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GUNS Magazine April 2012 Digital Edition - Page 30

STORY: Dave Anderson rijicon has a well-earned reputation for high quality optics, from the combat-proven ACOG to the Accupoint hunting scopes. When they decided to make a long-range scope they didn’t just dip a timid toe in the water. This is a company with technical know-how, facilities, resources, and a commitment to quality. In designing and building this scope they held nothing back. Long range shooting demands a lot of the riflescope. Adjustments must be accurate. If the shooter dials in 15 Minutes Of Angle (MOA) elevation the scope has to deliver 15-MOA movement, not 14.5. Adjustments, especially elevation, must be accurate over a wide range. Optics must be high quality, so the shooter can resolve small, far-off T Trijicon brings a thoroughbred to the tactical scope arena. LoNG-rANGe oPtiC redeFiNed Note the numbers on the turrets don’t stop at 15. The Trijicon 3-15x50 has 1/4-MOA adjustments with 30 MOA per revolution. The Trijicon 3-15x50 scope, here on a Steyr SSG-08 rifle in .308 Win, has a main tube diameter of 34mm. Turrets are lifted to make adjustments, locked when pushed down. The 3" sunshade is included with the scope. Adjustments were accurate and repeatable. The Trijicon 3-15x50 longrange scope (below) on a Remington 700 in .308 Win. Turrets have 1/4-MOA clicks with 30 MOA per revolution. Flip-open scope caps are included. targets. The scope needs adjustable parallax. With hunting scopes parallax can be factory-set at some midrange distance (usually 150 yards), and be adequate over typical hunting ranges. Aiming errors which are inconsequential at moderate ranges become critical at long ranges. The scope has to be tough and durable. Not just water resistant (that’s basic), but tough in every way. Long-range shooters shoot a lot, often with rifles of considerable recoil. Everything about the scope (optical elements, reticle cell, focus and parallax adjustments) has to be tough enough to handle the recoil over a long period. The adjustments are used constantly, every time the range or wind changes. It isn’t enough to be mostly good. There’s no point in boasting of brilliant optics if the adjustments aren’t accurate. Accurate adjustments are useless if they aren’t durable. The scope has to excel in every aspect. Such quality doesn’t come cheap. Trijicon’s new scope, made in the USA, is a 3-15x50. Let’s start with the foundation, the main tube. Many scope tubes have front and back sections, attached to a third section holding the adjustment turrets. Trijicon wanted a scope capable of handling the recoil of powerful cartridges such as the .338 Lapua and .50 BMG. solid Construction “Tough enough” was no part of Trijicon’s thinking; the goal was “as tough as we can make it.” The thickwalled, 34mm main scope tube is 30 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • A P R I L 2 0 1 2

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