- Mar 7, 2016
Here's a decent review. On some shots you can see the illumination at different light settings.
Wow that's score for sure. Several of the youtube reviewers didn't seem to have any tracking issues even out to a mile so it should be good. I'll be looking forward to hearing how you like it.I got the 4-16 sh4 with that 100$ off deal to existing customers that are registered with a account.
I got it for 300$ shipped. I sold off a 300$ swfa to purchase it, and I got to say, that’s was a major upgrade.
Spent some time behind it, the DMR2 and a strike eagle 5-25 at dusk.
It came in last as far as low light performance. As it should, it’s the cheapest. The DMR2 and strike eagle are so close I think the bushy edged it out though. You could blind fold me and I probably couldn’t tell the difference.
The Arken isn’t lagging by much though.
Clicks feel less refined than both, they just feel cheap in my opinion. But I’m talking about a cheap optic so… This optics retails for 400$ so.. in that regard it’s a great optic. The best in its class in my opinion.
I wish we would get away from nit picking glass on budget optics. We know by now, they all suffer in the glass department, it’s a sub 1k$ optic. I believe emphasis on tracking and will the parallax adjust properly, then the glass test should be if you can see the steel plate at 1k and make impacts, then the budget glass is clear enough to work. I posted in another thread about going around the world with 1k scopes and this one is not a 1k scope.
All that being said, I still got to try the Vortex venom and the Athlon helos Gen 2, but if I pick up another rifle to play at the range with, this optic will be my choice. Nothing under 500$ touches it. If my budget is 700$ for another strike eagle, I’m going to find a DMR2 instead.
That's a really helpful assessment. I've noticed some scopes look great in sunny conditions and seem on par or slight better than my Leupolds, but a far less expensive. Then at low light or cloudy conditions they perform like you said and the Leupolds out perform them. So when hunting we know what to expect. And for theose rifles that are "fun guns" or mostly target and varmint we have more options to choose from.So I’ve spent more time behind the arken. I’d say it compares to sightron s3, better than Burris xtr, on a sunny day reading mirage it’s on par with my mark 4. Where it does fall down a bit is on heavy overcast days, whether it’s the lenses coating or whatever, I can’t pick out splashes on a painted steel gong as well as the mark 4, or maybe even the s3, but I didn’t have it there to compare side by side. For big game hunting, I still like a leupold, their low light is above the others, but for the price, it’s a heck of a scope.
That's the first time I've even heard of that on Arkens