New Firefield1-6X24 1ST Focal Plane Illuminated Riflescope

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Firefield recently released a new scope in 1-6X24.I’ve always liked the 1-4 power scopes and use them on my rifles. I felt they come up a little shy on the range at longer distances.This new 1-6×24 will allow shooters to use it in competition,hunting as well as just shooting at distances that really stretched the 1-4 scopes ability. In other words it gives the shooter a wider variety of uses for the same size as the 1-4 variety.

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This new Firefield is a first focal plane scope at a very reasonable price of $215.99. To quote the company “The FirefieldĀ® 1-6×24 First-Focal Plane Riflescope is equipped with a green or red illuminated, first-focal plane reticle for range estimation at any magnification to help find the distance between the shooter and the target. The first-focal plane reticle remains in the same visual proportion to the target across the riflescopeā€™s entire magnification range. While the reticle appears to change when adjusting the magnification, the reticle stays in position proportional to the target. This is extremely beneficial for rapid rangefinding and holdovers at various distances.”

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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
1-6X24
Magnification & Objective Diameter
110.4-16.7
Field of View @ 100 yds
250MM X 68MM X 55MM
Dimensions
20.1OZ
Weight

Rings come with the scope.The scope is warranted for three years. I checked this scope and others in the product line and found the glass to be very good especially at that price. Watch for a complete review by Thomas in the not too distant future.

Firefield Website

The Firefield scope can be found at Optics Planet and other retailers.




Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • iksnilol

    Inexpensive FFP scope? Color me interested. You got to review one of these. I am curious what the markings are calibrated for. Also I am curious of the reticles sharpness.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      We are —–Thomas will be reviewing it pretty soon —- I’ve used one and it has some very good glass which surprised me considering the price.

  • d

    I must say that’s some excellent tactical chin weld!

  • Henry Krinkle

    That reticle does not bode well for thoughtful design choices

    • allannon

      I was going to say much the same.

      I was very interested in the scope up until the reticle popped up. Hopefully they’ll put some different ones out in the near future. A nice, basic duplex, maybe.

      • iksnilol

        Or a mildot (of course then it would have to be mil/mil too).

        A Dragunov reticle would be cool IMO. calibrate it for 5.56 and the 3-gun guys would be over it like a fat kid on cake (presumably).

      • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

        I believe those are in the works or already available.

      • Rick Randall

        What’s the point of bothering with a first focal plane scope, if you’re just going to use a basic duplex reticle? You can already buy plenty of second focal plane, simple duplex scopes in this size, weight, and price point.
        FFP is really for scopes with ranging marks, so you can range at any magnification, not just cranked all the way to max.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      The Mil-Dot option

    • dp

      I agree, it feels kind of distracting.

  • Paladin

    Seems to me that a 1-6x24mm would have a pretty darn small exit pupil on full magnification. Scopes in that range would be better served by a 30-36mm objective lens.

    • http://batman-news.com Rick Randall

      True, but exit pupil size is only that relevant in reduced light. Unless you’re a fighter pilot, or under 25, you (individually) can only use a maximum exit pupil of about 6mm (not the 7mm so often quoted — that’s maximum useable under best conditions, including age and health of shooter).
      So you can crank this scope to 4x and STILL get the maximum light transmission you can use. And when it’s full daylight out, you can crank it up to 5x or 6x. A scope that is 1x-4x in anything up to twilight, and 1x-6x for full light is still pretty darned good. It’s a scope for a “tactical” style rifle or carbine, not a sniper or benchrest scope, after all.

      • Paladin

        That’s why I said a 36mm objective would be ideal, as that gives a >6mm exit pupil across the entire magnification range. Also, I am under 25 and have quite good eyes, so I can in fact use the larger exit pupil, and it bugs me when it starts getting smaller.

        • iksnilol

          What about dusk or nighttime shooting? Why else would you have an illuminated reticle?

          I would like one but the small exit pupil is making me think twice.

          • http://batman-news.com Rick Randall

            Given you have a 6mm exit pupil up to 4x, and an exit pupil larger than ANY human can use for magnifications below that, what have you realistically given up?
            This is intended as a close-to-medium range scope for a carbine. 4x was pretty much the top end of magnification for military sniper rifle scopes in WWII (and for quite a while afterwards), used effectively out to hundreds of yards (300-500 meters regularly). How much 500-800 meter shooting are you doing with your CARBINE, at DUSK?
            And, I use illuminated reticles during daylight — even when the target is illuminated by the sun, if it is dark colored, it can be much harder to see the black crosshairs.

          • iksnilol

            Well, if I bought a 1-6x scope I would like to be able to use it like a 1-6x and not a 1-4x.

            Also, just because it is possible to kill a man with using 4x magnification at 500 m doesn’t mean it is ethical to hunt an animal the same way. I like low-mag scopes, but I also like to have some extra magnification for hunting. To better see the vital area (heart+lungs).

            Dusk and night-time hunting is pretty common here in Norway. Primarily because it is legal.

          • http://batman-news.com Rick Randall

            You CAN use it as a 6x scope. You might not be able to use it as a 6x scope AT TWILIGHT.
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            Nor is this designed as a hunting scope (although it can be used as such).
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            Given that US Marine line infantry (not snipers), were accused of “executing prisoners” in Iraq, when it turned out they were simply making 300 meter _headshots_, in combat, with 4x scopes, I would feel quite comfortable using a 4x scope at any range I would consider it ethical to do twilight hunting at. (Of course, if I was setting up a rifle as a dedicated hunting rifle, I would also likely go with a more powerful scope with a larger objective. Probably wouldn’t go with mil-dot, either, and wouldn;t be bothered if it had no ranging capability and thus no need to be a FFP scope.)

          • iksnilol

            I am not a marine soldier but I do ferl comfortable with about 1x magnification per 100 meters.

            X24 objective at twillight snd night, not so good.

            Still it seems like a good scope, not ideal but then again nothing for 200 is. Main thing that worries me is the thickness of the reticle. Serms a hair over MOA thick to me.

            PS: typed this on my phone, so spelling errors aplenty.

  • erwos

    I’m OK with adver-posts to pay the bills, but let’s at least keep them accurate. This thing is not “new”, it has been out for quite a while. On the plus side, it doesn’t suck for the money.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      No it’s a good price for what you get. The new reticles are available. The pic shows the mil-dot

    • kingjamez

      Good catch man, he used my picture from an MD Shooters post in 2012 to show off this “new” product…http://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=87646

  • BattleshipGrey

    I like the chin weld :) Love the price, but the reticle needs some help IMO. For a low-medium power variable scope I’d like to see something that can handle CQB stuff too while also giving options for longer range shots. When my budget recovers from my latest build (and other important purchases) I’m going for the Primary Arms 1-6x scope for just $100 more than this one.

  • kingjamez

    This is not a new product, I know because I took the picture of the reticle displayed in the “article” in July of 2012.

  • dp

    In case of such low price the main question will be general rugedness and reliable seating of optical set. Not that it would be important where is made, but you want similar value as with western made. Whole package looks reasonable for tactical beginner shooter.

  • avconsumer2

    K… if you’re gonna post an ad in disguise as an article… have the respect to tell us up front. I’ll suspect all reviews and articles are actually ads until such time as the distinction is more clear. Or… ARE all reviews actually ads already and I’m just that gullible?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      It’s not an ad. Just a product announcement. The company used the term new which is why it’s there.

      • avconsumer2

        Aaaahhhh… 10-4. Apologies for jumping down your throat to conclusions. ;P Love your work sir.

  • Thor Gustafson

    It’s a mil hash reticle, dunderheads put your glasses on, the pic is at 1x you knuckleheads!