Monstrum Tactical 3×30 Rifle Scope Overview
The Monstrum Tactical 3×30 Rifle Scope is an entry level rifle scope which nonetheless provides great versatility in action as well as a rich set of performance features. The scope is shipped with a rechargeable and replaceable lithium ion battery for powering the range finder reticle, with options for green and red light illumination.
With its 30 millimeter diameter objective lens, this rifle scopes performs admirably for both close and mid range shooting. It offers very high clarity at three times magnification. The compact scope has adjustable mounting mechanism to suit variety of rifles. It also has a decent height, meaning that you can easily mount it on any rifle, including the more robust assault riffles, without the inconvenience of securing a riser underneath first.
The scope is fashioned from aircraft grade aluminum alloy, guaranteeing lightweight yet resilient build. It is also compact enough for portability purposes. The entire body has been carefully sealed to guarantee foolproof and waterproof performance in all types of weather. It bears a distinctively dark coating with optimal pigmentation to ensure it does not fade or crack from exposure to weather elements. The entire assembly weighs a wieldy 14 ounces in weight, meaning you can easily carry it with your hunting gear without inconvenience. What is more, at its longest it measures a very manageable 6.3 inches.
Range Finder Reticle
This rifle scope comes with one of the most functional illuminated reticles for entry level rifle equipment. Designed for easy adjustment, it allows for on-the-fly targeting so you can customize to suit fast changing conditions. There is a ready switch to change illumination from red to green light and vice versa. Either way, you can set different illumination intensities to counter the effect of either too much or too little ambient lighting conditions. It is however worth noting that you need not have the reticle illuminated to find and mark your targets.
If you are looking for a rifle scope that offers more performance and targeting beyond a dozen feet or so but still at a very budget friendly pricing, the UTG 3-9X32 1″ BugBuster Scope is just the choice to make. It sells for between $85 to $100 and when you check out its specs and features, it will easily be your best bargain of the year.
The UTG 3-9X32 1″ BugBuster comes with a highly functional “Mil-dot” reticle with an adjustable objective optimized for targeting between 3 yards to “Infinity”. Like the Monstrum Tactical 3×30, this scope comes with a green and red dual illumination range finder. They are also both fitted with accommodating eye relief feature. The UTG 3-9X32 1″ BugBuster eye relief is however much better, featuring full CQC (Close Quarter Combat) adjustment.
If you are shooting in inclement weather conditions, the UTG 3-9X32 1″ BugBuster offers better visibility as its interior is nitrogen filled for the best fog proof performance.
The only feature the Monstrum Tactical 3×30 rifle scope is superior to the UTG BugBuster is in the mounting. While the BugBuster comes with standard rifle mounts, the Monstrum has a more versatile mount designed to secure easily to any Picatinny or Weaver rail equipped flat top rifle.
The Bottom Line
The Monstrum Tactical 3×30 Rifle Scope represents great value for money. While Monstrum Optics is not the most recognizable brand in the riffle supplies and accessories business, the scope has a very functional, versatile construction. And when you factor in the sub $60 price tag, you have to agree it is a real steal. Unlike other “budget” rifle scopes though, the Tactical 3×30 from Monstrum offers strikingly clear views with no shadows around the edges and you won’t be distracted by shifting image projection. With easily adjustable zooming, you can focus with precision at your targets whether they are close by or at some distance. Granted, it lacks objective magnification for long range shooting but in all other performance criteria, it does measure up to expectations and even exceeds them to some degree. It has very decent ratings posted by hunters and sports shooting experts on all the major online reseller stores such as Amazon.com and ebay.com.
The Monstrum Tactical 3x30 is a functional, affordable fixed magnification scope that is good for close to medium range engagements.
- High optical clarity for the objective lens
- Very lightweight and durable
- Smoothly variable zoom
- Affordable price tag
- Accurate tracking in both poor and high light conditions
- Lacks adequate magnification for long distance targets
- Some customers find the red to green reticle illumination switch too stiff