Specifications (from product page)
Objective Lens (mm): 24
Field of View (ft @ 100yds): 91.5 - 13.0
Eye Relief (in): 3.9 - 4.8
Reticle Type: Mil-Hash (IR)
Click Value (@ 100yds): .1 MRAD
Minutes Per Revolution: 5 MRAD
W/E Travel (@ 100yds): 29 MRAD
Knob Style: Target (Resettable)
Parallax: Fixed at 100yds
Finish: Matte Black
Fully Multi Coated: Yes (Zact-7 TM 7-Layer)
Weight (oz): 20.1
Length (in): 13.0
Tube Diameter: 30mm
Lens Cover Included: Yes
Illuminated Reticle: Yes
The scope has a front objective of 24mm, 30mm diameter tube, and is 12.5 inches long. It weighs in at 20.1 ounces without a mount.
One of the most distinct features is the variable magnification range of 1-7x, which is an uncommon magnification range. Most frequently seen are 1-4x magnification scopes, with a diverse price range of optics available at 1-5 and 1-6. Just a few years ago, 1-8x magnification scopes were only available at multi-thousand dollar price range, but they are increasingly common as well, with Primary Arms having an affordable offering.
The field of view is excellent, measuring 91.5 feet at 100 yards and 1 times magnification and 13 feet at 7x magnification.
The reticle is illuminated, but only in the center dot. There are 11 brightness settings, but the first half are pointless, as you’ll need near pitch black to see the illumination, and if it’s that dark, then you won’t see the target. The brightest setting washes out and isn’t visible during the brightest part of the day, but in those lightning conditions, the reticle already has enough contrast against the target. The illumination runs off a single CR2032 battery. The battery cover is awkward to remove without tools, as it’s difficult to grip the ridges of the cap with your fingers.
The scope has fixed parallax at 100 yards. At longer ranges, this isn’t a problem, as you’ll need consistent eye placement to resolve the reticle, with such a small exit pupil and eyebox at 7 times magnification.
There is a wide range of diopter adjustment to account for different visual acuity in natural eyesight.
Best Uses for the Scope
Magnification range shouldn’t be the only factor in your scope choice. All the additional features mentioned above should weigh into your decision.
Features Needing Improvement
In artificial lighting, the glass has a very light red tint, even with the illumination turned off. I imagine this as a side-effect of the illuminator.
The front objective is deeply recessed relative to the front of the tube. I imagine this serves the role of having an integrated sunshade. The scope could be shorter by ¾ of inch.
I wish that Sightron had included higher-quality lens cap covers with the scope.
Finally, the sight picture loses some of its brightness in low-light shooting conditions. The drop-off in brightness in not nearly as severe as in the Primary Arms 1-6x optic I’ve used previously, but it is there. Fortunately, the illumination is visible in these conditions. This is one of the drawbacks of having a small front objective and a high zoom.
Value for the Price
The optic is made in the Philippines, but is produced using high manufacturing standards and quality control. Sightron offers a lifetime warranty on their scopes.
The scope has an MSRP over $1000 dollars, but can be found on Amazon for much less. The value is amazing, as you are getting comparable performance to much pricier scopes.
I recommend this optic to shooting enthusiasts looking for an optic that’s practical for both close and long ranges, need more magnification than the more common 1-4 power optics, and want a better shooting experience than the budget tier low-power variable zoom scopes.