In any discussion of today’s top brands in the optics game, Vortex Optics almost invariably gets a mention. Their glass is tremendously popular with competitive shooters, hunters, and the tactical community alike. Vortex’s high-end product line, in particular, the Razor series models, commonly find themselves on best-of lists. It appears that Vortex is seeking to continue that pursuit with a new LPVO: the Razor HD Gen III 1-10×24. With a hype video just posted to Vortex’s YouTube channel and Instagram, plus this official product page, recent leaks have been confirmed and the Gen III is real.
The product sheet shown above began floating around social media shortly after the start of the new year. Now just in time for SHOT Show 2020, Vortex says the Gen IIIs will begin shipping in April, carrying a $2899.99 MSRP. Below you’ll find further info from a second product page, detailing two known reticle options: an EBR-9 MRAD and EBR-9 BDC. This sheet includes tidbits about an MOA segment of the BDC reticle, plus the ranging feature on both variants.
Let’s compare some vital stats with the Gen III’s current closest cousin, the Razor HD Gen II-E. The most obvious difference is magnification. Although Vortex is not the first 1-10x on the market, most LPVOs live in the 1-4x, 1-6x, or 1-8x range – with the Gen II-E at 1-6x. What’s intriguing is the Gen III will accomplish this added zoom with no added length or weight over its 1-6x Gen II-E counterpart, with both optics measuring 10.1 inches and tipping the scales at 21.5 ounces. The tube size will increase slightly, up to 34 millimeters from 30 millimeters, so no reusing your old mounts or rings if you decide to upgrade from your second-gen Razor. Eye relief will come down from 4 inches on the 1-6x Gen II-E to 3.6 inches on the Gen III. They will run on the same CR2032 batteries, but the Gen III will come with a multi-tool and a Switchview throw lever, which are nice to have included instead of buying separately.
Like many of you, we look forward to getting some firsthand experience with this newest Razor. No doubt the reviews will be interesting as they begin to roll out following product availability later this year. As you begin to get hands-on with this newest Razor, please feel free to comment below with your thoughts and experiences. See you at the range!