Vortex Razor HD II Shaves 4 Oz., Viper HD Design Improvements — SHOT Show 2018

Vortex Optics has been growing by leaps and bounds, steadily chipping away at the market by dominating PRS and Hunting. Not so much new this year, but plenty improved.

Razor HD Gen II 1×6

First up is the Razor 1×6. The Razor 1×6 has been killing it in the 3 Gun market, and for anyone else that wants a variable power sized for an AR. For the 2018 version, a quarter pound has been dropped off the scope, a big win if you carry one on the regular. The MSRP for the Razor II is roughly $1,999.


  • Magnification: 1-6X
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 24mm
  • Eye Relief: 4 in.
  • Field of View: 115.2-20.5 feet/100 yards
  • Tube Size: 30mm
  • Turret Style: Low Capped
  • Adjustment Graduation: 1/2 MOA
  • Travel per Rotation: 50 MOA
  • Max Elevation Adjustment: 150 MOA
  • Max Windage Adjustment:150 MOA
  • Parallax Setting: 100 yards
  • Length: 10.1 in.
  • Weight: 21.5 oz.
  • MSRP: $1,999

Viper HD

The Viper spotting scope series gets some upgrades as well. It has gone to a helical focus design, instead of a two-pin focus. The optics have been improved, in the never-ending quest for perfect clarity. This is a budget spotting scope that is big on value. MSRP for the improved Viper HD will start at $850.

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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website, Off-The-Reservation.com

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