Sureshot Optics SFP 2.5-15×32 SFIR
Mike Morton examines Sure Shot Airguns’ first scope, the SFP 2.5-15x32 SFIR, a compact optic with an extensive list of features and accessories
Sureshot Optics SFP 2.5-15×32 SFIR
Sure Shot Airguns is well known for supplying a host of airguns, accessories and scopes from a variety of manufacturers, and while the company has had great success with the Discovery line of telescopic sights, it now has its own brand, Sureshot Optics, with the first model being the SFP 2.5-15×32 SFIR.
Despite its lengthy name, this is quite a small scope, but at £259 it has a disproportionately large set of features and add-ons. As the name suggests, it’s a second focal plane scope that has a greater than normal range of magnification from 2.5x to 15x, potentially making it a very versatile optic for a wide variety of shooting applications.
Despite offering high magnification, in terms of its appearance it mimics some of the low-power scopes of yesteryear in having an objective lens that’s smaller than the ocular lens, these being 32mm and 40mm respectively, giving it a fairly unique look in terms of what’s commonly available for airgun use nowadays.
Its features are bang up to date, with the parallax control being mounted on the left-hand turret, and the reticle being illuminated. The package includes a CR2032 battery, sidewheel, screw-on sun shade, flip-up lens covers, scope enhancer, lens cloth and 30mm mounts.
And instead of the optic coming in a typical cardboard box, this one has a crush-resistant plastic hard case, so you know it was well protected during its journey from the factory to your rifle.
Sureshot Optics SFP 2.5-15×32 SFIR – key specs
Manufacturer: Sureshot Optics (sureshot-airguns.co.uk)
Model: SFP 2.5-15×32 SFIR
Magnification range: 2.5-15x
Reticle position: Second focal plane
True milliradians at: 15x
Body diameter: 30mm
Objective lens diameter: 32mm
Ocular lens diameter: 40mm
Weight: 609 grams
Click value: 1/10 milliradian
Eye relief: 90mm
Parallax adjustment: Side focus, from five yards
Illuminated reticle: Red, 11 levels of brightness
Sureshot Optics SFP 2.5-15×32 SFIR – the stats
The SFP 2.5-15×32 SFIR (I’m just going to call it the SFP from now on) has a 30mm body, measures 261mm in length and weighs 609g. This makes it considerably shorter and lighter than many scopes that offer a level of magnification as high as 15, and while it could certainly be mounted on longer rifles, its proportions make it a natural choice for bullpups and carbines. With that in mind, I mounted the SFP on my Weihrauch HW100 BP.
The turrets are a semi-target style and offer click-stop windage and elevation adjustments in one tenths of a milliradian. Adjustments can be made by pulling up the turret cap, making the required number of clicks and then pushing the cap back down, locking it in place.
The turret caps can also be removed and reset at the “0” mark once you’ve set your chosen zero. The locking portion of the turret has a raised slot to take a coin, but I was able to remove and refit both turrets using finger pressure alone, which could prove useful if you find yourself wanting to tweak this at the range and don’t have suitable cash to hand.
A small sidewheel is supplied to fit over the parallax control, being secured by tightening a hex screw. While a sidewheel does offer more fidelity when removing parallax error and sharpening the image of the target, in practice I didn’t see any need to fit this as the turret naturally turned quite easily.
While a tighter turret is less likely to be rotated by accident once it’s been set, I quite liked the feel of the SFP’s turret, which offers less resistance than normal. In fact all the controls were similarly easy to rotate, including the fast-focus and magnification rings, the latter having an optional screw-in zoom lever.
The IR control is located outboard of the side parallax control, and offers no fewer than 11 levels of brightness in red, making it easy to find the correct level of illumination to match the target and level of natural light.
The SFP has a body tube diameter of 30mm and comes with a corresponding set of mounts. The rings have protective tape inside, and the rear mount has an arrestor pin for use with recoiling rifles. While these mounts are perfectly acceptable,
I ended up using a set of higher mounts to get the proper head position I needed with my HW BP.
Sureshot Optics SFP 2.5-15×32 SFIR – the reticle
Sureshot Optics’ SFP has a multi-aimpoint reticle that offers true mildot spacings at the maximum magnification level of 15x. The graduations between the first two spacings beneath the central crosshair represent a quarter of a mildot at this magnification, approximately half a mildot at mid magnification of 7x to 8x and whole mil spacings at 2.4x to 4x.
The remainder of the reticle is less cluttered, meaning you have holdover markings where you need them and more of the target visible elsewhere under the reticle where you don’t.
The reticle itself is quite thin, which certainly aids precision. Some shooters may find it a little too thin in some lighting conditions. I like this reticle, but that doesn’t mean everyone will, and as I’ve said before, scope manufacturers must face a near-impossible task in creating a reticle that will please all shooters.
However, anyone who does find the crosshairs a little too thin can put the IR function to good effect, as one of the 11 settings will light them up just enough to make them properly visible, although the control has no “off” setting in between each increment.
Sureshot Optics SFP 2.5-15×32 SFIR – in operation
With any scope, but particularly those with target or semi-target turrets, I like to “shoot the box” to verify the way the scope tracks for windage and elevation, and to confirm that it makes a proper return to zero. You can do this using as many clicks as you like, but I’ve found 20 clicks to be enough to provide suitable verification.
I therefore took a shot at the bull from my normal set zero of 30 yards, then adjusted up by 20 clicks before taking a second shot while maintaining the same point of aim.
The next step was to adjust right by 20 clicks and shooting a third pellet, still maintaining the point of aim, then adjusting elevation down by 20 clicks followed by
a fourth shot, then adjusting left by 20 clicks and taking the fifth and final shot.
Sureshot Optics’ SFP aced this test, with the first four pellet holes making a perfect square, and the fifth pellet landing on top of the first pellet hole. Of course this test does require you to use a rifle that you know is perfectly accurate, but that was no problem for the Weihrauch.
I found lens clarity to be acceptable rather than stellar, with blurriness at the periphery of the field of view, and the target image not as crisp as I’d have liked. This is exacerbated at the full 15x magnification, and I found myself shooting the SFP at 8x to 10x.
One thing that this optic does deliver, though, is an ultrawide field of view, and this is particularly useful at lower magnification settings where you can scan a wider area for potential targets. At 30 yards I found I could reliably engage targets even at the lowest magnification settings.
Another advantage this scope offers is the ability to parallax down to just five yards, a claim I verified at a measured distance and at all levels of magnification. That’s extremely close for any scope, let alone one at 15x mag.
There’s a lot to like about this optic – and a lot in the box too – so you’ll need to spend some time ticking off the Sureshot SFP 2.5-15×32 SFIR’s numerous attributes to see if it matches your type of shooting.
This is a scope that’s small in stature but big on features, with its main plus points being superb tracking, the ability to parallax down to five yards and that huge range of magnification