My two videos on the Strike Eagle 5-25x56 are finally up on Youtube.
Here is the look through the scope and at the reticle:
Here is the overall review and a comparison to similarly configured scopes that are priced a little lower and a little higher than the Strike Eagle. This approach helps me guardband the performance and get a better idea of the value proposition.
Watching both videos takes a little time, so here is a brief summary for you.
Overall, I liked the Strike Eagle quite a bit and that takes some effort for me to say since I did not like any other of the Strike Eagle scopes that I have seen. I went into this review with fairly low expectations and came away sufficiently impressed that I think I can add this scope to my list of recommendations. To be clear and to dispel a bunch of silly internet rumors I have seen. While this is a very full featured scope with very impressive specifications, it is not designed to compete with $2k designs. That's what the Razor Gen2 is for. That's the thing about only looking at the specs: they do not tell the whole story.
That having been said, for ~$700, it is a very viable design.
I am not a huge fan of the EBR-7C reticle, but it is a perfectly modern design that clearly works well for a ton of people.
Vortex does this very intelligent thing where they use the same or similar reticle design across a broad range of scopes. For example, you can get the same EBR-7C in Razor HD Gen2 4.5-27x56, PST Gen2 3-15x44 and 5-25x50 and Strike Eagle 5-25x56. On top of that the excellent US-made Razor AMG 6-24x50 has a very similar EBR-7B reticle.
Familiarity with the reticle is sort of a big deal, so if someone wanted to put the same reticle on a bunch of rifles without having to drop $2k on every scope, Vortex makes it an option. They are not trying to make you pay for a high end scope if you want to use their most sophisticated reticle.
For example, you could conceivably put Razor Gen2 4.5-27x56 on your competition rifle, Razor AMG 6-24x50 on a crossover/long range hunting rifle, PST Gen2 3-15x44 on an accurate semi-auto and Strike Eagle 5-25x56 on a rimfire trainer. Depending on your budget and priorities you can mix and match things as you see fit.
With the Strike Eagle, to me, the outstanding feature of the scope is the exceedingly wide FOV, but the overall package is very compelling with few weaknesses, especially given the price.
15 yard minimum focus is sufficient for rimfire use and for most airgun use, although going down to 10 meters is something more common for airguns. It does work adequately well at 10 meters, but not at tom magnification. It starts losing focus at 10 meters somewhere between 10x and 15x which, frankly, is perfectly adequate for my purposes.
Illumination is done nicely. The turrets track fine, but it took some breaking in.
Overall, a very good effort by Vortex.
The scope is made in China, so if that is something that gives you trouble, there are other options. All the other scopes I mentioned above with the same reticle are not made in China. PST Gen2 hails from the Phillipines. Razor HD is made in Japan with some turret work done in the US. Razor AMG is US made.
I gave it a couple of days and figured it is time to do a live show on intermediate magnifications in LPVOs and a couple of other updates.
I am budgeting 30-45 minutes for this, but it might go to a full hour depending on how it goes.
I'd like to do a quick overview of how the hog hunt went, the gear I was looking at and why I love doing this stuff.
Let's aim for tomorrow (Tuesday, October 12th) at noon Mountain Time.
Here is the wrap up of the Steiner M1050r LRF bincoulars that I have been playing with for a quite a while now.
Observation optics is a pretty involved subject as is, further complicated by the fact that most observation optics are not made for shooters. Here is a live show I did on observation optics that touches on this:
This binocular is decidedly not intended for birders. As the name implies, it is squarely aimed at military and law enforcement applications. It is a very competent overall design, but there is a feature that is sorely missing.
Let me know what you think once you watch the video. The binocular in question is the Steiner Military 10x50r LRF: https://bit.ly/2WA88hY
It is a solid design overall with excellent optics and good LRF performance. There is, however, one critical feature missing.
The registration for SHOT 2022 is finally open and I am in the process of making something resembling a schedule for it. The way it usually works, I make a detailed schedule and it goes to hell in a handbasket eight minutes after the show starts. Still, I have to make plans.
Interestingly, the Safari International event is in Las Vegas this year and overlapping with SHOT.
SHOT is Tuesday through Friday and SCI is Wednesday through Saturday.
I normally do not go to SCI given that it is more of a hunting oriented event. However, given that I am gearing up for my4th hunt this year (aoudad sheep in April, spring black bear in Alaska in June, hogs in Texas two weeks ago and New Mexico elk coming up in December), I can no longer say that I am not really a hunter with any sort of honesty.
I may not be a good hunter, but I am a hunter. Apparently.
With all that, I may be able to sneak over to the SCI show on Saturday. I always run out of time at SHOT, so I doubt I will be able to give up...
Folks, I am going to do another livecast tomorrow focusing on LPVOs and FIxed Power scopes when both are equipped with an offset RDS.
Matt of Everyday Marksman and Jacob of Pro-gun Millenial will join me tomorrow.
Yesterday's livecast, once we got done with the original topic of discussion veered a little bit toward other aspects of shooting quickly with conventional riflescopes and the topic of OEGs (Occluded Eye Gunsights) came up. I figured that I should probably write a short article on how they work when I realized that I already have and that Guns and Ammo makes this one available online.
It went into the 2019 Retro issue when they asked to write a little bit about OEGs since they were famously used in the Son-Tay raid.
It did make me want to re-visit the subject, so I pinged the good folks at Armson USA to see if I can borrow a modern OEG form them and go over the subject in more detail.