Hello and welcome to another episode of Optics Trade Debates, where we are debating over various series in the Sightron offer (we already have a video about the SIII riflescopes and some of their other models). Today, we have decided to discuss the SV series, which is at the top regarding their price and quality options.
What is more, it is at the top of all SV riflescopes, in the same class as Kahles K1050, Schmidt & Bender 12-52, some March scopes, some NightForce scopes, etc. This series is the first attempt for Sightron to move into the top class of precision F-class shooters.
We all know that SIII has been immensely popular, and in the reign of central Europe, the Sightron SIII is dominating the market regarding F-class shooters, and the mid-class scopes. So, if you are searching for the best F-class scope for 1000 €, turn to the Sightron SIII.
What happens when people advance in their shooting skills, become better, and search for top-tier equipment? This is where the SV comes in. The first generation of the SV riflescopes did not include the ED glass. When they were pondering on how to improve the SIII, including it was one of the ideas they thought of.
Sightron wanted to enhance elevation, so the 34 mm tube was introduced. Then, they thought about the common problem that appears with most of the F-class scopes with high magnification: parallax. The new model has a 2 stage focusing knob (the FAST system – there is a rough parallax adjustment on the big side focus knob, and a fine focus, which is 4x slower). So you focus with the big wheel and then make a fine adjustment with the small wheel. This is the best system on all of the scopes at the moment – there is not a single other scope in this target category with high magnification meant for the F-class that has a better parallax.
When they were thinking about improving the turrets, they introduced tactical turrets, even though it is a target scope. You can also check our other videos to see the difference between target and tactical scopes. With these turrets, they introduced a locking function and made the scope better. However, the glass was quite similar to the SIII so later, in 2017, they introduced the SV ED glass. Now, most of the customers opt for the ED glass. The acronym ED basically means that they use higher-quality glass than before. They chose better glass for the optical construction and achieved better optics – the optical performance is high up along with the best on the market.
What about the current model range? There are two models: The first one is the first focal plane MIL/MIL scope (4.5-24x56). It has a 34 mm tube, 1 cm clicks, FFP, a Christmas tree reticle. This model helped Sightron to get to the top premium class of tactical optics. Optically, it is great, however, because they are new in the tactical market, it does not sell all that well. The second model is the 10-50x60 and it is extremely popular; it is gaining in popularity.
A lot of people move on from the SIII to the SV, because when they are searching for something great, they choose to stay on the same brand, as they already have experience using the SIII. They choose the SV to get better optics, more elevation, better parallax, and better turrets. The reticle is very thin, which is great for precision shooting. It is a Fine Crosshair with a tiny, fine dot in the center (1/16 of MOA).
Even though this model is a target model, it has tactical turrets, which has lately become a trend. It has a 1/8 MOA click, which is a really fine click for target scopes – it is a typical F-class scope. It has a fine, precise click (roughly 3.5 mm per 800 m); perfect for shots up until 1000 m on F-class shooting.
As mentioned, it has a locking function, no mechanical turn indicator – it is in the form of lines under the turret. The new models have a zero stop; there have been quite a few alterations. The first one is that you can get the 10-50x60 scope with an ED glass, or with the standard glass. For the second one, you are able to get it with or without an illuminated reticle (on the IP'S) - the majority does not need an illuminated reticle for target shooting. You are also able to choose the clicks (¼ MOA or 1/8 MOA) and the reticles – even though the Fine Crosshair is the most popular, you can also get others.
The scope is made in Japan and comes with a 10 years warranty. It comes in quite a big box, and the weight of the sunshade can amaze some – it is quite thick and precisely made. All other models also come in the same packaging.
If you found this video useful check out our playlist which contains other video reviews, and we will see you there. Bye.
Products mentioned in the Sightron SV riflescopes debate:
Sightron SV riflescopes: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/manufacturer-sightron/riflescope_series-sightron_sv.html
Sightron SVSS 10-50x60: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/sightron-svss-10-50x60-66068.html
Sightron SVSS 10-50x60 SF IR: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/sightron-svss-10-50x60-66068.html
Sightron SVSS 4.5-24x56 ED: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/sightron-svss-4-5-24x56-ed.html
Sightron SVSS 10-50x60 ED: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/sightron-svss-10-50x60-ed-66061.html
Sightron SVSS 10-50x60 ED - Zero Stop: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/sightron-svss-10-50x60-ed-66061.html
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