View Full Version : posp Scopes, need insight
11-25-2012, 12:23 AM
I just ordered a Veper in 7.62x54 and am now looking at optics. I am leaning towards thr posp 8x42d. Questions, are all the posp Scopes real, made in Belarus Scopes or are there "knockoffs" I should stay away from? Also I have noticed the range finder on these is based on 1.5m(4'11") instead of 1.7m(5'7"). There aint many 4'11" men running around so whats up w/that?
11-25-2012, 01:54 AM
Kalinka optics has some nuce scopes
01-06-2013, 02:00 AM
The older one w the built in sunshades were the best, IMHO.
03-06-2013, 08:23 AM
Picked up a 6x24 POSP last year for my 5.45 Saiga.
Works really well and was only about 4" off when I went to first sight it in.
Good quality too.
07-01-2013, 02:14 AM
They are producing some Chinese scopes that are copies of various Russian scopes etc.
But if ou are dealing with Kalinka or Eastwave etc., they carry original equipment. A private sale might need a little more questining of the seller etc.
07-02-2013, 06:35 AM
I would avoid all Russian made optics. They are okay, but when they break there is noplace to send them for service. They are a throw-away item.
07-02-2013, 09:51 AM
I have heard very little about any failures in the Russian/Belarus optics. Nor have I experienced any in the 5 I own. Milspec optics like the ZRAK, TIP2 and Russian are very durable compared to commercial or sporting scopes in y experience.
Many of the optics in the US are Chinese or foreign manufature and not easily repaired. Exceptions for some of the higher end optics., but repair can be very costly and often difficult to find parts.
But then I have not had any significant failure in any optic.
07-02-2013, 03:21 PM
True they will be hard to get serviced, but how often do you hear about "first party" optics breaking? How many Aimpoints break? How many POSP scopes break? I just don't see it being a deal-breaker concern. If broken optics are your concern you should have a 2nd optic system 'just in case'. Of course there's always iron sights too :)
Speaking from personal experience I also agree that you should buy from the company and avoid private sales if possible... had a bad experience with a scope well after it was purchased meaning I was stuck with it and had to make do with what I had. Lesson learned for me!
One thing to be aware of is that they usually have a "military" model and a "commercial" model. The export models are usually the civ models as they aren't supposed to export optics directly from Russia - thus the Belarus source for the optics. At least that's how it was explained to me. It doesn't really matter because they are the same quality, but some may have marks for 1m vs. 1.5/1.7m on the range finders. 1m = height of a deer's back ;)
07-05-2013, 05:00 AM
I have a PK-AS from Kalinka sitting on a shelf in my garage, that will not light up. I gave it to my brother for Christmas one year. He does not abuse his stuff, yet one day it worked, and then it did not (yes, we tried new batteries). It was out of the warranty period, and Kalinka said they would get back to me on getting it serviced. They never did.
Everything can break, so don't think I am picking on the optics themselves. But when a scope from a US company breaks, it is generally possible to get it fixed. If a Russian one breaks, it is broken.
07-05-2013, 09:21 PM
APEX has original issue POSP scopes in stock.
They are in the "Scopes & Mounts" category::
We have some small quantities of variations of this scope, we have not ever listed any.
You would need to call the sales office during normal business hours to get more details.