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Vortex Optics

Vortex Optics

A full line of glass for any budget and application.

The last two sniper matches I attended were also attended by Scott Parks of Vortex Optics. He had set up a table in the shooters enclosed area, spreading glass of every description across his booth. Guys were looking through them, doing the “ooh” and “ah” stuff. Rather than spend a couple of minutes at his table doing the same thing, I ask Scott to send some pieces for review.

Scott Parks, the company’s R&D guy, is an excellent shooter. The glass he was selling certainly does not stand in the way of his doing well. In fact, maybe that was the reason he was standing so high on the scoreboard. It intrigued me enough to spend considerable time with them. The question now is: How do I get all the glass that arrived into the limited real estate of this column?

I found Vortex has opted to hit the market with optics retailing from $200 to well over $2,000. The best of Kmart and Neiman Marcus all rolled into one? They are available on the street for somewhat less.

The monoculars are small, light and well dressed for military use, incorporating Vortex’s famous reticle and ranging system. I could not fault them. The smaller one was an 8x36mm called the Solo. The larger monocular was the 10x50mm Recon R/T, each with slightly different features.

I got two binoculars as well—the Viper 10×50 R/T and 8×28 R/T. The eyecups are fashioned to reduce incidental light from the side, and the objective lenses are protected with rubber cups that are connected to the lenses to prevent loss. The reticle is seen through the left lens, and a ring focuses it, producing a crisp, black image. The diopter adjustment is just forward of the right ocular lens.

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