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
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KUIU recently announced the release of its Binocular Harness System. The new binocular system, unlike most others on the market, peels down and forward from the top, allowing for simple and efficient one-handed operation. Without the use of elastic, the system fits comfortably and snuggly around your upper chest, provides even weight distribution and prevents annoying bounce and sag when running or crawling.
“We spent 2 years designing, testing and refining the KUIU Binocular Harness into the most functional system created,” explains Jason Hairston, founder of KUIU. “Our design holds your binocular tight to your chest, is extremely quiet, allows for easy one-handed operation, and is modular with two sizes to fit a wide range of binoculars.”
Like other products in KUIU’s Guide series, the binocular system, uses Toray Primeflex 4-way stretch soft shell fabric with a micro-fleece lining for quiet use. The Primeflex fabric combined with an elastic cord and Duraflex cord locks provide customized fitting to assure protection for your optics in all hunting conditions. Although the system is treated with the high performing Toray Kudos DWR, a 30 denier sil-nylon diamond ripstop CORDURA Fabric rain cover is included to ensure complete waterproofness.
The Binocular Harness System is available in Vias or Verde Camo. The large sized system weighs 7 ounces, fits binoculars up to 10×42 and is available for $79.99. The extra large weighs 8 ounces, fits binoculars up to 15×56 and is available for $84.99.
Hunting guides and high altitude or expedition hunters know the advantage of backpacking gear that is lightweight while providing the strength and toughness needed for the trail. KUIU’s new ICON PRO Series has been designed for those who require high durability and the ability to carry massive weight loads comfortably. The advanced design of the new 2014 Carbon Fiber Frame is stiffer and stronger and works in concert with our newly designed suspension system, to create the most comfortable backpack for carrying heavy weight in the backcountry. The ICON PRO Series are made with Toray Carbon Fiber, 500 Denier CORDURA Brand Rip-Stop fabric, YKK Zippers and Duraflex Hardware. The ICON PRO is incredibly lightweight, but is durable enough for the harsh treatment of frequent and extended use in remote areas. Take a look at the video for a more detailed look at the new 2014 ICON PRO Series.