The wide range of Barska riflescopes contains something for everyone – from the tactical shooter to the varmint shooter and big game hunter.
SHELDON & HAMMOND sent me two new Barska scopes for review. One is a mediumpriced optic for the shooter who wants the best value for his money, and the other is a more expensive premium target/varmint scope. The models evaluated in this report are the 3-9×40 Hornet and the Benchmark 4-16×50.
In line with the diversity of the shooting sports Barska has introduced five riflescopes in the Hornet range aimed at the average shooter. The range includes a 1.5-4.5×32, a 3-9×40, (gloss or black matte finish), a 4-12x40AO and a 5-15x40AO. The 3-9×40 came with a pair of high rings with a tunnel underneath to allow the use of iron sights. This is a pious idea, except that most sporting rifles come with slick barrels these days.
In any case, a see-thru mount positions the scope so high so that your face gets no support from the stock and the shooter has to squash his face down on the comb to see the open sights.
The 3-9×40 Hornet is a standard-size scope with 1/4-minute clicks and eyepiece focusing. It is 328mm long and weighs 455 grams. The effective aperture of the objective lens is 39.50mm, and the objective and ocular bells measure 47.45mm and 45.22mm respectively. The exit pupil ranges from 4.38 to 13.16mm, and eye relief is approx. 76mm. Field of view at 100 metres shrinks as the power is cranked up from 12.33 metres at 3x to 4.36 metres at 9x.
All the Hornet scopes have standard twopiece, one-inch diameter, aluminium body tubes with a hard anodized black matte finish, but the 3-9x can also be had in gloss.