It's a tool! A very good one. Coming from a family of combat veterans whose lineage go back to the Revolutionary War. Firearms have always been part of the family throughout the generations. I mention it because my perspective is influenced from what I've been taught by them. It comes with
old fashioned values, like loyalty, integrity, trust, and listening to one's gut. For me, scopes and firearms are just tools. Nothing fancy or glamorous, just like my pots & pans.
Why Arken? Arken Optics was an accidental find that sprang from product disloyalty. Loyalty must be a two way street. My rule! I started searching to replace those scopes from a company that failed me. My LR instructor recommended several scopes. Coincidentally, they appeared in head to head comparisons to Arken? Really? None of my local area firearm dealers and sportingoods stores had ever heard of Arken. So I ordered one to take with me for an actual side by side comparison to recommended scopes, and the ones I wanted.
The EP-5 impressed everyone! Handling it and looking through the lens, all thought it was well over a $1k scope! However after mentioning the price, it became an opening for many to shoot Arken down... It was "cheap" [associated with poor quality], would easily "break" [fragile], and had an "undependable warranty" because it was a small company that could never compete with "the big boys". Yet, before disclosing the price of the EP-5, they marvelled over the lens clarity, field of view, brightness, eye box, tactility of the turrets, and FFP reticle! I did not send the EP-5 back to Arken. Instead, I purchased another, the SH-4 Gen II 6-24x50. I now own 3 Arken scopes. The EPL-4 4-16x44 being the newest. The EP-8 is next. Everything was well under my budget, and I used the difference to buy ammunition and towards building a rifle.
Thank you Arken! Keep proving the naysayers and doubters wrong. Don't let us down. A special shout out to Rugergundog for his assessment of Arken scopes, and the brutal torture tests of the EP-5. It reminded me of the old Timex advertisements. "Takes a licking and keeps on ticking!" Fun to watch.
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