Shot Show Optics: Hi-Lux CMR8 1-8x26mm Tactical Scope

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During Shot Show 2016, there were three optic companies introducing their new 1-8x scope. The second of those is Hi-Lux Optics with their new CMR8 1-8x26mm model. I did a preview of the Hi-Lux CMR8 that was shown at the Fall 2015 Big 3 Media Event. The samples that I found at the Hi-Lux booth seem to be farther along in development with functional illumination and reticle.

 

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I was told by Hi-Lux that the release MSRP of the Hi-Lux CMR8 1-8x26mm will be just under $900. Also, the reticle illumination will be daylight visible and it will run about 100 hours on a single CR2032 lithum battery. The turrets offer 12 Mils of elevation and windage adjustment in 0.1 Mil per click. The turrets are shown without the included caps.

 

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At 1x, the reticle shows a thick horseshoe with a small ring in the middle.

 

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At the middle magnification, the small ring at the center opens up to a horseshoe-dot. The stadiametric range-finder marks on the right also become usable. Because the CMR8 is a first focal design, the ranging feature would work in any zoom range.

 

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At the max 8x magnification, the outer horseshoe disappeared from view. Since, the hash-marks on the vertical sub-tension are not labeled, the scope could be used with any ammo caliber.  The reticle is designed to provide enough ballistic holdover for 1000 yards from most common calibers.

 

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Also shown at the Hi-Lux Optic booth is their new first focal plane PentaLux TAC-V 4-20x50mm model with locking turrets and reticle illumination. This long-range model will be retail for $850. The production for both the CMR8 1-8x26mm and the PentaLux 4-20x50mm are schedule to be around May 2016.



Writer and gear editor with articles published in major gun publications. A five year combat veteran of the US Marine Corps, Tim is also part of Point & Shoot Media Works, a producer of photography, video and web media for the firearms and shooting sport industry. Tim’s direct contact: Tyan.TFB -at- gmail.com


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  • thedonn007

    I take it that the 1-8x has a 34 mm tube then?

    • Timothy G. Yan

      34mm tube and 10-inch in length. 22 oz. weight.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    That reticle is a joke to anyone that has ever done any amount of long distance. If you’re going to skip all the markings a user actually needs… Eh, China, what did I expect?

    • TheSmellofNapalm

      What would be your recommendation for a 1-8x? Considering one for a 16″ build with 77 gr TMKs.

      • That man

        16″ barrel and you’re looking for high magnification??

        • TheSmellofNapalm

          Maybe you aren’t familiar with A) the actual effective range of an AR, and B) what a 1-8 actually is.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        I like the glass on the Mk8 1-8 but if I’m paying full price, I’d check out Stiener (good reticle a right now) or Burris’s new 1-8

    • Timothy G. Yan

      It’s a carbine optic, not a long-range precision scope. I have shot steel at 1000m with half the magnification and much thicker reticle with fewer holdover.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Nope. Not sufficient reason to buy a product with a reticle that makes no sense.

        • Timothy G. Yan

          You should ask them to make a special version with the Mosin Nagant scope reticle for you.

  • SD

    100 hours of illumination? Is that a typo?

    • Timothy G. Yan

      Should it be more or less?

      • Sam

        That’s pretty terrible battery life if it’s only 100 hours.

        • CommonSense23

          Its not a red dot. That not great, and not bad life for a optic like this.

  • Kivaari

    I like it. Price is too much for my old wallet, but the good stuff does cost more. Having the covers for the controls is a good thing. The exposed turrets on so many combat optics is not desirable to me. Nice at the range.

  • Goody

    Is the image flat at 1 power?

  • Fred Johnson

    This trend of keeping the objective tube the same size as the body of the scope is losing the battle against having a reasonably sized exit pupil when the magnification goes up. Time for the 8x scopes to bump up to a 32mm objective and a belled tube. Or would that not be tacticool anymore?

    • Jwedel1231

      Is a better exit pupil necessary for 3-gun style shooting? I assume that 3-gun is what this scope is designed for, and I have no idea what you mean by “exit pupil”.

      • Grendel Medlord

        The short answer is that a bigger exit pupil allows more light through the scope. The resulting image will be brighter and easier to see. At low magnification this isn’t a problem but at higher magnification it can have a really noticeable effect.

        The basic equation for a scope’s exit pupil is to take the diameter of the objective (front) lens and divide by the magnification. This scope has a 26mm lens. Divide that by 8 (highest magnification) and the resulting exit pupil is only 3.25mm. As a general rule you want 4mm or better.

        • Jwedel1231

          That makes sense. Thanks for the info

          • Timothy G. Yan

            In general large the exit pupil, brighter the optic and bigger the eyebox.

    • Grendel Medlord

      I agree. I don’t see any reason the objective lens shouldn’t be the same size as the ocular. It wouldn’t affect the mounting height at all.

      • Timothy G. Yan

        Hi-Lux will be making something like that for competition. It’s their 1-4x CMR with a large 36-40mm-ish objective. It’s not cheap because it’s a special run item, but let see how popular it will be.

        • Grendel Medlord

          Do you have a source for that? I’d be interested in learning more.

          Knowing nothing about it, I don’t get that either. A 4x scope with a 36mm Objective would give a 9mm pupil, which is way bigger than any humans eye can take advantage of. Would it give a more forgiving eyebox or bigger field of view? If not, why not make a 1-6x? (I’m still a n00b with optics)