WOLF Optic’s PSU 1x/4x Gunsight – SHOT Show Optic Preview

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WOLF Performance Optic, a sister company of WPA (WOLF Performance Ammunition), introduces at the SHOT Show 2014 the PSU 1x/4x32mm gunsight. It’s a switchable 1x to 4x magnification optic in the similar style as the highly regarded ELCAN Specter DR 1x/4x gunsight.

 

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The new PSU 1x/4x is build by the Russian NPZ optic plant and imported by WOLF Optic for the US market. The NPZ optic plant was started by Carl Zeiss in the 1905 and it have been producing optics for the Russian military optic since World War I. A number of features were added for the US market such as MIL adjustment, 1.5 inch sight height, 1913 rail mounting interface and markings in English.

 

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The PSU offers a true 1x magnification and at 4x magnification it covers 6.5 degree field of view. It’s between the Trijicon ACOG 4×32’s 7-deg and ELCAN’s 6-deg FOV. The PSU also features a large ocular lens size with a large 8mm exit pupil and a consistent 2.75 inch of eye relief. Two QD levers are included with it’s 1913 Picatinny mount.

 

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The WOLF PSU 1x/4x32mm sight is 7.4 inch in length and it weights 24.6 ounces. The sight housing is machined from solid aluminum alloy and it’s shock and water proof. The illuminated reticle is power by a single common CR2032 lithium 3V battery. There are 7 intensity settings for the reticle illumination. Since the reticle is etched into the glass, the sight will work without battery.

 

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A close-up of the lever that switches the magnification from 1x to 4x. The PSU’s reticle is consist of a large horseshoe for fast CQB, inside it there are BDCs for 200m to 800m ranges. There are two short track bars on either side of the horseshoe. A stratametric rangefinder is located under the horseshoe.

 

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Writer and gear editor with articles published in major gun publications. A five year combat veteran of the US Marine Corps, Tim is also part of Point & Shoot Media Works, a producer of photography, video and web media for the firearms and shooting sport industry.


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  • erwos

    BDC is calibrated for what?

    MSRP is how high?

    • Timothy G. Yan

      BDC is calibrated for 5.56mm. Don’t know the bullet weight or barrel length yet.

      The price will be over $1000 but it will be cheaper than the ELCAN.

  • Blaine

    How clear was the glass? Did you find the 1x mag setting to be quick on the draw as a point and shoot system? Did the 4x setting have any noticeable flaws when switched and focused on?

    • Timothy G. Yan

      It’s not a finialized product. I can’t common on the optical performance due to poor lights and no room in the exhibition hall.

      • Blaine

        While I understand your apprehension to comment, I would think that kind of area would be an optimum scenario to test the 1x magnification. CQB type conditions is what that setup is supposed to be meant for, in my opinion.

        • Timothy G. Yan

          Optically is great. Think of it as the Russian Zeiss.

          • DiverEngrSL17K

            I agree. High-quality Russian optics have typically incorporated Zeiss technology in the post-World War Two period, a trend that has been built upon by Russian manufacturers such as NPZ and BelOMO.

  • Duray

    A pound and a half of scope? Oy…

  • Lance

    Question is how much below $500 dollars its a great new combat optic. If its the same cost as a ELCAN ACOG or Leopold forget it.

  • José Pulido

    I’d buy it if it’s shown to be sturdy, so long as they sell it for considerably less(<1,500usd) than an Elcan.

  • avconsumer2

    Hope the finish is something they’re working on for the production version – that one looks like it’s been through the ringer a few times. But yep, to echo the commentariat, price will be the deciding factor here. Need an optic, almost got an Elcan… just can’t justify that kind of scratch.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    The actual manufacturer ( Wolf is simply a distributor ) has had an excellent, long-standing reputation for high-quality military optics. By virtue of the fact that almost all optics manufacturing facilities ( like the majority of other industries ) in the USSR were state-owned — although operated as independent, competing factories — these same Russian facilities also had the additional advantage of integrating Zeiss optical technology and manufacturing techniques into their products during the post-Second World War period, a trend which has been expanded upon up to the present time.

    You can get a very good overview of an incredibly wide range of combat-proven, Russian-made Mil-Spec optics at kalinkaoptics.com, including the latest generation sights such as the NPZ Rakurs-PM collimating sight, which functions much like a Trijicon ACOG, but with some additional features not found on the ACOG, and at less than half the price while reputedly maintaining the same level of quality. For those interested in modern classics, they also carry original POSP and SVT scopes, among many others.

    Another web site where you can find a good range of Russian-made military-grade and commercial ( sporting ) optics is East Wave Products ( http://www.eastwave.ca ).

    • Timothy G. Yan

      WOLF Optic did a hell lot more than just import it. They had redesign a whole bunch of features to make it usable for American/Western shooter.

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        Russian factories like NPZ have already adapted their optics to suit the American / Western markets, at least sufficiently to provide adequate compatibility with Russian and Eastern European firearms available here, regardless of origin, without excessive modification. The primary differences appear to be in mounting systems and end-user orientation for “Western” applications of the same, or similar, Eastern-Bloc firearms. It appears that they have already addressed many of these compatibility issues, and that any serious users of such firearms already understand this.

        If Wolf decided to go the extra mile to “Americanize” the hardware 100% so as to fit seamlessly into the market here ( and minimize or eliminate end-user effort ), they are definitely to be applauded for their sheer diligence and consideration. They deserve the credit for the large volume of hard work this involves — a far cry from the misbegotten general perception that ensuring compatibility between two differing systems is a simple matter. They are obviously in a position to judge what works best for their marketing stratagems and this sort of adaptation is to be expected.

        As long as the end-user benefits from the efforts involved and no-one loses out, so be it.

  • nipplehits

    I hate BDCs and will never buy one. :

    So many optics ruined by that stuff. Sorry, I don’t stay at the 25M line.

  • Mark Griffin

    Carl Zeiss itself made lots of amazing optics and i m really fond of it. The best part about that is it still the sight will work without battery. I blog about different optical devices and guns but didn’t get the chance to use this optic yet. I am gonna try it and blog about it here..http://gunsandoptics.com/

  • Robert Thorne

    TAKE MY MONEY