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Pinty is an optics company – primarily dealing in rifle optics, such as scopes – that has been around for a few years, as of this writing. Since these devices are made in China, they can be constructed relatively inexpensively without sacrificing too much on quality. (Pinty has warehouses for distribution purposes in Anaheim, CA, and Memphis, TN.)
So, the scopes Pinty offers are decent instruments for a decent price, as you’ll see if you check out two of the Pinty red dot scope offerings that I’ll examine below.
If you’re in a hurry and just want to check the pricing and availability of these red dot scopes at Amazon, you can click (or tap) the links just below.
These are just two of their more popular models. If you search Amazon for more Pinty products, you’ll find several dozen listings. Virtually all of them are currently priced at $150 or less – many at under $50.
Pinty 1×25 Red Dot Rifle Scope
Both of these scopes are 1x regarding magnification power. This means they don’t have any zoom magnification capability, like the 3-9x scopes you can read about in this review.
A 1x scope like this is often referred to as a reflex scope. The Pinty 1×25 has a red dot with 3 to 4 MOA (minutes of angle, meaning it covers 3 to 4 inches at 100 yards).
As you adjust the windage and elevation dials, each click changes the red dot by 1 MOA. The total adjustment range is +/- 35 MOA.
You get 11 different red dot brightness settings so you can adjust to any amount of ambient light and still see the dot on your scope easily.
Lenses and Housing
The 25 millimeter objective lens should let enough light pass through for you to get a good look at your target. If you tend to shoot when or where there is normally less than the optimal amount of ambient light, you might prefer the larger 1×30 model below.
The amber glass is multi-coated and is scratch resistant. If you try really hard, you’ll be able to scratch the lenses, so don’t try.
The 2.7 inch lens tube is fully waterproof due to its sealed housing. (The type of seal and gas involved are not specified by Pinty.) Since it’s sealed, it’s probably fogproof as well.
The circuitry inside is shockproof, so it should resist damage from rough handling and recoil. Current users say it can handle a 12 gauge recoil, an AR15 pistol, a 9mm carbine pistol, and 22 long rifle (lr), for example.
You get lens caps for both lenses to keep them safe and clean when not in use.
The matte black, anodized finish also resists scratches, keeping your purchase looking new for a long time.
Specifications and Mount
The scope proper is attached to a one-inch riser mount and provides a ⅓ lower co-witness. If you’re new to this type of scope or to the term co-witness, check out this article for a more complete description.
This scope fits on all standard 20-22 millimeter Weaver and Picatinny rails, making it very versatile. Unless you have a special setup, it should work on your rifle.
This parallax-free scope weighs just 120 grams (about 4¼ ounces), so it doesn’t add much heft to your overall setup.
With unlimited eye relief and a field of view (FOV) of 10.7 (yards?) at 100 yards, you’ll be able to easily home in on your target quickly.
Pinty includes one CR2032 Lithium battery that stands up to 50,000 hours of use at the lowest brightness setting. That’s well over 5 years of constant use. Since you won’t be using it constantly, expect it to last longer than that. That said, expect a shorter time as you increase the brightness.
Pinty Pro 1×30 Red Dot Laser Rifle Scope
You might at first think this Pinty 1×30 scope is just the bigger brother to the model described above. However, there are probably as many differences as similarities between the two.
Pinty suggests that this scope is “ideal for home defense, tactical enforcement, hunting, plinking, competitive shooting, or any shooting scenario where there is no need for magnification.”
Similarities include the following items.
- 1x (lack of) magnification
- Fully multi-coated lenses
- Lens caps
- Windage and elevation adjustments
- Riser mount housing (1 inch?)
- Mountable on 20mm Weaver or Picatinny rail
- 50,000 hour battery life
Also worth mentioning are the three “proofs” – water, fog, and shock. Pinty does give a little more “proof” information for the 1×30 scope. It is waterproof to a depth of 30cm (almost 12 inches) for up to 30 minutes at 45 degrees Celsius (113 F.). It is definitely fogproof as it is nitrogen filled.
Pinty further states that it has a hold recoil from caliber .223/5.56 and .308/7.62. They don’t spell out what these numbers mean, but I believe they’re saying, for example, that with a .223 rifle you would experience a velocity of 5.56 ft./lbs. of kick.
Differences between the Red Dot 1×25 and 1×30 Models
A major difference (which Pinty barely mentions) is that this 1×30 scope includes a red, Class IIIa laser at the upper right of the device. The buttons on top (I assume) are used to control this and other features. Again, Pinty doesn’t give much info here. I assume they spell it out in the accompanying manual.
The 1×30 red dot has just 2 MOA, making it smaller than the 1×25. Windage and elevation click values are 4 MOA at 100 yards. (Pinty actually sizes them at 2 MOA at 50 yards.)
Parallax is rated at ≤2. Pinty doesn’t give the units for this number.
While the battery life is rated the same for the red dot as the scope above, the manufacturer says that there is an 8 hour maximum for the laser on the 1×30.
You get just 6 brightness settings on this model, but that may be somewhat compensated for by the larger objective lens.
The housing is made of aluminum, and the unit has a limited lifetime warranty. These features may also be true of the 1×25 model, but neither is specified in its description.
Verdict on the Pinty Red Dot Scopes
Both of these scopes have good reviews from current owners. For the price, it’s hard to go wrong with either of them.
I do wish Pinty gave more information on these devices and was clearer with the info they do provide. If you have additional questions about either before making a purchase, it’s easy enough to contact the company via its website.
If the Pinty scopes aren’t what you were looking for, check out Trijicon red dot reflex scopes here.