December 23, 2021
By Shooting Times Staff
Axeon Dog Soldier Predator 4-16X 50mm
Axeon’s new Dog Soldier Predator 4-16X 50mm riflescope has a second-focal-plane illuminated reticle with 0.25 mil dots at 1-mil intervals and vertical hashmarks between each dot. Power is provided by a CR2032 battery, and there are five brightness settings. The scope has a 30mm tube, low-profile turrets (0.25-MOA adjustments), and side parallax adjustment to 500 yards. The lenses are multi-coated, and the scope is waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof.
Brownells 1-8X 24mm MPO
The newest riflescope from Brownells is the 1-8X 24mm MPO (Match Precision Optic). Like previous MPO scopes, it has a 30mm tube and high-quality glass made in Japan. It also features the unique Brownells Non-Obscuring Illuminated Reticle, which has a center aiming dot inside a box and is designed to provide precise aiming on small targets without obscuring them. Great for use on AR-15-type rifles, the 1-8X 24mm MPO is 10.9 inches long and weighs 24.8 ounces.
MSRP: $799 (without mount), $899 (with mount)
Burris Thermal Rifle Sight
The Burris Thermal Rifle Sight offers high resolution and high-speed screen refreshes plus a choice of 10 reticles and five color palettes. It features 4X zoom, hot track, and stadiametric ranging. For the 35mm model, magnification ranges from 2.3-9.2X, and for the 50mm model, it’s 3.3-13.2X. Both have manual focus.
MSRP: $3,899 (35mm), $4,199 (50mm)
Bushnell’s new RXS-100 reflex sight is compatible with optics-ready pistols as well as rifles and shotguns. The 1X sight comes with a crisp 4-MOA red dot with eight brightness settings. The CR2032 battery provides over 5,000 hours of runtime on the mid setting, and the sight has a 12-hour auto-off timer. The housing is aircraft-grade aluminum, and the battery loads through the side. It is 1.9 inches long and 1.09 inches tall, weighs 1.3 ounces, and fits the DeltaPoint Pro footprint. The included riser fits Weaver-style mounting options.
Huskemaw Tactical 1-6X 24mm
Built for tactical, law enforcement, and sport shooters, the Tactical 1-6X 24mm riflescope features Huskemaw’s HuntSmart illuminated reticle. Powered by a CR2032 battery, the second-focal-plane, glass-etched reticle has five brightness settings and 0.5-MOA adjustments. It features the patented RFBC turret system, a fast-focus eyepiece, parallax adjustment knob, adjustable zero stop, and high-density lens coatings. The scope has a 30mm tube and is 10.8 inches long, and it weighs 19.4 ounces. It is waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof.
Leica Rangemaster CRF 3500.COM
Leica’s new Rangemaster CRF 3500.COM laser rangefinder has a range of 3,500 yards. It is Bluetooth-capable, allowing a Kestrel Elite weather meter and Applied Ballistics software to be connected for shooter-customizable firing solutions. It also connects to an Apple watch for silent, error-free data transmission between a shooter and his spotter. The company says this new rangefinder works in difficult weather conditions and on all types of targets.
Leupold SX-2 Alpine HD
Incorporating the Twilight Max management system, the new Leupold SX-2 Alpine HD spotting scope provides better images in extreme low light and reduces image washout due to glare. The generous eye box allows longer glassing without fatigue, and the high-definition lens coatings deliver clear images as well as shedding water and dirt. It’s offered in 20-60X 60mm and 20-60X 80mm models.
MSRP: $399.99 (60mm), $499.99 (80mm)
Meopta MeoPro Optika LR Binocular
Meopta’s new MeoPro Optika LR laser rangefinding binocular is offered in 10X42 HD (shown) and 8X50 HD models. They measure distance up to 2,600 yards and 2,950 yards respectively. Features include HD fluoride glass, MeoLux lens coating, and MeoDrop hydrophobic coating. The rangefinder functions in Auto, Near Ranging, and Far Ranging modes. Incline data is also measured. Other features include twist-up eyecups, dual diopter adjustments, low battery indicator, magnesium-alloy body, and rubber armoring. These binoculars are fully waterproof and shockproof, and backed by Meopta’s Lifetime Warranty.
MSRP: $1,499.99 (10X42), $1,874.99 (8X50)
Minox 5-25X 56mm LR
The Minox 5-25X 56mm LR is designed for long-range shooters and features a 34mm aircraft-grade aluminum tube; special glass; M* multi-coated lenses; and “practice oriented” long-range, first-focal-plane, illuminated reticle with 11 brightness settings and automatic deactivation. Adjustments are in 0.1-mrad increments. It is 11.18 inches long and is rated IPX7 waterproof and is covered by a 10-year warranty.
MSRP: Not available at presstime
Nightforce ATACR 4-20X 50mm F1
This mid-power scope rounds out Nightforce’s ATACR line, and it’s a first-focal plane riflescope that is smaller in size and lighter in weight than the 5-25X 56mm while providing more magnification than the 4-16X 42mm scope. The ATACR 4-20X 50mm F1 features a 34mm tube and is 13.9 inches long. It weighs a tad more than 35 ounces. It is offered with 0.25-MOA or 0.1-mil adjustments, and elevation travel is 130 MOA/38 mil. Illumination is provided by the Digillum system, and several reticles are offered.
MSRP: Not available at presstime
SIG SAUER ROMEO2
The 1X SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO2 Miniature Reflex Sight is designed for full-width-frame handguns, but it also can be used on rifles and PCCs. It features a high-efficiency, point source LED emitter; molded aspheric glass lens with red notch reflector coating; 3-MOA or 6-MOA red dot; 15 brightness settings; side-loading CR2032 battery; Motion Activated Illumination; magnetic activation technology; and TruHold Lockless Zeroing System. It comes with a hardened steel half-shroud and a full shroud with polycarbonate rear window. The ROMEO2 is compatible with GEN3 Night Vision devices.
Sightron SIII PLR Riflescopes
The new SIII PLR (Precision Long Range) riflescopes are offered in 8-32X 56mm, 6-24X 50mm, 10-50X 60mm, and 6-24X 50mm FFP. These scopes feature first-focal-plane reticles, internal Zero-stops, Zact-7 Revcoat Plus multi-coating technology, 30mm tubes, and several illuminated-reticle options. They come with oversize tactical knobs with either 0.25-MOA or 0.1-MRAD adjustments, side focus, a 3-inch sunshade, and flip-up lens covers.
MSRP: Starts at $1,149.99
Springfield HEX Dragonfly
Springfield’s 1X, parallax-free HEX Dragonfly red-dot reflex sight is suited for pistol, rifle, and shotgun applications. Machined from 6061 T6 hardcoat-anodized aluminum, it comes with a scratch-resistant, anti-glare glass lens. It is 1.9 inches long, 1.14 inches wide, and 1.01 inches tall. It weighs 1.2 ounces. It fits Springfield’s standard footprint, as well as Vortex Venom and Burris FastFire footprints. The sight has a 3.5-MOA red dot and eight manually adjusted brightness settings. It has a manual shutoff as well as a 16-hour auto-shutoff, and it has IPX7 waterproofing.
Swarovski CL Pocket Binocular
Swarovski’s new CL Pocket Binocular literally fits in the palm of your hand. This excellent binocular measures just 4.3x3.9x1.8 inches and weighs only 12.3 ounces. Offered in 8X25 and 10X25 magnifications, the CL Pocket binocular provides spectacular edge-to-edge sharpness and high transmission, for high-contrast, sharp, color-true images. In addition to the improved double bridge and sturdy aluminum housing, the CL Pocket binocular has an inert gas filling that prevents water and dust from entering the binocular. It offers a wide field of view and is suitable for use by those who wear eyeglasses.
MSRP: $954 (8X25), $999 (10X25)
Trijicon Huron 2.5-10X 40mm
Trijicon’s new Huron line of riflescopes is designed specifically for whitetail hunters. They have a second-focal-plane reticle; a 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum, 30mm tube; and 70 MOA of elevation adjustment. The lenses are multi-coated for light transmission, color retention, and scratch resistance. The 2.5-10X 40mm model weighs 18.2 ounces and measures 12.5 inches long, and it features the company’s BDC Hunter Holds reticle.
TRUGLO TRU•TEC Micro
TRUGLO has added three new pistol-compatible red-dot sights to its line of TRU•TEC Micro optics. The TRU•TEC Micro with 45° Mount includes a machined, aircraft-grade aluminum, 45-degree offset, Picatinny-style mount with the original TG8100B optic. The symmetrical design allows the mount to be used on either side of the rifle. The TRU•TEC Micro with Green Dot uses a 3-MOA green dot. And the TRU•TEC Micro with RMR Footprint is compatible with Trijicon RMR-style mounts and optics-ready pistol slides.
MSRP: $235.99 to $261.99 depending on the configuration
Vortex Strike Eagle 5-25X 56mm
The new Strike Eagle 5-25X 56mm riflescope from Vortex has the reticle located in the first focal plane, and it features the XD optical system for crystal-clear, high-contrast images. The XR lens-coating provides excellent light transmission and top-notch low-light performance. This tactical scope also features a glass-etched EBR-7C illuminated reticle, a 34mm tube, a fast-focus eyepiece, and a throw lever that can be attached quickly. It is 14.6 inches long and weighs 30.4 ounces.