There’s a European optics manufacturer that up to now has had a low profile here in the States, but that is likely to change. I say that for two reasons: 1) they make superb products, and 2) they are priced considerably less that the prestige Euro optics. I’m talking about Meopta, a company based in Prerov, Czech Republic, which is about 175 miles east of Prague, one of my all-time favorite cities of Europe. Though you may not have heard of them, it’s not because they’re a small, Gettpetto’s workshop kind of operation; in fact, they employ 2200 skilled craftsmen within a 1.45 million square foot complex where they produce world-class optical, opto-mechanical and opto-electrical products for consumer, industrial and military markets around the world.
Meopta’s current riflescope offerings consists of the 8 models in the MeoStar R1 line, all based on 30mm body tubes, while the 7-model MeoPro line is based on 1” tubes. All feature one-piece body tubes with integral adjustment turrets. There’s also the ZD Tactical line which consists of two red dot and two reflex sights, along with two conventional scopes. Among the 17 scopes, 13 reticles are offered, five of which are illuminated. Of course Meopta also manufacturers binoculars and spotting scopes.
Anyway, the scope sent us for evaluation was a 6×42 MeoPro, the only scope among the 17 offered that is of fixed power. Why a fixed power in this age of variables? Because Meopta’s press relations person, Shannon Jackson, knew that I’m a proponent of fixed 6x scopes for general hunting, and that most of my personal rifles are so equipped. I have it mounted on a Montana Rifle Co. Timberline model in 7mm WSM. I haven’t had a lot of range time with the gun, but so far I’m impressed with the optics and the precision of the adjustments.
The one model I’m more anxious to see is a scope that was just introduced this past January at SHOT; it’s a 3-12×56 RGD with a dual zone red/green illuminated reticle. This scope has 7 levels of reticle intensity to match harsh daylight to dead-of-night conditions. The red dot illumination is most visible in twilight to night conditions, while the green is most visible in daylight. Considering its features, its MSRP of $1439 puts it about a grand less than its Euro competitors.—Jon Sundra