New From Vortex: Viper Eyepiece and Updates for Strike Eagle LPVOs

Vortex- Strike Eagle Scopes.
| May 1, 2020
Categories: Assorted Ramblings

Vortex is one of my favorite companies. They push the boundaries in both budget and high-end directions. They are also innovative, and good people should you ever need warranty work. Here are the newest releases.

Viper HD Reticle Eyepiece

Let’s start with the brand new Viper eyepiece. Following Vortex’s penchant for naming optics and optic accessories after slithering reptiles, we get the Viper Reticle Eyepiece  (see below). This eyepiece isn’t an optic by itself. Instead, it attaches to your favorite Viper spotting scope and adds a reticle overlay to the scope. The idea is to give your spotter an edge in calling your shots. The eyepiece gives you either MOA or MRAD elevation and windage corrections in measurements even cavemen machine gunners like me understand. The good news is your spotter is more effective, the bad news is you can’t blame him if you suck.

Viper HD Reticle Eyepiece - Vortex

Vortex Strike Eagle – Updates

On top of this new eyepiece, we are also getting updates to the 1-6X and 1-8X Strike Eagle optics. These optics are part of Vortex’s line of cheap-o optics… Uhm I mean budget optics. The Strike Eagle series are honestly great optics for the money and they are a welcome addition to those of us who want a budget LPVO. The series made a big splash and might have been one of the first true budget LPVOs that wasn’t total junk.

Vortex Strike Eagle Scope 1 8x24

The Strike Eagle Scope 1 8×24.

The changes include an integrated throw lever, which after running LPVOs for some time is a welcome addition. At this point, we know the ability to rapidly transition your magnification is the point of an LPVO, and a throw lever makes that a possibility. The other change is the addition of a new reticle, the AR-BDC3, is what the new Strike Eagle series is made for. With AR in the title, you can predict that it’s designed for the 223 Remington and 5.56 NATO loads.

Strike Eagle 1-6x24

Strike Eagle 1-6×24.


Note: Vortex Reticle Eyepiece:


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