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.

    Scott is a firearms enthusiast and gun hobbyist whose primary interest is the practical application of gun ownership. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he hosts and blogs for The Firearms Podcast, a podcast and blog about gun stuff by gun people. Scott is a 20-year veteran of the USAF and been a member of his base, state and the All Guard marksmanship teams. He can be reached via email at [email protected]