Review

Vortex Viper 3.5-10x50mm Rifle Scope

Vortex Optics has made a big splash onto the scene of Tactical Scopes in the past several years with the introduction of their top of the line Razor series of scopes as well as their mid priced Viper PST (Precision Shooting Tactical) line of scopes. The Razor line of scopes is aimed squarely at the likes of Nightforce and Leupold Mk4 series of scopes and the PST series is focused more toward the lower end Mk4 and high end Bushnell Elite series of tactical scopes. We have reviews of those scopes coming in the next few months but before that we had the opportunity to review a standard no PST… Read more »

Review

Vector Optics Capricorn 4.5-14x44mm FFP

A few years back we performed a review of the Vector Optics Templar 1-4x24mm that had been sent for evaluation. We were a bit baffled why they sent a low powered optic to a sniper focused long range web site for evaluation and commented in the review that it would be a bit more relevant to send out a scope that is more focused on long range sniping. Well, this time around it was a retailer that contacted us and asked us to review one of the Vector Optics Capricorn 4-14x44mm tactical scopes. The Capricorn is much more in line with what we do here so we were willing to… Read more »

Review

Vector Optics Templar 1-4x24mm

Vector Optics contacted us several months ago asking if we would take a look at and do a review on one of their scopes. Not knowing the company or their products, we agreed to take a look. We had thought that they would send out a scope that was geared toward the long range sniping market but what showed up was a 1-4x24mm scope that is aimed more at the battle rifle market. But since we agreed to take a look and there is a role for lower powered scopes for SPRs (Special Purpose Rifle), we figured we could take a little bit of time and give it a good… Read more »

Review

IOR Valdada 4-14x50mm Tactical Rifle Scope

When we reviewed our first IOR scope, how ever many years ago, we went in a bit skeptical and were surprised with the excellent optics and robust design of the scope. No, it was not the prettiest scope in the world, but it performed, and performed well. That original review was done on an older generation variable power scope, we then brought in a fixed 10x scope of a newer generation with an illuminated reticle and was again impressed by its optical clarity and solid construction. Now we figured it was time to do another review but we wanted to test one of their newer variable power scopes and see… Read more »

Review

Valdada IOR 10x56mm Tactical Illuminated Rifle Scope

Since we first reviewed an IOR scope, the 2.5-10x42mm, we have been very impressed with their optics as well as their durable scope design. We have wanted to get our hands on some more IOR optics for review and were presented with the opportunity here with their fixed 10x56mm scope with their illuminated reticle feature. This scope is a fixed 10x scope and as such is in a bit of a different market than the variable power 2.5-10x that we reviewed last time. This scope is a brand new scope purchased through a retailer and should be a good representation of the current series of scopes has to offer as… Read more »

Review

IOR Valdada 2.5-10x42mm Tactical

Industry Optic Romania (IOR) Scopes have been around since 1936 and one of the world’s largest manufacturers or military optics, but their history in the USA is actually fairly new. They have had a good reputation for good “Eastern European” rugged scopes with excellent glass. Their flagship tactical scope is their 2.5-10x42mm Tactical model, which we were able to acquire 2nd hand for evaluation. When looking at the scope you notice that everything appears to be thick and rugged, and they truly are. Everything about this scope is built to be durable and rugged. As I mention above, we acquired this scope second hand and it had seen some use,… Read more »

Review

Trijicon AccuPoint 5-20x50mm

Trijicon is not one of the names that comes to mind when you think about Long Range or tactical rifle scopes, in fact, when you think of Trijicon you typically think of military ACOG battle sights or something along those lines. Trijicon has had their line of rifle scopes for several years now and they do indeed have a scope that is setup for long range tactical style shooting. Because Trijicon is known for their high quality battle optics, it would be interesting to see if that same high quality translates over to their day optic rifle scopes. The scope also lists some interesting features so it was worth bringing… Read more »

Review

SWFA SS 3-9x42mm FFP Tactical Rifle Scope

SWFA has long been importing the the SS 10x42mm Tactical Rifle scope, formally known as the Tasco Super Sniper, which has been a long time solid offering for the money (around $300). Over the past few years SWFA has introduced some new models to the lineup that are targeted squarely at the mid-range scope market. Some of these new models includes a 1-4x24mm with illuminated reticle and high-density (HD) glass, a new 10×42 Rear focus model with HD glass, and a 3-9x42mm FFP model for midrange flexibility. For this review we decided to take a look at the new 3-9x42mm with FFP and see how well it does compared to… Read more »