Styrka S7 Rifle Scope 1-6×24 ST-95005 Review

Styrka S7 Rifle Scope 1-6×24 ST-95005 Review Styrka Optics provided the S7 Rifle scope for this review and it soon found a home on my Spike’s Tactical Crusader build as […]

Styrka S7 Rifle Scope 1-6×24 ST-95005 Review

Styrka Optics provided the S7 Rifle scope for this review and it soon found a home on my Spike’s Tactical Crusader build as well as a 300 BLK pistol I built for hunting in the thick North Carolina woods.

Who is Styrka? 

Styrka Optics is a relatively new company specializing in hunting scopes.  The scopes are backed by a lifetime warranty and even offer free annual cleanings.  Their product line is segmented into three groups each occupying a different price point:

I had no previous experience with their optics and the only Styrka product I have handled is this optic from the premium S7 lineup.

Styrka ST-95005 S7 1-6×24 w/ Side Focus & Plex Reticle 

This particular model from Styrka is a non-illuminated with a basic Plex reticle. This was all I needed since this scope was used on an AR pistol for hunting thick woods where most shots would be under 150 yards. Styrka also includes a side adjustment knob for parallax and a quick focus adjuster for the ocular lens to sharpen the reticle. MSRP is listed at $599.95, but can be found on Amazon for $499.99 shipped. Also of note is that Amazon appears to be selling the illuminated model for $50 cheaper.

Styrka ST-95005 S7 specs from Styrka’s website

  • Magnification: 1-6x
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 24mm
  • Lens Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated – STYRKA SXL-MAX Coating
  • Angular Field of View: 20.4°-3.4°
  • Linear Field of View: 107.1-17.8ft@100yds
  • Tube Diameter: 30mm
  • Reticle: Plex
  • Illuminated Reticle: No
  • Eye Relief: 3.8”
  • Exit Pupil: 12.5-4.0mm
  • Adjustment Gradation: 1/4 MOA
  • Elevation ADJ Range: 60 MOA
  • Windage ADJ Range: 60 MOA
  • Zero Reset: Yes
  • Parallax Setting: 10 yds to infinity
  • Waterproof: Waterproof (IPX7) and Nitrogen Purged
  • Relative Brightness: 156.2-16
  • Twilight Factor: 4.9-12
  • Weight: 18.6 oz
  • Size (LxWxH): 10.31×2.6×2.13

Styrka S7 Scope First Impressions 

Upon receiving the Styrka S7 1-6×24 scope I was very impressed with the quality of the packaging. Styrka definitely chose to wow their customers when first opening the box. It is inlaid with high gloss imagery of a scenic hunt. Some might say it is silly to spend extra money on the box, but it was definitely a good first impression, and as we know first impressions last forever. Also included with the box is a packable lens cloth, a detailed manual, and a neoprene scope cover. My only disappointment with the included items was the neoprene cover. I would definitely have preferred flip-up scope lens caps.

After removing the scope from the foam padding, I noticed it had that feel of quality to it. Anyone who has ever handled a cheap scope and a quality scope will know what I am referring to when I say you can, “feel the quality.” The anodizing was superb and has a slightly glossy finish and the zoom ring moved very smoothly. While looking through the scope for the first time the glass quality was also very clear. I was very eager to get this scope mounted and get some trigger time behind the Styrka S7 1-6×24 on my backyard shooting range.

Installing and zeroing the Styrka S7 scope

Once I got the scope mounted in an Aero Precision Lightweight scope mount, I commenced to zeroing it in on my 300 blk hunting pistol. Within a few minutes I had the scope zeroed at 50 yards and was shooting steel plates at 100-150 yards with ease. The capped turrets on the scope come with ¼” windage and elevation adjustments, which most low power variable scopes do not. I consider the capped scope turrets a positive thing on a hunting scope because it ensures your zero remains true while hiking to and from the stand. This makes it very easy to fine tune your zero for your chosen ammunition. The clicks were not necessarily audible but were very noticeable by feel. There was no play or mushiness when making adjustments. The Styrka S7 1-6×24 also has the ability to remove the adjustment dials to reset your zero. This is especially handy for shooting supersonic and subsonic 300 blk rounds. One minor issue I had while sighting in the scope was that it seems to have a fairly narrow eyebox compared to some of the other low power variable scopes I have used. However, this is an issue that can be overcome by practicing shouldering the rifle in a consistent manner. 

Hitting The Stand With The Styrka S7 

I am fortunate enough to be able to more or less hunt in my backyard. After a quick walk to my deer stand me, my 300blk pistol, and the Styrka S7 were ready to begin filling the freezer. I was not lucky enough to see a deer the first few hunts, but I was able to try out the scope in direct sun, fog, and in low light conditions. The Styrka S7 scope performed flawlessly in all hunting conditions. The Styrka ST-95005 S7 scope‘s duplex reticle remained visible in all conditions, and I experienced no edge distortion or glaring. I was very impressed. After a few long sits I finally got my chance to put some meat in the freezer. Right around 9:00 am a group 0f 8 does came walking down the ridge towards my shootings lanes and they slowly trickled into view. Once one of the larger does made it into the lane I raised my scope, zoomed into around 2x power, settled the crosshairs on her heart and made a clean shot. I watched her through the scope until she crashed about 75yds away.

Overall

Even though Styrka is a relatively new optics company, I would have no reservations continuing to use this scope on my 300 blk hunting pistol or recommending Styrka to anyone who is in the market for something more than a budget hunting scope. The Styrka brand is definitely geared towards hunters and this particular scope would not be my first choice for a rifle geared more towards a home defense or training rifle. I had no issues with the Styrka ST-95005 S7 scope holding zero while climbing up and down from deer stands. The Styrka glass was very nice, and the simple duplex reticle was exactly what I wanted for my hunting pistol. Plus, Styrka’s amazing warranty and annual cleaning services give peace of mind just in case I had any reservations about purchasing a scope from a newcomer to the optics scene.
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The Styrka ST-95005 S7 I give it a solid 4 out of 5 gears. If it came with a set of solid flip-up caps I would feel comfortable giving it a solid 4.5 out of 5 gears.

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Caleb - Firearms Review Specialist I am a teacher, hunter shooter, and I love to do things myself.