Expanded Vortex Optics Lineup | SHOT 2017

Vortex released a whole host of new products this Shot Show, rounding out their tactical lineup and taking an interesting step into the world of rangefinding binoculars.

One of their star attractions was the Razor AMG UH-1 Huey, which we saw teased back in November and that Aaron tried out at range day earlier this week.

The Razor is the first expansion of Vortex’s in house manufacturing with their AMG line, which is a bit of a surprise: I think most of us had expected another variable power optic out of the American manufacturing wing.

New at Shot was the Fury rangefinding binoculars. The original Furies were some sharp, compact binos that were discontinued almost 5 years ago (the author still happens to own a pair) but the resurrected version demoed at Shot is quite different.

With the addition of a 1600M/yd laser rangefinding module, Vortex has decided to join the other optics manufacturers in the pool. Interestingly though, the Fury is using the glass out of their Viper lines, not the top-of-the-line Razor. Most optics companies seem to make their LRF-bino a best of the best affair, with a correspondingly high price tag. The Fury is expected to run $1599 MSRP, so under the German brands, but above some other entry level offerings.

The rangefinder processor in these is definitely faster than their Ranger 1000 and 1500 handheld units, and they’re aiming for a 1300 yard soft target capability.

New for the shooting side of the equation are a pair of tactical Diamondback optics. Built on a light 1″ tube, there are only two models: a 4-12 and a 3-9, both with 40mm objective lenses. They ship with tactical target turrets, and a simple but extensive hash marked reticle.

MSRP is set for $379 and $399 on these, and they’re both right around the 16oz mark.

The established PST line has seen a major upgrade this year,

The new Viper PST 1-6 Gen II is essentially as similar as possible to the Razor Gen II 1-6 without the glass, but almost all the other features. TFB’s own Adam Scepaniak spent some time with it on Industry Day at the Range, which you can read about here: Vortex Viper PST Gen II is Big, Black & Sexy

Vortex Optics is one of those companies that I keep expecting to move up to the main floor of Shot Show. Every year they’ve got a whole host of new things coming out, their market share appears to be substantial, and their booth was noticeably larger this year.



Edward O

Edward is a Canadian gun owner and target shooter with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Crawling over mountains with tactical gear is his idea of fun. He blogs at TV-Presspass and tweets @TV_PressPass.


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  • gusto

    and still no 1,5-6×42 scope from vortex
    or like 1,7/1,8-8×44 or something like the big name euros like zeiss does

    the 3-9 which seems to be the norm for regular hunting and personal target shooting just isn’t that good for close up shooting IMO