View Full Version : Don't like my Simmons 4X32 scope.

Prof Young
August 10, 2011, 08:34 PM
Gear Nuts:
So I put a Simmons 4X32 pistol scope on my new S&W 22a and it is very hard to acquire the target much less find the cross hairs. I don't know if it's too much power or just a poorly designed scope. I do know I'm not buying any scope ever again that I haven't actually held in my hands and looked through it.
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Prof Young

Te Anau
August 11, 2011, 03:05 PM
Can I assume you got a long eye relief scope?

August 11, 2011, 03:10 PM
Most scopes are made so your eye has to be about 2 or 3 inches away from the back of the scope to see through it clearly. And another thing, if you buy cheap scopes you will get poor results.

T. O'Heir
August 13, 2011, 01:51 AM
Which Simmons 4X32 pistol scope? Eye relief on a Prohunter is 11 to 12 inches. Some of 'em have 20" eye relief.
Mind you, Simmons scopes are serviceable, but low end.
"...Most scopes are made so..." Rifle scopes, yes, but not handgun scopes.

August 13, 2011, 05:41 AM
Simmons isn't exactly known for their great products. They are usually servicable but not much more than that.

August 13, 2011, 10:43 AM
Want to guess which optics company made the pistol scopes sold under the t/c brand for several decades? Simmons !!!!!!!

However, the quality of these top-tier long eye relief pistol scopes was the very best that simmons was capable of producing---no shortcuts were taken. I got this info straight from the texan (rip) who did the majority of practical r&d for mr. Thompson & mr. Center.

Want to know who my source was??? None other than clyde edgar fischer of victoria, tx. He died in july 2001.

Want to guess who makes the scopes & binoculars sold in this country under the "pentax" brand ????? Burris !!!!!!!

My personal experiences with simmons rifle scopes have been very positive, so long as you purchase one of their more expensive top-end models. However, my all time favorite brand of scope if you can afford one, are made by "burris" in greeley, co.


August 13, 2011, 11:27 AM
The older Simmons made in the Philippines were very good scopes. The new ones made in Taiwan not so good.

August 13, 2011, 01:26 PM
I totally agree with you. From 1980 to 1999, i installed a lot of simmons scopes on friends & family rifles. Everyone was either the "white-tail classic" or the "atec" models. They were all price close to the $200 price bracket. They all had 1/4 minute positive click adjustments that proved accurate movement on the paper @ 100 yards. If you moved 4 clicks, the tape measure proved the impact point had moved 1 inch. The only other brand of scope i saw that did that was "burris".

They are were installed using burris / leupold two-piece bases & low mount rings. The rings were also aligned & lapped with a sinclair lapping bar.

Everyone of those scopes held zero adjustments on calibers as large as .300 mags & not one jumped-zero after being dialed in. They never fogged nor water-logged during the wet louisiana hunting season.

Yes, the filipino simmons line was top-notch for the $$$$$ spent.