You may recall that I embraced the Millett Tactical scopes (DMS-1, TRS-1, and LRS-1) scopes at SHOT Show (IIRC, I said something to the effect of they are "the best of China"), and the scopes I looked at seemed pretty tight and worth the money.
Recently, I took delivery of some DMS-1, and I was pretty disappointed in what I saw.
- Specks in the field of view. I know this is common on etched reticle scopes, but right out of the box?
- The scope magnification was actually under 1x at 1x....I mean when I cranked the scope down to 1x power, objects were definitely smaller than seen with the naked eye, sort of like looking through binocs backwards. Items appeared to be 1x when the scope was set at 1.5x.....I do not believe this was an illusion, all who looked through the scopes concluded the same thing.
- When set at 1x, there was pronounced vignetting and distortion squeezing the sight picture from the 10 o'clock and 4 o'clock positions, the sight picture in ALL samples resembled an oval tilted 45 degrees
- We had a windage knob that actually wobbled when you turned it, right out of the box
- My "ear to the ground" hears that my experience is not too unusual...
This is one example of a discrepancy between the product samples that are shown on the biggest stage in the world and those that are produced for off-the-shelf purchase. We have to call the current weather, so the Millett Tactical scopes rate a "don't buy"from us right now.
We still endorse the Made in USA Millett Zoom Dot red dot scope as a serious optic for serious riflemen. That is the lone shining star in the Millett product offering, IMO.