On display at the 2017 SHOT Show were dozens and dozens of new shooting sports optics, as well as several dozen established optic lines that saw significant upgrades. The biggest push was for new riflescopes, especially tactical and long-range models. Various thermal, binoculars and night-vision units were on display, too. Shooting Sports Retailer was there to cover it all.
Remember when reading this story (and our riflescope and thermal and red dot posts) that the MSRP’s cited are only suggested and do not necessarily reflect real market conditions. Several of the pricier rifle scopes, for example, were already available “on the street” for hundreds of dollars less that MSRPs, even before the SHOT Show had ended! Here are the best binos we found.
Burris Droptine Binoculars
Burris Optics offers the Droptine binoculars in 8x42mm and 10x42mm, featuring multi-coated lenses for maximum light transmission and reduced glare, and at very affordable price points. Internally, both models are nitrogen-filled for waterproof and fogproof performance. Outer surfaces are rubber armored for protection and to provide a sure grip. Twist-up eyecups for eyeglass wearers. A dielectric mirror — a multilayered coating that provides superior reflexivity — ensures color fidelity and reduces glare. The diopter adjustment on right eyepiece allows for precise focusing. MSRP: 8×42 mm, $164.85; 10x42mm, $185.26. www.burrisoptics.com
Signature HD Line by Burris
For 2017, Burris Optics introduces the new Signature HD line of binoculars in three models: 8x42mm, 10x42mm and 12x50mm. All models in this line offer high-performance HD lenses and BaK prisms that produce sharp images and edge-to-edge clarity. The multi-coated lenses create maximum light transmission and reduce any glare when viewing in harsh conditions. Nitrogen-filled for waterproof and fogproof performance, Signature series binoculars are rubber armored for protection and a stable grip, while the open bridge design reduces weight. There are twist-up eyecups for those who wear eyeglasses. All binoculars include durable carrying case, neoprene neckstrap, lens covers and cleaning cloth. They are covered by the Burris Forever Warranty. MSRP: 8x42mm, $251.20; 10x42mm, $264.55; 12x50mm, $283.59. www.burrisoptics.com
Steiner Bluetooth Capable Rangefinder Binocular
Steiner has added Bluetooth capability to its M830r Laser Rangefinder 1535nm binocular, allowing users to upload current weather conditions using wireless technology in order to make a more accurate shot. Data is wirelessly transferred in real time. While it was designed for elite military units, the M830r 1535nm’s new capabilities and extremely accurate long-distance ranging make this binocular a valuable tool for long-range hunters and precision target shooters. The lenses and prisms are combined with state-of-the-art coatings to provide bright, crisp images at any range. Scan Mode is available to handle moving targets, and ranges can be set to meters or yards. MSRP: $7,999.99. www.steiner-defense.com
Vortex Fury HD 10×42 Rangefinding Binocular
Vortex jumps into the rangefinder market with the all-new Fury HD 10×42 Rangefinding binocular. Capable of ranging reflective targets to 1,600 yards with an ultra-fast readout, the illuminated right barrel display can be set to yards or meters. The Fury HD’s feature angle-compensated and line-of-sight modes to match user preference and application. Scan mode provides readings as you pan or track a moving animal. Right-side controls are simple to use with a single hand — leaving your other hand free to hold your bow, rifle or other important piece of equipment. Fully multi-coated prisms and XR fully multicoated HD lenses serve up impressive views from dawn to dusk. Rubber armored housing. Covered with the Vortex lifetime, no-fault, transferable, VIP warranty. MSRP: $1,599.00. www.vortexoptics.com
Terra ED Color Binoculars from ZEISS
ZEISS Sports Optics’ new Terra ED color binoculars, combining quality German engineering and design and a great price. Available in black and grey, the Terra ED’s feature SCHOTT ED glass with ZEISS MC multi-coated lenses for images that are bright and clear, even in those low-light conditions when wildlife is more active. With comfortable ergonomics and robust waterproof construction, Terra ED binoculars are built to handle rugged terrain and harsh conditions. The compact size makes them extremely mobile in the field. All Terra ED binoculars are backed by ZEISS’ U.S. limited lifetime transferable warranty. Both color models available in 8x32mm, 10x32mm, 8x42mm and 10x42mm. MSRP: $369.99-$449.99. www.zeiss.com
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