|The all-new Razor HD Gen II 1-6×24 riflescope is set to hit the market later this summer and, as a valued Vortex retailer, we want you to have the first look and inside scoop. A larger 6x zoom range and host of other exciting features, along with a killer price tag, make this the best Vortex optic for the AR platform yet. In addition, we’ve teamed up with world-renowned competitive shooter, instructor and gunsmith, Jerry Miculek, to create the incredibly fast and intuitive JM-1 BDC reticle.|
We will be unveiling samples of the new Razor HD Gen II 1—6×24 to the public this week at the 2012 NRA Show in St. Louis, Missouri. Give us a call for more information or to get yours on order today!
|Razor HD Gen II Riflescope Specifications:|
ETA: August 15, 2012. Please remember ETAs are just estimates and, oftentimes, do change. We will do our very best to deliver this scope as fast as we possibly can.
I got my new Viper HS Scope around the holidays (2011). I make my living in the outdoors and my optics come with me everywhere. If they are not tough and clear, they don’t make it.
I have been using Vortex Razor Spotting Scope for two years and love it. When it came time for a new scope for my elk rifle, I wanted try a Vortex rifle scope and see how it compared. I have had this Vortex Viper HS for a few months. I have not used it extensively in all conditions, but I have put a lot of rounds down-range and I am very impressed.
An unbeatable warranty that I can hunt with.
Very sharp image, even in low light.
I love the resettable 0 turrets, so handy!
Solid, strong, very well built
B.D.C. (Bullet Drop Compensation ) Reticle
Slightly heavier than my old Weaver,but so much better!
I am not a bench-rest shooter; I am a hunter. I hunt rugged country throughout Wyoming. Some of the areas I hunt may be miles on foot or horse into the wilderness. I demand a scope that will not let me down. I have had other scopes fog up after hunting in the snow. When you are in the back country, you can’t run back to the truck to switch out gear. Equipment failure can ruin a hunt.
I believe this Vortex Viper is up to the challenge of fall hunting in the Rockies. I really like a scope that has a minimum zoom of 2.5x. I find this very useful for hunting elk in dark timber, when quick target acquisition, in low light, might make the difference between a full freezer and an empty belly. With the 10x maximum zoom, I feel comfortable taking those longer shots. The 44mm objective lens on the Viper lets in a ton of light. This scope may extend my shooting time by an extra 30 minutes in the morning and evening. The clear, sharp image and the B.D.C reticle have added 150 yards to my shooting range. Other features that I think will be very useful are the windage marking on the reticIe which can be used to accurately estimate range–very useful in hunting situations. I really love how these turrets adjust. They are easy to use and once you are sighted in, you can reset the markers to your own personal zero.
I know there are many good scopes out there. The biggest reason I love this scope is the support I get form Vortex. The lifetime unconditional warranty is unbeatable! Period! Every time I have had a question about a product, Vortex has been friendly and helpful. This scope is the same price or less than other comparable scopes, and Vortex is a U.S,-based company. I highly recommend this scope! Happy hunting and shooting!
This review was written by Jeff Wohl a Vortex Customer and provided for use by Vortex Optics.
Vortex optics offers a variety of optics for hunters and we have looked at some of their mid-level offerings in the past with the Diamondback series of riflescopes and binoculars. For this review we’ll be stepping it up a bit and will be taking a look at the Viper PST line of rifle scopes, specifically the 4-16x50mm with EBR-1 MOA reticle.
The Viper Precision Shooting Tactical (PST) line of scopes packs a lot of features that you would normally find in a tactical or long range shooting optic into a hunting scope. There are actually two versions of the 4-16x50mm, one with FFP (first focal plane) and our review model which is a SFP (second focal plane) scope.
The Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50mm Scope
The difference between first or second focal plane can be significant depending on how you use your scope. The Viper PST can be equipped with either an MRAD or MOA scope, both of which use equidistant hashes on the reticle to allow ranging distances to a target as well as quick, on-reticle bullet drop compensation. The big difference with an FFP scope is that the distance between hash marks does not change with power, while with a second focal plane scope the distance changes. For those that make a lot of magnification changes while using the reticle hashes for bullet drop compensation, will find the FFP easier to use. However many people will set the power and forget it, thus negating the main benefit of the FFP scope.
The power ring on the SFP model is marked with both magnification and
the multiplier for the reticle, making it easy to quickly figure out
how power changes effective the distance between the 2 MOA hashes.
Luckily Vortex has made it really easy to use their SFP scope and be able to quickly figure out how the subtension (the distance between hashes) is changing with magnification. For Vortex PST SFP scopes at the highest power (16x in the case of our review model) 1 MOA = 1 MOA, note that lower powers really isn’t that big of a deal since Vortex has designed the scope such that halving the power (8x setting) causes 1 MOA = 2 MOA. Decreasing to 4x setting causes 1 MOA = 4 MOA. Additionally the MOA multiplier is clearly marked on the power ring, so if you have to make a quick calculation it is easy to see what the current multiplier/power setting is directly on the ring.
The Viper PST EBR-1 MOA reticle.
The Viper PST uses external turrets for quick adjustments in 1/4 MOA clicks. The
knobs are aggressively knurled and are easy to grab and rotate. The red line on the
elevation turret is what Vortex calls a “radius bar” and marks the zero of the turret.
If your shooting style is such that you don’t change the magnification setting often, then go for the SFP which has a street price of $699 versus the $849 street price of the same scope in an FFP version.
The Viper PST line all come standard with an illuminated reticle which is bright and adjustable. Vortex has included a nice control knob that has “off” settings between light intensity levels, this allows a shooter to quickly turn off the illumination then turn it back on to the same level without going through the full range of the knob. The illumination is powered by a common 2032 size button cell battery.
The illumination knob alternates between light intensity changes and the “off” position denoted by a solid dot.
Side view of the parallax turret.
Another view of the turret system.
Ever have to do a lot of spinning up of your elevation knob to take a long shot, then, because of the number of rotations, forget your zero point? The Viper PSTs are equipped with a simple but effective solution for this common problem. Vortex’s CRS (Customizable Rotational Stop) is a simple system of shims that can be placed under the elevation turret and prevents spinning below a zero point. Simply zero the scope at a certain distance of your choice, then remove the elevation turret, and then install as many of the two piece shims as necessary below the turret to prevent spinning past the zero. Then line up the red “radius” bar with the zero when reinstalling the turret and you have a simple way of returning to zero after taking a long shot.
The two piece CRS shims go together around the base of turret once it has been removed to set a zero stop.
Vortex includes two manuals with the Viper PST, both of which are current and well written. One manual describes how to use the scope and the other is a primer on how to use MOA (minute of angle) or MRAD (milliradian) reticles. If you have ever purchased a scope with some variation of ballistic reticle then been puzzled over exactly how to use it, Vortex has stepped up and produced some good documentation so you’re not left hanging.
Vortex includes two manuals with the Viper PST to explain how to use the scope and the reticle it is equipped with.
The basic but functional included scope cover.
About the only thing that is sub-par on the Viper PST is the hard plastic scope cover. While it gets the job done, flip-up scope cap covers (such as those produced by Butler Creek) are preferable, but this is just being picky, and Vortex does throw in a sunshader with the scope which is a bonus. Overall the Viper PST series offers a high quality optic, with a variety of extra features for a reasonable $699, there are certainly other scopes that have a much higher price tag but don’t have quite the feature set of the PST. If you’re looking for a tactical style scope, with 30mm tube, you should consider the Viper PST line on your list of scopes to investigate.
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A broad spectrum of popular magnification ranges, objective diameters and reticle options ensure the series lends itself to a variety of applications.
Fully multicoated lenses bring in light for optimal performance at dawn and dusk. Quality internal components ensure adjustments are accurate, track true and hold zero. One-piece aircraft-grade aluminum tubes anodized with a matte-black finish are ultratough, prevent game-spooking reflections and promote overall durability. O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged for a lifetime of waterproof and fogproof performance.
Need a riflescope built to exceed expectations without depleting your pocket book? Look to the Vortex Crossfire riflescope series. You won’t be disappointed.
American owned, Middleton, Wisconsin based Vortex Optics designs, engineers and distributes a complete line of premium binoculars, riflescopes, spotting scopes, tripods and related accessories. Dedicated to exceptional quality, value and unrivaled customer service, Vortex backs its products with its unconditional, transferable, lifetime VIP-warranty. Built on more than 20 years of experience in the optics industry, Vortex is rapidly emerging as a leading brand in the optics market.
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Middleton, Wis. – Always the innovator, Vortex Optics added first focal plane models to its popular Viper HS Riflescope series.
To the users eye, first focal plane reticles expand and decrease in size in a direct, proportional relationship to magnification. This is due to the reticle’s forward placement in the optical system. The benefit of that placement is all reticle sustentions remain constant and useable throughout the entire zoom range.
Translation – Your BDC and subtension reticle references are accurate at all magnifications. That’s right, no more having to double-check your scopes setting when that trophy of a lifetime steps out at distance, everything seems to be happening at once and you want to use your reticle’s drop references – or worse, using drop references on the incorrect magnification setting resulting in a poor hit or miss. It’s basically a failsafe measure.
“Many of our riflescopes built for tactical applications and long-range shooting where time is a critical variable employ first focal plane reticles and the advantages they offer,” said Joe Hamilton, Vortex Optics national sales manager. “It just made sense to further incorporate them into our hunting riflescopes as an option for hunters who want to maximize their effective range during the types of high-pressure situations they can encounter in the field.”
The new first focal plane Vortex Viper HS models add a new twist to hunting-oriented riflescopes and are sure to turn heads. Reticle images and information are available on the vortexoptics.com Web site.
Available: 4-16×50 LR (XLR Reticle), 6-24×50 LR (XLR Reticle)
American-owned, Wisconsin-based Vortex Optics designs, engineers and distributes a complete line of premium binoculars, riflescopes, spotting scopes, tripods and related accessories. Dedicated to exceptional quality, value and unrivaled customer service, Vortex backs its products with its unconditional, lifetime VIP-warranty. Built on more than 20 years of experience in the optics industry, Vortex is rapidly emerging as a leading brand in the optics market.
Vortex – The Force of Optics | www.vortexoptics.com
2012 SHOT Show – Vortex Crossfire Rifle Scopes
WTS: Vortex PST rifle scopes MRAD and MOA reticles most models free shipping
Vortex PST scopes have been flying off the shelves this season due to high popularity and one of the best price to features ratio that we have seen amongst riflescopes in a long time. The following models are currently in stock and available for immediate delivery with free ground shipping in the US:
You can place your orders online, by phone at 800-851-9329 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give yourself a Christmas present early.