I recently bought myself a Leapers 3-9x50 from Guido. I almost made up my mind too late as Guido was about to go away. I placed the order and made the payment on the Thursday morning and the scope was in my grubby little paws the next morning. The scope came so well packaged that I spent a good five minutes opening the package with a SHARP knife, no way on earth that the scope could have gotten hurt in transit. So STIRLING service from Guido, his brilliant reputation is well deserved.
Now a bit about the scope itself. EVERYTHING I needed to mount the scope was In the package.
Spare cap screws for the mounts
Flip up caps
Two batteries for the illuminated reticle one of which is a spare.
The level is NOT included in the package.
My previous Leapers experience wasn't great. Not that the scope was bad, it was in fact a lovely scope with great optics. I just didn't get on with the eye relief. I took the chance on this scope because I couldn't get the Gamo scope I was after and it wasn't huge money if the scope and I didn't get on.
So popped it onto my QB (The HW50S that the scope is destined for is still with MZE) and had a play. It worked for me and I was most satisfied. Not too long after that I got my S200 and the scope found a temporary home until the budget allows for a bigger scope for the S200. The 3-9 was bought specifically for PC and is not my first choice for the various activities for which the S200 is intended.
I've used the scope and rifle for bench rest PC and over the past weekend for an FT night shoot. It has done everything I've asked of it very well.
The scope is clear and focuses well at all the ranges I've used it at. Between about 8 and 50 metres.
The light gathering ability is just awesome, I was doing some rodent control a few weeks back in the late afternoon and I could still see targets through the scope long after the naked eye couldn't. It also accounted well for itself at the FT nightshoot, easily aquiring the illuminated targets. The detail visible on both occasions was more than adequate.
The illuminated reticle which by the way I thought was just a gimmick has proven to be so useful in those low light conditions. Having the variable settings for it makes it easy to get just the right level of light on the reticle without destroying ones night vision. The reticle has both green and red Illumination.
The turret locks are a bit cumbersome as one needs an allen key to lock or unlock the turrets. This is no issue when the scope is used for the intended task of PC as one sets it up at the desired zero and lock the turrets. Clear easy to see mildots make short work of compensating for different ranges.
Setting the Scope:
Use the supplied allen key to loosen off the cap screws in the turrets. The scope can now be adjusted as per normal. Undoing them a bit further allows one to set the turrets to zero. Then hold the turrets down and retighten the screws and the scope is set, zeroed and locked. The turrets are clearly marked and easy to read.
The scope holds zero perfectly.
The lense caps that come with the scope fit well and close very positively. The larger one can be a bit awkward to open and close properly with just one hand, but one soon learns the knack of doing so.
Likes and dislikes.
I really like the low light ability of the scope.
I like the way it focuses, you could probably do some fairly accurate range finding, it's that good. (I'm just not sure how far out this would work.)
I enjoy the ease of use of the illuminated reticle
It's nice to be able to fit the cap to the Sun shade as well.
The chunky control's are a breeze to operate too.
I don't like the hassle of needing an allen key to unlock and lock the turrets.
I'd like a finer reticle for bench use, but the reticle is acceptable for the intended application of PC.
There are some more photo's here.