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Postby PRegner » Sat Jan 25, 2014 2:40 pm

I've been considering some options for optics on my newest project, and I'm seriously considering this scope for it:

PV 2-10x52 Pilade w/illuminated 1000m reticle

Has anyone used a scope from Kalinka before? If so, what are your impressions of the over-all quality of the optics, etc.?
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Postby iridium-192 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:54 pm

I have quite an experience... Lived hour of drive from Vileyka plant for 28 years ). To make it short - simple mechanics, good glass & bad electronics...
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Postby PRegner » Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:11 pm

iridium-192 wrote:I have quite an experience... Lived hour of drive from Vileyka plant for 28 years ). To make it short - simple mechanics, good glass & bad electronics...


:D I'll interpret the "good glass" portion of your reply as an endorsement on the scope (in general) then.

I've been scouring the internet for reviews, but the only articles I can find are somewhat dated, and the scopes in question are much older designs (circa 2001).
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Postby iridium-192 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:43 pm

I have one posp on my Saiga. Works well with an exception of lighting doesn't work in all modes... I'm ok with that. As far as glass, they use "lantan" glass, don't ask me what that means for I have no idea, but considered to be very cool in Russia. Also I had couple of binoculars & couple of cameras of the same factory.
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Postby PRegner » Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:02 pm

I'd never heard of lantan glass, so I "binged" it. Could you have meant Lanthanum? I had never heard of it either, but apparently it's some pretty high-tech glass used in state of the art optics (specifically lanthanum (III) oxide). Perhaps lantan is a trademark name.

If the optics sold through Kalinka are made with Lanthanum in the glass, then they are indeed state of the art, and of excellent quality.

Who would guess that a question about Russian rifle optics would lead me to a chemistry lesson. I love the internet!
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Postby iridium-192 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:19 pm

This factory is a main supplier of optics for Belarus army & one of the suppliers for Russian military. As far as I know they don't use plastic parts & all their product is military graded; all that Kalinka sells (absolutely idiotic name by the way... Means Viburnum))) is exactly the same stuff that been used now in Russian military... So far I haven't seen yet any Russian military equipment which would use anything else... My mother use to work at Soviet air force training facility when I was just a kid & all their optical equipment was made by Vileika optical plant...
I'm surprised that it is still legal in California ))) since they widely use lead in a production of a glass... ))) Sacramento just doesn't know it yet.
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Postby iridium-192 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:33 pm

Here is mine...
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Postby PRegner » Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:49 pm

That looks like a pretty nice optic. Here are a couple of pictures of the Russian scope I currently have mounted on my 91/30. The scope was a trophy brought back from Mogadishu in 1988, and was originally mounted on an Izhmash LOS-7-1.

[url=[URL=http://s1052.photobucket.com/user/PRegner1/media/FullView_zpsf6d392cb.jpg.html]Image[/url]]Russian scope 01[/url]
[url=[URL=http://s1052.photobucket.com/user/PRegner1/media/P4190038_zpsac6cbeed.jpg.html]Image[/url]]Russian scope 02[/url]
[url=[URL=http://s1052.photobucket.com/user/PRegner1/media/9130withRussianscope_zps0df6ae35.jpg.html]Image[/url]]91/30 with Russian scope[/url]

I'm going to go ahead and get the scope I linked in my first post. If it's as good as the older one on my 91/30, I should be delighted with it. I can't see the quality of the glass doing anything but getting even better.
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Postby iridium-192 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:55 pm

Pretty cool!
Here is an official site to browse around... All in English :)
Enjoy.
http://zenit-belomo.by/
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Postby iridium-192 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:17 pm

Do you know what a word "Рысь" on a side of you scope means? It means "Bobcat".
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