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GUNS Magazine December 2012 Digital Edition - Page 14
STORY: Jacob Gottfredson he hills are alive with close quarter battle scopes. A T trip on the Internet reveals we are drowning in them. It is interesting to note the many differences. While most do the same thing, the people writing the specs manage to make them slightly different, particularly the reticle. Are they useful? I tend to think those from Pride-Fowler Industries (PFI) are. For a particular and varied purpose, I have several impossible demands in a scope. It must have a reflex sighting system that allows Making hits quickly at many ranges. PRIDE-FOWLER’S CQB RIFLESCOPES shots at very close range. It must have the ability to sight and hit targets from 0 to 600 yards. It must have the ability to range. It must have a means of adjustment for wind. It must have illumination. And it must have the ability to do all this without using the elevation and windage turrets. PFI offers exactly that in their RRCQLR-1 1-4x24mm. How PFI managed to do all that is an American exercise in innovation. The more I use the scope, the more I am impressed by their thinking. They started with their now well-known Rapid Ranging System, which is currently being used by Zeiss as well. Lines, which I commonly call hashmarks or bars, are spaced below the main, horizontal crosshair. They are progressive subtention lines spaced in a pattern to accommodate the ballistic path of the .223, .308 and other cartridges matching those ballistics at specific velocity ranges. That is a marketing strategy I have some difficulty with. While it appeals to many, it may be a turn off to anyone using a different ballistic path and velocity. The truth is: the system will work just fine with any ballistic path at any velocity. I don’t have the real estate in this article to explain that, but trust me. The Rapid Reticle System solves the problem of shots at targets from 50 to 600 yards. But now A steel LaRue target (above) was used and shooting accomplished from the bench with a benchrest rear bag and Harris bipod. Testing was done in 100-yard increments to 600 yards. The literature states that the hashmarks are positioned for the .223, .308 and other of similar ballistic path. But it can be used effectively for any bullet and ballistic path with the help of ballistic software. The tests (below) were conducted with 77-grain Black Hills Military and 50-grain A-Max rounds. The little scope is well suited to this .223 AR. The optics presented a great image and the RR-CQLR-1 was fast and effective. At extremely close range the hashmark system becomes an effective reflex sight when turned to 1X. The scope is mounted on a LaRue upper and DPMS lower. Shown is the reticle on 4X and illuminated. Primary ranging is centered on a 9" circle in several different ways. The hashmarks are spread for a 10 mph wind at each range to 600 yards. Shorter distances are ranged using the center dot and the distance between the edges of the main horizontal crosshair. The brackets are used for more distant targets that are 9" in diameter. 14 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 2