Vortex Announces the New Razor HD Gen III 1-10×24 Rifle Scope

vortex Razor HD Gen III 1-10x24

Courtesy Vortex

Need a top-tier optical solution for point-blank tactical applications, to putting hits on target at long range – look to the Vortex® Razor HD Gen III 1-10×24.

A highly sophisticated optical design, cutting-edge components and state of the art engineering make the Razor HD Gen III 1-10×24 a true “Alpha” in the tactical optics arena. The First Focal Plane optical system coupled with the all-new EBR-9 MRAD and EBR-9 BDC MOA reticles ensure all reticle hold points are usable throughout the complete zoom range. Daylight-bright reticle illumination gives red dot sight functionality on 1X and full use of the data-rich glass-etched reticle on its upper end – no matter the light conditions. Illumination is accessed and activated via the locking illumination dial positioned cleanly on the left side of the turret housing. Features 11 intensity levels with an off-position between each setting.

vortex Razor HD Gen III 1-10x24

Courtesy Vortex

“When we began this project, we started with a single goal – create the world’s premier low power variable riflescope,” said David Hamilton, Vortex Optics Chief Development Officer. “The list of “Wants”, was robust to say the least. It had to serve users with needs from CQB to long range. We knew it would be challenging. We also knew we wouldn’t quit until we had it right. That’s just in our DNA.”

Optically, the Razor HD Gen III 1-10×24 provides incredible clarity, resolution, color accuracy, light transmission and edge to edge sharpness. A highly forgiving eye box delivers an unparalleled sight picture for insanely quick target acquisition. HD glass fully multicoated on all air-to-glass surfaces with Vortex’s proprietary XR antireflective coatings guarantees top-tier optical performance. Exterior glass surfaces are protected by Vortex’s scratch/oil/salt-resistant ArmorTek® coating. All coatings are applied using the cutting-edge PlasmaTech application process, resulting in unparalleled coating durability.

vortex Razor HD Gen III 1-10x24

Courtesy Vortex

Compact, stout and built on a 34 mm aircraft-grade aluminum tube, the Razor HD Gen III 1-10×24 will handle the most demanding scenarios. Ultralow-profile capped windage and elevation turrets provide a clean, sleek profile – beneficial for smoothly navigating the physical environment. Scope features 120 MOA/30 MRAD of total travel. Zero-resettable turrets offer 25 MOA/10 MRAD of adjustment per revolution. O-ring sealed and purged with argon gas for absolute waterproof and fogproof performance.

Rapid engagements and technical interior work, to designated marksman responsibilities and damn near everything else, Vortex Optics’ new Razor HD Gen III 1-10×24 does it all – and does it better.

MSRP: $2899.99 

For a list of specifications, frequently asked questions and high-resolution images, check out the Vortex Optics media portal. For more information, visit www.VortexOptics.com and be sure to follow Vortex Optics on InstagramFacebookYouTube and Twitter.


  1. avatar LarryinTX says:

    Wow. I have a 1-6x Leupold with similar features, or I would be looking at this real hard.

    1. avatar California Richard says:

      Was that 1-6x Leopold $3000?

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Naw, just $2500.

  2. avatar PTM says:


  3. avatar Richard says:

    3 grand!? Yeah ok.

    1. avatar rosignol says:


      I don’t doubt it’s a quality product, but the pricetag makes it very clear I am not the target customer for this.

      1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

        Be a few years (10+) before the kids will be up for the kind of shooting this scope is intended for. Hopefully the options then are relatively less expensive. Till then mostly close range 22 and 9.

      2. avatar PTM says:

        Ots of less expensive LPVO, though at 10x I think the LP does not apply.

        As for grown men whining about prices…suck it up.

        1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

          You mean have the discipline to delay gratification and prioritize the best use of resources? Pretty sure most of us have that covered there buddy.

        2. avatar Richard says:

          You can get quality thermal and night vision scopes for less then this.

          But hey, don’t let me stop you from paying 3 grand for it. If vortex makes a killing off people like you, more power to them. That’s the beautiful part of the free market. A fool and his money are easily parted.

        3. avatar PTM says:

          Quit your whining, Richard. Don’t buy it if you don’t want it. I’m not going to buy it. But what’s the point of acting like a little girl about the price point? Why do you even care? Stupid stuff, man. Stupid. Stuff.

        4. avatar California Richard says:

          Stop giving us “Richard’s” a bad name Richard. We’re already on thin ice here at TTAG. Calm down and spend your hard earned money at Dick’s Sporting Goods or something. Sheesh.

        5. avatar jwtaylor says:

          Richard: “You can get quality thermal and night vision scopes for less then this.”

          No, you can’t.

        6. avatar Mitch says:

          Hate to tell ya this, John, but quality thermal can be had for less than this optic:
          The Zeus is a quality unit, is it not?

        7. avatar jwtaylor says:

          Mitch, nope, the MSRP on that unit is well more than the MSRP on the scope. The street price of the scope is well below the street price of this unit. Compare apples to apples.

        8. avatar Richard says:

          I’d have to dig, but my reference was actually a TTAG article from a year or so ago, which presented a thermal scope for ~2300~ if I remember correctly.

        9. avatar Richard says:

          JWT, I can’t post the link for whatever reason, but in September of 2018 TTAG published an article advertising the ATN THOR 4, for 1,999$. I’m not trashing vortex, I like vortex, or saying this scope isn’t quality, I’m just saying paying nearly 3 grand for what this is, is being taken for a ride. There’s no shame in being frugal. You could say I’m “richer”, then most of the people I know, and I didn’t do it by blowing money left and right.

        10. avatar California Richard says:

          AND “humble”…. don’t forget to tell everybody about how much more humble you are too.

        11. avatar Anymouse says:

          Richard says $2800 is too much for a 1-10 variable scope and is foolish since he can get a thermal scope for the same. There are lots of people who have a use for optics that acts like a red dot and magnified scope, but they don’t have a use for a thermal scope. They could equally say a thermal scope is useless, and they could get a quality LPVO for the same price. I could afford either, but since I’m not hunting hogs in TX, there’s few places I could use a thermal scope, so it’s kind of useless to me. However, I’m still smart enough to know that there is a use for them by others instead of pooh-poohing it.

      3. avatar strych9 says:

        The Gen II’s are popular with the guys in SF units who prefer a tube with magnification over a non-magnified sight.

        The target audience for this is people who don’t pay for their own gear or people who want really high-end/speed gear. Some of those people know what it is and want it for that reason such as competition while other people just want it for the cool factor without really understanding it.

        The latter are kinda like this guy I know at the local range. Drops like $1400 a DBAL-D², slaps it on his rifle and brings it to the range. Then proceeds to ask a few of us why one of the lasers on this thing “doesn’t work”.

        But really, is it that much different from buying a Leupold Mark 8 CQBSS for $3000 or more or the Mark 8 M5B2 for $4500? Nope.

        1. avatar PTM says:

          And you are familiar with SF guys based on extensive video gaming experience?


        2. avatar Anymouse says:

          You should have offered $500 for his “broke ass” laser. It “must have been counterfeit.”
          People who pay top dollar should at least know what “elite” features they’re paying for. How else can they it show off?

  4. avatar Thekeeper215 says:

    And I just bought a Trijicon 1-8 Accupower thinking 1-10 was a few years away… The price is a turn off, and should come down. I will be watching this one closely and don’t see myself making another scope purchase until I have reviews and field reports on this.

    1. avatar PTM says:

      Ouch. I had an Accupower but that thing was a boat anchor and had a lousy reticle in my opinion. This Vortex 1-10 is head and shoulders better than an Accupoint. Wish I had the coin for one. I sunk my money into an optic for my precision rifle.

    2. avatar 4X4REDNECK says:

      I’ve got an Accupower 1-8 also. Actually very nice for the money despite the thick center cross. Realistically, if you’re shooting at ranges you need more refinement, you’ll be using the lower mil hashes anyway. So, their logic may have been that the thicker reticle for point blank shooting at 1X was a worthwhile compromise. Anything way out there, use mil holds.

  5. avatar jwtaylor says:

    I have a couple of the previous 1-6X Razors, and they are exceptional. They’re an ideal LPVO. A true 1X and then all the way up to 10X with a decent eye box and clarity is quite the engineering challenge. If it’s as good as the 1-6, it’s high on the list for purchase.

    1. avatar Chad says:

      And I hoping there’ll be some good deals on gently used 1-6x Razors soon! Haha

      1. avatar jwtaylor says:

        Man, good point!

        1. avatar Michael Stilinovich says:

          I just ordered one and the selling point for me was the weight, 21.5 oz., same as the Gen ii-e.
          I know the glass will be as sharp, as least I hope. But I pulled the trigger when I could get it for

          Order Subtotal $1,989.00
          Coupon -$238.68
          Bucks -$17.59
          Est. Sales Tax (CA) $134.45
          Value Shipping FREE

          Grand Total $1,867.18

          They have a sale on scopes right now at a leading optics site, until the end of the month I believe.

  6. avatar Xaun Loc says:

    Hmmm…. I just read the exact same Vortex Press Release, also published word for word, on another firearms website. Neither site changed a single word of the glorified advertisement that Vortex sent them (although the other site did include a totally worthless video that Vortex created to show off the scope being used in a cartoon CQB Entry Team mission ending with a sniper who just happened to have a full size tripod that he apparently carried collapsed in his pocket all the way through the building).

    Maybe in a few months we might see some real reviews of this hardware, but it probably won’t be on any of the sites that regularly publish press releases without bothering to read them.

    1. avatar PTM says:

      We are happy you got this off your chest and hope you feel better now.

      1. avatar rudukai13 says:

        It’s a valid critique for a supposedly independent journalistic organization. If you’re going to copy and paste press releases, you should at least include a disclaimer – And not try to pass it off as an original article by a “staff writer”

        1. avatar jwtaylor says:

          TTAG usually list these things as press releases, or something like “From Vortex.”

          It’s pretty obvious they are not trying to pass it off as original work. It looks like a simple clerical error.

        2. avatar BlazinTheAmazin says:

          It is blatantly obvious they are just copy and pasting a press release. That is how a marketing department writes, not a reviewer/gun journalist.

        3. avatar PTM says:

          Oh, the horror of it all!!

          They posted information from the manufacturer.


        4. avatar LarryinTX says:

          Come on, guys, didn’t *anyone* go back and look? Each section starts with the “courtesy Vortex” note. Staff writer did no more than put it together and format. And so annotated, where is the bitch?

    2. avatar TravisP says:

      Because it’s clearly not a review. It’s a press release. Every gun outlet publishes press releases. That’s why they are called “Press” releases

  7. avatar PTM says:

    It’s fun, free entertainment to read the explosion of butt hurt when any new product is announced like this.

  8. avatar Mark says:

    I want one. I have a few of their 1 – 6 versions and I’ve been waiting for something like this. The price is fair. You get what you pay for when it comes to glass.

  9. avatar PTM says:

    Well put from a comment on SniperHide. Like I said, I’m not buying one, but here’s a cold splash of reality for the whiners getting all heated up over this.

    “Everyone wants HD quality in Strike Eagle pricing. Come on now, everyone knows Vortex list price is much higher than actual street price. Seriously the 1-6 is listed at $1400 what did you think the 1-10 price was going to be? $1401? Premium optics come at premium prices. Vortex stated street price will be $1999 meaning LE/Mil prices will probably be down around $1800 for them. That’s not a bad price at all for a daylight bright 1-10 FFP bomb proof scope that weighs the same as a 1-6 already does. I’d argue it brings a lot more to the table than say an NX8 does for the cost of only 4oz more.”

  10. avatar WI Patriot says:

    Not even for half the price…

    1. avatar PTM says:

      Hey, if you want to use a cheapo optic, who is stopping you?

  11. avatar Fully Involved says:

    I’d rather have a $3000 optic on a $500 gun than a $500 optic on a $3000 gun.
    Generally speaking, cheap guns have gotten so good that even entry-level modern rifles will hit their target. The real question is, can you?

    1. avatar Michael Stilinovich says:

      when the sun’s not in my eyes, or I haven’t missed the bus
      or the dog didn’t eat my homework…..

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