Sig Sauer Whiskey 3 Review

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Sig Sauer Whiskey 3

Sig Sauer Whiskey 3


The Whiskey 3 rifle scope comes in five models with three different reticles (second focal plane; Quadplex (tested), Triplex; Hellfire illuminated versions optional). With such a diverse number of models to choose from, the Whiskey 3 has become a highly sought after scope by many combat and civilian users worldwide.

There are many reasons why the Whiskey 3 is so sought after, the first being it’s a Sig Sauer, so you know you are getting quality. The second is a combination of fully multi-coated SpectraCoat anti-reflective, LensArmor abrasion-resistant lenses with low dispersion bound in a rugged one-piece anodized aluminum nitrogen-filled tube. The lenses are capped for extra protection combined with the fogproof, waterproof and vibration resistant performance.

Sig Sauer Whiskey 3

The overall quality of the shot is exceptional when considering the value for money, the clarity of vision, the excellent elevation and windage adjustment and the flexibility of being great in low lighting as well as in full sunlight.

OK, so now I have finished praising this device, let’s take a closer look at the finer details before I dive into an actual hand on test for performance.

List of Whiskey 3 Models

ModelMagnificationObjective Lens Dia.Eye Relief
WHISKEY3 4-12x50 mm4-12x50mm3.5”
WHISKEY3 ASP Airguns 4-12x44MM4-12x44mm3.5”
WHISKEY3 2-7x32 mm2-7x32mm3.5”
WHISKEY3 3-9x40 mm3-9x40mm3.5”
WHISKEY3 3-9x50 mm3-9x50mm3.5”
WHISKEY3 4-12x40 mm4-12x40mm3.5”

The Whiskey 3 model series are variable-power riflescopes that come with great features, apart from the ones mentioned in the table you also get an Exit Pupil: 13.3mm (3X), 4.4mm (9X), the FoV @ 100 Yds: 33.9′ (3X), 11.3′ (9X). The adjustments are a fine 0.25 MOA, and the overall dimensions of this device are 1″ dia x 12.3″ length, and it weighs 15.7 ounces.

Sig Sauer Whiskey 3 Review

Sig Sauer Whiskey 3

As you read in the introduction, this is a sleek riflescope however you don’t really know a scope until you handle it and test in real-time. So that’s what I did, and here is what I found out.
Before I begin, I do need to tell my new readers that I have over 30 years combat experience as well as being an avid hunter with other 40 years in various hunting locations. I do not hunt for fun, I actually only kill what I will eat, or if it is going to protect a farmer’s stock. In terms of combat, let’s just say that the Middle East was my home for two wars, and I have countless hours training young adults in the safety and virtue of handling a rifle properly. Now, with that aside, lets get bac to business.

This weight balance of this scope is slightly back heavy, which is OK since it does not make to much of a difference in the overall rifle balance. The sighting knobs are located conveniently; the elevation is at the top, and the windage is on the right side. The knobs are easy to adjust even with gloves on, and each click is 0.25 MOA. The eyepiece contact is made of rubber, so your eye is given a safe and smooth view. The magnification adjustment is extremely smooth with etched grooves for easier change over between magnification. The selector notch comes with a tritium strip, so you can see your adjustments even in darkness.

Sig Sauer Whiskey 3

This model range comes with an IPX 7 rating, this means you can submerge your scope into 1 meter of water with no issues, so obviously in the rain, it will perform well too. Now, when you take off the lenses caps you immediately see the clarity of this optic. The picture is extremely sharp, colors are vivid, and the distance perception is just as good as you would find in the most expensive competitors to this range of models. Another advantage is that this model doesn’t fog, so apart from the amazing image sharpness you get great performance in all environments and conditions.
When it comes to the reticle, you have a choice, these are the triplex, the standard quadplex, the Hellfire Triplex and the Hellfire Quaplex.


So here I am opening up my box, I take out the new scope, give it a stroke-like petting a cat, and then I purr. Now, I attach the scope to my rifle, a standard AR-15, nothing complex. I actually like my Sig a lot, since Sig Sauer is a top brand in my opinion, and also that this particular model is the design child of Andy York. Andy heads (President) the Sig Sauer electro-optics division in Portland, Oregon and has over 25 years of hunting experience, so he knows the deal. Andy is the deliverer of the Whiskey3 and Whiskey5 models range.

Sig Sauer Whiskey 3

Now, when it comes to reviewing the Whiskey3, I needed to focus on what it was intended for and factoring in the price too. In this case, I chose the Whiskey3 3X-9X-40mm riflescope which is an affordable scope that delivers exceptional results, as you will find out.

So, what’s first. I have the scope in my hands, instead of mounting it immediately, I want to test it first to see if it is as good as Sig claims. What’s the first thing I do? Yup, you got it, I dropped it by accident on purpose, and I am so butterfingers today. I ended up dropping it on all kinds of surfaces many many times. Now, since the scope seems to understand my dilemma, I decided it was time to teach it a lesson, and I slapped it into the freezer for an overnight cooldown. After two days I couldn’t wait any more, I tried to forget it, but heck, it’s a Sig and its got a sexy name “Whiskey” so I took it out and felt sorry for it, and immediately immersed it in a bowl of warm water, I was hoping it would be happy and it was; no gas leaks, no cracks, no fogging, just a warmed-up scope waiting to be appreciated.

Sig Sauer Whiskey 3

So I now have a confirmed rugged scope that can be dropped, frozen and heated, what’s next? Yup, you are correct again, I test the knobs. I twist them delicately (I might be testing, but I am not an idiot) I put them through their full range of movement but do not force them. This way I can feel the turn, feel the twist and check for any roughage. I also check for clicking and try to listen for any irregularities. Guess what? Nothing, the scope gave me perfect performance. I also checked the specs to see if the clicks were equal to the 90 MOA as mentioned in the manual, and yes, there were in fact 96 MOA for both adjustments.

Now its time to rest my eyes, so the 3.8” eye relief provides more than the mentioned 3.5” which is great, and don’t think that .3” is small when dealing with eyes every millimetre is a Grand Canyon. When looking at the reticle, I found a wonderfully smooth European style quick-adjust ocular lens. This allowed me to enjoy both second focal plane reticles, the optional triplex and the standard Quadplex all of which are nicely illuminated.

Sig Sauer Whiskey 3

Now I mounted the scope, and that was easy. I decided to be clever and used a Sauer 100 rifle, and my ammunition of choice was the Hornady American Whitetail. (I have a number of rifles to choose from, but I wanted to keep it simple for now) When it comes to clarity of vision, brightness and resolution in real-time, take into consideration that everyone’s eyesight is different. So for me the optics were great, and I enjoyed the performance of the Whiskey3 optics that compared to much more expensive models.

Now I decided to zero my scope, so how did I do this? The usual way. After mounting it, I set my first target out 25 yards and let off three shots of two. I then measured the distance of my shots from the target and adjusted my scope. I repeated this until I got my scope at the sweet spot. I then moved the target to 100 yards.

Sig Sauer Whiskey 3

I took my usual bam-bam stance and hit off two shots, two shots and two shots. A total of six. I made a slight adjustment some clicks up and some clicks right and shot off another triple deuce. I got the cluster I was looking for. I then took my time, and let off over 60 rounds, where every bullet hit the mark.

I mounted the scope on a Sauer 100 rifle to see how it would perform under fire. The first three shots with ammunition printed a 1-inch cluster 6 inches low and 5 inches left at 100 yards. After adjusting the scope up 24 clicks and right 20 clicks to correspond with its .25-MOA adjustments, I fired another three-shot group. This time the bullets impacted right where I was aiming for another 1-inch group, and I knew this was a winning combination.

Sig Sauer Whiskey 3

The next thing I did was perform a box drill, heck, why not. I chose a 12-MOA box drill formation, and the scope delivered accuracy. The optical centre is exceptional, so the internal mechanism of this scope can be validated. Considering that this is not an expensive model and is manufactured in the Philippines, all I can say is, it doesn’t matter where you make it, so long as its made according to the designer’s specifications you will get quality.

Oh, just to add, since this is a hunters scope and not a combat scope, I did not jump around like a marine on heat. However, I did take it for a spin in a swamp, and this time it was mounted on a standard AR-15, it worked well, even when submerged in murky water.


Sig Sauer Whiskey 3

If you are looking for a quality rifle scope at an affordable price, then the Whiskey3 model range is perfect for your needs. With its multiple selections of power to choose from and the variable reticles, this little scope option is really a great solution for many hunters and plinkers.

Now for some of my readers that have been asking me grade 1 questions about the terminology that is used with scopes; here is a bonus chapter all for you.


Eye Relief: This is the distance of your eye is from the eyepiece.

Objective Lens: The diameter of the objective lens in millimetres. The larger the lens, the more light you get so you get a brighter picture.

Field of View (FOV): The area you can see through the scope, measured from left to right.

Tube Diameter: The standard is 1”, wider tubes are not brighter.

Parallax: How the reticle appears on the targeted object at different distances.

Turrets: The windage and elevation knobs.

Zero: When your scope and gun sight are aligned.

Power: Stands for magnification.

Fixed Power Scope: When a scope has only one level of magnification.

Variable Power Scope: When a scope has adjustable magnifications.

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