The Vortex Strike Eagle, let’s check it out.
Today we’re going to take a look at the Vortex Strike Eagle. This is a 1×6 illuminated reticle scope. Really a great entry level scope. The thing is 1 to 4, has been kind of the king of the hill for a long time, and it was a very reasonably priced scope. The magnification was just right for three-gun, for, you know, close quarter combat, even for hunting. For, especially the AR, or any semi-automatic rifle. The 1×6 has kind of taken over by storm, but the big problem has been, is the price. It has been, you know, just a lot more. In fact the only 1×6 you could get from Vortex was the Razor, and it was a really high dollar, very premium scope, but we’re going to take a look at the Strike Eagle, and this is, for the money, an exceptional scope. Now the reticle system on the Strike Eagle is illuminated, but it also has a bullet drop compensator built in, and this is matched to the 5.56, specifically for the AR-15. You sight in at 50 yards, and then the center is 20 to 200 yards, and then you go to 300, 400, 500, and 600 hash marks. We’re going to be looking at the reticle system to show you how that looks through the scope itself.
Now here is a sight of the reticle through the scope, you can see the horseshoe effect that comes around, and then you see your hash marks that make up the BDC, or bullet drop compensator. I’m going to move it over to the white, just to give you a little bit better look at the black outlines. The center crosshair, actually, is for ranging from 20 yards to 200 yards, then the second is 300, and then 400, 500, and then the bottom is out to 600 yards. You have lines on each side and down below that are going to help you to get on target, and just to help to get your eye focused on the target, and so is the horseshoe. It’s going to be able to really bring that in. Now I’m going to go ahead and turn on the illuminator, and now here it is with the illumination turned on.
Now in bright sunlight, it’s pretty difficult to see. I mean it comes up kind of red, but the great thing about this scope is that the reticles are etched into the glass, so if you lose power, or you really can’t see the illumination, you still have the black outline, and to be honest with you, if it’s bright, I like the black contrast, better than I do the red, but in low light, this is definitely going to be an advantage. We’re going to just bring it on down to the different marks, and you can see how it just drops down. There are 11 different settings, but we’re going to go back up into the brightest setting. Nighttime shooting, the 11 setting is going to be pretty bright, and so, this is going to give you a lot of different adjustment capabilities. This has the 30mm tube, which I like. Little bit more light transmission. You have really nice controls, your 1 to 6. Your one power is true one power. Right here it has a nice little knob, you can bring this around, all the way up to your six power setting, so it’s very intuitive if you’re sitting behind the scope, and be able to get to that really quickly.
Another thing, the focus ring is large and really easy to get that in focus. One of the things too, and it’s funny because the older I get, the more I end up using this, just to get the right focus in. Here we have caps that cover the windage and elevation. They’re knurled, they’re very easy to remove, and then what I really like is that you can move this, actually, by your hands, instead of using a tool. It is tactile, and it is at one half MOA. You can go either direction. 140 MOA adjustments either way, and that is not only for your elevation, but also for your windage. The caps again, they’re very well done. The knurling is large, so it’s really easy, even with gloved hands, to get to it.
One of the cool things, is that you have a battery inside your windage cap, and this is a spare battery. Again same thing, and then it gives you the direction, either right or left, up or down. Now you have your illumination knob right here, and there are 11 settings, so it starts out at zero, and of course, goes up to one, or you can go directly to your 11 setting. One of the things about the illumination on these is, you know, in super bright sunlight, it’s just going to kind of have a faint red glow to it, but really to me, and this is just the way I like to shoot, if it’s bright sunlight, the black etched reticle that’s on the glass shows up in contrast as much as I need it to. So this really kind of shines in evening, low light, or no light situations, so you can bump this up and you can set the adjustment to wherever you want to. It is tactile, and you can feel it each time it hits. Now one of the things about the Razor is that it has individual off settings for each one, where this just goes from off and zero, and then just goes through each of the 11 settings. The battery cap is right here on the edge. It uses the CR2032 batteries, which are, you know, very common. In fact, I buy these in packs on eBay. Makes it really easy, but again, you got your spare battery on the other side in case you leave your reticle light on, which I am prone to do. It does come with the flip up caps. I had them off, and so you’re already ready to go to protect those lens, and keep that glass clean. The glass is pretty clear. In fact, it’s multi-coated, it’s fog proof, waterproof, and shock proof. I’ve done a lot of testing with Vortex optics, beating it on a bench, dropping the rifle, throwing it, and you know, they just hold up very well, but the anodized finish on the aluminum is really nice. It’s an aircraft grade aluminum, very well-finished. The anodizing is really nice on this scope. I mean, one of the things about Vortex is that they bring in some really nice, medium priced scopes that are of high quality, for a decent price, and yet they still move on up to premium scopes as well. So they’re not just limited to your baseline scopes, they also allow you to get in at a reasonable price, and then if you want to move up…Now typically the moving up is because of glass, the quality of the glass. From what I’ve seen, this has really good quality glass, but if you really want to get exceptional quality, you know, you may want to move up to the Razor, or some of the other optics. The overall length is 10 1/2 inches, and it weighs 17.6 ounces. I do have a mount on here. Of course it doesn’t come with a mount. This is a GG&G mount. It’s one of the quick detach lever mounts, and we were taking it on and off, and it was re-zeroing every time, so it makes it really nice. I really like throw lever mounts because it makes it easy to switch optics to different rifles.
That’s the Strike Eagle. Yep, this is the new Vortex Strike Eagle. It’s a 1×6 powered scope. Right now we’re playing with it just on one power with a steel target out at about 50 yards, and really easy to shoot it both eyes open. It’s a very intuitive scope. The glass is really clear, especially for…What are these around $300 MSRP? I think so. The glass is super clear, especially for a $300 scope. Winds up to 1x. It’s got a BDC reticle in it. And it’s the 1 to 6.
Yep, 1×6 illuminated reticle, you know, for the guys that are looking to get into three-gun. For an entry level scope without spending $2000, it’s a great entry level scope to start with. You can use this for the .308 as well. Vortex on www.vortexoptics.com has a list, next to the 5.56 increments, to show you what your yardage would be, and it ranges out to 570 yards. So there’s not a huge amount of difference between the two, for points of impact. This is a second focal plane scope, which means that the reticle will remain the same size, no matter what the magnification is. When you do sight in your scope, you’re supposed to set it at the six magnification level. So bring it out to six, sight it in at 50 yards, and then you confirm it out to other distances, but that’ll get you, at least, ready to start shooting.