Just Arrived At My Door: Bushnell Elite Tactical SMRS 1-6x24mm Riflescope

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Let the testing begin! Barely two weeks after my ‘pleasepleaseplease send me one’ post, Bushnell has loaned me their newest and hottest tactical/3-gun scope. It will soon take the place of honor atop my heavy-barrel AR. And then maybe my AK. And then probably my .308 Model 700 PSS just for fun. Damn, I wish the weekend were here already. I wish several weekends were here already…

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BTR-1 Reticule @ 1x

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BRT-1 Reticule @ 6.5x

These shots show the BTR-1 reticule at each end of the SMRS’ magnification range, preparing to smoke-check my neighbor’s cedar tree. As you can see, the reticule remains the same size because it’s etched in the second focal plane. The reticule is much bigger than it seems from these photos; my camera’s wide-angle lens has a marvelously wide depth of focus, but it makes scope reticules look tiny.

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.1 mil target turrets, protected beneath screw-on caps.

Unlike other low-power variable scopes I’ve tested (and which I’ve f–ing loved, for the record) the SMRS powers down to true 1.0x magnification. This lets you use it with both eyes open like an Eotech or Aimpoint. The SMRS doesn’t have as wide a viewing angle as a reflex sight (it is a 10.5-inch long optical tube, after all) but the 24mm objective gathers sixteen times as much light.

And speaking of brightness, the illuminated reticule has 9 daylight and 2 NOD settings. The NOD settings are invisible, and the daylight settings up to 4 are pretty weak sauce. But level 9 is bright enough to read a map by.

I’d better stop now. If I don’t, I won’t have much to say for the real review.