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Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50 FFP MRAD - First impressions

 
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Old 05-13-2011, 03:28 PM
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Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50 FFP MRAD - First impressions

I've beeb looking at these scopes for several months, hoping they would be half as good as their reviews. Today I received the 4-16x50 FFP, and I'm blown away. Keep in mind, I haven't mounted it or fired a round yet, but my initial impression is that this is an amazing value.

The tube and dials are all substantial in your hand, and it appears to be very well made. The glass is crisp and precise, even at 16x. The resistance in the clicks is perfect (I hear the first models were a little light). The illumination knob and stops are very well designed; there is an off stop next to each individual setting, so you're never more than one click away from shut-off.

I purchased the FFP version which, in my opinion, makes it easier to range for hunting applications. This is my first FFP scope, so we'll see. The reticle is crisp and detailed. I'm very excited to mount this over the weekend and put a few shots on it.

Incidentally, I ordered this from Doug at CamaraLand NY, and they were great. This was my second purchase from them (the first was a pair of Vortex Viper Binoculars), and they've been a pleasure to work with on both transactions. As a matter of fact, I'm going to call them immediately and order the PST 6-24 FFP, since I like this one so well.

Incidentally, I'm replacing a Leupold Mark IV with the 6-24 PST. Having compared the two, I'm convinced that Vortex is the better value. Once I get this mounted, I'll post a new thread with my reaction, but so far I couldn't be happier.

Thanks to Vortex for listening to the shooting community, and thanks to Doug at CamaraLand NY for a great experience. I'll be a customer of both moving forward.

Hope this helps folks as they're evaluating all of the different scope options out there.
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Old 05-13-2011, 03:35 PM
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Re: Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50 FFP MRAD - First impressions

Good post. I want one now....
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Old 05-13-2011, 03:55 PM
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Re: Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50 FFP MRAD - First impressions

in a word TRACKING, I am not really concerned about the glass quailty as long as its decent what I really want is rock solid reliable mechanical features. run this scope through its passes mechanically and report back that is what I am most interested in.
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:56 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50 FFP MRAD - First impressions

These sound great, I'm waiting for some real world testing before I jump ship though. i want to see how they work on rifles and put up w/ abuse.
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Old 05-16-2011, 01:13 PM
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Re: Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50 FFP MRAD - First impressions

let us know how it performs
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Old 05-17-2011, 02:22 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50 FFP MRAD - First impressions

+1 - I have been watching this and about five other forums hoping someone will post a full review on this model. It ticks a lot of my boxes at a very attractive price.
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Old 05-17-2011, 07:54 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50 FFP MRAD - First impressions

Just more of what I have already heard about Vortex products. I ordered a 6-24 PST MOA on Friday morning. I am away from home for job related training this week and mine was delivered to the house yesterday! Cant wait to get back home and check it out.
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