Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6x24mm Tactical Scope – SHOT Show Optic Preview

New for 2015 from Vortex Optics is the Strike Eagle 1-6x24mm tactical scope. The 1-6x scopes have been available for few years now but those are usually cost $1400-$2500. The new Vortex Strike Eagle will be a departure from that with its budget minded $400 or under street price. Optically wise, there’s some distortion on the edge. Plus the scope is physically a bit long. It’s useable especially if you are on a budget.



It looks to me that the new Vortex is based on the same budget 1-6x24mm design that at least two other brands are also use for theirs. The Vortex 1-6x is a little bit more expensive but it comes with more custom features such as the better turrets, raised rib textures on the zoom ring and eye-piece, spare battery compartment and a special designed BDC reticle for tactical application. Plus, the famous Vortex VIP lifetime warranty.



Vortex’s custom illuminated 2nd focal plane reticle is consists of a 3-segmented horse-shoe encompasses a center stadia column. Interestingly, it has a reversed tree shape because of the numbers of small horizontal marks on it are calibrated for range finding. Each of those mark brackets a 18-inch shoulder width target from the range of 100 to 600 yards.



Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6x24mm Specification:

Magnification: 1-6x
Tube size: 30mm
Length 15.8-in
Weight: 17.6 ounces
Adjustment: 1/2 MOA per click
Total Adjustment: 280 MOA elevation and windage
Eye Relief: 3.5 inches
Field of View: 1x = 116.5 ft, 6x = 19.2 ft
Price: $429 MSRP


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  • Orion Quach

    Interested in comparing this to my PrimaryArms scope at $250 and a SWFA at $1,000 and seeing if it’s middle of the road quality.

    • DannyBoy

      me too, especially how it compares to the PA 1-6.

      • This vs PA 1-6 is what I want to see also.

        • Timothy G. Yan

          It’s the same thing with different reticle and some refinements.

  • thedonn007

    What are the other two brands that this scope is similar to?

    • stimr2

      I’m guessing it’s Optisan and Primary Arms with Optisan being the OEM.

  • GH81

    Just wondering if your opinion is that this is basically a Vortex Crossfire in 1-6 with a new reticle. Is the glass any better than the Crossfire?

  • tazman66gt

    SWFA already has them on their website, was tempted but the reticle wasn’t to my liking. To each their own though.

  • John Daniels

    What I’d personally like to see is a version of this that uses Nightforce’s MOAR reticule. Even if the price has to be raised $100 to make that happen, I’d gladly pay it.

    These BDC reticules are ridiculous.

  • David Chiappe

    This is identical to my PA1-6 down to the battery storage compartment.