Pride-Fowler’s CQB Riflescopes

Making hits quickly at many ranges.

The hills are alive with close quarter battle scopes. A trip on the Internet reveals we are drowning in them. It is interesting to note the many differences. While most do the same thing, the people writing the specs manage to make them slightly different, particularly the reticle. Are they useful? I tend to think those from Pride-Fowler Industries (PFI) are.

For a particular and varied purpose, I have several impossible demands in a scope. It must have a reflex sighting system that allows shots at very close range. It must have the ability to sight and hit targets from 0 to 600 yards. It must have the ability to range. It must have a means of adjustment for wind. It must have illumination. And it must have the ability to do all this without using the elevation and windage turrets. PFI offers exactly that in their RR-CQLR-1 1-4x24mm.

How PFI managed to do all that is an American exercise in innovation. The more I use the scope, the more I am impressed by their thinking. They started with their now well-known Rapid Ranging System, which is currently being used by Zeiss as well. Lines, which I commonly call hashmarks or bars, are spaced below the main, horizontal crosshair. They are progressive subtention lines spaced in a pattern to accommodate the ballistic path of the .223, .308 and other cartridges matching those ballistics at specific velocity ranges. That is a marketing strategy I have some difficulty with. While it appeals to many, it may be a turn off to anyone using a different ballistic path and velocity. The truth is: the system will work just fine with any ballistic path at any velocity. I don’t have the real estate in this article to explain that, but trust me.
By Jacob Gottfredson

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