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ViKing
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2019-06-27 16:04:56  

I'm getting ready to purchase another scope, most likely a SWFA 3-15 FFP.  But I recently watched a good review on the Falcon 4-18 X 44 and was intrigued.  I do know that they are imported by SWFA, so I am assuming they have an exclusive on that line.  There is quite a difference in price between the SWFA and the Falcon.

I'm curious if there are members here that have first hand experience with Falcon, good bad or ugly??  Any side-by-side comparisons?

Thanks for your input


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doninva
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2019-06-27 17:42:11  

I had the Falcon field target model. It was a nice scope except at high power in dark woods. Would think the lower power would be fine as the FT model was great at 25X and below. Don


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TerryVanpool
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2019-06-28 15:12:41  

The Falcon M-18+ is a far better "Hunter" class FT scope than the SWFA (imho). I have had both and now only have 3 Falcons. The SWFA only has 90° of focus wheel rotation from 10 to 55 yards where the Falcon has 180° and the Falcon snaps in and out of focus much better. The glass is equal for FT use. 

I have the FFP with .1 mil turrets.

Charter Member of "The Over the Hill Gang"


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Franklink1
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Joined: 12 months ago
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2019-06-29 00:51:29  

I have a Falcon x50- received it about two weeks ago. 

I chose the x50 after comparing a friend's x50 side by side with the Sightron siii field target version. 

The image quality is slightly better with the Sightron, but the x50 ranges better than anything else I've looked through, including the Sightron. When I say "ranges better" I'm referring to the fact that there isn't any ambiguity with the side focus wheel about CLEAR. It is very definitely CLEAR or NOT CLEAR, like a light switch, on or off. Most other scopes I've looked through were like a dimming light switch where you gradually get closer and closer to the brightest the bulb can be, or in this case, the MOST focused. In other words, it snaps into and out of focus very nicely. I valued that quality higher than the slightly better image with the Sightron. 

Don't get me wrong though, the x50 image is quite nice. It is capable of letting me see paper particles dangling on the edges of pellet holes out pretty far, 30 yards or so. 

It is also very repeatable in clicking so far. I've worked it over going the entire travel with the turrets, vertically and horizontally and it is returning to zero every time. 

If the Falcon model you are looking at is similar to my initial impressions from the x50, you won't be disappointed. 

Also looked through a cheaper falcon, I think it was an S30, one of their models in the $300-$400 range, and it also was a better image than my fixed power swfa scopes.

(I have 3 of the SWFA 20x scopes. The fact that I have 3 should give you an idea about how I feel about SWFA scopes, they are very, very nice scopes but the glass is nowhere near as nice to look through as my new falcon x50. Kinda apples to oranges, $300 to $900 models, but just for context since you're comparing falcon to swfa).

 


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ViKing
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Joined: 7 months ago
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2019-06-29 13:52:13  

Thanks for posting guys!!

I don't shoot competitively, and I'm pretty sure that's not in y immenent future.  I shoot targets at varying distances and do pest elimination.

I have had SWFA scopes in the past and love that quad reticle!  I had a second focal plane 3-15 that recently crapped out on me,  I sent it back to SWFA for credit towards something else.  I had assumed I was going to get the SWFA FFP 3-15 until I saw the Falcon M18.

 

I'm crossing my fingers that SWFA has  4th of July sale next week!


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ViKing
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Joined: 7 months ago
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2019-07-02 16:13:37  

Purchased a Falcon M18+ with the MOAv reticle yesterday.  Keeping my  fingers crossed for a Fri or Sat delivery


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Uglyjohn
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Joined: 2 years ago
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2019-07-04 07:29:46  
Posted by: TerryVanpool

The Falcon M-18+ is a far better "Hunter" class FT scope than the SWFA (imho). I have had both and now only have 3 Falcons. The SWFA only has 90° of focus wheel rotation from 10 to 55 yards where the Falcon has 180° and the Falcon snaps in and out of focus much better. The glass is equal for FT use. 

 


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Uglyjohn
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2019-07-04 09:39:56  

Terry which model Falcon M18 do you have? SWFA sells a couple of different versions including one with an illuminated reticle that caught my attention. My next scope for Hunter cl. WILL have an il. ret.!  Too many dark targets/dark woods for my old eyes. Thanks.        Uj


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TerryVanpool
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Joined: 2 years ago
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2019-07-04 10:33:57  

I have the M18+, FFP, B20 reticle. It does not have a illuminated reticle. 

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ViKing
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Joined: 7 months ago
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2019-07-05 13:50:06  

The scope came today and upon inspection, this is a high quality build.  fit and finish s great, the anodizing is great, lens clarity is very impressive, too.  Focusing works very well indeed.

 

However, after I sighted it in this afternoon, I am noticing a POI difference of 3/8" to the right from 10X to 18X at 35 yds.  Another thing I noticed is that I am unable to adjust the diopter to work with my glasses.  If I take my progressives off, I can focus to my eye.  I don't have a problem adjusting my other scopes.

Any suggestions before I call SWFA?


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