Most people whose work or hobby dictates long gun involvement sooner or later discover that a good quality optic is a must have option in the application tool box. But end users are faced with two issues when it comes to picking and using a reliable optic, which they also require to be adoptable and functional.
One, is that such an optic should be decided on among the fluff and commercials of daily release of weapon furniture on the market. That is, deciding what you need and why, versus what looks cool.
The other, is that the weapon optics market, be it red dots, riflescopes or magnifiers, often fall into two categories: The cheaper, not so reliable imports which fit the bill for a time, and a high end brand name which is often unattainable, albeit necessary.
But no longer.
A robust selection found online
If you haven’t heard of Riton USA Optics yet, it’s only because the company has applied as strong a moral value to their marketing, as they have to their production. And they have only been in business since 2013.
Despite that, Riton has already proven themselves with a dependable product line, which offers top of the line quality, an array of options, and at a very competitive price.
Riton can proudly say that they are a US company. Located in scenic Tucson, the company is operated and owned by military and law enforcement veterans.
The optics are made of higher quality Japanese glass than you will find with a lot of other manufacturers. Riton’s end-user to end-user approach in design results in products which are intuitive, tactically-minded, and maintain customer-focus.
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The company is operated by law enforcement and military veterans who know firsthand what a good optic can offer in the field. This focus and customer orientation is evident in their service, and the drive to make thing right (ON) from the start of manufacturing process to point of sale, and throughout utilization of the product.
Again, from a budgeting and resource-strapped agency perspective this is huge. When an instructor or a range master can call the company directly any time for product support, specifications and ordering and get an answer.
When the company is also open to customer feedback to continue improving their product, instead of offering the customer what the company thinks is right, the balance is as good as the result. It is unlimited lifetime warranty at its best.
Like so many veteran-owned businesses, Riton chooses to give back and support the veteran and public safety communities.
They kindly donated a Mod 3 riflescope to be raffled off at one of the charity shooting events promoted through the Spotter Up Shooting Team #spotterupteam.
My initial exposure to Riton was at SHOT 2017, and even at introduction I was impressed with their display and quality of response after we decided to work together.
In a market which is flooded with self-proclaimed and singularly focused, this is a huge testament about our alignment in ethics and missions.
I received the Mod 7 1-5×24 IR scope for application with an AR platform. It’s a beautiful fit. Out of the box, the Mod 7 came off like a piece of medical equipment.
Clean, wrapped and packaged in a slick fitted case, with that new smell. Riton scopes are made with aircraft grade aluminum, which means they are strong, but light.
The Mod 7 feels solid in hand, and overall looks like it can stand up to some serious use. I was cautious handling it because of how attractive the scope looked, but really it’s like one of those harbor viewers on Chelsea Peer in Manhattan.
Years of use, weather, and it works perfect next time someone tosses a quarter in. Before even mounting the Riton Mod 7, and as is the case with all of their riflescopes, it’s noticeable that the eye piece is large enough to be easily acquired, and does not force the user to shift and change the natural cheek weld to adopt to the scope.
The whole process of weapon positioning, acquiring the target and squeezing off a round are one still smooth process, and the scope doesn’t take away from that familiar alignment you had with your weapon platform before the scope was there.
The Mod 7, consistent with other Riton scopes, is 100% waterproof and shockproof. Because you don’t only hunt in the sunny fields of wheat, or gently hand your rifle over to your partner while you cuff the perp, or slam that MRAP door, it is good to know that the scope is tested to 1200 G’s of impact.
You don’t have to run over your Riton scope with a Wrangler to prove that it will still work. Riton did it for you, and you can find proof on their YouTube channel.
The adjustments are just as instinctive. Top is elevation, sides are windage and parallex adjustments each. The dials are easy to use while keeping your rifle on target, with one hand, and while wearing gloves, and tactile reinforcement at each click. The magnification adjustment is where you would expect it, toward the user.
Put your hand on the scope just in front of your nose, and you’re there. I also like that the adjustment increments and controls are clearly marked.
RT-S Mod 3
You have enough to think about, and there’s no need to guess when seconds count. I have exposed the Mod 7 to a variety of temperatures and environments. It refused to fog, thanks to the dry nitrogen purged and filled tube, and multi-coated optics. The later also reduce glare and reflection. On some of the illuminated reticle (IR) models, there is an additional adjustment dial for the reticle brightness.
Its distinct from others, and easy to manipulate without confusion. On either model, I appreciate the fact that the reticle is a clear and crisp picture, and the crosshairs are the only thing to place on target. No extra symbols or lines, dashes or arrows. The adjustments are clear and definitive.
The Mod 7 came with 1/2 MOA adjustment. I will note this not to insult anyone’s intelligence, but because I am new to power scopes, and still have to call other people for clarification.
The MOA or Minute of Angle, is a unit of measurement to help determine grouping, or deviation from a grouping of shots, based on the adjustment, and over a specific distance. So 1/2 MOA adjustment at 1 click will move the shot ½ inch (0.5”) at 100 yards. 1 MOA at 100 yards is roughly 1” deviation.
I realize that’s a really down and dirty explanation, and there are additional measurements and considerations when using the adjustment. A note on the definition of actual power of scope, for example as expressed in 3-9×40. Here 3 would be the low magnification by the scope, from the naked eye view, 9 high magnification, and 40 the diameter of the lens.
For trigonometry explanation and more, please call Mike. Or better yet, Brady at Riton will be happy to not only answer your questions, but also suggest the best variable and optimal scope for your purpose.
Like I said before, the company strives to be right on in every aspect of their missions, so that you can be the best at yours. Another unique and handy feature is how easy it is to set your scope at zero, and then return it to zero if you need to. A separate dial aids in the setup, and directions for this are very straight forward once you purchase your Riton riflescope.
By the time I got comfortable with the IR feature on Mod 7, I realized how truly convenient it makes things. Quick acquisition, easy adjustment and sharp focus are the obvious benefits. Power is accomplished by a CR2032 battery, which in factory tests got about 1500 hours of run time.
There is an interesting debate I came across, as to what is better, red dot or a scope. To me there is never a one size fits all answer, and I have come to appreciate the benefits of both in different environments.
The IR riflescopes kind of seem to bridge that gap, and offer a more of an adoptable solution without the extra equipment. Riton offers both. Their red dots and IR scopes are also night vision compatible. Before you rush out to buy the Mod 7, know that it is not available yet, but will be in May, so keep checking the site and social media.
We’ll announce the official release on our end as well. Riton USA will send you a product white paper upon request, so you can plan for the awesomeness. Some additional specifications of the Mod 7 are:
Parallax Adjustment: Fixed
Tube Diameter: 30mm
Objective Lens Diameter: 24mm
Focal Lens Position: Second Focal Plane
Lens Coating: Fully Multi-Coated, FWB@,
Reticle: RITON Center Dot-Illuminated Duplex Reticle
Field of View (ft@100yds): 114.2@1x – 22.6@5x
Weight (oz/g): 20/566
Length (in/mm): 10.5/266
Eye Relief (in/mm): 3.9/100
Exit Pupil (mm): 10@1x/4.8@5x
Click Value (in@100yds/mm@100m): 0.5/12.7
Adjustment Range (in@100yds/m@100m): +/- 60/1.5
Mounting Length (in/mm): 6.8/172
You can find Riton products directly at the source by visiting www.ritonusa.com
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.