SWR Radius Rangefinder (SilencerCo Weapons Research)

    Now that I have started getting interested in precision long range shooting, I’m actively hunting for gear. While I have come to believe (and have been so instructed) that learning to manually range find is one of the core skills that all shooters should have (because electronic crap fails at the worst time), I also think that having tech is useful and can really increase efficiency and accuracy.

    So today, a buddy of mine sent me a link to a new gadget from SilencerCo Weapons Research which is pretty cool.  It is a rail mounted rangefinder capable of ranging out to a mile on a reflective target and attaching to a Picatinny rail in any orientation.

    It was developed to allow the shooter to accurately range find without having to come off the gun and still be affordable. And at $999, I think this is a good bet, especially for something that can range to a mile.  Most of the range finders I have been checking out only go to 1000m (though in all fairness the Radius will only pick up non-reflective targets at 1000m).

    We did discuss the Sig Sauer KILO2000 Rangefinder (which can hit just shy of 2 miles on a reflective target for ~$500).  And for those extreme needs there is always the Meprolight Erbium Glass…  🙂

    Here is a short video demonstrating a speed test between different methods.  I’m impressed that the manual ranging is nearly as fast as the handheld range finder (though this test would need to be independently confirmed and show repeatable results before I would believe the numbers):

     

    Technical Specifications:

    • POWER: 2 CR123A Lithium Ion Batteries (Included)
    • HEIGHT: 2.30”
    • LENGTH: 5.80”
    • WIDTH: 2.96”
    • WEIGHT with BATTERIES: 18.2 oz.
    • WEIGHT without BATTERIES: 17.0 oz.
    • RANGING CAPABILITY: REFLECTIVE TARGET: 1 Mile
    • NON-REFLECTIVE TARGET: 1,000 Yards
    • OPERATIONAL TEMP. RANGE: -20°F to 120°F

    So what do you all think?  Useful?  Overpriced?  The big benefit to the Radius is that you don’t have to come off the gun to use it, so if you are speed shooting this would likely be a better choice than the Kilo2000. If I can get my hands on one maybe I’ll do a short review.

    You can find out more information on their website at: https://www.store.silencerco.com/products/swr-radius?variant=12534947652

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com


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