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- Last updated: 23/01/2019
I really rate Vortex optics; be it a straightforward, well-priced red dot or a top of the line magnified optic, everything oozes quality and is backed up by an absolute gem of a warranty.
When you’re spending good money on a piece of glass, you want to know it’s going to be with you for a considerable time, and the fact that Vortex offer their ‘VIP Warranty’, which effectively says they will “repair or replace your Vortex product in the event it becomes damaged or defective at no charge to you. It doesn’t matter how it happened, whose fault it was, or where you purchased it” means that your outlay is well protected. I was recently able to spend some time with Chris (AKA ‘Captain Vortex’) from Country Sports Wholesale, who look after the Vortex brand in the UK, to really get under the skin of the new models. Looking in detail at the three models suggested by my contacts at ‘Vortex HQ’ in the USA, the ‘Crossfire Red Dot’ is undoubtedly a model that will interest many, many airsofters! For close-in work, it’s hard to beat a quality Red Dot Sight, and the super-light, ultra-compact, incredibly durable, Crossfire Red Dot is exactly that.
The daylight-bright, 2-MOA dot is easy to acquire and promotes rapid engagement of targets, yet is fine enough to more precisely engage targets at distance. It has eleven intensity levels of brightness and a rather groovy skeletonised mount that offers two height options (Low and Lower 1/3 Co-Witness) – lending its functionality to rifles, carbines, shotguns, and even pistols.
I honestly fancy one of these for myself!
The ‘Strike Eagle’ comes in four different models, with differing magnification levels, but the one I took a proper long, hard look at was the 1-6X24 scope suggested. The 1x variable optics offer speed and versatility for rifle and carbine users who need to engage targets from point-blank out to extended ranges. Take into consideration what it costs to get into this optic, and you may find you can’t afford not to buy it! Whether you’re burning through a 3-Gun Stage, logging some range time, or holding for that elusive target on the skirmish field, the Strike Eagle is up to the task. High-quality, fully multi-coated lenses deliver a clear, crisp sight picture and optimal low-light performance. A true onepower on the low end of its 6x zoom range provides quick target acquisition in close quarters scenarios. Need to engage targets at distance? Crank it up to 6x and let it rip! Again, available in four different guises, the new ‘Diamondback Tactical 6-24X50 FFP’ is sure to be the darling of the discerning airsoft sniper crowd! The first focal plane reticle, a feature ordinarily reserved for 4-figure-priced optics, allows shooters to use the information-packed EBR-2C reticles for ranging, holdovers or windage corrections on any magnification. It has a one-piece aluminium tube and a 4x optical system delivering excellent edge-to-edge clarity and sharp resolution. Exposed elevation and windage turrets are low profile enough to stay out of the way in packing situations, but offer the quickness, ease and precision of dialling accurate shots at distance. A side adjustable parallax gives shooters peace of mind by removing parallax error from the equation from 10-yards to infinity.
As usual with Vortex optics all three sights are of stunning quality, offering sharp, precise sighting options whatever your shooting style! As always, I’m interested to see “what comes next” from Vortex, and I’m certain that SHOT and IWA 2019 will bring new directions and new models to the market, but for now, I need to see about saving up for that ‘Crossfire’!