Barska Plinker-22 Riflescope Review

Barska Plinker-22 Riflescope Review

BARSKA 3-9x32 Plinker-22 Riflescope

Another scope that won’t cost you a lot of money is this one from Barska. As the name suggests, this Barska Plinker-22 rifle scope is best suited for plinking. It can also be used in general hunting applications.

It is a scope that offers 3 to 9x magnification.  It is also very lightweight and can withstand various conditions being water and shockproof.

Despite being affordable, this scope surprisingly has multicoated lenses. It is also very easy to use, with dials for both windage and elevation proving to be user-friendly.

Plus, its manufacturer generously packs it with accessories like mounting rings, lens cover, and lens cloth. Simply put, this scope can give you bang for the buck.

Barska Plinker-22 Riflescope Review


BARSKA 3-9x32 Plinker-22 Riflescope

Good built quality

One look at the rimfire scope and you’ll know that it is built to withstand the rugged outdoor conditions. It is both water and shockproof.

According to most reviews online, this scope will continue working even if it has been dropped several times. The scope isn’t that long at 12 inches. Moreover, it weighs a mere 11.5 ounces. This won’t make your rifle any heavier.

Easy to use

Unlike other rimfire scopes that can have you scratching your head because you can’t figure out how to use them, this Barska model is very user-friendly.

Common feedback coming from its users is that it zeroes in very quickly. Other reviewers like the fact that it can be mounted easily as well. And many reviewers agree that it can hold its zero for a long time.

Decent optics

This Barska scope is an entry-level unit and thus, its optics should not be expected to be mind-blowing. When used in the daytime, the scope can deliver very clear images.

The consensus is that it is very good at 50 yards at best. Expect it to struggle big time beyond that range. But if you’re just looking for a scope for plinking and small-time hunting, then this scope should be good enough for you.

3x to 9x magnification

This is a variable magnification scope. You can have it zoom to 3x and up to 9x magnification. It is thus ideal for close to medium-range shooting.

While there are some reviewers who insist that it can be useful for long range shooting, I believe it’s not that powerful enough for such purpose.

32mm objective lens

The lens of this rimfire scope is decent for its price range. With a 32mm objective lens, the scope is able to let more light pass through and this results in clear and bright images.


  • It is reasonably priced
  • It is easy to use
  • It can be used for short to medium range shooting
  • It comes with a lens cap
  • Its mounting rings are very crappy
  • The cleaning cloth is sub-par in quality

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does it have an adjustable parallax?

A: No, it doesn’t that feature.

Q: Does it fit on a weaver/Picatinny mount?

A: No it is only compatible with a dovetail mount.


Barska Plinker-22 Riflescope Review Conclusion

There’s no denying that pound for pound, this Barska 3-9×32 Plinker scope is one of the best in its class. Despite being a budget-friendly scope, it is well built and easy to use.

The optic quality is very good as well, as long as you don’t use it in low lighting conditions. It’s 3 to 9x magnification means you can rely on it in short and medium distance shooting.

Of course, you’ll have to deal with the fact that beyond 50 yards, the accuracy and optic quality of this scope suffer as well.