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Power Variability: Variable
Objective Diameter: 50 mm
Length/Weight/Tube Diameter: 12.5 inches/14.3 ounces/1 inch
Field of View: ? – 32.6 feet/100 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 3.66 – 4.48 inches/5.5 – 16.6 mm
Reticle: Dual-X, Ballistic X
Adjustment Info: 1/4 MOA/Click
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-coated
Finish: Black Matte
Parallax Setting: Factory-set 150 yards
Airgun rated: No
Illuminated Reticle: No
Mounting Rings Included: No
Best Uses: Big Game Hunting, Varmint Hunting, Target Shooting
Weaver Kaspa Scope Review
This 3-12X50 Weaver is from the brand’s ‘Kaspa Hunting Series’ of rifle scopes and as the name suggests, they are built with hunting in mind. The large 50mm objective lens on this particular model allows for maximum light gathering ability for your low light hunting activities. This coupled with fully multi-coated optics produces a scope that has a surprisingly good image quality and brightness for its low price tag, and while the Kaspa series has only been on the market a few years, this 3-12X50 model has a great rating online. That’s not bad for a little scope under $100.
It was a toughie to pick the last Weaver rifle scope to complete our line-up of Weaver Scopes. I wanted to see if I could squeeze in a review from the flagship Grand Slam line, but sadly, I was disappointed by the lack of enthusiasm online. I was more impressed with the Kaspa Hunting Series of scopes and for the value, I think the Weaver Kaspa 3-12X50 is definitely the way to go. You could spend a little less for the 3-9X40 Kaspa, but it’s only a little more for extra magnification and a bigger lens. Maybe some prospects for low light hunting is now in your future?
As far as the Kaspa series, there are varying magnification ranges and reticles available with the scopes. I chose the 3-12X50 model because it seemed to be the closest rifle scope for big game hunting that had some sort of decent sized consumer base.
But, “what can be impressive about a scope that costs less than your monthly electric bill?” I hear you ask? The Kaspa scope could be for you if you’re a hunter who wants an optic that can keep a zero, gather some decent light and is easily adjusted – all without dipping into the household budget.
Without further ado, let’s get into the nitty gritty to wash out that pesky skepticism.
- Multiple Kaspa models
- Multiple reticles
- Image quality
Kaspa 3-12X50 Rifle Scope Q&A:
Weaver is a long time scope company that used to be unrivaled in the tactical optics industry. But, the unique thing about the Kaspa series is who these scopes are intended for – hunters – and that includes this Kaspa 3-12X50 mm rifle scope. The official name of this line is the Kaspa Hunting Series.
The Weaver Kaspa 3-12X50, as well as all of the Kaspa models, feature the 1/4 MOA increments for both windage and elevation. Crisp and positive clicks let you know that you can get dependable accuracy when you need to get dead-on.
Yes! Although it’s not a feature that’s marketed heavily, it should be! But, “how and where” you ask? There are small grub screw slots that you can use to reset your zero point. This stiff mechanism is actually what gives the scope it’s ability to hold zero, even with repeated and heavy recoil on an AR-15 or bolt action rifle with .308 ammo.
Believe it or not, it does come with lens caps and a lens cloth thrown in. For under $100, that’s definitely not the norm. They mightn’t be the best quality around, but for what you’re spending on the scope, it’s a surprising bonus to get anyway. Great way to sweeten up the consumer base Weaver!
The one thing that all users agree on about this 3-12X50 mm rifle scope, is the image quality. Low light clarity and resolution can’t be compared to other optics in this price range. While 50mm objective bells consistently garner heat from online trolls, there have been no complaints about this scope’s light gathering capabilities yet.
While there are some minor imperfections of color glare and flaring, you can’t beat the quality you get for this price, and if it is better quality you are looking for, perhaps you need to look at a pricier scope – one of these, perhaps.
The Kaspa line has quite a few rifle scopes other than this one that will appeal to hunters and shooters of all breeds. Varmint hunting, target shooting, and big game hunting can all be enjoyed with one of these Kaspas. There is the 1X20, 2-7X32, 3-9X40, 4-16X44, 6-18X44, and the 1-4X24.
Each of these models have their own special features such as a side focus, illuminated reticle, 30 mm tube body, and even a specific turkey model with a turkey reticle.
This Kaspa 3-12X40 rifle scope is available in two different reticles.
The first is the standard duplex reticle that Weaver calls the Dual X.
The second reticle is the Ballistic X reticle that has three stadia lines beneath the center point of the cross hairs for basic ballistic holds.
While they both have the exact same retail price on Weaver’s site, the Dual X seems to be more popular, and sometimes it’s priced a little more than the Ballistic X reticle scope.
Don’t ask me why, I have no idea.
Although the 3-12X50 zooms out to 12X, it doesn’t have a side focus to adjust for parallax. Parallax isn’t an issue till about 10X plus. So, if you find you have problems with it at around 10X to 12X, just use a reliable cheek and weld method or stalk up closer on your target so you don’t have to zoom in as close.
While Weaver doesn’t specifically say what their factory-set parallax setting is, you can assume for a rifle scope that it’s going to be 150 yards. If you really want the side focus feature, the Kaspa 4-16X44 model has it.
- 50 mm objective bell for maximum light gathering qualities for low light hunting
- Available in Weaver’s Ballistic X or popular Dual X reticles
- Fully multi-coated lens for excellent clarity and brightness comparable to other big brands
- Nitrogen purged to for fog proof capabilities
- 1/4 MOA positive clicks for windage and elevation adjustments
- Backed by Weaver’s lifetime warranty
Our Verdict on the Kaspa Series Scope
According to the bull’s-eye, you can still get dead on with this Weaver Kaspa 3-12X50 rifle scope. The only reason we put image quality down as a drawback is because it’s definitely not going to be the best out there. For under approximately $100, you can expect a little bit of aberration here and there. However, most people say it’s a great scope for the price!
It wouldn’t take much more to buy up the Weaver 40/44 6.5-20X44 AO rifle scope. It’s pretty fancy with every feature it packs, and the price is a big draw card. If you want those extreme distances, the 40/44 rifle scope should be at the top of your Weaver list!
If you want an alternative in the same price range, you’re in luck. The Barska Huntmaster Pro 3-12X50 IR rifle scope (featured here) has an illuminated reticle with practically the same optical specs as the Kaspa. However, we’re not going to sugar-coat it, the Kaspa will have the superior glass versus the Barska. Compare the two if you want to know what we’re talking about.
Weaver has learned how to cater to the hunting demographic. Many first time buyers start out skeptical, but they end up with that Weaver scope on their rifle for years longer than they thought they would.