May 27, 2022

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In Depth Tactical Solutions

Low Power Variable Optics improve the versatility of utility carbines that might find a need to be used from relatively close-quarters out to intermediate distances of a few hundred yards.  While they don’t do close quarters as well as red-dots,  and they don’t do long range as well as precision magnified optics, LPVOs are reasonably capable in both roles.  One of the disadvantages of most budget LPVOs is that they are only available in second focal-plane, which means any reticle holdovers are only accurate at top magnification.  First focal-plane LPVOs fix that problem, but at the lowest power settings, the reticle can disappear or becomes too small.  First focal-plane optics also tend to be a bit pricier than comparable second focal-plane scopes.  There are plenty of great LPVOs out there in the $1K-$3K range.  In classic Vortex style, the new Strike Eagle 1-8 X 24 FFP brings these features to the market in a quality product with prices more palatable for the casual shooter.
Shown here in an American Defense Manufacturing throw-lever mount, the Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8X24 FFP would make a smart choice for the general-purpose carbine optic.

Specifications

Comparing this optic with another popular 1-8 X 24 FFP optic with MSRP almost $1000 more:

 

Strike Eagle 1-8X24 FFP

OTHER POPULAR 1-8X24 FFP

Eye Relief

3.9 inches

3.7 Inches

Field of View @ 100 yd

113.6-14.1 ft

105.8 – 13.2 ft

Tube Size

30 mm

34 mm

Length10.4 inches10.8 inches
Weight

23.9 oz

25.6 oz

MSRP

$799.99

$1,799.00

As we can see, the Strike Eagle 1-8X24 FFP compares favorably in eye-relief, field of view, size, and weight at less than half the price of our comparison optic.

Adjustments and Settings

The elevation and windage knobs are calibrated at quarter MOA clicks. While sighting in, I found the adjustment to be accurate and repeatable.

 

The Strike Eagle 1-8 FFP features red illumination with 9 daytime and 2 night vision settings.

 

At full brightness and low magnification, the illuminated “horseshoe” style reticle gives some contrast to dark backgrounds.

 

Through a white phosphor PVS-14 the night-vision illumination settings are quite usable.
To test the Strike Eagle 1-8 X 24 FFP, I used the Tactacam and FTS module. This permits recording while aiming.

Performance

After sight-in, I wanted to test the optic’s capability at close-quarters.  A good way to measure this capability is with a few cadence drills.  I didn’t quite have the eye-relief set optimally, but with a little adjustment, I think this optic could be very acceptable at close-quarters.

Reticle

I haven’t had the opportunity to fire this optic at distance yet, but based on the listed reticle subtension in comparison with my data cards for a variety of loads including M193, M855, and Mk262,  the holdovers should be within .2 to 1.0 minutes of angle.  As this is intended to be a carbine sight, not a “precision rifle optic,” .2 to 1.0 MOA difference is acceptable, and still within a standard 18″ X 30″ silhouette target out to 600 yards.

Conclusions:

This optic provides a great option for entry-level as well as more advanced shooters.  Vortex quality and their unconditional lifetime warranty make this an attractive offering with features mostly found on much more expensive scopes.
Excellent field of view, a practical reticle, and included magnification ring throw-lever are strong positives.
I would like to see a bit brighter reticle.  At 1X, the illuminated center could serve as an adequate “red-dot” if it popped just a bit more.   The night-vision settings are usable and a nice touch.
This scope is designed for the large segment of carbine shooters that don’t want to memorize data cards.  From that standpoint, the existing reticle is easy to use and intuitive.  I like that the center dot is intended for a 50/200yd zero.
All-in-all,  this scope is a winner, and provides a quality option with nice features for a reasonable price.

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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