The Far Shot

Using Tactical Long-Range Riflescopes

Optics used by tactical long-range shooters should be reliable, tough and highly flexible as well as possess superior optical glass. Those specifications don’t often come with an inexpensive price tag. On the other hand, if you are faced with an enemy, or even competing, you want the best that can be had, either from your department, your unit or your wallet.

You’re on the 400-yard line. Each competitor has been given a number, and one of the many targets on the line has yours written on it. You squint at the targets, trying to decide which is yours. The numbers seem light, gray and almost indistinguishable. The event is timed, and you are getting a bit antsy, then nervous and, finally, downright frustrated trying to find yours.

That scenario indicates a lack of fine resolution as well as poor contrast. And it is not an uncommon situation. But for those willing to put out the bucks, and depending on your visual acuity, there are manufacturers who have taken the time and effort to produce “best in class glass.” Among them are Leupold’s Tactical Mark 4 ER/T series, Nightforce’s NXS, US Optics’ T-Pal series, Premier Reticles’ Tactical, Schmidt & Bender’s PM series, Zeiss’ Tactical and Hensoldt.

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