It's probably a rehashed version of the old Night Eater version of the Diamond that had cruddy glass...maybe not, looks like the Sightron is gonna be the flavor of the day/year for the class and price point that the Diamond held for years...
The first production models are now in stores in the UK and some guys have just received them. I contacted the Falcon resellers here and I'm hearing June/July timeframe. Initial price looks like about $600-$625 (they are 399GBP in the UK).
Falcon, long awaited...but what is their After Point of Sale Support Like?
May 11 2011, 1:51 PM
Who is the US Importer and will they service these scopes, replace them or is the owner of the dead scope in need of having to ship the scope to UK on their own and "HOPE" they will ship one back over the pond to the customer?
Be nice if Hawke would take this market and run with it. I'm agonizing over a big FT scope and esp. now the the Nikko situation is in limbo it seems like there is a gaping hole between high end and low end at this point.
Where I'm learning to shoot FT - come check it out!
Last December while talking to someone with full knowledge on this matter (that will remain nameless), Was informed the reason why L.S. decided to discontinue importing the Diamonds was their very low yearly sales volume, their expectation was for sales of hundred per months and in reality they sold perhaps 100 or so a year. Also another pressing issue was the fact that were having lots of large magnification Nighteaters returned due to clarity, side wheel and turrets failures. This scopes were economically priced and a favorite among airgunners, but they weren't designed for heavy or constant cycling of the turrets or focusing or larger side wheel, as well as the lens clarity were sort of marginal on the larger magnifications. So the decision was made for Nikko to sort of combine products and go after the powder burners benchrest business, Nightforce comes to mind. They took the existing Targetmaster platform and improved the turret and focusing mechanism, but s[ecially in the lenses, since the manufacturer had integrated a new lens coating technology that offered far superior coatings quality, thus superior optics quality.
I bought three targetmaster from the 1st production Nov 2010 run and the lesser magnifications are a hit, their clarity and focusing its equal to a scope worth 2 or 3 grands. In the case of the 10-50x60 had a distance error and some sort of clarity issue, so its going back, but a good friend with the same size its very pleased, the focusing and clarity its equal if not better than the Green Cap Diamonds, perhaps a got a fluke with that one, so lets see what comes on the next. The down side of the Targetmaster are the Non-Target (non-traveling) turrets in comparison ot the Diamonds, since all the movements is done internally, this can be an inconvenience, but there are ways to work around this, by means of a turret wheel with a provision for a hard stop fixed to the tube body.
If the clarity and focusing are not an issue for the Targetmaster 10-50x60 scope this is a winner in my book since the discount houses have taken a $514- MSRP scope and are selling it for about $400- dollars.
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