Based out of the UK, BSA has been in business for over 100 years. They are Great Britain’s oldest gunmaker and small arms manufacturer. They own a number of shooting related businesses including ammunition, shooting supplies, and rifle scopes. The rifle scope side of their business was formed in 1996 and is called BSA Optics. BSA scopes have proven to be an excellent value in the rifle scope industry.
BSA offers a number of different rifle scope models made for specific purposes, including versions for:
- Air rifles
- BDC models (Sweet series)
They are best known for their BDC (Bullet Drop Compensation) models, which offer built-in bullet drop compensation when utilized with specific rifle calibers and bullet weights. These models are unique to the industry as they allow the shooter to select a range and the scope automatically compensates for the bullet drop.
Pricewise, the BSA line of optics has rifle scope models that will fit most any budget. They have a good reputation in the rifle scope industry, and offer a decent warranty.
I’ve got 2 of their BDC models and really like both. I have the Sweet 22 in a 6X18 and a Sweet 17 in a 6X18. I have to say that I can routinely hit targets with a .22 at distances over just over 100 yards using the BDC feature. For the money, they were/are a great value.
BSA has recently started offering factory refurbished models for sale as well. These models were sent in for repair and the original owner was shipped a replacement scope. BSA takes the problem scopes and does a complete refurbishment at their US factory. Those models are then sold as new refurbs at a deeply discounted price.
Like some other popular scope brands on the market, BSA scopes are best known as more budget friendly brand of rifle scopes, but offer a very good deal for the money.