Spotting Scopes

CCOP USA 1-6X30 Tactical Rifle Scope with Illuminated Reticle Review

1624i_1Allow me to let you into a little industry insider secret. Everyone walking the SHOT show has a shopping list.  It doesn't matter if you are from the media, a retailer, manufacturer, owner or representative, we all walk around the grounds of SHOT with an item in mind we want to checkout/try/asses for the purposes of buying it later.  I’m no different, one of my top items in mind while I was wondering the endless halls of the 2014 SHOT show was a variance 1-4X or 1-6X tactical scope for my favorite AR15.  Don’t get me wrong. ACOGs are great and so are EOTechs but they are very specialized and wonderfully engineered tools that will execute the task they were built for flawlessly while burning a very big hole in your pocket… I was on a task to find a good quality glass that will give me both the CQB red-dot reflex sight capabilities but will also give me some magnification capabilities for the 75-200 yard range where a red dot sight starts to be more of a guess and less of a precision tool.  I could, I suppose, go for an EOTech with a magnifier, but there are 2 things I didn’t like about this combo: first, the logistics of mounting/un-mounting and the need to carry the magnifier somewhere while it’s not mounted was a little too annoying for me. Second was the painful $1000 price tag (on the low end!)  All of the above made the variance scopes very popular recently with the tactical shooting community, particularly the AR15 and AK47 owners.

So, I’ve set a goal to find something good for a sub $300 budget.  Now don’t get me wrong, I checked, felt and drooled over ALL the optics in the 1-4X/1-6X categories. I’ve been to every optics vendor from Sun Optics to NightForce. I checked the offering from Vortex, US Optics, Leupold, and many other vendors I can’t remember their names (so, so many…)  After 3 loooooonnnnnggg days of wondering the grounds, in a dark corner of the basement level, I ran into a small booth of a company called CCOP-USA. A new(ish) Chinese manufacturer that I haven’t seen before that offers all kinds of optics and optics accessories. Tired and disappointed that I couldn't find what I was looking for, I had no big expectations for their product and figured they’d be low quality as most of the other no-name eastern manufacturers I saw so far.

1624i_6Boy was I wrong. First, they had both 1-4x AND 1-6X options. The first thing you notice when you look through the glass is how clear it is and how much light goes through it. This is probably due to the 30mm tube (most other 1-4X optics have a 24mm tube which let less light through.The Illuminated reticle and the big diameter make it feel like a red-dot reflex sight. Having the reticle backed by the black reticle and lines guarantee that even if the battery runs out you can still use the optics (point down for EOTech on this one).  One huge compliment for these guys is that their 1X is the closest 1X I’ve seen in any of these 1-4X/1-6X optics. Including some of the expensive brands!

1624i_3A twist of the ring and you get up to 6X magnification. Considering most “budget” scopes are 3-9X this covers a very good distance.  So, getting one is a little slow (about 7-10 days to get it) but when I got it, I couldn't wait to mount it and head to the range.

I had it mounted on my PS90 with a one piece scope mount that also positioned the optics high enough at my eyes level.


Zeroing was real easy thanks to the “clicks” adjustment mechanism on the scope (which usually only exist on the more expensive scopes).1624i_4

I had it zero at 25 yards and then switched to 50 yards, 75 yards and 100 yards. I had no problem staying on target and hitting every time.  SO, to the question you’re probably asking yourself by now, what’s the cost?  Well, this is one of the coolest thing about this scope. MSRP is only $310 and you can find retail in the $190-$250 range.  I gave this product a score of 8.0.  The only reason I didn’t score it higher is because I don’t have it long enough to testify to its long term usage durability but I promise I’ll have a follow up review in a few months.

I guess SHOT was successful after all…

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Best Bang for your buck in the variance range tactical scopes

Target Market: Tactical shooters / AR15 and AK47 owners that look for a budget aware alternative

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Model: SCP-1624i
  • Magnification: 1X-6X
  • Tube Diameter: 30mm
  • Objective Diameter: 24mm
  • Field of view @100yards: 115-19.2ft
  • Eye Relief: 4.5"-4"  
  • Exit Pupil: 10-4mm  
  • Click Value: 1/2"  
  • Length: 265mm  
  • Weight: 508g
  • Reticle: CQB
  • Illumination: Red / Green
  • W/E: ≥40'  

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: Comes with a soft elastic scope cover

What others are saying?: Their eBay store has over 3700 reviews with a positive percentage of 99.7%

Price Point:

MSRP = $310 Retail = $225

I need it now! Availability: CCOP USA 1-6X30 Tactical Rifle Scope is available here.

Our Rating:

+ Easy on the budget + A twofer: you get a CQB sight and a 6X scope in one package + Zero adjustment is easy with no tools required + Shock proof + Water proof + Fog proof + Illuminated reticle + Black reticle marking to backup in case of dead battery

- New/unfamiliar manufacturer with no history or long term reviews. - Shipping could take up to 10-15 business days

Score: 8.0 Great80



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Redfield Rampage Spotting Scope


For shooting past 100 yards, these eyes can use all the help they can get. A spotting scope is a good addition to the range gear so that you or a partner can see your groups/impacts at extended ranges. On the first outing with this optic my shooting guest was able to see the exact point of impact of a .308 bullet on a steel plate at 450 yards, to the inch.  Having a good spotting scope is also crucial for glassing the hills during a hunt or scouting session, which will definitely be the case this next fall for my Rampage.  When it comes to spotting scopes (or any optics in general) you really get what you pay for.  However with the Redfield Rampage kit, it seems you get just a little bit more bang for your buck.

The Rampage Kit comes with a soft carrying case, a small tripod, a soft scope cover, and covers for both the eyepiece and objective lenses.  Powered at 20-60 with a 60mm bell, it has enough power to see bullet holes at extended ranges.  It's just enough for me to clearly read street signs at 1,000 yards away, but edges are soft to be honest. I've used -$100 dollar spotting scopes from Simmons and Bushnell in the past, and this Redfield edges them out in glass clarity, but only just a bit.

You can certainly drop $300-500+ on a spotting scope and get something thats higher quality in alot of areas, but with a budget of $200 this is definitely a contender. 

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: The Rampage™ spotting scope delivers big-time performance at a hunter- friendly price.

Target Market:  Range shooters, hunters, bird watchers, stalkers.

FNBs:  (Features and Benefits of this product)

  • BAK4 PRISM SYSTEM - These top-quality prisms deliver unmatched image clarity and resolution, so you get a crisp, clear image every time. No dull or muddled reproduction, just accurate color fidelity and sharp edge clarity to help you pull game from their surroundings.
  •  FIELD OF VIEW -  114 feet at 20x; 51 feet at 60x
  • POLYCARBONATE BODY - Made of the same stuff as bulletproof glass, the body is exceptionally light, yet remarkably tough. It will be there with you, standing up to even the most daunting terrain.
  •  RETRACTABLE LENS SHADE - Reduce glare and increase visibility when spotting in unprotected, wide-open country.

 What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: Black Only

What others are saying?: "Love having the ability to quickly acquire my target shots from 100+ yards without having to strain my eyes with the rifle's scope or having to trek my way to the target for closer inspection. I chose Redfield because of their lower price point and the decent reviews I was reading. The tripod is on the light weight cheaper end but that seamed fairly typical for most spotting scopes which included one. The Velcro covering is nice but it takes awhile to get it all unzipped, flaps open and everything setup. The view was pretty clear up to the highest power then things start to get a little soft. Overall the scope does what I expected and I am very happy with my purchase." Optics Planet Review

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability: Optics Planet, Brownells

Our Rating:

+ Priced between the higher end and the lower end + Kit and carrying case included useful and good quality + Redfield/Leupold warranty

- Included bipod is rigid enough, but the adjustment/tightening isn't the best - Included carrying strap feels pretty cheap, I will propbably have something made in 550 cordage.

Score: 7.0 Good70

(This scope would have rated a 6.0-6.5 if not for the kit it comes with.)