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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.)
I’ll review two of their “zoom” scopes here – the 3-9×32 AO Mil-Dot Tactical scope and the 3-9×40 Red Green Rangefinder scope.
If you’re in a hurry and just want to check the pricing and availability of either of these scopes at Amazon, you can click (or tap) the links just below.
Pinty 3-9×32 AO Mil-Dot Tactical Rifle Scope
Both of these scopes magnify your target from 3 to 9 times real life size – thus, the 3-9x in their model names.
Speaking of model names, let’s deconstruct each of these to see what it is that you’re getting when you purchase a Pinty riflescope.
Pinty 3-9×32 Scope Features
I’ve already mentioned who Pinty is and what the 3-9x means above. The “32” in the model name means that the objective lens measures 32 millimeters in diameter. The larger the lens, the more light passes through the scope tube. The more light passing through, the easier it is to see your target. 32 millimeters isn’t bad; it might be about average. It should allow enough ambient light to pass through the tube in most weather conditions and during most times of the day.
The “AO” also refers to this same lens. It stands for “adjustable objective” lens. You can adjust this lens to compensate for the parallax effects of the reticle versus your target. For a good, complete discussion of AO lenses and parallax, see this article. You’ll find that it mostly pertains to airgun and competition target shooters and tactical situations.
“Mil-Dot” (or MIL-Dot) refers to the reticle – the targeting pattern of lines – you see in the scope. It’s a fancier set of crosshairs. A Mil-Dot reticle is fairly standard. For a more in-depth discussion of reticles, check out this article. You can view the reticle in this scope in either green or red. The color you choose will depend on the ambient light. One color will look better at different times than the other, or you may simply have a personal preference for one or the other. The scope also incorporates 5 levels of brightness control.
The term “tactical” we covered briefly above, so I won’t say any more about it here. Being a rifle scope, you need a way to attach the device to your rifle. Pinty includes 2 scope rings that you should be able to connect to any 20 millimeter Weaver or Picatinny rail system.
Construction and Specifications
Since you can zoom this scope from 3x to 9x, the field of view and eye relief changes as you make that adjustment. The field of view (FOV) ranges from 13 (feet?) down to 4.3 (feet?) at 100 yards. The eye relief varies from 3.4 inches to 2.6 inches. Both of these measurements are quite good for this type of scope.
I think the lenses are fully multi-coated. I only hesitate because of the way Pinty words it. They say the lenses are “fully coated with multi-layer broadband anti-reflective coating”. That sounds the same as the traditional “fully multi-coated” to me.
The aircraft-grade aluminum tube is O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged, so it’s both waterproof and fogproof.
The tube measures 224 millimeters long and has a diameter (at its widest point) of 1 inch. Overall the scope weighs 423 grams (just under 15 ounces). It features the usual windage and elevation controls.
You get 2 lens covers for keeping the instrument’s glass clean and scratch-free. You also get a battery for the illumination of the reticle and a 6 month warranty on the device.
Pinty 3-9×40 Red Green Rangefinder
There are many similarities between this 3-9×40 Rangefinder Reticle scope and the smaller scope above. Each has the following features.
- Green and red illuminations
- 5 brightness levels
- Two 1 inch scope rings
- O-ring sealed
- Nitrogen filled
- Tube diameter = 1 inch
Since the objective lens measures 40 millimeters, that changes the FOV to 25 to 14 feet at 100 yards. Likewise, the eye relief varies from 3.3 inches to 2.7 inches.
Pinty tells us that the windage and elevation click value is “¼ MOA ¼ inch at 100 yards”. I leave you to decipher that on your own.
Besides the larger objective lens, the other main difference is the reticle style. This scope incorporates a rangefinder reticle rather than a MIL-Dot. You can see what this style of reticle looks like in the picture below.
If you need the rangefinding assistance that such a reticle provides, then this is the scope to try.
Verdict on the Pinty Zoom Rifle Scopes
Both of these Pinty riflescopes appear to be decent quality, especially for the price. They may not last for your entire shooting career, but then there aren’t many scopes – even the more expensive ones – that will.
As with their reflex scopes, I wish Pinty were a little more generous with the information they provide and a little more clear and explicit with what they do tell us. Perhaps that will change as more reviewers write about them and as more shooters use their products.