Minox ZP8 and ZP5 TAC Rifle Scopes

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Minox of Germany has introduced three new rifle scopes in their new ZP TAC line, marketed as a “High End Tactical” line of optics. The versions include the ZP8 and the ZP5 in two magnification options. These new scopes are particularly designed for professional military or law enforcement snipers and the rigors and stringent requirements those shooters must have to be successful. However, the ZP TAC scopes have many features that serious shooters can appreciate as well. Minox optics have a reputation for superior quality and craftsmanship, and the new models appeared to be clear examples of that level of product commitment.

All three of the new Minox ZP line of rifle scopes come with these features:

  • Complex optical deign and special glass for high image quality, even at edges of FOV
  • M* multi-coating on optics – excellent light transmission, and contrast/color rendition
  • 34mm solid tube made from aircraft grade aluminum
  • Shock resistant construction to military grade standards
  • Very large Field of View (FOV)
  • Large eye relief – 3.5 inches (90mm)
  • Quick adjustment diopter controls – rubber armored or aluminum for protective caps
  • Illuminated reticle with auto shut off – ZP8 3 hours; ZP5 6 hours
  • Waterproofed to 49 feet (15 meters) using Argon gas purging
  • Variety of reticle options – MR10+, MR10, A8-D, MR5, MR2, and Mildot
  • MSRP – All three options are $2,899.

When handling the different ZP TAC rifle scopes it was immediately apparent that each represented a high level of design and engineering competence. There was nothing on the scopes that felt loose or appeared fragile. The turrets were very sturdy, and the elevation, windage, parallax and illumination controls were all crisp and definitively set with tactile stopping points.

I particularly liked that the elevation turret had both the first 1-14 full mrad adjustments, as well as the second 15-28 mrad adjustments clearly marked, eliminating any need doubt about how much adjustment had been made in the higher ranges.

The magnification lever is nearly 0.50 inches tall and as wide as the rotating magnification control, making adjustments very easy even under stress. The optics themselves were superior quality with almost no glare from bright lights, and an extremely clear view at all magnifications.

The ZP8 TAC rifle scope has these particular features:

  • Unique 1st focal plane reticle, with second daylight illuminated reticle at the 2nd focal plane
  • 8x magnification for clear shots at greater distances
  • True 1x magnification for quick target acquisition for close quarters shots
  • CCR technology for quick and clear concentration on targets
  • 10 mrad single turn ST) elevation settings with a zero stop function
  • Parallax free adjusted at 218.7 yards (200m)
  • Reticle options – MR10+, MR10, and A8-D.

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The Minox ZP TAC turrets are clearly marked, easily manipulated, but have definitive stopping points.

The Minox ZP TAC turrets are clearly marked, easily manipulated, but have definitive stopping points.

Notice the enlarged magnification adjustment lever.

Notice the enlarged magnification adjustment lever.

The ZP5 TAC rifle scope has these particular features:

  • Illuminated reticle at the 1st focal plane with 11 different settings
  • Designed to maximize close quarter and precision shots at 5x magnification
  • 28 mrad double turn (DT) elevation settings with zero stop function
  • Parallax compensation from 55 yards (50m) to infinity
  • Reticle options – Mildot, MR5, MR2.
The Minox ZP5 is well suited for longer range engagements.

The Minox ZP5 is well suited for longer range engagements.

The ZP TAC series controls combine the illumination settings at the end of the parallax controls on the left side turret.

The ZP TAC series controls combine the illumination settings at the end of the parallax controls on the left side turret.

The 3-15x50mm magnification of the ZP5 provides the precision shooter with a great range.

The 3-15x50mm magnification of the ZP5 provides the precision shooter with a great range.

As a police sniper I always appreciate fine glass, and the Minox ZP TAC line of optics has a lot to offer. I would enjoy putting some rounds down range, and I’m sure these Minox scopes would impress with accuracy. The price is a bit steep for the individual shooter, but for professional shooters who cannot afford failure from optics, the Minox ZP TAC line looks to deliver.

Minox has a variety of lines from the basic or entry-level scopes costing around $150-200, to the mid-range scopes costing around $700-900, and then there elite top-of-the-line models that cost between $2500-3000.

 



Aaron is a life-long firearm enthusiast and hunter. He has been a police officer for nearly 19 years, and currently is a Sergeant in Special Operations. He has served on the department’s SWAT Team for 14 years, with 8 years as the Sniper Team Leader. When not fussing over fractions of inches, and gut-less wonders, he can usually be found sipping from a ridiculously large coffee mug. Aaron is also the editor and main writer at BlueSheepDog.com.


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  • andrey kireev

    Sheesh… more expensive than my LWRC = .