Sometimes it’s nice to have options. Pinty combo scopes give shooters several options from which they can choose. The four models we’ll look at here each have a rifle scope, a reflex sight, and a laser sight on a Picatinny / Weaver mount.
Each is inexpensive, costing around $100, so you probably know what I’m going to say next. You get what you pay for. As I mentioned in the Pinty Red Green Reflex Scope Review, you need to keep your expectations in line. These Pinty combo scopes aren’t made for high-powered rifles, so don’t complain too loudly if you attach one there anyway and find it doesn’t work for long.
If you’re in a hurry and just want to check the pricing and availability of each Pinty combo scope at Amazon, you can click (tap) the links in the list below.
- Pinty 4-in-1 Rifle Scope Combo
- Pinty 3-9×32 Rangefinder Illuminated Reflex Sight
- Pinty 4-16×50 Illuminated Optics Sight
- Pinty 4-12×50 Rangefinder Illuminated Optics
Two Combos Nearly the Same
Despite the significantly different names shown in the list above, the first two combo scopes are nearly the same instrument. They each have the same 3-9×32 rangefinder scope that gives you a field of view (FOV) ranging from 13 to 40 feet at a distance of 100 yards. This 12-inch long scope lets you make adjustments of 0.25 MOA per click.
The red / green dot reflex sight may be a different style from one combo package to the other, but the specs of each are the same. It’s not a magnifying sight. It gives you 51.8 feet for FOV at 100 yards. It has 4 reticle patterns and 5 brightness levels both in red and in green.
The 20 millimeter Picatinny / Weaver rail mount appears to be the same for all four of these combo scopes.
So the only real difference in these first two scopes is in the laser. One has a red, Class II laser, and the other has a green, Class IIIA laser. So, when deciding which of these two Pinty combo scopes you want, it comes down to whether you think you’d want a red or green beam of light coming from your sight. If that doesn’t even matter to you, go with the one that’s cheaper at the time.
Two More Combos Nearly the Same
The last two combo scopes in this group mainly differ in rifle scope magnification power. The first combo includes a 4-16×50 rifle scope, and the other has a 4-12×50 rifle scope. As you can see, even there there’s not much difference. When choosing between these two, you simply have to decide if the difference between 12 and 16 matters to you.
Each is just over a foot long, and as is the case with all of these combos, you will have roughly 2 to 3 pounds (exact weight of some pieces not provided) of additional weight on your rifle. Both scopes have red and green lighting with 5 brightness settings.
Each scope also gives you an FOV of 10 to 27 feet at 100 yards, eye relief of about 3 to 3.4 inches, and windage and elevation clicks of 1/4‘ at 100 yards.
The specs of the reflex sights and green lasers of these Pinty combo scopes seem to be similar to those mentioned earlier, even though the styles may be different. When describing the green laser that comes with the 4-12 scope, Pinty does suggest that the laser works best at a distance of 160 to 330 feet. They also say that this part can only be used with bolt-action rifles. I’m not sure whether this applies to all these combo scopes, but it would seem likely that it does.
Quality Control a Question
Scanning through the user reviews of these Pinty combo scopes, you may find quite a bit to be concerned about, despite their overall decent ratings. (I think some reviewers don’t have a proper concept of the star rating system.)
Some of the more common complaints are that the scope won’t zero properly, that one or more parts suddenly stop working (or didn’t work to begin with), that something falls apart after a number of shots, and that pieces were missing that should have been included in the box.
Let’s take a look at each of these in reverse order.
Missing pieces is probably not the fault of the manufacturer, though it could be. You have to understand that Amazon uses many third-party sellers. And who knows where these sellers get their inventory from and what they’ve done with it before it gets to the buyer?
If one or more required pieces are missing, Pinty should supply the part(s) without question. I have no experience in dealing with them in this regard, so I can’t say if that’s what they would do in every case or not.
If your combo scope falls apart, you’re probably using it on a rifle that is overpowered for what the scope was intended for. Remember, you get what you pay for. You may have to pay more for a scope that your rifle can handle.
If a part didn’t work out of the box, much like the missing pieces problem, that may be Pinty’s fault, or it may not. It could depend on what a third party seller is actually selling you. In this case, I would ask the actual seller to make it right.
If a part stops working after several uses, then I’d go back to the manufacturer (assuming it’s still under warranty).
Finally, about the zeroing problem, I hate to sound like a broken record, but I think this is similar to the part(s) not working issue. After all, it is about a part that’s not working as expected. Personally, I’d go directly to Pinty on this one. If the scope doesn’t zero, what’s the point of having it?
If you look at user reviews who give these scopes full stars, you’ll often find that their comments are similar to those who give them the lowest ratings. So, you could either say that the high ratings should be lowered or the low ratings should be raised. I guess it all depends on how serious you think the problem is.
Now, all that said, this all goes back to what I wrote at the beginning: Keep your expectations in line. If you can do that, you should be happy with your purchase of any of these Pinty combo scopes.