When I starrted shooting with an optic (I was an Eagle Scount and I'm well over 60 now, optics were for the elite. Everyone had iron sights. I remember buying my first scope, it was a 3-9 Redfield (reincarnated now by Leupold as their value line) with a 1" tube in gloss black black because thats all there was.
It worked just fine for me, in fact I thought I was lking of the hill.I still have it and it still works just fine because I never get rid of anything, I'm a packrat.
Now we 'progress' from 1" tubes to 30mm tubes now 34mm tubes and as the technology advances (not that ther can be much 'new' technology in scopes, other than gimmiks), they get heavier instead of lighter.
I always thought advancing technology meant getting lighter, like new cars or rifles. I don't get it.
You know how hard it is to fimd a 1" tubed scope in gloss black today? Pretty hard. There are a few but not many. ,Leupold has 4 in a quality optic everything else is cheap optics like Tasco. Amazing.
I won't be buying any 34mm tubed scope anytime soon and I'm not going to live too much longer anyway. When the 30mm tubes appeared, ring choices were slim and none. You have the same scenario with a 34.
If the Burris' are 34mm and tanks, they can keep them. I know the Chinese can do better than that.....