This year, manufacturers focus on refined glass that can be used up close or way out there
By Robert Sadowski
The trend of MSR-style rifle optics continues this year with more refined sights being introduced by many brands having either close-to-medium- or long-range capability. This glass is designed for LE and military operators, but 3-Gun competition shooters and those gunning for zombies are sure to take interest, too. Well- known brands are offering new products and fine-tuning their well-established product lines with refinements, all the while keeping price points low.
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Designed for ground-based night operators, the new TTWS (Tactical Thermal Weapons Sight) comes in three models: TTWS Light, with a 30mm lens; TTWS Medium, with a 50mm lens; and TTWS Heavy, with a 100mm lens. The TTM-14 is a compact thermal-imaging monocular that fits in the palm of a user’s hand. Lightweight at 12.5 ounces, this mil-spec device can be attached to a helmet or a firearm. (800-910-2826; atncorp.com)
Two high visibility tactical firearm illuminated sights, the TWLLRCP (SRP: $104.95) and TWLLGCP (SRP: $145.95), combine a 160-lumen LED flashlight and a red or green laser sight, respectively. Both feature a two-in-one mount that fits any 1-inch or 30mm tube (954-581-5822; bsaoptics.com)
The AR Optics line includes six new rifle-scope configurations. The 1–4x24mm comes with an illuminated (SRP: $299.99) and non-illuminated reticle (SRP: $199.99). The 2–7x32mm (SRP: $149.99), 3–9x40mm (SRP: $179.99), 3–12x40mm (SRP: $199.99), and 4.5–18x40mm (SRP: $299.99) rifle-scopes all feature non-illuminated reticles. The AR Optics line also features three bullet- drop compensating reticles: DropZone-22, DropZone- 223, and BTR-1.
The Scout DX 1000 ARC laser rangefinder (SRP: $299.99, black; $319.99, Realtree Xtra) provides accurate distance readings from 5 to 1,000 yards with +/- half a yard precision using the E.S.P. processor, which gives faster and more precise distance readings. The Fusion One Mile binocular line combines optics with a laser range- finder in three configurations: 8x32mm (SRP: $999.99), 10x42mm (SRP: $1,199.99), and 12x50mm (SRP: $1,299.99). The Fusion One Mile line has distance-measuring capabilities from 10 to 1,760 yards, and offers BAK-4 prisms with PC-3 phase corrective coating for superior resolution and clarity. Designed with Team Primos, the Truth laser rangefinder (SRP: $199.99) offers hunters 5- to 850-yard ranging performance. In bow mode, it features Angle Range Compensation (ARC) technology, providing bowhunters with the true horizontal. (913-752-3400; bushnell.com)
The 3D/ED Series binocular line now includes the TD-842ED 8x42mm (SRP: $395) with high-definition lens coating for better depth and dimension viewing. The binoculars are ergonomically designed, for easy, comfortable use. (631-963-5000; carson optical.com)
The LG-401 Lasergrip (SRP: $399) for 1911 platforms now features a green laser, which is more visible to the human eye under brightly lit conditions. The diode is built into the right grip panel for a compact, snag- free design. (800-442-2406; crimsontrace.com)
Two affordable scopes for zombie hunters are the Zombie Sniper 3–9x40mm scope (SRP: $75), which features a mil-dot reticle with dual red and green illumination, and the Zombie Sniper fixed-power 4x32mm (SRP: $35). (800-724-7486; crosman.com)
The CMR-AK762 (SRP: $459) is identical to the CMR1–4x42mm scope, except the reticle is calibrated the 7.62x39mm cartridge and is designed to mount easily on AK/SKS rifles. The reticle will also work with the .300 BLK and .300 Whisper. (888-445-8912; hi-luxoptics.com)
The T30 Series scopes, a 3–9x40mm (SRP: $379.99) and a 3–12×44 (SRP: $439.99), are compact tactical scopes with engraved ballistic reticles. Both feature a fast-focus ocular lens and turrets with 1⁄4-MOA adjustments. The Sight Pro TR (SRP: $219.99) is a tactical red-dot sight with a 35mm tube and four reticle patterns. The M30 series of scopes now includes a 10–40x52mm (SRP: $749.99) model with a dual illuminated mil-dot reticle. (305-262-5668; konususa .com)
The TSN-IP4S iPhone Adaptor allows a user to attach an iPhone 4 or 4S to either 88/77 series scopes and BD/SV/YF series binoculars. (800- 966-5692; kowa-usa.com)
The ND5 green laser illuminator has been compacted to the ND5 Subzero Mini (SRP: $199.95) with an adjustable beam that illuminates up to 400 yards. The ND1 Subzero (SRP: $199.95) illuminates up to 100 yards and is designed for night hunting. (954- 581-5822; lasergenetics .com)
The Geovid HB-D 8×42 and 10×42 laser rangefinder binoculars bring two scouting tools together as one. They feature ABC (Advanced Ballistic Compensation) that provides proper aim point matched to a cartridge’s ballistics. Twelve ballistic settings are built in, plus they take an SD card so a user can program and save custom ballistic data. (516-858-1262; leica-sport optics.com)
The VX-6 line of rifle- scopes now includes a 3–48x44mm and a 3–18x50mm. Both feature side focus, Xtended Twilight, DiamondCoat 2 lens coatings, and the Custom Dial System (CDS), which utilizes custom turret dials calibrated to a user’s cartridge ballistics. They’re available with either the FireDot Duplex or the Illuminated Boone and Crockett Big Game reticle. The 50mm objective also offers the FireDot 4 reticle. (503-526-1400; leupold.com)
The MeoPro rifle-scope line now features three additional models: a 3.5– 10x44mm RedZone, a 3.5–10x44mm, and a 3–9x50mm. The 3.5– 10x44mm RedZone offers seven levels of reticle illumination. Both 44mm- objective models feature four reticle options: 4C Illuminated, No. 4, Z, and BDC. All three scopes are made in the U.S. and their optics are TO2 (Twilight Optimized Optics), designed to deliver high light transmission.
The premium 3–12×56 RGD DualZone, manufactured in the Czech Republic, has a red/green dot 4C illuminated reticle in the first focal plane. The MRAD reflex sight offers rapid, parallax-free target acquisition for many firearm platforms—from pistols and shotguns to MSRs and rifles. Reticle options include a 3- or 5-MOA dot with eight illumination levels. The body is machined from a block of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, and it runs on two CR 1632 batteries for up to 2,000 hours. The MRAD Micro is a compact red-dot sight with either a 3- or 5-MOA dot with five intensity levels. MeoCap flip-up eye- piece covers not only protect binocular lenses, but they also form a shield against the peripheral light that can enter between a user’s eyes and the binocular. (631-436-5900; meoptasportsoptics.com)
The ZV 3 line of entry-level rifle-scopes launches with a 3–9x40mm (SRP: $269) model that features multi-coated lenses, 1⁄4-MOA turret adjustments, and a lightweight aluminum tube. Reticles options include the Mino- Plex and BDC. (866-469- 3080; minox.com/usa)
The 5–25x56mm ATACR (Advanced Tactical Rifle-scope) features a 34mm tube, 120 MOA of elevation adjustment, an ED lens for improved light transmission, Hi-Speed adjustments, and ZeroStop elevation adjustments. It has a second-focal-plane reticle design that uses either the MOAR or Mil-R proprietary illuminated reticles. A 15–55x52mm Competition scope employs ED glass and a second-focal-plane reticle design with either the CTR-1 or DD non-illuminated Competition Dot reticles. A side-mounted parallax adjustment focuses from 25 yards to infinity, and it features a new fast-focus eyepiece. It has 1⁄8-MOA adjustments (5 MOA per rotation), allowing a total of 65 MOA elevation and wind-age travel.
(208-476-9814; nightforce optics.com)
The Monarch 7 binocular series in 8x42mm (SRP: $479.95) and 10x42mm (SRP: $499.95) offers flat, crisp viewing built with a balanced, lightweight design. Weight is 22.9 and 23.3 ounces, respectively. (800-248-6846; nikonsportoptics.com)
The Phantom 4x60mm Gen 3 rifle-scope, the “aviator-style” Edge 1x21mm Gen 3 binocular, and the Challenger 1x21mm Gen 3 monocular are all manufactured in the U.S. They are sensitive to low levels of visible and near-infrared light, and provide higher resolution than Gen 2 devices. Designed for night surveillance, the Recon 550R monocular allows users to record still images and videos onto an SD card. (817-225-0310; pulsarnightvisionusa.com)
The Triple Duty 6–25x56mm riflescope is designed for setting up long-range shots from between 500 and 1,000 yards. It is available in duplex, illuminated circle dot, and mil-dot reticles, and it has oversize turret knobs that lock and feature 1⁄4-MOA click adjustments.
The Solitude line of roof-prism binoculars feature BAK-4 prisms, rubber- armored bodies, and twist- up eye-cups. Three models are offered: 7x36XD, 8x42XD, and 10x42XD. The Night Raider 3x60mm Gen 1 night-vision rifle-scope is designed for night hunting. It has a built-in IR illuminator to enhance viewing capability housed in a titanium body. The two-color range-finding reticle allows a hunter to detect the target up to 200 yards away in the dead of night. (877- 431-3579; sightmark.com)
The ATX/STX spotting scope is a modular design that allows up to six different configurations. Two eyepieces, the ATX angled eyepiece (SRP: $2,421.11) and the STX straight eyepiece (SRP: $2,421.11), attach to three objective modules in 65mm (SRP: $979.67), 85mm (SRP: $1,721.11), and 95mm (SRP: $2,110.00). The zoom and focusing rings are next to each other and can be operated with just one hand. They all feature Swarovision technology, which provides sharp, clear images. (800-426-3089; swarovskioptik.com)
The nitrogen-filled and fogproof Endeavor HD and XF spotting scopes utilize
a rubber-armored magnesium body. The optical system employs extra-low- dispersion glass to ensure accurate color rendition and virtually eliminate color fringing; the multicoated lenses feature BAK-4 prisms. Three eyepieces are available: 65mm angled, 65mm straight, and 82mm angled. A built-in sunshield is included. SRP: $589.99 to $689.99, HD; $389.99 to $489.99, XF. (800-875- 3322; vanguardworld.com)
The Razor HD binoc family now includes a 10x50mm and 12x50mm. Like other Razor HD models, they feature an open- hinge design with a rubber- coated magnesium chassismand HD lens. The Razor HD Gen II 1–2x24mm rifle- scope is designed for short- to medium-range tactical or competition shooting on MSR platforms. It uses the Jerry Miculek–designed JM-1 BDC reticle with illuminated dots and ballistic hashmarks for distances from 20 to 600 yards. It is calibrated for .223/5.56mm and .308/7.62mm ballistics. The Razor HD 50mm and 65mm spotting scopes use HD glass for bright, crisp, and clear viewing. Constructed of rubber- coated magnesium bodies, these spotting scopes feature a 20–60X power angled eyepiece with coarse and fine adjustments. (800-426-0048; vortexoptics.com)
The KASPA-Z 1.5–6x32mm Zombie scope (SRP: $299.95) is built for dispatching hordes of the shuffling undead. It features a 30mm tube and illuminated Z-CIRT (Zombie Close Intermediate Range Tactical) reticle. (608-836- 0922; weaveroptics.com)
The Conquest HD 8x32mm (SRP: $944.43) and 10x32mm (SRP: $999.99) are lightweight, compact binoculars ideal for bowhunters and all- purpose use. They use the same HD lens system found in 42mm Conquest HD models. (800-441- 3005; zeiss.com)