NEW Vortex Viper PST Gen II is Big, Black & Sexy | SHOT 2017

Vortex Viper PST

Vortex Optics was out at SHOT Show’s Industry Day showing off their wares and new optics for 2017. One optic that was very intriguing and part of a larger line-up was their Vortex Viper PST Gen II. The one that we specifically were able to fondle and shoot was the Viper PST Gen II 1-6x24mm.

This scope has a 30mm tube so you will need a beefier mount to hold this scope secure. As seen on a Seekins Precision rifle, it is fairly compact, although pretty thick. You have your choice of 2 different reticles within this model: VMR-2 (MRAD) and VMR-2 (MOA). Your reticle choices are illuminated and the illumination adjustment is seamlessly built into the side focus adjustment knob. There are 10 different intensities available to the user to play with.

Vortex Viper PST

Vortex Viper PST Gen II 1-6x24mm

This scope is very ideal for close-quarters work or longer range shots as well. The larger 30mm tube does add more weight to your rifle setup, but it also adds more eye relief for the user. Your windage and elevation turrets feature 0.2 MRAD adjustments for more precision shooting. The Viper PST Gen II also has an overall length of 10.9″ with a weight of 22.7 ounces.

I personally had no problem ringing steel silhouettes at approximately 100 yards off-hand. Not an impressive feat, I know, but being as I am a self-proclaimed pistol guy, the clarity of the glass and the crisp reticle made it easy for me to shoot well.

The MSRP of the Vortex Viper PST Gen II 1-6x24mm is $999. The rest of the scopes in the Viper PST Gen II series vary in pricing from $999 – $1,399.



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  • joshv06

    22.7oz?! Noooo

    • VF 1777

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    • Ben M

      Still 2.5 oz less than the Razor Gen II. That extra magnification isn’t free. For example, the 1-6 Trijicon Accupoint weighs nearly twice what the 1-4 does.

      • John Yossarian

        Wow – Vortex added 33% weight to the big boy of the line – the PST 6-24x which became a PST Gen II 5-25x.

        They also are trying 1 MOA reticle subtensions vs 2 MOA. Perhaps these are reasons why both are still listed?

      • TR24 1-4X Accupoint: 14.4oz’s

        TR25 1-6X Accupoint: 19.2oz’s

        So it’s actually a fairly modest 33% weight increase for 2x more zoom.

        The Vortex Razor is just unusually heavy at 25.2oz’s for a 1-6x.

  • Jason Lewis

    That MSRP has to be way off for a Viper.

    • Adam Scepaniak

      The MSRP of $999 is what is stated on the Vortex website. The Vortex rep at the range; however, said $699… Let’s hope the guy at the range was correct and not their website…

      • Wingbert

        Listed for $999 on their website. Street price would probably be $200-$300 less if it follow the same trend as vortex optics out on the market right meow

  • Joseph Goins

    Weight increase? I’m more concerned about the additional $450 price tag.

    • Adam Scepaniak

      Yeah, compared to previous models, $999 is pretty stifling… the Vortex factory rep told us at the range that the MSRP should be $699. That sounds more realistic.

  • DTC99

    How do the new Vortex scopes compare to the new Nikon Black series (or are the Nikon scopes even in the same league)? I’ve seen very little coverage of the new Nikon Scopes but they look interesting and it appears Nikon have finally introduced some useful reticles …..

  • Drew Coleman

    I hope these ship before May. Hoping to buy a 3-15 FFP model for my brother’s graduation.

  • Wingbert

    Wish they made the StrikeEagle with the same reticle instead of that AR-BDC crap.

    • Jason Lewis

      The glass on the Viper series compared to the Strike Eagle is worth saving two or three hundred more bucks. The MOA or MIL reticle is icing on the cake.