Elevation turret centered and locking collar in the "lock" position
Feel of the turret clicks is a fairly important design criteria for a scope meant for heavy, tactical, or even recreational use. Shooters appreciate a positive feel when making adjustments so there isn't any confusion if an adjustment has been made. The turret clicks on the TARS are as such, nice and crisp with a snappy feel. They also provide a nice subtle audible cue that an adjustment has been placed on the scope. The click spacing is pretty close however, but dialing only one click is easily accomplished. The turret lines align perfectly with the index line beneath the turret sleeve as they should.
The windage turret is in the same configuration as the elevation, but numbered differently. There is a total of 30 MOA of adjustment per revolution on the windage turret but the numbers increase in both the right and left direction to a maximum of 15 MOA, after which the numbers would begin decreasing if the turret were to continue to be turned. This lends the possibility of dialing on 16 MOA of right wind adjustment but a simple glance at the turret could be perceived as 14 MOA of left adjustment. If the shooter is well-versed in their equipment, this shouldn't pose a problem as they would know which revolution index line should be visible for their established zero.
The parallax knob on the TARS rotates nearly one full turn from the minimum parallax setting of 40 yards to infinity. The only indications given on the parallax knob are at the 40 yard setting, infinity indication, and multiple hash marks in between. The knob is fairly stiff but smooth in operation.
The lenses are fully multi-coated according to the literature provided with the scope, and are given a water repellant hydrophobic coating to aid in shedding moisture from the lenses in inclement weather. I can attest to the fact that most of the water is shed from the lens surfaces after removing the scope from a bathtub of cold water. The reticle is located in the first focal plane (FFP) which means that the reticle subtensions will remain true at any magnification setting the user may set. I've grown to prefer this type of reticle placement as long as the reticle design is well executed for line thickness. The problem with FFP reticles is that at higher power, the reticle can appear to be very thick and cover too much of the target, which is detrimental to precision. Trijicon however has what I feel is about perfect for line thickness; the reticle can be seen at low magnification yet doesn't seem too thick while at 15X, allowing very precise aiming and shot placement. In reality, the reticle of an FFP scope covers the same amount of the target no matter what magnification setting, it is just more obvious at the higher power.
The MOA reticle with this scope seems to be very well executed for field precision shooting. The center crosshair portion is detached from the outer crosshairs, is the only illuminated portion, and measures 2 MOA providing 1 MOA on each side of center. There is a 1 MOA gap around the center section after which the primary crosshairs continue which have hash marks every 1 MOA, with numbering at the 10, 20, and 30 MOA hashes on the lower vertical portion. The horizontal bars have the 10 MOA hash numbered on each side of center. Trijicon has also placed windage dots extending down and out on each side of center. Utilizing this reticle should be simple enough after an afternoon of familiarization and using it for hold-over and holding for wind conditions.