It seemed like every time I turned around at the NRA show I saw another optics manufacturer that I wasn’t previously familiar with. Here are a few of the ones that stood out, priced on the budget end of the spectrum. Some of them really impressed me, and we’re working on T&E samples . . .
First up is Sun Optics. They have a huge product line, a teeny portion of which is pictured above. The glass on their tactical scopes seemed great for the price point, and we’ll be angling to test out a high-zoom (maybe 6-24x), first focal plane scope plus a 1-6x tactical option like the one seen below.
Vixen Optics is on the high end of price and quality in this post. They’re well-known for Japanese-made telescopes, spotting scopes, and binoculars. While some of their rifle scopes have been available in the U.S. for a while, it looks like they’re planning on expanding their presence.
TRACT Optics is a new company with a unique — at least in this field — business model: they’re direct to consumer. The only way to get ’em is right through the TRACT website. With no distributor and retailer markups, their pitch is high-end optics at half the cost.
Hawke Optics makes a full line of riflescopes, mounts, red dots, spotting scopes, and more. I didn’t catch a lot of info about ’em, but we’ll look to fix that.
Finally, Rudolph Optics. Also making really nice stuff out of Japan, but coming in a lot less than some of the big-name companies that just may share the same factories as all of the other guys.
Somehow I managed to skip all of Rudolph’s scopes, though! It’s fair to say I was distracted by their tiny little range finger, which was very impressive in function as well. Especially at a $249 price point.