having an NSN means very little. It does not mean its "adopted". Literally a purchasing person just entered the details into the system in order to create a code, so someone at some point in time could order it easier.

    I used to work in defense procurement and supplied literally thousands of various widgets under "NSN" numbers.
    "BuT iT HaS An NsN nUmBeR" doesn't mean anything.

    Anyway, rant over.
    Last edited by ChrisW; 12-08-2019 at 01:40 PM.
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    But, but, but; it's a NATO stock number! This makes it so much cooler than any old milspec nonsense number...

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    Hah! Even 'scope questions get political nowadays

    They are damned good 'scopes. 'Aint that enough?

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    Just putting in my $25, lol.
    From what I understand they are very good for the price, and THAT is enough.
    I just often see people raving about the NSN online so that’s what comes to mind when people mention SWFA.
    It wasn’t mentioned so I probably should have kept my mouth shut.

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    Nah bro, chuck it out. It's good to remember that even the piece of sh*t SA80 and several other pieces of complete crap had stock numbers...

    SWFA never used to ship to NZ, I got one in and shortly thereafter they sent me an email saying they no longer ship internationally... When did that change?
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    https://www.trademe.co.nz/sports/hun....htm?archive=1

    That one was on there for ages. Flick him a question ?

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    I should have a athlon midas tac here tomorrow to test out.

 

 

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