The low-powered variable optics market is hot and tight. Much like the red dot market, over time, they’ve become the new norm and with mass production, we are seeing an impressive mid-tier of optics arrive. These aren’t quite budget optics, but they also won’t break the bank.
Optics like the Riton 3 Tactix 1-8×24 scope are the kind of optics that will serve 99% of gun owners very, very well.
Riton sent this optic as well as a very nice mount for it to test and review. I can give you the bottom line verdict up front and say that I was a little sad to send it back when I was finished with this review.
As the name implies, the 3 Tactix is a 1-8 power optic. It’s a second focal plane optic.
The 3 Tactix comes in black or FDE, and the finish is a type 3 hard coat anodization. Riton advertises the optic as weatherproof, but doesn’t provide a specific IP rating. I wouldn’t take it to your local YMCA and swim laps with it, but it seems to resist rain and routine splashes and likely some light submersion. The reticle is illuminated and features 11 levels of brightness.
All in all, the rifle scope is a well put together LPVO that might not be the fanciest option out there, but it’s a rock-solid rifle scope.
The 3 Tactix Reticle
The 3 Tactix’s reticle is fairly simple, with lots of little extras to make it more precise and easy to use at longer ranges. It’s also large and designed to be easy to see. At the center sits a 1 MOA dot surrounded by a massive broken circle. To each side and at the bottom sit a tree for making wind and elevation calls.
The vertical lines are five MOA apart, and the horizontal lines between each vertical line are 3 MOA long. Between the horizontal lines and vertical lines is approximately 1 MOA of empty space. If you can remember all that, you can get pretty dang precise with your elevation and windage.
Admittedly shooting beyond 200 yards is something I really need to practice a bit more.
Since the 3 Tactix is a second focal plane scope, the reticle stays the same size throughout the zoom range. That makes the optic more affordable, but also has some downsides. The 5 MOA lines are only accurate at the highest level of magnification. Although, if you’re using the elevation ladder, the rifle is likely already maxed out on magnification anyway.
Up Close With the 3 Tactix
The reticle is just a bit too big for me at 1X. It’s “crowded” when you’re trying to hit a small target quickly. Running through a quick snap-fire on some smaller gongs felt a little slow. It’s easy to lose the small gong in the reticle if you don’t get a great sight picture right away.
One big benefit to the 3 Tactix reticle is its illumination. It can get very bright. Even insanely bright and daylight bright in the brightest Florida’s sunshine. Most budget or mid-tier optics struggle with daylight brightness in my experience. You won’t have that problem here.
The eye box is also massive and it’s very easy to get behind the optic and get on target. Eye relief is a very generous 3.9 inches. Both are nice touches and must-haves on a tactical rifle optic.
Going the Distance
At longer ranges, the 3 Tactix is clearer than it has any right to be. Riton’s HD glass ensures things stay nice and clear. They claim over 99% light transmission. Whatever it is, you get a great sight picture with this optic, and it’s remarkably clear. Even out to 450 yards, I could see the area and the target quite clearly.
I dismounted the optic and used it to spy on my wife as she took our dog for a walk. I know the end of the straightaway in front of our home is 450 yards. With the optics zoomed into 8X magnification, I could see her and the pup very clearly. I could make out her sunglasses, the color of her clothes, and her hair. There is some slight distortion, but it’s very clear.
Dialing was love at first adjustment with the 3 Tactix. The clicks and turrets are so damn nice. The clicks are positive, and the ½ MOA adjustments are dead-on accurate. This was a quick and easy zero and I enjoyed every click. The turrets can be reset to zero easily, too. They are hand-adjustable and pleasantly large.
That’s a nice cherry on the ice cream sundae that is the 3 Tactix 1-8×24. The 3 Tactix is an impressive design in a very capable, reasonably priced LPVO. At its price point, it offers you a lot of scope. It’s not perfect, and I really wish the reticle was a little smaller. However, I didn’t miss targets because of it, and I guess that’s what really matters.
Specifications: Riton 3 Tactix 1-8×24 LPVO
Magnification – 1-8X
Focal Plane – Second
Objective Lens Diameter – 24mm
Eye Relief – 3.9 inches
Length – 10.87 inches
Weight – 19.3 ounces
MSRP – $509.99 (about $430 retail)
Ratings (out of five stars):
Clarity * * * *
You might not confuse it for a Leupold, but you’re not paying $3,000 dollars either. I don’t think optics get much clearer than this at this price point. At carbine ranges, it’s perfectly suitable and downright excels.
Ease of Use * * * * *
This is all brain-dead simple and easy to configure and use. From zeroing the optic with the awesome turrets to dialing in the magnification with the included throw lever. Check out the Riton mounts, too, because they are rock-solid.
Overall * * * *
The 3 Tactix is an awesome option for your next rifle. It’s a solid LPVO at a very good price. There isn’t much more you can ask for with a reasonably priced piece of glass.