Riton Optics of Tucson, Arizona recently released their new 5 TACTIX low-power variable optic.  Boasting a 1-10X magnification range, this first focal plane optic features capped, zero-resettable turrets, a fast-focus eyepiece, and rugged aircraft aluminum construction that is waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof to 1200 G’s.

Riton optics use hand sourced Chinese or Japanese glass and have final assembly in China or Japan depending on price point. The optics are Fully Multi-Coated, Full Wide Band, Waterproof Coated, with Low Light Enhancement.

Shown here with Riton’s locking throw-lever mount, this optic is at home on intermediate-range carbines. However, Riton also warranties their optics for use on airguns. The unique recoil patterns and vibrations of airguns can play havoc with the toughest of optics. This would be an optic well-suited to high-powered airguns for pest elimination or airsoft/paintball guns.  This optic shows a lot of promise as a rimfire carbine scope.


It can be hard to give optics an objective review, especially a scope like this one that is in a bit of a class by itself.  I decided to address key features and optical clarity by individual qualities.

At 1X with maximum illumination, the Riton 5 TACTIX provides a wide field of view and a reasonable aiming point, but it’s no red-dot. CQB is not going to be this optics strong suite. The greenish haze at the top of the field is reflection from the rear of the scope, ignore that.


At 10X, the 5 TACTIX has reasonable clarity and a nice, sharp miliradian “Christmas tree” reticle. Only the center part of the reticle is illuminated, which in my opinion is a good thing on this scope. Keep in mind, photos through optics may exaggerate (or add) distortions that aren’t apparent to the naked eye.


Chromatic Aberration 4.5/5 Chromatic aberration (when high-contrast objects can be edged by blues and yellows) was almost non-perceptible.  There was a bit at low magnification but I don’t consider it to be all that problematic.

Distortion 4/5 There is a little bit of pincushion distortion (straight lines at the edge of the optical field curve inwards slightly – you can see this slightly exaggerated by the camera in the magnified view of the railroad ties above).

Eye Relief 5/5 The advertised eye relief of this scope is 4-inches.  I found the eyebox to be generous offering edge-to-edge clarity from 4-inches to almost 5-inches.

Field of View 4/5 Field of view is slightly better than similarly-priced competitors at 105.8ft at 1X to 10.5ft at 10X.  In more expensive 1-10 optics, the field of view is about 10% larger.

Magnification 4/5 At 1X the view looked a little “de-magnified” to my eyes,  that is to say, the image appeared slightly smaller than true 1X.  The image seemed closer to 1X at about 1.5X.

Parallax 5/5 100 yard fixed parallax, no noticeable parallax distortion at various magnifications and distances.

Spherical Aberration & Field Curvature 4/5 There is a little bit of spherical aberration and field curvature, (mainly effects clarity of objects at the edges of the field).  To a certain extent, this is present with all optics, especially those with wide magnification ranges, but I’ve seen much worse in far more expensive optics.


Features and Characteristics

Size & Weight 4/5 – At 11.25 inches, and a weight of 1.6 pounds it’s on the longer side compared to similarly-priced competitors, though the weight is similar.

Illumination 3.5/5  This optic has 6 illumination settings.  The lowest setting is a bit too bright for very dark environments, the top setting isn’t quite bright enough for bright daylight use at 1X. It does have “off” positions between each setting, which is nice.  It doesn’t “bloom” at the high settings but it gives some in-optic glare and has significant frontal glow.  If you are using the illumination for contrast on dark targets in the moderate to bright conditions, it is fine.

Forward glow at the highest illumination setting. I would consider this scope having a bit too much forward projection to be a good scope for high-risk activities where light signature could attract unwanted attention. For casual varminting at dusk and daylight hours, it’s fine.

Magnification Ring 4.5/5 – nice textured ring that moves relatively smoothly with a lever available in 3 heights (8mm, 11mm, and 14mm) that is position-able in 2 locations.

The scope comes with the 14mm lever and a “flush mount.”  In the “right” position, the lever moves from about 7:30 to 3:00 (from the shooter’s perspective).  In the “left” position, the lever moves from 6:00 to 1:30.  For use on a right-handed bolt-action rifle, the left position would ensure the lever clears the bolt lift at high magnification, but it might be difficult or impossible to set the lever to 1X without crashing into the receiver or bolt shroud unless you remove the lever completely

Elevation and Windage knobs 4.5/5 – capped 1/10 miliradian knobs with tactile clicks.  Knobs can be zeroed with an allen wrench screw in the middle of the knob.

Overall Value 4/5 – With an MSRP just under $1K it is a bit of an investment.  We have to figure in 2023 inflation,  you can’t compare the 2023 MSRP of this optic with the LPVO you purchased on sale in 2021 with 11% more buying power in the 2021 dollar.    Riton does feature a Lifetime Limited Warranty For Traditional Variable Optics.



Sight in was accomplished quickly and with no difficulty using the subtensions in the optic to measure the difference between point of aim and point of impact and adjusting the knobs accordingly.  One elevation adjustment and one windage adjustment and I stacked 2 rounds on top of each other at 50 yards.  After that, I backed up to 100 and banged some steel at various magnification settings.

Thoughts About This Optic…

I’ll be the first one to admit I’m an optics, uh… “aficionado.”  I own several high-quality LPVOs from big brand-name manufacturers.  We can’t really make a fair comparison between those optics (which are in most cases much pricier) and this one.  As I mentioned before, this optic is in a bit of a class by its own.  For a carbine optic, I would say this scope could work, but it wouldn’t be my first choice.  The reticle is nice and crisp, plenty fine at high magnification but a bit thin at low magnification.  The thickened crosshair points that are illuminated do help speed up target acquisition, but this isn’t a CQB optic.  For use on carbines that might pull double duty, I would consider adding a red dot for close-quarters work.

On the other hand, on a rimfire carbine or high-powered air rifle, I think this optic would be an excellent choice, uniquely suited for this role because of it’s designed resistance to bouncy airgun recoil.  That is an important consideration on guns like 10/22’s that can be optics eaters.  The Riton throw-lever mount that came with this scope is just the right height for an AR-style rifle (including .22’s) but it is a bit tall for rifles with conventional stocks.  For a utility rimfire or air rifle, this optic fills a niche.


Material Disclosure

I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.

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By Michael Lake

Writer Michael Lake is a Benefactor Life Member of the National Rifle Association and has been actively involved in a variety shooting activities since 1989. In addition to being a certified range safety officer he holds several NRA instructor ratings and armorer certifications. He has received training from the US Army Marksmanship Unit, the US Marine Corps Rifle Team and some of the finest private training facilities in the nation. In 2013 Michael co-founded Adaptive Defense Concepts, a Northwest Ohio-based Training organization. currently a contractor for the Department of Energy managing safety for the National Homeland Security program in Eastern Idaho, an instructor for Badlands Tactical Training Center, and is an accomplished Freemason.

One thought on “Riton Optics 5 TACTIX 1-10X24 FFP”
  1. Excellent review. I have been wanting this optic for quite some time now. It will be perfect for carbine competitions as well as predator control. Great job!

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