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[SHOT 2017] 5 New Optics Lines You Want to Know About

Vortex Optics and U.S. Optics have some products they want to tell you about – didn't see 'em at SHOT? We'll tell you about them.

SHOT Show 2017: 5 New Optics Lines You Want to Know About

The first four in the list are from Vortex Optics. Here’s what they tell us about 'em.

1. Diamondback Tactical Riflescopes

Vortex Optics Diamondback

All of the legendary performance and extreme durability the Diamondback name is known for with a tactical twist, make this series from Vortex a true head turner.

Exposed tactical turrets built for dialing elevation and windage allow shooters to quickly and precisely compensate for bullet drop and wind drift at extended ranges. And when Vortex says precisely – they mean it. These turrets track ultratrue and reliably return to zero every time. A zero-reset feature lets you re-index the zero reference marks on both turrets after sight in – while fiber optic rotation indicators integrated into the tops of the turrets provide a highly visible visual key of your turrets position.

Optically impressive, Diamondback Tactical riflescopes boast high-quality fully multicoated lenses for clear views, and low light performance. Hashmark-based MOA reticles let shooters hold for longer shots when time is of the essence.

One-inch diameter black-anodized tubes keep these scopes lightweight, trim, and low to the bore. Fast focus eyepiece customizes reticle sharpness to the shooters eye.

With a range of highly versatile magnification configurations, there’s a Diamondback Tactical riflescope to fit just about any rifle platform. 

2. Fury HD Laser Rangefinding Binocular

Vortex Optics Fury

High quality optics and long-distance ranging capability come to together in Vortex’s all-new Fury HD 10×42 Rangefinding binocular. Convenience, speed, efficiency, and valuable dual-purpose functionally are the advantages of a rangefinding binocular—and the Fury HD delivers them all.

Capable of ranging reflective targets to 1600 yards with an ultra-fast readout, hunters and shooters can quickly get distance data needed to effectively execute shots. Calling out ranges for your hunting or shooting partner while reliably watching for impacts is easy with the Fury HD. Critical visual cues are better observed, (hit, miss, perfect shot, too far back, last location) and mentally cataloged to aid in decision making after the shot.

Illuminated right barrel display can be set to yards or meters. Features angle compensated, as well as line of sight modes to match user preference and application. Scan mode gives readings as you pan or track a moving animal.

Right-side controls are simple to use and easily manipulated with a single hand – leaving your other hand free to hold your bow, rifle or other important piece of equipment.

Dialectic fully multi-coated prisms and XR fully multicoated HD lenses serve up impressive views from dawn to dusk. Rubber armored housing provides a solid grip in all weather conditions and extreme durability. Multi-position twist-up eyecups are comfortable and offer customized eye relief. Smooth center focus wheel and left eye diopter ensure optimal image focus.

MSRP: $1599

3. Gen II Viper PST

Vortex Optics Viper

The historically successful Vortex Viper PST series gets a complete revamp in 2017. Upgraded features from top-to-bottom take its incredible performance and rock-solid tactical features to new heights – and your shooting with it.

Built on 30mm anodized aircraft grade aluminum tubes, these scopes deliver the features serious tactical shooters demand, at a price that’s sure to please. Exposed laser-etched turrets provide easily read elevation and windage adjustment graduations. Borrowed from the proven Razor HD 5-2X50, the patented RZR Zero stop ensures accurate returns to sight in zero after dialing temporary elevation correction. And with the fiber optic turret rotation indicator, shooters can keep track of turns and their turret position with ease.

Illumination dial is cleanly integrated into the parallax/side focus adjustment knob for easy access and streamlined performance. Features 10 intensity levels of illumination with off positions between each setting. Glass-etched reticles offer shooters highly functional, intuitive and detailed hold points, yet remain uncluttered for optimal viewing. First focal plane reticles are available in select models. Matching MOA or MRAD turrets keep adjustments and hold points consistent. Fast-focus eyepiece adjusts easily and keeps the reticle tack-sharp.

Optically, these scopes deliver a 5X zoom range and impressive image quality. High-quality XD lens elements serve up incredible resolution and color fidelity, resulting in high definition images. XR fully multi-coated lenses increase light transmission for optimum brightness. ArmorTek protects exterior lenses from scratches, oil, and dirt.

A standout model in the series, the ultra-sleek 1-6×24 features low-profile capped turrets for streamlined performance, a 6X zoom range and adjustable, daylight-bright illuminated center dot.

O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating the riflescope for reliable performance in all environments. Argon gas purging prevents internal fogging over a wide range of temperatures.

4. Razor AMG UH-1

Vortex Optics Razor

The Razor AMG UH-1 represents a new paradigm in holographic weapon sight technology.  Uses Vortex Optics’ revolutionary Fusion Hologram with Quantum Well Light Control (FHQ) technology. The result—the first holographic sight to marry the durability, reliability, and energy efficiency of a red dot, with the impressive sight picture, zero-distortion, and comprehensive reticle pattern of a holographic sight.

FHQ technology virtually eliminates stray light emissions for stealth-shooter-signature in low light, prevents eye-piece glare, as well as increases energy efficiency for impressive battery life. The single-fused holographic element is completely inert, has no moving parts and delivers unmatched images, reticle sharpness, definition, and clarity. Absolute zero distortion and an impressive sight picture with unobstructed view ensure rapid, instinctual, target acquisition. The purpose-built dynamic-targeting EBR-CQB reticle is clean, yet highly versatile, for optimal target engagement in a wide range of scenarios. All sensitive components are protected in the base of the sight, substantially increasing durability, while eliminating the need for an obstructive secondary shroud.

Precise windage and elevation adjustments track reliably and accurately. The UH-1 boasts premium, hard-anodized aerospace aluminum and stainless steel construction for lasting durability in the harshest environments. Integrated weaver/picatinny-style quick release mount attaches and detaches with ease. Utilitarian, snag-free ultra-sleek design promotes fluid movement through interior structures and exterior environments. Runs on a Micro USB rechargeable LFP 123A battery or CR123A battery.

Shatterproof, XR-plus fully multi-coated windows and holographic elements are incredibly durable and promote optimal light transmission. ArmorTek coating protects exterior lenses. Waterproof and Argon purged for reliability in wet, high-humidity conditions.

MSRP: $699.99

About Vortex Optics in their own words.

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.

You can find them online right here.

The next line is from U.S. Optics Inc.

5. B-Series Long Range Rifle Scopes

US Optics

Here’s what they want you to know.

The new B-Series has been developed based upon the requests of military, law enforcement, and competitive shooters. The needs of these professionals were at the forefront of our design and engineering process that produced a lighter, shorter, and more streamline rifle optic.

“As a company, we take pride in listening to our customers’ needs and delivering. Our Legacy optics have proven that we excel in quality and durability, so we took those strengths and developed our optics into an all-encompassing product. We’re very excited to announce the B-Series and know that our customers will be more than happy with the results.”– Jason Kyle (General Manager for U.S. Optics)

The Bravo Series boasts a variety of new features that were engineered into the design of the new scope without compromising its durability and clarity. Some of these new features include:

• Shorter overall length to better accommodate night vision
• 34mm tube across the entire B-Series line
• Compact turret section for compatibility with commonly used mounts
• Locking Elevation and Windage Knobs
• Elevation Revolution counter
• Zero Stop
• Integrated Parallax and Illumination Control
• New MIL and MOA reticle options

All of these enhancements come together in a refined package that transmits a sharp image with maximum clarity, all packaged in a rugged housing that will performs flawlessly across all environmental conditions.

B-Series optics starting at $1699.00

About U.S. Optics, Inc. in their own words.

U.S. Optics Inc. has been building custom riflescopes and optics for more than 26 years. In this span of time the functionality, durability and clarity of our optics has evolved through research and development efforts, invaluable end user feedback, design innovation and proven engineering principles. A family of core products has emerged from U.S. Optics Inc. as a result of our dedication and perseverance to build the best optics available for the precision shooter.

You can find U.S. Optics online right here.




This has been a special SHOT Show installment of Industry News. It is not a review nor an endorsement.

What is the NSSF SHOT Show?

The NSSF SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show) and Conference is an annual event held by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Typically attended by thousands of people from all 50 states and over a hundred countries, it is (quite rightfully) described as the “…world's premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics, and related products and services.

Imagine the Worlds' Fair, but packed with everything from mini-guns and every breed of body armor, bows and boots; from eye pro and ear pro to optics and ordnance, socks to swords…you get the idea. If you'd like to see a sampling of the companies who will be showing at this year's SHOT, there's a live map right here, though it doesn't reflect the organizations set up elsewhere, in hotel suites, etc

View imagery from our coverage of last year's SHOT Show here; 2015's is right here.

SHOT 2017 Schedule

January 15 — Special invite-only events; Veterans Training Fund/Wishes for Warriors at The Ranch, SIG Sauer Range Day, and others
January 16 — Media on the Range, Boulder City Rifle & Pistol Club
January 17 — 20, 2016

Sands Expo and Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
Tuesday, January 17 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 18 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 19 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 20 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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