NEW: Vortex Announces 1-8 Strike Eagle Scope

Vortex just sent out an email blast teasing a brand-new Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8×24 Rifle Scope that they have added to the wildly popular Strike Eagle line of low-powered, variable optics.

Vortex claims a true-1x power on the low-end of the Strike Eagle 1-8 power scope, allowing for increased speed in the acquisition of close range targets.  The new 1-8x Strike Eagle scope will use a new AR-BDC2 reticle which is similar to the AR-BDC reticle used in the 1-6 power version of the Strike Eagle. Vortex announcement states that the AR-BDC2 reticle sensibly utilizes subtensions that match the ballistics of the most popular AR-15 caliber, 5.56 NATO. The AR-BDC2 reticle also features a center target dot with a surrounding halo that allows for fast targeting at the lower power range of this optic.

The announcement of a 1-8 power scope from Vortex comes as no surprise as the well-liked optic manufacturer joins the other big guns in the industry in fielding an 1-8x scope. That Vortex has chosen to expand on the fast-selling Strike Eagle brand also makes perfect sense for the Wisconsin-based manufacturer. The Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8×24 Rifle Scope will carry a “Street Price” of $450 according to the email announcement. At this price I expect the new Strike Eagle to move as well as the 1-6x model.

Vortex tells us that the new Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8×24 Rifle Scope will be on display at the 2017, 146th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia April 27-30.

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  • Dan

    So glad they are finally shipping their version of the Primary Arms 1-8X, so people everywhere can pay more for a reticle that doesn’t work as well as the ACSS!

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      The ACSS is the most convoluted thing I have ever attempted to see beyond. I would feel better served with a kaleidoscope on top of my rifle. Until today the best optics news I have heard was that Primary Arms was releasing the KISS reticle in the 1-8, but the Strike Eagle reticle is even better because Im not a huge Chevron fan. An outer ring with a fine crosshairs in the middle with little else is just right.

      • QuadGMoto

        I prefer a chevron to a dot because it allows more precision when that’s needed, but can still function as a dot when speed is what matters.

        • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

          Thats why I prefer a fine crosshair with a circle around. Its fine enough for precision work but the circle makes it easy to quickly acquire a sight picture. The reason I dislike the chevron is if you need to do a holdover it covers a lot of your target.

          • QuadGMoto

            Does anyone make a scope with such an arrangement?

    • baserock love

      It always cracks me up when people fawn over an ultra busy and convulted moving target holdover combat purpose reticle in a bargain basement bottom tier chinese scope nobody in their right mind would buy for combat.

      Meanwhile the nice and clean reticle on the strike eagle works perfectly for exactly what it’s designed for, 3 gun ar15 shooting out to 600 yards.

      • Tuulos

        Because nobody shoots moving animals or shoots when it’s windy.

        • baserock love

          LIterally nobody does in the context of hunting with a fricking ar15 lol.

          Yes, people are lobbing bullets out of an ar15 from 450 yards away at moving animals in the wind. Get real.

  • Goody

    A 1-8 scope for $450, you could save a lot of money and buy the cheapest fixed 8 you can find, and when you want 1x just look through two whiskey glasses. Because that’s what 8 zoom 1x is going to look like.

    • Lead Kisses

      The 1x looks so much better then I’d have hought. They have a picture on their Twitter.

  • ProLiberty82

    Better be first focal plane on that BDC reticle or else it will be useless on all but one zoom setting like the 1-6 Strike Eagle. Hope they have a better eye-box than on their 1-6 version, I have that on my Mini-14 and it’s ultra particular about height and relief eye.

    • Justin

      I’ve got to agree with the SFP also I’m not a big fan of a BDC reticle as it’s ammo and condition dependent. A BDC will get you close but I prefer Mils or MOA so it’s a set standard not 200 yards with this bullet at this speed in this wind… other wise your 200 yard hash is maybe something close to 200 or maybe not.

    • DanGoodShot

      I’m a big fan of ffp as well but the thing is ffp scopes are always more expensive.(why I don’t own one, hey I have kids!) The strike eagle line is more budget friendly so I have big doubts to it being a ffp scope.

    • Tuulos

      Not really, considering that it’s a 1-8x scope unless you’re using some seriously slow bullets you’re most likely at the max magnification before you even need the BDC in the first place.

  • Steve

    SFP is fine on a low variable optic. I’m gonna use it 1x for most things then if I need to go the distance in gonna jack it All the way up. As long as it’s accurate @8x it’s good to go. And if you’re using mil/moa marks as BDC and don’t know your load you’re gonna have a bad time.

    For 450$ this thing is a slam dunk.

  • C. Her

    For sub $500 I’m in for 2! Comments asking to compare it to the Razors, Accupoints, S&B, Leupolds Mark 8’s, USO 1-6’s or 1-8’s not needed.

  • Lead Kisses

    Now make it with nicer glass and keep the weight down!

  • 22winmag

    Freeze it, drop it in the mud, and beat on it with a hammer… then go buy the Leupold you should have bought in the first place.

    • BBMW

      If you want to spend more money, Vortex will allow you to do that also. And the Strike Eagles come with lifetime warranties, so I’d expect them to hold up.

    • raz-0

      Leupold isn’t quite holding up the reputation you remember. Also, I think their optics designer is dropping acid trying to get ahead of the curve they fell behind. For example the D-EVO.

  • Sledgecrowbar

    I’m sold on the brand and magnification, as well as the price. Finally, something I’ve been waiting for comes out in a way that I can afford and feel good about the manufacturer. Now, it just needs an MOA reticle so I don’t have to figure out what the hell loading they design their Bullet Derp Calculation around.

    • baserock love

      It’s pretty simple on the strike eagle. They configured it for m193 ball and it’s spot on with pretty much all of them at least out to 500 yards which is the farthest i’ve pushed it.

  • John Daniels

    I really wish all these stupid BDC reticles would go away in favor of more universal designs like a simple mil-dot or MOAR.

    Use a ballistic calculator program, and learn what your dials and holds are for your particular rifle with your particular ammunition.

    Do all these companies really think this is too complicated for American shooters? It’s not.

    • Matthijs Roskam

      I agree, it’s way too busy for my taste. just give me a small red dot with some small hold over lines and I’ll figure out the rest myself.

  • baserock love

    I absolutely love my 1-6x strike eagle.

    I can’t wait to ditch it for a razor 1-6!

  • Whitechapel Charlie

    What handguard is that?

  • John Micheal Stacey

    I’d prefer the v brute…

  • Wingbert

    Wish the reticle wasn’t crap on the Strike Eagle or I’d already have the old 1-6X. I’m sticking with the 1-4X PST for meow

  • ChiptheBarber

    I’m in. Absolutely no problem with my1-6.