Minox ZP8 1-8x24mm Tactical Scope – SHOT Show Optic Preview

Minox is one of the oldest names in the optic business. At SHOT 2015, Minox USA introduced an entirely new tactical line of scopes, binoculars and spotting scopes. The Minox tactical scopes are built by Optronica in Germany. Optronica was the actual manufacturer of the scopes for the now defunct Primer Reticles. Their 3-15x56mm design was selected for the Marine Corps version of the KAC M110 semi-auto 7.62x51mm sniper rifle.



The Minox ZP8 1-8x24mm tactical scope looks somewhat similar to the unfinished Primer Reticles 1-8x24mm that were displayed at SHOT two years ago. The Minox ZP8 is a finished product and it has completely different turrets and reticle than the Primer Reticles version. The ZP8 uses a 34mm tube size.



The Minox ZP8 1-8x24mm is a dual focal plane scope. The dot reticle is located on the 2nd focal plane and its size stays the same from 1x to 8x. The dot illumination is daylight visible. If the reticle illumination is on, when zooming from a high magnification to the low magnification, that will also switch on the center dot illumination automatically. The ZP8 offers a true 1x at the low end.



At the top 8x magnification. The reticle is on the first focal plane and changes its size according to the magnification range. If the reticle illumination is on, when zooming from a low magnification to high magnification, the system will switch off the daylight visible center dot illumination and turn on the whole reticle illumination. There’s also a MR10+ reticle version with a lot more hash marks and a simple stadiametric range finder on the lower left.



The Minox ZP8 1-8x24mm will be available for $2800 MSRP. Even at that price, it looks like a worthy challenger to the Leupold Mk8 1.1-8x and the Schmit & Bender 1.1-8×24 models. The Minox ZP8 is a bit cheaper and it offers true 1x magnification.

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  • Joshua

    1-8x and a red dot. Yeah the SCO competition is bringing out some interesting things.

    • Dual focal plane scopes have been around for a while, Zeiss makes one. Unfortunately, they’re all at seriously high price points…

      • Joshua

        Agreed, but big Army is gearing up for a competition for a 1-8x(Objective) variable for the M4A1 and it seems we have seen a lot of new variables being built that meet the goals it is setting.

        I may be wrong, but generally competitions like the squad common optic(pretty sure it has been renamed) generally drive big changes.

      • Timothy G. Yan

        Light Optical Works has a dual focal plane 1.5-8×24 design but it has issue of the dot reticle not lining up with the cross-hair.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      It’s not a red dot though. At all.

      Even true 1x scopes with daylight visable dots have parallax and optic distortion at the edges that actual red dots do not have. The only people I’ve found that think they are the same thing are people that haven’t used them with any degree of hard use of even shot with movement where the distortion becomes obvious. The whole “true 1x” is way overblown as they all have the same feel when using them.

      I love the idea of 1-8 scopes, but I think Leupolds new 1x/6x combo was immediately more usable the second I picked it up. They must think so too.

      • Joshua

        I get what you are saying, but big Army has its sights set on a 1-6x(T) or 1-8x(O) with a illuminated dot or reticle to replace the M68CCO and TA31 across the board.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Um, do you think “big Army” is going to replace all of the aimpoints and ACOGs with variable 1-6 or 1-8?

          … Um… set down the pipe bro.

        • J.T.

          If the Army does replace the current optics and use and that is a big if, they are probably going to go with something more along the lines of the ELCAN SpecterDR.

          • Joshua

            The Army wants at the bare minimum and illuminated 1-6x.

            The DR is only 1.5-6x. One requirement is a true 1x at the bottom.

            The Trijicon VCOG is what the Army is looking for and optics like it(it was designed for the up coming competition).

          • Timothy G. Yan

            The current version of the big DR is 1.5x-6x….. I think ELCAN is working on something else. Plus they have the TR.

      • raz-0

        It comes down to the eye box and exit pupil as to how bad that all feels. NO, they aren’t a dot, but they can get pretty good when done well.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          It’s 1x, there is no eye box. That’s not the distortion I’m talking about. And yea, it works fine for some people, but my point is it’s not a true 1:1 replacement for a dot.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Looks alright, but that MSRP is stupid considering the competition in this area.

    To really be considered competition to the Leupold Mk8 it would need more options for reticle, a locking current system, USA made, and that’s just on paper, not getting into the actual product.

    • Timothy G. Yan

      It’s cheaper than the S&B and Leuppy.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        On the backend, I bet it’s not.

    • Rogier Velting

      That’s actually not that bad for a 1-8x… The Leupold is currently $3749.99 according to their website, and the S&B Exos 1-8×24 is $2899 on Eurooptic.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        I’ll bet you $10 the points on the back end of the Leupold are FAR higher than that of the Minox.

        I’m not advocating L’s MSRP prices are reasonable, and forget about justifying S&B’s. But I also wouldn’t argue MSRP for anything in this industry.

    • John

      German optics tend to be good, why would it need to be USA made?

      • Timothy G. Yan

        Not just good, the Optronica design won over the S&B in the USMC selection and it’s combat proven. The only issue it has is the PR didn’t charge enough to make a profit out of it.

  • David Knuth

    Minox huh? does it chew on power cables, too?

  • Squirrel

    Whose QD rings are those?