I am new to scopes. I was having issues at the range this weekend with a Crossfire 2 scope that I settled for when strike eagles were hard to get. First thing, the zero was off (a foot right and 6 inches) but easily corrected. Then, the impact of the bullets would move a foot left and right when I changed the magnification between 1 and 4. I thought I was doing something wrong and threw it back in the bag for another day. When I got home I noticed the scope was bent. I looked through it and realized it wasn't bent that bad before.
My real question is, how reliable/tough are scoped ARs in general? I babied this thing (relative to non-scoped rifles I have been issued) and it failed on its 4th trip. I have had it less than year and only put about 200 rounds through it. I am disappointed but I also understand that I went cheap in case I didn't like it. Thoughts and comments are appreciated. I have worn out everyone at the office with gun talk.