Swarovski from Austria take an interesting approach at this year’s IWA. When almost everything and anything has been invented already, why not invent a rifle scope that makes things appear smaller than they are?
Well, hold on for a second because I kind of buy the idea. But, in my opinion it is only usable for hunting in some instances like multiple targets like hog hunting, or on the driven hunt.
For target shooting I think it would work for practical shooting like IPSC Mini Rifle (.22LR) and IPSC Pistol Caliber Carbine/Competition. Perhaps a steel challenge as well, if anyone would put a rifle scope like this? However, practical shooting stages are rarely built so that this type of sight would excel – i.e. a lot of targets side-by-side where you can use the extra field of view.
However, the 0,75 (or less than 1x) magnification may not work for all eyes. Imagine using both eyes and one eye seeing 1:1 and the other one less.
I tried it briefly, and I think it could work for me. However, the reticles will have a drawback for my target shooting on pretty much all distances beyond 150 yards.
You can only get this sight with a dot or the 4A-IF reticle, which is more like the “German four”.
One benefit is that you get an excellent field of view. Swarovski claim that you get 30% more field of view with the 0,75 setting.
SEE MORE. ACT FASTER. Z8i 0.75-6×20 L
Designed by SWAROVSKI OPTIK for driven hunts, the Z8i 0.75-6×20 L with 8x zoom means you never miss any of the action. Thanks to VIEWPLUS 0.75x magnification, this rifle scope offers 30% more field of view, while the D-I reticle has been reduced to a single point of focus to enable an unobscured view of the target. The CLICKONE function has a tangible click so that you know when you have reached 1x magnification. You can also customize the light, compact Z8i 0.75-6×20 L to suit your particular hunting needs with our range of top-quality accessories.
Some videos of the new scope.
and another one.
SWAROVSKI OPTIK – IWA 2018 new products: Z8i 0.75-6×20
The Z8i 0.75-6×20 offers uncompromising performance for driven hunting, with 8x zoom so that you never miss any of the action. Our latest masterpiece features the new VIEWPLUS 0.75x magnification for 30% more field of view. The CLICKONE function and D-I reticle help you to fully concentrate on what matters at the crucial moment. The functional accessories are perfectly adapted to the rifle scope so that it is even easier to use, and they offer optimum protection.
Below – rail mount
Versus ring mount.
A close-up, the housing is the same.
I don’t know the MSRP, but I expect it to be close to the current Z8i models.
This product will be available at authorized dealers starting on April 2018.
There’s no debate it’s going to be a great optic as usual. But what do you think of the idea?