Vortex has introduced their new Viper PST Gen II line of rifle scopes. The Gen II Viper scopes expand upon the Gen I features with increased quality, performance, and magnification range. These new features are often reserved for the top of the line optics. This was a general trend at SHOT Show 2017, as most of the major rifle optics manufacturers added outstanding features to their mid-level optics.
Vortex PST scopes are the company’s second line of high quality optics, with the Razor line being the top flagship models. The Vortex Viper PST Gen II scope line offers a range of magnification options. From an outstanding 1-6x24mm magnified reflex option ideal for the AR-15, to a super long-range option of 5-25x50mm rifle scope, the Vortex Viper PST Gen II line has a lot of great features for a wide range of shooters.
Vortex Viper PST Gen II
One of the options is the Viper PST Gen II 1-6x24mm reflex and shorter range optic. I really appreciate these lower range optics that provide both reflexive close in shot capability, with short to mid-range accuracy as well. The increase in combination reflex and short-range optics continued to be strong at this year’s SHOT Show, showing a very strong market trend among optic manufacturers.
Viper PST 1-6x24mm Gen II Features
- XD™ Lens elements
- XR™ Fully multi-coated lenses
- Second focal plane reticle
- Illuminated reticle, with daylight red dot center
- Aircraft-grade aluminum tube, hard anodized finish
- ArmorTek ultra-hard scratch resistant coating
- Waterproof O-ring sealed
- Fogproof Argon gas purged
- Shockproof construction withstands recoil and impact
- Premium-Force Spring System for turret dependability
- Premium-Glide Erector System for zoom dependability
- Patented MOA or MRAD turrets and reticles
- Comes with (1) CR2032 battery and a lens cloth.
The Viper PST scopes are made from aircraft-grade aluminum, with Vortex choosing 30mm tubes to provide much higher light transmission and target image quality over 1-inch tubes. The tubes are Argon gas purged to prevent fogging, and are built to be shockproof from recoil and impact. Each scope has a hard-anodized finish in matte black to provide excellent corrosion resistance and glare reduction as well.
The Viper PST Gen II 1-6x scope is full of advanced features designed to enhance the most critical components of the scope. The Viper PST Gen II will offer both MOA or MRAD reticles and turrets. Unlike some manufacturers who mix the two, Vortex matches the reticle selection to the turret selection. This way a shooter taking advantage of the MRAD ranging feature, will also benefit from an MRAD turret system. This avoids unnecessary confusion in trying to mix the mathematical equations required to properly make turret adjustments for varied ranged shots.
Vortex Viper PST Gen II optics are upgraded with XD™, extra-low dispersion, glass that increases resolution and color clarity, producing an outstandingly sharp and crisp target image. The lenses are multi-coated with proprietary XR™ coatings that increase light transmission while producing an anti-reflective surface. This is important to military, law enforcement, or hunters alike as the potential for your location to be compromised by light reflection from your optic is greatly reduced. The Viper PST Gen II lenses also come with ArmorTek coatings providing an ultra-high protection from scratches, oil, and dirt.
The Viper PST Gen II 1-6x scope has an illuminated reticle for low-light shooting situations, but I somehow managed to miss the number of illumination settings. In addition, the reticle has an illuminated daylight center dot for easy aiming. The 1-6x magnification range is ideal for AR-15 shooters in a tactical setting, but a great selection for civilian shooters and hunters as well. The true 1x magnification allows shooters a reflexive optic option for close range and dynamic shooting situations. The magnification range out to 6x provides excellent target acquisition for short to mid-range targets, allowing for much greater versatility over a standard red dot scope.
Internally, the Viper PST Gen II scopes are built with Precision-Force Spring Systems to strengthen the turret adjustment mechanisms. Heavy use can sometimes weaken the turret mechanisms making the fine adjustments less accurate. The turrets are capped, but the covers can be quickly removed to allow open turret access. In addition, Vortex uses Precision-Glide Erector System to provide the most accurate and confident magnification adjustments as well.
Viper PST 1-6x24mm Gen II Specifications
- Magnification: 1-6 x 24mm
- Overall Length: 10.9 inches
- Weight: 22.7 ounces
- Tube Diameter: 30mm
- Objective Lens Diameter: 24mm
- Turret Style: Capped
- Eye Relief: 3.8 inches
- Field of View: 112.5 to 18.8 feet / 100 yards
- Max Elevation Adjustment: 160 MOA or 46 MRAD
- Max Windage Adjustment: 160 MOA or 46 MRAD
- Travel Per Full Rotation: 50 MOA or 20 MRAD
- Adjustment Graduation: 0.5 MOA or 0.2 MRAD per click
- Parallax Setting: 100 yards
- MSRP: $999.99
- Available: Spring 2017.
Law Enforcement Applications
Typically a patrol rifle or SWAT entry rifle are equipped with a 1x red dot or similar reflexive optic. These reflexive optics are outstanding sighting options for up-close and personal encounters, particularly those that are often encountered when conducting building or room searches.
However, both patrol and Entry rifles are often called upon for broader missions than close quarters encounters. When a crisis situation involves an armed barricaded subject, even Entry Team operators may be staged in an armored vehicle or other position of cover dozens of yards away from the target location. The same is true for patrol rifles when an active shooter in an open space is the call, or the officer is holding a perimeter position on a barricade, warrant service, or high risk stop.
When the situation requires these longer engagements, having the ability to dial-up the magnification is incredibly important. This is particularly true when more precise shots are required. My Team is in the process of changing out AR-15’s and optics. We used to have EOTech 551, but those N cell batteries tended to die sooner than advertised and were very expensive. Our Entry Team is going to Aimpoint Carbine Pro optics, while our snipers are looking to go to the Vortex PST Gen I 1-4x24mm optics.
I have really been impressed with Vortex optics. Each year they really up their game and provide both new and enhanced products. The enhanced products always seem to have more than one feature being upgraded, which is really nice.
The Viper PST Gen II 1-6x24mm rifle scope appears to be an excellent choice for short to mid-range targets. The light transmission is absolutely great, and the glass quality presents and outstandingly clear and sharp image. I really appreciate Vortex matching the turret selection to the reticle selection. It just doesn’t make sense to mix the two. Though it may not be as noticeable on these lower magnification scopes, it definitely begins to make an effect at middle to long ranges.
Overall the new Vortex Viper PST Gen II 1-6x24mm scope appears to be an excellent option. The larger price tag will have to be considered, but the features provided are absolutely worth more. If you are a law enforcement buyer Vortex also offers a very gracious discount to help out. In addition, the Vortex VIP warranty offers a lifetime warranty of repair or replacement regardless of reason.