They’ve been around for a while now, those cheap telescopic sights made in China. Most seem to pass them off as something that will not last. Certainly some may be less than acceptable for average shooting conditions but I suggest that the quality wheel is slowly turning.
I must confess that this was my initial reaction, however the sale in a major US internet site was simply too tempting. The quoted price was $59.95 US for a 5 X 25 mil dot sight, simply irresistible. I had made up my mind that even if it was junk at least I would know in future. So for just over $100.00 Australian the package was delivered to my door via U.S. Post (Airmail) in little over a week. I have telescopic sights that I paid close to $1000.00 for many years ago. This Chinese number was a surprise.
Sure the optics are not a good as the best European or Japanese glass, for the price you would be unrealistic to expect them to be so. However they are of sufficient quality for what I would term average shooting conditions. Mine was installed on top of a brand new 22/250 R rifle and two years later it is still there. It’s good enough to knock off rabbits at 400 metres plus and that is good enough for me.
Interestingly enough the oldest glass sight in my gun cabinet is a wide angle 6 X Japanese purchased 30 years ago and considered junk at the time. It is still in use today and has never let me down.