Barska 3-9×42 Contour Scope Specs
Magnification: 3-9x
Objective Lens: 42mm
Reticle: Mil-Dot IR Dual Color
Exit Pupil: 4.6mm – 14mm
Eye Relief: 4.33″ – 5.43″
FOV @ 100 yards: 36.7′-12.5′
Tube Diameter: 1″
Length: 9″
Weight: 17.46 oz
Adjustment Click Rate: 1/4 MOA
Finish: Matte Black


BARSKA 3-9x42 IR Contour

Picking out a decent scope for my AR-15 at a decent price can be a challenge at times. It’s nice to have a change in scopes every once in a while, but the journey to find one that lives up to all my expectations can by a huge struggle.

After a couple failed attempts at finding a satisfactory scope, I finally decided that I will never be happy with any scope other than a Barska scope.

Barska’s whole product range is designed using the most up to date optical technology, letting any novice or professional enjoy hunting to the greatest capacity. Every optic released by Barska is manufactured to the highest specifications, by leading manufacturers.

Many of their scopes are built with a variation in coating options, also built with high density, optical glass and prisms. Every new product line and scope that Barska comes out with is always designed by a professional team of experts whose only goal it to create new and innovative products.

Customer service is an important part to any business I have never experienced more exceptional customer service than I have with Barska.

The Barska Contour Riflescope that I got for my AR-15 has truly been a pleasant surprise for me. There are so many characteristics that I have found in this scope that I couldn’t find anywhere else for such a decent price.

First of all, the 42 mm objective lens magnifies all the way from three to nine times and has a surprisingly long eye relief of 3.9 inches. I have had a lot of issues in the past with finding a scope with this much eye relief so this is a big bonus for me.

I am able to hold my head back far enough so that I don’t get hit in the face when I fire my rifle while still being able to see clearly with absolutely no distortion or seeing a fish eye effect in the scope.

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Most high quality scopes that I have dealt with in the past have been very heavy and bulky, but with this Contour Riflescope, that is not the case.

I have finally been able to find a compact, lightweight scope that is also structurally sound and built very well which helps to provide extremely precise accuracy, which is almost impossible to find in a scope this size.

The entire scope is also completely fog-proof and water proof so even when you get stuck out in the rain or less than ideal weather conditions, your eyesight won’t be affected when using this scope.

I know personally I have used this scope multiple times in pretty hard rainfall and I have experienced absolutely no problems with the waterproofing of this scope.

As stated before, the quality of this Contour riflescope has surpassed all of my expectations and that did not change when it came to zeroing it in. I zeroed this scope in with my AR-15 rifle at 100 yards and as expected, it was way off to start.

Thankfully, this was a quick and easy problem to adjust. In only 60 rounds, it was fully zeroed in and I was able to hit a three inch target over 90% of the time.

While shooting these rounds, I was using a 6x or 9x zoom which proves the excellent quality of the zoom. Also, this scope stays at zero very well as I have not had to do any adjusting throughout any of my hunting excursions.

Even when it is excessively windy, there is still no difficulty in hitting 3-5 inch groupings from 100 yards away! This scope has more range than most scopes in this price range so I would recommend this to anyone who can’t afford a more expensive scope but are not willing to give up necessary functions of a great scope.

A little word of advice though; when ordering this scope, do not order any rings ahead of time! Even for the small price paid for this scope, the picatinny base rings come already mounted on.

The rings use a screw on the side so that gives you the ability to take them on and off as desired. Just to be on the safe side, I recommend tightening the screws super tight just in case they loosen up while shooting, especially with a high caliber rifle.

Along with the rings that come with this scope, you also get bonus scope caps which typically would not be included for such a miniscule price. One of the caps is clear and one is a shade of yellow.

This contour riflescope features fully-coated optics along with illuminated reticles which allow for enhanced performance. The optics are incredibly clear and crisp, even in full zoom which is very uncommon for a scope in this price range.

The crosshair illuminates in only red so you don’t get much options as for that, but at least it goes red! As a little bonus, you receive a cleaning cloth with the scope with definitely will come in handy.

I would consider this a great scope when searching for a bargain deal because you get so much for your money!

Nobody ever said you had to pay a fortune to get a scope that works great in all conditions. Whether it is rainy, foggy, sunny, or dusk, this scope works well in all conditions and is very versatile.

This scope has a very wide range compared to other scopes for this price, although it does work best anywhere from 25 to 100 yards. I love the compact, lightweight quality of this scope which makes it easy to use in any circumstance.

Overall, I couldn’t find many negative things in this scope that would affect anyone’s decision to want to use it. Great price, high quality, and very versatile; what else could you ask for?

This scope best compares to the other 3-9x scopes that we’ve reviewed, the UTG 3-9×32 CQB and the Monstrum 3-9×40 Tactical.

Out of the three this Barska has the largest objective lens, good for increase light, but also makes it the heaviest. All three have illuminated reticles so it’s a toss up there. Check out the other reviews to see where they stack.

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