After a successful launch of their premium ZE 5i riflescopes last year, MINOX has announced an expansion and enhancement of the line, including different reticles and a Z-Rail mount for highest stability when shooting.
There now are three different illuminated reticles available – German 4, for twilight conditions; BDC for long shooting distances; and Center Dot for precision. All are dimmable in 11 brightness settings, so the target is quickly and reliably sighted. Objective lens components have the innovative M* multi-coating for excellent light transmission.
All four models of the ZE 5i riflescopes feature a 30mm main tube and a 5x magnification, offering maximum flexibility and precision for short- and long-range shooting distances. The shock-resistant body, made of a special anodized aluminum, is watertight and has Argon gas filling for protection of internal optical elements.
The new MINOX ZE 5i line will be available in four basic models: 1-5×24, 2-10×50, 3-15×56 and 5-25×56, with various reticle options. As with all MINOX riflescopes, these premium “Made in Germany” models, priced under $2,000, will be covered by the MINOX Total Coverage Lifetime Warranty for added peace of mind, for as long as one owns the product.
Best New Scope: Minox ZA5 1.5-8x32mm With Versa-Plex Reticle
As constitutionally suspicious as I am of the whole concept of one-size-fits-all, I must say that Minox’s effort at building a scope for use on a shotgun, mountain rifle, or big-bore dangerous-game stopper is remarkably successful. The 1-inch-tube matte-black scope is light and compact. The Versa-Plex combines a circle reticle, like that on a turkey scope, with the duplex crosshairs used for big game. Windage and elevation each have 90 minutes of travel in finger–adjustable positive 1⁄4 MOA clicks. More notable is the range of magnification from 1.5X to 8X, which gives the scope its true versatility. —Thomas McIntyre
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MINOX, known best for their legendary spy camera and wide range of high-quality binoculars, now has established a strong position in riflescopes as their ZA5 1.5~8×32 with Versa-Plex reticle has been named Best of the Best for 2011 by Field & Stream.
In his evaluation of the ZA5 1.5~8×32 after field tests, Thomas McIntyre said, “As constitutionally suspicious as I am of the whole concept of one-size-fits-all, I must say that Minox’s effort at building a scope for use on a shotgun, mountain rifle, or big-bore dangerous- game stopper is remarkably successful.”
One of a comprehensive line of 31 MINOX riflescopes, the ZA5 1.5~8×32 offers the features hunters want most. Designed, engineered and tested in Germany and assembled in the USA, it has glass from SCHOTT and MINOX M* multi-coating on all lenses. It provides precise windage and elevation adjustments, and variable zoom ranges.
Crafted from lightweight but tough aircraft-grade anodized aluminum, it has one-inch mono-tube construction for easy, low-profile mounting and is argon-purged to prevent fogging and corrosion. It comes with a ScopecoatTM protective cover and MINOX provides Total Coverage protection, covering repair or replacement with no questions asked. $479 retail.