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telecast
08-19-2011, 10:04 AM
About 2 months ago I bought a Barska red dot for my Ruger MKIII. Installed it but didn't get a chance to try it out until last Sunday. Fired two rounds and the front lens fell out.

So, I contacted Barska for warranty and they gave me a return authorization number, etc. Got everything all ready to go, and I can't get the sight off. The allen head screw that holds it in is stripped and the wrench won't bite.

I sent them an email and told them what was happening, figuring I was done for. The only way to get it off is to drill the head, and that will damage the base. I waited for a response all day but none came.

Then about 7:00 last night, the guy I had been emailing back and forth with called me on the phone. He said I'd had enough trouble and to go ahead and return it. There won't be any repairs, they'll send me a new one.

That's excellent customer service these days. They could've easily walked away from this since the tight screw is probably my fault. I'll wait to reserve judgement on the product until I see how well it does, but their CS is top notch.

Oh yeah, I bought the sight at Cabela's bragain cave and it was a factory refurb, so I'm not totally surprised.

Mad Dog
08-19-2011, 02:37 PM
Nice to hear some companies still have good customer service.

sprink
08-19-2011, 09:48 PM
Barska is not close to High End, glad they will try to make you happy.

telecast
08-20-2011, 08:39 AM
Obviously. But for $100 I expect 4, maybe 5 shots before it breaks.

Mad Dog
08-20-2011, 02:53 PM
Hey I don't have any high end optics and make out pretty well.
Have a 6X18 Simmons scope on my AR-10 (.308) and can hit a
quarter from 300 yards off a bench. Think I paid $125 for it.

Bob
08-20-2011, 08:41 PM
Good deal for sure!

sprink
08-20-2011, 09:34 PM
Obviously. But for $100 I expect 4, maybe 5 shots before it breaks.
Maybe you will, after they fix it.

sprink
08-20-2011, 09:37 PM
Hey I don't have any high end optics and make out pretty well.
Have a 6X18 Simmons scope on my AR-10 (.308) and can hit a
quarter from 300 yards off a bench. Think I paid $125 for it.

25% failure still means 75% success. Hope you don't use all your good fortune on the range ;-)

telecast
08-21-2011, 08:52 AM
I used to have a Simmons 2X on my Ruger Super Redhawk, 9.5" bbl. I used it for deer hunting and silhouette out to 100yds.

One I wish I'd never sold.

telecast
08-21-2011, 08:59 AM
Well, I think $500 for a Trijicon is a little over the top for a $400 Ruger .22, it's not like I'm shooting money matches. I had a BSA on it last season, it still works fine, and talk about low-dollar, it cost me $39.00. It had a 5moa dot and was a bit blurry around the edges, the Barska is 3moa and is much sharper. As long as it holds together and doesn't move around I'm good with it.

Now, If I had an accurized Smith 41 and shooting for profit, then yeah, I could see spending real money for a sight.

Mad Dog
08-21-2011, 10:18 AM
25% failure still means 75% success. Hope you don't use all your good fortune on the range ;-)

Not at all but at 14.5 LBS this one does best on the bench.:D

Hawgrider
08-23-2011, 09:52 AM
Had a Barska.

It was Junk. It wouldnt hold a zero on a Ar-15. Dont know about customer service because I threw it in the Garbage can.

telecast
08-23-2011, 12:28 PM
Had a Barska.

It was Junk. It wouldnt hold a zero on a Ar-15. Dont know about customer service because I threw it in the Garbage can.

I've heard that. Heard the same thing about the BSA I have and it's been fine. It shouldn't have a problem holding zero on a .22.

If you look at the reviews for just about any sight that costs $100 or less they're all about the same. Makes you not want to buy any of them.

Hawgrider
08-23-2011, 02:13 PM
I've heard that. Heard the same thing about the BSA I have and it's been fine. It shouldn't have a problem holding zero on a .22.

If you look at the reviews for just about any sight that costs $100 or less they're all about the same. Makes you not want to buy any of them.Yep I had the red dot with multiple recitals. The adjustment was temperamental at best and it wouldn't stay on the paper at 50 yards after 2 or 3 shots. I had better luck with the BSA products. If the Barska is only going on a .22 it might work for ya. Save your receipt. Good luck:)

telecast
01-22-2012, 10:36 PM
Finally got it sighted in today. My league starts in a couple weeks and it's been setting all summer. Got it zeroed, ran about 80 rounds through it, rechecked it off the bench, no change. So far so good.

telecast
03-16-2012, 04:08 PM
Second report and it's doing just fine after about 800 rounds. I re-benched it to double check, it hasn't budged. Based on this and their customer service, I'd recommend them and wouldn't hesitate to buy another.

Mad Dog
03-16-2012, 07:26 PM
Good to know.