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Scope it out: Weaver goes tactical

These days, it seems as though every time a person turns around, there is something new and/or exciting that is called “tactical.”

With such a sexy buzz word, who can blame companies in the industry for jumping onto the bandwagon? Not I.

The fascinating thing about today’s true “tactical” things is that they very often work exceedingly well for hunting and general shooting.

In fact, many of the needs for things like ruggedness, reliability and performance that are inherent in the tactical ethic have resulted in better products for all forms of shooting, whether they ever see a real tactical application for them, or not.

And so it is with new riflescopes introduced this month by Weaver.

Weaver®, one of the most established names in optics, rings and bases and an industry mainstay for 80 years, has introduced a new tactical line of riflescopes to the precision shooter.

The new Tactical Series (MSRP: $890.95 - $994.49) includes two magnification options and is currently available in stores now.

In announcing the new scopes, Weaver, part of the ATK family of companies, has focused on two concepts: strict tolerances and harsh environments.

“As with every Weaver product, these new tactical scopes are manufactured to the strictest tolerances in order to perform in the harshest environments,” Weaver reported. “From rugged one-piece construction and waterproof/shockproof/fogproof performance to argon purged tubes and fully multi-coated lenses with extra hard exterior coatings, these new tactical scopes help deliver precise shot placement under adverse conditions.”

Other factors that establish these new scopes as serious contenders in the tactical market include:

• Powerful 5 time magnification
• First focal plane reticles
• 30mm tubes
• Side focus parallax adjustment

Serious shooters will also appreciate the reset-to-zero turrets and Mil Dot reticle as they choose between the 4-20x50mm or 3-15x50mm offerings in matte finish.

    The Mil Dot reticle is classic for the genre in that it features large, prominent reticle posts top and bottom, side and side, that go quickly to a fine crosshair type reticle in the middle of the field of view. There are mil dots up and down the vertical crosshair, and side to side on the horizontal one.

    This kind of system allows for a variety of “hold-ons,” especially at the longer distances. And, the 30mm main tube affords a wider latitude of adjustment, which is never a bad thing.

    Ironically, Weaver is the one name in the industry that can claim original territory in one of the most elemental concepts in tactical mounting systems, whether the item being mounted is a scope, light or even auxiliary handle. It is called the Picatinny rail, which is named for the Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey where this specific mounting system was developed. It has since become standard in the tactical field.

    The Picatinny rail is really nothing much more nor less than a variant of the original Weaver mounting system. There can be slight differences, but Weaver rings fit Picatinny rails

Steve Comus is a nationally recognized hunting editor with Safari Club International and a former WON Guns and Hunting Editor. His column appears every other week in WON and he can be reached at


WEAVER TACTICAL scopes hit the market.

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