Most gun owners I know – including myself – have a Strike Eagle riflescope from Vortex Optics, either the 1-6x or the 1-8x. With a price of around 400-500 USD, it’s a low-cost, entry-level riflescope for the big crowd.
They are now to be joined by a bigger brother: Strike Eagle 5-25×56 FFP. This means that the magnification is changeable between 5 to 25, with a 56 mm exit lens. The tube is 34 mm, so you may need a new mount.
FFP is short for First Focal Plane. FFP scopes are more difficult to make and therefore (usually) more expensive. The reticle is placed towards the front of the optic so that when you crank the magnification up the size of the reticle will increase with it. For long-range shooting, this is desired as the reticle will keep the same perspective on your target’s size as you change the magnification.
You can choose between two reticles: MOA or MRAD. The suggested retail price is $799.99.
From the Vortex Product Announcement:
Vortex Optics is going long, expanding on the value and reliability of their Strike Eagle® line of optics with the Strike Eagle® 5-25×56 FFP. Tactically-minded, long-range shooters can expect an incredible number of long-range tools in an incredibly affordable package.
The First Focal Plane reticle ensures accurate holdovers and ranging throughout the magnification range. Shooters will get to enjoy all that magnification even more thanks to the XD optical system, which makes for crystal-clear, edge-to-edge sharpness and high contrast images, and XR™ lens coatings for superior light transmission and optimized, low-light performance.
And, to guarantee a clear point of aim no matter the lighting conditions, the glass-etched EBR-7C reticle is illuminated.
When shooters are ready to start dialing for deeper shots, exposed, tactical locking turrets keep adjustments safe with integrated locking mechanisms. Not only that, the aircraft-grade, 34mm aluminum tube provides 110 MOA/31MRAD of travel, giving shooters plenty of space to stretch out.
And, if they need it, shooters can get from dealing close-close quarters punishment to long-range precision rapidly with the included throw lever. After all that dialing, if a shooter needs a fast, reliable return to zero, the patented RevStop® Zero System provides a fast, simple, rock-solid return.
For the shooter looking to step up their long-range game, and for those serving in the line of fire, the Strike Eagle® 5-25×56 FFP means immediate impact.
About Vortex Optics:
American owned, veteran-owned, Wisconsin-based Vortex® Optics designs, engineers, produces, and distributes a complete line of premium sport optics, accessories, and apparel. Dedicated to providing unrivaled customer service and exceptional quality, Vortex® backs its products with the unconditional, transferrable, lifetime VIP Warranty. Built on over 30 years of experience in the optics industry, Vortex® has emerged as a leader in the optics market.
$799.99 – Strike Eagle® 5-25×56 (MOA) – $799.99 – Strike Eagle® 5-25×56 (MRAD)
Below is a video from Vortex:
Interestingly, the new Strike Eagle has a better features list than Vortex’s own Viper PST Gen II 5-25×50, which is around 1,200 USD. For instance, the tube is larger (34 vs 30 mm), 56 mm objective lens (vs 50 mm), locking turrets, 31 Mils of elevation (vs. 70), Zero Stop and so on.
However, according to Vortex Optics, the Viper PST Gen II has a higher quality optical system in comparison to the Strike Eagle. The intention is that the Strike Eagle lineup will fall ahead of the Diamondback Tactical line and behind the Viper PST Gen II line.
Am I wrong in sensing that there might be a Viper PST Gen III around the corner?
I am quite tempted to try the new Strike Eagle. With MRAD, of course. It would be interesting to do a side-by-side review of it and the Schmidt & Bender 5-25×56 PMII and the Zero Compromise ZC527 Scope. If we can, we will do it.
How do you think the market will greet the new Strike Eagle?
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