Our SWFA SS 10×42 tactical riflescope almost needs no introduction. As one of our best sellers, it’s both a customer and employee-favorite and we get questions every week about its capabilities and which variation is best. So we thought it would be helpful to put together this handy guide that explains the differences of each 10×42 model, so you can make the best choice for your shooting needs.
High Density (HD) Model
Our high density model provides the best image and most user-first design, but at the highest price point.
This scope is a fixed 10 power with a 42 millimeter objective with our patented MIL-Quad reticle, featuring 5 mils per revolution and 1/10 mil click adjustment value. To correct for parallax and maintain a streamlined design, this model features a rear focus so the user can correct where the power selector ring would normally be.
Unlike our non-HD models, this scope features exposed turrets and elevation windage. One center screw connects through the top of the turrets so that when you locate zero, you can reset the turret cap easily to correspond accordingly.. While still tactile, the adjustments on this model don’t have the audible click you might expect.
The most distinguishing feature on this scope is the eyepiece. The HD lenses have superior image quality, better clarity and contrast, and a better platform for extended use. The HD model is perfect for shooters who plan to look through the eyepiece for extended periods of time, as you won’t notice the eye fatigue like you would with an inferior optical system.
In addition to its exceptional glass quality, the dial turn offers an extremely fine focus. The entire eyepiece is your dial for adjustment, providing a wide range of options for you to fine tune your reticle while looking through the optic. The view is clean, crisp, and tack-sharp, entirely modeled around the user. Plus, this model includes a locking ring so you can lock your dial turn in place after obtaining your perfect position.
Last, but not least, the finish on this scope is absolutely flawless. The exterior has a sheen, polished finish, as opposed to the standard matte finish that non-HD models feature. Considering other scopes with this level of visual quality are normally priced between $1,000 to $1,400, this product is a great value for what you’re getting.
Available with both an MOA and MIL-quad reticle, you can choose whichever suits your preference and the exposed turret will correspond. If you choose the MOA option, this scope features an ample amount of internal adjustment with a 30 mm tube and a quarter MOA click value with 15 minutes per revolution.
People tend to overcomplicate or over-exaggerate how complicated tactical riflescopes are. In a nutshell, if you can read your reticle, identify how much you missed by, and adjust your turrets accordingly, you can handle a tactical riflescope.
Each hash mark features 1 MOA and the quadrilaterals indicate every ten minutes for quick reference. At the middle of the reticle, there’s a fine dot. The first hash mark past the dot that you’ll encounter is a short hash mark featuring odd numbers (1 minute of angle) and the longer hash mark features even numbers (2 minutes of angle). As you go out and continue down the graduations, it increases by 10s, but the quadrilaterals remain for fast identification.
Similar to the HD version, the rear focus on this scope will correct for parallax from ten yards to infinity.
This eyepiece is fast focus but more coarse than the HD version, making it essential to utilize and adjust it effectively to take full advantage of its capability. Featuring a range of -1 to +2 dial adjustment, this eyepiece is pretty broad and will cover most people’s eyesight. To correct, use the graduations to determine the amount you missed your target by, make adjustments to to windage and elevation, and shift corresponding to your point of aim.
The rear focus provides a lot of the same benefits as the HD version, but without the superior optical quality. For someone who needs a quality scope that bridges the gap between hunting and beginner competitive shooting, this scope is an amazing value for its quality and versatility.
The MOA scope features almost all of the same elements as the rear focus option, with the exception of where the focus is located. The side focus makes this reticle perfect for shooters who need a tactical advantage. Law enforcement, military trainers, and elevation or predator hunters will appreciate the convenience of the side focus, which allows you to determine your point of aim without breaking contact with your target or silhouetting yourself and exposing your location to other people or predators nearby. For any shooter who needs to maintain a low profile, a side focus is non-negotiable or else you risk putting yourself and your team in danger.
The MIL version of this scope almost mirrors our SWFA SS 3-15×42 scope. To learn more about that model, read our previous product feature on this scope. The core difference between the two is that this scope doesn’t feature variable power. Instead, the reticles on this fixed model are second focal plane reticles. Luckily, we have etched the reticle for the power used, so our second focal planes have first focal plane characteristics. The MIL model features 110 MIL radiant with 5 MILs per revolution.
The MIL-quad is much more coarse than the MOA. From the center, you’ll find one hash mark in either direction and then you’ll encounter quadrilaterals at each MIL, as opposed to every 10 like in the MOA model. Unlike other MIL dot models that feature filled in circles that can obscure your target from far away, this MIL-quad features a skeletonized dot, so your target is in plain view and you can take more discernible action.
It’s worth noting that none of the SS 10×42 variants feature zero stop capability or illumination.
With five different variations, there’s an SWFA SS 10×42 model perfect for every shooter out there. For more information on products, pricing, or attachments, visit the SWFA website or give us a call at (972) SCOPE-IT.