[SHOT 2016] Media Day at the range: Hands-on with Swarovski’s New X5 Riflescope

Press Release:

Cranston, Rhode Island – SWAROVSKI OPTIK
NORTH AMERICA, a subsidiary of the Austrianbased
company is pleased to announce the
introduction of the X5(i) Rifle Scope series. The
X5(i) has been developed specifically with the long
range shooter/hunter in mind. The X5(i) is a brand new design built for extreme precision on an
exceptionally rugged platform.
The newly designed turrets allow for 20 MOA per revolution, have a viewing window to show the user
what revolution he or she is on and the X5(i) has ¼ MOA point of impact adjustments.
At the heart of the X5(i) is a Spring Retention and Lever System that exerts the same pressure on
both turrets from the inversion system regardless of positioning. This assures maximum accuracy and
repeatability. There is up to 116 MOA of elevation adjustment inside of a 30 mm tube that yields a 5X
zoom range. The elevation, windage, parallax turrets as well as inversion system are built from
stainless steel components adding to the overall ruggedness of this scope for hunting or competitive
The X5(i) also features a new SUBZERO FUNCTION. This allows the shooter to shoot at closer
distances if the zero is set at a further than usual zero. It allows the shooter to come down 10 MOA or
40 clicks from a pre-set zero.
The illuminated versions will be fully illuminated reticles and have 10 brightness settings. 2nd focal
plane long range reticles will be available in 1 or 2 MOA increments in both illuminated and nonilluminated
The new X5(i) Rifle Scope is available in two different models, X5(i) 3.5-18×50 and X5(i) 5-25×56.

X5 mounted on a HS-Precision PLR in 338 Lapua

X5 mounted on a H-S Precision PLR in 338 Lapua

New from Swarovski this year at SHOT (it was released at IWA 2015) is their X5 riflescope, which is available in both illuminated (i) and non illuminated versions.  I tried the 5-25×50 non-illuminated model (with the 4WX reticle), which has 116MOA of adjustment.  The glass clarity was amazing, yet what one would expect from Swarovski Optik.  I liked the feature of the 1/4 MOA adjustments, as some of their hunting scopes have .36in adjustments.  I also liked the revolution counter as well.  The thing that struck me was that this optic weighs not much more than a z5 or z6, yet has double the adjustment range (in most cases) in comparison to other Swarovski scopes.


The illuminated model

The illuminated model

I took aim at the 830 yard target with an H-S Precision PLR in .338 Lapua, and read the mirage to determine wind speed.  The clarity of the glass allowed me to see the mirage better than other high-dollar scopes I have tried/used.  They did have a “cheat sheet” available for elevation come-ups, and I dialed in 18MOA of vertical correction.  The turret gives nice, tactile clicks for each adjustment.  I then held 2 MOA right after calling the wind, and boom, first round hit at 830.  As outstanding as the glass was, price of admission is very steep at $3k and up.  If one has the money, however, one would not be having buyer’s remorse with this optic.

Thanks to Swarovski Optic and H-S Precision for the time!

Rusty S.

Having always had a passion for firearms, Rusty S. has had experience in gunsmithing, firearms retail, hunting, competitive shooting, range construction, as an IDPA certified range safety officer and a certified instructor. He has received military, law enforcement, and private training in the use of firearms. He is fortunate enough to have access to class 3 weaponry as well.


  • JumpIf NotZero

    Ah fun times…. So… Last year at SHOT… I fly into the airport at Vegas and the line for the cab is stupid long. I see two

    Swarovski guys telling the taxi guy they need to go to the Venetian.

    They were waiting for the previous group to fill their taxi so while I had a second, I asked “hey guys, I’m going to the same place, mind if I hop in with you and I’ll pay for the ride?

    The one guy seemed fine with it, but the other guy was pretty damn snobby about it. I mean, I’m in a hoodie, but I’m not a hobo.

    So I wait in line for an hour to get a cab (I’m not sure if Uber was running last year in Vegas, but it’s WAY better!). Well.. I was at the show last year consulting for a company that buys a TON of Swarovski optics.

    I then researched every new scope I could find and directed this company away from Swaroksi stuffs whenever possible. Swaroksi makes an OK product, but the price/performance is NOT THERE.

    • Rusty S.

      Sorry you had that experience with them. I’ve had the opposite experience with them and their products. Everyone was perfectly cordial to me, and I have tested their optics against comparable ones in the price point and found them to be excellent.

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      Whatever experience you had with a random Swarowski-employee aside, their glass is among, if not the best in the world. I think Schmidt & Bender has better and more user friendly solutions on their turrets, but that is it.

    • Exoskeleton

      I got to shoot with a Swarovski a while ago and compared it with my Leupold Mark4 side by side. Yes, it cost three times more than my Mark4, but worth paying for if you have the money. That being said, we have Leupold scopes on all but one of our rifles and happy with them.

  • Bob

    Are their products really worth our hard earned dollars. Who are they trying to sell this stuff to? Does our Leupold products not work? Long live and prosper… Leupold!