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Which pistol scope? (Poll)

ZeeZee Posts: 28,379 Senior Member
Down the road, I plan to swap some scopes around on my guns. My Ruger Charger Pistol currently has a Leupold Ultra 10x-M3A on it. I'd like to pull that scope off and place it accordingly. So, the Charger needs a new scope.

I am considering two pistol scopes (neither are high dollar) for 25-50 yard shooting.

Swift Reliant Pistol Scope 4x 32mm Quadraplex Reticle Matte (link)

Simmons ProHunter Pistol Scope 4x 32mm Truplex Reticle Matte (link)

I have a couple Simmons scopes (.22 pistol & .22 Mag rifle) and while they work........can't say that I am overly impressed with them. But hey........they are sub $100 scopes.........what can I say?

I've never even LOOKED through a Swift before and have NO idea what to expect. Anybody have experience with Swift Optics?

I am in no hurry and will likely wait until they go on sale or clearance or some sort of discount at Midway. Just because this is not a "need "now thing. But, a discount might make it worth it.

So, which do you recommend (vote) I get when I do?
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith

Which Pistol Scope? 4 votes

Swift 4x32
JermanatorFarm Boy Deuce 2 votes
Simmons 4x32
BigslugJay 2 votes


  • JermanatorJermanator Posts: 16,244 Senior Member
    Swift 4x32
    I have a Swift on my 20ga bolt shotgun. For the price it isn't half bad.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • BigslugBigslug Posts: 9,858 Senior Member
    Simmons 4x32
    On your Midway link, the Swift currently has two reviews, BOTH of them stating catastrophic failures. One of them got this result on a .375 Winchester handgun (which I could kind of expect and accept from a cheap scope), the other a TC shooting "hot loads" (which I feel should be within the functioning range of a pistol scope).

    Based on that, I'd go Simmons of the two. Not my favorite optics by far, but better than they used to be 20 years ago.

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • ZeeZee Posts: 28,379 Senior Member
    I did notice the reviews on the Swift. But, considered that I would be placing either scope on a .22 lr and would not have the "recoil" issues.

    It was noted, though.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • DurwoodDurwood Posts: 972 Senior Member
    Now I gotta be one them guys that doesn't vote...because I wouldn't own either. Come on cough up a few buck and buy something decent:jester:
    You have the right to your own opinion, but you don't have the right to your own facts:guns:
  • jaywaptijaywapti Posts: 5,114 Senior Member
    I've had good results with Burris LER on hi power pistols, on .22s & a 44mag I have Tasco & Bushnell red dots.
    JMPO if Simmons was the only scope made , I'd go back to iron sites.

  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    Swift 4x32
    I vote Swift. I have two from them. One is a fixed 4x on my 10/22. The other is a 1.5-4.5X32 on my Ruger 77/44. It has survived ~400 rounds of .44 mag. Plus IMHO those two at least were better optically than the Simmons I have messed with.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • JayJay Posts: 4,629 Senior Member
    Simmons 4x32
    I have a Pro Hunter rifle scope on my .243. It's worth what I paid for it. It's been on there for quite a few years now. I can pretty regularly shoot 1/2" groups at 100 yards and hit targets out to 300 yards no problem. That's all I need for that beater rifle to do. I also had a Pro Hunter pistol scope on my old 454 Casull. It worked very well for a couple hundred rounds before it broke. But like the reviews yall mentioned earlier, that was a hand pounder. I have no doubt a Pro Hunter will last forever on a 22lr.
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