New Schmidt & Bender PMII 3-27×56 Rifle Scope

This new Schmidt & Bender rifle scope is large, but durable and intuitive.

Schmidt & Bender is a world leader in scopes and optics, and this year at SHOT Show they came through with another amazing scope in the PMII 3-27x56mm Digital BT rifle scope. Whenever I visit their booth I am always impressed, and this year was no different. It is intimidating and exciting at the same time to confront some of the best German optical technology on the planet.

The new PMII 3-27x56mm rifle scope is intimidating at first, but its range of magnification is like almost no other scope on the market. From a low 3x power to an impressive 27x power, and with additional digital information on the target, the needs of almost any shooter can be realized. There is another PMII option with 5-25x56mm range as well.


This new Schmidt & Bender rifle scope is large, but durable and intuitive.

This new Schmidt & Bender rifle scope is large, but durable and intuitive.

Though larger in size than many rifle scopes, and quite heavy, the PMII 3-27x56mm scope is built to withstand the harshest environmental conditions. The scope can operate in temperatures from -67 F (-55 C) to 158 F (70 C), and is waterproof to about 10.04 feet (300 mbar). Those temperature ranges cover just about everywhere on the planet a hunter or shooter would choose to go, and also provides waterproof protection when crossing streams or smaller rivers.

The PMII turrets are very large, but easily manipulated.

The PMII turrets are very large, but easily manipulated.

In addition, the PMII 3-27x56mm rifle scope is designed to enhance the shooter’s accuracy with head’s-up display of critical information necessary for precision shooting at great distances. The PMII 3-27x56mm scope combines all the features expected on a regular riflescope with information from compatible external devices – laser rangefinders, ballistics computers, etc.

The ocular head is the control panel for external digital devices.

The ocular head is the control panel for external digital devices.

This information can be projected into the shooter’s field of view at the touch of a button. With all the necessary information for target recognition available, the shooter is able to concentrate on his task. Apart from the modified ocular head, the riflescope remains unchanged in its functions and can be used in the same way as before – without any external devices.

The compatible digital devices plug into the Ocular head for a head's-up display.

The compatible digital devices send information into the Ocular head for a head’s-up display.

PMII 3-27x56mm Digital BT Specifications

  • Overall Length: 16.02 inches (407mm)
  • Objective Lens: 2.44 inches (62mm outer, 56mm inner measurement)
  • Ocular Lens: 1.97 inches (50mm outer measurement)
  • Tube Diameter: 1.34 inches (34mm outer measurement)
  • Weight: 43.88 ounces (1244 grams)
  • Eye Relief: 3.54 inches (90mm)
  • Exit Pupil: 2.1mm to 8.27mm
  • Field of View (FOV): 1.53 yards (1.4 meters) @ 27x; 14.22 yards (13.0 meters) @ 3x
  • Elevations Adjustment Range: 64 MOA @ 100m
  • Windage Adjustment Range: +/- 14 MOA @ 100m
  • Parallax Adjustment: 10 meters to infinity
  • Elevation Turret Height: 1.46 inches (37.1mm)
  • Windage Turret Height: 1.33 inches (33.82mm)
  • Parallax Turret Height: 0.80 inches (22.4mm)
  • Illumination Settings: 0-11
  • Available Reticles: P4LF, H2CMR, TReMoR2, H37, H59
  • MSRP – TBA (Expect high).
The display model had the P4LF reticle.

The display model had the P4LF reticle. Digital information would be illuminated in opposing quadrants for the shooter to view.

The Schmidt & Bender 3-27x56mm Digital BT rifle scope should probably be advertised “professionals only”. This is not your grandfather’s hunting scope. This scope comes with some of the best reticle options currently available, and they all require firm knowledge of range estimation, wind estimation, and trajectory to one level or another.

Schmidt & Bender 3-27x56mm Reticle Options

The PL F4 reticle.

The P4LF reticle.

The H2CMR reticle.

The H2CMR reticle.

The TReMoR2 reticle.

The TReMoR2 reticle.

The Horus H37 reticle.

The Horus H37 reticle.

The Horus H59 reticle, one of my favorite long-distance reticles.

The Horus H59 reticle, one of my favorite long-distance reticles.

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


  • Colin

    Article on shield switchable configuration sight please .

  • Jsim

    You know this scope sounds absolutely perfect for my 10/22 I think its just a little to much for my air rifle though

  • ABeiruty

    What digital devices are compatible, What smartphone software? Why there is no photo of the HUD in action?

    • I tried to get a picture of the reticle showing the HUD, and was nearly tackled by a Schmidt & Bender floor rep! Apparently they’re pretty protective of this new technology, so sorry about that. I believe both smartphone, computer, or directly from a device was acceptable, but I don’t remember if they said both Microsoft and Mac devices would work.

      However, I could see where the numeric information was being shown. In the upper right and left quadrant near the edge of the view area numbers appear corresponding to wind speeds and range. I believe humidity was another measurement shown in the bottom left quadrant.

      The numbers are fairly small to avoid obscuring too much of the overall visual view (about the size of the larger striation adjustment marks on the TReMoR2 reticle).

  • Julio

    Also, why no info on the adjustment range? Aside from this being generally important, current PMIIs suffer from limited windage adjustment. Is this one any better?

    • FarmerB

      Depends on the model, I have a PMII 5-20×50 Ultrashort DT with 35 MRAD of adjustment (that’s like 130+ MOA!!)

    • Sorry Julio, I honestly don’t know how I missed that information.

      Article Updated!

      Elevation – 64 MOA @ 100m
      Windage – +/- 14 MOA @ 100m

  • Mark

    Let’s remember that the 3-27x56mm did not perform as well in comprehensive testing as the 5-25×56.