SilencerCo: Radius Target Ranging Gizmo Makes Your Range-Finding Binoculars Obsolete

“When we first decided to create our own rail mounted rangefinder, we wanted something that would allow us to range out to incredible distances reliably without having to come off of the gun and without breaking the bank,” SilencerCo’s presser proclaims that “that’s exactly what we’re delivering. Additional features of the Radius include a user configurable display, continuous ranging for 12 hours with (2) CR123 batteries, and resistance to even extreme elements.” Let’s hope it’s resistant to TTAG commenters’ derision, given that . . .

the video was edited to shorten the thinking, sighting and breathing stuff, to make it more dramatic. But c’mon, they don’t hide it and do you really want a Nutnfancy-length video about the Radius? Didn’t think so. The question is, do you want one? Its price is as-yet unspecified and the Radius makes your rifle look like Johnny 5. Still….

comments

  1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    We shall see.
    And price will be a big determining factor.
    And give up my ranging bino’s? I don’t think so.

    1. avatar Felix says:

      $999 per the web site.

  2. avatar Mack Bolan says:

    Street price is less than $1K

    For 1000+ meter non reflective and 1 mile reflective ranging its worth looking at.

  3. avatar california richard says:

    $200 range finder, $10 of JB weld, $15 rail mount, duct tape…. Co sight range finder and scope out to max effective point target distance…. Voila….. Although it wouldnt look as sexy with your SOF beard and tight t-shirts.

    1. avatar NineShooter says:

      The expense would increase considerably when you had to replace that cheap rangefinder every 5 shots due to the internals getting scrambled by recoil forces.

      1. avatar BDub says:

        And that’s after he realizes he missed the shot trying to get an accurate range out past 600yrds with a $200 range-finder.

        1. avatar Joe R. says:

          $7.50 all wx 2 mi. range FO/ordinance delivery drone.

          Use blanks to keep the target from looking up.

        2. avatar Joe R. says:

          U. S. _ G O V E R N M E N T _ P R O T E C T I O N S _ I N _ A _ N U T S H E L L

          DARPA – offering $ for stuff that the ATF can fine you up t $250K and 10 yrs hard time for attempting.

          http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/03/18/darpa-offering-rewards-for-turning-household-tech-into-weapons/

        3. avatar california richard says:

          JoeR
          That link should have its own TTAG article.

      2. avatar uncommon_sense says:

        NineShooter for the win!

      3. avatar california richard says:

        Psssshhhhh….. Just throw in some chewing gum and rubber bands for an extra $2 and everything should work just fine….

  4. avatar Tyler Kee says:

    As of Wednesday this week, I have one inbound from SWR for T&E. Standby for review.

    -TK

  5. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Meh.
    When I’m hunting, I need my binos. I can hold my binos up to my face for long periods of time, hit the button and range as good as the radius.
    Can the radius spot an ear flicking in the bush? Or determine horn size?

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Besides, it’s considered rude when you use your rifle scope to check out the attractive backside of a young lass off in the distance…

  6. avatar Defens says:

    I kind of like it, myself. By sticking the rangefinder on the rifle, it will be easier to take a well-supported position to range long shots. I’ve always used separate rangefinders (latest is a Leupold RX-1000i TBR). While great at shorter distances, the 6x magnification and fairly coarse reticle make it difficult to pick out and hold still on a small target beyond 500 yards or so. So, there’s a possible advantage in mounting this to the rifle, and around $900 for a one-mile rangefinder is about par for that level of performance.

    You still need to input environmental data though, it appears. So you’ll still be using a handheld solution for that, whether it’s a Kestrel ballistic unit, or some other solution.

    A bit OT, but I’ve just started using the WeatherFlow WeatherMeter, with the BallisticARC app on a smartphone. It works fine for me (after the batteries corroded and ate my Kestrel), but probably wouldn’t hold up to the rigors of more rugged use. Fortunately, I have no beard, my arms are alarmingly bereft of ink, and t-shirts would only emphasize my abdominal prone-padding, so this solution is probably fine for folks in my category. At $80 for the WeatherMeter, which talks to the BallisticARC app via BlueTooth, this should give Kestrel a run for its money.

  7. avatar Dan l says:

    I wish cannon would make the is binos with a range finder. Once I started hunting with those cannons I don’t want nothing else….what’s it weigh half pound? If u keep hanging stuff on your gun it’s gonna be a boat anchor before you know it…..can you read the display if u mount it on a hanguard rail?

    1. avatar James69 says:

      yep. Install a kayak paddle float on your stock, that way you won’;t lose it in a boating accident!

  8. avatar Kenji-con says:

    I have been using the radius or about 2 months now and really like it on my long range rifle. The biggest drawback is it adds significant weight to the gun which is a consideration if your going to be on the move a lot.

  9. avatar James69 says:

    Towards the end of deer season, I saw a guy with a tan six foot table set up – in the woods – so he could benchrest shoot the deer. I $hit you not, I love it. I think they should make these things larger and increase the weight. Because lightweight woods walkers like me will get more game. I also love seeing guys carting shooting stix, hello, the woods are full of trees? Love modern BS crap they sell.

  10. avatar George says:

    “…do you really want a Nutnfancy-length video about the Radius?”

    lololololol

  11. avatar Bob says:

    I had one, i promptly returned it.
    As a longrange shooter, i shoot mostly in bright sun light.
    The Display 100% was not visable!! Washed Out 100%.

    Perhaps if i played operator and placed a black cloth over my head the unit would have worked, but that isn’t my cup of tea.
    So, i changed out the batteries it came with, replaced them with Fresh Surefires, tryed again, No Change.
    I played with the Brightness, No Change, 100% wash out.

    I have no doubt the unit is solid, but SC needs to get this display issue sorted out. It needs to be Visable in High Noon Sunlight.

    And when they do, I’ll Promptly try again , and give them the benifit of the doubt. But honestly, this problem should have never happened to begin with.

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