MINOX ZE 5i Scopes


MINOX will be shipping the new ZE 5i scopes in 2013 according to a company press release.  The scopes use Z-Rail mounting and will come in four basic models:  1-5x 24, 2-10x 50, 3-15x 56, and 5-25x 56.

There will be three illuminated reticles available:  German 4, BDC and Center Dot.  All three have a red center dot.  The center red dot has 11 brightness settings to allow the shooter to dial in what works best for him and her in their specific lighting conditions.  The dot has an auto-power off so your batteries will not run down if stored with the reticle illuminated.  A spare battery is stored in the adjustment drum.


The scopes are waterproof.  The objective lens components are multi-coated.

The scopes are made in Germany and should start shipping in August 2013.  They come with a 30 year warranty.  MSRP is expected to be less than $2,000.

Richard Johnson

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  • Mark

    The listed powers are attractive(1-5, 2-10 etc.) but glass that rings in at $1500+ is a narrow market. They are certainly free to charge what they like but more quality options in the $500-1000 range would be welcome. Quality illuminated options below $500 are rare as well.

    • Lolinski

      I know how you feel. All I wish for is a 2-8 or 2-10×50 scope with Dragunov reticle.

  • Am I the only one whos wonder what the fudge Z-rail is?

    • AR15 Z rail

      • Aric

        Definitely a carry handle mount, and looks to have removable rings to boot.

      • Blaser270

        Not even close to what the z-rail is on the scope. Swarovski, Zeiss, Schmidt & Bender all have rail mounting systems. It does away with ridiculous rings that crush and damage scopes. The modern rails are adjustable and can be moved forward or backward to find the proper eye relief. Swarovskis system actually uses a system that locks the scope in place for high recoil guns. The others are more of a friction system which works fine as long as you tighten all the screws to the proper torque. Most of these systems have mounts which fit weaver style bases.

        Some day Leupold will figure one out and America will join the next generation of optics. Frustrating that our main scope builder refuses to get with the program and modernize scope mounting.

        Here is a picture of a Swarovski rail mount with the mounts sitting on a Sauer 202 with the built in weaver bases.

    • G

      Noticed the black bar below the scope tube?

      Z-rail is a mounting system that attaches to a scope base/mount without rings. Most, if not all, European scope manufacturers have hunting scopes with similar rail systems.

  • Steven J.

    Zander, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it’s a carry handle mount

    • Steven J.

      I guess it slipped my mind that I could reply to your post, my bad.

    • G

      No, it’s an attachment point for a ring-less scope mount. You can find several pictures of a similar rail system at the end of this article:


      • Thanks that’s the best response. I’ve never heard of the Z-rail system before.

      • Blaser270

        Good find. The Blaser system makes their own bases that are quick detach with return to zero features. You’ll note the ‘teeth’ in the inside of the rail and the small section of ‘teeth’ in the mount. When mounted they interlock making the strongest rail mount that’s available today. Most of the other brands are using the Zeiss mount which is a friction type mount that looks about the same but there are no teeth. Just three screws to torque it down and you’re done. It works good too.