May 26, 2023
By Shooting Times Staff
The Shooting Times New Guns and Gear Optics Roundup includes 14 tools this time to help you maximize your shooting accuracy. You'll find riflescopes, rangefinding binoculars, micro red dot reflex sights, and other optics to help you quickly find your target. Whether you're looking for a top-of-the-line precision riflescope or a high-quality utilitarian red dot sight, you will find all the details you need to make an informed decision on your next optic purchase.
New for 2022, Trijicon has a commercially available version of the Variable Combat Optical Gunsight (VCOG) 1-8X 28mm Squad Common Optic. It’s functionally identical to the current U.S. Marine Corps Squad Common Optic (SCO) VCOG with minor cosmetic changes to the external laser-etched markings.
Features include a forged 7075-T6 aircraft aluminum-alloy body, tethered turret covers, Tenebraex flip caps, an integrated base and LaRue Tactical LT799 mount, a first-focal-plane illuminated reticle, and fully multi-coated lenses.
Bushnell’s new Fusion X 10X42mm Ranging Binocular features the “first of its kind” ACTIVSYNC display technology that “morphs from black readouts against bright backgrounds to red readouts against dark backgrounds, with infinitely variable tones.” It is IPX7 waterproof, submerged at 1 meter for 30 minutes without compromising the integrity of the glass or the electronics. And it is capable of ranging up to 1 full mile with +/- 1 yard accuracy. The binocular weighs 35 ounces and is 7 inches long.
SIG Sauer’s new ROMEOZero ELITE micro-open reflex sight is optimized for concealed-carry pistols and has a scratch-resistant, distortion-free glass lens; a proprietary carbon-infused ruggedized polymer housing; an enhanced steel shroud; eight daytime illumination settings; and a glow-in-the-dark backup rear sight. It uses the RMSc footprint and a CR1632 battery. Reticle options are a circle dot (32-MOA circle with 2-MOA center dot) and a standard 3-MOA dot only. The sight is 1.6 inches long, 0.98 inch wide, and 1 inch tall. It weighs 0.5 ounce.
MSRP: $230 to $260
Built to enhance the versatility of AR-type rifles, Vortex’s new Strike Eagle 1-8X 24mm FFP has a first-focal-plane EBR-8 illuminated reticle specifically designed around .223/5.56 chamberings, an HD optical system, fully multi-coated lenses, an aircraft-grade aluminum 30mm tube, and a new-style throw lever. This scope measures 10.4 inches long and weighs 23.9 ounces. The eye relief is 3.9 inches.
The new Patrol 6HD 1-6X 24mm from Leupold, which includes the company’s Professional-Grade Optical System, is offered in two versions. Both have 30mm main tubes, second-focal-plane reticles, and 0.25-MOA adjustments. One has a traditional capped elevation dial and an illuminated FireDot Duplex reticle. The other has the CDS-ZL2 dial system that allows for two full turns of elevation adjustment and the illuminated CMR2 reticle. They are 10.8 inches long and weigh 16.2 ounces.
MSRP: $1,400 (FireDot Duplex), $1,500 (CMR2)
As part of Leapers’s 30th anniversary this year, the company has introduced a higher-tier riflescope line called INTEGRIX. Using the knowledge the company has gained over the decades, these scopes represent the pinnacle of Leapers’s optics. New FFP and SFP reticle models are included, and they feature German and Japanese multi-coated lenses, red and green illuminated reticles, multi-coated lenses, lockable and zero resettable turrets, and 34mm main tubes. Rigorously tested for optimal optical quality, the new INTEGRIX line includes 1-8X 28mm, 3-12X 50mm, and 3-18X 44mm models.
MSRP: $1,300 to $2,200
Designed for long-range competition shooting and PRS matches, the new Sightmark Latitude 6.25-25X 56mm PRS riflescope has oversized turrets, a zero stop elevation dial, an etched first-focal-plane reticle with red/green illumination, a locking fast-focus eyepiece, a 34mm main tube, and multi-coated lenses. It is 13.8 inches long and weighs 33.1 ounces.
The new 1X SCS-MOS (Solar Charging Sight) is a direct attachment reflex-type sight for Glock MOS systems, and it offers the lowest profile deck height for use with standard-height iron sights. The SCS-MOS combines solar power and rechargeable power storage with an auto-adjusting reticle brightness. It’s offered with green and red reticles, and the company says the sight can potentially operate indefinitely in multiple lighting conditions. Its dimensions are 1.93x1.03x0.91 inches, and its weight is 1.3 ounces.
MSRP: $400 (red), $435 (green)
The latest offering from XS Sights is the R3D Suppressor/RMR Height Sights for the HK VP9 Optics Ready pistol. These taller R3D three-dot tritium sights are designed to allow a clear view of the target and accurate alignment while using a suppressor. They work well with optics, providing a lower one-third co-witness with the Holosun 507 series, Vortex Viper series, and Trijicon RMR series red-dot sights. The front sight features a bright orange Ember Glow Dot ring with a tritium center.
Select Nightforce ATACR and NX8 riflescopes are now available in Dark Earth color options, including the Nightforce ATACR 7-35X 56mm F1 (shown here). The trusted and proven Nightforce ATACR 7-35X 56mm F1 has a rugged design, unmatched optical clarity and turret repeatability, over 100 MOA/29 MRAD of travel, and an 11-yard close focus. The addition of Dark Earth as a color option adds to the versatility of the feature-rich ATACR 7-35X 56mm F1.
MSRP: $3,700 to $3,950
The new S6 5-30X 56mm ED riflescope from Sightron is offered with first-focal-plane and second-focal-plane MOA-2 and MH-4 reticles, extra-low-dispersion Japanese glass, side parallax adjustment, resettable zero-stop tactical turrets, and 34mm main tube. Eye relief is 3.4 to 3.6 inches, and the lenses feature Sightron’s exclusive ZACT-7 Plus anti-reflection multi-coatings.
Made in Colorado, the new XTR Pro is Burris’s best competition riflescope ever, according to the company. Offered with front-focal-plane SCR2, SCR2 0.25 MIL, and Horus TREMOR5 reticles, the XTR Pro scopes have Burris’s quick-detach Race Dials and tool-less zero click stop elevation knobs and 34mm main tubes. They are 15.4 inches long and weigh 33.6 ounces.
MSRP: $2,639 to $2,999
The Haven red-dot reflex-type handgun sight has an aircraft-grade aluminum housing, optimized glass coatings, a side-loading battery, precision-engineered elevation and windage adjustments, and a crisp electronic dot in 3.5-MOA and 5-MOA sizes. The initial offering uses the Trijicon RMR footprint, and it’s compatible with most common IWB and OWB holsters. The unit measures 1.78x1.24x1.11 inches. The CARRY READY COMBO option includes a set of optic-compatible iron sights for Glock pistols.
New for 2022, Viridian has a new line of green electronic-dot optics and an entire family of new reflex sights. One of the new reflex sights is the RFX15. Featuring a green 3-MOA dot, the RFX15 has an aluminum-alloy body with a built-in iron sight, auto-off and instant-on functions, and a 17x24mm viewing window. Powered by a CR2032 battery, the RFX15 has eight visible and two night-vision brightness settings. It’s designed for use with subcompact handguns and fits the Shield footprint. It also comes with an optional Picatinny mount.