i see all the valid points here about "get what you pay for". Seeing as this is my 22 or target practice and maybe varmint hunting if i ever go hunting, AND the fact that my Marlin 60 was like $170, I ain't spending big bucks on a nice scope (thinking 3-5 star). I think I'll go for a simmons 22 mag based on it's features, warranty, and chuckhawks review. I like the European quick focus ring (no more lockrings!)
Could I do better? sure. I have the confidence in my shooting that I don't need top of the line for this 22.
as for this GAMO, guess i'm returning it to ebay!