FSI Sniper 6-24x50mm Riflescope Review
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- Includes rings
- Very powerful scope at budget-friendly price
- Illuminated reticle
- Limited light gathering capability
- Included rings won't stay tightened and are too small for most rifles
- Mislabeled directional markings on turrets
Welcome to our review of the FSI Sniper 6-24x50mm Riflescope. This scope is designed for long-range shooting, and provides precision shooting out as far as 500 yards or more. How well does this scope actually perform, though? That’s what we’re going to find out, folks!
What Are the Scope’s Dimensions?
This scope is 16″ long and weighs 26.2 ounces, so it’s a fairly large scope. Then again, this scope has massive magnification properties, so it has to be pretty beefy. You do have to suffer through a relatively short 3.3″ eye relief, unfortunately, which makes me question the wisdom of using the scope on a .50 caliber rifle, as the scope is advertised as being compatible with.
How Much Magnification Do I Get From the FSI Sniper 6-24x50mm Scope Riflescope?
This scope provides 6X to 24X magnification, allowing you to zoom in tight on your target to really pinpoint where you want your shot to land. The resolution is a bit fuzzy at the higher magnification settings, but is still better than I would have expected from such an inexpensive scope. It’s more than usable at long ranges, as I’ve demonstrated with 2″ groupings from 300 yards.
How is the Optics Quality on the Riflescope?
The optics on the FSI Sniper 6-24x50mm Scope are multi-coated, providing protection from glare, reflection, as well as water resistance and fog resistance. My only complaint is that the scope does not have an integrated sunshade, but the included sunshade accessory works very well to shield you from too much light at high magnification.
The Mil-Dot reticle is set up perfectly, and the scope provides just the right level of illumination to the reticle in red, green, or blue, when needed. The illumination is powered by a single CR2032 battery, which is included with the scope. The parallax setting goes from 15 yards to infinity, allowing you to adjust the parallax for more accurate shooting at longer distances.
What’s the Light Gathering Capability Like on the Scope?
For a 50mm objective lens, I was surprised at how dark the image was on this scope. Details that I could pick out in the shade of trees with other scopes just aren’t there with this scope. Its illuminated reticles can cause even more loss of detail, so I question whether this scope would actually serve well for early morning or late evening hunting.
How Wide is the Field of View?
The field of view on this scope is a narrow 15′ at 6X magnification and 4′ at 24X magnification. This is about what you might expect, though, but it’s still important to realize that the scope will not provide a lot of viewable terrain at 100 yards. Even so, I found the scope more than adequate for precision shooting at the target range. I don’t know that I would use this scope for hunting, though, because of the limited field of view.
How Easy is the Scope to Mount?
Here’s the problem; the 50mm objective lens coupled with a 1″ tube means the objective will make contact with the barrel of most rifles using the included rings. You can either purchase taller rings or use a riser-type mount to get this scope properly mounted. I chose to install a riser, which allowed me to mount the scope with the included rings. That’s when I realized how shoddy the included rings are; they simply would not stay tightened until I put a bit of LocTite on each ring and tightened it down.
Any Tricks or Tips About Mounting the Scope?
The first thing I would probably do, if I had to do it all over again, is ditch the included rings. Go with a set of high-mount 1″ rings instead, and just forget that the scope came with rings at all. You should never, ever have to use LocTite on scope ring bolts, so there is a pretty serious problem with the included rings.
How Easy is the FSI Sniper 6-24x50mm Scope to Sight In?
Sighting in the scope is relatively easy, but you need to know that the directional markings on the adjustment turrets are marked in reverse. Bear this in mind, and turn the turrets the opposite direction of the arrows, and you’ll be fine. Once dialed in, the scope held zero even after more than 200 rounds. Just make sure you lock the turrets to prevent them from coming out of adjustment while transporting the weapon or firing it.
How Durable is the Riflescope?
The chassis of the FSI Sniper 6-24x50mm Scope is made from T6 aircraft-grade aluminum, and is rugged enough to withstand the recoil of a .50 caliber BMG rifle. I wouldn’t use this out in the hunting field, but not because of the durability–this scope will definitely take a beating, from my inspection and my review of the scope.
The multi-coated optics, nitrogen-filled barrel, and O-ring sealed lenses make this scope waterproof, fogproof, and resistant to glare and reflection. I’ve shot all day long with this scope, and it is a star performer for its price point.