Talking with a friend the other day, the subject of tactical scopes came up. “Why do they cost so much more than regular hunting scopes?” was pretty much the gist of the conversation. A darn good question, but one that is very difficult to answer because there are so many exceptions to the rule. In fact, there is no rule. Indeed, many scope makers designate some models or series as Tactical/Long Range because they share many of the same features. Continue reading Scopes – When Is Tactical Practical?
Fans of the AR type rifles have some exciting new optics selections from Nikon with the expansion of the M-223 line. These new scopes are made with a 30mm main body tube giving them a wider adjustment range and one version features an illuminated reticle making it even more effective in a low-light environment.
Both of the new M-223 are 1.5 – 6×24 and come with Nikon’s BDC 600 reticle, calibrated specifically for the .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO round with a 55 grain bullet. This gives shooters unique open-circle aiming points at 100 yard increments and additional hash marks at 50 yard intervals that allow compensation for bullet drop at longer ranges.
The illuminated reticle version can be adjusted to various brightness settings using convenient push buttons on the eyepiece and has 32 intensity levels for the orange center dot. The new M-223 scopes are waterproof, fog proof and shockproof and are covered by the Nikon limited lifetime warranty. Suggested retail for these new scopes is around $600 for the standard model and $800 for the illuminated reticle version.
Serious hunters know that first-rate optics are a necessity in the field. Nikon continues its commitment to quality optics with the all-new MONARCH 7 riflescope series for 2014. This new series features a 30mm main body tube construction and dual bullet drop compensation technology for total long range shooting versatility.
The new MONARCH 7 riflescope is offered in two variants—a 2.5-10×50 SF and 4-16×50 SF—both with locking side focus for parallax free sighting. Each also features Nikon’s Custom XR Turret package along with a glass etched BDC reticle, providing shooters Continue reading New Nikon MONARCH 7 Scope Series Feature Custom XR Turrets
Your field of view just got a bit clearer with this new rifle scope from Meopta! Hunters can now enjoy a precision scope with true 1x magnification.
This new 30mm MeoStar 1-6×24 RD is not only the first in the new R2 line, but also Meopta’s first riflescope with a 6x zoom ratio. The true 1x magnification, wide field of view, edge-to-edge clarity and illuminated reticle options of either the K-Dot 2 or 4C-RD allow for extremely fast and accurate target acquisition.
This is the perfect scope for dangerous game when every split second counts and lethal shot placement is a must. This versatile R2 is also excellent for close quarter situations on an AR platform and much longer shots depending on the caliber being used and the shooter’s proficiency.
“We are always pushing to take our optics to the next level, and this new MeoStar R2 line incorporates new innovations that are unsurpassed at this price point and, in some cases, even by scopes costing significantly more,” said Reinhard Seipp, general manager and COO of Meopta USA. “This is the first of a number of exciting new models that will be introduced in the R2 series in the months ahead.”
Meopta riflescopes are already designed to provide low-light dominance to the North American hunter, but Meopta’s new MeoLux lens coating clearly separates Meopta from the herd by providing industry-leading light transmission through the entire visible spectrum. The advanced MeoLux technology, premium Schott glass lenses and expert design enable 99.8% light transmission per glass surface resulting in 95% transmission through the entire scope. This allows hunters to see more clearly in the lowest light of morning and into the last light of evening. As with all Meopta optics, the new MeoStar delivers a crystal clear, bright image with exceptional color reproduction. Simply put, seeing better helps you hunt longer and make lethal shots safely in lower light.
Meopta engineers have also created a brand-new illumination system for the R2 series which is visible even in the brightest of daylight. This new RD8 illumination system has eight levels of reticle intensity so the brightness level of the red dot can be adjusted to accommodate the ever-changing light and weather conditions in the field – from the brightest sunshine and snow to the dimmest light.
Improved windage and elevation turrets are quickly resettable to zero and easy to grip, even with gloves on. The hydrophobic MeoDrop lens coatings ensure the highest level of visual clarity, easily repelling rain, snow, skin oils and dirt. Focal adjustment is also quick and easy thanks to Meopta’s MeoQuick fast-focus eyepiece, and the external lens surfaces are protected from scratches and abrasion by the robust MeoShield coating.
Like all Meopta riflescopes, the MeoStar R2 riflescope is machined from a solid block of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and built to withstand extreme conditions. The scope features an anodized exterior for scratch resistance and is waterproof, shockproof and fogproof for maximum performance and durability.
Two reticle options are available – the K-Dot 2 or the 4C-RD. MSRP: $1,595.00