The below post was contributed by Conal, a TFB reader who attended Eurosatory.
KAHLES, the Austrian scope company, had a new variation of their K312 II scope that they used at Eurosatory 2014 as a vehicle to unveil – the K312i. It moves the parallax adjustment to the top turret to sit below the elevation adjustment as found in their K624i scope. They have moved the windage turret to the left side thereby swapping sides with the illumination turret which now resides on the right.
This means the majority of shooters (i.e. right handed) can observe the condition of all three adjustments (elevation, parallax, windage) with the left eye and adjust all three using the left hand and leave the right hand to operate the bolt and trigger.
This should appeal to those shooting right hand from a supported position. Admittedly if you are shooting off hand, with a sling or for those who rather hold off rather than twiddle windage it will be of less interest.
The scope on display used the MSR/Ki reticle and had all the other features of mil turrets, first focal plane and clear glass that was free of any obvious issues albeit I was viewing it in an exhibition hall which is not ideal. The scope is apparently to be offered with clockwise and counter-clockwise rotation and their zero stop operation which for this scope does not require the removal of the turret top. It is a double rotation elevation turret and so uses the pop up red button to indicate it is in the second turn. With a 50mm objective lens and that magnification range, I found the scope easy on the eye when it came to getting a clear sight picture. Regarding weight KAHLES believe amongst other 34mm tube scopes, it is the lightest on offer for that class of scope (magnification/objective lens).
I did not discuss price as this can vary between what we pay in the UK and the US market. Typically they are highly competitive when compared to their German competitors across the Alps
When asked if this set-up would transfer to the K624i, the KAHLES representative thought next year sometime so we will have to see if and when this turret changes arrives. If they do, one will be joining my Nightforce F1.